Happy Tuesday, folks. Bring an umbrella for your commute home: it looks like rain this afternoon and tonight. Then prepare for it to get chillier as the week goes on. Winter is coming.
— Aubrey Nagle
It isn't a final ruling, but yesterday the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce its latest version of a travel ban into the United States. Residents from six mostly Muslim countries — Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen— will be barred from the country while challenges to the travel ban are tied up in lower courts.
Appellate courts based in California and Virginia are hearing arguments on the ban this week. The Supreme Court justices themselves are expected to eventually rule on the ban's legality, and yesterday's order suggests they might approve it.
When their adult children with intellectual and developmental disabilities "fall off the cliff" of educational options at age 21, parents often seek Medicaid waivers to pay for daily care. But getting one is like winning the lottery.
And when a waiver does help pay for direct-support professionals, there's still the matter of finding competent workers and agencies to oversee them. Home health care is expected to be one of the country's fastest-growing occupations in the next few years, but pay growth is slow.
The second part of columnist Ronnie Polaneczky's series on children with disabilities aging into adulthood explores the difficulties families face in finding good help.
Yesterday, President Trump formally announced his endorsement of Republican Roy Moore for Alabama Senate and the Republican National Committee followed suit. Moore has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman when she was a teenager and of pursuing relationships with other teenage girls.
Due to the sexual assault and harassment allegations, Moore has kept relatively quiet on the campaign trail, though this weekend his campaign got in an online spat with TV host Jimmy Kimmel. Moore's Democratic rival, Doug Jones, is touting his record of prosecuting one-time Klu Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry, convicted of murder for the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls. The election is next Tuesday, Dec. 12.
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