A health-care case in federal district court in Texas has emerged as one of the focal points in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sought assurances from Kavanaugh on Wednesday that he would vote to uphold the constitutionality of the provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires health insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions.
In the greatest film ever made about the human dimensions of strategy, director Stanley Kubrick’s Cold-War masterpiece, Doctor Strangelove, an excited strategic bomber pilot speaks of “noo-cullar combat, toe-to-toe with the Russkis.” But the lengthy annals of Americans and Russians tramping on each other’s feet followed a brief interlude when we danced the light fantastic to our mutual benefit, with neither side’s dancing shoes scuffed.
I was traveling yesterday and so it wasn’t until this morning that I had a chance to read, reread, and think about “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” the New York Times’ anonymous op/ed by a Trump administration official. In what follows, I will take the NYT at its word that the editors know who the official is.
Twenty-seven years ago, I was in Afghanistan to watch the Russians cut and run from a military quagmire and failed occupation that helped bring down the Soviet Union. In 2018, America is ready to walk away from a similarly failed military adventure. As Lt. Col. John W. Nicholson Jr., the exiting American and NATO forces’ commander in Afghanistan put it: “It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end.”
Hoover Institution fellow Adam White explores the history of Supreme Court confirmation hearings and considers their constitutional implications. Some ideas he discusses are: what does the Constitution say about the Senate’s duty to provide “advice and consent;” how did the Framers envision it; and how has it played out over time?
Ayanna Pressley’s historic victory over a 10-term incumbent in the 7th Congressional District primary Tuesday night could vault her as the next national champion of the progressive movement, experts say.