- Balkinization: Is the Republican Effort to Destroy the ACA Dead?
- Related: Centrist lawmakers plot bipartisan health care stabilization bill – POLITICO
Seems like a good idea (well, except for ending the tax on medical devices, which I suspect just shows that a lobby’s influence can be bipartisan). But would GOP leaders in Congress even allow this to get a vote?
- Why Republicans Want the 2020 Census to Fail – Rolling Stone
Because a Census that undercounts Black and Latinx voters helps Republicans win elections, and they think that’s all that matters. Supporting the GOP means supporting anti-democracy; the GOP fights harder and harder against democracy, and I have yet to see a single Republican object to it.
- With New Hampshire, all of New England has decriminalized or legalized marijuana – Vox
- Jeff Sessions Treads on the Property Rights of Americans – The Atlantic
Some Republicans have opposed civil forfeiture, to their credit. But will opposition continue now that Jeff Sessions is calling for civil forfeitures to be increased? I hope so, but I won’t be surprised if not.
- Medicine’s Women Problem – by Aubrey Hirsch
Good autobio cartoon on The Nib, about misogyny and medicine.
- Maybe Taking the Arguments of Nazis At Face Value Is Bad | Noah Berlatsky on Patreon
- People Are Really Mad at the DCCC for Saying It Will Continue to Fund Pro-Life Candidates – Mother Jones
I have no idea what to think of this. If this really helps the Democrats regain a majority in Congress, then it protects abortion – having a Dem majority in Congress does more to protect abortion rights than having a minority that is 100% pro-choice. (To use an obvious example, pro-life Democrats will almost certainly still vote to confirm a pro-choice judicial nominee). But would this actually help the Democrats win a majority? Because if not, it’s an awful betrayal. Many smart people I respect are furious with the Dems over this.
- Trump administration argues federal law doesn’t protect gay employees.
- KING: Black victims should get the same justice as Justine Damond – NY Daily News
- Why Are Dogs So Friendly? The Answer May Be in 2 Genes – The New York Times
“…the friendliness of dogs may share a genetic basis with a human disease called Williams-Beuren syndrome.”
- WATCH: NRA TV hosts warn ‘white families’ will be ‘tortured and killed’ if Black Lives Matter succeeds
- Charlie Gard: facts, medicine, and right-wing fictions
- Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 117 – Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money
Thomas Nast, the first great American political cartoonist.
- White Economic Privilege Is Alive and Well – The New York Times
“Fifty years ago, black upper-class Americans had incomes about two-thirds those of white upper-class Americans, while the black middle class — those in the 60th percentile — earned about two-thirds as much as its white counterpart. Those ratios remain the same today.”
- This long, long twitter exchange between two novelists, Chuck Wendig and Sam Skyes, is hilarious.
- The Trial of the Century That Wasn’t | History | Smithsonian
“The case against Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, would have been a legal showdown of the ages.”
- Protesters Demand Emmett Till Artist Dana Schutz Be Banned in Boston
A grand total of eight (five?) people signed the letter (who I suspect the right will paint as representing all liberals everywhere). The letter in effect says that because Schutz made one racist painting, none of her paintings should ever be displayed again. Regardless of if the painting is racist, that response is disproportionate and merciless, neither of which are good things to be. (The painting in question isn’t even in the exhibition they want shut down.)
- Speaking of Dana Schutz, this article by Coco Fusco is excellent: Censorship, Not the Painting, Must Go: On Dana Schutz’s Image of Emmett Till
- And also this very different take by Lisa Whittington: #MuseumsSoWhite: Black Pain and Why Painting Emmett Till Matters – NBC News.
(Above very clever cosplay by Brett.)