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  • Who's to blame if the ACA blows up? Trump, of course

    Who's to blame if the ACA blows up? Trump, of course

    President Trump still doesn’t get it: He owns Obamacare now. He’s been hard at work undermining the government-regulated health insurance program —eliminating subsidies to insurance companies, slashing programs to enroll new customers, authorizing bare-bones plans to lure healthy patients out of...

  • Trump's 'I alone' approach jeopardizes U.S. security and prosperity

    Trump's 'I alone' approach jeopardizes U.S. security and prosperity

    Remember all of the criticisms of President George W. Bush for his “unilateralism” in world affairs? And of President Obama for his reliance on executive orders in domestic affairs? Some apologies are in order. President Trump is outpacing them in his willingness to rule by fiat, disdaining any...

  • John McCain reminds us how important—and how tenuous—American leadership is

    John McCain reminds us how important—and how tenuous—American leadership is

    Having spent 5½ years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is intimately familiar with the price the United States has paid to assert its leadership in the world. Yet he continues to believe that, despite the cost, this leadership is essential, not just to further...

  • Trump's not just the head of state. He's the 'talent'

    Trump's not just the head of state. He's the 'talent'

    In high school civics I was taught that, in America, the president has many roles, often divided in other countries. He’s commander in chief, head of state, chief administrator and executive, the head of his party, chief diplomat, legislative leader and, according to some lists, “the guardian of...

  • Why does the public hate the news media?

    Why does the public hate the news media?

    It’s been a rough 12 months for the news media. We got the election wrong, we got booed at campaign events, and some of us get death threats on Twitter. The president called us an “enemy of the American people.” Lots of us are getting laid off (which at least makes us less likely to get death threats)....

  • Think the 25th Amendment will take care of Trump? You're dreaming.

    Think the 25th Amendment will take care of Trump? You're dreaming.

    Just as his critics warned, President Trump is turning out to be unfit for his job, perhaps dangerously so. That’s a harsh judgment, but it’s no longer coming from the president’s opponents. It’s coming from leading members of his own party. “We could be heading toward World War III with the kind...

  • Sure, give back Harvey Weinstein's money. And then actually do something to support women

    Sure, give back Harvey Weinstein's money. And then actually do something to support women

    Harvey Weinstein had to know that he was foul. Even he had to realize that his grotesque bathrobe seduction routine was, in truth, the modus operandi of a serial sexual harasser and abuser. Perhaps he recognized his evil, or merely sought to cover it up. As such, the former movie mogul busied himself...

  • What America gets for its dollars — and its culpability — in Africa

    What America gets for its dollars — and its culpability — in Africa

    I teach and write about public health in Africa. For years, something about Uganda stumped me. Since 2000, health services have improved in most African countries, but Uganda’s progress lags. Yet Uganda has a remarkable medical history. Well before colonial times, the Baganda, Uganda’s largest...

  • Trump's one-two punch on the Obamacare exchanges will injure consumers — and taxpayers

    Trump's one-two punch on the Obamacare exchanges will injure consumers — and taxpayers

    After delivering yet another malicious blow to the Affordable Care Act, President Trump took to Twitter (of course) on Friday to tell Democrats that they “should call me to fix” the law he’s sabotaging. It sounded like the sort of thing you’d hear in a mobster movie: “Nice insurance business you’ve...

  • A cautious step forward on police drones

    A cautious step forward on police drones

    Among the arguments against the use of airborne camera-wielding drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, a statement made by one critic at a recent Police Commission meeting stood out: “Drones should not be talked about.” That’s the most extreme position, boiled down to its essence: that law...

  • The climate-change fire alarm from Northern California

    The climate-change fire alarm from Northern California

    Big deadly fires are nothing new to California, particularly during fire season when the Santa Ana or Diablo winds blow hot and dry, making tinder out of trees and bushes that have been baking all summer long. But the firestorm now raging through Northern California isn’t the typical wildfire....

  • Post-hurricane rebuilding will be done by undocumented workers — and they need protection

    Post-hurricane rebuilding will be done by undocumented workers — and they need protection

    In Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, mammoth hurricanes have left behind a colossal amount of work. The cleanup and reconstruction efforts are going to take years. That means a severe demand for salvage and demolition crews, roofers, carpenters, drywall installers, painters, plumbers...

  • The Never Trump establishment still hasn't reckoned with its policy mistakes

    The Never Trump establishment still hasn't reckoned with its policy mistakes

    When Sen. Bob Corker first proposed sending lethal U.S. weaponry to Kiev so that Ukrainians could fight off their nuclear-armed Russian neighbors, no one then warned that the Tennessee Republican’s ideas could hurtle us “toward World War III.” When Corker came within an eyelash of persuading then-President...

  • A bunch of scholarships for women can't atone for allegations of sexual predation

    A bunch of scholarships for women can't atone for allegations of sexual predation

    In his kinda, sorta mea culpa last week, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein announced that he was creating a $5-million foundation to give scholarships to female directors at USC. It’s almost laughable that Weinstein thought that trumpeting his largesse would help him fight off allegations of...

  • A best-case scenario for the Iran nuclear deal

    A best-case scenario for the Iran nuclear deal

    President Trump plans to demand this week that the international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear programs be revised to make it stronger. He’ll claim that Iran isn’t complying with the 2015 pact, which he has called “the worst deal ever negotiated.” His language will be Trumpian and tough, intended...

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