Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 5th through November 10th:
- Study: Some aren’t signing up for health insurance because their politics get in the way – With the next Obamacare enrollment period set to open on Saturday, the Obama administration is hoping to get millions of people who sat on the sidelines last time to sign up for coverage through the law's health insurance marketplaces. But, the strong partisan politics surrounding the health-care law will keep some people from joining the markeplaces, new research suggests.
- How The Murder Of My Brother Forced Me To Finally Stand My Ground Against Gun Violence in America – Why does avarice trump the will of the people? Why are dead children not enough to spur action? Why are democrats and republicans unwilling to do the right thing, even as our kids run scared across bloodstained school playgrounds?
- The FBI Finally Ditches Its 80-Year-Old Definition of Rape – For nearly 80 years, U.S. officials have collected crime data from local, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies in order to paint a statistical portrait of violent and property crimes reported across America. And for nearly 80 years, this Uniform Crime Reporting program has relied on the same old definition of rape: the “carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.”
- Kellogg’s Tony The Tiger Ad Touting Company’s Pro-Gay Achievements Angers Right Wing Group – Kellogg's sponsorship of Atlanta's Gay Pride March and outspoken support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has incensed a national right-wing organization.
- Congrats, GOP: You just won control of Congress with a Democratic president – An open letter to Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and their crew, from yours truly.
- You Broke It, You Won It – "To prevent Obama from becoming the hero who fixed Washington, McConnell decided to break it. And it worked." That's from Matt Yglesias in a post he published yesterday evening before the scope of the GOP victory became fully clear. This is succinct and it is correct.
- There is no GOP “mandate”: Not even Republicans know what their governing agenda is – Salon.com – So what’s the GOP’s big issue as they head into legislative supremacy? They don’t actually know.