What the Democrats hope to do on healthcare now

Less than three days in office and US president Joe Biden has taken more executive actions than his three predecessors combined did in their first weeks. As the Covid-19 crisis would warrant, many of them have to do with tackling the pandemic and strengthening healthcare.

From requiring people to wear masks and observe social distancing on federal property to rejoining the World Health Organization, to reestablishing a team in charge of pandemic response within the National...

Enough is enough: Republicans’ fealty to Trump imperils America itself | Jill Filipovic

When the president refuses to concede, it has a tangible impact on the nation’s future. Why are Republicans enabling this?

The Republican party has spent four years enabling Donald Trump: backing up his lies, defending his most egregious misbehaviors, shattering longstanding democratic norms to keep his, and by extension their, iron grip on power. But by refusing to push him to concede an election he clearly lost, they’re truly following him off a cliff – and threatening to take Amer...

Joe Biden names former Ebola tsar Ron Klain as chief of staff – as it happened

Waleed Shahid, the communications director for the progressive political action committee Justice Democrats, said Klain “understands the Democratic party has moved in a more progressive direction”.

Progressives and moderates came together to help elect Joe Biden. But post-election, the two camps have already begun to spar over the party’s future, with progressives saying that Biden should embrace more ambitious policy on climate change, policing and healthcare.

Ron Klain understands the Democratic Party has moved in a more progressive direction and that voters expect bold action.

Best of luck to @RonaldKlain as he manages a team to act on the biggest crises of our time.

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Barr tells prosecutors to pursue ‘clear’ fraud claims, without evidence – as it happened

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We were told Joe Biden was the ‘safe choice’. Why did he barely scrape through? | Naomi Klein

A great many people did not vote for Joe Biden, they voted against Trump. We have to recognise how narrow this win was

  • Naomi Klein delivered her election analysis at a Haymarket event on Friday night. This is an abridged transcript of remarks. You can watch the event here

These have been a harrowing few days. And these days have been more harrowing than they should have been. As we all know, Joe Biden won the Democratic primaries based on the claim that he was the s...

We were told Joe Biden was the ‘safe choice’. Why did he barely scrape through? | Naomi Klein

A great many people did not vote for Joe Biden, they voted against Trump. We have to recognise how narrow this win was

  • Naomi Klein delivered her election analysis at a Haymarket event on Friday night. This is an abridged transcript of remarks. You can watch the event here

These have been a harrowing few days. And these days have been more harrowing than they should have been. As we all know, Joe Biden won the Democratic primaries based on the claim that he was the s...

Nancy Pelosi: ‘We’re able to say that we have held the House’ – video

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the Democrats have held the majority in the House of Representatives as counting continues in the US election. Pelosi says campaigning on healthcare helped the Democrats retain their majority, with their message amplified during the coronavirus pandemic. 'Our purpose in this race was to win so that we could protect the Affordable Care Act and that we could crush the virus,' she says


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Lone Star turn: Kamala Harris campaigns in Texas in bid to flip state

Vice-presidential nominee headed to area hit hard by Covid-19 and attacked Republicans’ efforts to undo Obamacare

Jesus Quintanilla, 20, from San Juan on the US-Mexico border, and his family had packed into their car and lined up outside the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus to hear vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

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Lone Star turn: Kamala Harris campaigns in Texas in bid to flip state

Vice-presidential nominee headed to area hit hard by Covid-19 and attacked Republicans’ efforts to undo Obamacare

Jesus Quintanilla, 20, from San Juan on the US-Mexico border, and his family had packed into their car and lined up outside the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus to hear vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

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Barack Obama recalls epic battle for healthcare law in excerpt from memoir

  • Advance chapter released as ACA faces supreme court threat
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An advance chapter from Barack Obama’s first memoir of his White House years, published on Monday by the New Yorker, takes readers inside the epic political battle behind the passage of the Affordable Care Act at the end of his first year in office.

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