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This is the so-called Cantino Map, a chart stolen by an agent of an Italian Duke from the Portuguese Crown in 1502. It provides an interesting follow-up to our discussion of the first map of the continent of Africa from Friday.
Big development today in the years-long investigation into the 2010 mayor's race in DC: The central figure in the case, suspected of operating a shadow campaign for the eventual winner, Mayor Vincent Gray, has reached a deal with prosecutors. Jeffrey Thompson will face modest jail time, but the big question is what information has he given prosecutors, against Gray or others.
In addition to his work on Gray's behalf, Thompson was also running an off-the-books operation to benefit Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign, to the tune of $608,750, prosecutors say. The Clinton connection isn't new. It had come out in previous court documents in a related case. It doesn't appear at this point that the Clinton campaign will be implicated directly.
As for Gray, he still appears to be the big fish prosecutors are after. All of this comes just three weeks before the Democratic primary in which Gray is running for re-election.
We now have the most concrete information to date that some 3 to 4 million people are now newly insured since Obamacare went into effect on January 1st. That's not simply people who've signed up, many of which likely already had inferior or more expensive coverage of some sort. These are newly insured people. Good Dylan Scott piece here about how GOP reacts on whether they go into November campaigning on taking away that care from those and likely millions more who will be covered by the end of the year.
The gold standard public survey of the percentage of Americans who do and do not carry health insurance showed a clear increase in the number of insured in January and a clearer trend taking shape now in the latest March release. That amounts to between 3 and 4 million people newly insured.