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Digest for December 17th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for December 17th from 16:02 to 16:13:

  • Opposition to Obamacare Declines – Public opposition to the new health care law has eased in the past month.
  • What Obama Can Learn From Warren – For the first time in his presidency, Obama seems truly committed to tackling inequality. Here’s how he should do it.
  • The Republican War on Women: The Newly Invisible and Undeserving Poor – Republicans are pushing to decimate food-stamp programs. (Illustration by Victor Juhasz/Rolling Ston))While the rest of the world debates America’s role in the Middle East or its use of drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the U.S.
  • Unemployment Benefits Are Ending for 1.3 Million Americans. What’s That All About? – On December 28, 1.3 million people will lose their unemployment insurance. That's because Congress failed to add an extension of those benefits into the budget deal that will likely pass the Senate this week. Here is some background:
  • “A Mistake Has Been Made Here, and No One Wants to Correct It” – In the early afternoon of April 6, 1979, a 78-year-old white man named Jack Sasson was robbed and shot five times at close range as he sat behind the wheel of his blue Chevrolet in the carport outside his home in West Los Angeles. His wife, Renee, testified that when she found him, he was “all blood.” Three weeks later, Sasson died of his injuries.
  • Twenty-three states aren’t expanding Medicaid. Here’s who they leave behind. – Twenty-three states are currently not planning to move forward with the Medicaid expansion, which was meant to cover millions of low-income Americans. The population they leave behind is mostly young, minority, single adults, according to two new data briefs from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  • Corporate Education Reform Won’t Solve the Problems Caused by Poverty – Common Core is just one of several examples of corporate influence in education. The foundations and consortiums behind these policies, like the Gates Foundation, Pearson, and others, all stand to profit from adoption of their methods, resources, and technology. But that’s neoliberalism in a nutshell. What is truly surprising has been the full-fledged support of high-stakes testing by the US Department of Education (DoE) under a Democratic president, continuing the infamous legacy of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
  • Year of the Whopper: Top Ten Lies, Hoaxes, and Pranks of 2013 – If North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un had whispered to his uncle, "Looking forward to seeing you over the holidays" it would have taken the cake on this year's Top Ten List… but this year there were even stronger real contenders:
  • A New Deal for Christmas – It was a hard knock life at Christmas in 1933, and it’s a hard knock holiday 80 years later.
  • A bridge over troubled political waters – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) still hasn’t offered an alternate – read: more believable – explanation for his administration’s controversial lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. The most plausible explanation – that the governor’s administration was punishing a major who refused to endorse Christie – is the most politically damaging one, but also the most credible pending further revelations.

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