Skimm for July 23rd
"Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is. I'm only left with more questions" -- Rep. John Dingell (D-MI). The longest-serving member of Congress has made a new discovery.
Paying for health insurance could get a lot harder. Yesterday, one federal court said that the US government can subsidize health insurance, and another said it can't. Glad we got that cleared up.
States can either choose to use the federal government's marketplace for people to shop for health coverage (aka HealthCare.gov), or set up their own exchanges. One of the rulings said that states that go the federal route can't get subsidies, based on language used in President Obama's health care law. The other ruling said that the US government should still be able to provide subsidies, saying that was the law's intent.
Agree or disagree, Obamacare's goal is to expand insurance and make it more affordable. Now, people in dozens of states might not be able to get subsidies, making health care less affordable for them. Obama & friends plan on appealing the ruling that would make it tougher for people to pay --- but if the two rulings remain in conflict, we have a bit of problem. There's a chance Obamacare could eventually be headed to the Supreme Court. Again.
One ruling was a big victory for the White House; the other not so much. Insert a big legal fight that could determine whether millions could have to find a new way to pay for coverage. No word on if the White House is doing an Excedrin Costco run.
Is there a reason? The FAA banned US carriers from flying to Israel yesterday after a rocket fired by Hamas militants landed a mile from Israel's main airport outside Tel Aviv. Many European and Canadian airlines canceled their flights as well. Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Shalom, he's going anyway. Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel for weeks (Israel's returned the love with a lot of airstrikes and a ground invasion) -- but the ones aimed at heavily populated areas have mostly been shot down by Israel's high-tech missile defense system. A rocket attack that close to an airport is exactly the kind of thing no one wants to hear right now, especially after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine last week. Israel protested the flight cancellations, saying the cancellations give "a prize to terror." Meanwhile, US Sec. of State John Kerry and UN Sec.-General Ban Ki-moon are in Egypt trying to make a cease-fire happen between Israel and Hamas. Over 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis have been killed in the last two weeks.
Delayed reaction. Amazon has quietly launched a digital wallet app for its new Fire Phone that goes on sale in a few days. Google already has Google Wallet, and Apple's got Passbook, so The 'Zon's a little late to the party on this one. Amazon Wallet lets you store gift cards and rewards cards on your phone. Read: no more awkward fumbling at a register. But this "beta" version of the app doesn't include the ability to store debit or credit cards. Yet. It's a signal that Amazon's going mobile, and could soon play a bigger part in your offline purchases.
The Trader Joe's special? A California packing company has recalled fruit sold at Trader Joe's, Costco, and other stores due to possible Listeria contamination. Listeria can be a serious infection for young kids and people with weak immune systems. Or it can just lead to some time in the bathroom. So if you picked up peaches, nectarines, plums, or something called a pluot in the middle of a bargain-hunting frenzy recently, better take another look at the fruit bowl. In other 'put down your fork' news, a meat scandal in China and Japan is hitting fast-food brands like Burger King, McDonald's, and Starbucks. Sidenote: yes, Starbucks serves meat. It turns out a Shanghai supplier that got shut down this week had been selling expired meat to chains. Kung Pao Gross
Teamwork. This week, a study by over 100 researchers from around the world was released that helps us learn a lot more about schizophrenia, which affects one in 100 people. It turns out there are a lot more genetic characteristics linked to the disease than we thought. As in, 108 genetic markers are at risk, and we didn't know about 83 of them before this study. The good news is the findings from this study could eventually lead to new treatments.
Goodluck Jonathan: President of Nigeria. This former zoologist knows how to rock a fedora.
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