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Kennedy’s replacement: What options do Democrats have?

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s retirement announcement yesterday did not signal just any Supreme Court justice’s retirement. In the past dozen or more years, liberal justices replaced liberals and conservatives replaced conservatives. Now a Republican president with a Republican Senate will get to …

Donald Trump

The Contract With Authoritarianism

In 1994, Newt Gingrich, brandishing his Contract with America, led a Republican revolution that swept aside Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate, initiating an epoch of conservative ascendancy that lingers on. Don Sipple, a Republican campaign consultant, declared at the time that the …

Political Science

John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize …

The Trump Tariffs Will Cost Americans Jobs

On the campaign trail, Candidate Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington. Last Thursday, the swamp showed how powerful it really is. In a sort of crony-capitalist reality TV broadcast, President Trump, flanked by steel and aluminum executives, granted their requests for tariffs.<p>The …

Six teenagers are running for governor in Kansas, and suddenly this doesn’t seem so preposterous

MERRIAM, Kan. — And now, a report from the Midwest, where a gangly hope has arrived in the form of children enrobed in various assortments of khakis and blazers, because six teenage boys are running for governor of the state of Kansas.<p>The would-be boy governors of Kansas. This was a funny concept …

The 747 Had a Great Run. But Farewell Doesn’t Mean the End.

MARANA, Ariz. — There may be no airliner as recognizable as the Boeing 747, the world’s first jumbo jet, with its iconic hump of an upper deck. For aviation fans, the introduction of the “Queen of the Skies” was a triumph of engineering and grace: unprecedented size and speed with spiral-staircase …

British Airways

How Trump and Schumer Came Close to a Deal Over Cheeseburgers

WASHINGTON — President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the top Democrat in the Senate, came close to an agreement to avert a government shutdown over lunch on Friday. But their consensus broke down later in the day when the president and his chief of staff demanded more concessions on …

After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles

In December 2014 something unusual happened at Disneyland. People came to visit Mickey Mouse, and some of them left with measles. At least 159 people contracted the disease during an outbreak lasting several months. This is more than the typical number in a whole year in the United States.<p>The …

Congressional Republicans think Donald Trump’s sloth and ignorance is a feature, not a bug

A weak, easy-to-manipulate president is what they want.<p>Over the course of approximately one year in office, Donald Trump has made it clear that he possesses no hidden depths and is exactly as lazy, ignorant, and unprepared to be president as he appeared to be on the 2016 campaign trail.<p>He’s also …

The Senate’s push to overrule the FCC on net neutrality now has 50 votes, Democrats say

Fifty senators have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to deregulate the broadband industry, top Democrats said Monday.<p>The tally leaves supporters just one Republican vote shy of the 51 required to pass a Senate resolution of …

Net Neutrality

Inside the tense, profane White House meeting on immigration

When President Trump spoke by phone with Sen. Richard J. Durbin around 10:15 a.m. last Thursday, he expressed pleasure with Durbin's outline of a bipartisan immigration pact and praised the high-ranking Illinois Democrat's efforts, according to White House officials and congressional aides.<p>The …

Donald Trump

‘Don’t Feed the Troll’: Much of the World Reacts in Anger at Trump’s Insult

Governments and citizens across the world recoiled on Friday with disgust, outrage and sadness at reports that President Trump had described Haiti and unspecified African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with members of Congress on Thursday about immigration, asking why the American …

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<i>This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to</i> <i>get VoxCare in your inbox here</i><i>.</i><p>One hundred days ago, Congress let the funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expire. For …

Trump poised to take action on Medicaid work requirements

The Trump administration is preparing to release guidelines soon for requiring Medicaid recipients to work, according to sources familiar with the …

Incoherent, authoritarian, uninformed: Trump’s New York Times interview is a scary read

The president of the United States is not well.<p>The president of the United States is not well. That is an uncomfortable thing to say, but it is an even worse thing to ignore.<p>Consider the interview Trump gave to the New York Times on Thursday. It begins with a string of falsehoods that make it …

This one weird trick lets blue states avoid Trump’s tax hike

It could give middle-class families a tax cut, too!<p>Now that the Republican tax reform bill is officially law, blue states are scrambling to figure out ways around one of the law’s few actual tax increases: its new limit on deducting state and local taxes.<p>Under current law, taxpayers not claiming …

Privacy Complaints Mount Over Phone Searches at U.S. Border Since 2011

WASHINGTON — They spoke of being humiliated and shaken. They described being “made to feel like a criminal.” And they maintained that their rights had been violated.<p>Grievances over lost privacy run through a trove of roughly 250 complaints by people whose laptops and phones were searched without a …

The Republican tax bill is an American betrayal

The American people voted for populism. They got plutocracy.<p>According to a poll from Public Policy Polling, 57 percent of Americans now approve of the Affordable Care Act. Only 29 percent approve of the GOP’s tax cuts.<p>Reflect on those numbers for a moment. Republicans have managed to make <i>tax cuts</i> …

U.S. lawmakers are redistributing income from the poor to the rich, according to massive new study

Back in 1980, the bottom 50 percent of wage-earners in the United States earned about 21 percent of all income in the country — nearly twice as much as the share of income (11 percent) earned by the top 1 percent of Americans.<p>But today, according to a massive new study on global inequality, those …

Income Inequality

Doug Jones Called on Congress to Fund CHIP. Why Hasn’t It?

Congress has one essential job to get done before its members leave town for the holidays, and it’s not to pass the tax bill. It’s to restore federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a health-care plan in each state, which currently covers nine million—<i>nine million</i>—American …

Health Care

Tax Cuts and the Future of Medicare: Needlessly Painful Choices Could Affect Those Who Rely on Medicare Insurance

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Taxes

CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including "fetus" and "transgender" — in official documents being prepared for next year's budget.<p>Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and …

Public Health

Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post

Credits<p>Story - Michael Hobbes<p>Michael is a contributing writer for Highline.<p>Typography - Jason Wong<p>Jason is an art director and graphic designer based in suburban New Jersey.<br>He is also a part of the lettering sketch blog Friends of Type.<p>Spiritual Guide - Becky<p>Becky is an 8-bit creation living in …

New Jersey

The FCC’s net neutrality rules are gone. Now this is what could happen to the Web.

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Let’s talk about the end of net neutrality in terms of a hellscape everyone knows: airport security lines.<p>The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal its net neutrality rules, which since 2015 had prohibited Internet providers from blocking or slowing …

The Looting of America’s Public Lands

The protections put in place over the last half-century by both political parties to guarantee Americans clean air, clean water and bountiful open space have been coming apart at the seams since President Trump took office. The last few weeks have been particularly brutal for conservationists and, …

The Republican War on Children

Let me ask you a question; take your time in answering it. Would you be willing to take health care away from a thousand children with the bad luck to have been born into low-income families so that you could give millions of extra dollars to just one wealthy heir?<p>You might think that this question …

Populism died on Saturday

Populism, RIP.<p>It croaked on a birthday of sorts. This month marks 10 years since the Great Recession — and thereby the social movement it unleashed — was born.<p>This obituary begins in December 2007, when the spark of the financial crisis grew into a fire. The conflagration would go on to blaze …

Trump Slashes Size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Monuments

SALT LAKE CITY — President Trump sharply reduced the size of two national monuments in Utah on Monday by some two million acres, the largest rollback of federal land protection in the nation’s history.<p>The administration shrank Bears Ears National Monument, a sprawling region of red rock canyons, by …

Madeleine Albright: How to Protect the World From North Korea

<i>Turning Point: North Korea tests advanced ballistic missile technology.</i><p>When the two met in the Oval Office soon after the 2016 election, Barack Obama reportedly told Donald Trump that the Democratic Republic of North Korea, or D.P.R.K., would be the most serious national security challenge he would …

FCC won’t delay vote, says net neutrality supporters are “desperate”

Pai says FTC will protect consumers—but FTC could lose its regulatory authority.<p>The Federal Communications Commission will move ahead with its vote …

Net Neutrality