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Winners & losers if Obamacare subsidies become GOP tax credits

The Kaiser Family Foundation quickly compiled data comparing the current Obamacare subsidy given to people on exchanges with the GOP refundable tax credit included in the repeal and replacement bill released Monday. It let us take this data and show how different people would fare compared to what assistance they receive now.

Data: Kaiser Family Foundation; Chart: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

The Obamacare premium subsidy: This is income-based and offered to people on exchanges who make between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. It varies with geography and with the price of premiums.

The GOP refundable tax credit: It varies only by age, with people in their 20s getting $2,000 a year; it then increases until people in their 60s receive $4,000 a year. The bill phases out the tax credit for high earners, beginning at an income of $75,000 a year for an individual and $150,000 for a household.

Winners under the tax credit:

  • Young people
  • Higher-income people
  • People who live in areas with low premiums, which are often urban

Losers under the tax credit:

  • Older people
  • Low-income people
  • People who live in places with expensive premiums, which are often rural
Haley Britzky 1 hour ago
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Women and jihad: from bride to the front line

Suspected Al Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants, a woman and her three children, sit next to weapons after their arrest on May 5, 2016 in Mogadishu
Suspected Al Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants, a woman and her three children, sit next to weapons after their arrest on May 5, 2016 in Mogadishu. Photo: Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP / Getty Images

A women's magazine, unveiled in December, gives tips on how to be a "good bride" and make life easier for the man in your life. The twist: the magazine, "Beituki," is published by al-Qaeda as part of a propaganda campaign which "appears, in part, to be a reaction to Islamic State (IS), which has called women to the front lines," per the Economist.

The big picture: Extremist organizations are struggling to define what women's roles in their groups should be. While some force women to "remain indoors," as Beituki suggests, others have placed women on the front lines, or utilized them as recruiters.

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Cambridge Analytica data scandal highlights chaos at Facebook

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Facebook was caught flat-footed again Saturday as it scrambled to deal with stories in New York Times and Guardian-owned Observer about user data illicitly obtained by a Trump-linked data analytics firm, including accusations from the British paper that Facebook had threatened it with litigation.

Why it matters: The scandal is another example of Facebook blaming outdated policies and ignorance for its platform being abused by bad actors — while struggling to contain the public relations fallout. The company is also tangling with the media outlets reporting on it.