From Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), who serves as vice chair of the House Democratic caucus: “My dad would tell me stories that when he was younger, he couldn’t walk into some restaurants because of the signs that said, ‘No dogs or Mexicans allowed.’ Now I get to walk my parents though the doors of the White House. It’s a leap.”
• Lilly Fowler of the investigative-reporting group FairWarning.org wrote an in-depth article about Peace Corps volunteers who face indifference from the agency after suffering injuries abroad. Her report, based partly on a study by the Government Accountability Office, exposes signs of “flawed management” and a failing system for providing benefits to those who need them.
• Jonathan Karl of ABC News discovered a few “surprising items” included in the Obama administration’s $60-billion emergency aid package for victims of superstorm Sandy. Among them are requests for tens of millions of dollars for relief in locations well outside the epicenter of the storm.