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What Is Chuck Schumer Up To?

The senior senator from New York says he was surprised that nine paragraphs in a 6,600-word speech got all the attention. He shouldn’t have been.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



Comprehensive Study Shows Abortions Are ‘Very Safe’ and Far Less Risky Than Giving Birth

Despite the fact that officials all over the U.S. feel the need to regulate abortion as though it were a pernicious procedure, a study by UC San Francisco researchers shows that complications rarely occur after an abortion.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 READ MORE



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An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all?

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Obamacare vs. Scaliacare

It’s one thing for Congress, elected by the people, to undermine the Affordable Care Act. It’s quite another for the hyper-activist conservative justices on our Supreme Court to do it.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE


This ‘Daily Show’ Segment Reveals the Absurd Misconceptions Behind U.S. Anti-Immigration Sentiment

Who knew immigrating to America came with free computers and health care?

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Is the Minimum Wage Really a Living Wage?

Under pressure to raise his state’s minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need to do so.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Brittany Maynard: Choosing the Way a Life Ends

There is no way to hear Brittany Maynard’s voice without being deeply touched.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Let Obama and the CDC Do Their Jobs

If the prospect of hanging concentrates the mind, then even the possibility of infection with Ebola should do the same—for all of us.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



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We Are All Liberians Now

Ebola is a nightmare disease that travel restrictions cannot keep out.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights

In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Dollars for Dudes: Almost No Women Among Medical Industry’s Top-Paid Speakers

The causes are not clear, but men account for more than 90 percent of the 300 doctors who received the most money from drug and medical device companies, according to new federal data.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Health Insurers Are Spending Millions to Defeat California’s Proposition 45

From the start, even fans recognized that one of Obamacare’s great weaknesses was its failure to regulate insurance rates.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



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The Return of the Corporate Court

Jesse Busk has almost no chance of winning his lawsuit when it comes before the Supreme Court. He’s an ordinary working person challenging the prerogatives of corporate power.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE



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The Mystifying Election

There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



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The GOP Wave Has Failed to Materialize

Meanwhile, back at the ranch—as foreign events hog the spotlight—why haven’t Republicans sealed the deal on the coming election?

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE


Obamacare, Beyond the Label

The most significant bit of election news over the last week was the decision of Sen. Mark Pryor, the embattled Arkansas Democrat, to run an ad touting his vote for the health care law as a positive for the people of his increasingly Republican state.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



Suspicious Prescriptions for HIV Drugs Abound in Medicare

The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds Medicare spent tens of millions of dollars in 2012 for HIV drugs there’s little evidence patients needed. A 77-year-old woman with no record of HIV got $33,500 of medication.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab

Experts question the effectiveness of H.P. Acthar Gel, a drug made from pigs’ pituitary glands. Yet it cost Medicare more than $141 million in 2012, up from $7 million in 2008.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Impeachment Two-Step

If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Contradictory Rulings Proffer More Obamacare Headaches

Circuit courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia issued opposite rulings Tuesday, just hours and not so many miles apart from each other.

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE



The Actor and the Minister

In a time when corporate culture has marginalized our artists and those of compassion and vision, two such people merged for a moment at a Boston church. (Shown here, Michael Milligan in his one-man play.)

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Hang a ‘Men Wanted’ Sign on This ‘Women’s Issue’

The Hobby Lobby case is an urgent reminder for American males that they, too, benefit from access to contraception.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Hillary Is Not Finished

In politics, as in many endeavors, it helps to be underestimated. In this sense, Hillary Clinton is doing great.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



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How the Women of Pakistan Cope With War, Honor Killings and Prejudice

The West is flooded by news of all the incessant outrages, but by looking back at history we get a better understanding of what is happening in this forsaken country of ours. Progress is never linear.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Will Congress Be as Brave as Shinseki?

If you want a prime example of what’s wrong with our politics, study the response to the veterans’ health care scandal. You would think from the coverage that the only issue that mattered to politicians was whether Gen. Eric Shinseki should be fired.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE


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California Gold Rush: The Race for the Hottest Job in Congress

California’s 33rd Congressional istrict is home to some of the Democrats’ wealthiest donors and one of the party’s most progressive leaders. No fewer than 17 candidates are running to pick up the keys to the treasure chest, but is any a worthy heir?

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



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The Times When Race Matters

When Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., remarked last week that some of the opposition to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is “maybe he’s of the wrong color,” he was just saying out loud what many people believe.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



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In VA Scandal, Accountability for All—Including Congress

Unlike most of Congress, especially on the Republican side, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki opposed the incompetent war plans of the George W. Bush administration that left so many American service men and women grievously wounded.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Maker Movement: Tinkering With the Idea That College Is for Everyone

Over the last 10 years or so, increasing numbers of Americans have been seeking the satisfaction that comes with a trade. But vocational education needs some rethinking.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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The Democrats’ Strategic Ambiguity

Bragging about what they’ve achieved is what incumbent politicians do. But as Democrats struggle to hang on to the Senate this year (and try against the odds to take over the House), they are not in the usual boasting mood.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Obamacare Can’t Lower Costs

The president and his advisers based their health care plan on a bogus premise, which is why it will continue to provide opponents of the law with ammunition.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



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The Consequential Obama

In both the domestic and foreign spheres, Obama has had transformational impact. And there is more to come.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Time for Some Happy Talk

Despite Republican claims to the contrary, things are definitely looking up. Democrats ought to be clicking their heels and spreading the good news.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Republicans Can Get Away With Killing Minimum Wage Increase

On Wednesday the Senate failed to pass an increase in the minimum wage, even though two-thirds of Americans want it. How can this be?

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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The Key to 2014

The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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This Researcher Devised His Own Low-Cost Cancer Treatment and Won

Michael Retsky wasn’t your typical cancer patient. His own research showed the problems with existing treatments, so he helped model a new one.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama and the Johnson Legacy: Recollecting the Great Society

President Obama appeared in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night to deliver that rarest of speeches: a tribute to a former president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, whose administration still remains in controversy.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Medicaid Programs Drowning in Backlog

With open enrollment over for private health insurance claims, states are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Once Again, Republicans Make Obama Look Good

We Obama apologists had grown desperate. Then along came Paul Ryan.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



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When Obamacare Was ‘Doomed’

Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong?

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Judging Obamacare: How Do We Know If It’s a Success or Failure?

One day very soon, the focus on Obamacare will turn from signing up new enrollees to quantifying the law’s success—or failure.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Bill Clinton Urges Democrats to Embrace Health Care Reform

As the midterm elections approach, both public opinion data and the facts on the ground are taking a significant turn.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



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The Pope Isn’t a Party Boss

President Obama’s first salary as a community organizer was paid by a Catholic group and his earliest social justice work was rooted in Catholic social doctrine. So why don’t the bishops like him?

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Smoking Mad: Tobacco Users Caught Up in Insurer’s Obamacare ‘Glitch’

After signing up for coverage and disclosing they were smokers, about 100 New Hampshire consumers, including Terry Wetherby, find their new Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield policies canceled because they were charged incorrect “non-smoker” rates.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Health Care’s Real Stakes

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression—finally.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Sign Up for Obamacare by March 31 to Avoid Fees and, Possibly, Higher Medical Bills

The open enrollment period for 2014 ends in just a few days. If you want to buy a plan on the health care exchanges, you’d better hurry.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Discovers Medicare Has Spent $172 Million on Penis Pumps

Clearly restoring “the glory” of male erections is a more pressing health matter than providing contraceptives for women.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE


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