Killed by Baby Powder

As far back as 1971, Johnson & Johnson had evidence its baby powder had been testing positive for asbestos. Instead of warning the public, the company tried hiding the evidence, threatened scientists, researchers and medical professionals with lawsuits, and got the government to do its bidding.

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Consequences for Politicising our Lives

I need to make one thing clear: no one’s health insurance is in immediate jeopardy. Still, the Affordable Care Act is now facing its biggest threat. The possibility that 20 million insured Americans will lose their coverage is now real. There is a chance those with preexisting conditions will no longer have the opportunity to purchase coverage. Children under the age of 26 currently getting insurance from their parents’s policy could soon be uninsured.

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America needs National Voting Standards

I’m writing this about an hour after we learned three Florida races are headed for recounts and the same may happen in the contest for Georgia’s governor. All of this is happening against the backdrop of a midterm that saw the highest voter turnout of any midterm election since 1970–in spite of the GOPS voter suppression efforts.

The last five days have reminded us of the massive problems with our election system and the ways politicians game that system for their advantage. Below are several ideas that would dramatically improve the fairness of our elections. If enacted, they would go a long way to guarantee that every American can vote and trust their vote will be counted. That means if we don’t demand these changes, politicians will never consider them.

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Democrats Will win the Senate

With voters going to the polls in less than 48 hours in one of the most important elections in American history, I thought I would try to predict some outcomes. The caveat here is that unreliable polling data, Republican voter suppression, and the unique interest in this election makes predicting results difficult. Still, I love politics and making what I hope are accurate guesses is fun.

I will make predictions in the most important Senate races being decided.

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How I’m voting on Oregon’s Ballot Questions

This post will tell you how I’m voting on each of the five statewide ballot questions in Oregon. In order to hopefully help you understand the often deliberately misleading ballot questions, I will also explain why I’m voting the way I’m voting. If my tendency to be nerdy is too much for you, I have included a bulleted list of key points to know for each question. If you find this information useful, please share it.

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Talking About Impeaching Kavanaugh is Stupid

Even before Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, many Democrats were talking about impeaching him. While I would have never voted to confirm Kavanaugh and while I do believe he could be impeached, talking about impeaching him is stupid. The reason is simple: Democrats are unlikely to have the votes and Republicans will use talk of impeachment as an election issue.

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