01/08/2019

01.08.2019 | The Editors

ESSENTIAL #1: “WASHINGTON’S NEW POWER STRUCTURE” DAVID BROOKS, THE NEW YORK TIMES

From the article: “There are 535 Americans elected to Congress, but the way things are arranged now only three have real power — Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer. Only a handful of others — in leadership — have a whiff of power. The rest of you have rendered yourselves less powerful, in a way never envisioned by the founders.”

ESSENTIAL #2: “THE HEALTH OF NATIONS” J.D. VANCE, NATIONAL REVIEW

From the article: “In states such as Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, countless children are growing up with parents in jail, incapacitated, or underground. Yes, they live in a country with a higher GDP than a generation ago, and they’re undoubtedly able to buy cheaper consumer goods, but to paraphrase Reagan: Are they better off than they were 20 years ago? Many would say, unequivocally, ‘no.’”

ESSENTIAL #3: “NYC MAYOR GUARANTEES COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL IN HISTORIC SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT” NBC NEW YORK

From the article: “New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half a million New Yorkers currently using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor de Blasio said Tuesday.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “U.S. CARBON POLLUTION SURGED IN 2018, AFTER YEARS OF STASIS” ROBINSON MEYER, THE ATLANTIC

From the article: “The new study—written by the Rhodium Group, an energy-research firm—found that emissions of the heat-trapping gas leaped by 3.4 percent, the second-largest increase in more than two decades. The emissions surge was driven by a number of factors: Americans flew more, shipped more goods by truck, and burned more heating oil during a frigid winter.”

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