FPL Daily News Reel: July 16, 2012
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A challenge to conservatives
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
It’s good that conservatives are finally taking seriously the problems of inequality and declining upward mobility. It’s unfortunate that they often evade the ways in which structural changes in the economy, combined with conservative policies, have made matters worse.
Five Obamacare Myths
By Bill Keller — New York Times, Opinion
On the subject of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, to reclaim the name critics have made into a slur — a number of fallacies seem to be congealing into accepted wisdom.
Individuals have a moral duty to buy health insurance, three bioethicists say
By Susan Perry — MinnPost
In a provocative commentary published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), three bioethicists argue that…the requirement that everybody who can afford it must purchase health insurance…is morally appropriate.
Will governor see human face of health care?
By E. J. Montini — Arizona Republic, Opinion
Politicians in a heated debate don’t always see sick people as living, breathing human beings, but as statistics. Dots on a page. Dots they fail to connect.
Sheriff Joe on Trial
By New York Times, Editorial
Five years after he started “crime suppression” sweeps that terrorized Latino neighborhoods across Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is finally having to explain himself. Not to TV crews in Phoenix or to fawning hosts on Fox News, but before a federal judge.
This Week in Poverty: Houston Janitors’ Strike Goes Citywide
By Greg Kaufmann — The Nation
The Houston janitors are currently paid an hourly wage of $8.35 and earn an average of $8,684 annually, despite cleaning the offices of some of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world—Chevron, ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo, Shell Oil, JPMorgan Chase and others…
What DC Could Teach Capitol Hill
By Katrina vanden Heuvel — The Nation
…the sanity has spread to our nation’s capital (though not to Capitol Hill): on July 9, activists submitted over 30,000 signatures to put a much-needed campaign finance reform on the local ballot. The measure would ban any direct contributions from corporations to DC candidates.
Mormon church lashes back at magazine over portrayal of prophet and profits
By Daniel Burke — Religion News Service
The Mormon church is lashing back at a business magazine that parodied their prophet’s mission and portrayed the church as lucratively rich but miserly with charitable donations.