Saturday, April 23, 2016

News you can share: an OFA announcement, expanding health care, and more

Organizing for Action

Diane, you're one of the best messengers we've got in this movement. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share.

Katie Hogan new chief of Chicago-based Organizing for Action
The Chicago Sun-Times // Lynn Sweet

Katie Hogan, a long serving member of the Obama team, will become the new chief of Organizing for Action, the Chicago-based offshoot of the Obama presidential campaigns which will likely have a role in his post-presidency.

Out Of The Horror In Oklahoma City, Merrick Garland Forged The Way Forward
NPR // Nina Totenberg

"We promised that we would find the perpetrators, that we would bring them to justice, and that we would do it in a way that honored the Constitution," Garland said, his voice cracking. To examine Garland's role, NPR spoke to key players involved in Oklahoma City and got special access to an oral history he made in 2013 for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Democrats are winning the Supreme Court fight over Merrick Garland. Big time.
The Washington Post // Chris Cillizza

Initially, public opinion was deeply divided -- largely along partisan lines, with Democrats on the side of a confirmation vote held before the end of the year and Republicans content with leaving the seat open until a new president took office. In March, opinion was moving toward the "vote this year" option.

Watch a Powerful Short Film That Takes Viewers to Everyday Places Changed Forever By Mass Shootings
The Trace // Olivia Li

"Speaking is Difficult" combines recent footage of 25 mass shooting locations -- a community college in Roseburg, Oregon; a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado; a parking lot in Tucson, Arizona, among others -- with audio of police scanners and 911 calls made during the attacks.

Immigrants, the Poor and Minorities Gain Sharply Under Affordable Care Act
New York Times // Sabrina Tavernise & Robert Gebeloff

The first full year of the Affordable Care Act brought historic increases in coverage for low-wage workers and others who have long been left out of the health care system, a New York Times analysis has found. Immigrants of all backgrounds -- including more than a million legal residents who are not citizens -- had the sharpest rise in coverage rates.

Study: Medicaid Expansion Encourages More Poor Adults To Get Health Care
Kaiser Health News // Phil Galewitz

"The results provide compelling evidence that states that expanded Medicaid did a very, very good thing for their citizens, because those who got coverage are now more likely to get medically necessary care when they need it," said Vernon Smith, a Medicaid expert and principal with consulting firm Health Management Associates.

In March, Earth's temperature deviated more from normal than any previous month
Washington Post // Jason Samenow

The planet had its 11th straight record warm month in March, but this month deviated from normal more than any that came before it, NOAA reported today. March's average global temperature was an unrivaled 2.20 degrees above the 20th-century average and 0.58 degrees warmer than March 2015, the previous warmest March.

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