When You are Fighting a “Drug War,” Your Police Get Armed for War

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 6:47 am

The events unfolding in Ferguson, MO don’t appear to be the direct result of a particular drug charge but the police behavior is partly a byproduct of our decades-long “War on Drugs.” That term isn’t just a buzzword, but a concept that was taken literally by policymakers and police at every level. When you are [...]

The Dronification of America’s Foreign Policy

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 10:28 am

The American people support airstrikes in Iraq but not boots on the ground, according to a new YouGov poll. It found 58 percent of Americans support President Obama’s plan to conduct airstrikes against insurgents in Iraq, but there is strong opposition to putting American personnel on the ground in any capacity. A mere 15 percent support sending American ground troops to actually fight and only 30 percent would support sending troops to just assist the Iraqi army.

2015 Exchanges: More Insurers, But Will That Make Things Better?

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 12:25 pm

In the past I’ve questioned if states which already had highly consolidated insurance markets would even see the promised private competition on the new exchanges, but it appears they might. There are of course still two important caveats.

FDL Launching ‘Prison Reporting Project’ to Investigate Private Prison Industry and Mass Incarceration

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 10:29 am

Private prison companies make billions of dollars in profit each year running violent, abusive and inhumane facilities. They’re able to get away with it because the details of their government contracts and life behind their walls is kept out of the public eye. If we hope to fight this injustice, we must drag the for-profit [...]

Robin Williams is Gone, but Millions Will Still Suffer Until Things Change

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 8:32 am

The way that homeless person looks on the outside is no doubt very different from how Robin Williams looked on the outside, but on the inside anyone struggling with mental illness and addiction usually feels the same way no matter their station in life.

America is Better at Welcoming Refugees Than It Is Achieving Peace With Bombs

By: Monday August 11, 2014 8:49 am

There is a new humanitarian crisis in Iraq which is partially product of all our previously attempt to improve the Middle East with freedom bombs and handing out weapons to the “good rebels.” Yet apparently our brilliant new solution to fix this latest problem is even more freedom bombs and more weapons for a new [...]

DREAMer Erika Andiola Offers to Let Steve King Tear Up Her DACA Card

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:26 am

DREAM activists Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA)  in a restaurant about his opposition to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) memo,  which defers deportation of some immigrants who migrated to the United States as children. In the video, Andiola offers King the opportunity to tear up her DACA card. [...]

Medicaid was Responsible for Most of Newly Insured in California

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 9:57 am

Roughly 3.4 million previously uninsured adult Californians say they have obtained health insurance since the beginning of the year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. This means that 58 percent of the once uninsured population in the state now have an insurance policies of some type. The bulk of of this increase was thanks to [...]

Automatic Plan Renewal on the Exchanges Could Cause Some New Problems

By: Monday July 28, 2014 8:43 am

The Affordable Care Act exchanges will allow people to automatically renew the policy they selected last year but the complexity of how affordability tax credits are calculated means that could cause new problems for people. From the AP: Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to [...]

Jonathan Gruber Has an Honesty Problem

By: Friday July 25, 2014 12:41 pm

It appears more people are realizing Jonathan Gruber, the economist who was a top consultant for the White House on the Affordable Care Act, has an honesty problem when it comes to talking about the law. The latest example is a 2012 video of him basically making the same arguments made by conservatives against the federally [...]