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CMS National Health Expenditures Estimate for 2014 Is 17.4 Percent

newrepublic.com — There's more good news about health care spending today-although, as always, it's hard to know how good the news really is, or for how long it will last. On Wednesday, actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their annual estimate of national health expenditures -that is, all the money that Americans spent on medical care last year, whether directly or through insurance plans and government programs like Medicare.

GOP Congressional Staffer Posts on Facebook About Sasha, Malia Obama

newrepublic.com — A Republican congressional staffer who wrote a nasty, disrespectful Facebook post about the Obama kids has said she will resign from her position. I sincerely hope she reconsiders. The staffer is Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Steven Fincher of Tennessee.

Ferguson Prosecutor and Witness Testimony: Bias And Lots of Ambiguity

newrepublic.com — Journalists and legal analysts have now had several days to sift through the witness testimony from Ferguson, Missouri. Based on their analysis-which you can read via the New York Times , National Public Radio, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch , among others-two things seem pretty clear.

Ferguson Grand Jury: Chart of What the Witnesses Say They Saw

newrepublic.com — Michael Brown charged Officer Darren Wilson's car. Or maybe he didn't. Wilson didn't fire his gun at Brown while Brown was on the ground. Or maybe he did. Brown was looking at Wilson when he was shot and had his hands in the air, although neither things are quite certain.

Ferguson Grand Jury: No Indictment of Darren Wilson, Evidence Murky

newrepublic.com — The Ferguson Grand Jury has finished its deliberations and it's not the outcome that local activists or their supporters had wanted. Nearly four months after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, the Grand Jury decided not to indict Wilson on any charges. The St.

Ferguson Grand Jury Makes Issues No Charges for Officer Wilson

newrepublic.com — Officer Darren Wilson will not face charges for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The news came on Monday evening, when prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a twelve-member Grand Jury had declined to deliver an indictment.

SNL and Obama Immigration Order: Did He Expand Presidential Power?

newrepublic.com — President Obama's executive order on immigration was the big topic on the weekend shows. And I don't just mean the ones that run on Sunday morning. " Saturday Night Live " opened with a spoof of the old "I'm Just a Bill" cartoon from Schoolhouse Rock.

HHS Overstated Obamacare Enrollment by 400K, GOP Cries Deception

newrepublic.com — Yikes. Enrollment in Obamacare insurance plans this fall was lower than the Department of Health and Human Services reported at the time. The difference was about 400,000 people, or about 6 percent of the total. Conservative critics say it's proof that Obama is "cooking the books," just as they have claimed all along.

Obama Immigration Order: DACA Expansion, Deportation Reprieve

newrepublic.com — President Obama will formally announce an executive order on immigration tonight, following through on a promise to bring several million undocumented workers out of the shadowsat least temporarily-and likely sending his conservative critics into a frenzy. More details of the plan leaked out on Wednesday, as Administration officials huddled with supporters and Obama dined with Congressional supporters.

Obama's Executive Action Won't Give Immigrants Obamacare Access

newrepublic.com — The executive order President Obama issues this week will give up to 5 million undocumented persons a temporary reprieve from deportation and, in some cases, papers that allow them work legally. The order will not give them access to health benefits through Obamacare.
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Dec 05, 2014

RT @noamscheiber: So I just resigned from @tnr. People do muuuuch harder things every day. But boy was it brutal. A great ride for 14 years.

Dec 05, 2014

RT @RachelMorris: So proud of the work we did @tnr and grateful for my brilliant, funny, decent colleagues. It was a joy and an honor to work there.

Dec 05, 2014

Feel so lucky that I got to work at Herbert Croly's and Walter Lippmann's magazine for 17 years. Thanks to readers and my great colleagues.

Dec 03, 2014

RT @philipaklein: @onceuponA @ddiamond @LorenAdler @CitizenCohn I feel like with health news, we’re always a yr away from more meaningful data.

Dec 03, 2014

.@CitizenCohn And just to be clear (as it is in the article) we're talking about percentage of GDP here, not absolute numbers.

Dec 03, 2014

We spend a lot on health care, but we're making progress -- the question is how long it lasts newrepublic.com/article/120470… pic.twitter.com/QnvXkBdAbH

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