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Matt Yglesias at ThinkProgress flags a St. Louis Fed chart (and adds a marker of his own) showing that the jobs picture actually improved markedly in the months after passage of the Affordable Care Act in March of last year, despite Republican promises that it would bring growth to a halt.

This isn’t to say that the jobs picture is a rosy one, not by a long shot, but rather the the lack of aggregate demand–and not helping save thousands of lives each year by providing basic health insurance–is the problem with the economy.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Just over year before her untimely death on Friday, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared as a guest lecturer for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR with National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg. The crowd that signed up to see "Notorious RBG" live was so large that the event had to be moved to a major sports arena – and they weren't disappointed by the wide-ranging, hour-long interview.

Witty, charming, brilliant, principled, Ginsburg represented the very best of American liberalism and modern feminism. Listen to her and you'll feel even more deeply what former President Bill Clinton says in his poignant introduction: "Only one of us in this room appointed her…but all of us hope that she will stay on that court forever."