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Americans are more likely to die before age 65 than residents of similar nations, despite living in a country that spends substantially more per person on health care than its peers. Many of those early deaths can be traced to decisions made years ago by local and state lawmakers over whether to implement cigarette taxes, invest in public health or tighten seat-belt regulations, among other policies ... States' politics - and their resulting policies - are shaving years off American lives.

Ohio sticks out - for all the wrong reasons. Roughly 1 in 5 Ohioans will die before they turn 65, according to Montez's analysis using the state's 2019 death rates. The state, whose legislature has been increasingly dominated by Republicans, has plummeted nationally when it comes to life expectancy rates, moving from middle of the pack to the bottom fifth of states during the last 50 years, The Post found. Ohioans have a similar life expectancy to residents of Slovakia and Ecuador, relatively poor countries.

Documented proof that anti-science conservatism also lowers life expectancy. We egghead liberals have been trying to tell you this for decades and finally someone has actually put pen to paper and proven it analytically.

Just like in nature, protecting living beings from known dangers does make a great deal of sense if one is trying to create a safer and more productive environment for life. Someone somewhere used to call it "being my brother's keeper" ... Wonder what happened to that guy? Shame Republicans fail to heed his benevolent words, isn't it?

Article link didn't work for me but this seems to be the same article on diff site.

Looks to me like the ruling squares with Supreme Court precedent which states some of the conditions where identification can be required.

From www.cnn.com

There are still secrets
Despite promises by multiple presidents and a law passed by Congress in 1992, the CIA, the Defense Department and the Department of State all continue to have documents they refuse to publicly release.

Although that 1992 law was passed in an effort to build up credibility and cut down on secrecy, reading the 1998 report of a special board set up at the National Archives to push the American national security apparatus to comply with the law is a study in bureaucratic infighting.

The vast majority of documents " millions of them " have been released. But the transparency effort continues. Documents were released just last month, although as with many recently released documents they are still redacted, the typeset is extremely difficult or impossible to read, and their connection to the assassination investigation is not clear.

Biden and Trump both allowed these agencies to keep some documents secret
While both the Biden and Trump administrations released tens of thousands of documents, they allowed others to be kept hidden.

President Joe Biden required agencies to write down a justification for why documents should stay hidden.

It mostly boils down to not wanting to out confidential sources who are still alive, or might be alive, and protecting methods. The CIA says it will wait until people either die or can be presumed dead at the age of 100 before releasing that information.

As a result, it continues to hide thousands of documents, inventoried in a 118-page index.

Benign coverup'
The CIA's own historian has described the agency's selective cooperation and outright hiding of information from the Warren Commission and the House committee as a sort of "benign coverup." Read that history at the non-governmental transparency website National Security Archive and get some context around it from Kennedy assassination expert Philip Shenon.

Shenon and the historian Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia have been among those poring over the documents released in recent years, some of which suggested doubt even within the CIA about the official assassination story.

Many of the questions revolve around Oswald's trip to Mexico City weeks before the assassination. Under surveillance by the CIA, he visited the Cuban and Soviet embassies, apparently trying to get a visa to flee the US.

For all of its failings " and there are many " Sabato wrote in 2013 for CNN about how the main points of the Warren Commission report hold.

Most Americans don't believe the official accounts
A majority, 54%, said in a 2018 CBS News poll there was a coverup. In 2013, 61% said in a CBS poll that others, in addition to Oswald were involved. That's actually down from 1998, when 76% said they believed others were involved. When CNN asked in 2013 who people believed were involved, a third of the country, 33%, suspected the CIA had something to do with it. But in that 2013 poll, not insubstantial minorities also suspected the mafia and then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson could have been involved.

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