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Trump Helps Health Insurers Swell Their Profits

Trump Helps Health Insurers Swell Their Profits

Evan Vucci/AP Photo UnitedHealth Group CEO David Wichmann, far right, takes part in a meeting on the coronavirus with President Trump and other health care company leaders at the White House, March 10, 2020. Few industries have escaped the squeeze of the coronavirus crisis. That’s true of obvious sectors like restaurants and hotels, of places where mandatory shutdowns have led to mass layoffs, as well as of reopened regions where supply now exists but demand still doesn’t. It’s also true of industries where demand remains high, like health care. Hospitals, of course, have been strained to a...

April 30, 2020
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Unsanitized: Another Reason for Massive State and Local Government Relief

Unsanitized: Another Reason for Massive State and Local Government Relief

John Raoux/AP Photo A commercial property in Orlando, Florida for lease, which is likely to be a permanent condition, as commercial real estate demand slips.One of these days, either the horrors of the economy we’re hurtling toward without more federal relief will dawn on policymakers (“it’s a shock unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” Kevin Hassett) or enough Americans will have trouble breathing (see below for the mass herd immunity experiment we’re undertaking) that Congress and the administration will get around to setting a commission to consider the study of doing something.Sometimes...

June 24, 2020
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Missing Union Activist in Mexico Threatens NAFTA Sign-Off

Missing Union Activist in Mexico Threatens NAFTA Sign-Off

Eduardo Verdugo/ AP Photo Workers take a break at an open-pit mine owned by a Canadian-based mining consortium in San Pedro, Mexico, 2008. Republicans have desperately attempted to drum into the public consciousness that an impeachment inquiry would poison the well for any legislation advancing through Congress. You’d be correct at this point to ask, “What legislation?”But in at least one key area, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been bitten by the “yes, we can [legislate]!” bug, attempting to preempt criticism that her party has short-circuited government. Last week, Pelosi described talks...

October 13, 2019
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Turning Worker Anger Into Worker Power

Turning Worker Anger Into Worker Power

Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo Protesters at a McDonald’s drive-through in Los Angeles earlier this monthMillions of workers—grocery clerks, bus drivers, fast-food cooks, delivery workers, and many others—felt newly appreciated when society suddenly deemed them essential. But for many of these essential workers, COVID-19 soon trained a spotlight on the many ways they were being shafted.The coronavirus crisis made them see many things all too clearly. They lacked paid sick days. Their employers often paid little heed to whether they were adequately protected from the pandemic. OSHA was doing...

April 29, 2020
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White Men With Guns

White Men With Guns

Paul Sancya/AP Photo A protester carries his rifle at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, April 30, 2020. In Jackson, Mississippi, one spring evening 50 years ago today, fed-up students threw rocks at drivers and set fire to a dump truck. Drivers often on Lynch Street through their Jackson State College campus throwing bottles and rocks, and yelling, “nigger.”The Jackson police and the Mississippi Highway Patrol on Lynch Street. Bottles and rocks flew after firefighters put the blaze out, and shortly after the midnight hour on May 15, 1970, the officers began firing hundreds of bullets...

May 15, 2020
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Mapping Corruption: The Interactive Exhibit

Mapping Corruption: The Interactive Exhibit

$$$$$$$$$$$$The long list of big-money ambassadors includes:NameAssignmentBackstoryGordon SondlandEuropean UnionHotel magnate and one of the Trump campaign’s biggest donors, giving more than $1 millionDonald TapiaJamaicaMajor GOP donor who got rich running a construction supply companyDavid FischerMoroccoOwner of multiple Michigan car dealerships and contributor of $250,000 to the Trump inauguration committeeJeffrey Ross GunterIcelandDermatologist and longtime GOP donorJohn Rakolta Jr.United Arab EmiratesConstruction company heir and major Republican donorLynda BlanchardSloveniaFounder of...

May 19, 2020
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Unsanitized: Republicans Poised to Dismantle the Economy’s Main Support

Unsanitized: Republicans Poised to Dismantle the Economy’s Main Support

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Trump and McConnell want to slash enhanced unemployment, a major source of money in the economy right now.First-time jobless claims last week, off two-thirds from the pandemic peak (the previous two weeks were revised down by almost 400,000, too). The bad news is that’s still more than three times as much as any week during the Great Recession. It’s impossible to know how much of this is a backlog of people finally getting their claim through and how much is fresh job loss, but we’re now up to about 38.6 million people losing the jobs they had before...

May 21, 2020
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Biden’s Actual Day One Agenda

Biden’s Actual Day One Agenda

Victor Juhasz This story is part of the Prospect’s series on how the next president can make progress without new legislation. Read all of our Day One Agenda articles .A year and a half ago, the Prospect started thinking about a for an incoming Democratic president—and now, day one is here. Starting at noon on Wednesday, there’s nothing standing in the way of tangible material benefits for millions of Americans except the will of the president to take action on his own authority.There is good news and bad news here. After significant chatter here and about what Joe Biden can do...

January 20, 2021
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How Kamala Harris Fought to Keep Nonviolent Prisoners Locked Up

How Kamala Harris Fought to Keep Nonviolent Prisoners Locked Up

Jandos Rothstein Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a leading candidate to be Joe Biden’s running mate, repeatedly and openly defied U.S. Supreme Court orders to reduce overcrowding in California prisons while serving as the state’s attorney general, according to legal documents reviewed by the Prospect. Working in tandem with Gov. Jerry Brown, Harris and her legal team filed motions that were condemned by judges and legal experts as obstructionist, bad-faith, and nonsensical, at one point even suggesting that the Supreme Court lacked the jurisdiction to order a reduction in California’s prison...

July 30, 2020
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The Cabinet Selection Process Is Veering Off Course

The Cabinet Selection Process Is Veering Off Course

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images) It does a disservice to Marcia Fudge as a public official to pressure her into a position she was not seeking. Four years of Donald Trump has offered an extreme version of Washington policymaking as a slipshod, ad hoc lunge from one decision to the next. That’s more the norm than people maybe assume. There’s less of a grand design to modern politics and more of a series of haphazard events; this is why governing has struggled so mightily of late, in fact. The case of Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), President-elect Joe Biden’s apparent choice to run the...

December 9, 2020
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