Jun 19, 2017

06/19/2017: Senators, and their depleted staffs, are reshaping health care in secret

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You've probably heard the Senate is working on a health care bill. So far there's no public drafts, no hearing, no CBO score, no nothing. But it's there, according to the small group of Senators who are trying to put it up for a vote before July 4. The whole situation is a conundrum for lobbyists and interest groups. Their whole business is legislation, but how can you get a seat at the table when there is no table? Then, speaking of Congress: rank-and-file members are facing shrinking staffs and an ambitious legislative agenda. What could go wrong? Plus, JAY-Z has a new album coming next week, but you can only hear it if you're on Tidal... or Sprint?

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California fishermen, once blocked by conservationists, now work with them

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Environmentalists in Morro Bay focus on getting fishermen back in the water with more sustainable practices.
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Somali refugees seek integration into rural Minnesota

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Groups in and around the St. Cloud area are teaching locals about some of their newer neighbors.
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Can Tidal and Jay-Z get Sprint new users?

Jun 19, 2017
The phone carrier is offering its users a 6-month free trial of the streaming service.
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On health care, consumer groups have no seat at the table

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Jun 19, 2017
The Senate is working to get its own version of the American Health Care Act ready before it goes on recess July 3. Only a small group of senators is working on it, without the input of many other people. This has been frustrating for some consumer groups, who say they’ve been locked out. So many […]

Congress has fewer people helping them than they used to

Jun 19, 2017
Rank-and-file House members have smaller staffs and fewer experts to turn to.
"Ordinary lawmakers are pressed for time, and often they find themselves out of their depth no matter how smart they are or how experienced they are," says Max Ehrenfreund, a Washington Post writer.
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After a difficult few months, Brexit negotiations begin

Jun 19, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May faces mounting pressure at home.
“Prime Minister May's authority has been shattered,” says Stephen Beard, Marketplace's London correspondent.
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You’ve probably heard the Senate is working on a health care bill. So far there’s no public drafts, no hearing, no CBO score, no nothing. But it’s there, according to the small group of Senators who are trying to put it up for a vote before July 4. The whole situation is a conundrum for lobbyists and interest groups. Their whole business is legislation, but how can you get a seat at the table when there is no table? Then, speaking of Congress: rank-and-file members are facing shrinking staffs and an ambitious legislative agenda. What could go wrong? Plus, JAY-Z has a new album coming next week, but you can only hear it if you’re on Tidal… or Sprint?

Music from the episode

Fu-Gee-La Fugees
Birds Coldplay
Work It Missy Elliott
Down, Down, Down - Club Mix DJ Quik, Suga Free, Mausberg, AMG
Brukstep (Atjazz Astro Remix) Mark de Clive-Lowe