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Americans Rally Across the Country After Ferguson Decision (AP via abcnews.com)
Michael Brown / Police Brutality
>From Ferguson to New York, Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago, crowds erupt after the Ferguson grand jury does not indict police officer who shot unarmed Michael Brown.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Forced to Step Down, Officials Say (nbcnews.com)
War / ISIS
>Officials tell NBC Hagel was hired for “winding down” wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there’s little confidence in him “winding up” against ISIS.
Marion Barry, gifted politician (washingtonpost.com)
Washington, D.C. / Civil Rights
>From SNCC activist in the 1960s to mayor in the 1980s to prison and mayor again in the 1990s, Marion Barry’s life is worth remembering for a lot of reasons.
The Jon Gruber controversy and what it means for Obamacare, explained (vox.com)
Affordable Care Act
>Good background of “Grubergate” and the reasons it could prove consequential for an upcoming SCOTUS case challenging elements of the ACA

FRESH CUTS

A line too long: no choice but action on ‘Broken immigration system’

President Obama speaks at Del Sol High School, Las Vegas. Nov. 21, 2014 (whitehouse.gov)

A year ago, according to the State Department, there were 4.3 million people with family sponsored visa requests. The latest bulletin from Foggy Bottom says that the last family visas for siblings it was considering from Mexico were applied for in February, 1997. For married children of U.S. citizens, the last visas approved for Mexicans were applied for in November, 1993. If you are a citizen and want a visa for your sister in the Philippines, the last visas granted were for people who applied in May, 1991!

And just because someone applied for a visa back then doesn’t mean they are next on the list, because only a limited number of employment based and family requested papers are available every year to applicants from each country.

“The idea that the people can simply get in the back of the line is a little bit simplistic in practice,” Madeleine Sumption, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan immigration policy think tank supported by philanthropic and government policy advocacy groups, told the Fiscal Times, this past spring.

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The Democrats’ mutual denial society

President Obama holds a press conference at the White House after the 2014 midterm  elections, Nov. 5, 2014 (whitehouse.gov)

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Broken government comes from a broken electorate

Volunteers at a Democratic field office in DeKalb County, Georgia, use Obama campaign methods to reach out to targeted voters. (PBG/Prose and Thorn)

OTHER RECENT ESSAYS

Michelle Nunn, Jason Carter

Electing Democrats in Georgia eases the path to Liberal Progressivism

Is another 6 years of obstruction what we really need in the Senate?

Nunn

Nunn’s strength: caring community through corporate involvement

From hhs.gov

Ebola: Has ‘America lost its mind?’

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Voter’s gamble in a casino where election officials rig the game

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On the Video

Chanting “Can’t stop the revolution,” Missouri protesters take their message to a Black Friday Target (USA Today)

Anonymous has a message for the Cleveland police after the fatal shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice

Lava flow crawling through Hawaiian town, disintegrating everything in its growing path (KHNL via CS Monitor)

I Voted
Obamacare-getcovered

Michelle Nunn for US Senate

Michelle Nunn for Senate

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Got Brains? Need Laughs? The incomparable, independent satire of
Julianna Forlano.
http://www.absurditytoday.com

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