FROM Aaron Carroll
Measles Starts a Comeback…at Disneyland Measles is highly contagious, and it can lead to pneumonia, lifelong brain damage, deafness and even death. Fifty years ago, there were three to four million cases of measles every year in the United States, and four or five hundred deaths. Fifteen years ago, MMR — the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine -- was thought to have eradicated measles in the US. But last year, there were 644 cases. And today, at least 70 people have measles in California and five other states, an outbreak that started at the "Happiest Place on Earth." Was it spread by visitors from other countries? Are too many Americans saying "no" to the MMR vaccine?
Conservatives Justices Take Hard Line on Healthcare Law One major question raised by the Affordable Care Act is, just how much power does the so-called Commerce Clause give the government? The "mandate" to buy health insurance or pay a penalty if you don't came under harsh attack today in the US Supreme Court. Would it mean the federal government could require Americans to eat broccoli, exercise or buy funeral insurance? Does the Affordable Care Act regulate commerce or create it? Is there any limit to government power? Justices were demanding answers today. How well did the Obama Administration's lawyer respond? What's next for the President's "signature legislative achievement?" (Special thanks to Gideon Brower for production assistance.)
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.