In the last week the Trump administration announced rollbacks to two major Obama-era rules: the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions (which we’ll tackle soon) and an Obamacare requirement that employers offer birth control coverage through their insurance plans.

In the latter case, Martha Burk explains this week, the administration has announced that any employers — not just religious organizations — can claim a religious objection to covering birth control and opt out. But, she wonders, how long till your boss starts having moral objections to inoculations, or blood transfusions?

Also this week, we go in-depth on the evolving tax plans coming out of the White House and Congress.

Josh Hoxie counts almost too many lies to keep track of, but identifies three numbers to help you make sense of things. LeeAnn Hall reports on the risks to public health posed by the new tax plans (health repeal never ends, right?). And Jim Hightower observes that a pledge Trump made to close a loophole favored by billionaire investors has mysteriously vanished.

Finally, Jill Richardson reflects on her evolving understanding of love and identity. And Khalil Bendib mocks the crocodile tears of groups like the NRA over mass shootings.


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  1. Your Boss Shouldn’t Get to Have ‘Religious’ Objections to Your Health Care / Martha Burk
    Expanding “corporate citizen” rights into health care could ultimately affect everybody, not just women.
  2. So Many Tax Lies, So Little Time / Josh Hoxie
    Three figures can explain the impact of Donald Trump’s tax plan.
  3. Tax Cuts for the Rich, Paid for with Your Health Care / LeeAnn Hall
    So-called “tax reform” would have the same result as health care repeal: millions lose their care, while millionaires get a tax break.
  4. What Happened to Trump’s Pledge to Close This Billionaire Loophole? / Jim Hightower
    The president’s pledge to roll back a hedge fund loophole has mysteriously vanished from his tax plan.
  5. Learning to Love Who We Love / Jill Richardson
    I’ve always assumed I was straight — but am I?
  6. Mourning in Vegas / Khalil Bendib
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