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Americans With Disabilities Should Be Terrified

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:45:45 GMT2017-06-27T00:45:45Z

Last Thursday, Senate Republicans released the key legislative language for the Better Care Reconciliation Act, their Obamacare repeal bill. Both the product and the rushed partisan process that produced BCRA are stupendously unpopular. It’s opposed by nearly every patient and provider group, including the AARP, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the Arc, the American Cancer Society’s action network. Key Republican governors condemn the bill, too. The bill cuts Medicaid deeply. It is so highly regressive that its tax giveaway to the 400 wealthiest households in America exceeds the total bill for Affordable Care Act premium tax credits in the 20 smallest states. Senate Republicans spent years criticizing the high premiums, deductibles, and co-payments in ACA marketplaces. BCRA would make these worse.

U.S. Capitol Police remove a protester from in front of the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday.

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Tick, Tick, Tick

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:20:32 GMT2017-06-27T00:20:32Z

On May 17, 1973, the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities investigating Watergate began 37 days of televised hearings featuring 33 witnesses. By then, the Washington Post had already run many of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s biggest scoops on the scandal. Two aides to president Richard Nixon, G. Gordon Liddy and James W. McCord Jr., had been convicted of conspiracy, burglary, and wiretapping. Nixon’s attorney general, Richard Kleindienst, and his closest senior staffers, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, had resigned. In June 1973, John Dean, Nixon’s former White House counsel, told investigators that he’d had at least 35 conversations with the president about the Watergate cover-up. In July, the country learned about the secret recording system in the White House, but Nixon refused to turn the tapes over to investigators.

President Richard Nixon in 1973 and President Donald Trump in 2017.

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The Rise and Reign of Unruly Women

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:14:48 GMT2017-06-26T23:14:48Z

Listen to Episode 772 of Slate’s The Gist:

Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj perform at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Oct. 20, 2015.

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The Angle: Year of the Tick Edition

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:23:41 GMT2017-06-26T22:23:41Z

Gorsuch, revealed: With his dissent in the Supreme Court ruling on Monday that will require states to list same-sex parents on birth certificates, Justice Neil Gorsuch indicated he opposes equal rights for same-sex couples. And so, just two months in, Gorsuch has “revealed himself to be everything that liberals had most feared: pro-gun, pro–travel ban, anti-gay, anti–church/state separation,” writes Mark Joseph Stern.

Protect yourself from ticks this season. Tick specimens at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment on Aug. 18, 2016.

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Want to Curb the Opioid Epidemic? Don’t Limit Access to Health Care.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:57:10 GMT2017-06-26T21:57:10Z

I am an addict. Without my medications for depression and anxiety, I will relapse. I’m not homeless. I’m not a junkie. I’m not a rock star. I’m a 40-year-old suburban stay-at-home mom.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks through the Capitol in Washington on Friday, following the release of a draft of the Senate GOP’s health care bill.

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All the President’s Lies

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:38:42 GMT2017-06-26T21:38:42Z

To listen to this episode of Trumpcast, use the player below:

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Hang Up and Listen: The Warriors Derangement Syndrome Edition

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:37:06 GMT2017-06-26T21:37:06Z

Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin:

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SCOTUS Splits the Travel Ban Baby

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:33:10 GMT2017-06-26T21:33:10Z

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Donald Trump’s travel ban is like an optical illusion: Your perception of it changes depending on your vantage point. To Trump and his allies, the decision looks like total vindication for the administration, a move that allows its long-delayed executive order to take effect. To left-leaning analysts, it’s a clever political compromise that still protects many of the refugees and foreign nationals who would’ve been excluded by the ban.

President Donald Trump signs his first travel ban executive order on Jan. 27.

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Nevada’s “No” Vote

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:31:17 GMT2017-06-26T21:31:17Z

If the Republican health care bill is going to be defeated, it will almost definitely require a “no” vote from Nevada’s Dean Heller, the state’s Republican senator. Last week, Heller and Nevada’s GOP governor, Brian Sandoval, held a press conference blasting the bill and decrying its changes to Medicaid. (The Congressional Budget Office estimated on Monday that the bill would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026.) Heller is up for re-election next year; Sandoval, meanwhile, is the most popular politician in the state. What exactly is going on in Nevada politics?

Sen. Dean Heller addresses a town hall with Rep. Mark Amodei at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on April 17 in Reno, Nevada.

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Counting the “No” Votes

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:58:41 GMT2017-06-26T20:58:41Z

To listen to Episode 6 of Trumpcare Tracker, use the player below:

Sen. Dean Heller on April 17 in Reno, Nevada.

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