HEJE Overview 3-24-17

There are really only two major stories today, both carried over from yesterday:

  • The vote to repeal the ACA and replace it with the AHCA, whose final provisions House members will not have had the chance to read before they are called upon to vote on the bill, H.R. 1628 – link to the bill as of 3-20-17; probably, no more recent version will be uploaded before voting begins.
  • The nomination of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee completed its confirmation hearing yesterday (Day 4) with testimony by a long roster of witnesses. Judiciary Committee vote scheduled for Monday, 27 March at noon.

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Coffee Break 3-23-17

A  Science Curriculum for Havasupai: Starting from Spirituality

I recently reviewed briefly a lawsuit filed in the 9th U.S. District Court in Phoenix on January 11, 2017, Stephen C. v. BIE (henceforth, the Complaint). Other useful reviews and discussions may be found here, here, here, and most recently, here, but the best source of information on the case to date is the complaint itself, a .pdf version of which will be found here.   Continue reading “Coffee Break 3-23-17”

Coffee Break 3-22-17

What Rights are These?

I recently read an inspiring interview with a woman named Cait Vaughan, conducted by truthout’s Sarah Jaffe. Vaughan is an organizer for a group called “Healthcare is a Human Right” in Portland, Maine. Her state is one of the most rural, poorest, and whitest in the union. Interestingly, though, rather than comparing Maine to its neighbors (New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont…), she likened it to a southern state, although she didn’t note which one it seems closest to in her view. I’d choose West Virginia myself for purposes of comparison, but that’s just me. Continue reading “Coffee Break 3-22-17”

HEJE Overview 3-22-17

Health & the Environment

Tainted Water

  • Water & Health 1

Flint, Michigan’s lead-tainted drinking water problem drags on, and on, and on. Cartoonist and Flint resident Melissa May’s “There’s No Way We’re Gonna Drink That” provides a moving, detail-rich summary of the Flint Water Crisis (since 2014). Rather in the style of the graphic novel Persepolis, worth circulating widely. Continue reading “HEJE Overview 3-22-17”

Coffee Break 3-21-17

Stephen C. v. Bureau of Indian Education: First Thoughts

In late January, I happened upon a front-page story in the New York Times on a Native American tribal school, the Havasupai Elementary School (K-8), which had filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court of Arizona (Phoenix) on January 11, 2017.  The school is in Supai, AZ (pop. ~200), located at the base of Havasu Canyon in Coconino County. The village is inaccessible by vehicle and can be reached only by helicopter or an eight-mile hike down from the rim of the canyon. It is the last place in the United States where mail is still delivered by mule. Continue reading “Coffee Break 3-21-17”

Social Lenses 3-21-17

Why Education Really Matters

Les Héritiers” (Once in a Lifetime; Greek title: Μαθήματα ζωής) (2014)

Films centered on classroom teaching are difficult to structure and plot. Education by its nature is a repetitive, routine, cumulative activity which doesn’t in itself provide a story-line easily-condensed into 115 minutes. Continue reading “Social Lenses 3-21-17”

HEJE Overview 3-21-17

The Judiciary

A good raft of possible questions on “What does it mean to be an originalist

Today is Day 2, and questioning will begin. It’ll be interesting to see what strategy the Dems adopt for addressing the nominee’s record on the 10th Circuit Appeals Court and, no less important, his judicial philosophy.

Live coverage once again provided by c-span and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Continue reading “HEJE Overview 3-21-17”