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CBO: Mitch McConnell’s Latest Health Care Bill Would Leave 32 Million More Uninsured

The Congressional Budget Office offered a quick analysis of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.)’s latest plan to end Obamacare Wednesday afternoon—and its conclusions are damning. McConnell’s “new” bill is essentially the...Show More Summary

Republicans Failed to Invite a Key Female Senator to Health Care Negotiations. Again.

Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made a major mistake back in May when he convened a panel of senators to craft his chamber’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. The 13-member working group he put together included exactly zero women, despite the fact that several female Republican senators were widely seen as key swing votes who would […]

First Meeting of Trump Election Commission Focuses on Fraud, Not Access to Polls

The first meeting of President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission on Wednesday was notable for the commissioners’ focus on voter fraud—and a complete absence of discussion of the obstacles keeping people from the polls. Voting rights groups and election experts have warned that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has set out to create […]

It’s Not Just You. We Had the Third Hottest June Ever.

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last month was the third-hottest June on record globally, temperature data suggest, confirming 2017 will almost certainly...Show More Summary

LGBT People of Color Cannot Escape Workplace Discrimination—No Matter Where They Work

A report released last week reveals bias against LGBT employees of color who are working in the nonprofit sector, even in organizations that specifically serve the LGBT community. The Building Movement Project, which provides research...Show More Summary

Trump’s Big Plan for a Tiny EPA Is Already Dead

President Trump is having a tough time getting what he wants this week. First the Senate dropped the health care bill, and then, late on Tuesday, a House committee approved an appropriations bill that doesn’t go nearly as far as he sought in slashing the Environmental Protection Agency. In Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, released in May, the EPA took the biggest […]

Trump Demands GOP Senators “Keep Their Promise” to Repeal Obamacare

President Donald Trump on Wednesday demanded that Republican senators remain in Washington for the August recess until an agreement is reached on a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care.  “We can repeal, but we should repeal and replace, and we shouldn’t leave town until this is complete, until this bill is on […]

Supreme Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Travel Ban Interpretation

The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s strict interpretation of the court’s travel ban directive on Wednesday, allowing grandparents and other relatives of US residents to come to the country from the six majority-Muslim countries covered by the ban. On June 26, the court had ruled that President Donald Trump’s travel ban could go into […]

Trump’s Election Commission Is a Reunion for Controversial Bush Justice Division

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush was mired in scandal over illegal politically motivated hiring practices and controversial enforcement of voting rights laws. The key figures behind these moves went their separate ways at the end of the Bush administration. But now some of them, along with other Bush Justice […]

Jeff Sessions Has No Interest in Pursuing Crooked Cops

Cops were violating  the rights of the residents of Ville Platte, Louisiana, as far back as anyone can remember. Arthur Sampson Jr. grew up in this rural community, roughly 80 miles west of Baton Rouge. Sampson, a calm 54-year-old African American man with a big laugh, recalls his own run-in with the police more than […]

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

 This story originally appeared on ProPublica. The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long that some of the pills predated the 1969 moon landing. Most were 30 to 40 years past their expiration dates—possibly toxic, probably worthless. But to Lee Cantrell, who helps run the California Poison […]

The Intercept Discloses Top-Secret NSA Document on Russia Hacking Aimed at US Voting System

On Monday, the Intercept published a classified internal NSA document noting that Russian military intelligence mounted an operation to hack at least one US voting software supplier—which provided software related to voter registration files—in the months prior to last year's presidential contest. Show More Summary

Trump's Tweets Threaten His Travel Ban's Chances in Court

President Donald Trump began the week with a barrage of early-morning tweets blasting the courts for blocking his travel ban executive order. But in doing so, he may have just made it more likely that the courts will keep blocking the...Show More Summary

Der Spiegel Just Published the Minutes From Trump’s Contentious Meeting With G7 Leaders

German magazine Der Spiegel has been given access to minutes from a contentious meeting of G7 leaders in Taormina, Sicily, at the end of May, in which they applied last-ditch pressure on President Donald Trump to stay in the Paris climate...Show More Summary

Republican Congressman on Suspected Islamic Radicals: "Kill Them All"

In response to the London terror attack, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) had an extreme proposal: kill anyone suspected of being an Islamic radical. On his campaign Faceboook page, Higgins, a former police officer, posted this message: The free world…all of Christendom…is at war with Islamic horror. Show More Summary

How Trump and His Allies Have Run With Russian Propaganda

The concept is straight from the Soviet playbook: Plant false information and use it to influence the attitudes of another country’s people and government. This “active measures” technique from the Cold War era appears to have been resurrected...Show More Summary

Imagine Being Pulled Off Death Row and Then Being Put Back on It

In 1994, Marcus Robinson, who is black, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death for the 1991 killing of Erik Tornblom, a white teenager, in Cumberland County, North Carolina. He spent nearly 20 years on death row, but in 2012 his sentence was changed to life without a chance of parole. Show More Summary

Quietly, Surely, We're Losing a Whole Pine Species En Masse and Nobody Gives a Damn

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. U.S. Forest Service research ecologist Bob Keane has studied whitebark pine, a coniferous tree of the high country, for more than thirty years. Show More Summary

The Truth About Meal-Kit Freezer Packs

People love to complain about the wastefulness of meal-kit delivery companies like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. The baggies that hold a single scallion! The thousands of miles of shipping! The endless cardboard boxes! Those problems are...Show More Summary

A New Wave of Left-Wing Militants Is Ready to Rumble in Portland—and Beyond

One week after two men were stabbed to death while defending two girls from a racist and Islamophobic diatribe on a commuter train, Portland, Oregon, is bracing for more violence. On Sunday, over the mayor's objection, a right-wing group...Show More Summary

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