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Medi-Cal braces for New Year's jolt as Obamacare kicks in

It's one of the next big hurdles for the Obamacare rollout: What will happen when hundreds of thousands of low-income Californians shift from county health plans to the state's huge Medi-Cal system on Jan. 1?<p>Judging from a similar surge in 2011, patients and physicians could see plenty of …

French court approves new 'millionaire tax' on the wealthy

France's constitutional court has approved a controversial "millionaire tax" proposed by the country's president that will levy taxes on companies that pay salaries north of 1 million euros (just under $1.4 million).<p>Under President François Hollande's proposal, businesses will be required to pay …

This Week in ‘Nation’ History: Fifty Years Later, the War on Poverty Must Be Renewed

On January 8, 1964, nearly fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared in his first State of the Union address that his new …

Poverty

My Top Ten Favorite Feminist Articles of 2013

In the spirit of end-of-year lists, a small offering: my favorite feminist writing of 2013, complete with quotes. Here’s looking forward to a new …

Report: 2012 Grads Have Highest-Ever Student Debt

The Institute for College Access & Success, an independent nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California, recently released its eighth annular …

ThinkProgress on Twitter: "The six places in the U.S. where the government is going to test domestic drones http://t.co/3gemYmdxaH http://t.co/hfVengnmtE"

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2013 Isn’t Over Yet, But Next Year’s Attacks On Abortion Rights Are Already Underway

2013 hasn’t yet drawn to a close, but abortion opponents across the country are already laying the groundwork for the next fights in the new year. …

Iranian MPs Propose Bill To Enrich Near Weapons-Grade Uranium After Congress’s Sanctions Push

Nearly 100 hard-line members of Iran’s parliament declared their support for a new bill this week requiring the government to enrich uranium to near …

Multiple Bombings In Russian City Ahead Of Winter Olympics

Deadly explosions ripped into the Russian city Volgograd for the second day in a row, causing the death of at least 14 people, and raising security …

GOP Official Resigns After Saying Purpose Of Voter ID Is To Suppress Votes Of Democrats, ‘Lazy Blacks’

Until Thursday, Don Yelton was a precinct chair in the Buncombe County, North Carolina Republican Party. That ended after a Daily Show interview …

U.S. Ranks 23rd For Women’s Equality, Falling Behind Nicaragua, Cuba, and Burundi

In the 2013 World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report, which measures women’s economic, political, educational, and health equality, the …

Chris Christie Officials Messed With Bridge Traffic Despite Being Warned About Congestion Problems

WASHINGTON -- New documents reveal that a high-ranking official in the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) knew that Fort Lee, N.J., had issues with traffic congestion around the George Washington Bridge, long before he authorized a seemingly unnecessary study that closed down …

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China icebreaker fails to reach stuck Antarctic ship

<b>A scientific mission ship, trapped in dense pack ice off East Antarctica, is still awaiting rescue after a Chinese icebreaker failed to reach it.</b><p>The Snow Dragon icebreaker was itself stalled by heavy ice, officials say.<p>It had been trying to cut a path through the ice in order to help the research …

Antarctica

Utah will ask Supreme Court to stop gay marriage during appeal

Same-sex marriage, twice on the Supreme Court's agenda this year, will get another federal look as Utah asks the justices to halt gay marriages in the state until it can exhaust its legal appeals.<p>Utah's Attorney General said it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a Dec. 20 ruling from a …

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Police Release Thousands of Pages of Documents on the Newtown School Shooting

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Connecticut State Police released thousands of pages of documents from its investigation into …

FBI Allowed Informants To Commit More Crimes In 2012 Than Year Before

WASHINGTON -- The FBI allowed its informants to break the law at least 5,939 times last year, a 5 percent jump from 2011, according to a newly disclosed document.<p>In a Jan. 14, 2013, letter to Justice Department officials, obtained by The Huffington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request, …

How A Federal Judge In Utah Adeptly Dismantled All Of The Arguments Against Marriage Equality

Friday’s decision by a federal judge overturning Utah’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage (Amendment 3) represents the first major legal …

Graham Johnson on Twitter: "Here's a look at the full message on the Doritos bags SPD officers are handing out at Hempfest. http://t.co/b0iOt1LARP"

Replying to @<b>GrahamKIRO7</b><p>For posterity. MT @<b>GrahamKIRO7</b>: Here's a look at the Doritos bags @<b>SeattlePD</b> officers [were] handing out at …

For the Worst Congress Ever, Were There Any Winners In the House of Representatives?

As 2013 comes to a close, we at PoliticusUSA thought we’d take a look at some of the year’s biggest winners and losers. For this particular column, …

Noam Chomsky: The Nutty Antics of Right-Wingers Distract Us from the Agenda of the 1%

<i>This interview originally appeared on the Voice of Russia, and is reprinted here with their permission.</i><p>Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky of MIT …

President Obama Signs Bill To Combat Sexual Assault In The Military

The day after Christmas, President Obama signed a defense bill with provisions to curb sexual assault in the U.S. military. Under the new law, anyone …

Michelle’s Holiday Decor Reflects Green Values

WASHINGTON (WOMENSENEWS)–Barack Obama, a freshman senator from Illinois, rose on a remarkable political trajectory that brought him, and his wife, …

50 Is the New 65: Older Americans Are Getting Booted from Their Jobs and Denied New Opportunities

<i>Editor's note: This article is part of Lynn Parramore's ongoing AlterNet series on job insecurity and part of the New Economic Dialogue Project.</i><p>In …

Liberty Stealing Republicans Try to Control Women's Body By Attacking Private Healthcare

It can hardly be argued American women are not treated like second-class citizens despite several women’s rights movements over the past one-hundred …

Let's Reflect - Because They Won't - on 2013's Conservative Hategasm

Now is the time of year we begin to reflect on the year past, on the absurdities and insanities of the Republican Party, the tea party and the …

Judge rules NSA surveillance program is legal

Almost two weeks after a judge ruled that the National Security Agency’s acquisition of communications data was likely unconstitutional, another …