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.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.
Michael Flynn ensnared in foreign payments scandal Congressman Elijah Cummings has released documents showing that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments in 2014. Flynn still took a $45,000 speaking fee in 2015 from the Kremlin-backed news network RT.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.