Not long ago, Donald Trump promised that his replacement for Obamacare would provide “insurance for everybody.” But the latest numbers from the Congressional Budget Office say 24 million Americans would actually lose coverage under the Republican bill circulating through Congress.

The report is the latest in a long line of hiccups for the still young Trump administration. How long, Jim Hightower wonders this week, before people start realizing the emperor has no clothes?

Soon, Olivia Alperstein hopes. This week in OtherWords, she reports on efforts in Congress to restrict Trump’s ability to start a nuclear war all on his own.

Rounding out our package, Dulce Morales talks about the growing movement to get universities to declare themselves “sanctuary campuses,” providing a safe learning environment for all students, no matter where they were born. And Sarah Anderson shares a moving story about how working people are fighting back against unscrupulous drug makers in places stricken by America’s still-simmering opioid crisis.

Finally, Khalil Bendib pokes fun at Donald Trump’s leak problem.

Columnist Jill Richardson is off for two weeks, but she’ll return soon.


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  1. Going After the Opioid Profiteers / Sarah Anderson
    A small number of drug companies reap windfalls from people’s pill addictions. Now, working people are holding them accountable.
  2. Right Now, Trump Can Start a Nuclear War / Olivia Alperstein
    Without so much as a vote by Congress, our whole planet could be destroyed.
  3. A Movement for ‘Sanctuary Campuses’ Takes Shape / Dulce Morales
    Schools should uphold and protect the right to learn for all of their students — no matter where they were born.
  4. The President Is Fooling Himself. Is He Fooling Us, Too? / Jim Hightower
    If the occasional appearance of sanity is all we ask of Trump, then his reign of insanity will be our fault.
  5. Trump’s Claims Are All Wet / Khalil Bendib
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