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Under Pressure, California Lawmakers Ban Soda Taxes For 12 Years

In a major coup for the beverage industry, California lawmakers agreed to ban cities and counties from adopting soda taxes for the next 12 years. In exchange, the beverage industry agreed to pull an initiative off the November ballot that, if passed, would have made it much harder for local governments to raise taxes.

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Justice Kennedy Retires. Now What?

In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss the possible impact of the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy on health issues. Also, in honor of our first anniversary, the panelists offer up their thoughts on the biggest health policy stories of the past year.

Defendants In Diapers? Immigrant Toddlers Ordered To Appear In Court Alone

Children who have been separated from their parents at the border, some as young as 3, are being ordered to appear for their own deportation proceedings, attorneys say. One legal advocate in Los Angeles described a scene in which a 3-year-old who’d received an order to appear started climbing up on the table during the proceeding, highlighting “the absurdity of what we’re doing with these kids.”