You may not have seen it on the news, but over 80,000 good folks took to the streets in North Carolina this Saturday in a "Moral March on Raleigh," growing at least in part out of the "Moral Monday" protests against the reactionary policies of the McCrory Administration and the N.C. state legislature. You can find a list of said policies here -- the list may be quite dispiriting, but 80,000 good folks protesting against a state's legislative agenda is at least as impressive.
The FDA issued voluntary guidelines in December in re antibiotic abuse in feed animals, but the two biggest veterinary drug corporations have said they'll follow them. Turns out if the big drug-makers don't specifically label their drugs for "growth promotion" or "feed efficiency," farmers can't legally use the drugs for those purposes. Farmers could lie, of course, and say they're giving the drugs to "sick" animals, but the guidelines also require veterinarians to write prescriptions for drugs, meaning at least two parties have to lie to continue the abuse. I don't know if it'll work or not -- I always prefer mandatory regulations to voluntary ones -- but I'll reserve judgment.
The CBO strikes back against reports that it said the Affordable Care Act would "cost 2.5 million jobs." To reiterate: the CBO told us that workers would work less because the ACA would help ensure that they don't need to keep bad jobs just to keep their healthcare, and they estimated that this "voluntary cutback" of hours would amount to 2.5 million full-time jobs. As MIT economist Jonathan Gruber says, "Voluntary reductions are not a cost of the healthcare reform law, they are a benefit." None of that matters to Republicans, though -- they'll keep pounding that JOB KILLAH!!!!! myth as long as the "liberal" media enables them.
Another day, another Republican claiming that Affordable Care Act taxes hit small businesses and working families the hardest, when, in fact, it hits folks making over $200,000/year the hardest. Which isn't the same thing. And working families and small businesses can get subsidies from the ACA. And the medical device manufacturers who will get hit hardest, big shock, aren't small businesses. Remember: if Republicans claim some policy hurts "small businesses," you can assume they really mean "my rich friends."
Finally, a college football player who projects as a mid-round pick in April's NFL draft came out as gay on Sunday, and Think Progress rounds up the best and worst reactions to the news. The worst reactions (Meadowlands Miracle-maker Herm Edwards, sadly, has one of them) are all a bit mind-boggling -- I especially wish Patrick Crayton (once a decent punt returner, but I had to look that up) would stop trying to dig his way out of a hole. There's hope, of course: Dave Kopay, who played eight years in the NFL and came out after his retirement, testified that none of his teammates cared about his sexuality as long as he hit and blocked, and I'm pulling for today's players to act the same.