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The Humbling of Social Media

One of the oddest and I think healthiest (but also most frustrating things) things about social media is bumping into strangers with whom little communication seems possible.

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Smart, Important Piece

Sometimes it is important to be reminded that you win elections in order to do things for the country. Not vice versa. In the tumult of the here and now it's often difficult to suss out the chicken and egg in this continuum - not least for those involved in all the politicking and policy-ing. But this is the thread of civic virtue that redeems the raw and vice-ridden world of politics. So with the hopes of a Senate hold darkening for the Democrats, take note of the fact that 'Obamacare' is working, working better than even most advocates anticipated and even Republicans are now quietly conceding the fight. Read our report.

As Bill Kristol wrote twenty years ago, the biggest danger of health care reform is that it would work and there'd be no going back.

Yes, Show It

Readers react to whether we should publish imagery and videos of domestic violence. First, TPM Reader SS ...

I just read your editorial on whether or not the video of Rice should have been posted on TPM. I thank you and other media for showing the shocking video of Rice hitting Ms. Palmer. I believe it has been an important wake up call for many that domestic violence is truly a terrible crime. As we all know, a picture or video usually does has far more impact than words. We still have a long way to go with law enforcement always taking domestic violence as important as other violent crimes.

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This Stopped Me In My Tracks

Not much context I can give. Just read this. You'll be glad you did. From TPM Reader SB ...

Would it interest you to hear about "Obamacare" from the perspective of a provider?

I've been a private practice psychologist for over twenty years with multiple institutional affiliations. When the Affordable Care Act passed I made the decision to turn my private practice into public practice by signing up to become a provider on the multiple panels that arose under the umbrella of the Affordable Care Act. Many senior people eschew such plans. The pay is anywhere from 33% to 50% less. The endless paperwork can snag one's time. The clinician loses some control over treatment options.

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Should These Images Be Shown?

TPM Reader MW isn't the only reader who questions whether it's appropriate for photographs or videos of domestic violence to be published by news organizations. First, MW, followed by my thoughts ...

I’m fully informed and in agreement on that publishing must always favor transparency. More the better, trust the public, sunshine disinfectant, when in doubt print it, etc.

But is there a bar that applies to images of direct ‘domestic’ abuse? If not, then what was the point of the eruption of outrage (some manufactured, I’m sure) over the JLaw (and others not) leaks?

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