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If you’re wondering what will happen with the Senate’s effort to repeal Obamacare, I recommend you follow the words, actions and eventually the votes of four Republican senators over the next days or weeks: Susan Collins (Maine), Mike Lee (Utah), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Rand Paul (Kentucky.)
Why those four? First, they are part of a broader group of Republican senators who have been complaining about the GOP’s repeal-Obamacare process since the start of the year. Lee and Paul, along with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, have generally worried that the Obamacare repeal may still leave too much of the law in […]

Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

The Pentagon has managed to sever the link between adequate care and exorbitant fees.Air Force Sgt. Stacia Zachary and her daughter Ava. CREDIT: AP Photo/Melissa NelsonTech Sgt. Parker and her husband always knew they wanted to have a big family. Today, they have five children between the ages of three and 16.Multiply five by the typical cost of daycare, and they could have been looking at spending more than $190,000 over their children’s early years. Yet the cost of childcare never stopped them. Thanks to Parker’s 17-year career as a linguist for the Air Force, all of her children have […]

Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Think Progress – Economy

D.C. is the latest part of the United States to weigh a bill that would allow for a non-binary gender option.CREDIT: iStockThe nation’s capital is poised to be the latest part of the United States to recognize the nuances within gender.On Tuesday, D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau introduced a bill allowing for a non-binary gender option on city driver’s licenses. If the bill is passed, D.C. residents applying for licenses or identification cards will be able to choose between “F”, “M”, and “X” — allowing non-binary, genderqueer, and agender people to have an option that fits better.“The District has always sought to be […]

Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Think Progress – LGBT

Advocates say being sent back to Iraq is a “death sentence.”CREDIT: Screenshot/YouTube/MLiveImmigration officials have rounded up dozens of Chaldean Christians living in Michigan, sparking protests from family members and advocates who say deporting the detainees back to Iraq is equivalent to a “death sentence.”According to The Detroit News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents began their crack down on immigrant Chaldean Christians over the weekend, arresting anywhere from 40 to 100 people at or near their homes — mostly on Sunday. More arrests are expected throughout the week.ICE’s Detroit field office claimed in a statement to ThinkProgress that all of those arrested […]

Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Think Progress – Immigration

Wide array of unconstitutional tactics alleged in suit over chilling round-up that hit peaceful protesters, journalists, and anarchists alike.Cameras, gas, and chaos on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark TenallyWhen black-clad marchers began smashing windows in Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day, the city’s police force — reputedly the best in the country at upholding protesters’ rights during disruptive demonstrations — went nuclear.Officers quickly deployed pepper spray, tear gas, and crowd-control grenades of various types. The Metropolitan Police Department opted to “kettle” everyone on the streets nearby the initial anarchist-driven property destruction, something it does not, by reputation, make a habit of doing […]

Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Source: Think Progress – Justice

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Senate Republicans are expected to release the text of their health care bill Thursday morning, after weeks of negotiations that have occurred behind closed doors. We convened a group of FiveThirtyEighters to talk about the process so far — and what might be coming down the pike. The transcript below has been lightly edited.
blythe (Blythe Terrell, senior editor): Let’s set the stage. The American Health Care Act passed the House on May 4, and now the Senate GOP is working on its version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). But the process has […]

Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

Advocates say deporting them back to Iraq would be tantamount to a “death sentence.”CREDIT: AP/Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump’s administration is being sued for attempting to deport Chaldean Christians back to Iraq, an unexpected development for a president who vowed to assist persecuted Middle Eastern Christians.The lawsuit, which was filed last week by the ACLU, revolves around a recent spate of detentions in the Detroit, Michigan area. Over the past week and a half, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents rounded up roughly 100 Chaldean Christians from Iraq — mostly on a Sunday — sparking a flurry of protests led by family members and advocates. […]

Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: Think Progress – Immigration

New poll finds fewer Americans than ever support religiously based refusals to serve gay and lesbian people.The Human Rights Campaign celebrates a ruling in a religious liberty case. CREDIT: AP Photo/Rogelio V. SolisA new survey claims that more Americans than ever oppose allowing businesses to refuse products or services to gay and lesbian people if they claim doing so violates their religious beliefs.Conservatives on the religious right have argued that allowing businesses to turn away LGBTQ people is an issue of “religious freedom,” and that such discrimination is their right.But according to a PRRI study unveiled on Wednesday, 61 percent […]

Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: Think Progress – LGBT

Only 16 percent want undocumented immigrants to leave.The Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, CA, June 9, 2017. CREDIT: AP Photo/Elliot Spagat, FileA majority of Americans in every state do not support mass deportation, according to a survey conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released Wednesday, cutting against President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration authorizing the expulsion of undocumented immigrants.The poll — conducted as part of PRRI’s 2016 American Values Atlas (AVA) survey of 40,000 interviews spanning all 50 states — found only one in ten young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 and one in nine […]

Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: Think Progress – Immigration

Trump has walked back most of his comments on trade.President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, June 19, 2017. CREDIT: AP/Evan VucciTrump appears to be ready to take major steps toward safeguarding the American steel industry, which has been threatened by foreign-made steel. But before your praise him for his trade policies, it’s important to look at the bigger picture.During his campaign, President Donald Trump focused on renegotiating NAFTA, labeling China a currency manipulator, and bringing back lost manufacturing jobs. Instead, Trump has backed away from some of his promises on China and […]

Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: Think Progress – Economy

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The special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday night, where Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff by just under four percentage points, will have plenty of near-term consequences. Republicans are in the midst of trying to pass a health care bill, and Handel’s win should give GOP members of Congress a confidence boost. Turnout was high in Georgia 6 — higher than in the 2014 midterms — and Republicans may take away the lesson that they can hold on to red-leaning districts by enacting their agenda and turning out their base, even in places where President Trump […]

Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Nate Silver Blog

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