* While some Republicans are being pressed about whether or not they’d vote for Trump if he is the nominee, retired Senator Bob Dole said that if Cruz wins the nomination, he might oversleep on election day.
* Here’s the opening graph of an article by Sarah Ferris on a new CBO report about Obamacare:
ObamaCare will force a reduction in American work hours — the equivalent of 2 million jobs over the next decade, Congress’s nonpartisan scorekeeper said Monday.
Notice the unfortunate use of the word “force.” Just one paragraph later, she quotes the actual report:
“Some people would choose to work fewer hours; others would leave the labor force entirely or remain unemployed for longer than they otherwise would,” the agency said in its latest analysis of the now five-year-old law.
In other words, because people have the security of health insurance, they might chose to work fewer hours or retire early. As Steve Benen notes, this is a feature of Obamacare, not a bug.
* Elizabeth Lower-Basch writes that the “work-first” approach of TANF needs to be modified to take into account the hardships placed on mothers of infants.
* My favorite Trump reaction today was when the BBC compared him to Voldemort by collecting tweets like this:
My theory is that Trump is Voldemort & if the media stops saying his name, Harry Potter will come destroy him. America will be great again.
— Linds (@lindsaysmetanka) December 7, 2015
And then J.K. Rowling responded:
How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. https://t.co/hFO0XmOpPH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 8, 2015
* Finally…yes, the UN Conference on Climate Change is still underway in Paris. Here’s a love letter from #EarthToParis: