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By Yvonne Ashley Kouadjo
July 11, 2014
Caption : ICYMI, here’s your dose of vital information for your everyday life.     

ICYMI, here’s your dose of vital information for your everyday life.

How Obamacare Opponents Are Highlighting The Law’s Success. The war against Obamacare seems to be losing steam, in part because—drum roll please—the law is actually working. Daily Intelligencer’s Jonathan Chait measured how senior editor of libertarian magazine Reason Peter Suderman’s view on Obamacare has shifted from utter failure to imperfect creation in a couple of months. According to a new estimate by the New England Journal of Medicine, 20 million Americans have been insured under Obamacare, a number that Suderman refutes as “almost certainly an overstatement.” Contrary to the predictions of anti-Obamacare proponents, the law is making a real difference for uninsured Americans. [New York Magazine]

From POTUS To EGOT? Two-time “Best Spoken Word Album” Grammy winner President Barack Obama could soon add ‘Emmy winner’ to his pedigree. Obama and comedian Zach Galifianakis were nominated in the “Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program” category for Galifianakis’ online series “Between Two Ferns.” Obama’s appearance on the program led to a 40 percent increase in Healthcare.gov visits according to White House spokeswoman Tara McGuinness. The short video garnered over 5 millions views on Funny Or Die’s YouTube channel. If Obama wins, he would be the second president to win an Emmy award, after Dwight D. Eisenhower. [USA Today]

First Person to Legally Buy Weed in Washington Loses Job Over It. Michael Boyer camped out for 19 hours at a retail pot shop in Spokane, Wash., and lost his job in a shorter amount of time. Boyer received a lot of local media attention for his dedication, but his employer Kodiak Security Services wasn’t too keen on his press popularity—or his $50 purchase of 2 grams of Sour Kush. “Yeah, it was kind of a buzzkill,” Boyer said about losing his job. [Buzzfeed News]

Post-Grad Life: It’s Not As Bad As You Think. Popular perception of life after college includes unemployment and economic disillusionment. However, according to a study released by the U.S. Department of Education, those who graduated during the Great Recession are finding employment in larger numbers than previously thought. The study found that 85 percent of individuals out of college had one full-time job, and their average salary was $52,200. This new data counters the 2012 report conducted for The Associated Press that said over half of recent college graduates are either underemployed or unemployed. [Huffington Post College]

Is Your State Uptight? According to research conducted by the University of Maryland, some states would actually prefer if you turned down for what. Researchers measured how “tight” and “loose” states are based on factors like the rate of execution, legality of corporal punishment in schools, and the legality of same-sex civil unions. Unsurprisingly, the least uptight state in the union is the sunny, laid-back California. [Vox]

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