Saturday, October 31, 2015

Truth Team Digest: Police chiefs on gun violence, Obamacare shopping, and more

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Obamacare Shopping Is More Important Than Ever
The New York Times // Margot Sanger-Katz

When some premiums increased last year, a lot of Obamacare customers were able to find good deals by switching to a new health plan. New calculations from the federal government suggest that many consumers will need to do the same to find the best price in 2016.

Who Still Doesn't Have Health Insurance
The New York Times // Quoctrung Bui and Margot Sanger-Katz

Two years into Obamacare, clear regional patterns are emerging about who has health insurance in America and who still doesn't. The remaining uninsured are primarily in the South and the Southwest. They tend to be poor. They tend to live in Republican-leaning states.

Mayors to Congress: 'Get a Backbone' and Pass Gun Control
Politico // Ben Wofford

The mayors of America's cities are deeply concerned about rising crime and homicide rates--and deeply frustrated with the Congress' continued inaction on gun control amid a spate of mass shootings. Stronger gun regulation is needed right now, mayors say, and Congress has hung them out to dry.

U.S. police chiefs call for background checks for all gun purchases
Reuters // Fiona Ortiz

Police chiefs from across the United States called on Monday for universal background checks for firearms purchases, saying opinion polls consistently show that most Americans support such restrictions.

The benefits of paid leave for children are real, majority of research says
CNN // Kelly Wallace and Jen Christensen

Currently, the United States is the only industrialized country in the world that does not guarantee paid parental leave.

Israeli nuclear body endorses Iran deal, report says
The Washington Post // Ishaan Tharoor

A source "familiar with the commission's stance" told the left-leaning newspaper that its members believed that the deal would effectively curb Iranian ambitions to develop a nuclear weapon.

Op-Ed: Paris climate conference is a rare opportunity -- grab it
Financial Times // John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state [Paywall]

A strong Paris deal would transform the global energy economy and help avert the worst effects of climate change. Success would reflect a new level of partnership: government leaders from every region, working constructively alongside the private sector and civil society to address an enormous challenge that no one could solve alone.

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