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New Storms Set Back Relief Efforts on Puerto Rico

October 11, 2017 SAN JUAN, P.R.—The hurricane is long gone, but it’s the regular storms that are now providing some of the biggest challenges to relief and recovery in Puerto Rico. On Tuesday, heavy rainfall from a tropical wave affected most municipalities, which face flash-flood watches through Wednesday night. While a brief reprieve...

The Trump Voter-Fraud Commission's Data Problem

September 13, 2017 “Election Fraud is rampant!! California has 11 Counties that have MORE VOTERS than registered voters!!” reads one of the most recent public comments submitted to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. “I have personally witnessed voter fraud in California,” reads another comment. An earlier comment claims that “many [voters]...

How to Build Hurricane-Proof Cities

September 12, 2017 Almost exactly 117 years ago, a Category 4 hurricane made landfall on the barrier-island city of Galveston, Texas, with the storm surge and winds destroying at least half of the residential areas and killing at least 6,000 people. The September 8, 1900 catastrophe was one of the most destructive and...

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The Looming Superfund Nightmare

September 12, 2017 The line between the acts of God and human acts has always been too blurry for our comfort. And the distinction between the two has perhaps never been less meaningful than it is now, with the Atlantic basin churning out an unprecedented slate of storms that have threatened areas across...

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Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Coordinate with FEMA in Preparation for Irma

September 6, 2017 Hurricane Irma is a monster. After the storm reached Category 5 intensity Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center says it became the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic outside of the warm waters of the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico. And even as the Gulf region of the...

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Hurricane Harvey’s Public-Health Nightmare

September 3, 2017 For the thousands of people traveled through Harvey’s flood waters to Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, safety was not yet at hand. Although delivered from the worst of the storm, the packed masses were one of the loci of another brewing problem, one that officials expect might last a...

What's the Real Goal of Trump's Voter-Fraud Commission?

July 26, 2017 The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity had its first official meeting last week, launching its agenda amid widespread controversy about Vice Chair Kris Kobach’s request for all 50 states’ individual voter data, and while facing seven federal lawsuits related to that request. Although the stated mission of the group,...

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GOP Pushes HHS Appraisal of Health Reform Proposal Rather Than Waiting for CBO's Evaluation

July 24, 2017 The Department of Health and Human Services does a great number of things, but providing authoritative analysis of legislation isn’t usually one of them. That task is left instead to the Congressional Budget Office, the independent agency lawmakers typically rely on to score each and every bill. Yet when it...

The Senate's Health Bill Is Still Unaffordable for Poor People

June 27, 2017 First, some good news: Twenty-two million more uninsured people over the next decade is at least slightly better than 23 million. The rest of the numbers from the Congressional Budget Office aren’t so rosy for a plan Republicans hoped would score much better on coverage than its House-made predecessor. On...

The New AHCA Cuts Medicaid Funding More Deeply

June 22, 2017 The new AHCA is a lot like the old AHCA. After weeks of secret gestation in back rooms, the Senate released a discussion draft of the chamber’s version of the American Health Care Act. Like the version passed through the House to cheers in May, it is likely to make...