Your vote in the 2016 election explains almost everything about your climate beliefs

For “not a partisan issue,” climate change sure looks like a partisan issue. As we wait for President Trump’s long-promised executive order dismantling President Obama’s restrictions on carbon pollution — part of his broader assault on Obama’s environmental legacy — let’s have another look at public opinion on climate change. As I have written before (see here and here), there is a deep and abiding partisan divide in opinion on global warming. That divide has…

"Your vote in the 2016 election explains almost everything about your climate beliefs"

American-Israeli teenager arrested for wave of bomb threats against Jewish organizations

The Jewish man was arrested in Israel this morning. Israeli police have arrested a 19-year-old Jewish man with dual American-Israeli citizenship as the main suspect in hundreds of bomb threats made against Jewish community centers in the US and worldwide. In just the first three months of 2017, there have already been more than 160 bomb threats against Jewish organizations and day schools within the US, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The man arrested on…

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Republicans are considering a deal that would make America’s drug addiction crisis worse

The latest possible deal for the American Health Care Act would end crucial protections for access to drug treatment — in the middle of the opioid epidemic. America is in the middle of its worst drug crisis ever. It’s an issue that has brought together both the left and right, with figures from Barack Obama to Donald Trump calling for more to be done to fight the opioid epidemic. But Republicans are considering a step…

"Republicans are considering a deal that would make America’s drug addiction crisis worse"

New Quinnipiac poll shows the Republican health bill is stunningly unpopular

The public disapproves by a massive 17-56 margin. A new Quinnipiac University poll suggests that just 17 percent of the public approves of the Republican Party’s American Health Care Act, while 56 percent disapproves. When it comes to who has strong feelings, the news is even worse: Only 6 percent of respondents say they strongly approve of the law, and a whopping 43 percent strongly disapproves. By the same token, Donald Trump’s approval rating on…

"New Quinnipiac poll shows the Republican health bill is stunningly unpopular"

The fight over “Essential Health Benefits,” explained

The provision requires insurers to cover the basics like prescriptions and hospitalization. Republicans want to get rid of it. Remember all that talk during the health reform debate about why men should have to pay for maternity care? What politicians were really arguing about was the “essential health benefits” provision in Obamacare. In an attempt to make the insurance marketplace fairer and more viable, the law required insurance products sold in the individual market, the…

"The fight over “Essential Health Benefits,” explained"

The Freedom Caucus is at a crossroads

The identity crisis behind the American Health Care Act negotiations. The loose agglomeration of hard-line conservatives known as the House Freedom Caucus routinely threatened to derail the government during the presidency of Barack Obama. Now, they’re threatening to derail the top legislative priority of President Donald Trump. On the morning of the day the House is supposed to vote on the American Health Care Act, the White House — facing enough defections from both the…

"The Freedom Caucus is at a crossroads"

A modest proposal for solving Republicans’ Obamacare impasse

Just cut the taxes. As the White House and Republicans in Congress desperately try to craft a Obamacare repeal bill, even as it becomes clear that anything they come up with will go either too far for members of Congress who fear their constituents losing insurance or not far enough for hard-right Freedom Caucus members, let me offer a simple suggestion: Just repeal the taxes and go home. You can split Obamacare into three parts.…

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The mind-boggling past 24 hours in politics, explained

Russia revelations. Health bill woes. Wiretap wars. And that Supreme Court seat. Donald Trump’s presidency has reached a new level of chaos, somehow. Last night, CNN reported that the FBI “has information that indicates” Trump’s associates communicated with Russian operatives, “possibly” to coordinate the release of information damaging to his opponent’s campaign. That’s just days after the FBI director revealed, in congressional testimony, he was investigating whether the president’s associates colluded with Russia to interfere…

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Trump’s Russia policy is scaring allies and confusing even the Kremlin

No issue has given Donald Trump more grief than Russia. The Trump team’s controversial ties to the Kremlin forced the departure of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, got Attorney General Jeff Sessions into hot water, and kicked off an FBI investigation into Trump’s campaign. So you’d think Trump would have something to show for all of this: some set of bold new policy initiatives with Moscow that would justify the costly pro-Putin stance. Yet two…

"Trump’s Russia policy is scaring allies and confusing even the Kremlin"

How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever, in 15 maps and charts

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than HIV/AIDS did at its peak. These maps and charts tell the story. America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis ever. With all the other news going on, it can be easy to lose track of this fact. But it’s true: In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of which were linked to opioids like Percocet, OxyContin, heroin, and fentanyl. That’s…

"How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever, in 15 maps and charts"