New Orleans: Obamacare in jeopardy

New Orleans: Obamacare in jeopardy

A panel of federal judges voiced skepticism this week about the Affordable Care Act, signaling that they are inclined to affirm a Texas court’s decision to strike down the entire healthcare law. Eighteen GOP-led states brought the lawsuit after Congress eliminated a tax on the uninsured—the “individual mandate”; the mandate Continue Reading

Ridgecrest, Calif: Shaken

Ridgecrest, Calif: Shaken

Two massive earthquakes rocked Southern California last week, damaging roads and sparking fires but miraculously failing to cause any serious injuries. A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck in the late morning 10 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., a city of 27,000 about 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles. It proved to be the Continue Reading

Washington, D.C: Barr’s damage control

Washington, D.C: Barr’s damage control

Attorney General William Barr assailed Congress’ planned questioning of special counsel Robert Mueller, saying lawmakers want to create a “public spectacle” with the July 17 televised hearings. “I don’t think Mueller should be treated that way or subject himself to that, if he doesn’t want to,” Barr said. The Justice Continue Reading

Grand Rapids, Mich: GOP defection

Grand Rapids, Mich: GOP defection

Rep. Justin Amash, the only Republican in Congress to call for President Trump’s impeachment, left the GOP this week, after saying “modern politics is trapped in a partisan death spiral.” Writing in The Washington Post, Amash, who rode the Tea Party wave to Congress in 2010, said that although his Continue Reading

San Francisco: Candidate 24

San Francisco: Candidate 24

After deciding against a run in January, billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer reversed course this week and announced he would seek the Democratic nomination for president. The former hedge fund manager pledged to spend at least $100 million of his fortune on the campaign, and he’s already poured $1.4 Continue Reading

Why we’re not worried about Merkel

Why we’re not worried about Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel has the shakes, said Nico Fried. Twice in recent days, she’s been caught on film trembling severely. Merkel’s struggle to control her body was clear to all, “as if yielding to weakness were incompatible with her understanding of the office.” Following the first episode, Merkel said she Continue Reading

Italy’s Donald Trump

Italy’s Donald Trump

The far-right leader of the antiimmigrant League party isn’t Italy’s prime minister, but he is nonetheless the country’s most powerful politician. He entered the government in 2018, when the League and the antiestablishment Five Star Movement trounced the traditional parties of the Left and the Right and formed a populist Continue Reading

Trump’s very normal White House

Trump’s very normal White House

Despite his “taste for nonstop controversy and rhetorical brinkmanship,” President Trump is actually running a surprisingly cautious administration, said Rich Lowry. Trump’s “constant tweeting and lurid, yet meaningless, controversies” make the White House look as if it’s always on “the verge of careering out of control.” But cut out the Continue Reading

Acosta under fire over Epstein deal

Acosta under fire over Epstein deal

Democrats are calling on Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign over a 2008 plea deal he struck as federal prosecutor with billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested on new sex-trafficking charges in New York last week. As U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Acosta oversaw a deal Continue Reading