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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

May You Be Healthy And Covered In 2019

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A federal judge in Texas just threw out the Affordable Care Act root and branch. If the decision were to survive legal challenges, an estimated 17 million Americans could lose their health coverage. Uncounted others would face monstrous premium hikes as protections for pre-existing conditions vanish.

Upheld, the ruling would rocket Republicans toward their goal of killing Obamacare. President Trump didn’t hold back his joy, hailing it as “a big, big victory” by a “highly, highly respected” judge.

The downside for Republicans is that the program has become quite popular. That’s why they didn’t actually repeal it though they could have.

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AG Nominee Bill Barr, Hard-Core Drug Warrior — Perhaps Literally

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William Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, believes the president has vast, unilateral authority to protect national security, which he says is threatened by the distribution of psychoactive substances the government has decreed Americans should not want.

Those positions are a dangerous combination that is apt to encourage the worst instincts of a president who portrays himself as tough on crime, promises to stop the flow of illegal drugs and revels in pointless military displays. With Barr as attorney general and Trump as president, we may see an increasingly literal war on drugs in which aggression masquerades as self-defense.…

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Why Harassment Persists Despite #MeToo

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Anti-feminist politicos and talk show yakkers try to ridicule the reality that women in our rich and advanced society might endure any “oppression.” America isn’t Afghanistan, they snort. Women here get to vote. Girls play all kinds of sports and can grow up to be astronauts or CEOs or anything. Why, we even had one nominated for president two years ago! Well, women certainly have made strides from the colonial chauvinism of 1789, and they’ve escaped much of the suffocating paternalism of the “Father Knows Best” years. But is that our highest standard? It’s ridiculous, dishonest and socially destructive to pretend that the 51 percent majority of us are getting anywhere near the fair share of power and respect they’re due.…

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