As we gear up to take back the House in 2018, read some of the latest news and blog posts that demand our attention and action.


New York Voters Reject a Constitutional Convention

November 10, 2017 10:02 pm

By JESSE McKINLEY ALBANY — New York voters gave a resounding thumbs down to a constitutional convention on Tuesday, once again rejecting an opportunity to open the state’s founding document to a full-scale overhaul after opponents stoked fears that such…


What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

November 10, 2017 9:32 pm

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film. But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s…


Let the People Pick the President

November 10, 2017 9:12 pm

By New York Times Editoral Board The winners of Tuesday’s elections — Republican or Democrat, for governor, mayor or dogcatcher — all have one thing in common: They received more votes than their opponent. That seems like a pretty fair…


How Betsy Devos’ Title IX Actions Will Hurt Students With Disabilities

October 27, 2017 11:27 pm

Last month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education was formally withdrawing some Obama-era Title IX guidelines, including the 2011 Dear Colleague letter that charged colleges and universities with taking “immediate and effective steps to…


Undocumented teen immigrant has the abortion she sought for weeks

October 27, 2017 11:23 pm

The 17-year-old crossed illegally into the United States after making the trek north from Central America. She dreamed of studying nursing and, someday, caring for senior citizens. Having a baby, her lawyers say, was not part of her plans. But…


A New Memo Orders Federal Prisons to Provide Tampons—But How Well Is It Being Followed?

October 27, 2017 11:17 pm

“Pads have always been free since I’ve been here,” said Lisa, who has been incarcerated at the federal prison in Waseca, Minnesota, since 2011. “If I had to buy them, I wouldn’t be able to afford them.” There, Lisa—who asked…


Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Campaign as a Transgender Woman in Trump’s America

October 27, 2017 11:10 pm

We’re both still sweating, wiping our foreheads and noses and chins after a blistering heated yoga class, but Danica Roem doesn’t want to shower just yet. Arms crossed, she leans against the wall outside the women’s locker room at a…


Stacey Abrams for Georgia Governor

October 17, 2017 3:23 pm

“Stacey Abrams is a force to be reckoned with. The Yale Law School graduate has served in the Georgia General Assembly since 2007, is CEO of her own legal consulting firm, and pens successful romance novels in her spare time.…


Twitter deleted data potentially crucial to Russia probes

October 13, 2017 4:44 pm

Social-media platform’s strict privacy policy led to deletions of Russian information of interest to investigators. Twitter has deleted tweets and other user data of potentially irreplaceable value to investigators probing Russia’s suspected manipulation of the social media platform during the…


Multiple States Are Suing to Challenge Trump’s Cut to Healthcare Subsidies

October 13, 2017 4:36 pm

Several states are banding together to file a lawsuit challenging Donald Trump’s decision yesterday to kill off subsidies crucial to Obamacare, which help decrease medical expenses for millions around the country. Unable to wheedle Congress into repealing the Affordable Care…


Real Worry Voter Suppression, Not Fraud

October 13, 2017 4:03 pm

For people who take seriously the idea of free and open elections, it’s been a busy (and exhausting) few months. In no particular order, we: — Eagerly anticipate the Supreme Court’s decision on the partisan gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford,…


Enrolling in Obamacare? You will have half the time to do it this year

October 12, 2017 4:38 pm

Open enrollment for 2018 coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 1, but consumers will have half as long to enroll as they’ve had in previous years. And that, combined with other recent changes to the ACA, also known…