Scalise shooting, Portland and others: How much do the political views of American terrorists matter?

When a Portland man stabbed the defenders of two women who appeared to be Muslim in May, he was quickly identified by his conservative and white supremacist politics. He had supported Donald Trump, ranted against Muslims, and appeared at rallies with neo-Nazi gear. That he also supported Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Standing Rock protests was less reported.

When another man shot at members of congress on June 14, leaving GOP House Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition, different media personalities quickly played a similar game with a new twist: suspect James Hodgkinson was a proud Sanders supporter who frequented anti-Trump social media pages. Minutes after the shooting, Donald Trump, Jr. repeated a sentiment most often expressed by progressives of late: that violent rhetoric sometimes has violent ends….

Continue reading at: The Washington Examinder

High Risk Pools Serve Patients Better Than Mandates

As Congress continues to advance the American Health Care Act, Democrats and the medical establishment have argued that the Republican health care bill will deny sick and vulnerable patients access to quality health care. But the reality is that patients with pre-existing conditions will receive better coverage through the AHCA than under Obamacare.

On paper, Obamacare offers patients with chronic conditions an iron-clad guarantee to health care. The law requires insurers accept anyone that’s interested in joining their pool. It prohibits insurers from charging sick patients higher premiums because of their health status. And it requires insurers to offer a suite of comprehensive services and benefits….

Read the rest at: Forbes

Hysteria Over Date Rape Drugs

Three Florida high schoolers won this year’s Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge with a plan to make a straw that detects date rape drugs. The device would change color when it finds ketamine or GHB in a drink.

The project sounds great. The reporting on the project does not. The practice of slipping date rape drugs into drinks is nowhere near as common as many reporters seem to think….

Read more at: Reason

Commies From Outer Space

The Left Forum took place last week in New York City. This is an annual confab of Marxists and left-wing anarchists of different varieties. In past years, they’ve gathered in a series of plenaries to discuss diverse topics ranging from the Russian Revolution to Mexican politics. While in other years, left-wing academic celebrities like Zizek or Cornel West were central parts of the event, this time many panels had tiny socialist and communist outlets of which the majority of mortals probably have never heard.

In attendance were the Posadists––a Trotskyist organization that sounds more like science fiction comedy than a revolutionary cadre. Their name comes from the founder of this peculiar form of Trotskyism, the late J. Posadas, who was an Argentine who believed that extraterrestrial beings are communists. His followers think that intergalactic travel could only be developed by a communist society, so they believe that if there are aliens able to travel the cosmos, they are logically commies from outer space. Their own annual event is hosted by the aptly named Intergalactic Workers’ League.

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Dear NFL cheerleaders: Don’t sue your teams over low wages

Though the NFL season’s kickoff is still three months away, controversy already plagues the league. Most recently, NFL cheerleaders made the headlines with lawsuits over their low wages.

On Jan. 31, a former San Francisco 49ers cheerleader filed a class action suit against the NFL and 26 of its teams on behalf of all cheerleaders employed by the NFL for the past four years seeking $100 million to $300 million in damages. This cheerleader, called “Kelsey K.,” alleged that the NFL and member teams conspired to artificially suppress the wages of cheerleaders through collusion.

A federal judge dismissed this claim on May 26 at the request of the NFL and its member teams because he believed that the complaint did not present any evidence of collusion or antitrust behavior. Yet, because this lawsuit was just the latest in a string of allegations against the NFL of underpaying cheerleaders, it is important to make it clear that basic economics — not illegal collusion — is why cheerleaders choose to work for such low pay…

Read the rest at: The Washington Examiner