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Veteran chemical exposure reveals a health emergency we all face

Thousands of U.S. veterans are getting sick and dying after being exposed to toxins from open-air burn pits used to incinerate refuse on military bases overseas. But the health epidemic isn’t a problem faced just by service members— we all handle the toxins to which they were exposed without a second thought every day.

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Republicans Shouldn’t Fear a Supreme Court Fight: New at Reason

The Republicans need to put up a fight over President Obama’s eventual Supreme Court nominee, David Harsanyi argues:

A 2015 CNN poll found that 37 percent of Americans thought the Supreme Court was already too liberal—that highest percentage measured since the network began polling the question in 1993. Only 20 percent felt like the court was too conservative, and 40 percent found it just right. So in other words, 77 percent would be happy with the status quo—a 4-4 court with a convincible moderate making decisions.

But even if nothing above were true, Republicans would still have no choice. The most consequential political upside for a GOP to fight on SCOTUS is this: The party won’t survive if it doesn’t fight. Not in its present form. There’s simply no way those you can accuse the president of abusing and ignoring the Constitution for seven years and then hand him the Supreme Court for the next 20. Not in the midst of a national election featuring an insurgent front-runner whose case is predicated on the notion that the party is led by weaklings. If you do, you might as well pack it in.

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