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The Nation June 3, 2019

The Nation is America's oldest weekly magazine and is independently published. The Nation speaks to an engaged audience as a champion of civil liberties, human rights, and economic justice. The Nation breaks down critical issues with lively editorials, in-depth investigative reporting and analysis, as well as award-winning arts coverage. Publisher and Editor: Katrina vanden Heuvel.

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letters@thenation.com

A Priceless Answer To justify sounding a false alarm that doctors’ opposition will torpedo single-payer health-care reform, Mike Konczal turns to a Koch-brothers-funded analysis that claims Medicare for All would either slash doctors’ income and hospital funding or break the bank [“The Score: $5 Trillion Questions,” May 13]. Konczal credulously adopts the Koch study’s underestimate of single-payer savings on insurance overhead. But more important, he (like that study) ignores overwhelming evidence that single-payer would save doctors and hospitals vast amounts on billing, insurance paperwork, and other wasteful tasks that are required by the current byzantine payment system but would be eliminated under single-payer. For instance, a recent Harvard Business School and Duke University study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the average primary-care doctor at an efficient…

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duck and dodge

Tax policy, usually an underdiscussed subject, has become a heated issue in the race for 2020, with Democratic candidates offering proposals to redress some long-standing unfairness in the tax code. Elizabeth Warren has a bold proposal to levy a new wealth tax, and Bernie Sanders is calling to significantly hike the rate on inheritances. But before any new taxes are imposed, we have to grapple with a problem plaguing our existing tax structure: A lot of people already avoid paying what they owe. That problem is worst at the top of the income scale, yet the IRS too often expends its precious resources going after the poor. Our current president offers a particularly egregious example of what the rich can get away with. Over the course of his time in the business…

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by the numbers

25 Number of Palestinians killed in early May (including two infants) in the deadliest attacks by Israel since 2014; four Israelis were also killed by Hamas rockets 12 Number of years that Israel has maintained an air, land, and sea blockade on Gaza, making it a de facto open-air prison 1M People in Gaza who may be without food by June 2019—half the population 97% Percentage of water in Gaza that is undrinkable 53% Unemployment rate in Gaza 4 Average Average number of hours of electricity per day in Gaza 4:1 Ratio of news headlines in the US focusing on Israelis versus those on Palestinians—Isabel Cristo…

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coalition of the killing

Egged on by the ultra-hawkish duo of National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump has brought US-Iranian relations to the brink of war. Like the war against Iraq in 2003, launched on the pretext of spurious charges about nonexistent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and links between Saddam Hussein and 9/11, the crisis with Iran is a manufactured one. And were it to occur, a war between the United States and Iran would have incalculable consequences—for Iran’s civilian population, for the entire region, and for the world’s economy, still dependent for a third of its oil on shipments from the Persian Gulf. It is a war that the American people, its representatives in Congress, America’s allies, and the United Nations cannot allow to…

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q&a damon krukowski

In 1972, the British art critic John Berger responded to the proliferation of television by making his own show. The series, called Ways of Seeing, encouraged viewers to think critically about the images flowing through their sets, connecting theories from thinkers like Walter Benjamin to midcentury media consumption. He adapted the show into a book with the same name that year. Damon Krukowski set out to emulate Berger’s model in his new book, Ways of Hearing. Noting how podcasts, streaming music, and other audio saturate contemporary life, he hoped to shine some light on the ways that the digitization of sound has profoundly reconfigured our listening habits. Ways of Hearing began life as a podcast series on Radiotopia, but Krukowski, following Berger, always meant to publish it as a book as…

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heartbeat-ban threat

On May 7, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed the most extreme abortion ban in the country. HB 481 outlaws abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually about six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women even know they are pregnant. Doctors who violate the Georgia law can face criminal charges. The law is silent on whether the women can be prosecuted, too. Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio also enacted so-called heartbeat-ban laws this year, and legislators in Missouri, Tennessee, and Alabama are vying to pass their own versions. None of these efforts have gone unchallenged. The courts suspended the Kentucky law shortly after it was passed, and a federal judge will hear a challenge to Mississippi’s in late May. The Georgia law will not go into effect until 2020,…

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