Day: February 5, 2019

“The system became less safe”: air traffic controller affected by shutdown will attend State of the Union

More than 14,000 air traffic controllers were affected by the recent 35-day partial government shutdown. Some were furloughed, others worked without pay, and all went without paychecks during this time. Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik, a Californian who’s working to rebuild her family’s home after it was destroyed in the 2017 Thomas Fire, is among the air traffic […]

Democrats’ confused, and confusing, Medicare-for-all debate

The Democrats’ 2020 primary has kicked off with a confusing and confused debate about the details of Medicare-for-all — one that shows just how much complexity lurks behind a seemingly simple slogan. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) started things, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that she’d “eliminate all of that,” where “that” referred to private insurance. Within […]

Democrats protest Trump’s transgender troop ban by bringing trans people who served to SOTU

Congressional Democrats are protesting President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender troops by inviting trans people with military experience to the State of the Union on Tuesday. According to Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson, at least four members of Congress are taking part in the quiet protests: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is inviting Navy Lieutenant Commander […]