The Contraceptive Mandate Discriminates on the Basis of Sex

In 1971, the Supreme Court for the first time struck down a law under the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause that treated men and women differently. Courts since then have invalidated countless laws that discriminated on the basis of sex. Bucking convention, advocates frequently attacked laws that were designed to benefit women under the theory that such laws perpetuated harmful sex stereotypes that “put women, not on a pedestal, but in a cage.” Americans now take for granted that the government acts illegally when it creates self-fulfilling legislation that presumes women are caregivers or do not work outside the home. Nevertheless, as part of the Affordable Care Act, the government in… Read More

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The Boomers Ruined Everything

The Baby Boomers ruined America. That sounds like a hyperbolic claim, but it’s one way to state what I found as I tried to solve a riddle. American society is going through a strange set of shifts: Even as cultural values are in rapid flux, political institutions seem frozen in time. The average U.S. state constitution is over 100 years old. We are in the third-longest period without a constitutional amendment in American history: the longest such period ended in the Civil War. So what’s to blame for this institutional aging? One possibility is simply that Americans got older. The average American was 32 years old in 2000, and 37… Read More

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An American Story, Starting in Kosovo

Over the past three years, Deb Fallows and I have written frequently about the lakeside city of Erie, Pennsylvania, and its reaction to the loss of traditional manufacturers over the past generation. One continuing theme has been the importance of the city’s overall openness to outsiders—refugees, other immigrants—in trying to make an economic, cultural, and civic future for itself. (Yes, including recognizing decades-old obstacles for many of its African-American residents.) One example of Erie’s embrace of diversity, whom we’ve often mentioned, is a man in his mid-30s named Ferki Ferati. He was born in Albanian Kosovo; spent part of his youth in refugee camps; and has become a central figure… Read More

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More than 400 737 Max pilots are suing Boeing over an ‘unprecedented cover-up’ of flaws in the plane’s design

Boeing is being sued by more than 400 pilots who flew its 737 Max plane, in a class-action lawsuit that accuses the manufacturer of an “unprecedented cover-up” of issues with the aircraft. The pilots claim in the lawsuit that the 737 Max’s design gave it “inherently dangerous” defects when pilots tried to fly it, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. They also say they have suffered financial damage as the plane remains grounded around the world, and have experienced career uncertainty as a result. The pilots join a slew of other groups affected by 737 Max crisis, including airline pilots, airlines, and victims’ families in looking for damages from Boeing after… Read More

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Iran says that US cyberattacks — said to be Trump’s preferred retaliation — didn’t work

President Donald Trump approved a cyberattack on Iran hours after he abruptly canceled a strike on the country last week, according to Yahoo News. Iran’s IT minister appeared to confirm the report, but said that the cyberattack didn’t work. “No successful attack has been carried out by them, although they are making a lot of effort,” Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted on Monday. Tensions between the US and Iran remain high after Iran shot down a US drone last week. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US launched cyberattacks on Iran in apparent retaliation for shooting down an American drone last week, but failed to achieve anything, according to… Read More

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Nikki Haley won’t save Trump

Nikki Haley will not save Donald Trump’s presidency. For her own sake — and perhaps the future of the Republican Party — she shouldn’t even try. Nonetheless, it appears that a “Draft Haley” movement is underfoot. The Wall Street Journal printed an op-ed from Andrew Stein — he started the “Democrats for Trump” group in 2016 — urging the president to dump Mike Pence as his vice president and add Haley, the former U.N. ambassador and South Carolina governor, to the Republican ticket as his running mate in 2020. Stein’s reasoning: Haley could help Trump attract “moderate, suburban women” he’ll need to win re-election. “Nikki Haley on the ticket could… Read More

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