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June 28, 2012 / Christian Clansky

Healthcare act upheld by SCOTUS…Inside Loudoun’s transit funding debate…Bill Gates on his theory of giving [News, 6.28.12]

HEALTH | As every single one of you already knows by now, the Affordable Healthcare Act was effectively upheld. (Politico, 6/29) Hopefully this will quiet down the accusations of “judicial activism” and “legislating from the bench.”

Related: The Post has an interactive questionnaire that shows what the court’s ruling will mean for you. (WaPo, 6/28)

As an amusing aside, CNN actually reported the wrong ruling for about fifteen minutes after it was announced. Here’s a screencap of their “whoops” correction headline.

TRANSIT | City Paper reporter Simon van Zuylen-Wood wrote a really great article that looks at Loudoun County’s debate over Silver Line funding. The county is currently holding up the expansion of Metro to Dulles airport.

In the pro-rail column, George Mason’s Stephen Fuller points out that the expansion will bring an economic boom to the county:

The essence is that the economy with Metrorail…will be quite different than the economy without it…The difference adds up to be $272.6 billion over 30 years.

In the anti-rail (and anti-public transportation) column, County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio eloquently points out what the public has at stake in the funding debate:

You’ve got a crazy circumstance in which the general public is going to get raped or not get raped.

The article is worth a read and is about much more than Silver Line funding – it details huge shifts in the county’s economy and demographics over the last three decades. (City Paper, 6/28)

PHILANTHROPY | Bill Gates talks about his foundation’s giving strategies and priorities and says that they won’t change until something “dramatic” has happened (Chronicle, 6/28):

We want to learn, make mistakes, try new things out, find new partners…And so until we’ve done something quite dramatic, which in the best case would be in 10 to 20 years, we’re not going to move on and do something else.

GIVING | Through The Washington Post Charities: $155,000 in Grants Awarded to Six Local Nonprofits (WaPo, 6/28)

HOUSING | The Atlantic answers an interesting question: Why Can’t We Just Convert Vacant Buildings Into Housing for the Homeless? (Atlantic, 6/28)

LOCAL | Much of the region is gaining residents at a faster rate than in the last ten years – and the District is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. (WaPo, 6/28)


I’ll see you all on Monday. If you are looking for something cool to do, I highly recommend seeking out the movie Safety Not Guaranteed. It is a whimsical movie – although not quite family friendly.

And, not to encourage bad behavior, but here is an interesting explanation of the science of hangovers.

Have a great weekend!

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