BLOND AND MIDWESTERN CHEERFUL, Kathryn Edin could be a cruise director, except that instead of showing off the lido deck, she's pointing out where the sex traffickers live off a run-down strip of East Camden, New Jersey. Her blue eyes sparkle as she highlights neighborhood landmarks: the scene of a hostage standoff where police shot a man after he'd murdered a couple in their home and abducted their four-year-old; the front yard where a guy was gunned down after trying to settle a dispute between his son and two other teens.
Edin, 51, talks to every stranger we pass. She chirps hello to some guys working on a car jacked up in their front yard, some dudes selling pot, and a little girl driving a pink plastic jeep on the sidewalk. Most of them look at her like she's from another planet -- which in a way, she is. read more
While political slanting continues to dominate the public's opinion on Obamacare, there is nothing like throwing a few facts into the mix to cause people to begin scratching their heads in confusion.
One of the best sources of actual facts is the annual study done by the McKinsey Center for U.S. Health System Reform.
Any self-respecting conservative knows all too well that McKinsey is immune from attack as an organization committed to presenting a left leaning political slant as it remains a bastion of business advice and a company that simply cannot be painted with a blue brush. read more
Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico: Voters demanded change from Washington on Tuesday, and Republicans say it's now up to President Barack Obama to deliver it. But don't count on that happening. The White House that emerges after the midterm elections won't look, act or sound drastically different than the one battered for months by Republicans and abandoned by Democrats desperate to hang onto power. The president will seek some common ground with Republicans, but there are limits to how far Obama wants to go -- and Senate Democrats will let him go. ... "I don't expect the president to wake up tomorrow morning and view the world any differently," [likely Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell said. read more
A teacher at a Louisville, Kentucky, Catholic school has resigned rather than take paid leave after parents raised concerns about her trip to Kenya, half a continent away from the Ebola epidemic in western Africa, WDRB TV reported. Susan Sherman, a religious education teacher who is also a registered nurse, was recently on a mission in Kenya in eastern Africa. When she returned, St. Margaret Mary school requested she take a precautionary 21-day leave and produce a health note from her doctor, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Louisville.
Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from America to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to Al-Qaeda.
The U.S. and its allies were relying on Harakat Hazm and the Syrian Revolutionary Front to become part of a ground force that would attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
For the past six months the Hazm movement, and the SRF through them, had been receiving heavy weapons from the U.S.-led coalition, including Grad rockets and Tow anti-tank missiles. read more