The law was going to build a ‘private army.’ It was the largest tax increase in the ‘history of the world.’ As the Obamacare exchanges prepare to open for business, Jamelle Bouie has the most outlandish false claims.
In their push to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act, conservative Republicans have cast the health-care law in near-apocalyptic terms. Lawmakers such as Louisiana Rep. John Fleming have called Obamacare “the most dangerous legislation ever passed in Congress.” Likewise, during his extended speech in opposition to the law, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz declared it was “driving up health-care costs,” “killing health benefits,” and “shattering the economy.
Following another rash of mass shootings—and no action taken to prevent the next tragedy—Joshua Dubois asks, can we all agree to stop being “shocked” every time this happens?
I left my church Sunday on 8th Street Southeast, in Washington D.C.'s Navy Yard district. I stepped out onto the street with a smile on my face, holding my new wife’s hand, people-watching the young professionals having brunch in sidewalk cafes. We noticed how bright the morning was, one of those high-definition days, all the lines and leaves and trees contrasting and popping against each other.We discussed the worship service, and I lamented the Redskins.
The dramatic court battle between the King of Pop’s family and his last concert promoter will soon reach a verdict. Christine Pelisek brings you up to speed.
After hearing 58 witnesses over 83 days of testimony, it’s now up to the jurors in the Michael Jackson billion-dollar wrongful death trial to figure out whether entertainment giant AEG Live, which was promoting what was to be the King of Pop’s 50-concert comeback tour at London’s 02 Arena, is liable for his drug-induced death.Jackson died in June of 2009—as he was rehearsing for the sold out “This Is It” tour—after he was administered a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol for his chronic sleep disorder at a rented Holmby Hills estate while under the care of cardiologist, Dr.
Thirty years is all the time we have to dramatically change our consumption of fossil fuels—or face catastrophe. Mark Hertsgaard on the new U.N. report—and how Bill McKibben learned to do something about climate change.
Bill McKibben should feel vindicated today. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s premier scientific body on the issue, has just endorsed the path-breaking argument he made last year in Rolling Stone that most of the Earth’s remaining fossil fuels must not be burned if civilization is to avoid catastrophic amounts of global warming. Humanity can burn no more than 1 trillion metric tons if it is to have a better than 50-50 chance of limiting average global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the IPCC declared today in the “Summary for Policymakers” of its Fifth Assessment Report on climate science.
Lynsie Lee became an instant celebrity when her Twitter correspondence with Newark Mayor Cory Booker hit the Internet. Winston Ross talks to her and sets the record straight.
Let’s get a few things straight about Lynsie Lee, this vegan stripper in Portland, Oregon who has become something of a Twitter pen pal with Newark mayor and surefire future presidential candidate Cory Booker: She’s not vegan. Lee, 26, works at a vegan strip club. It’s called Casa Diablo, and I have been there. For research. More on that later.She’s not famous. “I don’t think I’m famous,” she told me yesterday, which means she’s either very humble or very humblebrag.
New documents reveal that, long before Edward Snowden, the NSA spied on 1,600 people deemed critical of the Vietnam War—including MLK and Muhammad Ali. Caitlin Dickson on why the revelation still matters today.
Brand new documents reveal some of the surprising targets of a Vietnam War-era secret NSA spying program—raising even more questions about the history and extent of America’s domestic surveillance program.The declassified information Wednesday shows that prominent figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, and others were the targets of an NSA spying program called “Minaret,” created in 1967 at the request of then-President Lyndon Johnson, who was concerned that vocal Vietnam War critics may have had ties to foreign powers.
For three alleged members of the al Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabab, the borough of hipsters and Jay-Z has become Guantánamo. Michael Daly on why they’re in New York—and how they’re being treated.
Brooklyn is the new Guantánamo.Just ask Ali Yasin Ahmed, Madhi Hashi, and Mohamed Yusuf.The three alleged members of Al-Shabab were traveling from Somalia to Yemen last year when they were grabbed by what court papers describe only as “local authorities” and turned over to the Americans.Until recently, the trio would have been declared enemy combatants and locked up at Guantánamo.Instead they found themselves in the borough of Jay-Z and hipsters.
Drugs still may not be legal, but buyers can find an online community vetting and rating dealers and their product. Winston Ross talks to the founder of Silk Road, the go-to site for the ‘good stuff.’
Memo to Miley Cyrus: when you sing about “dancing with Molly,” you’re hyping a drug most of your fans won’t get to experience—at least, not the good stuff.What you get, how you “roll,” what’s the pure, clean Molly, a.k.a. MDMA, a.k.a. Ecstasy. You’re rich, and your handlers only buy the best stuff from the best dealers. When you dance with Molly, Miley, you can be pretty sure it’s not going to kill you.These people, on the other hand, likely got their stash from some random dealer at a party or a concert.
A Columbia University professor and doctor who happens to be an American Sikh was attacked in Harlem over the weekend. His wife responds to this ugly and hateful episode with a message of hope and strength.
As many news outlets in New York City have reported, my husband, Prabhjot Singh, a professor at Columbia University, a doctor, who happens to also be an American Sikh, was the victim of an attack in Harlem on Saturday evening after being called a "terrorist." He was walking along the north side of Central Park when a group of young men on their bikes began to beat him. He was punched a number of times and sustained injuries to his mouth and jaw, but was able to get immediate treatment and is likely to make a full recovery.
Overcrowding at a state psychiatric hospital? Just give patients a sack lunch and a one-way bus ticket out of town. John L. Smith on how Governor Sandoval—who could be a veep candidate—is handling the scandal.
Around the overrun state mental-health campus in Las Vegas, staff psychologists sometimes called the decision to relieve overcrowding via a one-way bus ticket “Greyhound therapy.”It wasn’t considered cruel or controversial but was understood to be a realistic way of opening precious bed space in a state with a booming need and a draconian history of public mental-health service. Patients from out of state were stabilized, then escorted to the downtown bus station, handed a one-way ticket, and occasionally a sack lunch, and sent packing back to their town of origin.
Who let the dogs out? That’s what they’re asking in the White House, after new puppy Sunny got a little too rowdy at a recent event and knocked over a little girl.
Black voters are ill-served by Democrats, and Republicans can’t get their message across to people of color. How the GOP can make inroads in African-American communities.