Politics and policy

Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin writes GOP candidates show signs of retreat on full Obamacare repeal as midterms approach. Danny Vinik wrote, “In shocking news ‘senior House Republicans have decided to postpone a floor vote on their own health-reform proposal.’” Daniel Foster said, “Scott Brown *says* he opposes the Buy Broccoli or We Kick You in the Crotch Act, yet he acknowledged buying broccoli.”

Ed O'Keefe writes in the Washington Post: Rep. Tammy Duckworth on Eric Shinseki: ‘I think he has to go’. Jake Tapper said of the “Scoop from @edatpost: veteran/Dem Rep. @tammyduckworth wants Shinseki to go.”

Politico has an exclusive on Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi chapter. laura myers tweeted, “@HillaryClinton defends Benghazi response in leaked chapter of upcoming book.” Ruby Cramer shared this quote from the piece, "Only in Washington is the definition of talking to Americans confined to 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings.”

In yet more surprising news, Vox’s Matthew Yglesias writes It’s three times cheaper to give housing to the homeless than to keep them on the streets. Ryan Beckwith said, “As a reporter who covered homelessness years ago, this is the most amazing and frustrating fact about it.” Danny Vinik thinks “If we loosened housing regulations in major cities and did this, we could save a lot of money.”

For more policy news, the New York Times suggests A Price Tag on Carbon as a Climate Rescue Plan. Kate Galbraith called it a “Long NYT analysis of cap and trade, globally.” Ryan Budnick explained, “Buy some carbon allowances, hold onto them for a decade, get rich. >> A Price Tag on Carbon as a Climate Rescue Plan.”

And Financial Times’ Chris Giles provides a response to Capital in the 21st Century. Paul J Davies said, “Wow, comments here so strong you'd think he was writing about climate change! Piketty response.” Zach Carter added, “When you accuse someone of fabricating data ‘out of thin air,’ it's not ‘fascinating’ when they shoot you down.”

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