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Obamacare Sign-Ups Are Surging, but There’s a Twist

Despite the Trump administration’s efforts to scale back the health law , about 300,000 more people have signed up for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in the first weeks of this enrollment period than last year. First two weeks of enrollment. 1.5 million. WEEK. 1. WEEK. 2. But it’s still early in the 2018 enrollment period, and people who sign up early are often those who need health care the most. ... Full story

Trump Urges Vote for Roy Moore, Cites Candidate’s Denial of Allegations

President Trump responded to questions from the media outside the White House on Tuesday. WASHINGTON — President Trump defended Roy S. Moore, the Alabama Republican Senate candidate accused of sexual misconduct with minors, saying on Tuesday that Mr. Moore “totally denies” the allegations against him. Mr. Trump said that Alabama voters should not support Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate running against Mr. Moore in a special election next ... Full story

Second federal judge blocks - CNNPolitics

(CNN) A second federal judge blocked enforcement of President Donald Trump's prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the US military Tuesday, finding active-duty service members face substantial harm from the ban. In a 53-page ruling , US District Court Judge Marvin Garbis in Maryland concluded that transgender service members are "already suffering harmful consequences," and went a step further than an earlier ruling by specifically ... Full story

Dreamers & The Dream Act: Your Holiday Action Plan

The Dream Act is on the table and we need to tell Congress to pass it now. This season, you and your family and friends can stand with Dreamers across America by talking together and making some calls. So let’s get started. This December, Congress can vote to change the fate of nearly two million young people in our country: Dreamers. They’re immigrants from all over the world who came here as children, but could soon lose their place in ... Full story

Pixar's John Lasseter taking leave of absence after sexual misconduct allegations, says report

John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, speaks during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RC1F00107D90. The head of Pixar allegedly made an “unwanted advance” on actress Rashida Jones and has a history of kissing and touching female staffers, according to a new report. Ahead of the allegations published in The Hollywood ... Full story

Trump plays down Roy Moore allegations, blasts 'liberal rival' in Alabama race

President Trump minimized allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore Tuesday, telling voters not to support Moore's Democratic opponent. "I can tell you one thing for sure," Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a Thanksgiving break at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. . "We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat [Doug] Jones ... We do not need somebody that's going to ... Full story

Colin Kaepernick and the Myth of the ‘Good’ Protest

Protests that change history have their own long histories. They are almost never the first of their kind. Successful protesters plan campaigns, rather than respond to oppression in a single, spontaneous act. Protesters often belong to organizations that lend theoretical, moral and logistical support. Protests don’t reveal previously hidden wrongs to an unaware public. Instead, they cast those wrongs in a new light. They fail, time and time ... Full story

The voice missing from the elephant trophy debate? Africans.

An African elephant in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images). By Rosie Cooney. Rosie Cooney is chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. Her views are her own. The answers for conserving the Earth’s wild creatures seem easy from the office chairs of the affluent west. Ban trophy hunting! Hunt down the poachers! More tourism! But the social media ... Full story

Federal judge says Trump administration can’t stop funding sex-reassignment surgery for military members

BALTIMORE, Md. - Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brock Stone, who is based at Fort Meade and has served in the Navy for 11 years, including a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, speaks to reporters outside the federal courthouse with his team of lawyers. Stone is challenging President Trump's policy banning transgender people from serving in the military. (Jason Andrew/For The Washington Post). A second federal judge has halted the Trump ... Full story

Second U.S. judge halts Trump ban on transgender troops

(Reuters) - A second federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, ruling that the prohibition likely amounted to unconstitutional discrimination. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg. U.S. District Judge Marvin ... Full story