Sunday, December 20, 2015

Truth Team Digest: Record sign-ups for Obamacare, consequences of Paris climate accord, and more

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Diane, you're one of the best messengers we've got in this movement. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share.

High school graduation rate hits all-time high; 82 percent finish on time
The Washington Post // Lyndsey Layton

The national high school graduation rate hit an all-time high in 2013-2014, with 82 percent of students earning a diploma on time, according to federal data released Tuesday.

Don't Blame Mental Illness for Gun Violence
The New York Times // The Editorial Board

Over all, less than 5 percent of gun homicides between 2001 and 2010 were committed by people with diagnoses of mental illness, according to a public health study published this year.

ObamaCare sign-up deadline extended amid record demand
The Hill // Peter Sullivan

The decision to give consumers extra time comes as officials say they have seen record numbers of people looking to sign up.

Op-Ed: Paris climate accord is a big deal with bigger consequences
The Kansas City Star // Thomas Friedman

Any global conference can't be expected to agree on much more than the lowest common denominator. What will make this deal epochal is if the U.S. and China lead the world in imposing a price on carbon.

Op-Ed: Climate change is indeed a cause of social conflict
Los Angeles Times // Solomon Hsiang and Marshall Burke

What we find time and again, around the world and throughout human history, is that climatic events are a cause of social conflict. They are not the only cause, but in places where there is a risk of violence because of non-climate factors, climate changes can amplify this risk.

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