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Category: Health

Coronavirus Task Force

The Trump Virus

by Hamilton Fish | Mar 27, 2020 | Health, Politics

It’s too soon to know whether Trump’s slow-motion and deadly response to the coronavirus outbreak will contribute to his political undoing.  But even that enticing prospect offers little consolation, measured against the reality that this rudderless nation has been left flatfooted in the face of an advancing plague. Trump spent months minimizing the known threat. […]

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Modern-Day Gulag In the Golden State

by Barbara Koeppel | Jun 4, 2019 | Health, Politics

Back in 1997, the Supreme Court ruled that the practice known as civil commitment was legal. This meant that 20 states—which had passed laws permitting the ongoing incarceration of sex offenders—could continue to keep the men confined even after they completed their prison terms. (See “Sex Crimes and Criminal Justice,” from the May 2018 issue […]

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Anti Abortion Protest

Anti-Abortion Rhetoric Mislabeled “Pro-Life”

by Richard Cherwitz | May 24, 2019 | Health, Politics

Scholars of communication for decades have studied how rhetoric matters—how language choices are strategic and can substantially affect the outcome of debates and policy on important public issues. Recent intense and emotionally-charged abortion arguments in several states offer powerful illustrations of the way language makes a difference. From a rhetorical perspective, the recent Alabama law […]

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Mental Health

The Brave New World of Mental Health

by Amy Minsky | Mar 8, 2019 | AI, Health

The patient sits in a worn, upholstered armchair. She’s been having a tough go lately—doubting herself at work, wondering whether her friends truly like her, spending increasing amounts of time in bed, taking fewer showers, and eating less. The thoughts and feelings are familiar to her: she was diagnosed with a mental illness in her […]

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Planned Parenthood

Team Trump’s Audacious “Complicity” Claim for Nullifying Abortion Rights

by Dorothy Samuels | Jan 4, 2018 | Health, Politics

The first anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency will occasion lots of commentary on his administration’s jarring record—from the narcissist-in-chief’s tweets and glaring disregard for truth to the performance of federal departments and agencies under his crude and corrosive leadership. My aim here is to highlight one egregious sliver of that record that stands out for […]

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