Chris Garrett

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The new Republican plan to deregulate America, explained

A novel use of the Congressional Review Act is a powerful tool in the conservative war on the administrative state.<p>Republicans in Washington — having funded the government for six months, passed their tax law, and failed to repeal Obamacare — have an opening ahead of the 2018 midterm elections for …

Paul Ryan paved the way for Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party

He wasn’t the only factor. But he was a significant one.<p>Paul Ryan will be remembered for a lot of things — his rise to fame as President Barack Obama’s most prominent critic in Congress; his 2012 run for vice president; his role leading the Republican establishment as it accepted Donald Trump as …

Why America’s 2-party system is on a collision course with our constitutional democracy

There was a time, several decades ago, when America’s two-party system was praised for its moderation. Unlike European parliamentary democracies where “dogmatic ideological parties” of Europe thrived, America’s winner-take-all electoral system seemed to reward and therefore encourage parties and …

Political Science

Congress’s last best chance to stabilize Obamacare, explained

If lawmakers are going to help Obamacare, it needs to happen this month.<p>For the last six months, a small group of lawmakers has been trying to get legislation passed that would shore up the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces. This week’s government spending bill, which Congress must pass …

Health Care

The 17 Democrats selling out on bank regulation is worse than it looks

There was room for a deal, but they did a giveaway instead.<p>A fierce debate is taking place in Democratic Party financial regulation circles over whether the Senate bill to relax Obama-era bank regulations is a disastrous giveaway to industry or really more like a small and unimportant giveaway to …

Mitch McConnell

Who Ate Republicans’ Brains?

When the tweeter-in-chief castigated Senate Republicans as “total quitters” for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, they showed zombie-like relentlessness in their determination to take health care away from millions of Americans, shambling forward …

Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer

On the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany last month, President Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation <b></b>that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign — a disclosure the advisers knew carried political and potentially legal peril.<p>The …

Donald Trump

GOP Seeks to Close Federal Election Agency

House Republicans are pressing to defund the sole federal agency that exclusively works to ensure the voting process is secure<p>WASHINGTON—House Republicans are seeking to defund the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the sole federal agency that exclusively works to ensure the voting process is …

The country with the world’s most progressive taxes has the world’s highest income inequality

South Africa has the world's most progressive tax system, according to a new report. South Africa is also, by another measure, the world's most unequal country -- making it a cautionary example for U.S. liberals about the limited power of taxation to remedy inequality.<p>Yes, taxing the rich more and …

How the Republican health-care bill could raise premiums for 177 million Americans

A leading business coalition has warned that employers could pick up the tab if millions of people lose their coverage under the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.<p>David Lansky, president and chief executive of the Pacific Business Group on Health, a nonprofit organization whose …

After visa delays, Afghan girls’ robotics team arrives in D.C. for global competition

With two words — “Team Afghanistan” — the crowd in the stands at DAR Constitution Hall erupted into a deafening roar Sunday as the teenage girls made their way onto a sprawling stage, waving their country’s flag and wearing headscarves in matching colors.<p>Their triumphant entrance on the stage at …

vox-mark

Senate Republicans included a provision that exempts members of Congress and their staff from part of <b>their latest health care plan</b>.<p>VoxCare<p>Vox's email explaining the biggest news in health care, edited by Sarah Kliff<p>By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Policy and European users agree to the data …

Health Care

Trump’s proposals could hike taxes for nearly a quarter of the middle class

When one of President Trump's senior economic advisers was asked what the White House's plans for tax reform would mean for a typical middle-class family, he answered with confidence.<p>“Going to mean a tax cut,” said Gary Cohn, the director of Trump's National Economic Council, at a news conference …

Novel cancer treatment wins endorsement of FDA advisers

Food and Drug Administration advisers on Wednesday enthusiastically endorsed a first-of-its-kind cancer treatment that uses patients' revved-up immune cells to fight the disease, concluding that the therapy's benefits for desperately ill children far outweigh its potentially dangerous side …

Why did the 2016 election look so much like the 2012 election?

Partisan identity — not policies or even candidates — now drives American politics.<p>A few months ago, I stopped by Larry Bartels’s office at Vanderbilt University. Bartels, alongside Christopher Achen, is the author of <i>Democracy for Realists</i>, which I’d become a bit obsessed with. The book argues that …

Political Science

The dumbest criticism of single payer health care

Democratic politicians are rapidly embracing single payer health care, and as they do, they’re being met with an utterly bogus criticism. Unfortunately, it’s coming not only from Republicans but also from misinformed members of the media.<p>So before this goes any farther, we need to get a few things …

The huge gap between America's rich and superrich exposes a deep misunderstanding about inequality

Donald Trump seized on the issue during the presidential campaign, vowing to become a voice for forgotten Americans left behind by decades of widening wealth disparities.<p>While America's enormous gap between rich and poor and the sorry state of its middle class are well-documented, a less prominent …

“Western liberalism is under siege”

A conversation between Edward Luce and David Frum about the uncertain future of Western-style democracy.<p>“Western liberalism is under siege,” Financial Times columnist Edward Luce warns in his new book, <i>The Retreat of Western Liberalism</i>. Written in the wake of Brexit in the UK and Trump’s election to …

Political Science

NASA Denies That It’s Running a Child Slave Colony on Mars

On Thursday, Alex Jones welcomed a guest to talk about how kidnapped children have been sent on a two-decade mission to space. NASA now denies the …

The real reason Republicans want to pass this Obamacare bill so much

The Senate health-care plan isn't a health-care plan. It's a tax cut.<p>That's clear enough from how little thought it puts into actually stabilizing insurance markets versus how much it does into showering the rich with as much money as possible. Indeed, it would go so far as to retroactively cut the …

Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.<p>The move by special counsel …

Donald Trump

Trump's Paris climate decision shows the threat rising tribalism poses to the planet

Cosmopolitanism must win the war, or we’re screwed.<p>After months of dithering and teasing his decision like it’s a reality show finale, Donald Trump has finally pulled the trigger: He will withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement (technically, he will begin the multi-year process of …

tribalist

Has the Democratic Party Gotten Too Rich for Its Own Good?

During his primary campaign against Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, lived up to the grand Democratic tradition of favoring the underdog at the expense of the rich.<p>He proposed hammering the affluent by raising taxes in the amount of $15.3 trillion over ten …

Larry Summers: What history tells us about Trump’s budget fantasy

At the risk of beating a dead horse, here are some thoughts on the Trump administration’s 3 percent growth forecast. Zero interest rates seemed inconceivable 15 years ago, and yet they happened. Almost no one forecast the productivity boom that took place in the United States between 1995 and 2005 …

There’s one particular Trump policy that would make US inequality even worse

Trump's campaign speeches were littered with attacks on Wall Street bankers and hedge fund managers, who the candidate accused of robbing workers of the American dream.<p>Yet rather than kicking off his economic agenda with worker-friendly policies that bolster poor- and middle-class Americans, like a …

Illinois' middle class shrank over the last 40 years. Here's why.

The decline of the middle class and rise of income inequality have been at the heart of the nation's economic storyline for years, and a new report attempts to quantify how those trends have hit Illinois.<p>Middle-income households, which in the early 1970s made up 59 percent of all households in …

Demographics

House majority leader to colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump

KIEV, Ukraine — A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the …

Donald Trump

Trump is waging a war on millennials

Trumpcare is, on the whole, terrible. But if you’re a millennial, it does have one thing going for it: It’s virtually the only piece of the Trump platform that advantages the young at the expense of the old.<p>The rest of the Trump agenda could be broadly characterized as full-on generational warfare …

Democrats confident they can block Trump’s agenda after spending-bill win

Democrats think they have set the stage to block President Trump’s legislative priorities for years to come by winning major concessions in a spending bill to keep the government open.<p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) secured nearly …

Space-mining may be only a decade away. Really.

Is water the new oil of space?<p>It may be to Middle Eastern oil states such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who are looking at space as a way to diversify out of the earthly benefits of fossil fuel.<p>“Middle East oil states are investing in satellite technology and trying to transform …

Space Exploration