Republicans are accidentally doing more to advance progressive values than Democrats

Something strange and unfamiliar has taken root in Washington, DC these past few days. In between segments about Donald Trump’s latest impeachable offense, Republican intransigence in the face of a cataclysmic government shutdown, and whatever other mundanity du jour is on the docket, cable news shows have carved out time to talk about honest-to-God policy proposals.

Specifically, we find ourselves amidst a nationwide conversation about, of all things, marginal tax rates. How we go...

It’s Day 27 of the shutdown, and McConnell is mounting a futile effort to codify Hyde

In the midst of the longest-ever government shutdown in U.S. history, Senate Republicans have instead decided to consider a bill on Thursday to codify existing restrictions that make it harder for low-income people to get abortions.

The bill codifies the Hyde Amendment — a provision that passes annually and prohibits federal Medicaid dollars from covering abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment — among other things. The bill is unlikely to get the ...

Kirsten Gillibrand is looking toward the future, but is she ready to face her past?

During a Tuesday night appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced that she is officially running for president, joining what looks to be a crowded field of Democratic contenders.

“I’m going to run for president of the United States, because as a young mom, I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own,” Gillibrand said. “Which is why I believe that healt...

Trump’s rollback of the birth control mandate is blocked nationwide

Cost-free contraception for thousands is safe, after Pennsylvania District Judge Wendy Beetlestone temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s rollback of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control mandate on Monday, issuing a nationwide injunction.

The administration aims to allow virtually all employers (including universities and colleges, by way of student health plans) the right to refuse to cover employees’ birth control by citing religious or moral obj...

Federal judge blocks Trump’s rollback of birth control mandate in 13 states and D.C.

A federal judge on Sunday blocked the Trump administration’s roll back of Obamacare’s birth control mandate, protecting contraceptive coverage for residents living in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

The administration’s policy, which allows more employers to avoid providing their employees birth control coverage, was supposed to take effect on Monday.

But a California district judge sided with Democratic attorneys general who sued the administration, temporar...

Native health contractors vote to work without pay to care for their own community during shutdown

The partial government shutdown forced employees with Native American Lifelines (NAL), a nonprofit contracted by the Indian Health Service (IHS), to make an impossible decision: work without pay or be laid off. The majority of staff chose the former.

NAL employees, who provide a host of health services to Native Americans, are likely to miss a paycheck next Friday because the president won’t sign a budget deal that doesn’t include money for a border wall he said Mexico w...

Trump’s rollback of birth control mandate could go into effect next week unless courts block it

The cost-free birth control of thousands is at risk unless Democratic attorneys general prevail in court this week. The Trump’s administration’s rollback of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate is scheduled to go into effect on Monday, unless a federal judge blocks it.

The administration chipped away at the mandate by significantly broadening an employer’s ability to seek an exemption and choose not provide employees contraceptive coverage. In Nove...

The first case Brett Kavanaugh could use to kill Roe v. Wade is before the Supreme Court right now

In 2016, then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a law whose main purpose appears to be trolling the libs. Just over two years later, this law could provide the Republican-controlled Supreme Court with the vehicle it needs to kill Roe v. Wade — and the Court could decide to hear a challenge to this law as soon as Friday.

The case is Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

The Indiana law requires abortion clinics to treat aborted fetuses as if t...

The biggest thing standing between Donald Trump and his wall is Ayn Rand

If Donald Trump declares a national emergency to build his wall and orders the military to build it — as Trump is reportedly considering — he can lean on a broad set of federal laws authorizing military action.

Read together, these laws should not authorize Trump to build his wall. Among other things, an emergency declaration only authorizes “military construction projects” to address an emergency that “requires use of the armed forces.” And the o...

California, New York City to give health care to more immigrants without legal status

California and New York City are looking to give health care to more people, regardless of immigration status — a stark contrast to rhetoric coming out of Washington, D.C., where the president has shut down the government over funding disputes for a proposed border wall.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced shortly after taking office on Monday that all low-income residents up to age 26 will be eligible for public health insurance, regardless of their immigration status....