Saturday, February 6, 2016

Truth Team Digest: The unemployment rate, Obamacare numbers, and more

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Facebook Announces Ban On Private Gun Sales
NPR // Camila Domonoske and Laura Wagner

The new rules, first reported Friday, are stricter than Facebook's previous stance on gun sales, which allowed users to arrange such sales under some restrictions as long as they did not use Facebook ads.

Wages Rise as U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%
The New York Times // Nelson D. Schwartz

For all the concerns about growth in 2016, the Main Street economy appears to be on a fairly solid footing.

Editorial: The Pentagon's New Parental Leave
The New York Times // The Editorial Board

The family policy changes are probably going to be a big help for new parents -- but new fathers still get seriously shortchanged on paid leave compared with new mothers.

Obama's economic numbers better than at any point since 2009
The Washington Post // Scott Clement

The poll suggests Americans may be crediting Obama for a steadily improving economy. Fully 50 percent approve of his handling of the economy, while 46 percent disapprove, the best margin in Post-ABC polls since 2009.

12.7 million signed up for Obama health care law, beating expectations
Associated Press // Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

More than 14 percent of Americans were uninsured in 2013 before the health care law's big coverage expansion. That share dropped to 9 percent last year, according to the government. More than 16 million people gained coverage from the end of 2013 to the middle of last year.

Here's What Happened When Texas Cut Off Funding For Planned Parenthood
NBC News // Maggie Fox

Women stopped using the most effective types of contraception and more babies were born on the government's tab after Texas cut off funding from Planned Parenthood clinics, a team of Texas researchers said Wednesday.

A Renewables Revolution Is Toppling the Dominance of Fossil Fuels in U.S. Power
Bloomberg Business // Joe Ryan

Renewable energy was the biggest source of new power added to U.S. electricity grids last year as falling prices and government incentives made wind and solar increasingly viable alternatives to fossil fuels.

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