While drug company executives are enjoying rapidly escalating medicine prices, hardworking Americans are watching more and more of their paychecks disappear every month at the pharmacy. There’s a largely unknown program that helps people who fall through the health-insurance and Medicaid cracks to be able to afford their medications. But drug manufacturers want to gut it, leaving taxpayers with the bill.
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Cathy Reisenwitz is a D.C.-based writer and political commentator. She is Editor-in-Chief of Sex and the State and her writing has appeared in Forbes, VICE Motherboard, the Chicago Tribune, Reason, Talking Points Memo, Bitcoin Magazine, and the Washington Examiner.
A bipartisan panel of criminal justice system experts has released a comprehensive review of the administration of the death penalty in the United States. The report offers 39 recommendations to courts and policymakers from a committee of death penalty supporters and opponents.
It just couldn’t be clearer. “Amnesty International is opposed to the criminalization or punishment of activities related to the buying or selling of consensual sex between adults.” Thus begins a recently leaked document from the famed human rights organization calling for an end to prohibitions on sex work. Ironically perhaps, the most important, and controversial portion of this document may be the definitions section.
It appears that American colleges’ speech-censoring chickens have come home to roost, in the form of three dickish white bros. The students filed a racial discrimination complaint after their black, female professor dared try to teach them about structural racism.
Just last week, several police officers in Stockton, California beat a mentally disturbed man during an arrest, one officer putting a knee on his head and another pulling him by his braids. Earlier this month a police officer beat an Iowa shoplifter so brutally that she was carried to the hospital in a stretcher and left her with sustained vision impairment. The beating happened in front of her daughter. The Minneapolis Police Department is currently facing 61 lawsuits regarding allegations that officers used excessive force that led to injuries.
The New Yorker’s John Cassidy calls for fact-based gun policies in his latest column: “Let’s Get the Facts to Reduce Gun Violence.” President Obama might want to try this approach instead of trotting out letter-reading third graders to make his case for more gun-control legislation.