Saturday, October 24, 2015

Truth Team Digest: New polls, a stronger economy, and the hottest year ever

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Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share. No fluff, just facts -- that's the Truth Team way.

Stronger Economy Cited as U.S. Reports Lowest Budget Deficit of Obama's Tenure
The New York Times // Julie Hirschfeld Davis

"Under the president's leadership, the deficit has been cut by roughly three-quarters as a share of the economy since 2009 -- the fastest sustained deficit reduction since just after World War II," Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said in a statement released with the figures.

Climate Change Is Going to Be Expensive -- For Everybody
WIRED // Nick Stockton

Climate change will hit every level of an economy. Mentally and physically people work worse when they are hot. Rising seas and fiercer storms chew up infrastructure. And agricultural effects like crop failures reach far beyond borders. But all that stuff is years away, right? Wrong.

2015 Likely to Be Hottest Year Ever Recorded
New York Times // Justin Gillis

Just one year after 2014 set a record as the hottest year in the historical record, 2015 is on track to beat it by a substantial margin, possibly signaling a return to a sustained period of rapid global warming.

September Was the Most Extreme Month in 136 Years of Heat Records
Bloomberg // Tom Randall

We did it again. Last month was the hottest September on record for planet Earth, according to data released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Not only was it a record-breaking September, but it was the largest jump from what's considered normal for any month ever measured.

Kentucky Children Benefiting Under Affordable Care Act, Report Says
WFPL Louisville // Ja'nel Johnson

More than 16,000 Kentucky children gained health care coverage in the first year of the federal Affordable Care Act, according to a report released Monday. The analysis shows that the uninsured rate for Kentucky children dropped to 4.3 percent in 2014. In 2013, the uninsured rate for children in Kentucky was 5.9 percent.

More than half of Americans polled want stricter gun sale laws
Politico // Nick Gass

More than half of Americans want stricter laws when it comes to the sale of guns, according to the results of a Gallup crime survey released Monday. Among adults nationwide, 55 percent want regulations to be more strict, up 8 percentage points from 2014.

BLOG: Representatives committing to #DoSomething about gun violence
OFA News // Caleb Gardner

Congress can take concrete, common-sense steps to help prevent gun violence, but so far they haven't acted. So OFA organizers are stepping up to demand action.

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