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Marketplace for Monday June 30, 2014

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The Supreme Court rules the ACA’s contraception provisions violate a federal law protecting religious freedom in the case of two challenging corporations. The court restricts the idea of religious liberty to corporations of a certain kind: closely held corporations, the vast majority of which are individuals or small family businesses. Some, though, are large: Hobby Lobby, one of today’s plaintiffs, is family owned and employs nearly 20,000 people. Also, the revelation that Facebook has been manipulating the feelings of its users revealed the existence of its data science division. We look at what the division does, why it’s so important to Facebook, and why knowing so much about your feelings is key to Facebook’s success. Plus, President Obama today nominates Bob McDonald, the former chief executive of Procter and Gamble, as the new chief of Veterans Affairs. McDonald will inherit a department riddled with deep-rooted problems. So what does the appointment of an outsider from the private sector say about the future of the VA? 
Robert McDonald

Why Bob McDonald is a big departure for the VA

Most Veterans Affairs' Chiefs had lots of experience in the military, government.
Posted In: veterans affairs, Procter & Gamble, Bob McDonald
Hobby Lobby

'Family-like' Hobby Lobby has religion, Court rules

Hobby Lobby does not have to comply with the ACA's contraception requirement.
Posted In: ACA, Hobby Lobby, corporations, Supreme Court, contraceptive

New York City extends paid sick days to more workers

Most workers save their sick days for when they're most needed.
Posted In: sick leave, New York City, sickness

How rising rents, falling incomes crush communities

The long tail of the recession still wreaks havoc on renters' real estate market.
Posted In: rental market, apartments, New York City, affordable housing

Amish iPhones, mansions and millionaires?

We talk with Jen Banbury about her article on modern changes to Amish culture.
Posted In: Amish
A dog, a computer and some Facebook photos of potential canine friends.

Facebook is not the only one studying your behavior

Why knowing so much about your feelings is key to Facebook’s success.
Posted In: Facebook, social media, advertising, Twitter, Google, Yahoo

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