At Salon, Katie McDonough writes
U.S. ranks near bottom of UNICEF report on child well-being
—26th out of 29 countries (all of them European except for Canada), ahead of Lithuania, Latvia and Romania:
|The United States ranked in the bottom four of a United Nations report on child well-being. Among 29 countries, America landed second from the bottom in child poverty and held a similarly dismal position when it came to “child life satisfaction.”
Keeping the U.S. company at the bottom of the report, which gauged material well-being, overall health, access to housing and education, were Lithuania, Latvia and Romania, three of the poorest countries in the survey.
UNICEF said in a statement on the survey that child poverty in countries like the U.S. “is not inevitable but is policy-susceptible” and that there isn’t necessarily a strong relationship between per capita GDP and overall child well-being, explaining: “The Czech Republic is ranked higher than Austria, Slovenia higher than Canada, and Portugal higher than the United States.”
The Netherlands ranked number one on the list, with Norway, Iceland, Finland and Sweden filling out the top five.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011—Boehner's prebuttal: Raising taxes 'unacceptable and a nonstarter':
|Boehner's statement (which I guess technically was just an announcement he plans to issue another statement) is a complete reversal of his position from last week, when he said that despite opposing tax increases, he was willing to leave them "on the table" to facilitate a discussion about long-term deficits.
His statement comes even though it's not clear what President Obama will actually propose tomorrow. Despite the Washington Post's report that Obama would endorse the Simpson-Bowles plan, both Greg Sargent and Ezra Klein are hearing otherwise. The White House is staying mum, at least publicly, saying only that Obama's plan will "be his own."
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On today's Kagro in the Morning show
, we catch up on #GunFAIL news, run down the Capitol Hill headlines and note the spin surrounding the McConnell taping. Then on to a hodge-podge of media clippings, including: can/should the President fire acting FHFA head Ed DeMarco; new revelations about the test cheating under Michelle Rhee; the relative value of a watered-down gun bill, and; the NYT
's editorial on the Obama budget. Also in the grab bag: Mike Konczal's, "How an anti-rentier agenda might bring liberals, conservatives together" and Andrew O'Hehir's "Colonial Williamsburg: Where the Tea Party gets schooled."
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