If the federal government fails to fund the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing subsidies, average premiums for the silver plan would have to rise by 19 percent, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report.
Labor giant Service Employees International Union spent $60 million on politics and lobbying as well as $19 million on the Fight for 15 movement in 2016, and now finds itself laying off headquarters staff.
In federal circuit court on Wednesday, a coalition of gun-rights groups filed its opening brief in a suit against exemptions for retired law enforcement officers under California’s strict gun laws.
Near the beginning of her newly released lectures on George Eliot’s “crowning” novel, Daniel Deronda, Harvard professor emerita Ruth Wisse observes that Eliot’s initial presentation of beauty contains a dose of skepticism not ordinarily found in love stories. It is unclear whether the beauty of Gwendolen Harleth, the heroine, draws the observer, Daniel Deronda, toward good or evil. Wisse compares this skeptical approach to beauty to the uncritical approach in the tale Tristan and Isolde, where two lovers fall head-over-heels for one another, never questioning whether the beauty they encounter in each other is good or evil. Wisse remarks to her students that reading Tristan and Isolde “can change your life—perhaps not in the right direction.”
A North Carolina election worker has been charged with illegally altering voter records so hundreds of felons could vote, The News and Observer reports.
The American military strike on a Syrian government airbase Thursday was lauded by foreign policy experts as a necessary and proportionate response to President Bashar al Assad’s chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week.
Calls centers established to help veterans in crisis are still failing to answer calls for help in a timely fashion, according to a new government oversight report disclosing that some veterans are still not receiving the help them need in times of crisis.
Years ago, teaching logic to young engineers, I had a student who insisted he could simply take the time to keep following an infinite regression. When I suggested that, if nothing else, death convinces us of our finitude, he had an answer. “I’m not going to die,” he explained.