Leader of California’s Muscular Obamacare Exchange to Step Down

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Peter Lee, who has steered California’s Affordable Care Act marketplace since late 2011 and helped mold it into a model of what the federal health care law could achieve, announced Thursday he will leave his post in March. As executive director of Covered California, Lee has worked closely with the administrations of Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden to expand health coverage to millions of people who don’t get it through an employer or government program, most of them aided by income-based financial assistance from the state or federal government. Over 1.6 million people are no…

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EU has no option but to talk to Taliban: Borrell

Published by Al-Araby The European Union has no option but to talk to Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers and Brussels will try to coordinate with member governments to organise a diplomatic presence in Kabul, the top EU diplomat said on Tuesday. “The Afghan crisis is not over,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told the European

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Japan’s factory output extends declines on car production cuts

Published by Reuters By Kantaro Komiya and Yoshifumi Takemoto TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s industrial output fell for the second straight month in August as COVID-19 outbreaks elsewhere in Asia disrupted supply chains for carmakers already facing headwinds from a prolonged chip shortage. Separate data out on Thursday showed retail sales in August slipped for the

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Reddit launches Predictions tournaments

Published by BANG Showbiz English Reddit has launched its Predictions feature. The update – which has been piloted for almost a year and follows on from the existing Polls feature – lets users compete in a tournament-style game by guessing the outcome of award ceremonies, sporting contests and other events. Although people are competing for

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Bill Maher Weighs In on National Anthems and Social Media

Published by InsideHook By Tobias Carroll “It’s fall! So if you’re fleeing a wildfire this weekend, please take a sweater.” This week’s Real Time With Bill Maher began with a monologue abounding with both distress over the state of the world and exploration of the strange dissonances that accompany it. (This included onetime National Security

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Rediscovered splendour

Published by The Bangkok Post On a sunny day, I spent about 50 minutes riding the Airport Rail Link and taking advantage of the extension of the MRT Purple Line to travel from Bangkok’s eastern suburb to the old town of Nonthaburi in the northwest. Sitting on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the

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Indian journalists investigated over tweets on anti-Muslim violence

Published by Al-Araby Lawyers and journalists are among dozens of people being investigated by police in India over posts on social media about anti-Muslim violence, in a case that has stoked concern about freedom of speech in the world’s largest democracy. Authorities on Sunday opened a criminal investigation into the owners of 102 social media

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