"If you are having a good day and don't want to s#!t on it. DON'T READ THIS," warns Matt Bertuzzi, referring to the following news: On the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, we learn of The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster (1,695 shares). "Red Cross sent empty trucks around disaster area to create the appearance of aid, and other very eye-opening things," BuzzFeed's Alex Campbell details. "Required reading this morning," advises Durrie Bouscaren with St. Louis Public Radio. Co-author Justin Elliott bills it as, "Public Relations Over People."
Our latest news on Ebola: the isolated Maine nurse says she won’t follow the Ebola quarantine after all, but Gov. Paul LePage said he would try to force her to abide by it. Meanwhile, South African tycoon Patrice Motsepe donates $1 million to Guinea to help fight Ebola. He also happens to be South Africa's first black billionaire.
Taking another look at the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times explores who was helped the most. "Republican voters dislike Obamacare. But the law has helped a lot in the places they live," co-author Margot Sanger-Katz explains. Relatedly, Sarah Varney writes for Politico on how Mississippi, the poorest, sickest state, got left behind by Obamacare. "Great reporting about efforts to derail ACA coverage for those who need it most," columnist Connie Schultz praises. Leigh Caldwell notes from the piece, "'The failure of Obamacare in Mississippi has many authors' yet the article makes clear the sole author is Gov Bryant."
Bearing gifts, lobbyists are passionately pursuing pursuing attorneys general, the Times tells us. "It seems quaint now to think back when overly political attorneys general was the biggest concern about them," Stateline's Jake Grovum comments.
Once again, here's something to make you proud of Canada: a Nathan Cirillo-inspired racism "experiment" ends with punch in the face. "Canadian tries being overtly racist as a 'social experiment.' What happens next will require facial surgery," Globe and Mail's Doug Saunders upworthifies that tale for us. Yes, we're trademarking that verb.
Plus, after The Atlantic's Jeff Goldberg quoted an Obama official calling Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu a naughty word, Israeli reporters had to face a new challenge: how to translate it into Hebrew. "Should've gone with the Yiddish: hindl-drek," suggests Peter Manseau.