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Voting gender gap may be a chasm if GOP rams Kavanaugh onto Supreme Court

As Donald Trump and the Republican men of the Senate Judiciary Committee (and it’s a men-only club for the GOP) downplay the credible claims of Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault of Christine Blasey Ford when they were teens, they might be feeling smug that they’re getting away with something. But women in this country aren’t […]

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Doug Jones’ Alabama Senate victory: Black voters, honesty, and shoe-leather campaigning

When you’re on the winning side in an election, you’re happy. If your candidate lost, you’re casting around for someone to blame. Media love to issue morning-after political analyses, assigning winners and losers. Let’s see if we can’t do the same. Winners Doug Jones. Obviously, the victor in the contest belongs at the top of […]

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The GOP’s knee-jerk defense of Roy Moore (UPDATE)

Men who are sexual predators come from all professions and political persuasions. How political parties and their adherents respond to allegations of sexual abuse, however, is quite different. Roy Moore, the Republican candidate in the special election to pick a new senator from Alabama, has been accused of trying to engage in sexual activity with […]

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We need one final push to bury Trumpcare 4.0

Just like the zombies tromping out of the graveyard in Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Senate Republicans have returned in a last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The big difference is that Sens. Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, et al don’t dance as well as the undead. But the Graham-Cassidy bill could leave just […]

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The Obamacare repeal attempt that just won’t die

Just when you thought your health insurance was safe. The Senate failed to pass a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act—their attempts at “replacements” were too pathetic to even qualify as such. Many Republican senators have seemingly thrown in the towel. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has declared that it’s time to move on from […]

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How to improve Obamacare: If Republicans were smart, they’d listen

Imagine an alternate universe in which members of both parties work together to develop changes to the Affordable Care Act to make the law work more efficiently, cover more Americans, and cost the government less. I know it’s ludicrous to even propose this in these embattled times, especially with Republican lawmakers’ heads stuck firmly in […]

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The social cost of carbon

A report released March 13 by three environmental groups makes the case that the social cost of carbon is far higher than the $37 per ton estimated by the U.S. government. The costs of carbon — the including harm to human health, decreased farm productivity, and a growing rise in sea levels — should be […]

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