Oct. 13, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • A growing number of celebrities are joining actress Rose McGowan in a daylong boycott of Twitter in the wake of the its decision to suspend McGowan's account. The actress, one of the first women to go public with accusations mogul Harvey Weinstein had perpetrated assault and/or rape, took Weinstein to task and had some choice words for actor Ben Affleck. Entertainment Weekly reports McGowan wrote "fuck off" to Affleck via Twitter, accusing the Oscar-winner of previous knowledge about Weinstein's sexual misconduct. Twitter insisted it was suspending McGowan's account because one of her tweets included a private phone number, but the suspension has targeted a bigger problem for the social media giant. A string of personalities slammed Twitter for silencing McGowan, and this morning, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez and many others began sharing the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter

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  • Ryan Johnson
  • Following unsuccessful attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Car Act, President Donald Trump has decided to chisel away at Obamacare from the sides. Trump announced late Thursday the federal government would end subsidies that help pay for medical costs of low-income people. Additionally, Trump signed an executive order allowing the sale of cheaper policies with fewer benefits, which critics say will send the traditional online healthcare marketplace into a tailspin. The New York Times reports Trump's twin hits could "send insurance premiums soaring and insurance companies fleeing from the health law's online marketplace."
  • NPR reports that a recent poll that it conducted with Ipsos reveals most Americans, Democrats and Republicans, favor increased gun restrictions. Eight in 10 respondents said they favored bans on assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines and so-called "bump stocks," the device used by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock who killed 58 people and wounded nearly 500 more.
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  • The Treasure Valley forecast for Saturday and Sunday calls for plenty of sunshine. That's good news for the thousands of people expected to attend Gowen Thunder 2017 this weekend, the first time in more than two decades that the Idaho national Guard is hosting an airshow and open house at Gowen. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Royal Canadian Snowbirds have already been practicing some of their maneuvers over Boise, and will showcase some of that precision throughout the weekend. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. both days, but don't even think about parking at Gowen Field. Instead, there are several park-and-ride lots around the area, offering free shuttles to and from the airfield. Check out the map below.

  • The Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 9-to-8 last night, sending the Cubs back to the National League Championships, where they will face the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the American League Championships, the New York Yankees will face the Houston Astros.
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