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- U.S. healthcare spending growth hit 53-year low in 2013, report shows (Melanie Evans, Modern Healthcare) Hat tip to Dean Baker. The U.S. spent $2.9 trillion on healthcare last year, an increase of 3.6% from the prior year. This was the weakest growth since 1960. The new number was the result of federal actuaries and economists revising recent estimates. U.S. health spending growth fell below 4% in 2009 with the recession that stripped private health insurance from millions of individuals. But the newly revised numbers show an acceleration in 2012 to 4.1% before a slump last year.
- A macro earthquake is building (Houses and Holes, Macro Business) A doom and gloom list from down under. Is the land of Oz about to have an encounter with the Wicked Witch?
- House GOP Wants Omnibus to Block D.C. Pot Law (Daniel Newhauser, National Journal) This is embarrassing.
- Hundreds of Police Killings Are Uncounted in Federal Stats (Rob Barry and Coulter Jones, The Wall Street Journal) This is also embarrassing.
- Articles about events, conflicts and disease around the world
No Indictment in Eric Garner Chokehold Case for N.Y.P.D. Officer (The New York Times)
Syria death toll now exceeds 200,000: monitor (Al Arabiya)
U.S. and Iran Both Attack ISIS, but Try Not to Look Like Allies (The New York Times)
How can the West solve its Ukraine problem? (BBC News)
Russia’s borders: Georgia is still haunted by 2008 invasion (The Conversation)
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