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  • California weighs huge health care remake - dumping insurers

    04/26/2017 1:51:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | April 26, 2017 | By JONATHAN J. COOPER
    A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation’s most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a new look in California as President Donald Trump struggles to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The proposal, promoted by the state’s powerful nursing union and two Democratic senators, is a longshot. But supporters hope the time is right to persuade lawmakers in California, where Democrats like to push the...
  • 49ers Eric Reid speaks up for Colin Kaepernick, shares plan for national anthem

    04/26/2017 1:42:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | April 26, 2017 | By CAM INMAN
    Eric Reid, who was first to join Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest last year, will not be continuing that gesture this season. “When we started doing that, our goal was to open up the floor to conversation. I believe we’ve achieved that goal,” Reid said Wednesday at 49ers minicamp. “So now we just want to move forward and just partner with people that want to make a change.” Unlike Kaepernick, Reid still plays for the 49ers and he is miffed that the polarizing quarterback remains unemployed after opting out of his contract nearly two months ago. Reid believes Kaepernick’s status...
  • U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration immigration case stance

    04/26/2017 1:12:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 75 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 26, 2017 | By Lawrence Hurley
    U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions. Roberts and other Supreme Court justices indicated support for a deported ethnic Serb immigrant named Divna Maslenjak over her bid to regain her U.S. citizenship after it was stripped because she falsely stated her husband had not served in the Bosnian Serb army in the 1990s after Yugoslavia's collapse. Roberts seemed particularly concerned that the government was asserting it could revoke citizenship...
  • Democrat Latino, Black, Asian American Legislators Vow to Fight ‘Together’ Against Trump

    04/26/2017 11:53:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 26, 2017 | by PATRICIA GUADALUPE
    Latino, African American and Asian American Democratic members of Congress said on Wednesday they plan to "fight together" against Trump administration policies that impact their communities. The chairs of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) — collectively known as the Tri-Caucus — met Wednesday on Capitol Hill with the five Democratic senators of color as part of a strategy to bring Democratic minority legislators together as a bloc. They said this was an effective way to push back against any Trump administration policies or GOP proposals they consider detrimental to...
  • Exclusive: A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich Trump

    04/26/2017 11:24:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 26, 2017 | By Julia Harte
    Public pension funds in at least seven U.S. states have invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns a New York hotel and pays one of President Donald Trump's companies to run it, according to a Reuters review of public records. That arrangement could put Trump at risk of violating an obscure constitutional clause, some legal experts say. The Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium in Manhattan is an upscale 46-story property owned by a Los Angeles investment group, the CIM Group, through one of its real estate funds. In return for marketing and managing the hotel-condo, CIM pays...
  • A Guide to Seattle’s New Left

    04/26/2017 8:49:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Seattle Weekly ^ | April 26, 2017
    A spectre is haunting Seattle—the spectre of Kshama Sawant. Consider the April 12 Seattle Times editorial. In it, the editorial board called on Mayor Ed Murray to forgo a re-election bid. The reason: The child sexual-abuse allegations recently leveled against him make him vulnerable. “If he runs under that cloud,” the paper reasoned, “it increases the possibility of a Mayor Kshama Sawant, or some other extreme left-wing ideologue, steering this booming city wildly off course.” This was an odd argument to make, especially since Councilmember Sawant is almost certainly not running for mayor this year. In the swell of resistance...
  • Two-thirds of people in Mexico, Chile and Ecuador are obese, UN finds

    04/26/2017 8:34:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 25, 2017
    REUTERS - - More than two-thirds of people living in Mexico, Chile and Ecuador are overweight or obese, costing their economies tens of billions of dollars every year, driving rates of disease and straining health services, according to a new UN report. While the number of hungry people in Latin America and the Caribbean has halved in the past 25 years, the region is now struggling to combat an obesity epidemic. Changing diets, including more processed food that are high in salt, sugar and fat, along with more sedentary lifestyles have triggered a rising tide of obesity, experts say. “The...
  • Fox News anchor, others hit network with race bias claims

    04/26/2017 8:24:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 26, 2017 | By Daniel Wiessner and Lawrence Hurley
    Fox News is facing renewed legal claims that it mistreated non-white employees, including a television anchor who said he was depicted as "the racist caricature of a black entertainer." Eleven current and former Fox employees, including anchor Kelly Wright, filed an amended lawsuit in New York state court on Tuesday claiming they were demeaned, humiliated, paid less than white coworkers, and passed over for promotions. The lawsuit was originally filed last month by two Fox News payroll employees. Tuesday's complaint added class action racial discrimination claims to the case.
  • Gardner Talks Border Wall During Online Town Hall

    04/25/2017 1:16:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    CBS Local ^ | April 25, 2017
    Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican representing Colorado, talked to constituents about big issues like border security, during his online town hall on Monday night. Gardner addressed the border wall and he said now is not the time to debate President Donald Trump’s border wall promise as a government shutdown looms in our nation’s capitol. “And I think it would be irresponsible to shut the government down over a conversation about border security,” said Gardner. Gardner says he does support border security and believes it’s important as the country moves forward.
  • 143 arrested in Paris protests after first-round election

    04/24/2017 9:32:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | April 24, 2017 | By Andrew V. Pestano
    France's National Police said it arrested 143 people after protesters unhappy with the first round of the presidential election took to the streets, some damaging property. Hundreds participated Sunday night in "anti-fascist, anti-capitalist" protests in Paris opposing the final two candidates for the presidential runoff. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will face each other in the runoff election on May 7. Police said some protesters threw bottles at security forces, set cars on fire and broke store windows.
  • At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more

    04/24/2017 9:10:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 24, 2017 | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming's milder winters will likely nudge Americans off the couch more in the future, a rare, small benefit of climate change, a new study finds. With less chilly winters, Americans will be more likely to get outdoors, increasing their physical activity by as much as 2.5 percent by the end of the century, according to a new study in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Human Behaviour . Places like North Dakota, Minnesota and Maine are likely to see the most dramatic increases, usually the result of more walking. "It's a small little tiny silver lining...
  • Former Afghan president calls decision to drop massive U.S. bomb 'treason'

    04/15/2017 7:26:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2017 | By Mirwais Harooni
    Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai accused his successor on Saturday of committing treason by allowing the U.S. military to drop the largest conventional bomb ever used in combat during an operation against Islamic State militants in Afghanistan. Karzai, who also vowed to "stand against America", retains considerable influence within Afghanistan's majority Pashtun ethnic group, to which President Ashraf Ghani also belongs. His strong words could signal a broader political backlash that may endanger the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. "How could you permit Americans to bomb your country with a device equal to an atom bomb?" Karzai said at a...
  • Berkeley farmer's market closes in anticipation of dueling Trump events

    04/15/2017 5:48:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | April 15, 2017
    The pro-President Trump rally and protest scheduled for Saturday in Berkeley has already caused collateral damage. The farmer's market is closing down after violence from a similar rally in March spilled over. Supporters of Trump plan to rally Saturday in Civic Center Park. This follows the March clash between them and counter-protesters. Given that many individuals brought various items that were used as weapons into Civic Center Park on March 4, the following items are prohibited from being brought into the park by any person on April 15, 2017: Metal pipes Baseball or softball bats Lengths of lumber or wood...
  • Islamic State says no fighters killed by 'mother of all bombs'

    04/15/2017 4:59:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Sky News ^ | April 15, 2017
    Afghan officials say at least 90 Islamic State fighters were killed when the US dropped the "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan - although IS has denied suffering any casualties. IS issued a statement through its propaganda agency Amaq, saying: "Security source to Amaq agency denies any dead or wounded from yesterday's American strike in Nangarhar using a GBU-43/B." The bombing left villagers terrified on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border. In the Afghan village of Achin, just a few miles from where the bomb hit, Palstar Khan said: "Last night's bomb was really huge, when it dropped, everywhere, it...
  • California judge questions Trump's sanctuary city order [Obama 2013 Appointee]

    04/14/2017 11:32:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 14, 2017 | By Robin Respaut
    A California federal judge on Friday strongly questioned the U.S. Justice Department over whether to suspend an order by President Donald Trump to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick III questioned the purpose of the president's order as he heard arguments from two large California counties and the Justice Department in San Francisco federal court. Both counties have asked for a nationwide preliminary injunction to the order. As part of a larger plan to transform how the United States deals with immigration and national security, Trump in January signed an order...
  • U.S. defense chief to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel next week

    04/14/2017 10:17:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 14, 2017
    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar and Djibouti starting on Tuesday, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday. It said Mattis would "reaffirm key U.S. military alliances," and "discuss cooperative effort to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations."
  • Why Do Democrats Feel Sorry for Hillary Clinton?

    04/14/2017 8:52:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 14, 2017 | by Andrew Sullivan
    ... I’ve done what I could in this space to avoid the subject of Hillary Clinton. I don’t want to be the perennial turd in the punchbowl. I’d hoped we’d finally seen the last of that name in public life — it’s been a long quarter of a century — and that we could all move on. Alas, no. And everywhere you see not an excoriation of one of the worst campaigns in recent history, but an attempt to blame anyone or anything but Clinton for the epic fail. It wasn’t Clinton’s fault, we’re told. It never is. Clinton had...
  • Air China to suspend Beijing-Pyongyang flights: Chinese state TV

    04/14/2017 6:33:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 14, 2017 | by Dominique Patton
    China's national airline, Air China, suspended flights from Beijing to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, from late on Friday, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said. It did not say why the flights, which operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, were being suspended. CCTV did not give a source for its news report published on its website and Air China could not immediately be reached for comment after business hours.
  • Source: Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Seeking $2 Million for Post-Campaign Book

    04/13/2017 2:54:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 13, 2017 | by Tatiana Siegel
    The estranged wife of former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been meeting with literary agents about her new project, which could detail her side of the sexting scandal and her role in Clinton's run. She may have been on the losing side of the most contentious presidential battle in generations, but Huma Abedin is poised to become a winner on the publishing front. Sources say the longtime adviser to Hillary Clinton and estranged wife of disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner has been meeting with top literary agents during the past few weeks to discuss a book that is envisioned as a reflection...
  • Final park milestone reserved for Hillary Clinton, Park Ridge committee says

    04/13/2017 2:49:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 13, 2017 | by Jennifer Johnson
    The last granite block in a series of historic Park Ridge milestones will be reserved for recognition of Park Ridge native Hillary Clinton, the city's Heritage Committee formally determined this month. The committee on April 11 passed a resolution stating that the milestones' final plaque, currently blank, be dedicated to Clinton's achievements, said Committee Chairman Milton Nelson. But when the plaque will be completed and installed at the Hodges Park site has not yet been finalized. "We have not decided on the wording, and the big problem is financing," Nelson said. "Our committee does not have any funds at all...