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Tuesday Toon Roundup 1- The Stupid Party






















Jason Carter Secures Democratic Nomination for Governor in Georgia

ATLANTA – Jason Carter, a grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, secured the Democratic nomination for governor in Georgia Friday when no other candidate qualified in the Democratic primary.

Mr. Carter, a 38-year-old state senator from the Atlanta area, announced his candidacy last fall.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, 71 years old, is expected to win a May 20 primary. He has two challengers, John Barge, the state’s school superintendent, and David Pennington III, the mayor of Dalton, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

Mr. Carter faces a difficult road in Georgia, where all statewide offices are held by Republicans and the GOP dominates the legislature. Democrats controlled politics here for generations. But beginning in the 1990s, the GOP won race after race in the state. Many Democratic politicians, including Mr. Deal, then a congressman, switched their affiliation.

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/03/07/jason-carter-secures-democratic-nomination-in-georgia/

GOP's New Kamikaze Plan: Punish Doctors If Obamacare Isn't Chopped

SAHIL KAPUR – MARCH 10, 2014



House Republicans have a bold new strategy to attack Obamacare, which involves huge pay cuts for physicians unless Democrats agree to delay the law's individual mandate to buy insurance.

GOP leaders intend to vote on legislation this week, aides say, to delay the individual mandate in order to fund a "doc fix" that avoids a 24 percent pay cut to physicians under Medicare -- which will automatically take effect on April 1 unless Congress acts. Inaction would disrupt the health care system, in part by causing many doctors to stop accepting Medicare patients.

The strategy is unlikely to succeed and could backfire on Republicans. Delaying the individual mandate is a nonstarter for the Democratic-led Senate and White House. By demanding a largely partisan unraveling of Obamacare in exchange for must-pass bipartisan legislation, they risk being blamed by seniors and the health care industry if the doctor pay cuts go into effect. When Republicans insisted on such an approach for federal funding last fall, the government shut down and they took most of the blame.

"This bill represents a new low, even for House Republicans," fumed Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who decried the plan as "irresponsible and dangerous" and promised it'd be a "legislative dead-end."

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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gop-bill-doc-fix-obamacare-mandate-delay

The Red Faces of the Solar Skeptics

By NANCY FOLBRE

If the faces of renewable energy critics are not red yet, they soon will be. For years, these critics — of solar photovoltaics in particular — have called renewable energy a boutique fantasy. A recent Wall Street Journal blog post continues the trend, asserting that solar subsidies take money from the poor to benefit the rich.

But solar-generated electricity is turning into a powerful environmental and economic success story. It’s also threatening the balance sheets of electric utility companies that continue to rely heavily on fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

As their costs per kilowatt hour have fallen through the floor, solar arrays have hit the rooftops.

The average price of a solar panel has declined an estimated 60 percent since the beginning of 2011, and this year the total photovoltaic capacity in the United States is projected to reach 10 gigawatts, the energy equivalent of several nuclear power plants. (By one estimate, photovoltaic costs crossed over to become cheaper than electricity generated by new nuclear plants about four years ago.)

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http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/economix/2014/03/10/the-red-faces-of-the-solar-skeptics/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Colleges Are Quietly Shifting The Burden Of Tuition Increases To Poor Families

by Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker

America’s colleges and universities are quietly shifting the burden of their big tuition increases onto low-income students, while many higher-income families are seeing their college costs rise more slowly, or even fall, an analysis of federal data shows.

It’s a trend financial-aid experts and some university administrators worry will further widen the gap between the nation’s rich and poor as college degrees—especially four-year ones—drift beyond the economic reach of growing numbers of students.

“We’re just exacerbating the income inequalities and educational achievement gaps,” said Deborah Santiago, co-founder and vice president of Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit group that advocates for Latino and other students.

The shift also runs contrary to an Obama administration push to make a college degree more affordable for low-income students. At a White House summit in January, college leaders and others promised to find ways to make degrees more affordable for the less affluent.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/09/tuition-poor-families_n_4932128.html

Monday Toon Roundup 2-The Rest

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Toon: Quiz- Which one did the Senate Reject?

How HCA turned trauma into a money-maker

By Alexandra Zayas and Letitia Stein, Times Staff Writers

Last year in western Pasco County, 16-year-old Mason Jwanouskos was in the backseat of a convertible when his friend lost control and crashed into a stone pillar.

He couldn't have picked a more expensive place to get hurt.

If he had crashed 30 miles to the south, he would have gone to one of three trauma centers in Tampa or St. Petersburg. They likely would have charged him about $30,000, their typical charge for patients with a concussion.

But Mason was closer to the trauma center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

His bill: $99,000.

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http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/how-hca-turned-trauma-into-a-money-maker/2169280

A Day of Speaking Truth to Power

by Quinn Norton

“It’s called ‘the crackpot realism of the present’” someone said to me, and handed me a note. I folded up the note, and stuffed it in my purse. This was a phrase used to explain, much more clearly than I was doing at the time, the bias of thinking that now is right, forgetting that the future will look back on our ideas with the same curious and horrified amusement we watch the human past with. It’s believing, without any good reason, that right now makes sense.

The present I was in right then didn’t make a lot of sense.
I was sitting in a cleared facility near Tyson’s Corner in Virginia, the beating heart of the industrial-military-intelligence-policing complex, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. I was there to help the government. Of the places I did not expect to ever go, at least not of my free will, the ODNI would be up there.

A few weeks ago, a friend from the Institute for the Future asked me if I would fly to DC for a one day workshop on the future of identity with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "What?" I sputtered, "Did they google me?" and then, mentally: Duh. The ODNI can do a lot more than google me.

I knew IFTF had intel clients, with whom I have occasionally chatted at events in the past. My policy when confronted with spooks asking questions about how the world works is to give them as much information as I can -- one of my biggest problems with how security services work is their lack of wisdom. If I can reach people in positions of power and persuade them to critically examine that power, I consider that a win. I also consider it a long shot.

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https://medium.com/editors-picks/dbc0669aa9ca
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