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Washington is returning to normal. And it sucks.

vox.com — An amazing era in American politics is ending. Since roughly 9/11, American politics has been remarkably consequential. The terror attacks begat the Afghanistan War, and then the Iraq War. Then came the financial crisis, and the bailout of the banks, and the bailout of the auto industry, and the stimulus bill, and the Federal Reserve's extraordinary measures to kickstart the economy.

7 Democrats have a plan to make Obamacare cheaper. Here’s how.

vox.com — The Obamacare repeal effort is dead. But the Obamacare reform effort is just beginning. One of the most interesting examples of the reform effort are the "copper plans" being proposed in the Expanded Consumer Choice Act, which is being pushed by seven moderate Senate Democrats: Mark Begich, Mark Warner, Heidi Heitkamp, Tim Kaine, Mary Landrieu, Angus King, and Joe Manchin.

Why an Ebola travel ban is a bad idea, explained in 2 minutes

vox.com — A few isolated cases of Ebola in the US have touched off a spate of hyperventilating about Ebola, including Republican calls for a travel ban and quarantines announced in New York, New Jersey, and the US Army. But to prevent Ebola from becoming a true threat in the US, we need to stop it in West Africa.

Ebola will make Americans more xenophobic

vox.com — To get a sense of how Ebola might be affecting the national electorate, it's worth considering how a simple bottle of hand sanitizer affected students at Cornell University. In their 2012 paper " Dirty Liberals! Reminders of Physical Cleanliness Influence Moral and Political Attitudes," Erik Helzer and David Pizarro stopped 52 Cornell students in a campus hallway and asked them to take a short survey.

6 Reasons Elizabeth Warren Should Run for President

readersupportednews.org — 'Is Elizabeth Warren running for president? Maybe! In the past, when asked if she's running for president, Warren has been pretty clear: 'I am not running for president,' she said in June of 2014. 'Do you want to put an exclamation point at the end of that?'' Ezra Klein, Vox

6 reasons Elizabeth Warren should run for president

vox.com — Is Elizabeth Warren running for president? Maybe! In the past, when asked if she's running for president, Warren has been pretty clear: "I am not running for president," she said in June of 2014. "Do you want to put an exclamation point at the end of that?"

Workplace diversity is hard for the exact same reason it's so important

vox.com — "The biggest catastrophes we've witnessed rarely come from information that is secret, or hidden," says Margaret Heffernan. "They come from information that is freely available and out there but that we are willfully blind to because can't handle, or don't want to handle, the conflict it provokes."

The key to stopping Ebola in America is stopping it in West Africa

vox.com — The talk of travel bans and the panic over the two infected nurses in Dallas reflects a huge mistake that Americans are making about the Ebola virus. The key to stopping the disease in the United States isn't stopping it in Texas; it's stopping it in West Africa.

What it was like to meet Ben Bradlee

vox.com — By the time I got to the Washington Post, in 2009, Ben Bradlee had retired. But he hadn't left. You would see Bradlee in the cafeteria, eating lunch with Walter Pincus. You would see him stalking the halls. You would see him in the elevator, headed to a higher floor than you were.

Enrolling College Students In Health Insurance: Lessons From California (Part 1)

healthaffairs.org — Editor's note: As we approach the beginning of the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, Walter Zelman describes an effort he led during last year's initial open enrollment period to enroll students in the California State University (CSU) system in coverage.
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Oct 30, 2014

This is an incredibly revealing poll on teachers' views of Common Core vox.com/2014/10/30/710…

Oct 29, 2014

On balance, it looks like QE3 worked, but it wasn't a huge effect either way: bit.ly/1nRhhdT

Oct 29, 2014

Obamacare isn't just expanding health insurance. It's reducing inequality: bit.ly/1zL4b73

Oct 29, 2014

Even Republicans think Republican policies favor the rich bit.ly/1E2v6Kl

Oct 29, 2014

"Body farms" are totally fascinating. But the pictures are seriously horrifying. bit.ly/1E2h0sn

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