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Collins: Trump should back effort to resume health subsidy

AP Photo/David Sharp WASHINGTON (AP) — A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to support a bipartisan Senate effort to reinstate insurer payments, calling his move to halt the subsidies an immediate threat to millions of Americans who could now face rising premiums and lost health care coverage. “What the president is doing is affecting people’s access and the cost of health care right now,” said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has cast pivotal votes on health care in the narrowly … Read the referenced story here: Collins:…

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Politics 

Jemele Hill Should Speak Out–Just Maybe Not on ESPN

Toure, The Daily BeastIn certain ways American law considers corporations to be like people and this is an absurd notion except that sometimes corporations do, kind of, act like people. Sometimes corporations get scared, usually because of a glimpse at their own mortality. And, like people, when they get scared they act very defensively. They become very afraid of people speaking messy truths. They make decisions like ESPN did in suspending Jemele Hill for two weeks for tweets that tied too closely to a much larger drama that the company…

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Android 

Google Pixel 2 XL vs. Pixel XL: Should you upgrade?

Does the new hotness bring enough to upgrade from the old hotness? Google has shown off what they are bringing to the table for the next year with the Pixel 2 XL. Awkward name aside, it’s a flagship product with a flagship price and while they are courting new converts to the Pixel brand, they’re also dangling it in front of people who loved the original Pixel XL. They think you’ll love this phone. And for a lot of us, they’re right. But the 2016 Pixel XL didn’t magically stop…

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Android 

Google Home vs. Google Home Mini: Which should you buy?

Should you buy a Google Home or a Google Home Mini? Big in importance but small in stature, the Home Mini was overshadowed by the Pixel 2 announcement at Google’s recent hardware event. But it’s an important addition to the company’s hardware canon. At just $49, the rounded plastic puck, covered in fabric, is an inexpensive entry into Google’s burgeoning smart home ecosystem. It offers a speaker that while lacking in bass is adequate for most voice-based tasks. As it sits, its microphones listen for the “OK Google” hotword and,…

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Pelosi Says Congress Should Weigh Policy Change on Nuclear Arms

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is pushing Congress to pass a measure saying that the U.S. would not fire its nuclear weapons unless another country did so first. But the California Democrat insisted Thursday that her suggestion had nothing to do with President Donald Trump, even though it came in the wake of Trump’s warnings to North Korea and his reported suggestion that the nation’s nuclear arsenal should increase in size. Pelosi said the current policy was outdated and any changes would apply to all presidents in the future. Pelosi…

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Android 

Should you use your Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL on Project Fi?

For some people, getting a Pixel is a sure thing — the next question is which carrier you should choose. If you’re already set on buying a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, or even have one already, you may be thinking about switching carriers at the same time. Google’s own Project Fi service is quite popular, but unless you had a previous Nexus or Pixel phone, you haven’t even had the choice to use it. So now that you can use Project Fi, we’re going to help you decide…

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Android 

Which Pixelbook Should you Buy?

Does anyone really need the upgraded Pixelbook (and its $500 cost)? {,intro} I’ve seen this discussion on the internet a lot more often than I would have imagined. People are thinking about buying a Pixelbook and trying to decide if they need to spend more to get one with those beefy specs; not something you expect to see when you’re talking about a $1,000 Chromebook. It’s great to see interest in a product you want to buy yourself, but before we get into the reasons why anyone should spend more…

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Android 

Should you buy an original Pixel or Pixel XL in 2017?

Is a lower-priced Pixel or Pixel XL a good deal right now? The unceasing march of innovation, coupled with the desire for a predictable revenue stream for manufacturers and carriers alike, all but ensures an annual update cycle for most major smartphone brands. So is true of the new Pixel 2 series, which takes what made last year’s models so good and improves on them in nearly every conceivable way. But Google and its U.S. carrier partner Verizon are not putting the originals out to pasture just yet. Instead, they’re…

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Android 

NVIDIA Shield TV vs. Apple TV 4K: Which should you buy?

Spoiler: The specs don’t matter as much as which platform you live in and which streaming services you use. There are now more ways to watch television than ever. The same was true last year and the year before that. And it’ll be true next year as well. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the streaming landscape is as complicated as ever. Which hardware should you get? (That depends.) Does the TV matter? (Yes.) Which streaming service do you need? (That depends, too.) How much money will…

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