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'
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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'
Monday, January 30, 2017
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': "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: "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
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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
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 Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates https://nyti.ms/2k6mKgl
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: "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': "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 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
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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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