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Vann R. Newkirk II

Vann R. Newkirk II is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers politics and policy.
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Five Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in the Flint Water Crisis

June 14, 2017 On Wednesday morning, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon became both the highest-ranking person charged in the ongoing Flint water-crisis investigation. He and four other Michigan officials received the first involuntary manslaughter charges in the investigation as well. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office charged Lyon...

North Carolina's Voter ID Law Is Defeated, For Now

May 15, 2017 North Carolina voters probably won’t have to worry about a return of strict voter-ID tests any time soon. Monday, the Supreme Court announced that it would not hear arguments in North Carolina, et al. v. North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, et al. That case was petitioned by Republican...

The White House Declares War on the Specter of Voter Fraud

May 12, 2017 If the intensifying scrutiny over alleged Russian interference in the election and the affairs of the White House and the truly unprecedented firing of former FBI Director James Comey by President Trump weren’t enough to fill a news cycle, the White House released an executive order on Thursday afternoon establishing...

How Unprecedented Is James Comey's Firing?

May 11, 2017 There have only been seven FBI directors in the 82-year history of the Bureau. One, J. Edgar Hoover, served for almost 50 years, which leaves only six directors and about three decades to establish precedent for the relationship between a president and his FBI director. In that context, just how...

How to Stop Medicaid Expansion

May 4, 2017 The Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. A viable repeal-and-replace effort may or may not be forthcoming in Congress, but until one materializes the provisions of the ACA remain in effect, and the Trump administration is bound by law to enforce them. But the administration has...

The Historical Exclusion Behind the Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Crisis

May 2, 2017 Puerto Rico just hit another debt deadline. At midnight on Monday, a year-long moratorium on lawsuits from the island’s creditors will expire, which many forecasters project might worsen a developing financial catastrophe on the island, as at least a dozen creditors are expected to sue and tie up more territorial...

The Trouble With Medicaid Work Requirements

March 23, 2017 What are work requirements good for? Stretching back to the establishment of welfare in the United States, politicians have debated both the practical and moral utility of requiring people to work in order to receive government benefits. Since welfare reform in the 1990s gave states wide latitude to create work...

How Voter ID Laws Discriminate

February 20, 2017 For all the fervor of the current debate over voter ID laws, there’s a startling lack of good data on their effects. As of the 2016 election, 33 states have a voter identification law, with 12 of those considered “strict” requirements. After the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court...

Why Do Tom Price's Potential Conflicts of Interest Matter?

January 19, 2017 Georgia Representative Tom Price is a wealthy man. A successful orthopedic surgeon in Atlanta before his tenure in the U.S. House, Price amassed a net worth of millions in private practice before entering public service. Since then, he’s managed his wealth via investments in a diverse portfolio. His net worth...

Chelsea Manning, Gen. James Cartwright and Hundreds More Granted Last-Minute Clemency

January 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the waning hours of his presidency, Barack Obama used his clemency power to commute the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army analyst convicted of espionage in July 2013 by a military court after she turned over a massive cache of defense and diplomatic records, then the...