Explainer: What you should know about single-payer healthcare

Today, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is unveiling his legislation for a single-payer healthcare system. Here is what you should know about single-payer systems and Sanders’s proposal: What is single-payer healthcare? In a single-payer healthcare system, the government pays for all medically necessary service for of all citizens, regardless of income or ability to pay. Continue Reading...

Explainer: What you should know about the debt ceiling

What just happened? In two tweets posted earlier today, President Trump attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan for not tying an increase in the debt limit to a recent Veterans Affairs bill that passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. Continue Reading...

Explainer: What you should know about civil asset forfeiture

Earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department would be reinstating the Equitable Sharing Program, a controversial policy related to civil asset forfeiture. Several states have been making it more difficult to apply such forfeitures so this allows state and local law enforcement to explicitly circumvent state forfeiture restrictions. Continue Reading...

Understanding the President’s Cabinet: Director of the CIA

Note: This is the post #23 in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. See the series introduction here. Cabinet position: Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) (Note: This office became a cabinet-level position in February 2017.) Department:  Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Current Director: Mike Pompeo Department Mission: “Preempt threats and further U.S. Continue Reading...

Understanding the President’s Cabinet: OMB Director

Note: This is the post #22 in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. See the series introduction here.   Cabinet position: Director of the Office of Management and Budget Department:  Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Current Director: Mick Mulvaney Department Mission: “The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) serves the President of the United States in overseeing the implementation of his vision across the Executive Branch. Continue Reading...