U.S. rolls back protections for transgender prison inmates

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lgbt-prisons/u-s-rolls-back-protections-for-transgender-prison-inmates-idUSKCN1ID0O3

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The Generation Gap in American Politics

http://www.people-press.org/2018/03/01/the-generation-gap-in-american-politics/

http://archive.is/bW5Uv

Twenty states sue federal government, seeking end to Obamacare

The individual mandate was previously justified as a tax. Without the penalty as a part of the new tax code, there is no longer a tax so the mandate is being challenged.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare/twenty-states-sue-federal-government-seeking-end-to-obamacare-idUSKCN1GB06R

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Student Loans Will Cost Taxpayers $36 Billion: Thanks, Obama

In 2010, President Obama effectively nationalized student lending by cutting banks — which had been offering government-backed loans to students — out of the equation and having the government make the loans itself.

As a result, federal student loan debt shot up from $154.9 billion in 2009 to $1.1 trillion by the end of 2017.

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/student-loans-will-cost-taxpayers-36-billion-thanks-obama/

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Claims of “Crumbling Infrastructure” are false

The overall number [of bridges in need of repair] has fallen from over 22 percent in 1992 to under 10 percent in 2016. According to a Reuters analysis of those bridges, only 4 percent of those that carry significant traffic need repairs. Of the nation’s 1,200 busiest bridges, the number of those structurally deficient falls to under 2 percent—or fewer than 20 bridges in the entire country. And none of those bridges need repair to save them from collapse.

[T]he percentage of airport runways deemed as poor has fallen from 4 percent in 2004 to 2 percent in 2016. And for the past 30 years, the number of “acceptable” or above roads has remained relatively consistent at approximately 85 percent.

https://reason.com/archives/2018/02/09/our-infrastructure-is-not-crumbling-repe

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For the first time, more Americans say 2010 health care law has had a positive than negative impact on U.S.

Today, more Americans say the 2010 health care overhaul has had a mostly positive than mostly negative effect on the country (44% versus 35%), while 14% say it has not had much effect.

Overall support for the health care law also has grown since last year. Currently, 56% of the public approves of the law while 38% disapproves, according to a new national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Nov. 29-Dec. 4. The law drew majority approval for the first time in February, when 54% expressed support for it.

Today, about as many say its effect on them and their families has been mostly positive (28%) as say mostly negative (24%); nearly half (48%) say it has not had much personal effect.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/12/11/for-the-first-time-more-americans-say-2010-health-care-law-has-had-a-positive-than-negative-impact-on-u-s/

http://archive.is/snpHG