Morning Reads

Good morning! Here are some of the stories we’re reading this AM at Moyers & Company HQ…

“You have to fight” –> So said one activist after the DC Council unanimously passed a living wage bill, indexed to inflation, and guaranteed paid sick leave for most restaurant workers.

Perpwalk? –> At Salon, David Dayen explains that JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon appears to have violated a law that carries a potential prison term.

Is it over? –> Bill Boyarsky writes at Truthdig that Obamacare has moved past the point of no return. BUT:Slate’s Dave Weigel says not so fast; previews the next round of lawsuits that could undermine the law.

No surprise –> New study finds that the “coverage gap” created by states refusing to expand Medicaid will disproportionately impact people of color. Tony Pugh reports for McClatchy.

Quite an “accident” –> Bloomberg’s Zachary Mider reports that Congress accidentally created a tax loophole for the wealthiest Americans that has cost the government $100 billion in revenues since 2000.

Sochi –> In response to Russia’s extreme anti-gay laws, the US delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi will include prominent gay former athletes but not the president, vice president or any cabinet members. Chris Geidner reports for Buzzfeed.

Besieged –> Washington Post reporter Stephanie McCrummen visited a tea party event in South Carolina, and found both dismay at the movement’s loss of clout within the GOP and also determination to continue their fight.

Related story? –> The Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel reports that morale among federal employees has hit an all-time low.

Purge? –> In the Los Angeles Times, Michael McGough considers Pope Francis’ decision to replace a very right-wing American cardinal from a key congregation, but doesn’t see a “purge” of conservatives underway.

Definitely a purge –> The New Republic’s Isaac Chotiner asks a leading expert on North Korea about Kim Jong Un’s decision to execute his uncle and close confidant last week.

“Urgent” –> NASA planning a series of urgent spacewalks to repair the cooling system of the international space station.

What else is going on? Let us know in the comments!

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