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George H. W. Bush tribute on the ADA

As we pay our final respects to him, we can credit President George Herbert Walker Bush with one noteworthy accomplishment, and that is championing the cause of disability rights and signing into law the truly remarkable and life-changing bill, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

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Asbestos in America: New use could bring new problems

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. More than 50,000 people have died from this disease and other asbestos-related conditions in the last decade, and about 3,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. To date, there is no known cure. Yet the Trump Administration is seeking to loosen asbestos regulations, despite the recent resurgence of asbestos exposure cases in the United States.

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A Senator John McCain remembrance (1936-2018)

Washington is a funny place. Ordinary people ­–congressional staffers, lobbyists, or in my case, public interest lawyers­– often find themselves mingling with very prominent, famous people at receptions, cocktail parties, testifying at hearings, attending press conferences, or walking down the halls of the Russell Senate office building. It was on several of those occasions that I saw Senator John McCain in action.

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How tariffs hit home for low-income consumers

Earlier this year, I examined how 25 percent tariffs on a range of Chinese goods would impact smartphone users, particularly low-income consumers who rely on their phones as their primary means of Internet access. As new data comes out about the impact of tariffs, it’s becoming clearer that these tariffs will hit low-income consumers particularly hard.

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