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.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
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.