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Republicans Have Exactly 18 Days to Repeal Obamacare. Here’s the Plan to Do It.

A pair of Republican senators on Wednesday introduced a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. The scheme is an audacious one, going even further than previous failed efforts to end Obamacare—proposals that would have resulted in millions more uninsured Americans. The new effort faces steep odds in the Senate, in part because Republicans have just 18 […]

Supreme Court Gives Texas Republicans a Big Boost in 2018 and Beyond

The conservative majority on the Supreme Court waded into the legal battle over Texas’ redistricting maps, allowing the state to retain congressional and state House district lines that were found discriminatory by a lower court. The court’s decision, issued over the dissent of the four liberal justices, means that districts that appeared set to become […]

Trump Election Commissioner Sought to Exclude Democrats and “Mainstream Republicans”

Months before the Trump administration announced the creation of a controversial commission to examine the country’s voting systems, one future commissioner sent an email to the Justice Department recommending that the commission exclude...Show More Summary

Trump Wants to Slash America’s Arts Budget. His Base Has the Most to Lose.

Every spring, Sally Ritzdorf, a second- and third-grade teacher at Howells Community Catholic School in Howells, Nebraska, loads 25 students onto a school bus bound for Omaha. It’s a 90-minute ride, so the kids pass many miles ignoring the John Deere tractors pulling planters across freshly tilled fields in favor of watching videos on their […]

Netflix Just Released a Hauntingly Powerful Film on the Opioid Crisis

Heroin(e), the Netflix short documentary released Tuesday, begins and ends with blaring sirens as fire chief Jan Rader responds to yet another overdose in Huntington, West Virginia. The town has been called the “overdose capital of America,” and for good reason: Every resident, it seems, is affected by the ravages of opioids, from the gas station employees who […]

Black Kids Are 5 Times Likelier Than White Kids to Be Locked Up

Since 2001, the number of kids in detention has dropped by more than half across the country—a seemingly decisive victory for juvenile-justice reformers. But digging into the numbers reveals a much bleaker picture. Recently releasedShow More Summary

Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations, University of Rochester Grapples With Student Outrage

University of Rochester professor T. Florian Jaeger, the subject of a 2016 sexual harassment complaint who was found by his university not to have violated its policies, will no longer teach an undergraduate course there this semester. According to an email from Jaeger to students enrolled in the class, which was provided to Mother Jones […]

Trump Met with Malaysia’s Prime Minister Today. Fun Fact: They’re Both Under Federal Investigation.

President Donald Trump’s meeting Tuesday with the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was decidedly swampy. Like Trump, Najib is under investigation by the US Justice Department. DOJ has filed lawsuits that allege the prime minister’s family and associates stole more than $4.5 billion over six years from a Malaysian development fund. The suits say more than $700 […]

With Claims of Rampant Voter Fraud, Trump Election Commission Lays the Groundwork for New Restrictions

If its meeting on Tuesday was any indication, President Donald Trump’s election commission is focused on building up a narrative about widespread voter fraud—and potentially laying the groundwork to impose new restrictions on voting in order to combat it. The members of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity have promised to undertake their work […]

Kris Kobach Won’t Stop Spreading Voter Fraud Falsehoods

On Thursday, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice chair of President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission, published an incendiary paid column in Breitbart alleging “proof” that 5,300 people voted illegally in New Hampshire by showing out-of-state driver’s licenses as proof of ID at the polls. Kobach’s claim was quickly debunked: it’s legal to […]

Edith Windsor Dies at 88

Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the 2013 Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, died in Manhattan on Tuesday, the New York Times reports. She was 88.  Windsor’s landmark case allowed same-sex couples who were legally married under state law to be afforded the same federal benefits—such as pensions and tax […]

Toxic Water Has Flooded Homes in Houston After Harvey

Last month, Hurricane Harvey dropped an unprecedented 50 inches of rain in Houston and across southeast Texas causing deadly floods and environmental disasters, such as chemical plant explosions and flooded toxic sites. Now, residents have another problem to worry about. According to tests organized by the New York Times and conducted by a team from Baylor […]

Background Checks for Voting Get Floated at Trump Election Commission Meeting

There are about 33,000 gun deaths each year in America. Between 2000 and 2014, there were just 31 documented cases of voter impersonation. But as President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission kicked off its second meeting on Tuesday, a conservative economist suggested that voters be subject to the same background check as gun purchasers in order to assuage […]

A Review of the New iPhones Before the New iPhones Come Out

I wrote this before the new iPhone was released (obvs). The new iPhone was just released.  There are a few different models. One of them is an upgrade over the iPhone 7. It costs the same as the iPhone 7 did. One is an upgrade over the iPhone 7 Plus. It costs as much as […]

Here’s How Big Pharma Helped Set New Pain Guidelines

I wrote yesterday about opioids and pain treatment, and along the way I mentioned that the trend toward more opioid prescribing was blessed in 2001 by The Joint Commission, an accrediting agency for medical facilities. That year they issued new guidance about pain management, which required hospitals to treat pain “aggressively” if they wanted to […]

Hillary Clinton’s New Memoir Is Out—and She’s Naming Names

Hillary Clinton’s much-anticipated new memoir chronicling what went wrong during her 2016 presidential bid is out Tuesday—and as expected, the former candidate’s return to the public sphere is causing a stir. The new book, What Happened, is a personal account of Clinton’s doomed campaign, in which she explores the many factors that contributed to her […]

Ted Cruz Still Hasn’t Addressed His Hardcore Porn Problem

A late night Republican Twitter happening is making headlines this morning—and it’s got nothing do with Donald Trump. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the subject of a series of awkward jokes—and collective revulsion—late on Monday, after his Twitter account was seen liking an explicit porn video from the account @SexuallPosts. The video, which is NSFW […]

Harvey and Irma Aren’t Natural Disasters. They’re Climate Change Disasters.

This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If you’re like me, you can’t stop yourself from watching the weather these days. And if you’re like me, you can’t help but think: Holy shit, it’s here. Back-to-back hurricane catastrophes have plunged the United States into a state of national crisis. […]

Relatives of Undocumented Children Caught Up in ICE Dragnet

This story was originally published by ProPublica. This summer, a Kansas City man named Edwin got a call from immigration officials. They had picked up his nephew at the southern border and wanted to release the teen into his care. So Edwin went online and bought a bed. Later that week, he was contacted again, this […]

How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner

Donald Trump has told many lies and falsehoods. He’s lied about the Russia scandal. He’s lied about his ties to organized crime. Perhaps he’s lied so much that freshly excavated prevarications don’t register greatly. Yet recent news reports revealing that Trump was pursuing a huge development deal in Moscow in late 2015 and early 2016 […]

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