ACA Under Assault
Sticks and bones: GOP lawsuit one step closer to dismantling Affordable Care Act. Alice Miranda Ollstein and James Arkin for Politico.
Work-to-play: Appeals court rules against Arkansas work requirement, because it violates medicaid's statutory goal of providing unrestricted access to coverage. Lydia Wheeler and Andrew Harris for Bloomberg.
Cause and effect: Author Johann Hari shares successes, failures in drug policy with Democracy Now.
The Adrian Darya 1
Cat and mouse game: A drama has been playing out on the high seas between Iran and the US involving bribes, sanctions, and center stage, a hulking oil tanker. Deirdre Shesgreen and Kim Hjelmgaard for USA TODAY.
Dumbing down: Institutionalized ignorance on rise in US. Patricia Williams for The Guardian.
Down the rabbit hole: In wake of offensive tweets, bill proposing commisssion to review reality television star's mental health quietly garners support. Michael Isikoff for Yahoo News.
Evolving positions: Poll reflects changing opinions about marijuana, use. Andrew Romano for Yahoo News..
Anatomy of a Pandemic
Art of the hunch: Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, Yasmeen Abutaleb, Robert Costa and Lena H. Sun unpack White House response to COVID-19 that pits television persona against science.
Feeling the heat: Absence of sea ice may signal doom for arctic ecosystems, fisheries. Dan Joling for AP.
Fool's gold: America leads the way in military spending, accounting for a full third globally. Michael B. Sauter, Evan Comen and Samuel Stebbins for 24/7 Wall St.
Arms Trade Treaty
Merchants of death: In move that unwittingly paints NRA as haven for international gun dealers, reality television star abandons global arms treaty, joining ranks with Russia, North Korea, Syria. Missy Ryan and John Hudson for The Washington Post.
Articles of Impeachment
You be the judge: With acquittal looming, read the full, downloadable articles of impeachment.
Hollywood was right: AI is not your friend. Michael B. Kelley for Yahoo Finance.
The Ashcroft Cover-up
Deliver us from evil: Former Attorney General John Ashcroft poses before pornographic works of neo-classic art.
The Bad Lieutenant
"The Vindman Rule": White House adopts stricter policy on phone calls after Lieutenant Colonel's testimony in effort to insulate president, reward loyalty. Alex Marquardt, Zachary Cohen and Pamela Brown for CNN.
Fight-or-flight: As America takes flight from Middle East, Iran steps up fight with embassy attack. Anne Gearan, Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey for The Washington Post.
The "O" word: White House uses signing of coronavirus relief bill to kill oversight. Kyle Cheney covers self-aggrandizing dictator's latest abuse for Politico.
Pocket pals: US Attorney General William Barr seeks reduced sentence for reality television star crony Roger Stone, prosecutors resign in protest. Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker for AP.
Full steam ahead: Bolstered by America's affinity for TNT, White House deploys force to Korean peninsula. Michael Langan for AFP.
Being Donald Trump
Mental as anything: Trump's tweets and embrace of conspiracy look to be symptoms of psychosis, or are they? Sharon Begley for Stat News.
The Better Budget
Austerity backlash: The Congressional Progressive Caucus has released its version of the Congressional Budget, reminding us fiscal reponsibility isn't about hoarding cash.
The Big Show
Tit for tat: In response to Pyongyang's nuclear grumblings, US throws nuke-capable B-2 Bombers - from the Show Me State no less - into the war game mix.
Midnight in the garden of deceit: Trump concedes Obama was born in the US, but not without shifting blame for five years of character assassination onto the Clinton camp. A timeline.
Bishop of Bling
Fired up: Pope removes German bishop after spending 43 million dollars on residence. Reuters.
The Bitter Budget
Skinned alive: Budget proposal resurrects the bones of Reaganism. Rick Newman for Yahoo News.
Death cab for Gammy: When the gods of commerce require blood sacrifice to protect markets from pandemic fallout, party of Family Values all too eager to offer up grandparents. Christopher Wilson for Yahoo News.
Catch-22: Kentucky Senate passes progressive hemp bill, but it requires a lift of the federal ban first. Bruce Schreiner for AP.
Stormy weather: When a storm's barometric pressure drops by twenty four milibars in as many hours, it's considered a "bomb cyclone", a quickly developing hurricane, even in the middle of winter. Jacy Marmaduke and Doyle Rice explain it for USA TODAY.
The Border Wall
Donald's breach party: Nick Miroff offers a how-to on penetrating the southern border wall for The Washington Post.
Fatal attraction: As the global economy grows, qualified workers-to-jobs ratio in some nations shrinking. Amy X. Wang for Quartz.
The addiction code: Today, silicon valley programs with one goal in mind. Anderson Cooper for 60 minutes.
The Brexit Bunch
Russia, Russia, Russia: Lawmakers demanding release of intelligence report on Russia meddling in British elections. Sound familiar? Ivana Kottasova for CNN.
Brick and Border
Non-essential business: While the coronavirus pandemic has halted most work in the US, the border wall continues its path of cultural, environmental destruction unabated. Quinn Owen for ABC News.
Mythbuster: David Brooks, the voice of the GOP for the New York Times, NPR and PBS, gets his clock cleaned by Jim Naureckas for FAIR.
Food for thought: FDA's approval of cloning has renewed debate over ethics, safety and the very science. William Saletan sides with the cloners for Slate.
Conflict of interest: GMO giant Monsanto's purchase of Beelogics - the world's leading researcher on the collapse of honey bee colonies, largely thought to be caused by GMOs - is raising some eyebrows.
Candidates On Pot
The high ground: As presidential wannabes scramble for the limelight, Dylan Stableford maps their stands on cannabis for Yahoo.
Southern crackpot: Part-time perjuror and full-time US Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn't going to let states' rights stand in the way of convicting pot smokers. Harriet Sinclair for Newsweek.
Motley fool: There's a lesson to be learned about conservatism in sinking of cannabis themed cruise, organizer's response. Rick Newman for Yahoo Finance.
The Cannabis Equation
Would legalizing marijuana provide the panacea for budget woes? A Wenatchee, Washington lawyer crunches the numbers.
Silence of the Grams: Recent survey shows support for marijuana legalization up across the board, with one hold-out: The so-called Silent Generation. Sam Becker for The Cheat Sheet.
Growing pains: California raises taxes it collects on cannabis products to the dismay of struggling retailers, growers. Michael R. Blood for AP.
Adding to the ranks: The 2016 election held some surprises, including the decriminalization of marijuana in - count them - eight more states. Sam Becker for The Cheat Sheet.
Turning money into speech: Writing for Politico, Rich Lowry connects the dots between campaign finance reform and record spending, and defies common sense.
Capital One Breach
What's in your wallet? Hacked from the inside, Capital One cyber attack presents new challenges to security. Kate Fazzini for CNBC.
Caveat to Liberty
We'll leave the light off: New immigration "public charge" provision removes promise from American ethos. Quint Forgey for Politico.
Central Bank Slump
Fiscal virus: Central banks were created to thwart recession and inflation, stimulate employment and spending. But with Fed rates near zero, the economy looks to have become immune to its charms. Greg Ip unpacks it for The Wall Street Journal.
Lost in translation: Education secretary's wide interpretation of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act diverts funds to where they're needed least. Erica L. Green for The New York Times.
Cheaper in Texas
Bulk discount: Pot bust nets 3.9 tons estimated at $3.4 million. Huh? By our calculations that's less than $30 per ounce.
Turning a blind eye: State Department strikes countries from list of nations that recruit children for battle in hopes of currying favor. Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick for Reuters.
Made you look: Navy and Army find nothing nefarious behind hand sign flashes at Army-Navy competition, blame it on game. Chris Bumbaca for USA TODAY.