FROM Daniel Salmon
NY Judge Deals a Blow to the Anti-Vaccine Movement Last week the anti-vaccination movement received a big legal blow. Federal Judge William Kuntz of Brooklyn ruled against three families who claimed that their religious rights were being violated when schools pulled their unvaccinated children out of class for fear of disease spreading through the school. Vaccinations have kept preventable childhood diseases, including measles and mumps at record lows in the last two decades. By 2000, measles was considered to have been essentially eradicated in the United States. The CDC has recently reported that the United States is experiencing a record number of measles cases this year with outbreaks spreading from New York to California. Daniel Salmon is Deputy director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?