Boulder, the U.S., and the world: The good, bad, and ugly in government

The Good:
In a profile of Angela Merkel, The Christian Science Monitor paints a picture of Germany’s chancellor as the “most powerful woman in the world” and an “atypical politician” — a woman always striving to better herself, and learning from her failures. The CSM profiles Merkel as a cautious go-getter, a determined leader most concerned about the health of Germany as the E.U. continues to face a debt crisis.

The Bad:
Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, has been cut by almost $40 billion.  It provides food stamps for the poorest people in the U.S., including many unemployed parents with children.  NPR and USA Today share different viewpoints on this change in policy.

The Ugly:
Do states really need to make laws in order for citizens to be moral?  Price-gouging in Colorado after a disastrous flood seems like bad karma.

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