Tighter Sanctions

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Good Tuesday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
— The First Draft Team
The Upshot

How Single-Payer Health Care Could Trip Up Democrats

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are among the senators who are pushing for a single-payer, government-run health care system. They conferred last week at a health committee meeting.

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are among the senators who are pushing for a single-payer, government-run health care system. They conferred last week at a health committee meeting. Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press

Many Democrats giddy from their recent health policy successes are starting to reach enthusiastically for a mountaintop goal: establishing a single-payer system for all Americans.
But they may want to learn the lessons of their opposition. Like “repeal and replace,” “single-payer” is a broadly popular slogan that papers over intraparty disagreements and wrenching policy choices. Republicans fumbled multiple attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act this year. If the Democrats eventually wrested back power, they could find themselves similarly factionalized and stymied over the details.
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Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, facing charges of federal corruption, at Federal Court in Newark last week.

Robert Menendez Personally Lobbied for Visas, Former Aide Testifies


As the government began its corruption case against the New Jersey senator, a former adviser testified that Mr. Menendez intervened in visa applications involving a friend.

For One Hedge Fund, a Bet on the Affordable Care Act Sours


Glenview Capital Management’s investment in a large hospital chain, Tenet, has proved disappointing as the industry struggles to adapt.

Protesters at a rally against the separation of families under President Trump’s travel ban in New York in June.

Justice Kennedy’s Order Temporarily Leaves in Place Trump Travel Ban on Refugees


Justice Kennedy issued an administrative stay in the travel ban case, temporarily blocking an appeals court ruling on refugees.

Judge Richard A. Posner said he realized that people without lawyers are mistreated by the legal system, and he wanted to do something about it.

An Exit Interview With Richard Posner, Judicial Provocateur


Retiring abruptly after 35 years on the bench, Judge Richard A. Posner says he will devote himself to helping people who cannot afford lawyers.

Hillary Clinton in New York in April. “I am done with being a candidate,” she said in an interview on CBS’s “Sunday Morning.”

Hillary Clinton on Her Political Future: ‘I Am Done With Being a Candidate’


In an interview with CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” part of a publicity tour for her new book, Mrs. Clinton spoke about losing the election and her plans for the future.

President Trump and Melania, his wife, participated in a September 11th observance at the Pentagon National 9/11 Memorial on Monday.

Trump Commemorates Sept. 11 Attacks With Vow to Conquer ‘Evil’


President Trump commemorated the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a vow to conquer evil and to keep the nation safe.

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss
Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.
From the Right
David French in National Review:
“Our campuses are not exempt from the Constitution. There is no excuse for government-mandated kangaroo courts in any part of American life, especially in America’s institutions of higher learning.”
Mr. French says that critics of the plan by the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, to overhaul Title IX procedures for cases of sexual assault on college campuses “believe and propagate a pile of junk science seasoned with a heaping helping of far-left ideology.” He questions the statistics most often cited by “true campus ideologue” activists that “come unglued at the mere mention of ‘due process.’” Read more »
From the Left
Lucia Graves in The Guardian:
“The sexually accused are overwhelmingly male, overwhelmingly white (57 percent, according to RAINN), and presumably, entitled. In other words, they are Trump’s core constituency to a T.”
According to Ms. Graves, it all comes down to the fact that Ms. DeVos “is simply defending the people she and her boss have always been most interested in defending,” white men “who’d grown used to having the world at their feet.” Read more »
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