In the wee hours of the morning, Senate Republicans began the process of gutting health coverage for 20 million people


It’s been a wild week in Washington, and we’re just getting started. Here’s what you need to know: Trump’s CIA pick said he’d defy any orders from the president to use “enhanced interrogation techniques” (aka torture), and the proposed secretary of defense identified Russia as the number one threat to America. This should make for some robust discussions in the Oval Office. Ben Carson was also grilled by Senator Elizabeth Warren on whether running the office of Housing and Urban Development would line Trump’s pockets. The exchange was so intense that Carson botched his response and said he had no “intention to do anything to benefit any American,” which, come to think of it, may not be too far from the truth. Oh—and slipped in by the Obama administration at the last minute, Cubans without visas will no longer be permitted residencyin the U.S. Anyone else in serious need of happy hour?🍷🍷 —Anne Branigin

TODAY IN…

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING 🔪
In the wee hours of the morning, Senate Republicans began the process of gutting health coverage for 20 million people.

IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS 🇺🇸
Trump wants to deport millions of Americans. Here’s how we can stop him.

BALMY NEW ENGLAND ☀️
A new study finds that temperatures in the northeast U.S. will rise much faster than the rest of the planet, bringing with it profound “ecological, hydrological, and agricultural consequences.”

FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME 🙄
Sorry to break it to you (again), Donald Trump, but Mexico’s president has some bad news about your wall.

ESSENTIAL VIEWING 📺
Black-ish has never shied away from addressing topical issues such as Black Lives Matter and police brutality in a profound and authentic way, and last night’s episode was no different.

THE READ

It may not look like it at first glance, but in a country where almost 100 people die from an opioid overdose every day, Ashley* has been extremely lucky. First there’s the fact that her mom, Cindy Koumoutzis, is the kind of committed parent who would bring Ashley back to Ohio and put everything she had into keeping her from using drugs, tracking her movements and keeping her on lockdown. (It didn’t work.) There was the lenient judge who’d seen enough cases of addiction by the time the possession charge came up, years later, to mandate rehab over jail time. And, of course, there’s the extremely fortunate circumstance of Ashley being a college-educated white person in America.

But according to her mother, there was also the fact that some of her kid’s darkest days coincided with the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio, as part of the Affordable Care Act.

“It saved her life,” Koumoutzis says. “Well, it saved her life or my house. One or the other.” Read more.

LET’S TALK ABOUT REAL ONES

We knew we were saying goodbye to the Obamas (and by extension, the Bidens). What we didn’t know—and neither did Joe, apparently—was that Obama had an extra special farewell planned for the other half of his storied, historic bromance, honoring his Veep in a surprise ceremony. Obama’s tribute, and Biden’s humble off-the-cuff remarks, were a welcome reprieve from the rest of commotion going down in the Capitol: There was Irish poetry, a surprise congressional medal of freedom (the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian), and tears. And you thought your best friend was awesome.

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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