BY DOYLE MCMANUS
When Obamacare’s first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on federal and state exchanges by the March 31 deadline, several million more signed up for Medicaid and a whole lot of under-26 Americans got covered by their parents’ plans.
BY TIM PADGETT
If you needed any reminding of how archaic and clueless U.S. policy on Cuba can be — and the extent to which it so often actually aids an oppressive communist dictatorship — look no further than Thursday’s excellent Associated Press article about the “Cuban Twitter” fiasco.
BY FRIDA GHITIS
There’s a dangerous human tendency to gradually pay less attention to crises that unfold over long periods of time. That, of course, is possible only for those whose daily lives are not directly affected. For everyone else, it creates an unconscious illusion that the situation can be ignored without consequences.
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
Millennials are not easily impressed. According to a recent study released by Pew Research Center, 50 percent of Millennials are political independents, and almost one third are not affiliated to any organized religion. They are linked by social media, debt and distrust of people and are relatively optimistic: 49 percent believe the best years are yet to come.
By JAMELLE BOUIE
Since 2011, Republican lawmakers in swing states have pushed hard for new restrictions on voting, from voter identification to new rules on early voting and ballot access. “Nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013,” notes The New York Times, and other states “are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or passport, after a federal judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas.”
By GINA BARRECA
How do you spell conscious uncoupling? Where I came from, we always spelled it the way Tammy Wynette sang it, which is D-I-V-O-R-C-E.
By RAYMOND FORT and MALONE MATSON
A few weeks ago I threw a dinner party at my apartment. As expected in Miami, everyone was late. As my friends trickled in, each person had a story to tell about their parking experience — and not just any story, an epic story. Stories were even retold to those who walked in later because they were that dramatic!
BY URI DROMI
In a last, desperate, attempt to save the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from failure, a tripartite deal was hurriedly cooked: Israel would reportedly freeze settlements and release Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinians would stay at the negotiating table, and the Americans would release Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, who was jailed for life in 1987 for passing secret documents to Israel.
By MEG DALY
A couple of years ago, I was on a leisurely bike ride with my daughter when I lost my balance, fell and broke both of my arms. That was bad. But my husband has an expression, No hay mal que por bien no venga — out of every bad comes good. So this story gets a whole lot better.
By ROCCO CEO
Last fall, I met with Denis Hector, Meg Daly, Maria Nardi, Ray Fort and Parker Thomson. They are, respectively, interim dean, visionary activist, Miami-Dade County Parks & Recreation chief of planning and research, activist and designer at Arquitectonica and attorney.
By JACK KARDYS AND MARIA NARDI
We need to create parks, public spaces and civic art, where citizens thrive, enterprises grow and communities flourish. There is a genuine energy and desire for change. Our call to action is to serve as enablers, helping people and communities become engaged, making the most of what we have and partnering with a variety of public- and private-sector organizations to help close health and equity gaps. This can create a better outcome for the community.
RICK SCOTT CAMPAIGN
BY DARIO MORENO
Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection campaign hit a speed bump recently that stops its positive momentum and could possibly derail the campaign’s effort to reach out to Florida’s Hispanic voters.
BY PENIEL JOSEPH
Friday, as we remember the 46th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, we should remember the lessons from the civil-rights icon’s last great political crusade: the Poor People’s Campaign to end poverty.
TYPE 1 DIABETES
BY RAY ALLEN
On April 5, my wife, Shannon, and I will be walking for our son Walker and millions of people around the globe living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D).
BY JOY-ANN REID
What happens when a party simply gives up on voter persuasion?
BY DICK ANDERSON
As an aspiring football player, I experienced firsthand the value of parks and recreation to communities.
SALVADOR SÁNCHEZ CERÉN
BY RUBÉN ZAMORA
On March 9, the Salvadoran people elected Salvador Sánchez Cerén as president of El Salvador in an election that reflected the maturity of our democracy and the progress of our society since the end of the civil war in 1992.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.”
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY
I haven’t met David Beckham yet, but everyone who has says he’s charming, smart, unpretentious, down to earth and, oh yeah, very good looking. It’s not only ladies who swoon over Becks, guys can go a little ga-ga, too.
BY JOHN DICKERSON
Jeb Bush is having a moment. For two months or so, as Chris Christie’s presidential fortunes have appeared abridged, people have started mentioning the former two-term Florida governor as a possible 2016 candidate. Now the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Robert Costa report that the whispers have grown into a draft-Bush movement.