Thursday, March 26, 2015

House Passes Bill Changing Medicare Fee Formula and Extending Children’s Insurance - NYTimes.com

House Passes Bill Changing Medicare Fee Formula and Extending Children’s Insurance - NYTimes.com:



"The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare system on Thursday, in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that chamber since the Republicans regained a majority in 2011."



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

U.S. Begins Airstrikes on ISIS in Tikrit for First Time - NYTimes.com

U.S. Begins Airstrikes on ISIS in Tikrit for First Time - NYTimes.com:



"BAGHDAD — American warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Tikrit late Wednesday, entering a struggling Iraqi offensive to retake the city for the first time after more than three weeks of remaining on the sidelines. A coalition of Shiite militias and Iraqi security forces aided by Iranian military advisers have been trying to root out Islamic State fighters from Tikrit, an important city north of Baghdad in Iraq’s Sunni heartland. From the start, the offensive went without American air assistance — government and militia officials had boasted that airstrikes were neither needed nor wanted, and American officials privately expressed discomfort with the idea of directly aiding an operation led by militias and Iranian officials."



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As Silence Falls on Chicago Trading Pits, a Working-Class Portal Also Closes - NYTimes.com

As Silence Falls on Chicago Trading Pits, a Working-Class Portal Also Closes - NYTimes.com:



"CHICAGO — The pits where generations of sweating traders in colorful jackets once bellowed out orders for wheat, corn and cattle contracts, using hand signals and sheer force of personality, are almost empty. The smattering of traders who hung around them on a recent day appeared listless, some glancing at tablet screens, others staring blankly into space."



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Monday, March 23, 2015

Britain's Terrible, No-Good Economic Discourse - NYTimes.com

Britain's Terrible, No-Good Economic Discourse - NYTimes.com:



"The 2016 election is still 19 mind-numbing, soul-killing months away. There is, however, another important election in just six weeks, as Britain goes to the polls. And many of the same issues are on the table."



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Shy of Majority, Socialists Win in Spain’s Andalusia - NYTimes.com

Shy of Majority, Socialists Win in Spain’s Andalusia - NYTimes.com:



 "BARCELONA, Spain — Spain’s Socialists won Sunday’s election in Andalusia, the country’s largest region, but fell short of gaining a majority in a fragmented regional Parliament in which two upstart parties will have a combined quarter of the seats, according to preliminary results."



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In Greece, Syriza Struggles to Deliver Promises as Money Runs Out - NYTimes.com

In Greece, Syriza Struggles to Deliver Promises as Money Runs Out - NYTimes.com:



"ATHENS — Glowering with disdain, Evangelos Venizelos stepped into the well of the Greek Parliament and ridiculed members of the country’s new leftist government. They had vowed to roll back unpopular austerity measures that Mr. Venizelos and the prior government had pushed through. They had promised that Greece would stop kneeling to European creditors."



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Viva Gentrification! - NYTimes.com

Viva Gentrification! - NYTimes.com:



 "LOS ANGELES — FOR years, our family journeys have taken us from our hillside home, in the multiethnic Mount Washington district of northeast Los Angeles, into the flatlands of the Latino barrios that surround it."



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