1/ Vox's @dylanlscott traveled to Taiwan, Australia, and the Netherlands to find out how their universal health care works.
Here are nine lessons he discovered that Americans need to learn about health care. bit.ly/2Uha2kj
2/ Every developed country in the world has decided that health care is something everybody should have access to and that the government should play a significant role in guaranteeing it — except the United States.
3/ Every system for universal health care comes with trade-offs that should be taken seriously.
2/ Private insurance is the foundation of the Netherlands’ health care system, with strict government regulation to ensure affordability and access mixed in.
And it’s working well.
3/ The Netherlands has built one of the highest-quality health care systems in the world, ranking first in the world on one measure: a quality and access index that measures how well a country’s health care system does in avoiding preventable deaths. thelancet.com/action/showFul…
2/ Trump asked then-FBI director James Comey to “see his way to” letting former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn off the hook from criminal investigation, but Comey didn’t do it.
3/ Trump told then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (then serving as acting AG over the Russia investigation) to remove Mueller from his appointment as Special Counsel, but McGahn didn’t do it.
1/ After much debate and anticipation, the #GreenNewDeal is here.
Here’s what you should know about the sweeping proposal to fight climate change 👇
2/ The Green New Deal is an ambitious plan to make the US carbon neutral by 2030 and turn the country into a global leader in renewable energy in the process.
Rep. @AOC has made the GND her top priority. She and @SenMarkey, a fellow Democrat, introduced the resolution Thursday.
3/ The GND’s goals — achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs in the sustainability field, securing clean air and water — are broadly popular. It seeks to achieve these goals through investment in industry and infrastructure projects.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: “Top of mind for all of us is the ongoing investigation. Importantly, the attorney general must be willing to resist political pressure and be committed to protecting this investigation.” #BarrHearing
Sen. Orrin Hatch says Barr, in his last stint as attorney general, “prioritized fighting violent crime and became known as the law and order attorney general.”
1/ William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, faces the Senate today for his confirmation hearing.
Things could get tense. Here’s what to expect:
2/ First: Dems will almost certainly grill Barr on his opinions about Robert Mueller’s investigation.
That’s because in June 2018, Barr wrote a memo blasting the special counsel’s obstruction of justice inquiry into Trump. bit.ly/2HfB0DN
3/ That memo was made public last month, and it immediately raised questions about whether those opinions are what attracted the president to Barr. Expect that line of questioning to dominate the conversation.
1/ Another week, another whirlwind of news surrounding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation.
If you’re just catching up, here’s a rundown of what happened:
2/ On Monday, President Trump sent some 👀 tweets that railed against one cooperating witness (his former lawyer, Michael Cohen), while praising the “guts” of another potential witness (Roger Stone) who hasn’t cooperated with the probe. bit.ly/2BYTbcc
3/ Some background: Stone has been complaining for awhile about Mueller coming after him, in search of information about emails that Russian intelligence officers allegedly hacked from top Dems.
In a recent video, Stone insisted he had nothing on Trump. bit.ly/2B0Hn7x
1/ #Midterms2018 saw a number of historic firsts:
The first two Native American women elected to Congress
The first openly gay man elected governor in the US
The first two Muslim women elected to Congress
Here are some of the candidates who broke new ground last night:
2/ At 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. The democratic socialist’s victory proved Dems can run on leftist ideas and win — even against party favorites. bit.ly/2zCz94Q
3/ Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will be the first Native American women to serve in Congress.
Davids's campaign appealed to her district's moderate suburban voters. Haaland told Vox that one of her biggest priorities will be working to fight climate change.
1/ As many as 75 House seats could be competitive Tuesday, and Democrats need to pick up 24 to retake the chamber.
Here are 10 of the most interesting and important races to keep an eye on:
2/ Iowa: Rep. Steve King (R) may be in trouble. He’s known for his racist rhetoric and support for foreign neo-Nazi politicians. Now some companies have pulled money from his campaign. His challenger is J.D. Scholten, a former baseball player & paralegal. bit.ly/2AHigI6
3/ Virginia: Barbara Comstock was swept into Congress in a 2014 Republican wave. Now she could be on her way out. Democrat Jennifer Wexton is highlighting Comstock’s ties to Trump and is up in the polls. This race could come down to women voters. Clinton won here by 10 points.
1/ Our world is getting warmer. But how much will temperatures in US cities change by 2050, one generation from now? We crunched the data — looking at average summer high and winter low temperatures in 1,000 US cities in the lower 48 states — to find out. bit.ly/2AAAsTv
2/ Why 2050? It’s a world you’ll (probably) be living in. And it’s the one we’re definitely handing off to the next generation. By then, scientists expect average global warming since preindustrial levels to be twice what we've seen as of 2018.
3/ By 2050, every season in every city and town in America will shift, subtly or drastically, as average temperatures creep up.
Heat waves around the US could last up to a month. Winters will lose days in the 20s and 30s.