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Digest for November 19th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 19th from 12:06 to 16:45:

  • In States Where the Website Works, Obamacare Works Too – It really is all about the website. In places where it's working, people are signing up and are pretty happy with what they're getting. Rate shock is an issue for a few of them, but not for a lot. The bottom line is the Republican Party's worst nightmare: Once Obamacare has been up and running for a while, it's going to be pretty popular.
  • I don’t want anyone else to be a victim of revenge porn – My ex tried to sell nude photos of me on eBay and put them on a porn site. But I fought back and am pushing to make this illegal
  • U.S. Counties Killing The Most People Are Good At Getting Death Penalty, Not So Good At Justice – Just 2 percent of counties in America are responsible for more than half the nation's executions, and those same counties have been responsible for a disproportionate share of high-profile prosecutorial misconduct and exonerations following wrongful convictions.
  • Poor, with Savings – Being poor is expensive. A winter heating bill that comes due before the paycheck arrives can compel a trip to a payday lender who charges 350 percent interest. It takes the entire paycheck to pay off that loan in a week—emptying out the bank account and requiring yet another visit to the lender. A child who is too sick to go to school for a week may need her single father to stay home with her, costing him a quarter of his monthly income. He’s overdue on the rent and the bills, so he’s responsible for late fees as well.
  • Sorry, Republicans: No big drop in Obamacare support – Despite the bad website roll-out, despite the controversy over the small percentage of the population getting a huge proportion of media attention for losing their current policies, despite the hyperactive media equating all this to Katrina, the American people are not abandoning support for Obamacare in any significant numbers.
  • Regulations Are Killed, and Kids Die – Michael Steele, a gregarious kid whose friends sometimes called him Bubba, had recently shot up from chubby middle-schooler to a teen with a six-foot-three, 185-pound frame. Michael, who shared a home in the tiny town of Frankford, Missouri, with his mother and sister, had his eyes on a single goal. “He saved up all his money for a truck,” his mother, Dena Steele, told me. By last summer, Michael had saved up $7,000 from his modest farm wages, but he didn’t live to get his Dodge Ram.
  • Here’s Where Obama Went Wrong on Healthcare, and Why – The Affordable Care Act, as a government mandate for people to purchase private insurance with an array of possible subsidies, had too many moving parts. It was an accident waiting to happen.
  • This Is What A Walmart Worker’s Budget Looks Like – What is it like to live at the income threshold Walmart workers are asking for? After 11 years at Walmart, Patricia Locke of Seattle earns $13.10 per hour. She usually works 34 hours per week, but since her schedule can vary from week to week her checks are not predictable and she struggles to cover bills for herself and her 14-year-old daughter.

    Still, Patricia cannot get another job to supplement her income because she must always be available for scheduling at Walmart or risk losing her full-time status.

  • GOP Food Stamp Cuts Help the Rich, Hurt the Poor and Starve the Economy – If House Republicans succeed in their quest to slash the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program—food stamps—while preserving farm subsidies, they would both exacerbate economic inequality in the country and add yet another drag on the economy, a Nobel Prize-winning economist says.
  • Why Black Folks Tend To Shout – Very few black people were shocked by the return of George Zimmerman to the headlines.

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