Everything You Need to Know About the Single-Payer Fight in California

As Donald Trump and congressional Republicans struggle to repeal Obamacare, Democrats in the nation’s most populous state are pushing a very different reform proposal that would radically change the way health care is paid for. Last week, the California Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would demolish the state’s current insurance plans and replace them with a single-payer system that would provide comprehensive treatment to all residents free of charge. The  measure is still a long way from becoming law, but progressives already see it as a model for how states can expand access to care even as Republicans at the national level try to roll back coverage.

3 Ways Republicans Have Already Sabotaged Obamacare

For all their griping about the ways Obamacare isn’t working, Republicans are leaving out one key fact: Many of the law’s troubles can  be traced back to opposition and sabotage by Republicans themselves.  From the very moment Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, Republicans were proclaiming that they would “repeal and replace” the law, and that threat has hovered over the implementation of the law ever since. But it’s not just broader rhetorical threats: Republicans at all levels of government have made specific policy decisions that have hurt Obamacare.

A Chilling Theory on Trump’s Nonstop Lies

Trump’s chronic duplicity may be pathological,
as some experts have suggested. But what else might be going on here?
In fact, the 45th president’s stream of lies echoes a contemporary form
of Russian propaganda known as the “Firehose of Falsehood.”

Queasy Aussies Killed Trump’s Casino Bid Over “Mafia Connections”

Australian authorities simply couldn’t stomach Donald Trump’s alleged mob ties, according to government documents published by Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper, The Australian, on Tuesday. The paper’s investigation reveals that Trump’s dream of building a casino in Sydney in the late 1980s was killed off by queasy officials who considered his operations in New Jersey “dangerous.”

Lawsuits, Falsehoods, and a Lot of White Men: Trump’s Election Commission Meets Amid Growing Controversy

As the commission meets Tuesday for the second time to discuss potential changes to the way Americans vote, its members have been busy promoting  falsehoods like these, exacerbating concerns that they’ll use any pretense to restrict access to the ballot under the guise of eliminating voter fraud. The witness list for the meeting—100 percent white men—includes people who have floated radical ideas like requiring background checks for voting.

Here’s How the Russian State Media Has Been Covering Trump’s Russia Scandal

On Wednesday September 20, the Washington Post published yet another evening bombshell about the Trump-Russia investigation. The Post found that while serving as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort  offered to provide regular “private briefings” on the presidential campaign to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who is closely linked to Vladimir Putin.

Trump’s Treasury Department Deleted Research That Contradicts Republicans on Tax Reform

In an interview on Fox News  last month, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin made a sales pitch for the  GOP’s tax reform plan—specifically, its plan to cut corporate taxes.  “Most economists believe that over 70 percent of corporate taxes are  paid for by the workers,” he said. His implication, in laymen’s terms: Regular workers would get 70 percent of the benefit of corporate tax cuts. Five years ago, the Obama-era Treasury department found the exact opposite

These Numbers Show Just How Bad Trump Has Been for Immigrants

Between January and July of this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal history skyrocketed by more than 200 percent, according to a Reuters analysis—jumping from 1,411 arrests in January to a whopping 4,399 in July. Arrests of immigrants with criminal records have also increased but by a much smaller margin of 17 percent.