At the top of today's headlines

Sep 02, 2014

To the surprise of no one, Eric Cantor will join a Wall Street investment bank, the WSJ reports (1,348 shares). "What, you expected him to go home to Richmond and be a school teacher?" Mark Leibovich quips from the New York Times Magazine. And speaking of expected, the Washington Post's Matea Gold reveals that wealthy political donors are seizing their new freedom to give to unlimited candidates (865 shares). Gold tweets, "Guess which donor has not broken the pre-McCutcheon cap? Yup, Shaun McCutcheon. (But he's "tickled" others have)." At WUSA9 WashingtonDebra Alfarone sarcastically shares, "So, let me get this straight, money = power? Ah #noted."

Care of Vox's Sarah Kliff, here are eight facts that explain what’s wrong with American health care (1,543 shares). "If the American health care system became its own country, it would have the 5th largest economy in the world," Kliff tweets. Perhaps these facts explain why America is no longer the best place to be born--in fact, far from it (322 shares). "In 1988, we ranked America as the best place to be born. Not any more," The Economist points out on Twitter. 

Across the pond, a reckoning starts in Britain on the abuse of girls, the New York Times tells us in a horrifying read (3,540 shares). "Still no-one fired over sex trafficking outrage in England - girls, the law, really worth so little?"  CNN's Christiane Amanpour pointedly tweets. At Buzzfeed UK, Rossalyn Warren notes, "a UK police detective said a girl who had been raped by five men was '100 percent consensual.' She was 12." Will Jordan with Aljazeera English calls it the "[b]est article I've read on Rotherham. Non-UK paper of course."

And in Scotland, support for independence has jumped to 47%, YouGov reports (572 shares). Still not a majority, but as Financial TimesDavid Crow notices, "A month ago, 18% of Labour supporters backed Independence, Now the figure is 30%."

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