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An estimated 65,000 doctors trained in other countries are ineligible to practice here because they haven’t met U.S. requirements that they have a year of resident training stateside.

Nationwide, an estimated 30,000 so-called Dreamers work in health care. Yet along with their brothers, sisters and cousins, all are poised to lose their status in June, when the virus may still be raging

The fractures in our health-care system should not be understood as failures of the market. The market is working exactly as intended. It’s working for people like Joel Freedman, and for private insurance companies like Aetna. It was never meant to save lives.

Naoimi Klein wrote the Shock Doctrine 10 years ago. Here she reminds us that there’s a template that will be used, and that Mike Pence was integral to its implementation after Katrina.

"Biden shouldn’t wait until December — when we might be out in the streets wondering how the hell Trump won by 78,000 votes again — or even until the Democratic convention in Milwaukee in early July, when the party needs to be more unified than it is now, to reveal some of the key players in his administration. The emphasis ought to be not just on competence — reminding voters that the grown-ups will be in charge after four years of Trump — but also to show young people that even if Biden isn’t a card-carrying leftist, his presidency would still be the most progressive one in modern U.S. history."

Fox News, Bernie Sanders Supporters, Glenn Greewald, and the like are going all-in on idea that Biden's brain is broken.

Biden's has a stutter. It's not new and it's not a secret.

"The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told The Associated Press."

Donald Trump only ever tasks people to do one thing: Make Donald Trump look good.

Critics suggested the Trump administration is more concerned with managing the optics of the outbreak, rather than the outbreak itself.

In the pending lawsuit, GE has argued that provisions of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), commonly known as the Superfund law, are unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Numerous federal courts have held that CERCLA's administrative orders and enforcement provisions are constitutional and provide sufficient due process, according to the brief for environmental amici.

The lawsuit is part of several efforts -- including an estimated $60 million anti-dredging publicity campaign -- by GE to defeat the EPA's plan for a clean up of the Hudson River to remove sediments contaminated with the toxic chemical polychlorinated biphenyls ("PCBs.") Two GE plants discharged PCBs into the Upper Hudson for over thirty years. Environmentalists claim the lawsuit was timed to coincide with the public comment period for the cleanup plan.

"As we have seen time and time again, obituaries of famous women are a problem. No matter what her actual accomplishments, a woman’s obituary often highlights the story of her personal life while downplaying her work."

But that's nothing compared to the specific and deliberate attempts to devalue their work.

Elizabeth Warren is uniquely qualified to take down shitty billionaires.

Another harsh criticism of everything Pete Buttigieg has (or doesn't have) to offer.

"Consider how pathetic Pete’s class carpetbagging act looks next to the smooth, class chameleon act of his fellow Rhodes Scholar, Bill Clinton. The arch-neoliberal former president is, of course, my political enemy. Yet I still find stories about his brutal childhood incredibly affecting, powerful, and, as the spin consultants say, “relatable.” Clinton’s ability to speak authentically about his underclass upbringing is part of why his charisma clicked with so many Americans. And yet “the boy from Hope” was, in the end, a class traitor. I’d like to think Bill might have turned out better without the Rhodes.

Pete is no Bill. He has no story to tell; he has studiously collected anecdotes. He is an unapologetic conservative in that he doesn’t think class matters at all, except to the extent that he can exploit it. His pitch is based on a phony heartland appeal. Nobody’s falling for it, except people who are even more out of touch than he is with working-class struggle."

Where are you willing to compromise? Where are you willing to meet someone halfway, despite profoundly disagreeing with them on most things?
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They made up their minds a long time ago.

Lev Parnas has shown up unexpectedly on Capitol Hill, where he is demanding to meet with senators to tell his side of the impeachment scandal story.