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Toting his super-cute baby boy Billy, fresh from heart surgery last week, Jimmy Kimmel is back with a sharp message for Congress: Fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP – and do it right now instead of prioritizing the Trump tax plan.

“I don’t know what could be more disgusting than putting a tax cut that mostly goes to rich people ahead of the lives of children,” Kimmel spat. “Why hasn’t this been funded already? If these were potato chips they were taking away from us, we’d be marching on Washington with pitchforks and spears right now.”

The comedian who so bravely stepped up to fight for universal coverage has more to say about the history and importance of CHIP and the dismal way that Republicans in Congress are saying “Merry Christmas” to millions of working families and their ill children. And he has some moral advice for you. too. Listen!

 

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Marchers at January 22 anti-vaccination demonstration in Washington, D.C>

Back when it was first gaining traction in the 1990s, the anti-vaccination movement was largely considered a far-left thing, attracting believers ranging from barter-fair hippies to New Age gurus and their followers to “holistic medicine” practitioners. And it largely remained that way … until 2020 and the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As this Sunday’s “Defeat the Mandates” march in Washington, D.C., however, showed us, there’s no longer anything even remotely left-wing about the movement. Populated with Proud Boys and “Patriot” militiamen, QAnoners and other Alex Jones-style conspiracists who blithely indulge in Holocaust relativism and other barely disguised antisemitism, and ex-hippies who now spout right-wing propaganda—many of them, including speakers, encouraging and threatening violence—the crowd at the National Mall manifested the reality that “anti-vaxxers” now constitute a full-fledged far-right movement, and a potentially violent one at that.

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