Trying to sort out the status of Obamacare can be tricky thanks to our dysfunctional leadership class; Republican state Sen. Marty Golden wants to teach Brooklyn’s women “the art of feminine presence”; meanwhile, a group of Mormons quits the church in a mass ceremony in Utah. These discoveries and more below.

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Obamacare: the good, the bad, the unpredictable & the dangerously unknown If you’re having a hard time figuring out what the real status of Obamacare is, don’t feel badly.

GOP Senator Will Teach Brooklyn Women to ‘Walk Like a Model,’ Use the Stairs ‘Elegantly’ Women of Brooklyn, New York, State Senator Marty Golden (R) wants to turn you into proper ladies fit for employment.

Rise in sea level can’t be stopped Rising sea levels cannot be stopped over the next several hundred years, even if deep emissions cuts lower global average temperatures, but they can be slowed down, climate scientists said in a study on Sunday.

Health Care Ruling Was a Mandate For Us to Act Our side is not used to victories and so we’re not quite sure how to respond when we get one out of the blue.

Mormons quit church in mass resignation ceremony A group of about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony in Salt Lake.

Don’t Kid Yourself. It’s Still a Corporate Court Was last week’s ruling a victory for justice over corporate power? Nah.

Selling the College Experience to Students Who Take Classes Online A Web-based education need not involve never leaving the house. Who’ll be first to offer the best networking amenities?

Cell Phone Health Risks One question that invariably comes up when people learn about the environmental and health impact of media and communication technologies is whether cell phones cause brain cancer.

Seriously, There’s No Such Thing as Safe Fracking Josh Fox’s 2010 documentary Gasland is an extraordinarily important film.

We Still Need ‘Medicare for All’ There has been few steadier Congressional hands throughout the debate over healthcare reform than that of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Where the Uninsured Live Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, it’s worth taking another look at a visual representation of the millions of Americans who still lack health insurance.


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