For the first time since the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010, the number of Americans without health insurance has gone up -- and once again Texas leads the nation. Isn't it time that changed? The Census Bureau says 27.5 million Americans (8.5 percent of the U.S. population) didn't have health insurance in 2018, compared with 25.6 million (7.9 percent) in 2017. In Texas alone, more than 5 million (17.7 percent) were uninsured last year, compared with 4.8 million (17.3 percent) in 2017. Having an uninsured rate that's more than double the nation's is embarrassing but it hasn't stirred the state's elected leaders to action.
President Trump's administration now employs more ex-lobbyists in Cabinet-level positions than the George W. Bush and Obama administrations did during two terms in office. A report from The Associated Press found that the Trump administration has outpaced both prior administrations in naming former lobbyists to high-level posts despite Trump's frequent promises during the 2016 campaign to "drain the swamp" of corruption and special interests in Washington.
Department of Homeland Security is finally, officially recognizing white supremacist terror as a major national security threat in the U.S. " a threat that's coming from the inside. Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Friday unveiled the department's new counterterrorism strategy, which for the first time places major emphasis on countering the threat of white nationalism coming from inside the U.S. The news will come as some relief for national security and extremism experts, who for years and with increasing urgency have sounded the alarm about the threat of white nationalist terror. After the Christchurch mosque attacks in March, President Donald Trump himself shrugged off the idea that white nationalist terror posed a major security threat.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's constant attacks put her life at risk. Earlier that day, Trump retweeted a now-deleted video that, according to the Washington Post, used footage of Omar dancing at a Congressional Black Caucus event on September 13 to falsely claim she was "partying" on the anniversary of 9/11. ... "This is from a CBC event we hosted this weekend to celebrate black women in Congress," Omar shot back. "The President of the United States is continuing to spread lies that put my life at risk." read more
The Trump administration plans this week to revoke California's long-standing right to set stricter air pollution standards for cars and light trucks, the latest step in a broad campaign to undermine Obama-era policies aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change, two senior administration officials said. read more