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In a County With More Babies Than Any Other, Childcare Comes at a Cost -- and Not Just for Parents 19.1.2017 Truthout.com
In California, childcare for infants costs as much as tuition in the University of California (UC) system, according to  new data  from the Lucile Packard Foundation of Children's Health. In 2014, parents of infants in California spent an average of more than $13,300 on childcare. That year, UC tuition and fees were just over $13,200.  At the national level, all eyes are on college affordability. But the lack of affordable early childhood options has even more dire long-term consequences.  Achievement gaps start early. According to a report this year from the  Economic Policy Institute , children from more affluent backgrounds tend to perform better than lower-income children in reading and math as early as kindergarten. And that gap then continues throughout the rest of the kids' schooling.  "For most families, if you're talking about full-time care for an infant or toddler, those costs certainly rival, if not exceed in many cases, higher education costs," says Ted Lempert, the president of Children Now ...
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Why Republicans Can’t Come Up with an Obamacare Replacement 19.1.2017 American Prospect
(Photo: AP/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise speak during a news conference after a meeting of the House Republican Conference on January 4, 2017, to discuss a strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It took the United States three and two-thirds years to move from the standing start (to put it mildly) of Pearl Harbor to victory in World War II. Perhaps more germane, it took Franklin Roosevelt’s administration two years and three months from FDR’s first inauguration to conceive, refine, and enact its defining pieces of legislation, Social Security and the National Labor Relations Act—and just a few short weeks to enact federal insurance for depositors’ bank accounts. Now, compare these endeavors—some arduous, some intellectually challenging—with the Republicans’ efforts to come up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (or, if you prefer, ...
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GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out 19.1.2017 AP Politics
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans....
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Builders worry affordable housing support will shrink under Trump 19.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
Minnesota low-income housing builders say they're already feeling the impact of Donald Trump's presidential victory. Uncertainty about his corporate tax policies has nearly scuttled a key financing mechanism for new developments.
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FactCheck: Obama's whoppers over the years 18.1.2017 Philly.com News
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N.J. Supreme Court rules towns must fill affordable housing deficit 18.1.2017 Philly.com News
Heated health-care debate expected during HHS nominee's courtesy hearing 18.1.2017 Washington Post
Heated health-care debate expected during HHS nominee's courtesy hearing
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Obamacare Repealers: Trickle Downer of the Week 18.1.2017 American Prospect
  (Photo: AP/Tom Williams) Vice President-elect Mike Pence, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Speaker Paul Ryan, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise laughing after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in September.    Last week, the Republican-controlled Senate and House began the first steps in repealing President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act, with no semblance of a real replacement plan in sight. Health-care coverage for the roughly 20 million Americans who gained access under Obamacare is now in serious jeopardy—a life-threatening prospect for many. Beyond that, the cost of repeal (without a replacement) is astronomical. A new report from the Congressional Budget Office, which scored the costs of the Republicans’ 2015 repeal, found that 18 million people would lose their insurance within the first year, and premiums for all would climb by as much 25 percent. After the elimination of Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies, the number of uninsured would increase to 32 million ...
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Trump education pick pushes vouchers 18.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Education Department, stood firm about her long held beliefs that parents -- not the government -- should be able to choose where to send children to school, pledging Tuesday to push voucher programs should she be confirmed to lead the nation's education system.
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Pressure mounts on GOP for post-Obamacare plan following CBO report 18.1.2017 Washington Post
The Congressional Budget Office’s analysis that estimated 18 million Americans could lose their health insurance coverage if Obamacare is repealed underscored the political peril that Donald Trump faces in trying to meet one of his top campaign promises — and also the discord among Republicans about how to do it.
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18 Million People Could Lose Insurance In First Year After Partial Obamacare Repeal 18.1.2017 NPR: Healthcare
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that, without the federal mandate and subsidies, the number of people who will lose their health insurance could grow to 32 million over 10 years.
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The magnitude of the health-care calamity Republicans are about to cause is becoming clear 18.1.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The magnitude of the health-care calamity Republicans are about to cause is becoming clear
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Why the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare is so extraordinary 17.1.2017 Washington Post
There have been only a few other occasions in the history of modern countries when something like this has happened.
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Marsha Blackburn, a Diehard Net Neutrality Foe, Is Now in Charge of a Powerful House Subcommittee 17.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Bad news: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R–Tennessee) is the new chair of the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. That's the body charged with overseeing the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, and it's supposed to ensure that everyone has access to open and affordable communications tools -- no matter who they are or where they live. Granted, none of the candidates for chair of this subcommittee have consistently spoken out for communications rights, but Blackburn stands out from the crowd -- and not in a good way. Over the years her utterly indefensible and uninformed opinions about everything from Net Neutrality to SOPA have made it clear that she's far more concerned about protecting the profit margins of cable companies and Hollywood studios than she is about protecting you. Here are a few of Rep. Blackburn's greatest hits: 1. She's leading the fight to kill Net Neutrality. Blackburn has proposed legislation (the misleadingly titled ...
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Obama wants $1B for poor schools 17.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
The Obama administration is considering a major last-minute policy shift that could force hundreds of school districts to cut spending at well-financed elementary and secondary schools and move nearly $1 billion dollars to schools with large numbers of low-income students.
Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America's Schools to Build "God's Kingdom" 17.1.2017 Mother Jones
It's Christmastime in Holland, Michigan, and the northerly winds from Lake Macatawa bring a merciless chill to the small city covered in deep snow. The sparkly lights on the trees in downtown luxury storefronts illuminate seasonal delicacies from the Netherlands, photos and paintings of windmills and tulips, wooden shoes, and occasional "Welkom Vrienden" (Welcome Friends) signs. Meet the New Kochs: The DeVos Clan's Plan to Defund the Left Dutch immigrants from a conservative Protestant sect chose this "little Holland" in western Michigan more than 150 years ago in part for its isolation. They wanted to keep "American" influences away from their people, and their orthodox ways of running their community. Many of their traditions have lasted generations. Until recently , Holland restaurants couldn't sell alcohol on Sundays. Residents are not allowed to yell or whistle between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. If city officials decide that a fence or a shed signals decay, they might tear it down, and mail the owner a ...
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'We are not going back': California Democrats protest GOP efforts to dismantle Obamacare 17.1.2017 LA Times: Nation

Democratic leaders on Monday urged Californians to fight GOP efforts to dismantle Obamacare, saying lives and jobs were at stake.

“We are not going back. Understand that,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said of Republican efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, President...

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D.C.'s Gentrifying Neighborhoods A Careful Mix Of Newcomers And Old-Timers 16.1.2017 NPR News
In Washington, D.C., a city facing some of the most intense pressure on housing in the country, longtime residents try to negotiate a place for themselves in their changing communities.
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The GOP’s Strategy for Obamacare? Repeal and Run. 16.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Elizabeth Warren

For eight years, Republicans in Congress have complained about health care in America, heaping most of the blame on President Obama. Meanwhile, they’ve hung out on the sidelines making doomsday predictions and cheering every stumble, but refusing to lift a finger to actually improve our health care system.

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Trump’s administration will regulate Trump’s businesses, raising prospect of conflicts 16.1.2017 Washington Post: Politics
President-elect’s refusal to divest from vast holdings means political appointees face awkward decisions affecting the boss’s bottom line.
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