Coal no longer fuels America. But the legacy — and the myth — remain. : Decades past its heyday, and despite the availability of cleaner and more widely used energy resources, coal is enjoying its moment in politics, culture and the environmental debate. It has assumed a prominence in our national conversation far greater than its current consumption: 15 percent of America’s energy resources, producing about a third of all electricity. It’s as though we had revived a discussion about locomotives. Fracking, recently a constant in the news, has been relegated to the back burner. Oil, too. Coal dominated the energy debate during the presidential campaign, embraced by Donald Trump and dismissed as obsolete by Hillary Clinton.

What’s Next for Progressives? : A commitment to universal health coverage — bringing in the people currently falling through Obamacare’s cracks — should definitely be a litmus test. But single-payer, while it has many virtues, isn’t the only way to get there; it would be much harder politically than its advocates acknowledge; and there are more important priorities. The key point to understand about universal coverage is that we know a lot about what it takes, because every other wealthy country has it. How do they do it? Actually, lots of different ways.

Wisconsin A Key State for Russian Hacking : The vote by a Republican-led Congress to impose sanctions on Russia for interfering with the American election — even at the cost of embarrassing their own president who continues to deny any problem — shows how great the concern has become. There is increasing proof of widespread Russian cyber hacking. And yet there’s also evidence that certain states for targeted for more interference, and one of them was Wisconsin, a fact that surprisingly has gotten little coverage from the state’s largest newspaper. Ultimately, key members of the state’s congressional delegation — Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson and Sean Duffy — may be facing a raft of embarrassing questions over the situation. As Bloomberg.com has reported, Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system “was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported… Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states,” including Illinois, where “investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data” and as many as 90,000 records were ultimately compromised… “According to the leaked NSA document, hackers working for Russian military intelligence were trying to take over the computers of 122 local election officials just days before the Nov. 8 election.”

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