Saturday midday open thread: ACA lives! Today is last day to enroll; Calif. mandates electric buses
What’s coming up on Sunday Kos:
Yes, Trump cares about that Supreme Court double jeopardy case. A lot … by Rebecca Pilar Buckwalter Poza
Feeling ‘regrexit,’ the UK needs a Brexit exit, by Sher Watts Spooner
How to win in social media political groups, by David Akadjian
What Trump doesn’t know about the Border, Immigration and Humanity is Everything, by Frank Vyan Walton
Here’s a new way to visualize how much ground we gained in the House, by David Jarman
Cut and gut: How Republicans helped the rich raid the U.S. Treasury, by Jon Perr
Progressives: Be careful of the comfort of placating the privileged at the expense of the afflicted, by Egberto Willies
Progressive prosecutors are not ‘cops.’ They are needed to enact criminal justice reform, by Denise Oliver Velez
Dear Republicans, we need to talk … by Mark E Andersen
Republican sore loser power grabs corrode our democracy so badly because they have no limits, by Ian Reifowitz
• Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act ends in most states today: You may have heard or read that a federal judge has ruled that the ACA is unconstitutional. While he did so rule, the ACA will remain in force as the case is appealed. So you can still enroll if you haven’t already. But today is your last cahnce if you need health insurance! Free help is available. Answers to your questions about signing up and trained professionals who can talk you through your options are just a phone call or click away. Call 1-800-318-2596 or visit localhelp.healthcare.gov to make a one-on-one appointment now.
• California Air Resources Board mandates all new city buses must be electric by 2029: All mass transit fleets must convert by 2040. This great move is the kind of change that could be a model for other states and also could spur the develop of technology that boosts widespread electrification of trucks, Currently, 132 of California’s 12,000 mass transit buses produce zero greenhouse gas emissions. The switchover means more jobs too. Today, four companies in California manufacture electric buses—BYD, Proterra, Gillig, and Motiv.
— Virginia Heffernan (@page88) December 15, 2018
• Some progress being made as climate talks in Poland wrap up: What’s at issue now is how the 196 nations that have signed the Paris Climate Agreement will cut carbon, how they will verify everybody is sticking to what they say they will do, and helping to fund climate programs and policies in the poorer nations.
“It was never going to be great, not least because the US is playing a laggard role, but I think we can get a decent outcome, if it’s framed in the right way,” said Alden Meyer from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Earlier, the former president of the Maldives, and now their lead negotiator, Mohamed Nasheed, made an impassioned plea for urgent progress on cutting carbon.
“It’s just madness for us to allow global CO2 levels (in the atmosphere) to go beyond 450 parts per million, and temperatures to shoot past 1.5 degrees,” he told a press briefing on Thursday.
“That can still be prevented. If we come together on the basis of the emergency facing us, we can do it.
• Planned Parenthood files lawsuit against Idaho abortion law: The law requires that all abortions must be performed by physicians and not nurse practitioners and other advanced practice clinicians. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands sued Friday, asserting that the law is “out of step with the State’s treatment of comparable health services and medically unjustified.” The suit claims the law “significantly constrains when and where abortions are available” for women in Idaho, which results in expensive travel costs and delayed access to care. The argument being made is that this imposes an “undue burden” on women seeking abortions, that being language from the 1992 Supreme Court ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. A number of lower court rulings have since determined what kind of restrictions constitute undue burden imposed in various states.
• On this date 128 years ago, Tatanka Iyotake, known to non-Lakota as Sitting Bull, was shot to death after the U.S. military sent Indian police to arrest him. (“Sitting Bull” obscures the real meaning of his name which is Sitting *Buffalo* Bull.) A couple of weeks later, a detachment of the U.S. 7th Cavalry massacred some 300 Miniconjou Lakota under Chief Big Foot.
• Using bioplastic, “Marie” is the first life-size, 3D-printed human: She’s 5’1” tall and weighs 15 pounds and has a reservoir for 36 gallons of water. And, by the way, she’s purple because “purple was on sale,” according to a press release from Louisiana State University, where engineering study Meagan Moore created “Marie” to test radiation dosing for cancer treatment.
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