President Donald Trump's executive order today is intended open up the possibility of less expensive, less comprehensive health insurance than the Affordable Care Act demands and could potentially make it easier for small businesses to band together to buy insurance. Peter Suderman analyzes the order here and the reflexive tendency by some to describe the order as "undermining" Obamacare.
- The Trump administration announced today the United States would withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural agency, due to alleged anti-Israel bias. It had stopped contributing dues to UNESCO years ago after it admitted Palestinians.
- The expensive soda tax for Cook County, Illinois, has officially been repealed, despite a big ad blitz by wealthy nanny Michael Bloomberg trying to save it.
- Northern California wildfires continue to spread, resisting firefighters' best efforts. The latest tally has 23 dead, but there are hundreds of residents unaccounted for.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants Congress to tighten the rules for people seeking asylum and claims the system is full of abuse and fraud.
- An American woman, her three kids, and her Canadian husband have been freed from the custody of the Taliban-supporting Haqqani network in Pakistan. But the United States hit a snag trying to fly them out because the husband has ties to a man who spent 10 years in Guantanamo Bay and did not want to board a plane to bring him home.
- Trump can't destroy the world in a fiery holocaust if Yellowstone National Park does it first!
- A British punk rock guitarist who was apparently radicalized by ISIS has reportedly been killed by a U.S. drone strike on the Syrian-Iraq border.
Jonathan Vanderhagen believes a judge doomed his son to an early death. The judge says Vanderhagen's Facebook posts were intimidating.
Pending restrictions on vaping products in Michigan and New York are based on an alarmingly broad understanding of the executive branch's "public health" authority.
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"Controlled choice" is supposed to fix inequality in New York public schools. It might make everything worse.