The Washington Post
What if we told you that there was a plan that, unlike so many recent Republican health-care bills, could reform the health-care system and restrain costs without kicking anyone off their coverage? In fact, that bill exists, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed on Wednesday. The bipartisan compromise proposal crafted by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash. now officially falls into the category of "so obvious it should pass immediately."
Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, delivered an address to the U.S. Senate Tuesday that was profoundly eloquent in its diagnosis of the degradation that President Trump has brought to American politics. It was also profoundly depressing. If Republicans can be honest only after they have taken themselves out of the political arena — or if by being honest they disqualify themselves from future service — then their party and therefore the nation are in even graver trouble than we knew.
We often get derailed in our exercise routines because we can't fit the perfect workout into our day. We think we must go to a gym, or a certain class, or use a particular technique. And we end up doing nothing at all. According to the annual State of Obesity report, "Eighty percent of American adults do not meet the government's national physical activity recommendations for aerobic activity and muscle strengthening." It's time to move. No matter how small. Slowly build a workout routine that fits in with your lifestyle.
It turns out we're not so slowly killing Black Friday. Fewer Americans plan to shop on Black Friday this year than in previous years, as consumers grow accustomed to deep discounts year-round. Thirty-five percent of consumers who plan to shop during Thanksgiving week say they will do so on Black Friday, down from 51 percent last year and 59 percent the year before, according to consumer markets research from PwC, the professional services giant.
The Trump administration on Friday tore a big hole in an important public-health law, eroding the federal requirement that health insurance plans cover contraception. The administration argued that not many women will ultimately be affected. We hope that is true.
Gary Cohn, a Trump administration cheerleader for tax reform, said recently that the administration is "trying to get rid of all of the loopholes and all of the deductions that mostly wealthy people use."
With one more repeal-and-replace effort in flames, Republicans face a choice. They can continue to live in a fantasy world in which it is possible simultaneously to uproot Obamacare, slash federal spending on health care and widen health-care coverage. Or they can finally accept reality and strike a deal with Democrats to improve the Affordable Care Act.
In 1943, with the nation mobilized for war against fascism, schoolchildren in West Virginia were required each morning to salute the American flag. The purpose, seemingly unexceptionable - and in fact not objected to by many - was "teaching, fostering and perpetuating the ideals, principles and spirit of Americanism." However, to Jehovah's Witnesses the flag was an "image," which, under their religious beliefs, their children were forbidden to salute. Students refused to do so and were expelled from school; parents were prosecuted; eventually, the case reached the Supreme Court.
There are many reasons that people avoid exercise. Time is an obvious one. Our lives are already busy—who has time to work out? Money is another common excuse. Gym memberships and equipment can get pricey.
LONDON - Who looks at Islamist extremist content online? A new study released Tuesday by the Policy Exchange think tank based in London, whose reports often inform government policy in Britain, ranked the top consumers of propaganda produced by the Islamic State, by country of origin, as measured by clicks. The top consumers of Islamic State videos were from Turkey, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Britain, which registered the largest number of clicks in Europe.