Healthcare horror show: CBO dissects GOP plan

Got a minute? 24 million would drop from insurance rolls … dive in Medicaid … big tax credits for rich … damning Congressional Budget Office report… and everything else today in US politics. By Tom McCarthy

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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a devastating report on the Republican healthcare bill, saying the plan would eject 24 million people from health insurance rolls by 2026, compared with the status quo.

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The CBO report found that the Republican plan, expected to come up for a House vote next week, would lead to a reduction of $880bn in federal outlays for Medicaid. Federal deficits were projected to shrink, however.

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Sony put four perspectives in one VR headset

At the back of a cold gray warehouse in Austin, Texas, I put on a headset and proceeded to chase three strangers in a game of tag at SXSW. I was expecting an immersive VR experience far removed from reality but instead the head mounted display split…

Spicer says quotation marks justify Trump’s unverified wiretapping claims

White House spokesman claims punctuation in tweet means Trump was using ‘wiretap’ to mean surveillance more broadly

The White House was forced on to the back foot again on Monday over Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that he was wiretapped by Barack Obama, basing its latest argument on the US president’s use of quotation marks in a tweet.

Related: John McCain tells Trump: present evidence or retract wiretapping claim

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Steve King defends ‘somebody else’s babies’ remark despite backlash

Iowa representative claims comment was ‘not about race’ but rather in support of ‘western civilization’ after bipartisan criticism for ‘racist’ tweet

The conservative congressman Steve King drew bipartisan condemnation for saying “our civilization” couldn’t be restored “with somebody else’s babies” while the Iowa representative defended his comments and said they were “not about race”.

On Sunday, King praised the far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has espoused anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric and last month called Moroccans “scum”.

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