One of the real problems for Obamacare is the lack of Latinos who have decided to sign up. According to the Obama administration, fewer than 11 percent have joined. The question is why. The answers are harder to come by. There was a slow Spanish-language launch. There was a sense that Hispanic concerns weren’t being heard. And there was a delay in the president making a direct appeal. The one upside for Obamacare is that there is a lot of room to grow.
Wisconsin judge slams the conservative argument for the state’s voter ID law. Via Slate.
If you’re looking for progressive movement on the issue of race, look to the sports world, Timothy Egan writes. Via the New York Times.
For years, Republican lawmakers in Washington have aligned themselves with the oil industry and worked to hobble renewable power, mainly by slashing support for research and development. But they also make sure the Pentagon coffers are filled to brimming, which turns out may be the best kind of support the clean energy revolution is likely to receive in the United States. Why? Because that money is never going to dry up or even occasionally dip and because the military isn’t ideological about energy nor beholden to the Koch brothers and the oil lobby. The military just wants what works best, which is why it’s moving to renewable power, making its own clean-tech innovations, and getting off the domestic power grid in a big way. Think Progress: “Right now the military is dependent on the civilian grid for 99 percent of its electricity requirements, and that civilian grid is fragile and nearly a century old. In fact in 2012 alone, our military installations had 87 power outages of eight hours or more. And that’s unacceptable.”
John Kerry tells the truth, and therefore he has to apologize, according to Andrew Sullivan. Via the Dish.
GDP in last quarter went from awful to more awful. Via Vox.
It’s Louis C.K. vs. the Common Core. Via the New Yorker.