Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias
Writer and editor, Slow Boring. Senior Fellow, Niskanen Center. Bloomberg columnist. Vaxxed and relaxed. These tweets are worth what you pay for them.Source
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The BCRA is dead, but Obamacare repeal is still alive

The BCRA is dead, but Obamacare repeal is still alive

Conservative defections can’t really kill repeal.said they will join Rand Paul (R-KY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in opposing the motion to proceed on Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare repeal bill.That means that the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is dead. But the cause of Obamacare repeal is very much still alive. And the cause of preserving its coverage gains — and the welfare of the millions of people who gained insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act — has now entered a new and dangerous phase.The problem, fundamentally, for people who care about health insurance coverage is that of...

July 18, 2017
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American democracy’s Senate problem, explained

American democracy’s Senate problem, explained

A huge — and growing — source of bias in the political system.Democrats have a Senate problem, and not just in the sense that Republicans currently hold the majority or that the prospect of that changing in 2020 is relatively slim. The problem is that the odds of ever changing it are slimmer than is generally realized., a progressive think tank and advocacy organization, is trying to raise alarm bells about the issue. that’s biased 3 percentage points in the GOP’s favor and systematically underweights the interests of nonwhite Americans.Of course, the fact that the Senate gives extra weight...

December 23, 2019
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The enduring vision of Harry Reid

The enduring vision of Harry Reid

Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader who distinguished himself as one of the Obama-era Democratic Party’s premier political strategists, died Tuesday at the age of 82.Reid, who had pancreatic cancer, led an uncommonly colorful life for a United States senator. But despite his vast power and influence, he was never a high-profile public figure. Reid wasn’t known for his stump speeches, was a relatively rare presence on national television, and, despite his occasionally pungent language, wasn’t a go-to source of quips on Capitol Hill, either.But perhaps more than any other Democrat...

Dec 29
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Trump’s gains with Hispanic voters should prompt some progressive rethinking

Trump’s gains with Hispanic voters should prompt some progressive rethinking

Racial politics doesn’t always work how white liberals think it should.Election night started with a major underperformance for Democrats in Miami-Dade County that cost Rep. Donna Shalala her House seat and sank Joe Biden’s hope of an early win.Miami has always been a bit of a city apart in terms of Latino politics in the United States, with a heavily Cuban American population that has a tradition of Republican voting and deep emotional and intellectual investments in the Latin American Cold War.But while Cuba-specific issues are tactically central to electoral battles in Florida, the fact...

November 5, 2020
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The latest batch of swing state polls shows a healthy Biden lead

The latest batch of swing state polls shows a healthy Biden lead

To win, Trump needs a bigger polling error than in 2016.This weekend saw the release of a final batch of high-quality polling that generally confirms what polling has said all along: Democratic presidential nominee is in the lead.Evidence for that proposition comes from a tetralogy of , which were released Sunday morning. They show Biden ahead in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Wisconsin — easily enough states to give him the win. But even a that was released on Saturday evening, which showed Trump with a 7 percentage point lead in Iowa, is actually not very good news for President...

November 1, 2020
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The latest batch of swing state polls shows a healthy Biden lead

The latest batch of swing state polls shows a healthy Biden lead

To win, Trump needs a bigger polling error than in 2016.This weekend saw the release of a final batch of high-quality polling that generally confirms what polling has said all along: Democratic presidential nominee is in the lead.Evidence for that proposition comes from a tetralogy of , which were released Sunday morning. They show Biden ahead in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Wisconsin — easily enough states to give him the win. But even a that was released on Saturday evening, which showed Trump with a 7 percentage point lead in Iowa, is actually not very good news for President...

November 1, 2020
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The Republican position on preexisting conditions is unbelievably unpopular

The Republican position on preexisting conditions is unbelievably unpopular

Many voters simply don’t believe a politician could hold toxic policy stances on health care.Prior to the passage of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies could (and routinely did) decline to offer coverage to patients with preexisting health conditions. This behavior is common sense from the standpoint of insurance underwriting — nobody is going to sell you a homeowners’ insurance policy if your house is already on fire — and the idea that it should be allowed is a straightforward aspect of free market thinking.Congressional Democrats and President...

October 8, 2020
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The delightful boringness of Joe Biden

The delightful boringness of Joe Biden

If you didn’t watch it, you didn’t miss much — that’s kind of nice!The closest sparks came to flying Thursday night at town hall was when the former vice president squared off with George Stephanopoulos over whether or not it would make sense to delay tax increases until the end of the recession.Biden, who’d read off note cards the precise revenue estimates involved in a 7 percentage point increase in the corporate tax rate and a 2.6 percent increase in the top marginal income tax rate, explained that the way policymaking works is there’s inevitably a congressional negotiation, so he can’t...

October 16, 2020
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American democracy’s Senate problem, explained

American democracy’s Senate problem, explained

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×A huge — and growing — source of bias in the political system.Democrats have a Senate problem, and not just in the sense that Republicans currently hold the majority or that the prospect...

December 17, 2019
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The problem with exit poll takes, explained

The problem with exit poll takes, explained

You know how the regular polls were wrong? Exit polls are much worse.Before the votes from the 2020 presidential election have been fully tabulated, pundits all across the land are venturing forth to offer analysis based on the demographic breakdowns provided in the exit polls.If we’re looking to reiterate our own prior convictions, the data is serviceable. But if we want actual information about voting behavior, exit polls are not very useful — and the early exit polls that haven’t even been weighted to the final vote count are even worse.To start with, as we all keep learning over and...

November 9, 2020
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