Forbes Media may soon be on block again as investors explore sale

The Asian investors who bought a controlling stake in Forbes Media from the Forbes family in 2014 are quietly exploring a sale of the magazine and related Web properties, sources say. Reached for comment, a spokesman for Forbes, also known as the “Capitalist Tool,” didn’t shoot down rumors of a sale — and even went…
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Twice Burned: Winklevoss Brothers Overshadowed by Zuckerberg Yet Again

Can a Libra and two Geminis get along? How about Facebook and the Winklevoss twins?

Back in the day, Mark Zuckerberg’s hunky Harvard classmates claimed the Facebook CEO stole their idea for the social network when he was just a nerdy undergrad. Now, Facebook’s grand plan for a new digital currency called Libra could bring the three men together again–though it remains to be seen whether there’ll be enough drama to warrant a sequel to The Social Network, the 2010 film based on the story of Facebook’s founding.

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have busied themselves since their Harvard days–they’re 37 now, while Zuckerberg is 35–investing heavily in Bitcoin, currently the best-known “cryptocurrency.” With Libra, though, Facebook is hoping to change that, and so once again Zuckerberg seems to be one-upping the “Winklevii” in their own backyard.

Perfect for a dramatic retelling, right? But how about a rom-com, or at least a bromance? The Winklevoss twins, it turns out, have also founded Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange based in New York City. The idea behind the exchange, started in 2014, was to create a secure ecosystem that is “free of hacking, fraud, and security breaches,” to move cryptocurrency out of Wild West days and into something that’s regulated, secure, and used by regular people.

Facebook’s Libra, meanwhile, hopes to be the first Bitcoin-like currency with mass appeal, thanks to its backing by familiar corporations like Uber, Visa, and Mastercard. Is there room for some cooperation? Or will the twins get burned again?

In an interview with CBS News on Sunday, Cameron Winklevoss said he was not worried about Libra’s launch. “There’s so much pie to grow, I mean, at this point, we need to be frenemies,” he said.

Representatives for Facebook and Gemini did not immediately return messages for comment on Tuesday.

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–Does the SEC’s ICO lawsuit against Kik go too far?

–How cord-cutting is driving big changes across the media landscape

–Andreessen Horowitz’s Scott Kupor demystifies the VC funding process

–To break up Facebook, here’s where the government might start

–Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 Daily

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adidas Consortium & Alife Join Forces Again for Another Nizza Hi Makeover

Just two months after its last collaborative release, adidas Consortium and long-standing partner Alife is dropping yet another Nizza Hi together.

Electing an even cleaner colorway this time, this Nizza Hi “Artist Proof” is dressed entirely of pure white, with the usual canvas upper paired with a vulcanized midsole and rubber outsole. The pristine 1975 silhouette creates a fitting backdrop for the black rubberized appliqué on the sides reading “Alife®/Shop Art Museum,” coupled with toe cap markings reading “©2019” and “A/P 1/400″: the year of collaboration and limited edition number. The Alife black-text branding extends up to the laces and the tongue tags, with “Artist Proof” written on each one. As part of the campaign, a white Alife®/Shop Art Museum T-shirt will also be released, also featuring the same black rubberized appliqué on the chest.

The adidas Consortium x Alife Nizza Hi “Artist Proof” will be available at the Alife online store and the Alife Rivington Club on June 20, followed by a June 22 release at Nouis in Paris and the Alife Japan online store.

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Tuukka Rask Comes Through Again as Bruins Force Game 7 in Stanley Cup Final

Rask made 28 saves in the Bruins 5–1 win over the Blues in Game 6, sending the series back to Boston, where the city eyes its third championship in a year. 

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Spotify is Searching for New Female Podcasters of Color (Again!) With 2019 Contest

Spotify has been making a concerted effort to support more multicultural podcasters because yes, the podcasting world is still majority white male. According to a recent press release, in 2018, only 22% of podcasts were hosted by women, and even fewer when it came to minority women.

Spotify is back for year two of Sound Up, a program that is highly focused on diversifying the podcast landscape, with an emphasis on backing women of color. The immersive accelerator for new female podcasters of color is set up to support the next generation of podcasters by providing education and resources.

Here’s how it works. The press release states that applicants can expect an immersive experience that will help them take their ideas to pilot production. The program covers technical production, storytelling through audio, marketing your podcast, and more, geared to develop the skills and confidence to create a podcast pilot. No prior experience is required. Applicants just need to have something unique to say and a desire to use the podcast medium to tell their story. At the end of the week, participants will pitch for a chance to win $ 5K and the opportunity to have up to five of their podcast episodes produced. The participants will own the intellectual property to their podcast idea.

Past alumni of Sound Up have received podcast development deals, connections to industry leaders, and production grants to take their concepts to the next level.

The program was launched in 2018 and previously selected 10 women of color from over 18,000 applicants. Last June, the Spotify offices in New York City hosted the first-ever Sound Up Workshop. In addition to the U.S., Sound Up launched globally in Australia, Brazil, and the UK. Last year’s winners included: In Those Genes, which focuses on genetics and the black community, Dope Labs, which looks at the intersection between science and pop culture, and Your Job Seems Easy, an interview show which explores the working lives of women of color.

Spotify is now accepting applications for the 2019 Sound Up program. The deadline for entries is June 21st at 12 AM ET. The program will take place Aug. 12–17 in New York City.

 

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Trump unleashes fury on Mueller, again disputes US intelligence findings on Russia

President Donald Trump launched a furious broadside Thursday morning against Robert Mueller the day after the special counsel discussed the findings of his report into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the investigation’s inability to clear the President of obstruction of justice.


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Make SNL Great Again and Get Rid of Alec Baldwin’s Trump

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Last Saturday night, a comedy cabal assembled in NBC’s Studio 8H for SNL’s Season 44 finale. It opened in a dreadfully familiar place: the Oval Office. There, President Donald J. Trump (Alec Baldwin, all violent spasms) crowed with self-satisfied delight, for he was on “cruise control” to a 2020 win and “there’s nothing the Democrats in Congress can do about it.”

With that, Trump and his loyal confederates broke into a parody version of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

“He’s a loose cannon rippin’ up the laws of society,” belted Aidy Bryant’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “But they call him Mr. Bad Advice, cause he listens to Fox News guys,” chimed in Cecily Strong’s Melania Trump, prompting Beck Bennett’s Mike Pence to add, “I want to make a super-straight man out of you!”

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Once again named to DiversityInc Top 50 Hall of Fame

At Kaiser Permanente, we believe that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness require total health, and that includes equal access to high-quality health care for all people, regardless of who they are or where they live. We recognize the importance of an inclusive and equitable workforce culture and its role in our overall success and we are continuously recognized for our leadership in this area.

For the second year in a row, Kaiser Permanente was named to the DiversityInc Top 50 Hall of Fame. DiversityInc awards Hall of Fame status to companies that have demonstrated exceptional diversity and inclusion management, excelling in such areas as hiring, retaining, and promoting women, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities, and people in the LGBTQ community.

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SpaceX postpones Starlink satellite launch again, for ‘about a week’

A SpaceX launch already scrubbed once due to inclement weather was postponed again nearly 24 hours later on Thursday, this time for “about a week,” in order to update satellite software and “triple-check everything,” Elon Musk’s rocket company said.


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Trump again stokes China tensions with ‘national emergency’

President Trump on Wednesday declared a “national emergency” to protect American communications networks — a move that gives the feds broad powers to ban US companies from doing business with some foreign suppliers — including the Chinese firm Huawei. “The President has made it clear that this Administration will do what it takes to keep…
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The Week in Movie News: ‘Star Wars’ Returns Again in 2022, New ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer and more

The Week in Movie News: ‘Star Wars’ Returns Again in 2022, New ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer and more

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New Star Wars trilogy begins in three years: Disney revealed its known slate of movies for the next eight years, with dates slotted for Marvel, Avatar and Star Wars installments. The last of these franchises will kick off a whole new trilogy in December 2022 with the other two installments alternating with Avatar sequels in the same month through 2027 [via Variety].

 

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Ulrika Jonsson isn’t ready to date again

OHMYGOSSIP — Ulrika Jonsson isn’t ready to start dating again after her third divorce.
The 51-year-old presenter doesn’t feel up to trying online dating after splitting from her husband of 11 years Brian Monet – with whom she has 10-year-old son Malcolm – as it feels like “such a foreign thing” and she’s scared of meeting “an idiot”.
Speaking on ‘Loose Women’, she said: “No. It feels like such a foreign thing to me. I have never been on a blind date … I don’t know how you meet people. I guess I have met people through work and one thing or another. A good friend of mine, Laura has gone online dating and says, ‘Ulrika, it’s a nightmare, they never look like they do in their profile photos and then he is an idiot.’
“I just think, God, I don’t want that. I have got my gorgeous dogs and my children.”
The former ‘Gladiators’ host – who also has Martha, 14, with second spouse Lance Gerrard-Wright, 19-year-old Bo with ex-lover Markus Kempen and 14-year-old Cameron with first husband John Turnbull – went on to explain that her relationship with third hubby Brian collapsed as she felt like she was “dealing with things on my own”.
She said: “I think there is just a moment when you realise you can’t do it on your own. I really believe in [couples] counselling, psychotherapy is amazing.
“I have gone on my own [to therapy]. I felt like I was dealing with things on my own a lot of the time and found it really hard to cope, you are trying to keep things even in front of the children but it’s just not possible.
“It’s just not going to happen, especially when they are older. They are emotionally mature, my girls, and they [pick up when you are sad] more so than you think.”

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‘Jeopardy!’ whiz James Holzhauer wins 22nd game, won’t play again for two weeks

The “Jeopardy!” juggernaut continues! James Holzhauer notched his 22nd straight win Friday night, walking off the soundstage with $ 82,381. That brings his total haul to $ 1,691,008. Though episodes are taped in advance, America won’t get to see the 34-year-old knock out any more contestants until May 20. Over the next two weeks, the Teachers Tournament…
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Trump skipping ‘boring’ correspondents’ dinner again

President Trump on Friday said he’ll once again boycott the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — calling it “boring” and “negative” — and will hold a rally instead. “I’m going to hold a rally, because the dinner is so boring and so negative,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. “I…
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Meghan McCain Battles Joy Behar Yet Again: ‘You Disagree That I’m Smart?!’

During Tuesday’s broadcast of The View, co-hosts and regular sparring partners Joy Behar and Meghan McCain got into yet another uncomfortable on-air standoff, this time over McCain’s understanding of what “democratic socialism” means.

Discussing potential Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s ascent in recent media attention, McCain cited an NBC News/WSJ poll that found voters are fairly comfortable with a gay man being president but only 25 percent of Americans are okay with a “socialist” occupying the White House.

Behar jumped in and suggested that “when they realize what that means” it will change, prompting the late John McCain’s daughter to retort that “people are smart” and declare that she is also smart.

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Federal Judge Again Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements

For a second time in nine months, the same federal judge has struck down the Trump administration’s plan to force some Medicaid recipients to work to maintain benefits.

The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg blocks Kentucky from implementing the work requirements and Arkansas from continuing is program. More than 18,000 Arkansas enrollees have lost Medicaid coverage since the state began the mandate last summer.

Boasberg said that the approval of work requirements by the Department of Health and Human Services “is arbitrary and capricious because it did not address … how the project would implicate the ‘core’ objective of Medicaid: the provision of medical coverage to the needy.”

The decision could have repercussions nationally. The Trump administration has approved a total of eight states for work requirements, and seven more states are pending.

Still, health experts say it’s likely the decision won’t stop the administration or conservative states from moving forward. Many predict the issue will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, has threatened to scrap the Medicaid expansion unless his state is allowed to proceed with the new rules, a move that would drop more than 400,000 new enrollees. He said the work requirement will help move some adults off the program so the state has enough money to help other enrollees.

Bevin, who is running for re-election this fall, had threatened to end the Medicaid expansion during his last campaign but backed off that pledge after his victory.

Kentucky had been slated to begin its work requirement next Monday, but current provisions will instead stay in place, according to Adam Meier, who heads up the state’s Medicaid program. He said officials there believe they have “an excellent record for appeal and are currently considering next steps.”

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he was disappointed with the decision. He added that he would read review the opinion overnight and announce Thursday how the state would respond.

In his decision on Kentucky, Boasberg criticized HHS officials for approving the state’s second effort to institute work requirements partly because Bevin threatened to end the Medicaid expansion without it.

Under this reasoning, he said, states could threaten to end their expansion or do away with Medicaid “if the Secretary does not approve whatever waiver of whatever Medicaid requirements they wish to obtain. The Secretary could then always approve those waivers, no matter how few people remain on Medicaid thereafter because any waiver would be coverage promoting compared to a world in which the state offers no coverage at all.”

In a statement, Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare &  Medicaid Services, suggested the rulings would not dissuade her efforts to approve work requirements in other states. The administration wants “to give states greater flexibility to help low income Americans rise out of poverty,” she said and will “vigorously support their innovative, state-driven efforts to develop and test reforms that will advance the objectives of the Medicaid program.”

The decision by federal officials in 2018 to link work or other activities such as schooling or caregiving to eligibility for benefits is a historic change for Medicaid, which is designed to provide safety-net care for low-income individuals.

Top Trump administration officials have promoted work requirements, saying they incentivize beneficiaries to lead healthier lives. Democrats and advocates for the poor decry the effort as a way to curtail enrollment in the state-federal health insurance entitlement program that covers 72 million Americans.

Despite the full-court press by conservatives, most Medicaid enrollees already work, are seeking work or go to school or care for a loved one, studies show.

Critics of the work policy hailed the latest ruling, which many expected since Boasberg last June stopped Kentucky from moving ahead with an earlier plan for work requirements. The judge then also blasted HHS Secretary Alex Azar for failing to adequately consider the effects the policy.

“This is a historic decision and a major victory for Medicaid beneficiaries,” said Joan Alker, executive director for the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. “The message to other states considering work requirements is clear — they are not compatible with the objectives of the Medicaid program.”

Sally Pipes, president of the conservative San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute, called the ruling “a major blow” to the Trump administration but said this won’t end its efforts. “The Department of Health and Human Services is very committed to work requirements under Medicaid,” she said.

“It is my feeling that those who are on Medicaid who are capable of working should be required to work, volunteer, or take classes to help them become qualified to work,” Pipes said. “Then there will be more funding available for those who truly need the program and less pressure on state budgets.”

Several states, including Virginia and Kentucky, have used the prospect of work rules to build support among conservatives to support Medicaid expansion, which was one of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. That expansion has added more than 15 million adults to the program since 2014.

Previously the program mainly covered children, parents and the disabled.

Particularly irksome to advocates for the poor: Some states, including Alabama, which didn’t expand Medicaid, are seeking work requirements in the traditional Medicaid program for parents with incomes as low as $ 4,000 a year.

The legal battle centers on two issues — whether the requirements are permissible under the Medicaid program and whether the administration overstepped its authority on allowing states to test new ways of operating the program.

Alker said that state requests for Medicare waivers in the past have involved experiments that would expand coverage or make the program more efficient. The work requirements mark the first time a waiver explicitly let states reduce the number of people covered by the program.

States such as Kentucky have predicted its new work requirement would lead to tens of thousands of enrollees losing Medicaid benefits, though states argued some of them would get coverage from new jobs.

Under the work requirements — which vary among the states in terms of what age groups are exempt and how many hours are needed — enrollees generally have to prove they have a job, go to school or are volunteers. There are exceptions for people who are ill or taking care of a family member.

In Arkansas, thousands of adults failed to tell the state their work status for three consecutive months, which led to disenrollment. For the first several months last year, Arkansas allowed Medicaid recipients to report their work hours only online. Advocates for the poor said the state’s website was confusing to navigate, particularly for people with limited computer skills.

While the administration said it wanted to test the work requirements, none of the states that have been cleared to begin have a plan to track whether enrollees find jobs or improve their health — the key goals of the program, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times.

Craig Wilson, director of health policy at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, a nonpartisan health research group, said he believes policymakers will appeal court rulings all the way to the Supreme Court.

“As long as they hold on to hope that some judge will rule in their favor, states will continue to pursue work requirements,” he said.

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Google is Once Again Looking for Podcasters and Creators of Color for 2019

The Google Podcasts Creator Program, run by PRX, is back and is looking for its next round of participants. The program provides 20 weeks of training and mentorship as well as seed funding to promising podcasters with the aim of promoting underrepresented voices throughout the industry and around the world.

Catalina May and Martín Cruz, the team behind Las Raras (The Outsiders), are independent podcasters based in Santiago, Chile. They are one of the six teams participating in the first round of the program. Their training began in January 2019 with a week-long intensive bootcamp at the PRX Podcast Garage in Boston, and will culminate in a final showcase on June 19.

“At the PRX Podcast Garage, we met amazing trainers and the five other teams in the program,” stated the Las Raras team. “It was a dream to talk about podcasting for 12 hours a day with a diverse group of people who share our passion.”

Other podcasts accepted into the program included AfroQueer, a podcast that sets out to raise awareness about LGBTQ+ people’s lives in a place where homosexuality is illegal, Long Distance which tells stories from the Filipino diaspora; The Colored Girl Beautiful which reflects on modern beauty standards; Timestorm introduces children to Puerto Rican history, and “Who Taught You How to Drive?!”, a [odcast that talks about car culture and road rage.

Las Raras,” was inspired by the first season of Serial. As a journalist and a sound engineer, the team understood the influence that podcasts could have on their culture. “This intimate medium is perfect for telling stories of people who are frequently overlooked, stories of people challenging norms, and stories of people defying the status quo.”

The Google Podcasts creator program has sense assisted all of the teams in bringing their goals to fruition by helping to increase the diversity of voices in the podcasting industry.

Applications for the next round are currently open and will be accepted until 11:59pm ET, Sunday, April 14.

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Home prices could be on the verge of heating up again, according to a new report

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Losing Amazon again: Is Cuomo losing his mojo?

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Fyre Festival’s CMO Grant Margolin appears to be working again … as a business tutor

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Grant Margolin, the chief marketing officer of the colossal disaster that was Fyre Festival, seemed to drop off the face of the Earth after the event. 

The festival’s founder and CEO, Billy McFarland, is serving six years in prison for defrauding over 100 investors out of $ 27.4 million. But Margolin, who is portrayed in both recent Fyre Festival documentaries as McFarland’s right-hand man, settled out of court and has kept a low profile. 

All the documentaries managed to say about what he does now is that he volunteers as an EMT. 

But now it seems Margolin has been found — selling his services in New York City as a tutor, specializing in business and marketing, for $ 90 an hour. But we’ll get back to that.  Read more…

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Goodell: Changes to replay again to be discussed

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Boys Will Be Boys. Covington’s Showed Yet Again Why Only White Boys Can Smirk Through That.

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Boys will be boys.

We expect them to rough-house, crash their father’s Volvo, have one too many beers and get caught pissing outside at least once in their lives. As a society, we have come to accept the skirt-chasing, even when that “skirt” is not interested. Male aggression is all too often embraced and rewarded as crassness and hyper-masculinity remain, unfortunately, a celebrated trait in some quarters, allowing men and boys a time-honored, unearned discount—a point of privilege that allows them to evade responsibility for minor and sometimes even egregious acts of wrongdoing.

Except that old “rule” does not apply to all boys and men.

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Drug Prices Are Rising Again. Is Someone Going To Do Something About It?

Many drugmakers have announced price increases with the start of the new year. The new Congress wants to do something about that. And even though both Republicans and Democrats want to address the politically potent issue of drug prices, it is unclear what they might be able to agree on.

Battle lines are forming between the House and Senate on the matter of abortion. The House is led by abortion-rights supporters and, since the election, the Senate has become slightly more against abortion.

And even though the majority of the Department of Health and Human Services remains unaffected by the partial government shutdown, the lapse of funding for other agencies is having spillover effects on health programs.

This week’s panelists for KHN’s “What the Health?” are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Alice Ollstein of Politico.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • The biggest conflict among Republicans and Democrats on the drug issue centers on the GOP’s reluctance to give the government a role in directly negotiating prices. Adding to the pressure is the clear indication that the issue will be front and center in the 2020 campaign.
  • Some states, such as California, are looking to find ways to bring down drug costs on their own. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, has proposed that the state have direct negotiations with drugmakers. Such efforts could mean cutting off consumers’ access to some drugs, if manufacturers don’t agree to a price the state likes, and that is a painful choice for officials and patients.
  • When House committee assignments were released this week, women were appointed to lead many of the key panels that have a hand in health policy, including the chairman and top Republican on the Appropriations Committee and two Energy and Commerce subcommittees.
  • The House Democratic Caucus now has more liberal members and fewer conservatives, so the party’s efforts to roll back restrictions on abortion are likely to be more robust. That could also trigger some big battles with Republicans through the legislative session.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is putting a bill on the Senate floor that would make permanent the Hyde Amendment — which bars federal funding of abortions in nearly all circumstances. But it seems unlikely that bill could be passed by the Senate, where it needs 60 votes, and even some Republicans are believed to oppose it.

Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read too:

Julie Rovner: Bloomberg News’ “This JPMorgan Health Conference Is So Packed Attendees Are Meeting in the Bathroom,” by Kristen V Brown

Joanne Kenen: The New York Times’ “The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips,” by Ted Alcorn

Margot Sanger-Katz: Kaiser Health News’ “Patients Turn To GoFundMe When Money And Hope Run Out,” by Mark Zdechlik

Alice Ollstein: The Washington Post’s “Federal Officials Launch Audit of D.C. Government’s Opioid Grant Spending,” by Peter Jamison

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Dry January: Why I’m Doing It Again — And What to Drink Instead

What to Drink Instead During Dry January

Ladies, are you doing #dryjanuary — or otherwise trying to back away slowly from alcohol? Do you have favorite mocktails to drink instead during Dry January? I did Dry January last year and found it really refreshing because I broke a lot of bad habits, and got a lot of clarity over when I actually want to drink instead of just drinking out of habit or because of social obligation. For example, most Fridays we have a regular dinner with extended family, and I found that that the first martini that my husband and I share is a really big thing for me. It’s an “us” thing (everyone else drinks wine), as well as a celebration of the week being done and the weekend arriving. On the flip side, it’s far too easy to get in the habit of pouring yourself a glass of wine while making dinner… or watching TV… or as just your default order if you’re meeting a friend out and about… and I find that glass of wine is hugely related to habit more than anything. It isn’t a celebration or a treat — it’s a reflex. Last year, Dry January actually extended into February for me because I got strep throat around my birthday at the end of January… and I lost eight pounds really easily, so there’s that. (Full disclosure: I gained all that back — plus most of my old habits or just as negative new ones — by mid-April — but I’m still grateful I did Dry January! I did really try to resist the pull of mid-week drinking without cause all year, though.)

So… what else to drink instead? I thought I’d round up some of my favorites… readers, are you trying to curtail your drinking as a New Year resolution or as part of Dry January? What are your motivating factors? What else do you drink? 

What to Drink Instead During Dry January - infused water

Water or Infused Water

Something I’ve only recently realized is that everyone has the perfect temperature at which they like to drink water, and that it varies pretty widely from person to person. I haaaate lukewarm or room temperature water, but will happily gulp down ice cold water. (But no ice cubes.) In the summer I often freeze a half-filled Nalgene bottle, then add cold water to it to take with me if I’m running errands. I enjoy lemon water water but not so much that it’s worth the extra trouble to me. I once tried to make jalapeno/grapefruit-infused water based on a recipe I saw online, and…. that is too spicy for me. 

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What to Drink During TV Time Instead of Wine: Tea

I feel like it was just yesterday that I hated tea… but I’ve been into it for a while now. (We had a nice discussion on the best teas a while ago!) Rooibos tea was my gateway, and I started drinking it because it had been recommended as a wine replacement. It is not that — but it has a nice, non-bitey taste to it, and it’s caffeine free so it’s a good option for late afternoons or evenings. If I want a sweet hit at night while watching TV or reading I’ll make myself some fruity herbal tea or chocolate mint tea. This mojito marmalade tea looks all kinds of awesome. Funnily enough, I’ve since acquired a taste for black tea and earl gray tea… but I still find green tea hard to enjoy.

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What to Drink During Meal Prep & Dinner: Seltzer

There are a TON of seltzers out there right now, and I’ve totally become the person who brings a case of Spendrift with me to parties in addition to wine and other nibbles. My favorite is Spindrift, but I’m also a fan of plain seltzer (or seltzer with a splash of juice) from the SodaStream (affiliate link) or LaCroix Cúrate in Cerise Limón.

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Celebratory Non-Alcoholic Drinks:  Unicorn Juice

Readers turned me on to this, and it’s kind of fun to offer someone unicorn juice — it’s unflavored seltzer with a teaspoon or so of powdered pink lemonade. Yum!

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What to Drink Instead When You Want Something a Little Zippy: Kombucha

Kombucha feels too expensive (and my fridge is too small) to drink it really regularly, but I like to have half a bottle or so during dinner every so often. (Note that kombucha has some alcohol content, but I believe it’s very small.) 

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What to Drink Instead During Dry January: Fancy DIY Mocktails

If you want to get fancier, you can start making fancier mocktails with bitters. I’ve even heard of people who use gin-making kits to flavor a club soda, or to soak the flavorings in hot water to make a large batch of gin-flavored tea to keep in the fridge, either to mix with tonic water or to use with the Sodastream. The Kitchn has a lot of fancy articles on mocktails, including one on shrubs (which, whoa, look really interesting and now I need to order some). 

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What to Drink Instead: Non-Alcoholic Versions of Alcoholic Drinks

I’ve heard amazing things about Seedlip Spirits, but have never tried them myself. Non-alcoholic wine is… kind of vinegary, IMHO, but it does exist. When I was pregnant I liked O’Douls non-alcoholic beer because everything else tasted too sweet to me (I am really not a beer drinker otherwise). Here’s a recent roundup from Esquire on non-alcoholic beers, and from The Spirits Business on non-alcoholic spirits. 

Readers, are you doing Dry January? What are your favorite things to drink instead during Dry January? If you’ve done Dry January before (or regularly take time away from alcohol), what have you learned during your dry periods? 

 

 

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Kanye West Rededicates Himself To His MAGA Lifestyle, Again

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In the latest episode of “Who’s Man Is This?,” Kanye West has rededicated himself to Donald Trump, or at least the Make America Great Again hat. Yeezy took to Twitter, of course, to triple down on his MAGA lifestyle

“One of my favorite of many things about what the Trump hat represents to me is that people can’t tell me what to do because I’m black,” tweeted West on Monday, January 1.

This was the last of a series of tweets that included revealing he will appear on Joe Rogan’s podcast and once again telling Drake not to follow his wife on Instagram.

This is where we find it necessary to point out that Kanye West is 41-years-old who is likely not treating his bipolar disorder.

Oh yeah, Ye also threw in a “Trump all day” previously.

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Judge Strikes Down ACA Putting Law In Legal Peril — Again

The future of the Affordable Care Act is threatened — again — this time by a ruling Friday from a federal district court judge in Texas.

Judge Reed C. O’Connor struck down the law, siding with a group of 18 Republican state attorneys general and two GOP governors who brought the case. O’Connor said the tax bill passed by Congress last December effectively rendered the entire health law unconstitutional.

That tax measure eliminated the penalty for not having insurance. An earlier Supreme Court decision upheld the ACA based on the view that the penalty was a tax and thus the law was valid because it relied on appropriate power allowed Congress under the Constitution. O’Connor’s decision said that without that penalty, the law no longer met that Constitutional test.

“In some ways, the question before the Court involves the intent of both the 2010 and 2017 Congresses,” O’Connor wrote in his 55-page decision. “The former enacted the ACA. The latter sawed off the last leg it stood on.”

The decision came just hours before the end of open enrollment for ACA plans in most states that use the federal Healthcare.gov insurance exchange. It is not expected that the ruling will impact the coverage for those people — the final decision will likely not come until the case reaches the Supreme Court again.

Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees those insurance exchanges, said in a tweet: “The recent federal court decision is still moving through the courts, and the exchanges are still open for business and we will continue with open enrollment. There is no impact to current coverage or coverage in a 2019 plan.”

The 16 Democratic state attorneys general who intervened in the case to defend the health law immediately vowed to appeal.

“The ACA has already survived more than 70 unsuccessful repeal attempts and withstood scrutiny in the Supreme Court,” said a statement from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “Today’s misguided ruling will not deter us: our coalition will continue to fight in court for the health and wellbeing of all Americans.”

It is all but certain the case will become the third time the Supreme Court decides a constitutional question related to the ACA. In addition to upholding the law in 2012, the court rejected another challenge to the law in 2015.

It is hard to overstate what would happen to the nation’s health care system if the decision is ultimately upheld. The Affordable Care Act touched almost every aspect of health care, from Medicare and Medicaid to generic biologic drugs, the Indian Health Service, and public health changes like calorie counts on menus.

The case, Texas v United States, was filed in February. The plaintiffs argued that because the Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 as a constitutional use of its taxing power, the elimination of the tax makes the rest of the law unconstitutional.

In June, the Justice Department announced it would not fully defend the law in court. While the Trump administration said it did not agree with the plaintiffs that the tax law meant the entire ACA was unconstitutional, it said that the provisions of the law guaranteeing that people with preexisting health conditions could purchase coverage at the same price as everyone else were so inextricably linked to the tax penalty that they should be struck.

The administration urged the court to declare those provisions invalid beginning Jan. 1, 2019. That is the day the tax penalty for not having insurance disappears.

The protections for people with preexisting conditions was one of the top health issues in the midterm elections in November. While the issue mostly played to the advantage of Democrats, one of the Republican plaintiffs, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Another plaintiff, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, lost to Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin.

President Donald Trump was quick to take a victory lap, and pressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the presumed incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to fix the problem. He tweeted Friday night that “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!”

But congressional leaders were quick to point out that the suit is far from over.

“The ruling seems to be based on faulty legal reasoning and hopefully it will be overturned,” said a statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Many legal experts agreed with that. “This is insanity in print, and it will not stand up on appeal,” tweeted University of Michigan Law School Professor Nicholas Bagley, an expert in health law.

Even some conservatives were left scratching their heads. “Congress acted last year to repeal the mandate, but leave everything else in place and the courts should have deferred to that,” tweeted former congressional GOP aide Chris Jacobs.

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Good Sign for Buyers: Housing Inventory Growing Again

The growth is potentially a big deal for homebuyers for multiple reasons. As inventory grows, buyers have a wider selection of homes to choose from. More homes for sale can help reduce bidding battles among buyers for a home purchase. And higher housing supply may put more pressure on sellers to cut listing prices.

There were 3% more homes for sale nationally in October than the same time a year ago, according to a new report. The online real estate firm Zillow reported inventory fell for 44 straight months on an annual basis before realizing the uptick. A 1% jump in inventory in September spurred a greater gain in October, a possible sign of future gains in available inventory.

The surges came after inventory declined last October at a 10.2% annual pace. Expensive markets that were among the nation’s hottest saw some of the biggest inventory gains. Take San Jose, California. It had the biggest annual inventory jump, adding about 1,500 homes to boost inventory by 93.1% from last October. San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle also experienced the greatest increases in the number of houses for sale.

Still, rising mortgage rates could dampen the rising housing stock if the higher rates scare off potential buyers.

“In yet another sign that the housing market is cooling, we’re finally starting to see inventory return after several years of annual declines,”  Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas stated in a press release. “The combination of tight supply and strong demand have pushed up home values in recent years, but markets always ebb and flow and there is no doubt that the tides that have buoyed sellers are shifting.”

Terrazas added, “Buyers are not out of the woods yet: While there are more homes for sale, rising mortgage rates are quickly eating into what they can afford to pay. First-time buyers have benefited from flat or falling rents over the past year—making it somewhat easier to save for a down payment—but the decline in rents could be short-lived if higher buying costs push some people back toward the rental market.”

On the home appreciation front, Zillow reported median home value nationally at $ 221,500, up 7% from this time last year. The median rent is $ 1,442, down 0.1% ($ 1 per month) year-over-year, the second straight month of annual rent declines.

But before purchasing a home, here are some tips for buyers to consider:

  • Identify a realtor to work with that’s in your area. Real estate agents can offer helpful insights, including disclosing how fast homes are selling and for what price. They often can help you negotiate a price to make your offer stand out over others. To find an agent in your area, enter your zip code at www.realtor.com/realestateagents
  • Know your budget and stick to it. Before you even start shopping, figure out what you can afford to spend by receiving a pre-approval from a lender to learn the amount of money you’re qualified to borrow. When determining your final budget, examine other costs of homeownership, including property taxes, insurance, and utilities. If listings are scarce in your market, home prices are likely to rise as bidding for available houses drive them up.
  • Avoid cases where you are competing against other buyers and counteroffering over what you can actually afford. Don’t be afraid to back off if the price exceeds your budget.
  • Identify needs versus wants.

As you begin home searching, focus on what features you really want against what you can live with or without. For instance, ask yourself questions like do you want a three-bedroom home with an attached garage and basement? Do you want to be in a certain school district or near your job? Sites like Realtor, Zillow, and Trulia, and others can help with that research.

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Great Barrier Reef showing signs of life again

A rise in global temperatures continues to have a large impact on the Great Barrier Reef, but scientists are finding new ways to save the aquatic habitat. CNN’s Ivan Watson explains.


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Good Sign for Buyers: Housing Inventory Growing Again

The growth is potentially a big deal for homebuyers for multiple reasons. As inventory grows, buyers have a wider selection of homes to choose from. More homes for sale can help reduce bidding battles among buyers for a home purchase. And higher housing supply may put more pressure on sellers to cut listing prices.

There were 3% more homes for sale nationally in October than the same time a year ago, according to a new report. The online real estate firm Zillow reported inventory fell for 44 straight months on an annual basis before realizing the uptick. A 1% jump in inventory in September spurred a greater gain in October, a possible sign of future gains in available inventory.

The surges came after inventory declined last October at a 10.2% annual pace. Expensive markets that were among the nation’s hottest saw some of the biggest inventory gains. Take San Jose, California. It had the biggest annual inventory jump, adding about 1,500 homes to boost inventory by 93.1% from last October. San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle also experienced the greatest increases in the number of houses for sale.

Still, rising mortgage rates could dampen the rising housing stock if the higher rates scare off potential buyers.

“In yet another sign that the housing market is cooling, we’re finally starting to see inventory return after several years of annual declines,”  Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas stated in a press release. “The combination of tight supply and strong demand have pushed up home values in recent years, but markets always ebb and flow and there is no doubt that the tides that have buoyed sellers are shifting.”

Terrazas added, “Buyers are not out of the woods yet: While there are more homes for sale, rising mortgage rates are quickly eating into what they can afford to pay. First-time buyers have benefited from flat or falling rents over the past year—making it somewhat easier to save for a down payment—but the decline in rents could be short-lived if higher buying costs push some people back toward the rental market.”

On the home appreciation front, Zillow reported median home value nationally at $ 221,500, up 7% from this time last year. The median rent is $ 1,442, down 0.1% ($ 1 per month) year-over-year, the second straight month of annual rent declines.

But before purchasing a home, here are some tips for buyers to consider:

  • Identify a realtor to work with that’s in your area. Real estate agents can offer helpful insights, including disclosing how fast homes are selling and for what price. They often can help you negotiate a price to make your offer stand out over others. To find an agent in your area, enter your zip code at www.realtor.com/realestateagents
  • Know your budget and stick to it. Before you even start shopping, figure out what you can afford to spend by receiving a pre-approval from a lender to learn the amount of money you’re qualified to borrow. When determining your final budget, examine other costs of homeownership, including property taxes, insurance, and utilities. If listings are scarce in your market, home prices are likely to rise as bidding for available houses drive them up.
  • Avoid cases where you are competing against other buyers and counteroffering over what you can actually afford. Don’t be afraid to back off if the price exceeds your budget.
  • Identify needs versus wants.

As you begin home searching, focus on what features you really want against what you can live with or without. For instance, ask yourself questions like do you want a three-bedroom home with an attached garage and basement? Do you want to be in a certain school district or near your job? Sites like Realtor, Zillow, and Trulia, and others can help with that research.

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Britni Mealy Tells Followers That She’s Done With Future After He Hooks Up With Joie Chavis Again — Future Responds!

Future is definitely the king of quip and petty responses when thrown any kind of shade. The rapper took to his Instagram Story with a video after his baby mama, Britni Mealy, told her followers that she was done with the rapper and his playboy ways.

If you didn’t already know, Future is expecting a baby with Bow-Wow’s baby mama, Joie Chavis. Only a few months after the news broke, the “WRLD ON DRUGS” artist went back to Britni.

Mealy, who already has a child with the musician seemed to be enjoying her rekindled relationship as the couple flaunted their matching jewelry and expensive trips on social media.

Everything seemed to be going fine until Joie Chavis had her baby shower. Future appeared to be as close to Joie as he was being to Mealy.

After Chavis posted romantic birthday messages for her soon to be baby daddy and public humiliation, Britni decided to announce that she has cut all sentimental ties with the ladies’ man because she found happiness.

She posted: “I appreciate y’all stop tagging me and associating me with my son’s father and whatever he got going on. Let me make things crystal clear, I am not with him in no way and never will be again. I did my best and always loved unconditionally and been the sweetest girl I could be, even when I knew he didn’t deserve it. This whole world calls me dumb, stupid, whatever but who cares?” she wrote. “I have a genuine, unconditional, loving, forgiving heart. I am not mad, bitter, none of that. I left and finally begin to realize my worth (long overdue).”

She also let her followers know that Future was always the one pursuing her and that she was not a golddigger.

The 35-year-old uploaded a clip responding to Britni where he’s pictured saying: “You found happiness? Ok. I’m so proud of you.”

He goes on to tell her: “Mmnh. One monkey don’t stop the show. It never have.”

Future’s petty response had many viewers praising what he said and how he said it. Others felt that he was being a manipulative womanizer.

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