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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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Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Coordinate with FEMA in Preparation for Irma

September 6, 2017 Hurricane Irma is a monster. After the storm reached Category 5 intensity Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center says it became the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic outside of the warm waters of the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico. And even as the Gulf region of the...

Hurricane Harvey’s Public-Health Nightmare

September 3, 2017 For the thousands of people traveled through Harvey’s flood waters to Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, safety was not yet at hand. Although delivered from the worst of the storm, the packed masses were one of the loci of another brewing problem, one that officials expect might last a...

What's the Real Goal of Trump's Voter-Fraud Commission?

July 26, 2017 The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity had its first official meeting last week, launching its agenda amid widespread controversy about Vice Chair Kris Kobach’s request for all 50 states’ individual voter data, and while facing seven federal lawsuits related to that request. Although the stated mission of the group,...

GOP Pushes HHS Appraisal of Health Reform Proposal Rather Than Waiting for CBO's Evaluation

July 24, 2017 The Department of Health and Human Services does a great number of things, but providing authoritative analysis of legislation isn’t usually one of them. That task is left instead to the Congressional Budget Office, the independent agency lawmakers typically rely on to score each and every bill. Yet when it...

The Senate's Health Bill Is Still Unaffordable for Poor People

June 27, 2017 First, some good news: Twenty-two million more uninsured people over the next decade is at least slightly better than 23 million. The rest of the numbers from the Congressional Budget Office aren’t so rosy for a plan Republicans hoped would score much better on coverage than its House-made predecessor. On...

The New AHCA Cuts Medicaid Funding More Deeply

June 22, 2017 The new AHCA is a lot like the old AHCA. After weeks of secret gestation in back rooms, the Senate released a discussion draft of the chamber’s version of the American Health Care Act. Like the version passed through the House to cheers in May, it is likely to make...

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...