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Boy Scouts of America will now allow girls to join
Oct. 11 - For the first time in over 100 years, Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to join the organization and have the opportunity to earn the Eagle Scout rank. The decision was made on Wednesday by the scouting board of directors, who unanimously approved it. The program will become available to girls in 2019. Girls will also be allowed to join Cub Scouts, a pre-Boy Scouts program for elementary schoolers. Next year, girls can join Cub Scout packs, but Cub Scout dens, the smallest unit in Cub Scouts, which will remain gender-specific.
Trump launches health insurance-related executive order
Oct. 12 - In response to difficulties passing new healthcare legislation through Congress, president Donald Trump made an executive order on Thursday intended to make lower-premium health insurance plans available to more Americans. The executive order aims to create alternatives to ObamaCare in order to lower insurance prices. The order also called for loosening of restrictions on short-term policies, and for allowing employers to reserve pre-tax dollars for their employees' health insurance. Critics of the executive order believe that while Trump's plan will lower insurance costs for the healthy, it will raise costs for those dealing with health problems.
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