Jul 19, 2017

07/19/2017: Remember when we said the plan to repeal Obamacare was over? Yeah, no.

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The Republican effort to get rid of Obamacare and maybe, sometime, replace it is alive again. Or is it? The Congressional Budget Office released a new score this afternoon on GOP efforts to repeal and delay replacement. The bottom line: 32 million more people without insurance by 2026, and a cut in federal deficits by $473 billion in that same period. We'll get you up to speed. Then: local governments all around the country have sent the White House hundreds of projects for consideration under a big infrastructure package. But Trump's push for private investment could mean his base gets left out of the spending spree. Plus: Can baseball movies make a comeback?

Segments From this episode

Can a better-designed bike helmet make people safer on the road?

Jul 19, 2017
Gloria Hwang, the founder and CEO of helmet company Thousand, thinks so.
Photo Courtesy Thousand

Can the Hollywood baseball movie make a comeback?

Jul 19, 2017
The strike and steroids " purged a lot of the sentimentality" from the game, says Jay Caspian Kang of the New York Times.
Kevin Costner and Ray Liotta in "Field of Dreams."
IMDB

Tech issues loom large in U.S.-China talks

Jul 19, 2017
The U.S and China began talks in Washington today about trade and other issues. The talks — billed as an “economic dialogue” — have a couple of clouds hanging over them. Like North Korea and steel, which, the U.S. complains, China produces and sells too cheaply. But there are other issues. Chinese companies want access to […]

Republicans shift gears to tax reform and ways to pay for it

Jul 19, 2017
Tax reform is like health care reform in at least one important way: If Republicans want to pass it without Democrats, they can’t raise the deficit too much over the long term. But tax experts who have analyzed the GOP’s main proposals say they would add trillions of dollars to the deficit.  Click the audio […]

Sorry Spotify, country music is still a radio industry

Jul 19, 2017
Over on the Billboard Country Charts, a song called “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young is sitting at the No. 2 spot. Young is relatively new to the country music scene, and just last year, he went out on a radio tour across the U.S., as many new country artists do. The radio […]

The Republican effort to get rid of Obamacare and maybe, sometime, replace it is alive again. Or is it? The Congressional Budget Office released a new score this afternoon on GOP efforts to repeal and delay replacement. The bottom line: 32 million more people without insurance by 2026, and a cut in federal deficits by $473 billion in that same period. We’ll get you up to speed. Then: local governments all around the country have sent the White House hundreds of projects for consideration under a big infrastructure package. But Trump’s push for private investment could mean his base gets left out of the spending spree. Plus: Can baseball movies make a comeback?

Music from the episode

Money Pink Floyd
Pigs - Instrumental Aesop Rock
Green Onions - Single Version Booker T. & the M.G.'s
Down, Down, Down - Club Mix DJ Quik, Suga Free, Mausberg, AMG