FPL Daily News Reel: July 10, 2012
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Poll: Americans Prefer Obama’s Tax Cut Plan
By Steven Shepard — National Journal
With the Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, 60 percent think it is “very important” to extend the cuts for families making less than $250,000, while just 40 percent think it is “very important” to extend those rates for all taxpayers.
One Chart That Shows What The Bush Tax Cut Battle Is All About
By Brian Beutler — Talking Points Memo
…in reality the fight is entirely over how much wealthy Americans should pay in taxes going forward.
Green light for health care
By Christian Century, Editorial
…none of the critics have been able to explain why we should retain a system in which access to health care depends on level of income.
A good deed for health care in a weary world
By Alan van Capelle — Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Opinion
We believe that moving forward, the law’s affirmation in the Supreme Court should herald a renewed American Jewish commitment to the basic right of health care for all.
What is Rick Perry Thinking?
By Matthew DeLuca — Daily Beast
Uninsured Texans and the state’s health-care industry stand to lose as Rick Perry joins other Republican governors in opposing the Affordable Care Act and refusing to implement it in their states…
The GOP’s crime against voters
By Eugene Robinson — Washington Post, Opinion
Spare us any more hooey about “preventing fraud” and “protecting the integrity of the ballot box.” The Republican-led crusade for voter ID laws has been revealed as a cynical ploy to disenfranchise as many likely Democratic voters as possible, with poor people and minorities the main targets.
How to Disenfranchise 18 Percent of Philadelphia’s Electorate
By The Nation, Voting Rights Watch
Although Secretary of Commonwealth Carol Aichele has repeatedly stated that 99 percent of Pennsylvania voters were already in possession of the identification needed to comply with the new law, her numbers were way off. The deliberate or accidental overestimate means that the state is stuck with a law that will potentially disenfranchise 758,939 voters.
Religious group praises action to stop student loan interest rate hike
By Catholic News Service
“We are grateful to President Obama’s leadership and to all of the Republicans and Democrats who reached across the aisle and got this done,” said Eric LeCompte, executive director of Jubilee USA Network.
Faith and Grace for the Gulf
By Aaron Viles — Sojourners, God’s Politics
In huge news last week that was largely overwhelmed by the Supreme Court ruling on health care, Washington came together to direct the Clean Water Act fines from BP’s oil drilling disaster of 2010 to fund Gulf coast restoration and recovery.
Muslim Heroes Highlights Leaders In The Muslim Community
By Jahnabi Barooah — Huffington Post, Religion
Muslim Heroes has grown tremendously in the last two years. What started as a blog is now well on its way to becoming an organization.