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Episode Info: Donald Trump continues to escalate his threatening rhetoric against North Korea (and to play the victim himself, as is his wont), even as experts on the region see little new in the North's own bluster and saber-rattling. Instead, they worry that the Trump Administration's own unpredictable rhetoric and instability could lead to a misunderstanding or miscommunication that could, itself, result in military action by either side, the results of which could be catastrophic. Still, there remain diplomatic ways out of the current, seemingly deadly collision course, via Russia and China, so long as those options are not closed off by Trump. There are even direct, ongoing back-channel communications between representatives of both the US and NK, as reported on our previous show and confirmed today by the Associated Press. Then, following the recently failed Republican attempt in Congress to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act ('ObamaCare'), new polling finds the public strongly prefers that Congress and the President move on to other issues, shore up funding for the ObamaCare exchanges where needed, and will otherwise hold both Republicans and the Administration responsible for further problems with U.S. health care coverage. Nonetheless, the Trump Administration continues to take active measures to undermine the landmark federal law, even as those actions have lead to double-digit increases in the price of premiums across the country, as detailed by insurers. Today, we are joined by Congressional reporter Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo to discuss her new exclusive report finding yet another way in which the Administration appears to be radically undermining the continuing success of the ACA -- this time, in the vastly under-served Latino community. Finally, Desi Doyen joins us for the latest 'Green News Report' before late-breaking news on Trump's announcement that he is now also considering military action against Venezuela...Read more ยป

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