The “Mary Was a Teenager” News, 10 November 2017

Quotations and citations do not equal endorsement.

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“One of my big lessons of the last few years is we underestimated how much our leaders having a sense of shame is necessary for the rest of the system to work.” Ezra Klein (Twitter)

“A lot of what ails America could be easily fixed by Republican Party elected officials making a good faith effort to advance the economic interests of their white working class base.” Matthew Yglesias (Twitter)

“Don’t worry, Ed…the good news is, in Virginia when you lose, 150 years later you get a statue.” Seth Meyers, bucking up Ed Gillespie (R) after he lost Virginia’s gubernatorial election this week to current Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. (NBC, Late Night with Seth Meyers)

“Civility may sound stodgy and lame, but it is in fact the first virtue of the citizen.” Will Wilkinson (Politico)

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell (BBC)

Count on It

10: In the 1960s, approximately 25 percent of divorces in the U.S. included an alimony settlement; now about ten percent do. (APM Marketplace)

200: Delhi declared a public health emergency this week as pollution levels reached 200 times safe levels in some districts. Public health officials believe the air quality is so poor it is the equivalent of smoking between 44 and 50 cigarettes a day. (BBC)

>140,000: According to Florida’s governor, Rick Scott (R), more than 140,000 people have arrived in Florida from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria hit the territory seven weeks ago. (NPR)

300,000: “Households making $5+ million get an average tax cut of $300k. Households making below $55,000 get a tax hike.” David Leonhardt, citing TaxPolicyCenter.org (Twitter)

1.4 Trillion: There is about 1.4 trillion dollars of outstanding student loan debt in the United States right now. (APM Marketplace)

Reading List: U.S. Stocks Post Decline for Week Amid Tax Debate (Bloomberg),  What  Are the Paradise Papers and What Do They Tell Us? (The Guardian), The U.S. Is Now the Only Country to Reject the Paris Agreement (The Atlantic), Case of Missing Lebanese Prime Minister Stirs Middle East Tensions (The New York Times), How Hamilton County is Pricing Out Middle-Income Homebuyers (Indianapolis Star), Inside Trump’s Cruel Campaign Against the USDA’s Scientists (Vanity Fair),  Givling: An Online Game App That Lets You ‘Play Off’ Student Loan Debt (Forbes)

Graphic of Note:

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