Saturday, June 25, 2016

News you can share: gun violence as a public health crisis, honoring Stonewall, and more

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

More Than 500 People Were Shot In America During the Week After Orlando
The Trace // Jennifer Mascia

During the seven days between the end of the siege at Pulse and the following Sunday at the same time, at least 228 people were fatally shot across the country, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research collective which tallies gun deaths and injuries. As weekend reports trickle in, that tally will likely rise.

American Medical Association says gun violence is a public health crisis
CNBC // Dan Mangan

A congressional ban on CDC research of gun violence actually was lifted by an executive order from President Barack Obama in early 2013, after the massacre of 20 children and six adults in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. But Congress has since blocked funding for such research.

U.S. will spend $2.6 trillion less on health care than expected before Obamacare, study projects
The Washington Post // Carolyn Johnson

A new study predicts that the federal forecast of national health care spending under President Obama's signature health law was a big overestimate -- by $2.6 trillion over a five-year period.

Still no Obamacare alternative from House Republicans, five years on
Los Angeles Times // Noam N. Levey

Rather than showcasing the party's seriousness about policy, Ryan's plan may reinforce widespread skepticism about the GOP's interest in tackling complex healthcare policy.

The interesting thing that happened when Kansas cut taxes and California hiked them
The Washington Post // Jim Tankersley and Max Ehrenfreund

In 2012, voters in California approved a measure to raise taxes on millionaires, bringing their top state income tax rate to 13.3 percent, the highest in the nation. Conservative economists predicted calamity, or at least a big slowdown in growth. Also that year, the governor of Kansas signed a series of changes to the state's tax code, including reducing income and sales tax rates. Conservative economists predicted a boom. Neither of those predictions came true.

With Stonewall, Obama designates first national monument to gay rights movement
The Washington Post // David Nakamura and Juliet Eilperin

The designation of Stonewall reflects the ongoing cultural shift the national park system has experienced during Obama's presidency, as the president has used his executive authority to recognize sites that resonate with the country's diverse makeup. Some of his previous designations have singled out places that correspond to seminal moments for African Americans, women, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans, or are located near communities of color.

Boost Minimum Wage and Babies Benefit: Study
U.S. News & World Report // Amy Norton

The researchers, who looked at three decades of data, found a pattern: states that had a minimum wage that was $1 above the federal level had a 4 percent decrease in infant deaths. At the same time, the number of newborns with a low birth weight dipped by 1 percent to 2 percent.

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