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The Affordable Care Act is in legal jeopardy, House Democrats argue over how to handle the latest Trump scandals, Tom Steyer runs for president, and our new PollerCoaster results show a 5-way tie for first. Then Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib joins to talk about Nancy Pelosi, impeachment, and the humanitarian crisis at our border.

Show Notes

ACA lawsuit

  • NYT: Appeals Court Seems Skeptical About Constitutionality of Obamacare Mandate
  • WaPo: Appeals judges question whether the ACA can stand without insurance penalty
  • LA Times – Federal appeals court appears skeptical of Obamacare, putting future of law in doubt
  • Texas Tribune – As Texas seeks to overturn Obamacare, attention focuses on a potential swing judge
  • Vox: The latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, explained
  • NPR: The Affordable Care Act Is Back In Court: 5 Facts You Need To Know
  • HuffPo: Obamacare Had Another Bad Day In Court. That’s Pretty Alarming.
  • WaPo: The Daily 202: Trump might win a Pyrrhic victory against Obamacare, as the balance of judicial power shifts his way
  • NY Mag – Suit to Destroy Obamacare Slouches Toward the Supreme Court
  • NYT: So You Want to Overturn Obamacare. Here Are Some Things That Would Be Headaches.
  • LA Times – Op-Ed by Jon Healey – The GOP’s nightmare scenario is playing out in its Obamacare lawsuit
  • WaPo: Trump’s Next Phase on Health Care: Everywhere and Nowhere
  • Roll Call – High-stakes lawsuit makes health care law a 2020 issue
  • Bloomberg – Winning the Obamacare Suit Would Be a Disaster for Republicans
  • WaPo: PowerPost  Analysis – The Health 202: The Obamacare lawsuit, by the numbers
  • Politico: Long-shot legal challenge could end Obamacare during the 2020 campaign
  • WaPo: GOP lies and bad faith are set to unleash an epic health-care disaster – Plumline
  • CNN: Obamacare’s fate will be at stake at 2020 ballot box as well as in court
  • The Atlantic – The Most Critical Argument Democrats Will Have in 2020
  • CNN: 2020 Democrats signal showdown over the future of health care
  • Vox: Abolish private insurance? It depends.
  • NYT: Democrat vs. Democrat: How Health Care Is Dividing the Party
  • WaPo: Voters have big health-care worries, but not the ones Democrats are talking about
  • Daily Beast: Dems Ran on Health Care in 2018. During the First 2020 Debate, It Sharply Divided Them
  • Politico: Democratic group’s poll shows Trump vulnerable with his base on health care

Investigation Hesitation

  • WaPo: Acosta defends wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal, says Epstein would’ve had no jail time if his office had not intervened
  • Politico: Acosta saves his job … for now
  • NYT: Acosta Defends His Role in Brokering Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal
  • NYT: Cyrus Vance’s Office Sought Reduced Sex-Offender Status for Epstein
  • WaPo: The big question Acosta failed to answer
  • Bloomberg – Acosta Blames Grand Jury for Prostitution Charge: Epstein Update
  • The Hill – Pelosi calls for Acosta to step down over Epstein case
  • HuffPo: Nancy Pelosi On Trump Rape Allegation: ‘I Haven’t Paid Much Attention To It’
  • Vox: Pelosi on latest sexual assault allegation against Trump: “I don’t know what Congress’s role would be”
  • The Atlantic – Nancy Pelosi Would Prefer Not to
  • NYT: Jeffrey Epstein Was a ‘Terrific Guy,’ Donald Trump Once Said. Now He’s ‘Not a Fan.’
  • WaPo: Trump praises Acosta,who faces growing calls to resign over earlier Epstein case
  • Vanity Fair – “HE SAID NOT TO TELL ANYONE”: HOW TRUMP KEPT TABS ON JEFFREY EPSTEIN
  • NYT: Labor Secretary Acosta Faces Calls to Resign Over Epstein Case
  • The Atlantic – Instead of an Apology, Acosta Offers Epstein’s Victims Implicit Blame
  • The Atlantic – What Acosta Has Done Other Than Let Epstein Off the Hook
  • Vox: Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has no good answer for cushy Jeffrey Epstein plea deal
  • Mother Jones – “It’s an Uncomfortable Reality.” An Expert on How Jeffrey Epstein’s Case Isn’t All That Unique.
  • New Yorker – The Judicial System Finally Catches up to Jeffrey Epstein
  • The Intercept: JEFFREY EPSTEIN SHIPPED HIMSELF A 53-POUND SHREDDER AND A CARPET AND TILE EXTRACTOR, MARITIME RECORDS SHOW
  • Axios: What we know: The Jeffrey Epstein indictment
  • Axios: House panel requests Acosta’s testimony on Epstein’s 2008 plea deal
  • Newsweek – DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED FOR ACOSTA SAY THEY LACKED EPSTEIN CASE DETAILS, DESPITE CONFIRMATION HEARING QUESTION
  • Esquire – Democrats Should Cut Off Alex Acosta’s Paychecks
  • The Atlantic – Arresting Jeffrey Epstein Is Just the Start
  • WaPo: ‘Regrets is not what I do’: Pelosi defends her comment about four House women
  • Vox: Why Nancy Pelosi is at odds with House progressives over Twitter
  • NYT: Pelosi Appeals for Democratic Unity While Dressing Down Dissenters
  • WaPo: Twin challenges on budget, trade test withering Pelosi and Trump relationship
  • NY Mag – What Does Nancy Pelosi Think She’s Doing?
  • NYT: “Cuomo Signs a Bill to Allow Release of Trump’s State Tax Returns”
  • Politico: “Cuomo signs law allowing New York to hand over Trump’s taxes”
  • WaPo: “GOP scoffs at law allowing release of Trump’s state taxes”
  • Vox: “New York just gave Democrats another way to get Trump’s tax returns. Will they act?”
  • CNN: “New York gov signs law that would allow Congress to get Trump’s state tax returns”
  • WaPo: Op-ed by Cass Sunstein – Impeachment isn’t optional. If facts point in that direction, Congress must act.
  • Politico: Impeachment push freezes as Mueller testimony looms

2020

  • WaPo: Swalwell drops out of presidential race, will seek reelection to House
  • FiveThirtyEight – Why Eric Swalwell’s Campaign Failed
  • The Atlantic – What You Gain by Losing Quickly
  • Daily Beast – Good Riddance to ‘Another White Guy’
  • Vox: Rep. Eric Swalwell drops out of the Democratic 2020 presidential primary
  • Politico: Democratic field readies for the big shrink
  • WaPo: When do struggling 2020 candidates have to bail to run for another office?
  • The Atlantic – The Long-Shot Candidacy Conundrum
  • USA Today: As Swalwell drops out, 2020 candidates face similar question: Do I have a chance at winning?
  • NYT: Farewell, Swalwell: As One 2020 Democrat Drops Out, Will Others Follow?
  • NYT: Democrats Grapple With a Sprawling Primary Field, and No One to Shape It
  • FiveThirtyEight- Lanes Are Starting To Emerge In The 2020 Democratic Primary
  • Politico – Hickenlooper campaign in shambles
  • NYT: Tom Steyer Will Run for President and Plans to Spend $100 Million on His Bid
  • WaPo: Billionaire Tom Steyer says he will run for president after spurning the race earlier this year
  • Center for Public Integrity – 9 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT TOM STEYER
  • Politico: Impeachment and environmental activist Tom Steyer announces presidential bid
  • FiveThirtyEight – Why We’re Not Treating Tom Steyer As A ‘Major’ Candidate (Yet)
  • Politico: STEYER’s presidential strategy
  • Politico: Tom Steyer unleashes TV ad blitz
  • Mother Jones – Tom Steyer Has a Big Advantage in the 2020 Race: Your Email Address
  • Politico: Steyer to draw on California methods in presidential bid
  • CNN: Why you should be skeptical of Tom Steyer 2020
  • WaPo: By David Weigel – The Trailer: Democrats weren’t really clamoring for another candidate
  • The Atlantic  Why Tom Steyer Changed His Mind on Running for President
  • Axios: How Tom Steyer made his fortune – By Felix Salmon
  • NYT Op-Ed by David Leonhardt – A Better Way to spend $100 Million
  • WaPo: Power Up: Steyer presidential bid sparks Democratic worries about congressional races
  • Vox: Tom Steyer — please, don’t run for president
  • WaPo: The Finance 202: Steyer’s wealth may put him at odds with direction of Democratic Party
  • Slate: How Many Florida Voters Could Tom Steyer Enfranchise for the Amount He Plans to Spend Running for President?

Rep. Rashida Tlaib

  • WaPo: ‘Outright disrespectful’: Four House women struggle as Pelosi isolates them
  • Politico: “’Do not tweet’: Pelosi scolds progressives in closed-door meeting”
  • NYT: “Pelosi Appeals for Democratic Unity While Dressing Down Dissenters”
  • NYT: “Tensions Between Pelosi and Progressive Democrats of ‘the Squad’ Burst Into Flame”
  • NYT: “‘It Feels Like a Jail’: Lawmakers Criticize Migrant Holding Sites on Border”
  • NYT: “From Celebrated to Vilified, House’s Muslim Women Absorb Blows Over Israel”
  • Vox: “Rashida Tlaib wants to give low-income adults $3,000 a year each, no questions asked”
  • NYT: “For Rashida Tlaib, Palestinian Heritage Infuses a Detroit Sense of Community”

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