Zombie Trumpcare Redux

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Congressional Republicans are baaaaaack. They're trying to sneak in an attack on health insurance for millions while they think we aren't watching. So we need to let them know we're watching.

The Graham-Cassidy bill hasn’t been subjected to a full analysis—there’s no CBO score—but we know it guts funding for Medicaid, and undermines protections for people with pre-existing conditions. If we can keep up the pressure until September 30, Senate rules are going to make it much harder to gut health care. This week is do or die.

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It’s Time to Listen, It’s Time to Fight

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Black lives matter. But sometimes the criminal justice system says otherwise. Last Friday, white ex–St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted in his murder trial. In 2011, Stockley killed Anthony Lamar Smith, who’s black, minutes after telling his partner, “We’re killing this motherfucker, don’t you know”—words which were caught on audio recording. Today’s edition is devoted to Black Lives Matter and protesting racialized police violence.

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Violence Prevention Begins At Home

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Note that today’s edition discusses domestic violence and the role of guns. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has a helpful guide called “Is This Abuse?” and a variety of other resources on their website. The number to the hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). 

The United States is the country with the highest per capita gun ownership rate in the world. According to statistics kept by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, having a gun in the house makes it 500% more likely that there will be a domestic violence-related homicide—2,000% if there is a history of domestic violence. The facts surrounding domestic violence and guns in the U.S. are grim, and today’s edition focuses on this issue.

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