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California vows to fight Obamacare ruling, fears impacts at home

(From Politico) On Friday, Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and that it cannot be severed from broader provisions in Obamacare, which include a prohibition on denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and federal subsidies...

How John Kelly Failed to Tame the West Wing

(From New York Magazine) An irony of the Kelly era was that even those around the president who had been desperate for help supervising him, like Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, were never able to overcome their differences with Kelly....

Trump Has Officially Ruined Climate Change Diplomacy for Everyone

(From Foreign Policy) The Paris Agreement became a milestone in the fight against climate change by binding all countries, no matter their level of economic development or emissions profile, to a unified process for decarbonization. The agreement’s momentum, however, has...

Trump Won’t Win a Shutdown Over the Border Wall

(From Slate) When Trump talks about “the people of this country,” he’s saying that he’ll win because polls are on his side. He’s also confident because nearly a year ago, Democrats caved under fire after a three-day shutdown over DACA,...

Elizabeth Warren forges a 2020 machine

(From Politico) When and if she does, she’ll be rolling out arguably the most advanced and sweeping infrastructure in the Democratic field, a plug-and-play campaign that could give her a massive head start on nearly every contender in the...

Chuck Schumer: Mr. President, let’s make a deal

(From News Times) Now that Democrats will soon control one branch of Congress, President Donald Trump is again signaling that infrastructure could be an area of compromise. We agree, but if the president wanted to earn Democratic support in the...

Kill the Lame Duck

(From Politico) Designed for a time when new elected officials had to travel long distances to make it to the capitol, they are mostly harmless, like an antique shotgun hanging on the wall—at least until recently. Today, Republicans in Wisconsin,...

Bringing the Future Back Into American Politics

(From Real Clear Politics) Until the Trump years, there was bipartisan support for bequeathing to future Americans a country resembling the beautiful one the politicians inherited. Sure, there were differences, but there was a basic understanding that the interests of...

John Dingle: Abolish the Senate and publicly fund elections

(From The Atlantic) In December 1958, almost exactly three years after I entered the House of Representatives, the first American National Election Study, initiated by the University of Michigan, found that 73 percent of Americans trusted the federal government “to...

David Attenborough: collapse of civilisation is on the horizon

(From The Guardian) Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, spoke at the opening ceremony, saying the use of “efficient” coal technology was not contradictory to taking climate action. Poland generates 80% of its electricity from coal but has cut its...