Sunday, November 27, 2016

Digest: News you can share

Overtime rules, clemency, sea ice, and more.
Stay informed. Get the facts. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share.

Economic Opportunity

Dropping overtime rule betrays middle class

Government must ensure employers treat workers fairly. The Obama administration had passed a rule aimed at making sure those workers make at least $47,892 a year, or get overtime. But a federal judge in Sherman blocked the rule yesterday, about a week before it was set to go into effect. Read full article...

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Criminal Justice Reform

After Obama Push for Clemency, Hints of Reversal Likely to Come

President Obama is on pace to be the first president in a half-century to leave office with a federal prison population that is smaller than when he was sworn in, a reflection of eight years of liberal criminal justice policies, historically low crime rates and an aggressive use of presidential commutations. Read full article...

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Climate Change

This chart captures the alarming drop in sea ice

Sometimes a single image captures a moment -- in a picture, or a snippet of video. Or, more rarely, a scientific chart. Here's one that sent corners of the Internet into a mild tizzy over the last few days. Read full article...

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Health Care

Improve the Affordable Care Act, Don't Repeal It

Republicans are poised to use their control of the presidency and both houses of Congress to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act. But a careful review reveals that significant parts of the ACA are actually working. Read full article...

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Health Care

Reports of Obamacare's demise are greatly exaggerated

The popular narrative that health-care prices and spending are growing at ludicrous speed is completely, utterly false. On nearly every metric, health care today is actually much cheaper than anyone predicted when Obamacare was signed into law. Read full article...

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In Other News

CDC: Abortion rate falls to lowest level in decades

The CDC report suggests there are several factors behind the abortion decline, including a sharp drop in adolescent pregnancies, expanded coverage of contraception costs by health care plans, and increased use of effective, long-lasting contraceptive methods such as intrauterine devices and hormonal implants. Read full article...

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