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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Support Wanes For Repeal Of Obamacare, Surveys Suggest

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — By a substantial margin, Americans disagree with the Republican argument that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law should be repealed and replaced, but several weeks of relatively good news about the law have done little to change entrenched, partisan views of it. Those are the conclusions of two newly […]

April 29, 2014

Irrational Hatred Of Obamacare Is Hard To Fathom

My friend Isatou has just received an invoice from Kaiser Permanente, testament to her new coverage through the Affordable Care Act — usually called “Obamacare.” She’s thrilled to finally have health insurance so she can get regular checkups, including dental care. A reasonably healthy middle-aged woman, she knows she needs routine mammograms and screenings for […]

April 5, 2014

Is The GOP Giving Up Tea?

WASHINGTON — The botched rollout of the health care law has called forth some good news: Republicans are so confident they can ride anti-Obamacare sentiment to electoral victory that they’re growing ever-more impatient with the Tea Party’s fanaticism. Immigration reform may be the result. The GOP is looking like a person emerging from a long […]

February 3, 2014

In Kansas, Domestic Violence Prosecutions Take A Back Seat To Politics

Update 10/14: The district attorney has agreed to hear some domestic violence cases in Topeka. Budget cuts are usually painful for local governments, but in Topeka, Kan., a fight over money could truly hurt constituents. The mayor and city council voted Tuesday night to repeal the city’s ordinance against domestic violence, jeopardizing abuse victims’ access […]

October 12, 2011

Do Ask, Do Tell

The young man was scared and exhausted as he faced the webcam in the wee hours of the morning and prepared to call his father. He was sitting in his bedroom in Germany, where he is stationed at a U.S. Air Force base. A map of the world hung on the wall behind him, but […]

September 22, 2011

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Ends In Rare Victory For Obama And Progressives

Progressives have a lot to be disappointed about in the Obama presidency. Inequality remains stark and the jobs picture downright scary. The healthcare law — while it will save many lives – lacks a public option and further entrenches private insurance companies. But on a key question of social justice, fairness, and equality, the president […]

September 19, 2011

Idaho Voters Will Decide Fate of State Education Reform

Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform, a group of citizens seeking to repeal that state’s new education laws that ended tenure, prevented collective bargaining and tied pay and bonuses to student success, has collected enough signatures for a referendum. Michael Lanza, head of Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform, said the number of signatures shows public sentiment. […]

June 15, 2011