Playlist team: Hot off the Press

By Demetrio Teniente, Zoë Mattioli, Kamilah Todd, Katie Ballard, Caroline Hicks and Hayley Morrison

Many consider the handling of the first known case of Ebola in the US to be a failure so we decided to begin our playlist with “My Mistakes Were Made For You” by The Last Shadow Puppet.

Last week strict new abortion restrictions were imposed, leaving only eight authorized abortion clinics in Texas.  However State statute does NOT require physicians’ offices to obtain abortion licenses if they perform fewer than 50 abortions each year.  This means women are going to be “needing a doctor” to perform their abortions.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is withholding $75 million to help Texas better run Medicaid- you could say they are imitating Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and are ‘waiting ‘til they get their money right.’

Our next song refers to the U.S. Supreme Court decision, allowing same-sex marriage in five states, and Sen. Cruz’s negative response. It’s “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Mary Lambert.

After Texas lawmakers passed a bill earlier this fall requiring schools to offer a fixed tuition payment plan, students are showing mixed feelings about committing to a fixed plan. Numbers show that there is no guarantee that students will save money by signing up, so they are still getting hit with “Bills, Bills, Bills,” as sings Destiny’s Child.

With all eyes on the Ebola case in Dallas, Governor Rick Perry called on the federal government Monday to improve airport screening for Ebola, so we chose the song, “Feds Watching,” by 2 Chainz.

It was reported a few days ago that the Obama administration broke the record for deportations in 2013 (438,421 people were deported). This song relates to deportation, because the US government was telling immigrants that “There’s No Home For You Here”.

Colin McDonald and Erich Schlegel are currently investigating “Down By The River” of the disappearing Rio Grande and cataloging their findings in real time. This weekend, McDonald reported about his adventures making friends with U.S. Border Patrol agents, shooting guns, and a team member catching the bubonic plague, so we have “Hell of a Life,” by Kanye West.

And finally, Lovington County is expecting tremendous growth because of a booming oil and gas industry, so much so that water might become an issue- so Marty Robins’ “Cold Water” finishes off our playlist

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