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  • AMERICA awaits word from one more court in Trump v International Refugee Assistance Project and Trump v State of Hawaii—cases challenging the president’s entry ban from six Muslim-majority countries. The travel restrictions were blocked by federal judges in mid-March, and the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals refused to lift those stays in May and J..

    A new front in the legal fight over Donald Trump’s travel ban

    AMERICA awaits word from one more court in Trump v International Refugee Assistance Project and Trump v State of Hawaii—cases challenging the president’s entry ban from six Muslim-majority countries. The travel restrictions were blocked by federal judges in mid-March, and the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals refused to lift those stays in May and J..
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  • WHEN the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act in early May, it was widely thought that the Senate would rewrite it. The House’s bill, among its many reforms, would unwind Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid, health insurance for the poor. That expansion has given health insurance to 12m Americans. Surely moderate Senate Republicans coul..

    Deep cuts to Medicaid remain the centerpiece of the Republicans’ proposals

    WHEN the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act in early May, it was widely thought that the Senate would rewrite it. The House’s bill, among its many reforms, would unwind Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid, health insurance for the poor. That expansion has given health insurance to 12m Americans. Surely moderate Senate Republicans coul..
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  • SHOULD state-funded adoption agencies be able, for religious reasons, to turn down prospective parents? An increasing number of states say they should, or are beginning to consider it. South Dakota has had such a law since March; Alabama’s governor signed a version in May; the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has a bill on his desk awaiting signature. Opponen..

    Adoptions in America are declining

    SHOULD state-funded adoption agencies be able, for religious reasons, to turn down prospective parents? An increasing number of states say they should, or are beginning to consider it. South Dakota has had such a law since March; Alabama’s governor signed a version in May; the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has a bill on his desk awaiting signature. Opponen..
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  • THE Supreme Court will hear a case in the autumn that puts a new spin on an old scourge: partisan gerrymandering. In recent years the justices have cracked down on electoral districts drawn by politicians along racial lines. A ruling in 2015 held that Alabama had violated the 14th Amendment’s equal-protection guarantee by packing too many black voters into s..

    Is partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional?

    THE Supreme Court will hear a case in the autumn that puts a new spin on an old scourge: partisan gerrymandering. In recent years the justices have cracked down on electoral districts drawn by politicians along racial lines. A ruling in 2015 held that Alabama had violated the 14th Amendment’s equal-protection guarantee by packing too many black voters into s..
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  • HE WAS known as “Mr Social Security”. Eric Conn, a disability lawyer fromPikeville, Kentucky, gained notoriety in his impoverished part of Appalachia for his ubiquitous billboards and flashy TV commercials, which featured Rolls-Royces, beauty queens and a 19-foot replica of the Lincoln Memorial. But what earned Mr Conn his nickname was his uncanny ability to..

    Why cutting even wasteful spending is so hard

    HE WAS known as “Mr Social Security”. Eric Conn, a disability lawyer fromPikeville, Kentucky, gained notoriety in his impoverished part of Appalachia for his ubiquitous billboards and flashy TV commercials, which featured Rolls-Royces, beauty queens and a 19-foot replica of the Lincoln Memorial. But what earned Mr Conn his nickname was his uncanny ability to..
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  • NATIONALIST politicians come in many varieties, from blustering to downright scary, but most share a common flaw. They forget, or do not care enough, that foreigners have politics, too. The marrow-deep hopes, fears and grievances of their own citizens fascinate them. But all too often, nationalist and populist leaders behave as if other countries are bloodle..

    Why nationalists are so bad at foreign policy

    NATIONALIST politicians come in many varieties, from blustering to downright scary, but most share a common flaw. They forget, or do not care enough, that foreigners have politics, too. The marrow-deep hopes, fears and grievances of their own citizens fascinate them. But all too often, nationalist and populist leaders behave as if other countries are bloodle..
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  • She could Handel itTOWARDS the end of the marathon election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, Jon Ossoff was in Cobb County for a “Juneteenth” celebration—commemorating the abolition of slavery—in the company of John Lewis, a fellow Democrat who represents much of nearby Atlanta. The Economist asked Mr Lewis if the race was worth the more than $50m ..

    The race in Georgia’s sixth district

    She could Handel itTOWARDS the end of the marathon election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, Jon Ossoff was in Cobb County for a “Juneteenth” celebration—commemorating the abolition of slavery—in the company of John Lewis, a fellow Democrat who represents much of nearby Atlanta. The Economist asked Mr Lewis if the race was worth the more than $50m ..
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  • DONALD TRUMP ran for office promising to spur the private sector to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and airports. But it seems that Republicans want to start their modernisation in the sky. On June 21st House Republicans unveiled a bill that would privatise air-traffic control, a policy the president announced earlier this month. If the administration is to..

    The promise and pitfalls of privatising public assets

    DONALD TRUMP ran for office promising to spur the private sector to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and airports. But it seems that Republicans want to start their modernisation in the sky. On June 21st House Republicans unveiled a bill that would privatise air-traffic control, a policy the president announced earlier this month. If the administration is to..
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  • IN HIS 14 years policing the streets of Montgomery County, Maryland, Sergeant Robert Sheehan has witnessed deadly shootings and stopped big-money cannabis deals. But on a sunny afternoon it is the windows of a passing car that raise his suspicion. Maryland law dictates that car windows should be no more than 65% opaque. He stops the black Chevrolet, whose dr..

    Measuring racial bias in police forces

    IN HIS 14 years policing the streets of Montgomery County, Maryland, Sergeant Robert Sheehan has witnessed deadly shootings and stopped big-money cannabis deals. But on a sunny afternoon it is the windows of a passing car that raise his suspicion. Maryland law dictates that car windows should be no more than 65% opaque. He stops the black Chevrolet, whose dr..
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  • SHOULD state-funded adoption agencies be able, for religious reasons, to turn down prospective parents? An increasing number of states say they should, or are beginning to consider it. South Dakota has had such a law since March; Alabama’s governor signed a version in May; the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has a bill on his desk awaiting signature. Opponen..

    Adoptions are declining

    SHOULD state-funded adoption agencies be able, for religious reasons, to turn down prospective parents? An increasing number of states say they should, or are beginning to consider it. South Dakota has had such a law since March; Alabama’s governor signed a version in May; the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has a bill on his desk awaiting signature. Opponen..
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