GOP Plan To Trim Insurance Benefits Might Not Tame Premiums

As House Republicans try to find common cause on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, they may be ready to let states make the ultimate decision about whether to keep a key provision in the federal health law that conservatives believe is raising insurance costs. Conservatives from the House Freedom Caucus and members of a more moderate group of House Republicans, the Tuesday Group, are working on changes to the GOP health overhaul bill that was pulled unceremoniously by...

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6th District Aftermath: And Then There Were Two

Today on “Political Rewind,” and then there were two. Another election is in store on June 20 to determine a winner for the 6th District congressional seat. Democrat Jon Ossoff came extremely close to an outright win, but now faces Republican Karen Handel in a head-to-head challenge that is likely to be even bloodier as the GOP closes ranks. Everyone wants this seat, including President Trump.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the 6th District showdown in June means almost 9 more weeks of attack ads. Bradley George fills in today for Bill Nigut as the panel looks at the road ahead for the Ossoff and Handel campaigns. The race is definitely drawing national attention with many insiders viewing it as a referendum on the election of Donald Trump.

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Cicadas are expected to return to Georgia this year after a long hiatus. Athens band Cicada Rhythm paid tribute to the raucous insects by naming their band after them. We ask Dave Kirslis to add some favorites to our essential Georgia Playlist.

The Breakroom gang joins Celeste to weigh in on this week's headlines.

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A coalition of civil rights groups is challenging a Georgia law that doesn't allow new voters to register before the closely watched runoff election in the 6th Congressional District.

The Washington, D.C.-based Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Atlanta on behalf of the groups.

The registration deadline was March 20.

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All the open seats at the Academy for Classical Education were gone by the time Sammy Smith’s daughters’ names were pulled in the school’s admissions lottery.

By then it was all about the waiting list for the parents still hanging around the ACE cafeteria on a day in February.

“They’re at Springdale now, which is decent,” Smith said of his daughters. “We just prefer the classical education.”

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VIDEO: Shop Talk With George Clinton And Killer Mike

The 42-year-old rapper Killer Mike , of Run The Jewels , and the 75-year-old funk legend George Clinton, founder of Parliament and Funkadelic , may be from different generations, but it turns out they have a few things in common.

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This Week In Race: Guess Who's Not Coming To The White House

The New England Patriots returned to the White House for the now-traditional visit to the president and presentation of a game helmet, jersey and other team-related swag. Correction, some of the Patriots visited the White House. Several, including most famously tight end Martellus Bennett, defensive back Devin McCourty and running back LeGarrette Blount, bowed out early on. (Blount was blunt: "I will NOT be going to the White House. I don't feel welcome in that house. I'll leave it at that,"...

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DeKalb Officer Indicted For Murder | Therapy Dog | The Breakroom

Jan 22, 2016

DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen was indicted on six counts, including felony murder, by a grand jury Thursday night. Olsen now faces criminal charges in the death of 27-year-old Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran who was unarmed and naked at the time he was fatally shot by the officer. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Christian Boone about the case going forward. Plus, a recent report by the American College Health Association found nearly one in six students has been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety in the past year.

The “First Amendment Defense act of Georgia” has been introduced in the Georgia State Senate. Though some think the bill moves the same sex marriage debate further to the right, its author, Sen. Greg Kirk, sees the bill as being more palatable than the previously passed in the Senate “Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)”. Is it? Will it gain any traction in the Senate and move on to the House? U.S. Senator David Perdue has blocked DeKalb County State Court Judge Dax Lopez from becoming Georgia’s first lifetime appointed Federal judge.

Remembering Blowfly | Foraging For Food | Babe Lane

Jan 21, 2016

Navigating Atlanta streets on a bike can be tough for even the most experienced rider. But it can be a terrifying experience for a beginner. The riding group Babe Lane hopes to ease that learning curve and make biking around Atlanta more comfortable for all female-identifying people. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Babe Lane’s founder Brianna Isbell and member Katy Adishian about the group and biking around Atlanta We revisit a conversation about the deep divide in the Republican Party.

Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin flew into Iowa to deliver a full throated, Obama and establishment bashing endorsement of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. How does the former Alaska governor’s support for Trump affect the upcoming caucus? Does Palin’s support solidify Trump’s support among evangelicals? Does it have legs outside of Iowa? How will it play in Georgia? And how is the Ted Cruz campaign hurt or not hurt by the endorsement?

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Jan 20, 2016

Georgia went through one of its warmest weathers in recent history in the last few months. That’s had an undeniable effect on some of the staple crops grown within the state. Peaches, pecans, and blueberries have all been affected by the seasonal uncertainty. Host Celeste Headlee talks with pecan farmer Randy Hudson about the tumultuous growing season and why Georgia crops have been so adversely affected.

Atlanta’s soccer scene is going through some major changes in the next year. As one professional team prepares to enter its first season, another one is calling it quits. Host Celeste Headlee gets an update on the changes afoot with Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports reporter Doug Roberson and Jorge Alonso of Terminus Legion, a soccer organization based in Atlanta. Then, according to a report last year by the group, The State of Obesity, black adults in Georgia have a 10% higher obesity rate compared to white adults. That gap is slightly lower than the national average.

From movies like “Ride Along 2” to a new biopic about the late rapper Tupac Shakur, there are a host of new films coming out this year that were produced in Georgia. Plus, a group of students at the University of Georgia have created a fraternity-style house for hackers in an effort to bring together those interested in computer science and engineering.

George H.W. Bush Biographer Jon Meacham! Parts 1,2,3

Jan 16, 2016

I was really happy when we booked Jon Meacham for this week’s Two Way Street. His new biography of George H.W. Bush “Destiny and Power; the American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush” gives the most insightful view ever of a man who many Americans don’t think much about. Bush was at one point in his run for the presidency tagged as a wimp, and he never quite got out from under that disparaging label. He was often described as aloof, unfeeling and out of touch with regular Americans.

The Republicans debated for the first time in 2016 in North Charleston, SC and the gloves finally came off in the formerly friendly scrimmage between businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Trump continues to assert that there are questions about Cruz’s eligibility to run for the presidency, while Cruz pointed out that under the strictest interpretation of “natural born citizen” that Trump himself would not be eligible for the job. Did the back and forth between the top two candidates change any voters’ minds as the first two contests of the 2016 approach?

The highly popular music subscription streaming service Spotify has come under fire recently by two multi-million lawsuits from songwriters who claim that the company used their copyrighted material without any permission or compensation. University of Georgia teacher David Lowery is the named plaintiff in one of these cases and says that the illegal use of his copyrighted music entitles him and his fellow artists to a massive payday. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with copyright attorney Gail Podolsky to help unravel this thorny legal issue and discern if Spotify is truly in the wrong.

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