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Letter from Mexico

by Belén Fernández | May 3, 2017 | Politics

Mérida, Yucatán In 2013, my friend Juan’s cousin disappeared while attempting to cross from Mexico into the United States to return to his job at a restaurant in Florida. The cousin had successfully crossed the border on several previous occasions, and this particular passage, Juan tells me, was reportedly arranged by the restaurant’s proprietor via […]

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Ryancare: It’s a Tax Cut for the Rich

by The Washington Spectator | Apr 27, 2017 | Economy, Politics

The GOP Affordable Care Act replacement draft includes reforms promoted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan since (and before) the passage of the ACA, including funding Medicaid with block grants to states and a per capita cap on Medicaid funding. The federal government pays a fixed share of states’ Medicaid costs. Under Ryancare, federal […]

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The Iceman Cometh

by Lou Dubose | Apr 21, 2017 | Politics

Here’s how Donald Trump’s new immigration policy looks at ground level. On the Monday afternoon before Valentine’s Day, Juan Manuel García was taking the office mail to the post office two blocks south of the Capitol in Austin, Texas, when he saw an unmarked black Dodge crew-cab pickup make a quick U-turn. An “anglo” man […]

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Will Ex-Presidents Check Donald Trump?

by Arthur J. Magida | Apr 21, 2017 | Election 2016, Politics

America prides itself on peaceful transitions from one president to the other. No coups. No backstabbing. No backward glances at what might have been. We witness this every four years or, at the most, every eight. No matter how bitter a presidential campaign or how antithetical an outgoing president’s policies and ideology may be from […]

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Guns, Extremism, and Threats of Escalation

by Rick Perlstein | Apr 14, 2017 | Election 2016, Politics

A friend writes, “For basically the past six months or so I’ve been trying to tell my lefty friends in so many words, ‘Hey, there are a bunch of people on the Internet who are waiting for someone to tell them it’s okay to start shooting at you.’” He became concerned when a thread at […]

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