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It Will Take More Than Single-Payer to Make Baltimore Healthy 20.11.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  “See that over there?” I pull over to the curb and Glenn Ross points to a half-acre patch of weeds and tall grass wedged between a railroad bridge and a new East Baltimore elementary school, the first to be built in the neighborhood in more than 30 years. “You’ve got the playground there and over there’s a brownfield”—the term for the sites where factories, refineries, and other businesses closed after poisoning the land and water beneath them. “Trains used to leave coal there,” Ross says. “Then a truck repair shop opened up. The ground there is hard and black with oil. Why would you ever build a school next to a contaminated site?” A burly Vietnam vet and one of Baltimore’s most seasoned activists, Ross has been on the front lines of dozens of the battles facing the city’s African American community, which today makes up two-thirds of Baltimore’s 620,000 residents. Now his priority is cleaning up the ...
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Flashbacks, Nightmares, Panic Attacks—Las Vegas Survivors Describe the Emotional Toll 20.11.2017 Mother Jones
When the bullets started flying on that October evening, some hit Las Vegas’ Route 91 concert stage so close to Royce Christenson that shards of aluminum landed in his hair. He saw a man go down, and the man “did not get back up.” He applied pressure to a bullet wound in a woman’s leg. […]
The Latest Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party Is This Sunday in a Pennsylvania High School Gym 18.11.2017 Mother Jones
On October 21, Republican Congressman Tim Murphy formally resigned from Congress. The seven-term representative from Pennsylvania had always enjoyed strong ratings from pro-life organizations, but when the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette revealed that he had been carrying on an affair and had suggested his mistress seek an abortion, his 14 years in Washington were over. To progressive activists who had […]
Inmates Are Using Masturbation as a Weapon. Female Guards Have Had Enough. 16.11.2017 Mother Jones
A pair of class-action lawsuits filed last week against the sheriff’s office in Cook County, Illinois, allege that the office has failed to protect female workers and female public defenders against frequent and egregious sexual harassment—by male inmates at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.  Inaction by Sheriff Thomas Dart has left the jail “an objectively […]
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Ohio Called Off an Execution After Prison Officials Spent 45 Minutes Looking for a Suitable Vein 16.11.2017 Mother Jones
Prison officials in Ohio called off an execution Wednesday, after medical staffers spent more than 45 minutes trying to find a suitable vein through which to inject death row inmate Alva Campbell with a lethal cocktail of drugs. After Wednesday’s unsuccessful execution attempt, each of the prison medical staffers shook the inmate’s hand. After saying […]
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Revving Up Rural Public Transit 15.11.2017 American Prospect
When the sun rises over Plainview, Nebraska, Arnold Oltjenbruns is already up and ready for work. Beginning at 7:30 A.M., he picks up the kids that he drives to school. “I like hauling the kids the best,” he says. “As soon as they get in the van they’re talking away, and telling me what’s going on.” Oltjenbruns drives Plainview’s “Handivan”—a small, accessible van that provides public transit for Plainview’s 1,200 residents. Whether he’s taking people to school, medical appointments, stores, (or to a nursing home in a neighboring town so that one gentleman could visit his girlfriend), Oltjenbruns and the Handivan can be the difference between isolation and strong social ties in the small northeastern Nebraska city. Oltjenbruns, a retired farmer, had recently moved to Plainview. He wanted something to do with his free time, took the volunteer job, and got certified to drive the van and assist riders with disabilities. Yet Oltjenbruns, like most rural transit operators, is “much more than just a driver,” ...
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No One Knows How Many American Women Die From Causes Related to Pregnancy or Childbirth 14.11.2017 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared on ProPublica. The questions are straightforward, with public health implications that would seem impossible to shrug off. How many American women die each year from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth? How many of these deaths are preventable? How does the nation’s current rate of maternal mortality compare to the rate […]
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The Supreme Court Took a Major Abortion Case That Could Stump All the Justices 14.11.2017 Mother Jones
In recent years, Republican legislators in more than a dozen states around the country have passed laws that require doctors to say specific, misleading statements to abortion-seeking patients before performing the procedure—from requiring doctors to perform sonograms and describe them to patients, to mandating that they tell patients that a pre-viable fetus will feel pain, that there are negative […]
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How Maine’s Medicaid Expansion Campaign Got to Yes 14.11.2017 American Prospect
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty Activist Susan Johnston helps coordinate the Election Day canvassing effort at the Mainers for Health Care headquarters in Portland Imagine that expanding Medicaid coverage to tens of thousands of people somehow meant that hunting and fishing licenses would be more expensive. Fearing a price hike, hunters and fishermen would surely surge to the polls in off-year election to vote no on a Medicaid expansion ballot question. Which is why one of the ads unleashed by opponents of Maine’s Medicaid expansion voter initiative made that very—and very ridiculous—claim. Maine’s Republican Governor, Paul LePage, pugnacious as usual, was the face of the anti-expansion campaign. He took to Maine’s influential talk radio programs to dial up his base, backed by a PAC called Welfare to Work launched by one of his former advisors in August to fight the Medicaid measure. The message? “Able-bodied people” looking “medical welfare” should get off their collective butts and get to work. Those scare ...
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Trump Is “Not Failing” on Helping Veterans, Groups Say 11.11.2017 Mother Jones
Long before Donald Trump became commander-in-chief of the United States military, he was promising to quickly “fix” the Department of Veterans Affairs. One of the reasons I am no fan of John McCain is that our Vets are being treated so badly by him and the politicians. I will fix VA quickly. — Donald J. […]
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Most Americans Are Liberal, Even If They Don’t Know It 10.11.2017 American Prospect
(AP Photo/David Goldman) Jeff Ploussard waves an American flag during a rally protesting the NRA's annual convention in Atlanta on April 29, 2017. We are in the midst of what many pundits call the “Trump era,” but in fact most Americans neither like nor agree with President Trump, as Tuesday’s election results strongly suggest. Since June, Trump’s job approval ratings have hovered between 33 percent and 40 percent, according to the Gallup poll. This is lower than any other president’s approval rating at this point in his presidency. Nine months into the “Trump era”, 65 percent of Americans say he has accomplished “not much” or “little or nothing,” according to a Washington Post-ABC News survey. A national poll conducted in October asked Americans to name the first word that comes to mind when they think of Trump. The most popular words were “strong,” “determined,” and “bold,” followed closely by “arrogant,” “egocentric,” and “narcissist.” The next most popular words were “incompetent” and “unqualified,” ...
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Republicans’ Disdain for Trump’s Base Oozes Into Tax Plan 10.11.2017 American Prospect
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) trickle-downers.jpg Every tax plan has winners and losers, and the House Republican tax plan is no different. The wealthy continue to prosper and the middle class gets the scraps. Everyone else? “The losers are going to lose badly,” says the Center for American Progress’s tax expert Seth Hanlon. But what happens if Trump’s strongest supporters are the losers losing badly? A Voter Study Group/Democracy Fund report published earlier this year identified five distinct groups of Trump voters. Trump and the GOP risk alienating two groups with their proposed tax plan, the “American Preservationists” and the “Free Marketeers,” who together make up 45 percent of the president’s base. According to the study, the “American Preservationists” are mostly made up of white working-class Americans, Trump’s core constituency. This group is the poorest of his supporters: More than half of them earn less than $50,000 a year. Embracing a nativist and ethnocultural conception of American ...
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Maine Passes a Ballot Initiative to Expand Obamacare 8.11.2017 Mother Jones
In a night full of repudiations of Donald Trump, here’s one more. Maine voted on Tuesday to embrace a key element of Obamacare, approving a ballot initiative to accept the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid to everyone who makes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line. (In 2017, that’s $16,642 for an individual […]
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Breaking: Arkansas Supreme Court Just Halted Execution of a Severely Mentally Ill Man 8.11.2017 Mother Jones
In a 5-2 decision, the Arkansas Supreme Court has stopped the scheduled execution of Jack Greene, a severely mentally ill death row inmate. Greene was scheduled to be put to death on Thursday.  “Today’s order means that our client, Jack Greene, will have the opportunity to make the case that he should receive an independent hearing […]
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Trump Failed to Repeal Obamacare. Now Maine Voters Are Deciding Whether to Expand It. 7.11.2017 Mother Jones
When all the votes are counted from Tuesday’s elections, a little-known ballot initiative in Maine could prove to be one of the most consequential contests—impacting the health care received by tens of thousands of people and showing how voters feel about Obamacare after Republicans spent most of 2017 trying to undo the law. Question 2 on Maine’s ballot […]
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28 Doctors Say This Man Is Mentally Ill. Arkansas Is Going to Execute Him Anyway. 7.11.2017 Mother Jones
Jack Greene is set to be the first man executed in Arkansas since April, when Arkansas executed four inmates in an eight-day span. Even though Greene suffers from a severe mental illness, his execution for the 1991 murder of Sidney Burnett is scheduled for November 9. Scott Braden, one of his lawyers, said on Friday he is “exactly the kind of person […]
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Arkansas and Hawaii Medication Abortion Cases Present New Challenges 3.11.2017 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Danny Johnston) A woman carries a sign during a rally at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock on January 18, 2015. The U.S. abortion rate recently hit its lowest level since Roe v. Wade, but medication abortion—non-surgical abortions induced through drugs—has increased in popularity since the Food and Drug Administration first approved Mifeprex in 2000. (Medication abortions typically involve using both Mifeprex—colloquially known as “the abortion pill”—and another drug, misoprostol .) Yet despite the proven efficacy of medication abortion for safely terminating early-stage pregnancies, a series of regulatory and statutory restrictions have prevented many women from being able to use this abortion option. Two different legal battles taking place right now—in Arkansas and Hawaii—illustrate why. In 2015, Arkansas passed a law requiring physicians who prescribe drugs for non-surgical abortions to secure contracts with a second doctor who has hospital-admitting privileges. The American College of ...
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Here’s Why Ed Gillespie Doesn’t Like to Talk About His Lobbying Clients 3.11.2017 Mother Jones
Virginia’s Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, likes to say he’s started three small businesses, but he usually doesn’t name them. That’s not surprising, given what they are: a lobbying shop that became one of the 10 biggest in the country, a public relations firm connected to a different lobbying powerhouse, and a public relations firm that he […]
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Here Are All The Ways Trump Is Already Sabotaging Obamacare and Raising Premiums 1.11.2017 Mother Jones
Open enrollment for 2018 kicked off Wednesday morning. It’s the only time of year (save a few exceptions) that individuals and families can buy insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges, and it lasts six weeks. Back when Barack Obama was president, the government made a big annual push in the lead up to open […]
Notre Dame Pulls Contraceptive Coverage Following New Trump Administration Rule 1.11.2017 Mother Jones
The University of Notre Dame announced last Friday that it plans to stop providing no-cost birth control in health insurance plans for employees and students. The move comes as a result of changes earlier this month by Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services that weakened the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring employers to provide free birth control. […]
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