Since the election of President Obama, conservatives have been arguing that racism isn't a real problem in America anymore. On Tuesday night's Daily Show, correspondent Jessica Williams celebrated the end of racism... until she learned that police dogs are biting blacks and Latinos at far higher rates than whites. So she spoke with professional dog trainer Kate Perry to find out why American dogs are racist. Perry insisted that dogs aren't racist. When Williams Googled why dogs are racists, she found out that computers are racist, too. A CNET reporter told her that's not true, either.
Finally, Williams spoke with NYU professor "and hairstyle copycat" Carl Hart, who explained that racism is popping up in strange places because it isn't acceptable anymore to be overtly racist. Stay to the end for Williams' encounter with her racist, futuristic kitchen. --Peter Weber
Louisiana Secretary of Health Rebekah Gee sent a letter on Monday to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) expressing her "deep concerns" about his proposed Graham-Cassidy bill. "In its current form, the harm to Louisiana from this legislation far outweighs any benefit," Gee wrote about the health-care bill, which was introduced last week by Cassidy and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) as the Republican Party's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Gee wrote that she's particularly concerned about the consequences that ending Medicaid expansion in 2020 would have for Cassidy's home state. She noted that in "only one year," Louisiana has been "able to provide more than 433,000 Louisianians with coverage, resulting in more than one hundred thousand primary care visits, tens of thousands of screenings for cancer, and thousands of new mental health services." "This would be a detrimental step backwards for Louisiana," she wrote, warning that the bill's proposal to end the expansion could cause "thousands" of Louisianians to "lose coverage and access."
She also worried that the Graham-Cassidy bill includes the "same per capita cuts" as the summer's failed health-care bill, which would have resulted "in profound cuts to Louisiana's most vulnerable citizens, including children, the disabled, and pregnant women." Also problematic, Gee wrote, is the fact that the plan makes it easier for states to waive essential health benefits and price protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions or "complex and costly conditions." "Finally, this bill, like ones before it, uniquely and disproportionally hurts Louisiana," she wrote.
Republicans have until Sept. 30 to pass the bill with a majority vote. Three 'no' votes in the Senate would kill it. Already, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has come out firmly as a 'no,' and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is expected to oppose it, too.
Read Gee's letter in full below. Becca Stanek
— Rebekah Gee (@rebekahgeemd) September 19, 2017
Trump tells the UN that major portions of the world are "going to hell." pic.twitter.com/SGW5cuIdiK
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 19, 2017
It was not immediately clear if these were the countries Trump believes are going to hell. Becca Stanek
So. "Rocket Man" will be a key takeaway. Was he ad-libbing, or did the WH staff go along with?
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 19, 2017
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) September 19, 2017
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) September 19, 2017
Watch Trump's comments below. Jeva Lange
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 19, 2017