ZipDialog Roundup for Tuesday, March 6

Hand-picked and farm-fresh–
Linked articles in bold purple

 The new healthcare bill, replacing Obamacare, has been introduced in the House. Keeps several key (and expensive) features of Obamacare and adds tax credits (direct cash payments) to help poor pay for coverage. No mandates.

  • As specialists begin offering detailed commentary, I will include summaries.
  • As political battlelines form, I will include stories and excerpts.

 Robert Osborne, warm and knowledgeable host of Turner Classic Movies, dead at 84. (New York Times)

He got us excited and reawakened to the greatest stories ever told with the most charismatic stars in the world. –Steven Spielberg on Robert Osborne

 Self-driving bus with no backup driver will soon be on the road in California. Part of a pilot program. (Reuters)

The bus project in San Ramon, at the Bishop Ranch office park complex, involves two 12-passenger shuttle buses from French private company EasyMile.

The project is backed by a combination of private companies and public transit and air quality authorities, with the intention of turning it into a permanent, expanded operation . . . .

California legislators late last year passed a law to allow slow-speed testing of fully autonomous vehicles without steering wheels or pedals on public roads, with the Bishop Ranch test in mind. –Reuters

 South Korea receives US missile defense system, strongly opposed by China  (CNN)

Comment: Quick heads up for Beijing: A lot more of this is coming, including stronger US-Japanese ties, and you know why. It’s your wingman in Pyongyang, plus your own aggressive moves in the South China Sea. The THAAD missile system is, of course, solely to defend against North Korean missiles. China has a large arsenal that could overwhelm it.

 Big new Exxon investments in chemical and oil refining plants. $20 billion, 12k permanent jobs, plus 35k construction jobs building the plants in Texas and Louisiana (Reuters)

The plants had been planned for some time but their scope has grown significantly.

 New findings from the University of the Obvious: “Sex might make you happier at work, study says”  (New York Daily News)

The U of O always does great work.

 

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