Photo: Speaker Paul Ryan speaks about House passage of the American Health Care Act, May 4, 2017.
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The Texas Legislature has passed Senate Bill 4, making "sanctuary cities" illegal in that state. Sheriffs and police chiefs will be subject to prosecution if they don't cooperate with federal agents when it comes to the immigration status of people they have detained. Governor Greg Abbott said he'll sign it, adding, "Our penalties will be so strong that it will be impossible to have sanctuary city policies in the state of Texas." Julián Aguilar, who reports on politics and border affairs for the Texas Tribune, says that law enforcement from several Texas counties testified in opposition to the legislation.
With some help from the President, House Republicans have shown they can pass a bill, but the GOP still hasn't shown it can govern. Some Congressmen who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare didn't have time to read the measure. Some senators say they'll start over from scratch. Nobody knows what the House bill would cost or how many people would lose health insurance. It is clear that tax breaks would go to the wealthy. Democrats are already targeting Republicans for next year's mid-term elections. How confident should they be?
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Dean Clancy, health policy analyst (@DeanClancy)
Maura Calsyn, Center for American Progress (@amprog)
Molly Reynolds, Brookings Institution (@mollyereynolds)
Ivanka Trump's new book, Women Who Work, might or might not become a best-seller. If it does, it won't be due to positive reviews. It's been called "a useless pile of fluff," and a "grab bag of generic work-life advice for upper-middle-class women.
In the New York Times, Jennifer Senior called it, "not really offensive so much as witlessly derivative." Senior is author of her own book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.
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Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
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