The WonkLine: August 17, 2010

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An Associated Press-Univision poll finds that “Hispanic immigrants, many of whom faced huge problems in their homelands, have more idealized views of the United States than Hispanics who were born in America do.”

The Arizona Republic reports that “there are many ways for unauthorized workers to slip through the cracks” of the electronic employment verification (E-Verify) system.

Rep. Connie Mac (R-FL) defended his opposition to Arizona’s immigration law, stating, “I decided early on that I was going to stand by the principles that I believe in.”


The Federal Reserve yesterday unveiled new rules “aimed at protecting consumers from abusive lending practices blamed for luring millions into unaffordable home loans.”

Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway (D) “has joined a growing number of Democrats publicly calling on President Obama to nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”

“More than 100 House Democrats have asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi not to bring the Senate child nutrition reauthorization bill to a floor vote because it uses a reduction in monthly food stamp benefits to offset new spending,” Congressional Quarterly reports.

Health Care

Maggie Mahar: “If conservatives manage to kill health care reform legislation, what will happen next? I really don’t want to go there.”

“The Florida Medical Association sent a letter of ‘no confidence’ to the American Medical Association expressing its feelings that the AMA did not represent doctors’ wishes during the healthcare reform debate.”

“In the increasingly tense wrangling between the insurance industry and state regulators over the definition of what spending can qualify as medical care under the new health law, one of the loudest lobbying voices is a relatively small player: Cigna Corp.”

Climate Change

As it accelerates, global warming has “devastated coral populations” in Indonesian waters through large-scale bleaching, shrinking the East Coast habitat of blue mussels, and threatening the future of plants on land.

The record global heat wave has “claimed 132 lives in Japan this summer” and ten in Arkansas, is baking Alaska with 90+ temperatures, and has set Canada aflame.

“I absolutely do not believe in the science of man-caused climate change,” U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson (R-WI) said. “It’s far more likely that it’s just sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time.”