Column: Pending Legislation Attacks Private Health Insurance, Raising Costs | Columnists

Ericka McPherson Oklahoma Families for Affordable Health Care Oklahoma Families for Affordable Health Care It’s a common refrain on Capitol Hill in Oklahoma that lawmakers should pursue free market solutions, avoid costly government mandates, and not support special interests rather than the best interests of all Oklahomans. When it comes to health care policy, many … Read more

Republicans call for DOJ to enforce law that would bar abortion rights demonstrators from protesting at justices’ homes

In recent days, protesters have held demonstrations outside the homes of multiple peaceful conservative Supreme Court justices following publication of a draft Supreme Court majority opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. In a statement Wednesday evening, a Justice Department spokesperson said Garland was continuing to be briefed on the “security matters related” to the … Read more

Busy summer of elections ahead for New York

Summer can often be a quiet period for New York politics. That won’t be the case in 2022. Between scheduled elections, a confusing ongoing legal battle over redistricting and congressional vacancies, there will be many consequential political contests filling the summer months. The latest wrench thrown was US Rep. Tom Reed’s sudden resignation from Congress … Read more

Inquiry on solar imports follows the law

WASHINGTON – Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo pushed back forcefully Wednesday against critics — including some within the Biden administration — who say a government investigation of solar imports from Southeast Asia is hindering President Joe Biden’s ambitious climate goals. Testifying on her department’s budget, Raimondo told a Senate panel that the solar inquiry is following … Read more

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says inquiry on solar imports follows the law

WASHINGTON >> Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo pushed back forcefully today against critics — including some within the Biden administration — who say a government investigation of solar imports from Southeast Asia is hindering President Joe Biden’s ambitious climate goals. Testifying on her department’s budget, Raimondo told a Senate panel that the solar inquiry is following … Read more

Catholic cardinal, others arrested under Hong Kong security law

HONG KONG — A 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal, a singer and at least two others have been arrested in Hong Kong on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces to endanger China’s national security, in an action widely condemned as a further sign of Beijing’s erosion of rights in the city. The arrests further expand a … Read more

Texas social media “censorship” law reinstated by appeals court

Sign up for The Briefour daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated a Republican-backed Texas law that prohibits large social media companies from banning users over their political viewpoints. The decision hands a win to Republicans who have long criticized social … Read more

Lessons from China’s Covid lockdowns

A man wearing personal protective equipment walks near a locked area due to the recent Covid-19 coronavirus outbreaks in Beijing on May 10. Photo: Christmas celis/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Beijing’s Covid lockdowns are an economic danger for China and everyone, and the Communist Party seems to know it. Witness recent and belated attempts to spur economic … Read more

Mexican president threatens to skip Americas summit unless US invites all countries

Mexico City CNN — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador threatened to boycott next month’s Summit of the Americas, saying on Tuesday that its participation would only be confirmed if the host country, the United States, invited Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. “Participation in the Los Angeles summit has not yet been resolved because we propose … Read more