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Sophie Novack
Covering public health . Writing , , etc. Say hi/send tips: novack@texasobserver.org
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Pamela Colloff Sep 19
I’m late to this, but: I’m going to reread this before tough interviews, for inspiration. A master class in how to extract the truth from someone by asking just the right questions, pushing back on bullshit answers, and then giving the person the space to reveal him/herself. 🏆🥊
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Sophie Novack Sep 19
Replying to @OliviaMesser
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg Sep 18
NEW: Christine Blasey Ford is getting death threats. “From what I’ve heard, you have 6 months to live, you disgusting slime,” one message said. But supportive messages also coming in. W/⁦
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Aman Batheja Sep 19
How bad is voter turnout in Texas? This f***ing bad
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Emma Roller Sep 19
Two female mental health patients in South Carolina were chained in a back of a van that was overcome by flood waters. The women drowned. The deputies in the van were rescued.
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Sophie Novack Sep 19
“I don’t think there is a safe route for women.”
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Vera Bergengruen Sep 17
These storms' aftermath drags on long, long after the TV cameras leave town. A year after Hurricane Harvey, people are still displaced, living in FEMA trailers, public buildings are still closed. Must read by &
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Pamela Colloff Sep 17
Today, in a courtroom in Comanche, TX, I watched the state's 33-year-long case against Joe Bryan--which I chronicled for + --fall apart. A key witness admitted he was wrong. Damning forensic evidence turned out to not exist. My latest:
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Adrienne LaFrance Sep 18
Every member of the U.S. Senate should read this. (Everyone else should, too.)
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Lauren McGaughy Sep 14
Ken Paxton wants to eliminate the ACA’s pre-existing condition protections. asks, How would that affect Texans? Spoiler alert: 1/4 of Texans have pre-existing conditions.
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Yashar Ali 🐘 Sep 16
About a year ago a woman came to me with a highly credible and deeply disturbing sexual assault accusation against a current senior government official. Over the past year, I have stayed in touch with her. She has been reluctant to come forward. Moments ago she sent me this text.
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Michael Barajas Sep 14
Must-read from on Ken Paxton's fight for a pre-Affordable Care Act insurance market
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Jane Mayer Sep 14
Far from the "hail Mary pass" conservatives are claiming, Democrats were reluctant to air the woman's complaint against Kavanaugh, that he'd forced himself on her sexually, and covered her mouth to stop her screaming in high school.
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Sophie Novack Sep 14
Before the ACA, insurers regularly: -Declined to cover people who were sick or pregnant -Charged women more than men -Tried to rescind coverage if a client fell ill This is the insurance market Texas AG Ken Paxton is fighting in court to return to.
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Sophie Novack Sep 13
Replying to @sgdegrave
Stay safe, Sam!
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Sophie Novack Sep 13
Replying to @SophieNovack
New Census data: 4.8 million Texans uninsured in 2017 (most in any state & increase from year before) New grant from Trump admin to help Texans enroll in coverage: $1.35 M (down from $9.2 M in 2016) That is...(checks math)...28 cents per uninsured person in Texas.
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Ashley Lopez Sep 12
Turns out, there was this tiny little-known Texas agency fighting institutional racism in health services, and other government services, for the past several years. About two weeks ago, though, that agency was quietly shut down. Here's my latest for :
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Sophie Novack Sep 13
Trump is slashing $ to help people sign up for health insurance, as new data shows TX uninsured rate *increased* in 2017. Major $ cuts last year too. I wrote about volunteers in Bastrop County who raised ~$100 for outreach to tens of thousands of Texans:
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CPPP Sep 12
Huge Navigator cuts were announced today. Here are some of the Texas cities that will no longer have a funded Navigator program to get people enrolled in the Marketplace, Medicaid and CHIP: San Antonio Dallas Ft Worth Austin Lubbock Amarillo Corpus Christi Waco San Angelo Abilene
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