Donald Trump

Draining the swamp? Not so much.

If there was one thing that a sharply divided electorate agreed on in 2016, says Diane Hessan, it was on the need to “drain the swamp.” The corrupted stew of lobbyists, corporate influence-peddling, and the nearly unlimited role of money in campaigns is something Americans almost universally revile. That made it brilliant politics for Donald(...)

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Did GOP strengthen Affordable Care Act?

Along with celebrating a major revamp of tax rates — which will generate a windfall for lots of companies and wealthy individuals like himself — President Trump is crowing about a provision in the Republican tax bill he is preparing to sign that repeals the penalty for not obtaining health insurance coverage. The tax legislation(...)

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Judge, jury, executioner, and president

For someone who touts himself as a law-and-order kind of guy, President Trump does law enforcement officials and prosecutors no favors with his impulsive social media and campaign-style rhetoric. The terror attack that killed eight people in Manhattan on Tuesday is the latest incident to draw attention from Trump’s ungoverned fingers as he tweeted out(...)

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Will players stand for anthem mandate?

The billionaires blinked. In the wake of weeks of threats and invective from President Trump and the increasing number of fans who are incensed that NFL players are protesting by either kneeling or sitting during the national anthem, league commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to team owners urging them to adopt a mandate that(...)

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Chasing health care’s ‘big white whale’

As Margot Sanger-Katz wrote in the New York Times on Monday, Democrats “giddy” from their recent health victory were ready to reach for the big prize — a single-payer health care system. That happened Wednesday, when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders rolled out his “Medicare for all” legislation. The speed with which Democrats have gone from(...)

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Assault on Title IX

The number of reported rapes and sexual assaults on college campuses has been on the rise in recent years but not because of more attacks, according to officials. The increase is attributed to enforcement mandates issued by the Obama administration in 2011 requiring colleges and universities to take reported assaults more seriously or risk losing(...)

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Perchance to dream

College campuses are anxiously waiting for President Trump’s decision on whether to dismantle or even substantially change the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA was an executive order from then-President Barack Obama in 2012 that stopped deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children and who pose no security threat. But(...)

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