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- Obama Is Frustrated With States That Chose Not To Expand Medicaid Out Of 'Political Spite' (AP, Huffington Post) The president claims that there are 5 million people who have been left out of expanded Medicaid coverage because of Republican political positioning. Obama's remarks came at a time when the enrollment for ACA insurance (not Medicaid) increased to 8 million with 25% 35 and under. The younger demographic had lagged badly until a surge at the very end of open enrollment. Substantial enrollments from this healthier age group was a necessary ingredient for financially successful implementation of the program.
- Putin says Russia stands firm but will not return to isolationism (Kathrin Hille, Financial Times) In a live TV phone-in in Russia (an annual event) Putin posed as a forceful world leader. Has this man been setting up straw men that can be knocked down as in Geneva to establish his cred at home as well as in the world?
- Speaking of Jimmy Carter and Energy (Robert Waldman, Angry Bear) Hat tip to TalkMarkets. Waldman asks: "Of course he was a terrible President because ... uh remind me was wrong with Carter?"
- NASA Finds Most Earth-Like Planet Yet (Brian Resnick, National Journal) There are hundreds of potential earth-like planets discovered so far (perhaps millions or even more likely exist) but none are more likely to be similar to earth than Kepler-186f. From the NASA press release:
"Being in the habitable zone does not mean we know this planet is habitable. The temperature on the planet is strongly dependent on what kind of atmosphere the planet has," said Thomas Barclay, research scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at Ames, and co-author of the paper. "Kepler-186f can be thought of as an Earth-cousin rather than an Earth-twin. It has many properties that resemble Earth."
See also Twin Earth May Be Better Than Earth for Life (Michael Moyer, Scientific American)
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