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Links 1 through 10 of 61 Diane McCarthy's Bookmarks

Raising Money From the Crowd
Impact Investing
Demographic Shifts
The Mobile Web
Data’s Growing Importance

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Revelations that now-former CIA director David Petraeus had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, have pulled into focus how the press reveres America’s highest-ranked military generals. Not only does the affair itself show the folly of someone allowing his or her self to become too embedded with any one military officer but it also shows what happens when the media builds up a figure like Petraeus and then is given reason to be disappointed. . . .

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Last week, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor to defend Huma Abedin – a Muslim American who serves as an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Although a small blip in the news cycle, McCain’s speech may ultimately prove to be a turning point in the struggle to combat Islamophobia in the United States.

Witch hunts, history teaches, only cease when witch hunters go too far – and some courageous soul dares to cry “enough.”

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The last week of the presidential campaign has been the nastiest to date, with outrage stoked, allegations leveled and apologies demanded.

Nothing new there. Campaigns are — in the modern era — races to the bottom, a lowest common denominator battle to slime the other guy before he slimes you. (USA! USA!)

What has changed is that it’s Democrats pushing the political envelope and Republicans insisting that a line has been crossed.

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The current health-care system is a cumbersome bureaucracy. If the ACA seems cumbersome as well, this is largely because the law protects the existing private insurance system while greatly expanding coverage. Imposing a government insurance program would be a far simpler solution, but it’s politically impossible—and it’s not what the ACA does.

The more people understand these realities, the more popular ACA will become. As for the critics of ACA, none of those calling vociferously for repeal have offered an alternative that adds the popular regulations and expands coverage by anything close to 32 million. More fundamentally, none of the critics have been able to explain why we should retain a system in which access to health care depends on level of income.

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AFLURRY OF activity in state legislatures across the country is threatening to make it more difficult for people to vote. These Republican-sponsored measures move the nation in the wrong direction.

The bills generally take two forms: stringent new requirements for the kind of IDs voters must show and restrictions on early voting. Both would suppress turnout in a nation that already fails to turn out a majority of its eligible voting population.

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Republicans are waging the most concerted campaign to prevent or discourage citizens from exercising their legitimate voting rights since the Jim Crow days of poll taxes and literacy tests.

Four years ago, Democrats expanded American democracy by registering millions of new voters — mostly young people and minorities — and persuading them to show up at the polls. Apparently, the GOP is determined not to let any such thing happen again.

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Spare us any more hooey about “preventing fraud” and “protecting the integrity of the ballot box.” The Republican-led crusade for voter ID laws has been revealed as a cynical ploy to disenfranchise as many likely Democratic voters as possible, with poor people and minorities the main targets.

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Republican candidate Mitt Romney is hosting GOP strategist Karl Rove at a retreat for his biggest donors in Utah this weekend, raising objections about coordination between Romney’s presidential campaign and two interest groups advised by Rove, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.

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The US Senate has overwhelmingly rejected a bid to preserve some $4.5 billion in food stamps funding, as part of the massive farm bill.

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