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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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  • Medicaid Enrollment Is Brisk Despite HealthCare.gov Troubles
    If you advertise it, they will come. Sign-ups for Medicaid are brisk, even in states that haven't expanded their programs with an infusion of federal dollars. Experts call that the "woodwork effect" — getting the word out to people who were already eligible.
  • Congressional Dysfunction Makes Corrections To Health Law A No-Go
    Aside from technological problems that have plagued the roll out of the federal health exchange, some smaller technical problems with the Affordable Care Act have also emerged — things like unclear definitions and legislative language that have unintended consequences and remain unfixed. Once upon a time, after Congress passed a mega-bill, it followed with "technical corrections" to fix definitions, numbers, funds, minor policy fixes. But that's not so easy in these dysfunctional days, when Republicans want to repeal the health law and Democrats fear re-opening a can of worms.
  • Church Of England To Ordain Women As Bishops
    The Church of England voted overwhelmingly Monday to allow women to serve as bishops. The first woman could be ordained as early as the end of this year.
  • For Dev Hynes, Every Sound Is A Color
    "I see no reason to not just try everything," the musician says of his new album as Blood Orange. Hynes spoke with NPR's Melissa Block about his shape-shifting sonic identity and living with the sensory condition synesthesia.
  • China Sends 'Peace Ark' To Philippines Via Choppy Political Seas
    China says it is sending a state-of-the-art hospital ship to help typhoon victims in the Philippines. The move follows widespread criticism that China's first response to the disaster was stingy. China — the world's second-largest economy — initially pledged a total of just $200,000, less than a tenth of what the furniture chain Ikea pledged.
  • A Chronic Problem In Disaster Zones: No Fuel
    Typhoon Haiyan, like many disasters that preceded it, created a critical shortage of gasoline. This hampered ordinary Filipinos trying to rebuild their lives, as well as aid organizations trying to help them. One U.S. group has made it its mission to provide free gas.
  • Rival Plans In Senate Aim To Change Military Rape Prosecutions
    The Senate is debating rival plans on how to prosecute cases of sexual assault in the military. The problem is vast: 26,000 military sexual assaults last year, with only 3,000 reported and 300 going to trial. Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have competing proposals for dealing with the issue.
  • Obama Awards Medal Of Freedom To Bill Clinton, Others
    President Obama bestowed the highest civilian award on an array of stars Monday. The 16 recipients of the Medal of Freedom — from former President Bill Clinton to country singer Loretta Lynn, from feminist Gloria Steinem and legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith to Judge Patricia Wald — assembled at the White House.
  • Arturo Sandoval: Free To Blow His Trumpet The Way He Wants
    NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji spent time with Cuban trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval, just days before he accepted his adopted country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • With Nominees Stalled, Democrats Reprise Filibuster Threat
    With Republicans blocking the nominations of one African-American and two female judges to a key appeals court, Senate Democrats are again pondering a rules change to curtail the minority's ability to filibuster judicial appointments. But even Democrats themselves are split on whether to proceed.

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