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The Roosevelt Institute's Daily Digest is taking a break for the holidays. We'll be back on January 2, but in the meantime, we're rounding up highlights from our blog in 2013. On Friday, December 27, we'll share the best posts from our Millennial networks. On Monday, December 30, we'll have highlights from the Four Freedoms Center.
Five Days Until Unemployment Insurance Ends (The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren decries the political viewpoint that casts the unemployed as too lazy and undeserving of aid. He notes that ending long-term unemployment insurance will put government support for the unemployed at its lowest level since 1950.
Rand Paul Has Some Festivus Grievances with Washington. The Unemployed Have Some With Him. (WaPo)
Ezra Klein suggests that the long-term unemployed have grounds to complain that Washington isn't doing enough to help them find work. There just aren't enough jobs to go around, so cutting off benefits isn't going to solve anything, despite what Senator Paul says.
10 Reasons That Long-Term Unemployment Is a National Catastrophe (MoJo)
Kevin Drum explains all the reasons that Americans should be paying much more attention to the problem of long-term unemployment, not the least of which is that long-term unemployment is estimated to cost around 7 percent of potential GDP growth per year.
Living Wage Ruling Gives Queens Casino Workers a Fighting Chance (NYT)
Rachel L. Swarns reports on the sudden jump in wages for workers at a casino in Queens, NY thanks to a labor arbitrator's decision to require the casino to pay a real living wage. Before the decision, many of these workers relied on second jobs or government assistance.
Phoenix Becomes First City To End Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans (ThinkProgress)
Scott Keyes reports on Phoenix's efforts, which include a "Housing First" policy that prioritizes supportive housing over sobriety requirements. The Obama administration has called for an end to veteran homelessness by 2015, but the rest of the country is far behind Phoenix.
The Business Case for Paternity Leave (The Atlantic)
Arlie Hochschild argues that paternity leave is actually better for the bottom line, particular in this unpredictable economy. Her proof is from a ranking of countries' "business climate" by the World Economic Forum, which puts two countries with paternity leave ahead of the U.S.
The Obamacare Exchange Will Stay Open Today. Here's Why (TNR)
Jonathan Cohn says the administration pushed back the deadline for buying insurance on the federal exchange to give those experiencing rate shock a little more time. Employer-subsidized insurance obscures costs, which makes almost any plan look inordinately expensive to individuals.