Tuesday, June 27, 2017

President Donald Trump has many people longing for the good old days of George W. Bush - Houston Chronicle


President Donald Trump has many people longing for the good old days of George W. Bush - Houston Chronicle: "President Donald Trump hasn't had much of a presidential honeymoon, with approval ratings dipping from a historically low 45 percent starting point to 41 percent in the latest week of Gallup data"  'via Blog this'

AMA Says McConnell's Trumpcare Bill Violates 'Do No Harm' Principle

AMA Says McConnell's Trumpcare Bill Violates 'Do No Harm' Principle: "The American Medical Association Monday blasted U.S. Senate Republican leadership’s Better Care Reconciliation Act, saying its rollback of Medicaid and skimpier benefits for those with subsidized private individual policies are sure to raise costs for more than just those losing coverage."  'via Blog this'

U.S. Bishops: Senate Health Care Bill Is ‘Unacceptable’ - The Daily Beast

U.S. Bishops: Senate Health Care Bill Is ‘Unacceptable’ - The Daily Beast: "U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops condemned the Senate’s health care bill in a statement on Monday. “This moment cannot pass without comment,” the organization wrote after the Congressional Budget Office released a report indicating that 22 million people would lose their health insurance under the bill. "



'via Blog this'

Friday, June 23, 2017

WATCH: ‘Blood on the floor’ as Capitol police drag Trumpcare protesters from outside McConnell’s office


WATCH: ‘Blood on the floor’ as Capitol police drag Trumpcare protesters from outside McConnell’s office: "Demonstrators gathered outside his Senate office to protest the health care reform bill crafted in secrecy by McConnell and his aides, but Capitol police broke up the protest.

Video and photos shared on social media showed protesters, some in wheelchairs or wearing medical devices, being dragged away from McConnell’s office, where they had planned to stage a “die-in” protest as a draft of the bill was finally circulated among lawmakers." 'via Blog this'

Video Shows Minnesota Police Beating Driver - NBC News


Video Shows Minnesota Police Beating Driver - NBC News: "The Minnesota branch of the ACLU on Thursday released a police dashcam video showing what they termed "a textbook case of excessive force" and called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 2016 arrest.

The video shows Agent Joe Joswiak of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, pulling over a motorist, identified as Anthony Promvongsa, 22, on July 28 of last year."  'via Blog this'

Monday, June 19, 2017

Ohio coroner's office out of room for overdose deaths - CNN.com

Ohio coroner's office out of room for overdose deaths - CNN.com: "An Ohio coroner's office is running out of room for bodies because it can't keep up with deaths caused by drug overdoses.

The Montgomery County Coroner's office, which encompasses cities like Dayton, already processed 145 overdose-related deaths in 2017."  'via Blog this'

Amped-up heroin blamed in 75+ overdoses in 2 states


Amped-up heroin blamed in 75+ overdoses in 2 states: "Authorities in Indiana and Ohio are on high alert after a supercharged form of heroin is suspected of causing 50 overdoses in the two states since Tuesday and more than 75 total since Friday.

Cincinnati saw a spike in overdoses over the weekend when the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition reported more than 30 overdoses Monday. Since Tuesday, 33 more people have overdosed in Cincinnati, including three fatal overdoses."  'via Blog this'

Seattle Storm Take Progressive Tack With Planned Parenthood Partnership - The New York Times


Seattle Storm Take Progressive Tack With Planned Parenthood Partnership - The New York Times: "Professional sports teams work with other businesses and organizations all the time. But the W.N.B.A.’s Seattle Storm announced on Thursday that they were wading into the current political climate in a way that contrasts with the practices of many other sports teams: a partnership with Planned Parenthood."

'via Blog this'

Monday, June 12, 2017

White Man Charged After Going On Racist Tirade At Starbucks | HuffPost

White Man Charged After Going On Racist Tirade At Starbucks | HuffPost: "A white man is facing charges after going on a racist tirade, physically attacking a black man and repeatedly referring to two other black men as “slave” and “vermin.”

A WLS-TV photographer captured William Boucher, 23, on video as he physically and verbally attacked three people after someone spilled coffee on his light-colored suit at a Starbucks in downtown Chicago, according to police. "  'via Blog this'

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Anthem pulls out of Ohio’s Obamacare exchanges, basically blames Trump.


Anthem pulls out of Ohio’s Obamacare exchanges, basically blames Trump.: "Anthem, one of the nation's largest insurers, has announced it will pull out of Ohio's Affordable Care Act market in 2018, a move that will leave residents in up to 20 counties without any options for buying coverage on the state's exchange next year."  'via Blog this'

Elderly Vets Could Face Benefits Cut Under Trump Budget | Military.com


Elderly Vets Could Face Benefits Cut Under Trump Budget | Military.com: " Trump's federal budget plan that would cut a benefit paying thousands of dollars annually to disabled elderly veterans.

The issue involved Shulkin's push for an expanded choice program allowing veterans to opt for private care and the offset from veterans' benefits to pay for more choice.

The proposal on the tradeoff to pay for the $2.9 billion choice expansion aroused the concerns of veterans service organizations. The vets' groups were also concerned about the long-term impact on VA care from the renewed emphasis on private care."  'via Blog this'

Black troops as much as twice as likely to be punished by commanders, courts

That's messed up!

Black troops as much as twice as likely to be punished by commanders, courts: " Black troops are far more likely than their white comrades to face court martial or other forms of military punishment, according to a study to be released Wednesday.

Black service members were as much as two times more likely than white troops to face discipline in an average year, according to an analysis by Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy organization for victims of sexual assault and military justice. The group combed through Pentagon data from 2006 to 2015 for its report." 'via Blog this'

Monday, June 5, 2017

Trump hits the road this week to talk infrastructure | Reuters.com


Trump hits the road this week to talk infrastructure | Reuters.com: "President Donald Trump will hit the road next week to ramp up his long-promised plan to overhaul the nation's aging airports, roads and railways, a push that could energize his supporters and distract from political intrigue in Washington."  'via Blog this'

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is great news … for China - Vox

Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is great news … for China - Vox: "The reshuffling of the world order in the wake of Trump’s announcement could be seen almost immediately, with top Chinese and European leaders criticizing the US’s withdrawal side by side on Thursday.

Standing next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that “fighting climate change is a global consensus” and pledged that China would remain committed to the Paris agreement."



'via Blog this'

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Weather Channel Is Not Holding Back When It Comes To Climate Change | HuffPost


The Weather Channel Is Not Holding Back When It Comes To Climate Change | HuffPost: "One piece lets readers find out “what happens to Earth now.” It describes “scientists and environmentalists” who called Trump’s withdrawal from the pact a “historical mistake.” There are also links to powerful stories about wildlife and forests that have been fatally affected by climate change. Oh, and NBD, there are just some notes on ice shelves collapsing, Antarctica turning green, and CALIFORNIA’S COAST DISAPPEARING INTO THE SEA. Basically, The Weather Channel does not screw around when it comes to climate change. Too bad our president doesn’t feel the same."  'via Blog this'

Cracked explains Voter Fraud

Zika costs

https://www.wired.com/2016/08/price-zika-4-million-per-child/

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cost of Heart Surgery - Consumer Information

Cost of Heart Surgery - Consumer Information: "Pali Momi Medical Center[2] in Hawaii charges about $31,000, not including doctor fee, for removal of plaque from blood vessels -- or $18,500 for uninsured patients who pay in full within 30 days, or $21,500 for those who pay in 60. Doctor fees can add up $5,000 or more to the final bill, depending on the procedure. Heart bypass surgery typically costs about $70,000-$200,000 or more, and heart valve replacement surgery typically costs $80,000-$200,000 or more. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing[3] , the total cost of a heart transplant can reach almost $800,000 or more."   'via Blog this'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tulsa police officer acquitted over fatal shooting of unarmed black | Reuters



White Tulsa police officer acquitted over fatal shooting of unarmed black | Reuters: "An Oklahoma jury on Wednesday found a white Tulsa police officer not guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a confrontation caught on video last September, stoking a national debate over racial bias in law enforcement."  via Blog this'

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Report: Israel Was Source of Secret Trump Intel - The Daily Beast

Report: Israel Was Source of Secret Trump Intel - The Daily Beast: "President Trump disclosed classified information provided by Israel during a talk with top Russian officials in the Oval Office, The New York Times reported Monday. As originally reported by the Washington Post, Trump shared the information with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week during their visit to the White House."  'via Blog this'

Friday, May 12, 2017

Navy should return to 'goddamned steam' on carrier, Trump says

Arrested Development -

Navy should return to 'goddamned steam' on carrier, Trump says: ""It sounded bad to me. Digital. They have digital. What is digital? And it’s very complicated. You have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out. And I said — and now they want to buy more aircraft carriers. I said what system are you going to be — 'Sir, we’re staying with digital.' I said no you’re not. You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it’s no good." "



'via Blog this'

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Trump’s Second Army Secretary Pick Withdraws - The Daily Beast


Trump’s Second Army Secretary Pick Withdraws - The Daily Beast: "Tennessee State Sen. Mark Green on Friday withdrew his nomination to be President Trump’s secretary of the Army, citing “false and misleading attacks” against him for his often incendiary comments on LGBTQ rights, evolution, and Muslims."  'via Blog this'

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

FIRED!!

Police Officer Who Fatally Shot 15-Year-Old Texas Boy Is Fired https://nyti.ms/2quXCUu

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Balch Springs Police Chief: Video contradicts officer-involved shooting ...

Donald Trump gives a baffling, extremely incorrect history lesson on Andrew Jackson

Donald Trump gives a baffling, extremely incorrect history lesson on Andrew Jackson: "“I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War,” Trump said. “He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.’”"  'via Blog this'

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Watch Hasan Minhaj Roast Donald Trump And The Media At The White House Correspondents' Dinner | The Huffington Post


Watch Hasan Minhaj Roast Donald Trump And The Media At The White House Correspondents' Dinner | The Huffington Post: "“Even the president is not beyond the reach of the First Amendment,” he said. “But the president didn’t show up, because Donald Trump doesn’t care about free speech.” “I’m proud that all of us are here tonight to defend that right,” he continued, “even if the man in the White House never would.” Watch his full roast below:" 
 'via Blog this'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trump Team Memo Hints at Big Shake-Up of U.S. Energy Policy

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-09/trump-team-s-memo-hints-at-broad-shake-up-of-u-s-energy-policy

With billions at stake, a federal judge just nullified the GOP's most cynical attack on Obamacar

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-hiltzik-obamacare-moda-health-ruling-20170213-story.html

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Benghazi-obsessed Trump MIA on key security post - POLITICO


Benghazi-obsessed Trump MIA on key security post - POLITICO: "President Donald Trump has yet to nominate the State Department official who oversees diplomatic security abroad — despite having made the 2012 Benghazi attacks a centerpiece of his campaign against Hillary Clinton." via Blog this'

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

?Huh?

http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/04/12/putin-russia-us-relations

Thursday, April 6, 2017

TCU - Google

https://www.wired.com/2017/04/building-ai-chip-saved-google-building-dozen-new-data-centers/

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

All lives Matter - not so much! SMH

circulated later on social media, revealed a disturbing truth: Few, if any, white people showed up for the meeting..
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58daa922e4b037bd82caeb90

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trump Voter Shocked To Find That Her Meals On Wheels Could Be Cut | The Huffington Post

Trump Voter Shocked To Find That Her Meals On Wheels Could Be Cut | The Huffington Post: "Linda Preast has used a wheelchair since she had a stroke two years ago and now relies on Meals on Wheels, a service that provides food to millions of people with disabilities and the elderly. The 56-year-old Georgia resident never envisioned when she voted for President Donald Trump that he’d propose slashing funding for the programs.

“Are you surprised?” CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller asked Preast at her home in Jones County Saturday."  'via Blog this'

Refugees made some of the nicest things we have — Quartz



Refugees made some of the nicest things we have — Quartz: " Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar to Indian parents, settled in the UK after fleeing the Zanzibar revolution in 1964."  'via Blog this'

Monday, March 13, 2017

Here’s how the Drudge Report splashed job reports for Obama that were better than Trump’s - The Washington Post



Here’s how the Drudge Report splashed job reports for Obama that were better than Trump’s - The Washington Post: "Why? Because, in Donald Trump’s first full month as president, t
he economy added 235,000 jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Boom. And so the Drudge Report went ahead and declared Trump’s hat’s mission accomplished."  'via Blog this'

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Obamacare repeal guts crucial public health funds - The Washington Post

Obamacare repeal guts crucial public health funds - The Washington Post: "The latest Republican health-care bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would eliminate funds for fundamental public health programs, including for the prevention of bioterrorism and  disease outbreaks, as well as money to provide immunizations and heart-disease screenings."  'via Blog this'

The puzzling way Republicans want to replace the individual mandate, explained with a cartoon - Vox


The puzzling way Republicans want to replace the individual mandate, explained with a cartoon - Vox: "On Monday, House Republicans released their Obamacare replacement plan. Vox's Sarah Kliff has a must-read explainer on the bill, which was developed with the White House and Senate Republicans. One key component is that it gets rid of the individual mandate — the most unpopular part of Obamacare, because it fines people who don't have health insurance."  'via Blog this'

Friday, March 10, 2017

In an Angry and Fearful Nation, an Outbreak of Anti-Semitism - ProPublica


In an Angry and Fearful Nation, an Outbreak of Anti-Semitism - ProPublica: "In late November, Marna Street, a violist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, was walking to her car after a rehearsal. Street was shocked by what she discovered: Someone had painted a swastika, about 14 inches across, on the trunk of her car. The vandals, Street said, had probably targeted her vehicle, which was parked in a garage not far from the University of Cincinnati, because she’d placed a magnet on it indicating that she is Jewish. Street eventually managed scrub off the graffiti. She put the magnet in the glovebox of her car. “I had that feeling in the pit of my stomach, like somebody just punched me,” recalled Street, 68, speaking publicly for the first time. It was, she said, “a cross between fear and just plain hurt.”"  'via Blog this'

Trump keeps claiming he’s created U.S. jobs since Election Day. Not so. - The Washington Post

I should have reported this before the Jobs numbers.

Trump keeps claiming he’s created U.S. jobs since Election Day. Not so. - The Washington Post: "— White House news release on ExxonMobil’s investment program, March 6 President Trump claimed undue credit for ExxonMobil’s investment announcement — the latest example of the new president’s now-predictable formula: A company announces a U.S. jobs plan that predates Trump’s presidency. The company gives a nod to Trump’s anti-regulation policies. Trump then takes credit for bringing jobs back to the United States. Repeat."  'via Blog this'

Thursday, March 9, 2017

GOP health care plan probably would make care pricier for core Trump voters - Chicago Tribune


GOP health care plan probably would make care pricier for core Trump voters - Chicago Tribune: "President Donald Trump offered his unqualified support for the health care alternative that House Republicans announced Tuesday. "I'm proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives," he told GOP lawmakers a few hours after he tweeted about "our wonderful new Healthcare Bill." At his daily news briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer specifically said that the proposal was "the Obamacare replacement plan that everyone has been asking for, the plan that the president ran on." If this is the plan that Trump ran on, his voters might be surprised to hear it. Preliminary analysis suggests that Trump's base of support is more likely to see insurance premium costs rise -- often substantially -- under Trump's bill."  'via Blog this'

The Republican health-care bill threatens Trump's voters

The Republican health-care bill threatens Trump's voters: "The House GOP's reductions would affect all Medicaid beneficiaries, not just those added to the rolls under Obamacare. That includes more than 6 million senior citizens with incomes and assets low enough to qualify for the program.

Medicaid finances most nursing home care in the United States. Unlike the program's nonelderly beneficiaries, a 54 percent majority of beneficiaries aged 65 or older are white, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

That means the House bill would pinch Trump's blue-collar white supporters in two ways – crimping their own Medicaid coverage, and that of their elderly parents."  'via Blog this'

‘This is not Trump’s America!’: Passengers rejoice when man accused of racism is kicked off flight - The Washington Post


‘This is not Trump’s America!’: Passengers rejoice when man accused of racism is kicked off flight - The Washington Post: "“Goooodbyeee raaacists!” That was the blunt — and unquestionably sarcastic — message one heated passenger delivered to a man and a woman as they were being kicked off a United Airlines flight Saturday evening for causing a disturbance that was blamed on racist comments."  'via Blog this'

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Trump just blamed the military for the botched Yemen raid. That's a disgrace. - Vox

Trump just blamed the military for the botched Yemen raid. That's a disgrace. - Vox: "Seventy-two years later, perhaps we should play Taps for the notion that the buck stops on the president’s desk. In an interview with Fox & Friends Tuesday, President Donald Trump refused to accept responsibility for the risky special operations raid in Yemen earlier this month that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens."  'via Blog this'

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Utah ACA

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/health/utah-obamacare.html?_r=0&referer=https://www.google.com/

Trump's Troublesome Tweet on the Debt | The Concord Coalition

Trump's Troublesome Tweet on the Debt | The Concord Coalition: "Here’s what Trump said:

“The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo.”

The facts are accurate but meaningless.

Trump correctly claims that the debt went down in his first month as president. There are, however, two problems with this claim. First, the time frame is totally arbitrary. The debt number can fluctuate widely on a day-to-day basis. For example, from January 10 to January 12 this year the debt fell by $22 billion. On the other hand, from January 13 to January 18 it rose by $21 billion."  'via Blog this'

Federal Budget Growth is Concentrated in Entitlements and Interest Costs | The Concord Coalition

Created by The Concord Coalition
Federal Budget Growth is Concentrated in Entitlements and Interest Costs | The Concord Coalition: "This bar chart shows how the federal budget will grow and change over the next 25 years. As a percentage of GDP, the largest source of growth will be the rising interest on the U.S. national debt. "
'via Blog this'

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Check please

Fact Check: Trump’s Address to Congress https://nyti.ms/2m6VbYq

George W. Bush: ‘I Don’t Like the Racism’ - The Daily Beast


George W. Bush: ‘I Don’t Like the Racism’ - The Daily Beast: " “I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated.” The ex-president’s comments come after he chastised the Republican president—for whom he did not vote—for his ongoing war with the media. Bush told the Today show he believes the media are “indispensable to democracy” and that sensible immigration policy should ..."  'via Blog this'

Trump just blamed the military for the botched Yemen raid. That's a disgrace. - Vox

Trump just blamed the military for the botched Yemen raid. That's a disgrace. - Vox: "“This was a mission that was started before I got here. This was something they wanted to do,” Trump said. “They came to me, they explained what they wanted to do ― the generals ― who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan.”"



'via Blog this'

Monday, February 27, 2017

100 Headstones Toppled at a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia - The New York Times


100 Headstones Toppled at a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia - The New York Times: "The police in Philadelphia found about 100 toppled headstones at a Jewish cemetery on Sunday, less than one week after a similar discovery was made in Missouri."  'via Blog this'

Headstones Vandalized At Jewish Cemetery In Philadelphia : The Two-Way : NPR


Headstones Vandalized At Jewish Cemetery In Philadelphia : The Two-Way : NPR: "Philadelphia police say more than 100 headstones have been damaged at a Jewish cemetery in the northeastern part of the city. The vandalism occurred less than a week after a similar episode in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, where more than 150 graves were targeted. Local police arrived at Mt. Carmel Cemetery Sunday morning after getting a call from a man reporting that the headstones of three of his relatives had been damaged. WHYY's Bobby Allyn spoke with Shawn Zevit, a Philadelphia rabbi who described the vandalism as "a hateful act, an attempt to create fear and to tarnish the memory of those who have died and attack their dignity.""  'via Blog this'

Sunday, February 26, 2017

House Science Chairman Sees Liberal Cover-Up on Warming Pause - Scientific American

House Science Chairman Sees Liberal Cover-Up on Warming Pause - Scientific American: "John Bates, who recently retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center, told the Daily Mail newspaper in England that a 2015 federal study was intended “to discredit the notion of a global warming hiatus” and was rushed “to time the publication of the paper to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy.”
Bates said his NOAA colleagues relied on “unverified” data to prove their hurried claims."



'via Blog this'

Son of boxer Muhammad Ali detained at Florida airport - Business Insider



Son of boxer Muhammad Ali detained at Florida airport - Business Insider: "Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, who was born in Philadelphia and has a US passport, was traveling with his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the late sports icon's second wife, friend and lawyer Chris Mancini told the Louisville Courier-Journal."  'via Blog this'

3 Injured in Attack in Germany’s Heidelberg - The Daily Beast


3 Injured in Attack in Germany’s Heidelberg - The Daily Beast: "Three people were injured Saturday when a man reportedly drove a car into a group of pedestrians in Heidelberg, authorities said. The attacker, who was carrying a knife, was reportedly shot and injured by police after fleeing the scene, the BBC reported. Police said terrorism is not suspected and the man acted alone. No further details have been released."  'via Blog this'

Vehicle hits crowd at New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, dozens injured - Business Insider


Vehicle hits crowd at New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, dozens injured - Business Insider: "New Orleans police say the number of people injured after a vehicle crashed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans has increased to 28 and a suspect is in custody."  'via Blog this'

Saturday, February 25, 2017

GOP Obamacare Plan Would Cover Fewer People; Blowback Grows - Bloomberg


GOP Obamacare Plan Would Cover Fewer People; Blowback Grows - Bloomberg: "Access Versus Coverage At the core of the Republican argument in favor of their plan is that it will expand access to insurance for those who want it, rather than expanding total coverage by forcing people to. The requirements for repealing the ACA mean it’s not possible to keep the same number of people covered, said Representative Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican. “You can’t do that,” Franks said in an interview. For the Republican plan to work, it needs to make sure tax subsidies get people to buy insurance who wouldn’t otherwise, said Rebecca Owen, a health research actuary with the Society of Actuaries."  'via Blog this'

Friday, February 24, 2017

Steve Bannon at CPAC: Trump Will Pursue "Deconstruction of the Administrative State" | RedState

Steve Bannon at CPAC: Trump Will Pursue "Deconstruction of the Administrative State" | RedState: "
I know, right? That headline sounds like a really good thing, doesn’t it? Naturally, the Washington Post, where Democracy Dies with Distraction and Deception, tries to portray this as a scary development, articulated by a “reclusive mastermind”:"  'via Blog this'

Trump rips FBI for not stopping leakers after Priebus accused of contacting Bureau about Russia story « Hot Air

Trump rips FBI for not stopping leakers after Priebus accused of contacting Bureau about Russia story « Hot Air: "I expected Team Trump to come out swinging this morning, emphatically denying that any contact with the Bureau had taken place, but they’re actually admitting to it — with caveats. Sean Spicer confirmed to CNN last night that someone at the White House spoke to the FBI, but added, “We didn’t try to knock the story down. We asked them to tell the truth.” That was my point exactly in last night’s post:"



'via Blog this'

Plan To Disrupt Immigration Raids Will Enlist Songs And Prayers : NPR



Plan To Disrupt Immigration Raids Will Enlist Songs And Prayers : NPR: "nonprofit advocacy group called New Sanctuary Movement. The group hopes to leverage a long-standing policy that federal agents won't make arrests in houses of worship — to create a kind of mobile sanctuary wherever a raid is happening, through prayers and hymns."  'via Blog this'

NYPD Links Hate Crimes Increase to 2016 Presidential Campaign - Bloomberg

NYPD Links Hate Crimes Increase to 2016 Presidential Campaign - Bloomberg: "Hate crimes in New York City, particularly against Jews, have spiked in the past 100 days, a trend police officials say is probably connected to ethnic bias and xenophobia that emerged during the 2016 election campaign.

Between the Nov. 8 election and Feb. 19, the New York Police Department received 143 hate-crime complaints, 42 percent more than during the same period a year earlier. Seventy-two of the post-election offenses targeted Jews, compared with 39 a year earlier, according to data provided by the department. "   'via Blog this'

NYPD: Hate crimes rise in 2017, led by anti-Semitic incidents

NYPD: Hate crimes rise in 2017, led by anti-Semitic incidents: "There were 56 hate crimes reported in New York City as of Sunday, Feb. 12, up from just 31 incidents over the same time period last year, according to figures released today by the New York Police Department.

The increase was led by a rise in anti-Semitic crimes, which jumped from 13 to 28. No other category of hate crime was in double digits."  'via Blog this'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Muslim-led fundraiser to repair Jewish cemetery after vandalism surpasses goal | TheHill

Very cool.

Muslim-led fundraiser to repair Jewish cemetery after vandalism surpasses goal | TheHill: "A Muslim-led fundraiser to repair anti-Semitic vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis blew past its initial fundraising goal on Tuesday.

The fundraiser, titled “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery,” had raised more than $40,000 from more than 1,400 donors as of around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, pushing well past its $20,000 fundraising goal.

An update on the campaign’s website via Launch Good says the fundraising goal was reached in just three hours."  'via Blog this'

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CAIR offers reward for those who threatened to bomb Jewish community centers | 11alive.com


CAIR offers reward for those who threatened to bomb Jewish community centers | 11alive.com: "The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who threatened to bomb at least 10 Jewish community centers around the nation on Monday."  'via Blog this'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Wave of Bomb Threats Target US Jewish Centers - NBC News

New Wave of Bomb Threats Target US Jewish Centers - NBC News: "On Monday alone, 11 separate Jewish community centers received phoned-in bomb threats; since early January, 54 centers have reported similar calls."



'via Blog this'

New Wave of Bomb Threats Target US Jewish Centers - NBC News



New Wave of Bomb Threats Target US Jewish Centers - NBC News: "On Monday alone, 11 separate Jewish community centers received phoned-in bomb threats; since early January, 54 centers have reported similar calls."  'via Blog this'

Monday, February 20, 2017

This leaked draft memo is the Trump administration’s starting point for a border crackdown - Vox

This leaked draft memo is the Trump administration’s starting point for a border crackdown - Vox: "Allowing some state governors to deputize the National Guard to help arrest and detain immigrants isn't the only step the Trump administration considered to carry out the president's executive order on immigration. The administration also sketched out plans for wide-scale, mandatory detention of asylum seekers; sending immigrants back to Mexico while their cases were still pending in immigration court; and making it much easier to deport unauthorized immigrants living in the US without a court hearing at all."  'via Blog this'

‘Morning Joe’ has blacklisted Kellyanne Conway. And that’s not all. - The Washington Post


‘Morning Joe’ has blacklisted Kellyanne Conway. And that’s not all. - The Washington Post: "MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski said Wednesday that she refuses to book Kellyanne Conway on “Morning Joe” — and that wasn't even the harshest thing Brzezinski and co-host Joe Scarborough said about the counselor to the president.

“We know for a fact she tries to book herself on this show,” Brzezinski said. “I won't do it, 'cuz I don't believe in fake news or information that is not true. And that is — every time I've ever seen her on television, something’s askew, off or incorrect.”"  'via Blog this'

'Not My President's Day' protesters gather to oppose Trump - CNN.com

'Not My President's Day' protesters gather to oppose Trump - CNN.com: " one of about 20 people who helped organize the events in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, said they were intended to show Trump there was widespread opposition to his policies and "ridiculous" executive orders."

'via Blog this'

‘Not My President’s Day’ Rallies Planned In Colorado « CBS Denver


‘Not My President’s Day’ Rallies Planned In Colorado « CBS Denver: " Rallies are planned across the country Monday, including in Colorado, in demonstration against President Donald Trump."
'via Blog this'

The Creeping Stalinism of Donald Trump | Vanity Fair


The Creeping Stalinism of Donald Trump | Vanity Fair: "The vilifying of the press has gotten so bad that some solace was provided Sunday by The Washington Post, which reported from Abu Dhabi that "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis...does not see the media as the enemy of the American people." Now all journalists have to do is find a viable business model and all worries will disappear! While that Post headline might have inspired huzzahs among the Trump-obsesssed national media, The Wall Street Journal's editorial page writers are frequently finding themselves at odds in a Civil War of political ideas."  'via Blog this'

Ohio parents arrested after 8-year-old son overdosed on heroin, police say - The Washington Post

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Ohio parents arrested after 8-year-old son overdosed on heroin, police say - The Washington Post: "On Jan. 11, police responded to a report of a child not breathing at a home in Berea, a suburb southwest of Cleveland. There, they found the child unresponsive in the living room and his father doing chest compressions on him, according to a police report obtained by WKYC News."  'via Blog this'

Monday, February 13, 2017

Trump inherits Obama boom - POLITICO


Trump inherits Obama boom - POLITICO: "On the campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly described the U.S. economy as a hollowed-out disaster of high unemployment and stagnant growth. But the latest numbers show the president-elect will in fact inherit a fairly robust economy with the lowest jobless rate in nearly a decade, record home and stock prices and a healthy growth rate."  'via Blog this'

Sunday, February 12, 2017

19 Lies the Trump Administration told this week

Miller Doubles Down on Voter Fraud Lie - The Daily Beast

Miller Doubles Down on Voter Fraud Lie - The Daily Beast: "Refusing to cite any evidence, White House policy advisor Stephen Miller repeatedly claimed voter fraud had influenced New Hampshire's election. During a Sunday morning interview with George Stephanopoulos, Miller doubled down on unsubstaniated claims that thousands of illegal voters were transported from Massachusetts to New Hampshire, causing Hillary Clinton to win the state. “Voter fraud is a serious problem in this country," Miller said, while claiming that "this morning on this show is not the venue for me to lay out all the evidence." When Stephanopoulos pressed Miller for evidence, Miller told him to "go to New Hampshire, talk to anybody who's worked in politics there for a long time. Everybody's aware of the problem in New Hampshire." Asked a third time for evidence to support his claims, Miller told Stephanopoulos that "if this is an issue that interests you, then we can talk about it more in the future." He went on to accuse immigrants of illegally registering to vote and "cancelling out the franchise of lawful citizens of this county.""  'via Blog this'

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Let's all party!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/07/open-carry-advocates-walked-into-a-police-station-with-a-loaded-rifle-officers-were-not-amused/?utm_term=.5adc66e97183

Christian Supremacist

https://theintercept.com/2016/11/15/mike-pence-will-be-the-most-powerful-christian-supremacist-in-us-history/

Joe Scarborough: Trump’s dangerous lie about Russia - The Washington Post


Joe Scarborough: Trump’s dangerous lie about Russia - The Washington Post: "recent claim that the United States is morally on par with Russia’s corrupt dystopian regime was so historically ignorant that even Republicans felt compelled to speak out this week. Perhaps that is because remaining silent in the face of such a morally disorienting claim would make them look like fools. Vladimir Putin is, after all, the same ruthless autocrat who kills journalists and political rivals who dare to cross him. He is also the same man who called the Soviet Union’s collapse “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”"  'via Blog this'

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Labor nominee Andrew Puzder hired an undocumented houseworker - The Washington Post


Labor nominee Andrew Puzder hired an undocumented houseworker - The Washington Post: "The fast-food CEO whom Donald Trump tapped to run the Labor Department once hired an undocumented immigrant to work as a housekeeper, the nominee said Monday.

The revelation, which was first reported by the Huffington Post, is the latest development about Puzder, who has faced criticism over reports of wage violations at his restaurants, his views on the minimum wage and his use of ads that critics say are demeaning to women."  'via Blog this'

The Only Major Tech Companies Not Fighting Trump on Immigration Are the Ones Helping Him [Updated] | Inc.com


The Only Major Tech Companies Not Fighting Trump on Immigration Are the Ones Helping Him [Updated] | Inc.com: "Following the publication of this piece, Tesla and SpaceX, both of which have Elon Musk as CEO, joined the amicus brief as signees. Along with them, nearly 30 more companies signed onto the brief, including Slack. Still not involved are Palantir, Oracle and IBM.] Where are Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Ginni Rometty, and Safra Catz? That's the big question following the Sunday filing of an amicus brief signed by nearly 100 technology companies in opposition to President Trump's executive freeze on refugees, immigrants, and travelers from Muslim countries."  'via Blog this'

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

After meeting with pharma lobbyists, Trump drops promise to negotiate drug prices - Vox

After meeting with pharma lobbyists, Trump drops promise to negotiate drug prices - Vox: "A lot happened in the 2016 campaign, but one of the things Donald Trump did to win the election was shift to the left on a number of key issues — promising to avoid cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits and adopting a longstanding Democratic pledge to let Medicare negotiate bulk discounts in the price it pays for prescription drugs.

Today, after a meeting with pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and executives, he abandoned that pledge, referring to an idea he supported as recently as three weeks ago as a form of “price fixing” that would hurt “smaller, younger companies.” Instead of getting tough, Trump’s new plan is that he’s “going to be lowering taxes” and “getting rid of regulations.”"  'via Blog this'

Google employees staged a protest over Trump’s immigration ban - The Verge


Google employees staged a protest over Trump’s immigration ban - The Verge: "More than 2,000 Google employees in offices around the world staged a walkout on Monday afternoon in protest of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration in seven Muslim-majority countries. Using the hashtag #GooglersUnite, employees tweeted photos and videos of walkout actions around the world, including at headquarters in Mountain View, California."  'via Blog this'

Want to understand what Trump and Bannon are up to? Look to the Russian Revolution of 1917

https://qz.com/898053/want-to-understand-what-trump-and-bannon-are-up-to-look-to-the-russian-revolution-of-1917/

Monday, January 30, 2017

Americans raise $600,000 to rebuild burned Texas mosque | USA News | Al Jazeera

Americans raise $600,000 to rebuild burned Texas mosque | USA News | Al Jazeera: "A Texas community has rallied behind its Muslim residents after their mosque burned to the ground shortly after President Donald Trump signed into effect a "Muslim ban" on refugees and others from seven Muslim-majority countries."



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Texas mosque fire 'too close to home'


Texas mosque fire 'too close to home': "CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — For members of the Islamic Society of Southern Texas, a mosque fire in Victoria "hit too close to home." "A mosque in a Muslim community ... it's literally the heart of our community," said Fiona Tagari, a member of the Corpus Christi mosque. "A lot of us are immigrants. We don't have families here, so it's where we make our families. Congregants become extended families."" 'via Blog this'

How to stay involved following Women's March on Washington


How to stay involved following Women's March on Washington: "A new action item is to be unveiled every 10 days of the first 100 days of Trump's presidency. The next action item is to be revealed next week.

"I had personally never called my congressmen and senators before," said Phoebe Hopps, the Michigan coordinator for the Women's March. "It makes sense, especially calling Republican leaders and letting them know how important the Affordable Care Act is to your family, especially for those with pre-existing conditions."  via Blog this'

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Taxico

White House Sows Confusion About Plan for a 20% Import Tax https://nyti.ms/2jCoY7b

We're not paying!!! LOL

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/jan/26/mexican-president-demands-respect-and-rejects-us-border-wall-video

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trump’s team floats tax cuts that aren’t paid for - POLITICO


Trump’s team floats tax cuts that aren’t paid for - POLITICO: "Some Trump administration officials and Capitol Hill Republicans are discussing the possibility of passing sweeping tax cuts without offsetting revenue increases — an idea that threatens to balloon the deficit and undermine the GOP’s reputation as the party of fiscal discipline.

A number of Trump advisers in recent weeks have privately questioned whether tax reform needs to be “revenue neutral,” according to multiple people familiar with early-stage tax reform discussions. "  'via Blog this'

Monday, January 23, 2017

Falsely Blames Illegal Immigrants

In Meeting With Congressional Leaders, Trump Falsely Blames Illegal Immigrants for Loss of Popular Vote https://nyti.ms/2klFxo1

Sean Spricer Trump hiring freeze doesn't hold up - Business Insider


Sean Spricer Trump hiring freeze doesn't hold up - Business Insider: "On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order freezing all federal government hiring with the exception of the military. In a press conference on Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the hiring freeze was due to "dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years." Spicer later said that the increase in the size of the federal workforce has been a source of government waste in recent years."  'via Blog this'

Thursday, January 19, 2017

intercepted communications and financial transactions

Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates https://nyti.ms/2k6mKgl

Pravda on the Checkout Line - POLITICO Magazine


Pravda on the Checkout Line - POLITICO Magazine: "The 2016 campaign hadn’t even begun when America’s supermarket tabloids picked their guy. “New Poll: Donald Trump’s The One!” the National Enquirer breathlessly announced in February 2015, long before the real estate developer was even a punchline in the political conversation.

As Trump’s unlikely run got underway that summer, the Enquirer kept rolling the drums, even publishing a September 2015 three-part series by Trump titled, imaginatively, “My Life Story.”"
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trump Aide Scaramucci Sells Investment Business to Chinese Consortium - The New York Times


Trump Aide Scaramucci Sells Investment Business to Chinese Consortium - The New York Times: "Donald J. Trump has made no secret that he is willing to pick fights with China. Yet a financier with close ties to the president-elect said on Tuesday that he was selling his investment firm to a group led by a fast-growing Chinese conglomerate.

The investor, Anthony Scaramucci, announced that he was selling his firm, SkyBridge Capital, to a consortium led by RON Transatlantic and HNA Capital of China. The deal paves the way for Mr. Scaramucci to join the Trump administration as a public liaison and adviser."  'via Blog this'

Secret Service agrees to pay $24 million in decades-old race-bias case brought by black agents - The Washington Post


Secret Service agrees to pay $24 million in decades-old race-bias case brought by black agents - The Washington Post: "The Secret Service agreed Tuesday to pay $24 million to settle a two-decade-old case in which more than 100 black agents alleged that the agency fostered a racist culture and routinely promoted white agents over more qualified African Americans, according to documents filed in court and interviews with representatives of both sides."  'via Blog this'

Russia’s Putin rejects Trump dossier report as plot against ‘legitimacy’ of president-elect - The Washington Post


Russia’s Putin rejects Trump dossier report as plot against ‘legitimacy’ of president-elect - The Washington Post: "It was the Russian president’s first direct denial of the contents of an uncorroborated dossier written by a former British intelligence agent hired to compile opposition research. The dossier claimed that Trump was compromised by Russian intelligence agents during a 2013 visit to Moscow to hold the Miss Universe pageant. “The people who are ordering this kind of false information, who are now disseminating it against the president-elect of the United States, who fabricate it and use it in a political fight, are worse than prostitutes,” Putin told journalists after talks with Moldovan President Igor Dodon in Moscow. “They have no moral boundaries.”"  'via Blog this'

Putin: Trump attackers 'worse than prostitutes' #SoWeird


Putin: Trump attackers 'worse than prostitutes': "Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday dismissed challenges to the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump's election victory, saying Trump's detractors "fabricate information and use it in the political struggle; they are worse than prostitutes; they have no moral limits.""  'via Blog this'

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trump noses into one of the world's biggest mergers - POLITICO


Trump noses into one of the world's biggest mergers - POLITICO: "Trump then asked specific questions about the $66 billion merger they are in the middle of, according to people briefed on the meeting. The companies committed to $8 billion in new research and development, along with 3,000 new jobs and a commitment to keep 9,000 other jobs in the United States, if the merger goes through." 'via Blog this'

Monday, January 9, 2017

I wasn't getting taxed on it before.. but I will in the future??

http://jamiedupree.blog.ajc.com/2017/01/08/obamacare-repeal-gop-looks-at-making-employer-health-benefits-into-taxable-income/

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Nothing to see here!!

‘What’s the Big Deal?’ Ask Trump Voters on Russia Hacking Report http://nyti.ms/2i5o5pu

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dylann Roof Said He ‘Shed a Tear’ for Himself, But Not the ‘Innocent People I Killed’ - The Daily Beast

Dylann Roof Said He ‘Shed a Tear’ for Himself, But Not the ‘Innocent People I Killed’ - The Daily Beast: "“I would like to make it crystal clear I do not regret what I did. I am not sorry I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed. I do feel sorry for the innocent white children forced to live in this sick country and I do feel sorry for the innocent white people that are killed daily at the hands of the lower races. I have shed a tear of self pity for myself. I feel pity that I had to do what I did in the first place. I feel pity that I had to give up my life because of a situation that should never have existed.”"

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