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Here at Remapping Debate, we only have the resources to report on the fraction of the stories we’d like to cover. On the other hand, if some of our Big Brothers and Big Sisters eased up just a little on the horse race articles, there would be plenty of time to report on a variety of important stories that are hiding in plain sight — like these:

Leads | | Housing, NYC, Regulation
No, not about private indiscretions. Just about what sort of leadership the widely-hailed governor is or is not exerting when it comes to the fate of the homes of more than a million families.More
Leads | | Health care
Last week, Remapping Debate reported on the decision by Oxford Health Plans, a United HealthCare company, to change the reimbursement schedules on at least some of its "Freedom Plans" so that patients have to pay 50 percent more than previously for an out-of-network doctor visit or procedure. The idea is to discourage enrollees from using out-of-network services. Is Oxford an outlier, or are other private health insurance providers taking plans marketed as giving out-of-network choice and effectively limiting the ability of enrollees to use the out-of-network component? This is just one of a number of questions remaining to be answered.More
Leads | | Politics
A front-page story in last Thursday’s New York Times purported to have uncovered an “odd alliance”: a non-profit group affiliated with the Tea Party running a PR campaign closely aligned with the interests of a gigantic Indonesian paper company. This confluence of “seemingly disparate interests,” the Times asserted, was surprising because “the Tea Party movement is as deeply skeptical of big business as it is of big government.” But while the story skillfully followed the money trail, it was an example of something all too common in American political journalism: an impressive display of fact-finding dropped into a confused conceptual frame. A more clear-eyed understanding of the relationship between the Tea Party and business interests points to a host of basic reporting tasks to which the Times and its peers could direct their impressive resources.More
Leads | | Law
Will advances in artificial intelligence result in cheaper and more effective ways to hold back incriminating evidence?More
Leads | | Social Security
Why won't a solution that incontrovertibly makes the system more sound be seriously discussed in polite media or political circles?More