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Obama onstage for his farewell with wife Michelle and daughter Malia

America Rarely Lets You Forget That You’re Black

I’ve always known African Americans face challenges — discrimination in health, housing, hiring, and a racially biased system of “justice.” But at some level, I had grown comfortable in a nation paced by Oprah, LeBron, Beyonce, and Barack. So when we hit this season of reversal, I was more surprised than I should have been. I had forgotten about being black. Meaning, I had forgotten that for us, setback is nothing new.

February 8, 2017
Price, HHS, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

Don’t Fall For The GOP’s Sham Plan To ‘Repair’ The Affordable Care Act

The continued fight over the potential replacement has inadvertently highlighted the tangible gains achieved by the ACA and made the public acutely aware of the negative impacts of repeal. New polling finds the ACA is increasingly popular, especially as news outlets highlight stories of individuals who would be impacted by repeal.

February 7, 2017
Gorsuch, Gun Lobby

Neil Gorsuch Is Supremely Qualified, And Must Not Be Confirmed

Gorsuch, unfortunately, must be sacrificed on the altar of obscene partisanship erected by the Republicans in recent years. Temper tantrums designed to undermine the Constitution for naked political purposes cannot be rewarded. Our government cannot survive the short-term games-playing that has replaced fidelity to the intent of the founders’ work in forming this once-great nation.

February 2, 2017
Trump, Islam

Exclusive: Trump To Focus Counter-Extremism Program Solely On Islam

The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” Reuters sources confirmed, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

February 2, 2017
Trump, Muslim Ban, Courts

Fate Of Trump’s Immigration Order Is Up To The Courts — And It’s Already 0-5

By the time it all gets sorted out, the nationwide legal fight unfolding could help define the Trump presidency, clarify future executive authority, confront Trump’s judicial nominees with tough choices and, not least, determine what happens to untold numbers of refugees. So far, the courts have uniformly ruled against the executive order.

January 31, 2017
Trump

9 Terrible Things Trump Has Done In His First Week As President

While the media spent the last week spilling digital ink over inauguration numbers, the new administration was diminishing women’s health and safety around the world, chipping away at health care for millions of Americans, and pouring money that could feed and insure children into a useless garbage heap along the border.

January 27, 2017
Trump, Refugee Ban

U.S. Suspends Refugee Resettlement Interviews

The decision effectively amounts to a pause in future refugee admissions, given that the interviews are a crucial step in an often years-long process. It means that though Trump has not yet ordered a temporary halt to the refugee program, future admissions are likely to be delayed.

January 27, 2017
Liar in chief, Trump

There Are No Alternative Facts, It’s Called Lying

Every time I hear another lie come out of Trump’s mouth — about his inauguration crowd (smaller than Barack Obama’s and the Women’s March), voter fraud (it didn’t exist), the media’s accusing him of attacking the intelligence community (he compared them to the Nazis) — I feel as if I’m back in junior high school trying to break up with the boy my mother warned me wasn’t stable.

January 27, 2017
Hawaii, Trump, Congress, Executive Orders

Trump Looks More And More Like A Rubber Stamp For A Radical Congress

The pattern of Trump’s relationship with the GOP-controlled Congress can be summed up in two words: rubber stamp. Congress proposes and Trump disposes, even if the actual details of how these different areas of government, law, and regulation—and eventually the real-life impacts—have yet to be defined, articulated, worked out, or implemented.

January 26, 2017
Trump, Ryan, Obamacare Repeal

Republicans Lay Out Timeline For Obamacare Repeal, But Still Vague On Details

Republican leaders laid out plans for repealing Obamacare by spring, followed by funding the building of a border wall and reforming the tax code by late summer. While there is Republican enthusiasm about the idea of swift action against Obamacare, the challenge for congressional Republicans will be getting lawmakers to coalesce around specific plans.

January 26, 2017
Pruitt, EPA, Environment

The Great EPA Rollback

Picking up a line from Trump’s inaugural address, The Environmental Working Group was quick to speak out against “the carnage President Trump is about to unleash on the environment, public health and the integrity of science itself,” said EWG’s president Ken Cook.

January 25, 2017
Obamacare, ACA

Study: 43,000 Americans Could Die Because Of Obamacare Repeal

As researchers David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler explain, “The biggest and most definitive study of what happens to death rates when Medicaid coverage is expanded found that for every 455 people who gained coverage across several states, one life was saved per year. Applying that figure to even a conservative estimate of 20 million losing coverage in the event of an ACA repeal yields an estimate of 43,956 deaths annually.”

January 24, 2017
Spicer

Press Secretary Spicer Signals He’ll Be As Sensitive To Media Coverage As His Boss

Of course, presidents and their staffs have been complaining about the press long before the advent of Twitter or television. Usually, they gripe to reporters privately while accepting that the intense scrutiny is part of the job. “Welcome to the major leagues,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a former Obama communications advisor, in an email.

January 24, 2017
TPP

Will The U.S. Economy Pay The Price For Pulling Out Of TPP?

The TPP was more than just a free trade agreement — it was part of the Obama administration’s “Asia pivot,” designed to counter China’s growing influence. It’s worth remembering that American trade policy doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Other countries respond to our decisions, and those responses can have real economic consequences

January 24, 2017
Media, Spicer, White house

Trump’s War With the Media Has Begun And We’ve Seen Nothing Yet

According to a handful of lawyers specializing in First Amendment and press issues, Trump is primed to use his office’s great power to intimidate, obstruct, censor, spy on, and silence the media. In the most visible instances, bullying, the president faces no restrictions on his speech, regardless of its truth or who he victimizes.

January 23, 2017
Susan Collins, Obamacare

Republican Senators Propose Giving States Option To Keep Obamacare

Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a promise to dismantle Obamacare. However, a legislative proposal by Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would let states choose to keep Obamacare or move to a replacement program, for which states would also receive some federal funding.

January 23, 2017
Trump strategy: signing executive orders

In A Hastily Arranged Ceremony, Trump Signs First Order On Obamacare

Heading into the Oval Office shortly after the conclusion of his inaugural parade, Trump signed an order on the Affordable Care Act that urged government departments to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation” of provisions that imposed fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals.

January 21, 2017
Trump

President Trump Pledges To Put ‘America First’ In Nationalist Speech

Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end what he called an “American carnage” of rusted factories and crime in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry.

January 20, 2017
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House during his departure for Canada, in Washington, U.S. June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama’s Best (And Worst) Of Times

As the Barack Obama presidency dwindles down to the last day, there’s no silent amen. Donald Trump people are swarming the streets around Union Station. These Republicans seem to have come from the country to claim the country, what’s theirs. The barricades and bollards surround the beloved Capitol, the place looks like a police state. The citadel of democracy looks captured.

January 20, 2017
Obama, Clean Energy

Will President Obama’s Clean Energy Legacy Endure?

In the end, the enduring clean energy legacy of the Obama administration may be that it got us “over the hump” of thinking in terms of the false dichotomy of clean versus affordable energy. The pace may change, but the ultimate direction will not.

January 20, 2017
Trump's executive actions

Executive Actions Ready To Go As Trump Prepares To Take Office

Aides said Trump would not wait to wield one of the most powerful tools of his office, the presidential pen, to sign several executive actions that can be implemented without the input of Congress. Trump’s advisers vetted more than 200 potential executive orders for him to consider signing on healthcare, climate policy, immigration, and energy.

January 20, 2017
Trump Presidency

A New Presidency Of Disrespect And Disinformation Begins

We have officially entered the Age of Trump, an era that may be the most contentious and most dangerous to the health of the republic since the Civil War. We are two nations of nearly equal count, divided by opposing views on race, religion, pluralism, sexual orientation, feminism and even science

January 20, 2017
Obama Press

The Press Never Stopped Blaming Obama For Radical GOP Obstruction

Fact: When Republican leadership adopted the radical position that they’d refuse to even hold hearings for Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee, the GOP systematically shred more than 100 years of protocol in the process. That’s what Obama faced for much of the last eight years, and the press’s messaging has helped Republicans every step of the way.

January 20, 2017
Obama, Hope

Obama’s Parting Message: Hope

In what was scheduled as the final news conference of his presidency, Obama said that after all he has witnessed, he is walking away with a sense of hopefulness about the country and where it is going. Obama told a room of reporters that, despite the worry felt by many of his fellow partisans about the incoming Trump administration, “we’re going to be OK.”

January 19, 2017
Tom Price, Obamacare

Price Confirmation Hearing Previews Obamacare Fight

Price and the Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee described their coverage goals almost exactly the same, with the addition of one key word—providing access to coverage for everyone. It doesn’t sound like much of a departure from the Democrats’ language, but in fact, the phrasing implies a dramatically different approach.

January 19, 2017