Best Of 2016

Best political hot potato: ZIKA

Best political hot potato

Florida women of child-bearing age are a little terrified that efforts to develop a vaccine for Zika are few. The answer, per usual: a bunch of powerful old white dudes hundreds of miles from here in Washington DC. Dudes would rather score points with their peers by attaching wholly unnecessary riders to a bill that would fund the fight against the mosquito-born. One of the riders U.S. House Republicans tacked onto the bill was aimed (of course) at sticking it to Planned Parenthood. Senate Democrats blocked it and asked the House to send over a clean bill. At this point, if Congress actually gets something done to tackle the virus, there would probably be fucking parades across the state. But until then, pregnant women will just have to be terrified that theirs might be the next microcephaly baby. —KB