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Pat Robertson, Christian Televangelist And Controversial Conservative Political Figure, Dead At 93

Pat Robertson, a religious broadcaster who turned a tiny Virginia station into the global Christian Broadcasting Network, tried a run for president and helped make religion central to Republican Party politics in America through his Christian Coalition, has died. He was 93.

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Who’s watching ‘The Watcher?’ Most-watched Netflix shows by state revealed
“The Watcher” is set in New Jersey — and as it turns out, residents there are intently watching “The Watcher.”The product review site PerfectRec has revealed which Netflix series every state is obsessed with, based on May data from Google Trends and IMDb rating information.California’s pick was “Cobra Kai,” while Hawaii tuned into “Emily In Paris,” despite critics calling the meme-able series “boring.”Fittingly, people in North Carolina frequently watched “Outer Banks,” while those in Iowa streamed “Love is Blind.”“Stranger Things” was tops in Utah. In fact, the Duffer Brothers thriller was the most-streamed series in 2022.Netflix, citing Nielsen ratings, said the drama was the most-watched English TV show within its first four weeks of release, with its latest season scoring 1.35 billion hours of view time in the first 28 days.The series, which premiered in 2016, is slated to end with Season 5.Production plans are unclear amid the Hollywood writers strike.Fans are disappointed that their favorite band of monster-fighting teens will be no more, but actor David Harbour, who plays Eleven’s doting father figure, Jim Hopper, said it’s time for a curtain call.“I think it’s a great show, even if I wasn’t in it,” the 48-year-old actor said in February.
Iowa’s Ban on Transgender Medicaid Coverage Remains Struck Down
ruled in favor of two Iowans –Aiden Vasquez, a transgender man, and Mika Covington, a transgender woman, both Medicaid recipients — who sued after being denied coverage for gender-affirming surgery.In that ruling, Kelly had found that the state’s ban on Medicaid coverage violated a 2007 law amending the Iowa Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination against people based on gender identity.He also ruled that a subsequent law amending the Iowa Civil Rights Act to prohibit Medicaid dollars from being used to pay for gender-affirming treatments — approved on a party-line vote by Republicans and signed into effect by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds in 2019 — was also unconstitutional.The state appealed Kelly’s decision, but shortly afterward, the state Department of Health and Human Services agreed to pay Vasquez and Covington’s surgical expenses. “Choices have consequences, and in this case, the appellant’s choices prompt us to dismiss its direct appeal as moot,” Iowa Supreme Court Justice Thomas Waterman wrote on behalf of the court, citing DHS’s actions. Waterman noted that while the state had asked for a ruling on whether the 2019 Medicaid coverage ban was unconstitutional, the court was declining to rule on the validity of that decision at this time, writing: “We save the constitutional issues for another day, presumably with a better-developed record.”Although the court dismissed the appeal based on DHS’s prior actions, Waterman wrote, on the court’s behalf, that the state had failed to provide evidence or statistics to justify their assertion prohibitions on coverage for gender-affirming care were a cost-saving measure.Waterman also noted that the U.S.