Blog Profile / Matthew Yglesias

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Archived Since:May 10, 2010

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U.S. abortion rate falls, but the procedure is still common among certain groups

The U.S. abortion rate fell 25 percent between 2008 and 2014, though the procedure is still a common experience, according to a new study published Thursday in the Journal of Public Health. The falling rates were also not even across all groups, and the procedure has become increasingly concentrated among lower-income people. The study found […]

Trump’s chief of staff says we don’t respect women anymore, forgets he still works for Trump

During a White House press briefing on Thursday, chief of staff John Kelly claimed he was shocked that Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) had listened in on President Trump’s phone call to Myeshia Johnson. Johnson is the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four U.S. servicemen killed in Niger earlier in October. Wilson previously claimed that […]

Yesterday, Trump said it was fake news. His chief of staff just confirmed it was true.

On Wednesday, Trump claimed that a congresswoman’s account of his phone call to Myeshia Johnson, a military widow, was fake news. He said that he had proof she was lying. Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad! — Donald J. Trump […]

Mysterious ambush in Niger sparks firestorm of questions

With the White House under fire over its handling of the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger, questions are rising about the deadly ambush. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) was among a growing chorus of voices demanding answers on Wednesday. After responding “No” when asked if the White House was being […]

Trump gives himself perfect grade for Puerto Rico response, less than 20% of island has electricity

Speaking to reporters alongside Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló at the White House on Thursday, President Trump gave the White House the highest possible marks for its response to Hurricane Maria. Asked by a reporter “between one and 10, how would you grade the White House response,” Trump replied, “I say it was a 10.” Trump’s rationale […]

Turned away from Richard Spencer speech, white supremacists to target Jewish and black student hubs

In preparation of being turned away or kicked out of the University of Florida auditorium where white nationalist Richard Spencer will speak on Thursday, neo-Nazis are planning to target the university’s Jewish and black student centers...Show More Summary

Cruz claims repealing the estate tax would benefit farmers and small businesses. That’s not true.

During a CNN Town Hall debate on Wednesday evening, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) squared off on one especially pertinent topic: tax reform. Throughout the night — though the discussion shifted and, at times, felt more like a presidential debate — Cruz repeatedly invoked the idea that repealing the […]

Trump changes his mind about bipartisan health care deal for the fourth time in three days

President Donald Trump flip-flopped on a flip-flop Thursday afternoon, telling reporters he’s “open to” a bipartisan health care deal Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) struck earlier this week. During a press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday, Trump said that he wouldn’t sign the bill, and then said 11 […]

Stepping right over the U.S., world powers reaffirm commitment to Iran deal

Since President Donald Trump declined to receritfy the Iranian nuclear deal, every other party to the agreement has come out in support. In what is no doubt a humiliating moment for the president, European Union leaders are set to reaffirm their “full commitment to the Iran nuclear deal” on Thursday after meeting in Brussels, regardless […]

Federal lawsuit against new Title IX guidance claims it is ‘offensive’ and ‘discriminatory’

The new Education Department guidance document on how universities should handle sexual harassment complaints under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prevents sex and gender discrimination in education, has been challenged....Show More Summary

Hatch takes hundreds of thousands from big pharma, calls Marino report ‘baloney’

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called a report that led Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to withdraw as President Donald Trump’s “drug czar” nominee “complete baloney” on Wednesday. Given that Hatch himself has raked in hundreds of thousands in donations from pharmaceutical and health contributors over the years, his comments were hardly surprising. The Washington Post report detailed a […]

Virginia gubernatorial candidate omitted his black running mate from his campaign fliers

With less than three weeks to go before Virginia voters elect a new governor, Democratic nominee Ralph Northam sent out a campaign flier this week promoting the top of the party’s ticket that omitted the name and picture of Justin Fairfax, his black running mate. The decision to remove Fairfax, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant […]

Can federal workers blatantly discriminate against LGBTQ people? Jeff Sessions isn’t sure.

During Wednesday’s Justice Department Oversight Hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the Department of Justice’s new “religious freedom” guidance. In particular, Durbin was concerned about how the guidance might enable anti-LGBTQ discrimination, asking Sessions to respond to several hypotheticals. Show More Summary

Franken meticulously dismantled Sessions’ shifting story on Russia. Then Sessions made things worse.

During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) detailed how Attorney General Jeff Sessions has moved repeatedly the goalposts about his communications with Russians. Sessions responded by subtly moving the goalposts yet again. Show More Summary

The acronym at the center of Trump’s war on Obamacare, explained

On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump, as he is wont to do, took to Twitter. “I am supportive of Lamar as a person & also of the process, but I can never support bailing out ins co’s who have made a fortune w/ O’Care,” Trump tweeted. I am supportive of Lamar as a person & […]

Mnuchin claims cutting taxes for the wealthy is hard

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin acknowledged Wednesday that the GOP tax plan will ultimately benefit wealthy people. During an appearance on the Politico Money podcast, Mnuchin said it is difficult not to create a tax plan wherein wealthy individuals receive a tax cut. “The top 20 percent of the people pay 95 percent of the taxes. […]

Wisconsin could ban university doctors from performing abortions

University of Wisconsin doctors could be severely restricted in their ability to perform abortions or train medical students on the procedure, if the legislature passes a controversial bill that was up for debate at a state Senate hearing on Tuesday. The measure, AB 206, would ban UW staff from providing abortion services or training at […]

Most people don’t know Obamacare open enrollment starts in 14 days, thanks in large part to Trump

Most people who are eligible for coverage offered on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace do not know when they can sign up for insurance. Open enrollment, the time period during which people can enroll in private plans offered on the marketplace, begins on November 1. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a leading health policy […]

ICE detained immigrant after his green card interview, ‘forcibly pushed out’ lawyer and interpreter

Last week, Viviana Andazola Marquez, a 21-year-old Yale University student accompanied her father to a local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency branch in Colorado for a scheduled appointment to get his green card. What happened next, she recounted in a phone interview with ThinkProgress, was a series of confusing events and unsettling claims […]

Montana and Massachusetts face anti-trans initiatives in 2018

Given that North Carolina somewhat diluted its anti-transgender law and the Texas’ legislature recessed without passing similar legislation, it may seem as if the bathroom wars are on hiatus. On the contrary, two states — Massachusetts and Montana — will face ballot initiatives of their own next year, rolling back basic rights for transgender people […]

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