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Millions to Forgo Insurance Once the Government Stops Penalizing Them for It, Report Says

A budget estimate of the House GOP’s health bill has found that millions of Americans insured through Obamacare’s exchanges would opt out of purchasing coverage once the federal government stops penalizing them for doing so.

The report from the Congressional Budget Office also predicts that the legislation would price millions of presently covered individuals out of the market as a result of low-cost, low-risk individuals forgoing insurance. Such people help suppress the premiums of typically older and sicker individuals, and moderate overall costs.

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Sen. Cotton: the 3 Phase Plan is a Myth

The Congressional Budget Office offered a mixed review of the GOP’s American Health Care Act plan to repeal and replace Obamacare on Monday. While the CBO score predicted it would lower premiums in the long run and stabilize the markets, predictions which House Speaker Paul Ryan chose to highlight, the agency also foresaw 14 million people losing their insurance by 2018.

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Trump budget expected to seek historic contraction of federal workforce

President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce.

This would be the first time the government has executed cuts of this magnitude — and all at once — since the drawdown following World War II, economists and budget analysts said.

The spending budget Trump is set to release Thursday will offer the clearest snapshot of his vision for the size and role of government.

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Hottest ticket at SXSW? Planned Parenthood rally

You could say the Planned Parenthood-Tumblr “Never Going Back” rally to support the healthcare non-profit is a hot ticket, even by SXSW’s rarefied standards.

But 2,000 hardy souls braved unusually cold Austin weather Sunday night to wait in line for a venue that holds 1,200 — and 13,000 had RSVP’d for more than six hours of bands (Sleigh Bells, Girlpool, Hoops and PVRIS), celebrities (Transparent creator Jill Soloway and model Chloe Grace Moretz) and political speeches at the venerable Mohawk night club, according to the event’s organizers. Lines wound up and down blocks.

The long lines illustrated how Planned Parenthood has emerged as one of the rallying cries for the tech industry’s frustration with the new Trump Administration.

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As many as 48 million Twitter accounts aren’t people, says study

A big chunk of those “likes,” “retweets,” and “followers” lighting up your Twitter (TWTR)account may not be coming from human hands. According to new research from the University of Southern California, up to 15 percent of Twitter accounts are in fact bots rather than people.

The research could be troubling news for Twitter, which has struggled to grow its user base in the face of growing competition from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and others.

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Harvard library circulating ‘fake news’ list, which, of course, includes just about every conservative news site

A few conservative critics predicted early on that the recent obsession with fake news would lead eventually to right-of-center newsrooms being lumped with the bad actors.

It looks increasingly likely that those critics were onto something.

Harvard University’s library website currently features a page titled, “Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda.”

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The Father of the World Wide Web Has Some Worries About His Baby

Yesterday was the 28th anniversary of the day that Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal for what would become the World Wide Web. In honor of the occasion, he published a letter outlining the biggest areas of its development that are doing him a frighten and warping his original vision.

Berners-Lee still directs the World Wide Web Consortium which develops open standards for the web. That gives him a tremendous amount of influence. But now that the web truly is world wide, governments and multi-billion dollar corporations hold most of the power. While a lot of the problems he points out aren’t at all new, he says that he’s become “increasingly worried about three new trends” over the last 12 months.

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Never-before-seen Michael Brown footage sheds new light on case and suggests he did NOT rob the store before being shot dead by Ferguson police but was involved in a drug deal

A never-before-seen video sheds new light on the Michael Brown case and suggests he did not rob a convenience store as had previously been thought, but instead had been involved in a drug deal with the clerks.

Filmmaker Jason Pollock obtained a copy of the clip and shared it with the New York Times Saturday as part of a preview for his new documentary about the case, titled Stranger Fruit.

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Ex-CIA deputy director: Leak ‘has to be an inside job’

Former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell believes the leak of CIA documents published this week by WikiLeaks “has to be an inside job.”

“This data is not shared outside CIA. It’s only inside CIA,” Morell said in an interview with “CBS This Morning” on Saturday.

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Proof: Hillary Clinton Ran the most DEPLORABLE Campaign Says Study

A new academic study analyzing the 2016 presidential election has determined that Hillary Clinton and her multitude of handlers ran a deplorably awful campaign that was probably the worst campaign for national office in the modern political era.

The study — entitled “Political Advertising in 2016: The Presidential Election as Outlier?” — suggests that the biggest reason Clinton lost was because she decided she did not need to advertise in several critically important states and that, when she did advertise, her ads failed to address substantive political issues.

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The Internet Blows Up Over GOP Rep’s Tweet About Immigration

Republican Iowa Rep. Steve King on Sunday tweeted a message in support of Dutch nationalist politician Geert Wilders that included a concern that the children of recent immigrants can’t “restore our civilization.”

That message drew massive backlash from liberals and even a few Republicans.

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Democrats question whether politics drove President Trump to remove U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

Two days after the Trump administration asked dozens of U.S. attorneys to submit resignation letters, a top House Democrat on Sunday openly questioned whether the president was trying to suppress investigations into his own businesses.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said politics may have led to the firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, a high-profile New York prosecutor.

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PATHETIC: University Removes Scale From Gym After ‘Triggering’ Students

Social Justice Warriors have placed their crosshairs on the ever-triggering scale, which makes perfect sense since scales inform us of objective facts and we all know how the Left feels about those.

Carleton University has made the decision to remove the weight scale from their campus gym after a student complained about being “triggered” by the device … which, presumably, she chose to step on. A sign where the scale once stood explains that the university’s choice to remove the scale is “in keeping with current fitness and social trends.”

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