FROM Stephanie Mencimer
The Faces of King v. Burwell Tomorrow, the Affordable Care Act goes back to the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices will hear arguments in a case called King v Burwell. It challenges Obamacare based on four words in the law’s hundreds of pages; four words addressing tax subsidies that help people pay for insurance. The plaintiffs claim that because of how the law is written, only people who buy coverage through state-run marketplaces should get subsidies. If they win, millions of people in the 34 states where the federal government runs the marketplaces could lose health care. California is not one of those states -- we have our own marketplace -- but today we take a step back and look at how this case came about in the first place. Who are the plaintiffs, and how did they get involved?
Conservatives Join Liberals to Oppose Texas Execution of Mentally Ill Man In 1992, Scott Panetti shot and killed his wife’s parents in Texas. He’s a diagnosed schizophrenic who’s been in mental institutions many times, and the US Supreme Court says it’s unconstitutional to execute the mentally ill. But Panetti, who says that Texas wants to execute him for preaching the bible, is scheduled to die this coming Wednesday. That has created an unlikely coalition of death penalty opponents, evangelical Christians and former Texas Republican congressman Ron Paul. Stephanie Mencimer writes for Mother Jones magazine.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.