Saturday, May 16, 2015

A lot happened this week. Here's some news you may have missed.

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You're one of the best messengers we've got in this movement. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share. No fluff, just facts -- that's the Truth Team way.

The really scary thing about wildfires is how they can worsen climate change
The Washington Post // Chris Mooney

The state of California, always bullish on trying to cut back on its greenhouse gas emissions, received a bit of a shock recently. It learned that the expanse of its drought-parched forested lands, when they go up in flames -- and experts forecast a very bad fire season this year -- may actually be contributing to global warming.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Explained
Vox // Timothy B. Lee

1. What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? 2. Why is the TPP so complicated? 3. The TPP would lower some trade barriers. How big would the economic benefits be? 4. What's ISDS, and why is Elizabeth Warren so upset about it? 5. Why are some public health groups opposing the TPP? 6. How would the TPP affect copyright law? 7. How would the TPP affect agriculture? 8. Will the TPP protect labor rights? 9. What is Trade Promotion Authority, and why is it important for the TPP?

CFPB Begins Probe Of Student Loan Servicers, Signaling Stronger Rules
Huffington Post // Shahien Nasiripour

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday launched a broad review of the often murky business of student loan servicing, questioning whether the roughly 40 million Americans with student debt are being treated fairly under a patchwork of rules and market forces that could leave them vulnerable to abuse. The review, known formally as a "request for information," is the clearest sign that the federal consumer agency intends to establish stronger rules governing the roughly $1.2 trillion student debt market.

Obamacare making insurers more responsive, efficient: study
MarketWatch // Russ Britt

A provision in Obamacare governing spending guidelines for health insurers essentially has forced carriers to become more efficient and responsive, a study released Wednesday finds. The joint study from the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says minimum requirements in the Affordable Care Act that mandate how much insurers must spend on medical care resulted in savings of $5 billion for consumers in 2011 and 2012, the first two full years after Obamacare was enacted in March 2010.

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