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  • Obamacare ruling poses new problems for GOP

    12/16/2018 7:37:33 AM PST · by Mariner · 38 replies
    AP via Washington Times ^ | December 16th, 2018 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people. While the decision by the Republican-appointed judge in Texas was sweeping, it has little immediate practical impact because the Affordable Care Act remains in place while the legal battle continues, possibly to the Supreme Court. HealthCare.gov , the government’s site for signing up, was taking applications Saturday, the deadline in most...
  • 7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion

    12/13/2018 6:34:47 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 54 replies
    WP ^ | 12/13/18 | Nick Miroff and Robert Moore
    A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing from Mexico into the United States illegally with her father and a large group of migrants along a remote span of New Mexico desert, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday. The child’s death is likely to intensify scrutiny of detention conditions at Border Patrol stations and CBP facilities that are increasingly overwhelmed by large numbers of families seeking asylum in the United States. According to CBP records, the girl and her father were taken into custody about...
  • ‘The Guardians’: Time’s 2018 ‘Person of Year’ Is Persecuted Journalists

    12/11/2018 5:40:56 AM PST · by be-baw · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 11, 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Time has selected “The Guardians” — a group of imprisoned and killed journalists — as the magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2018. Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October, will appear on one of four Time “Person of the Year” covers.
  • Macron's top-down approach to fighting climate change serves as a cautionary tale

    12/07/2018 4:59:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | December 6, 2018 | By Laurie Garrett
    While world leaders gather in Katowice, Poland, for the COP24 climate summit, protesters in the streets of Paris have successfully forced French President Emmanuel Macron's hand, undercutting his efforts to impose a carbon tax on French energy sales. Macron has made climate change and lowering greenhouse gases a central component of both his domestic and foreign policies, only to face dramatic failure at the hands of his "yellow vest" countrymen. Macron's popularity has been low in France for months, and has now fallen to just a 23% approval rating. But the rioting across his country sends a frightening signal to...
  • BALKANIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES: IS IT COMING?

    12/07/2018 1:42:20 AM PST · by vannrox · 73 replies
    American Partisan ^ | Oct 28, 2018 | Editorial staff
    Many people, the opinions of whom I greatly respect, have written on the state of politics and society in the US in such a way as to suggest the possibility of the US moving into a period of similar to what was seen in the former republic of Yugoslavia from the mid 1980’s through to the late 1990’s, referred to by many as Balkanization. I’m certainly in agreement with these bloggers and writers, Matt Bracken being just one example. The political, sociological, ethnic and racial trajectory in the US is eerily similar to that of the former Yugoslavia in many...
  • ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Shake France. Here’s the Lesson for Climate Change.

    12/07/2018 4:35:26 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 6, 2018 | By Alissa J. Rubin and Somini Sengupta
    PARIS - Vincent Picard describes himself as a “militant ecologist.” But when protesters took to the streets to express their rage over a planned increase in France’s fuel tax, Mr. Picard joined their ranks. He acknowledges that the tax might encourage the conservation considered critical for a healthy planet. But with the nearest train station 35 minutes away, he has to drive to work every day. “I am conscious that we have reached the end of fossil fuels and that we have to modify our habits,” said Mr. Picard, a 32-year-old pastry maker from northern France. But, he added, “You...
  • Trump EPA acts to roll back control on climate-changing coal

    12/06/2018 6:52:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 6, 2018 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Environmental Protection Agency acted again Thursday to ease rules on the sagging U.S. coal industry, this time scaling back what would have been a tough control on climate-changing emissions from any new coal plants. The latest Trump administration targeting of legacy Obama administration efforts to slow climate change comes in the wake of multiplying warnings from the agency’s scientists and others about the accelerating pace of global warming. In a ceremony Thursday at the agency, acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a proposal to dismantle a 2015 rule that any new coal power plants include cutting-edge techniques to capture...
  • ‘Murphy Brown’ Features Trump Supporters Beating Reporters

    12/01/2018 8:52:03 AM PST · by JonnyFive · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/30/18 | Warner Todd Huston
    The CBS reboot of Murphy Brown featured a storyline where one of the show’s reporters is beaten and put in the hospital after attending a Donald Trump rally. In the episode, character Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) is sent to a Trump rally to report live on the event. During the event the faux Trump singles out “fibbing Frank Fontana” and the crowd boos him, Entertainment Weekly reports. After the live shot, Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) and her crew find out that Frank was attacked and seriously injured at the rally by Trump fans.
  • CNN commentator calls for elimination of Israel, endorses violent Palestinian ‘resistance’

    11/28/2018 4:52:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 28, 2018 | Philip Klein
    CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill, in a Wednesday speech to the United Nations, called for violent resistance against Israel and advocated expanding Palestine “from the river to the sea,” a phrase used by those who believe that Israel should be eliminated. Hill, who has a long history of anti-Semitism, made the remarks at a U.N. event commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. He said the international community should boycott Israel and allow Palestinians more space to engage in violence against the Jewish state, arguing that violence was also employed to end “American apartheid.” "Tactics otherwise divergent...
  • The Depravity of Climate-Change Denial

    11/26/2018 7:50:07 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 55 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 26, 2018 | Paul Krugman
    The Trump administration is, it goes without saying, deeply anti-science. In fact, it’s anti-objective reality. But its control of the government remains limited; it didn’t extend far enough to prevent the release of the latest National Climate Assessment, which details current and expected future impacts of global warming on the United States. True, the report was released on Black Friday, clearly in the hope that it would get lost in the shuffle. The good news is that the ploy didn’t work. The assessment basically confirms, with a great deal of additional detail, what anyone following climate science already knew: Climate...
  • In the United States, right-wing violence is on the rise

    11/25/2018 7:52:03 PM PST · by Musket · 102 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11-25-2018 | Wesley Lowery, Kimberly Kindy, Andrew Tran
    Over the past decade, attackers motivated by right-wing political ideologies have committed dozens of shootings, bombings and other acts of violence, far more than any other category of domestic extremist, according to a Washington Post analysis of data on global terrorism.
  • Trump: 60 Minutes did a phony story about child separation when we had the same policy as Obama

    11/25/2018 6:51:21 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 36 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 25, 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    @60Minutes did a phony story about child separation when they know we had the exact same policy as the Obama Administration. In fact a picture of children in jails was used by other Fake Media to show how bad (cruel) we are, but it was in 2014 during O years. Obama separated.... ....children from parents, as did Bush etc., because that is the policy and law. I tried to keep them together but the problem is, when you do that, vast numbers of additional people storm the Border. So with Obama seperation is fine, but with Trump it’s not. Fake...
  • The Dick Cheney Dossier...

    11/19/2018 7:56:28 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 29 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 19 Nov 2018 | Tatiana Siegel
    Full title: The Dick Cheney Dossier: Inside Adam McKay’s Searing Exposé of D.C.'s "Ultimate Gamesman" in 'Vice' It's the eve of the midterm elections, and Adam McKay is feeling optimistic about the Democrats' prospects of taking back the house. Still, the SNL writer turned Oscar-winning filmmaker insists he is not throwing a results-viewing party with his Hollywood friends, even as I spot an assistant carrying supplies from Whole Foods into his West Hollywood offices. Instead, McKay, looking like a college professor with a corduroy jacket and scarf, says he is planning to hang out at his house with his wife,...
  • Jim Carrey: Trump Is a Cancer and Republicans Are Rapists Who Need to Be Removed

    11/19/2018 3:25:08 PM PST · by mkleesma · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/19/18 | Justin Caruso
    Actor Jim Carrey doubled down on his criticism of President Donald Trump on a panel at Vulture Fest Sunday, describing Trump as a “melanoma” and accusing Republicans of “raping” America’s system of government. “These are not people you can deal with. You cannot be bipartisan with a criminal. A rapist needs to be removed, not negotiated with. These people are raping our system, they’re destroying it right in front of us,” Jim Carrey said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “These people have to be removed from our system because they’re bad for us,” Carrey continued. “Trump is a melanoma, and...
  • Michael Moore Finishes His Oscar 2003 Acceptance Speech At Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

    11/11/2018 6:44:09 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 16 replies
    Deadline ^ | November 11, 2018 | Bruce Haring
    Filmmaker Michael Moore was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Won’t You Be My Neighbor won the Best Documentary and Best Director categories at the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, held last night at BRIC in Brooklyn. Robert De Niro presented the award to Moore right before rushing off to appear on SNL, calling him “a true, true American hero … one of the greatest truth- tellers in this country right now.” Moore used his acceptance speech to finish his 2003 Oscar speech for Bowling for Columbine. At that ceremony, he had been pulled off the stage and...
  • Book Club's Mary Steenburgen Recalls How She Consoled Hillary Clinton After Election Night 2016

    11/08/2018 9:42:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    People Magazine ^ | November 8, 2018 | Sam Gillette
    On the two-year anniversary of Election 2016, Mary Steenburgen recalls the poignant solace she tried to offer her longtime friend Hillary Clinton after she lost that year’s bruising presidential race. “As long as we’re privileged to draw breath, life is a grace and none of us know what’s around the bend,” Steenburgen, 65, told Clinton, according to an essay the Book Club actress wrote for #StillWithHer by former White House photographer Barbara Kinney. (The book, out Nov. 1, was produced in collaboration with PEOPLE’s Sandra Sobieraj Westfall.) Steenburgen, a close personal friend of Hillary and Bill Clinton dating back to...
  • As Midterm Vote Nears, Trump Reprises a Favorite Message: Fear Immigrants

    11/01/2018 6:26:18 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 01 NOV 2018 | Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis
    WASHINGTON — President Trump’s closing argument is now clear: Build tent cities for migrants. End birthright citizenship. Fear the caravan. Send active-duty troops to the border. Refuse asylum. Immigration has been the animating issue of the Trump presidency, and now — with the possibility that Republicans could face significant losses in the midterm elections on Tuesday — the president has fully embraced a dark, anti-immigrant message in the hope that stoking fear will motivate voters to reject Democrats. In a rambling speech on Thursday afternoon that was riddled with falsehoods and vague promises to confront a “crisis” at the border,...
  • Syrian Christian leader on the US intervention, Kurdish-Christian relations, Turkish plans for Syria

    10/30/2018 2:40:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    Realist Review ^ | October 27, 2018 | Matthew Petti
    As the fight against ISIS winds down, SyriaÂ’s minorities once again have to choose sides in the struggle for their countryÂ’s future. Syriac Christians, also known as Assyrians or Chaldeans, are one of the smallest ethnic and religious groups in Syria. But they have an important role to play in the US presence in Syria, and by extension, the politics of the entire Middle East. The Realist Review called Syriac National Council (SNC) founder Bassam Ishak to hear his perspective on US forces and the future of Syria.Before the interview, Ishak humbly warned the Realist Review that his perspective would...
  • Anger toward media spreads into local communities

    10/29/2018 10:52:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 29, 2018 8:33 PM EDT | David Bauder
    The hostility she’s felt from the public recently wasn’t necessarily the last straw in television news photographer Lori Bentley-Law’s decision to quit the business after 24 years, but it was one of them. Bentley-Law’s recent blog post explaining why she was leaving Los Angeles’ KNBC-TV hit home for many colleagues. While President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media are usually centered on national outlets like CNN and The New York Times, the attitudes unleashed have filtered down to journalists on the street covering news in local communities across the country. When a president describes the press as enemies of the...
  • Arctic warming alert moves on from polar bear symbol [because of non-extinction]

    10/29/2018 10:33:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    EU Observer ^ | Oct. 25, 2018 08:25 | Martin Breum
    The widespread image of the polar bear and the threat of its extinction is perhaps the world’s most powerful image of climate change, but for at least one of the large environmentalist groups behind it, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), this image has become a dilemma. According to UN scientific assessments, the polar bear does not face extinction, and the common understanding that it does now stands in the way of more nuanced communication about climate change in the Arctic. “When the symbol gets bigger than the region itself and people don’t realize that the polar bear is...