Here And There with Dave Marash

Binyamin Netanyahu is now the longest-serving Prime Minister in Israeli history, approaching 4900 says in office.  But will he make it to 5000? The Associated Press Bureau Chief in Jerusalem, Josef Federman says for that feat, Bibi will have to stay in power till December, and the chances are little better than 50-50 he’ll assure that in September’s second national election of 2019.  The need for a do-over vote is also unique in Israel’s history. 

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Bernie’s “single payer,” Beto’s “buy-in,” Medicare for All, or is it Medicaid for All…so many plans for healthcare reform.  And then there’s ACA, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare…how much of it survives and what’s its record been in New Mexico and the United States?  Colin Baillio of Health Action New Mexico sorts out the candidates and their schemes and the realities of medical insurance coverage in America, just in time for tomorrow and Wednesday’s ’s Democratic debates.

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Two things we know about the opioid drug fentanyl: it’s very dangerous, even a small dose can kill you, and it’s very addictive.  The drug manufacturer Insys knew both of these facts, but it pushed its version of fentanyl, an under-the-tongue tablet supposedly meant for only end-stage cancer patients on physicians and patients to put it into wider use.  The results were often tragic and the company’s now out of business. 

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When Vladimir Putin took power, Russian life was unpredictable, and Russian power and influence were at historic lows.  How to make Russia great again?  Putin’s formula was simple – a strong government, and a powerful military to command respect at home and abroad, and national unity. Shaun Walker of the Guardian, whose new book, The Long Hangover shows how Putin used nostalgic memories of World War 2 to bring Russians together.  Never mentioning Stalinist purges or mass deportations was part of his propaganda plan. 

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When a small town loses its only hospital, the impact goes way beyond people’s physical health.  The economy and the society are under threat.  Sarah Jane Tribble of Kaiser Heath News on what shut Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, Kansas, and what happened next.  Do small towns need real hospitals, and if not, what do they need to protect the public health?

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Almost all the journalistic focus has been on America’s southern border with Mexico, destination end of the migrant trail.  Anita Pouchard Serra led a team for the New York Times to trace the trail to one its most prolific points of origin – a town in El Salvador called Intipuca.  Migrancy has made some winners and losers there, and that’s only one way in which links between the US and Intipuca have divided that town.  

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What does it mean when one of the NY Times’ top political reporters calls a crowded field of Democratic aspirants to the Presidency, a “clown car?”  Are too damn many Democrats dawdling too long on the campaign trail, or is it just the journalists who are growing impatient?  Pollster/strategist and political analyst John Zogby takes a look at the 2020 Presidential campaign at its earliest stages.  One candidate has dropped out, is a bigger cull coming soon?

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 It’s undignified birth on Twitter, and it’s hurry-up delivery in the Korean Demilitarized Zone may have made the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seem less important than it was.  Bruce Bennett, a top Korea analyst for the RAND Corporation says the PR pageant actually made some important points.  President Trump’s presentation of “friendship” seems to have convinced Kim to take diplomacy out of the deep-freeze and into action.  And then?  

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Just 2 days after baseball’s annual All-Star Game, a look back at an amazing, if tragic year in the life of an all-time all-star -- Lou Gehrig.  Dan Joseph, author of the new book, The Last Ride of the Iron Horse, on how, in 1938, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , ALS, was already starting to destroy Gehrig’s body, but the great Yankee first baseman played through it, helping the Yankees win their third straight World Series.  His career never make it through another baseball season.

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NM Gov. Susana Martinez’ Department of Human Services cried fraud and effectively fired all the private agencies serving the state’s addicted and mentally ill.  But there was no fraud, and the substitute agencies imported from AZ failed or quit.  The old agencies, Ben Altenberg, Director of the new PBS documentary The Shake Up, are out of business, and their most vulnerable clients bereft, adrift, and in some cases probably preventably, dead. 

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 The United States insists it is negotiating a peace agreement for Afghanistan, but the current agenda doesn’t extend beyond a timetable for a pullout of international forces. Sophia Jones, Global Editor for The Fuller Project, has been reporting from Afghanistan for years, and says a quick US exit could be a disaster for Afghanistan’s women.  The lives of women in Kabul and other cities freed from Taliban rule in 2001 have improved greatly over 18 years.  But all that, they fear, could be swept away. 

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The health protections children get from vaccinations have been taken for granted.  Or they were, until the worst outbreak of measles in almost 30 years hit the United States this year.  And most of the victims are children whose parents opted them out of vaccination.  John R Roby of the Santa Fe Reporter on how easy it is in NM for more than 4500 school kids to get a vaccination exemption. 

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Tripoli, the capitol city of Libya, was once one of the most modern cities in North Africa.  These days it a ruinous battleground as 2 governments fight for control of the country. The UN backed government runs Tripoli and little else.  The rebels led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar have backers in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.  Adding to the pain and confusion, at one time or another, President Trump has backed both sides.

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 What are called rare earths aren’t rare and they aren’t earths, They are 17 minerals with strange sounding names like gadolinium and promethium.  Why care about ‘m?  Rare earths are essential ingredients in all sorts of civilian products from cell phone and ear buds to electric cars. Keith Johnson of Foreign Policy says rare earths are even more important for military technologies, and 80% of our imported rare earths come from China.  This might make winning the trade war a lot harder. 

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