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The glaring flaw in Trump's health plan

An older, sicker, and more expensive pool of patients have led to losses for health insurers and pull backs from the ACA's public exchanges. Increased costs — mostly in states that have not expanded Medicaid — and higher deductibles have put pressure on Americans' wallets.<p>On the flip side, one of …

Health Care

Five Independent Signs Of New Physics In The Universe

Since the Large Hadron Collider at CERN turned on, it’s brought with it an incredible slew of results. Large numbers of rare, exotic and unstable particles have been created, and their decays have been measured to unprecedented precision. The Higgs boson has been created and observed to have a mass …

Physics

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

17 Underrated Bands You Need To Listen To ASAP

Here's your chance to say, "I heard them first."

Physicist Says Our Universe Could Have Spawned From a Black Hole

What if the Big Bang was a black hole?<p>According to our best understanding of the Universe, if you travel back in time as far as you can, around 13.8 …

Physics
Biotechnology

What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong?

Claims that the “the science isn’t settled” with regard to climate change are symptomatic of a large body of ignorance about how science works.<p>So …

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The Personal Responsibility: How racism has shaped welfare policy in America since 1935

It’s the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton’s promise to “end welfare as we know it,” but not much has changed<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation.</i><p>A recent UNICEF report found that the United States ranked 34th on the list of 35 developed countries surveyed on the well-being of …

Income Inequality

‘People In Poverty Do Work’: What Paul Ryan Misunderstands About Poverty

This country has a penchant for plans to end poverty that do nothing to actually help families struggling to make ends meet.<p>This week marks the 20th …

A divisive solution to Obamacare's problems is making a comeback

With healthcare companies moving out of the ACA's exchanges citing falling profits, counties faced with fewer and fewer options for coverage, and even the regulator in charge of Tennessee's exchanges saying the system is "very near collapse," there has been recognition from many politicians that …

Health Care

The One Important Thing Missing From the Health Care Debate

You may have seen the big news on health care: Aetna is going to stop offering individual health insurance policies on the health exchanges in 11 of …

Health Care

How To Hack Your Brain To Destroy Procrastination, According To Harvard Research

<b>How to beat the "Tomorrow Syndrome" that almost everyone faces.</b><p>People procrastinate for many reasons, but the result is always the same: they rush to get the task done at the last minute or miss the deadline. Even though it feels frustrating to procrastinate, people still continue this bad habit. …

Procrastination

Trump Nation: Does Income Inequality Now Define The U.S. Economy?

In many ways, Steve Schwarzman, the cofounder of the private equity fund Blackstone, represents the new breed of titans in the modern U.S. economy. An ambitious financier from a middle class family, Schwarzman has become a multi-billionaire while paying laughably low taxes thanks to the so-called …

Demographics

The economic damage from Brexit has been fast and widespread

But not in the case of the UK and Brexit.<p>The effect of the EU referendum is going to provide economists with a crystal-clear textbook case on what happens to GDP when it is exposed to a sudden, negative shock via political uncertainty.<p>What is most alarming is the speed at which the UK is heading …

Capital Markets

Obamacare is helping more poor patients get to the doctor even as political battles continue

Even as the Affordable Care Act remains a political flash point, new research shows it is dramatically improving poor patients' access to medical care in states that have used the law to expand their Medicaid safety net.<p>After just two years of expanded coverage, patients in expansion states are …

Health Insurers Are Now Playing Hardball With Regulators Over Obamacare

Image source: White House on Flickr.<p>The health insurance marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act, which you probably know best as "Obamacare," has 11.1 million paying customers as of March 31, 2016, based on recently reported data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These …

Republicans Are Not Attacking Democracy

Not every battle over voting is an assault on democratic values.<p>Has the Republican Party engaged in “a coordinated attack on democracy,” by restricting voting rules, opening the campaign-money spigot, blocking progressive local laws and consumer protections, engaging in partisan gerrymandering, and …

Political Science

We Asked Bands About Their Worst Festival Experiences

"We're out of here! Fuck you, Whistler!"<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada</i><p>On paper, the concept of an outdoor music festival seems like Xanadu. Floating freely through a field with friends while dozens of your favorite bands play a series of stages sounds like an ideal way for any …

Reality TV

Democrats Dismiss Voter-Fraud Worries, but Reality Intrudes | National Review

By<p>On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Trump “travel ban” case, and the core issue will be stark and clear: Do laws mean …

Donald Trump

Counting the votes: How electors pick the president

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It's an institution as old as the nation itself, but the Electoral College remains an enigma to many Americans. The Founding Fathers, apprehensive about the unchecked power of the popular vote, added the extra step to the process of choosing a president.<p>A look at the ins and …

Elections

Yet Another Conservative Argument About Poverty Appears To Be Wrong

Two prominent scholars are calling B.S. on a popular conservative argument about poverty.<p>The argument comes up anytime the political discussion turns to anti-poverty programs, and whether to strengthen or weaken them. It goes like this: Sure, poor people in America may struggle to pay for …

Income Inequality

Courts strike blows to GOP voter restrictions in 3 states

CHICAGO (AP) — Courts dealt setbacks on Friday to Republican efforts in three states to restrict voting, blocking a North Carolina law requiring photo identification, loosening a similar measure in Wisconsin and halting strict citizenship requirements in Kansas.<p>The rulings came as the 2016 election …

Government

The economists' guide to choosing between Trump and Clinton

More than 90% of voters say the economy is extremely important to them, so we asked three economists to weigh in on what we can expect from either president<p>The parties have spoken and after a brutal campaign season, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are now the official presidential candidates of …

Economics

Why are Americans no longer the tallest people in the world? One theory: inequality.

Childhood poverty can influence a person’s entire life, regardless of whether that person climbs up the economic ladder.<p>And recent research underscores how poverty can impact people on a permanent biological level.<p>One important — and perhaps overlooked — way childhood poverty can shape our bodies …

Imperial College London

Why Tax Havens Are Political and Economic Disasters

Seeking prosperity through lax business and tax regulations leaves countries worse off.<p>In the early 1990s, economists coined the term "the resource curse" to describe a paradox they observed in countries where valuable natural resources were discovered: Rather than thriving, such countries often …

Local Economies

Wikileaks posts hacked DNC voicemails

<b>Philadelphia (CNN) —</b> Wikileaks released a series of voicemails Wednesday from the Democratic National Committee hack showing donors plying top-level officials for favors, and one donor expressing outrage that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had won a say in the drafting of the party's platform.<p>In one …

Government

Tim Kaine Introduces Himself to Nation in Accepting Vice Presidential Nomination

PHILADELPHIA — Tim Kaine introduced himself to the American people on Wednesday night, accepting his place on the Democratic ticket and firing his first prime-time shots at its foe.<p>A politician unaccustomed to the glare of the national spotlight stepped squarely into it Wednesday night to "humbly …

Government