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  • Alabama’s ObamaCare health insurance exchange prices set to skyrocket

    06/02/2015 4:25:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Yellowhammer News ^ | June 2, 2015 | BY ELIZABETH BESHEARS
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama health insurance providers who offer plans on the ObamaCare exchange are seeking significant price increases this year, after healthcare costs took a sharp upward turn. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama is reportedly requesting an average of a 28 percent increase for its individual plans, as well as a 73 percent increase for its platinum plan. Small group plans could also increase by nearly 14 percent. UnitedHealthcare is seeking a 24.5 percent increase for its 2016 rates.
  • Obamacare sticker shock: Big rate hikes proposed for 2016

    06/02/2015 4:18:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | June 2, 2015 | By Tami Luhby
    Hold onto your wallets ... many insurers want to substantially hike rates on Obamacare policies for 2016. Many are proposing double-digit premium increases for individual policies, with some companies looking to boost rates more than 60%, according to a list posted Monday by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Insurers say they want to hike rates because enrollees are going to the doctor, getting lab work and filling prescriptions more than they had originally anticipated. "We've seen a great pent-up demand for services," said Aaron Billger, spokesman for Highmark, a Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee offering plans in...
  • State Senate OKs health coverage for many immigrants here illegally

    06/02/2015 3:53:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2015 | By PATRICK MCGREEVY
    The state Senate on Tuesday approved a hotly debated measure that would allow many immigrants in the state illegally to sign up for special healthcare programs that would offer the same benefits as Medi-Cal. State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said his proposal provides “what we can realistically achieve now” for the estimated 2 million people in the state illegally. “We are talking about our friends. We are talking about our neighbors and our families who are denied basic healthcare in the richest state of this union,” Lara told his colleagues.
  • Honduran man charged with sexually assaulting child

    06/02/2015 3:41:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    BALTIMORE - Baltimore Police arrested and charged a Honduran man with attempting to sexually assault a child in a home where he was a renter, according to a department spokesman. Jose Ricardo Garcia, 34, was charged with various sexual offenses for the May 28 incident. Police said the 5-year-old boy’s aunt caught Garcia in the act at their home in the 3400 block of East Baltimore St. “Please don’t call the police. I have six children back home,” Garcia said after he was caught, according to the boy’s aunt. Garcia then left the home and went to a nearby bar,...
  • Baltimore chosen to participate in city park initiative

    06/02/2015 3:11:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    WBAL Baltimore ^ | June 2, 2015
    Baltimore has been chosen by the Obama administration as one of 50 cities to participate in a program to connect young people with the outdoors. The nationwide program is intended to inspire young people to use the city's public parks and help keep them clean. "If your summers are spent on a hot sidewalk and you don't recognize that there is a broader world around you because there aren't trees covering your sidewalks and there aren't parks in your neighborhood and you don't feel welcomed or safe in the outdoors, then those parks are not enjoyed by the people for...
  • ACLU: Squalid Conditions at Troubled Baltimore Jail

    06/02/2015 3:04:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 2, 2015 | By JULIET LINDERMAN and BRIAN WITTE
    Moldy showers and cells are infested with mice and cockroaches, toilets are broken for days and medical care is poor or nonexistent at a notoriously troubled Baltimore city jail, the ACLU and Public Justice Center said in court documents filed Tuesday. The groups want a federal judge to reopen a lawsuit against the state of Maryland over what they say are conditions so substandard it brings "shame to this city." Inmates suffering from serious illnesses such as HIV and diabetes are being denied life-sustaining prescription medication and the state has failed to cure well-documented systemic problems within the jail after...
  • Feds: Threats Against Flights Do Not Appear to Be Credible

    06/02/2015 2:58:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 2, 2015
    PHILADELPHIA - Federal authorities say threats against several commercial airline flights do not appear to be credible. One of the threats Tuesday claimed multiple explosive devices were planted on US Airways Flight 648 from San Diego to Philadelphia. The Airbus A320 carrying 88 passengers and 5 crew members was held on a taxiway after landing safely around 6:15 a.m. at Philadelphia International Airport. Federal authorities would not identify the other flights involved.
  • Many Insurers Propose Double-Digit Premium Rate Hikes for 2016

    06/02/2015 12:55:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Many health insurers have proposed premium hikes greater than 10% for individual health plans sold in 2016, citing higher-than-expected care costs and other unexpected expenses. The proposed rates vary significantly across states and health plans. For example, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina proposed a 26% rate increase, and companies in Florida, Illinois and some other states proposed rate increases of at least 20%. Tennessee's largest health insurer proposed a rate hike of 36% for some plans, while New Mexico's largest insurer proposed an increase of 50%. In Maryland, the state's largest insurer proposed a 30% rate hike....
  • San Francisco’s median rent hits a ridiculous $4,225

    06/02/2015 12:49:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2015 | By Anna Marie Erwert
    We already knew the rent was too damn high, even before we published a report this February showing not only that the median for a one bedroom apartment in the city had jumped to $3,460, but that even formerly cheaper neighborhoods were now among the pricey. Apparently though, they weren’t high enough. According to Zillow, the new median rent in San Francisco is $4,225 a month. Zillow’s data compose the “Zillow Rental Index” (ZRI). This index shows rents up 16% year-over-year (YOY) this April, and take into account all types of rentals in San Francisco proper, from single family homes...
  • Clinton Lawyer Accuses Wisconsin of Trying to Suppress the Vote

    06/01/2015 3:33:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 1, 2015 | By Maggie Haberman
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s top campaign lawyer has filed a second voter-access lawsuit accusing a Republican-led state of trying to suppress the vote — this time in Wisconsin, home to Scott Walker, the governor and likely Republican 2016 presidential candidate. “This lawsuit concerns the most fundamental of rights guaranteed citizens in our representative democracy — the right to vote,” the complaint states, then refers to a curtailing of early voting in the state, among other changes that affect minority voters and other groups. “That right has been under attack in Wisconsin since Republicans gained control of the governor’s office and both...
  • Union group runs voter registration drive in West Baltimore

    05/31/2015 4:28:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 30, 2015 | by Carrie Wells
    ... f State, County and Municipal Employees in response to the civil unrest in late April and early May after the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody. The organizers targeted the neighborhoods of West Baltimore, where Gray was arrested. AFSCME Maryland has done voter registration efforts before, but the unrest "put it into hyperdrive," said Patrick Moran, president of the union group. On Saturday, the ASFSCME members had more luck elsewhere, registering 22 new voters. One of them was 18-year-old Brandi Womack, who was set to graduate from Carver Vocational-Technical High on Sunday. Womack, whose mother,...
  • Obama’s Economic “Expansion” Keeps Shrinking

    05/29/2015 4:24:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 29, 2015 | by Daniel Greenfield
    The economic recovery is really coming along great. For the third time since the expansion began in June 2009, the U.S. economy suffered a setback. Don’t call it a setback. It’s a strategic retreat. Those ‘optimistic’ estimates keep being revised. Such declines in GDP are rare in economic expansions, pointing to the fragile nature of the current rebound. The economy hasn’t contracted in three different quarters during good times since the 1950s. It’s the fault of the GOP. Also the weather. That’s the weakest reading since frigid winter temperatures derailed growth at the start of 2014. We can’t have an...
  • Bill Clinton pens letter to foundation donors

    05/29/2015 3:43:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | May 29, 2015 | By ANNIE KARNI and KENNETH P. VOGEL
    Former President Bill Clinton is pushing back against the controversies swirling around his family’s foundation and vexing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. “It’s the political season in America, so the purpose and impact of the efforts your support makes possible has largely been ignored in recent coverage of the Foundation,” Clinton wrote Friday morning in a 1,178-word letter to donors and supporters of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Clinton’s only concession to the spate of bad news was that the foundation will “continue to look for ways to improve our reporting systems so that we can operate as accurately,...
  • Muslim school which objected to girls on boys soccer team told to abide by rules

    05/29/2015 3:35:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CTV News ^ | May 29, 2015 | by Diana Mehta
    TORONTO -- A Muslim high school in Ontario that complained about its boys' soccer team having to play against a team that included girls has been told it must abide by gender equity rules. The ISNA High School, located on the outskirts of Toronto, had complained earlier this week about a soccer game in which its all-male team played against a Catholic high school whose team included two girls. ISNA, which describes itself as a progressive co-ed independent school that strives to abide by Qur'anic injunctions, raised an objection at the game about the girls' presence on the field. Paul...
  • New small business loans announced in wake of Baltimore unrest

    05/29/2015 3:22:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 29, 2015 | By Carrie Wells
    The U.S. Small Business Administration on Friday announced it would make up to $1 million available in loans and other forms of assistance for small businesses in Baltimore in the wake of rioting and unrest. The city has estimated that some 380 businesses were damaged in the civil unrest from April 25 and May 3. Rawlings-Blake said that while most have reopened, some are still "not at full capacity." The mayor said the SBA designated the additional funding upon her request. Officials said the assistance includes up to $800,000 for "microloans" to small businesses, and grants of $100,000 apiece to...
  • Tighter border controls block African migrants in Italian Alps

    05/29/2015 3:12:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 29, 2015 | BY STEVE SCHERER
    Some 200 mostly Eritrean migrants heading northwards from Italy were turned back by police in the Italian Alps on Friday and left sleeping in train stations as European countries tightened frontier checks before a global summit in Germany. EU countries are struggling to stem the flow of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East and to share the burden more evenly across the continent, after more than 35,000 people reached Italy so far this year and hundreds more died at sea. Migrants often head north after landing in boats on Italy's southern shores, hoping to make it to Germany...
  • Global Migrants Brave Panama’s Vipers, Bats, Bandits to Reach U.S.

    05/29/2015 2:58:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 29, 2015 | By SARA SCHAEFER MUÑOZ
    METETÍ, Panama - Ahmed Hassan staggered through dense Panamanian jungle, crazy with thirst, his rubber sandals sliding in the mud, fearing he would die thousands of miles from his homeland in Somalia. “I told my family I would go to the U.S., that was the plan,” said the 26-year-old truck driver, who said he fled late last year when al-Shabaab militants took his village. He flew to Brazil and made a cross-continental bus trip to Colombia. The circuitous Panama route has become more attractive, say migration experts, thanks to the easing of visa and asylum requirements in some South American...
  • Canada GDP unexpectedly shrinks in first quarter

    05/29/2015 7:43:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 29, 2015 | By Paul Vieira
    OTTAWA--The Canadian economy shrank in the first quarter, posting its worst three-month performance in the post-crisis era, as business investment plunged in response to the decline in crude prices. Canada's gross domestic product declined 0.6% on an annualized basis in the first quarter, to 1.762 trillion Canadian dollars ($1.416 trillion), Statistics Canada said Friday. Market expectations were for 0.3% advance in the January-to-March period, according to a report from Royal Bank of Canada.
  • An Award for Bill Clinton Came With $500,000 for His Foundation

    05/29/2015 7:06:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 29, 2015 | By DEBORAH SONTAG
    To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fund-raiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund. She booked Cipriani 42nd Street, which greeted guests with Bellini cocktails on silver trays. She flew in Sheryl Crow with her band and crew for a 20-minute set. The gala cost $363,413. But the real splurge? Bill Clinton. The former president of the United States agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award at the June...
  • President's Schedule - May 29, 2015

    05/29/2015 6:45:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The White House.gov ^ | May 29, 2015 | by Valerie Jarrett
    10:00 AM -- The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing. 3:35 PM -- The President meets with Attorney General Lynch
  • James Comer Concedes Republican Primary for Governor in Kentucky; Matt Bevin Is Nominee

    05/29/2015 6:38:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 29, 2015
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  • Bill to extend Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants advances, is narrowed

    05/28/2015 4:25:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 28, 2015 | By Melody Gutierrez
    SACRAMENTO - A lawmaker's proposal to offer Medi-Cal coverage to immigrants living in the country without documentation made it through a key legislative committee Thursday, although the bill was significantly scaled back to benefit primarily those aged 19 and under. SB4 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (LA County) was narrowed to reduce the cost by allowing older immigrants to enroll in the medical system for low-income people each year only as state funds are available to cover them. The bill would also authorize the state to seek a federal waiver so it could extend health insurance under its...
  • This Is How Much Hillary Clinton’s Pantsuit Costs

    05/28/2015 3:47:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    TIME ^ | May 28, 2015 | by Claire Zillman
    Dressing like a presidential hopeful is not cheap As Hillary Clinton graces stage after stage during her 2016 presidential campaign, she’s sure to be wearing her signature look: the pantsuit. Her campaign has even made light of her penchant for pantsuits by selling a t-shirt version of the trademark style. You can buy the “Everyday Pantsuit Tee” for $30. The real thing will cost you a tad more, up to $1,400. Jackets by designer Nina McLemore—who has sold Clinton many a pantsuit, according to Politico—will set buyers back between $500 and $1,000. Pants cost about $400.
  • Civilians get new authority in Cleveland police settlement

    05/28/2015 3:31:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 28, 2015
    Cleveland's settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on reforming the city's troubled police department calls for civilians to play influential roles in investigating police misconduct and establishing policies and procedures. The 105-page agreement details new rules for how officers employ, report and investigate uses of deadly and nonlethal force, to include prohibitions against shooting at moving vehicles, striking suspects in the head with their firearms and using stun guns to inflict pain, examples of which were cited in the DOJ investigative findings. The agreement also requires Cleveland police to make community policing, which requires officers to work with...
  • 1 in 5 Americans receive government assistance: food stamps, welfare, Medicaid details

    05/28/2015 3:00:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | May 28, 2015 | By Rich Exner
    One in five Americans received monthly assistance from at least one of a variety of government programs throughout 2012, a report issued Thursday by the Census Bureau says. The report estimated that 52.2 million Americans -- or 21.3 percent of the people in the United States -- received assistance each month during 2012. Also from the report: - 39.2% of children received some type of means-tested benefit. - 41.6% of black Americans received assistance in an average month, versus 36.4% of the Hispanics, 17.8% of the Asians or Pacific Islanders, and 13.2% of whites. - 50% of the female-led households...
  • Venezuela to Double Oil Output with Russian Support

    05/28/2015 2:49:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    teleSUR English ^ | May 28, 2015
    Venezuela's oil output may double in the coming years, after the government secured US$14 billion in new Russian investment Wednesday. Most of the Russian investment will go towards improving output in the Orinoco Belt: a strip of Venezuela's north east that is believed to hold the world's largest proven oil reserve. The deal is the latest in over 250 bilateral agreements between Russia and Venezuela, mostly in areas including technology, construction and oil. Earlier Wednesday, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov expressed “solidarity” with Venezuela in the face of opposition destabilization. “We have confirmed solidarity with the people of Venezuela and...
  • Obama takes questions on climate, and hoops, over Twitter

    05/28/2015 10:57:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 28, 2015 | By Greg Robb
    President Barack Obama on Thursday went over the heads of the traditional press corps and took questions on Twitter for a half hour using his new account @POTUS. The 140 character limit did not seem like a constraint to the notoriously long-winded president. Although set up to discuss climate change after a tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Obama addressed a variety of different subjects, including the upcoming NBA Finals. The president responded to someone who said he was more worried about his student loans than climate change.
  • Fed’s Bullard says he now favors targeting nominal GDP

    05/28/2015 10:12:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 28, 2015 | By Greg Robb
    The uneven results of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy since the financial crisis should cause new thinking about how to conduct interest rate policy, said St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Thursday in advocating for a new, controversial target. Standard economic theory predicted that the Fed’s decision to leave rates at zero and buy trillions of dollars of bonds would result in a consumption boom and above-average inflation, but that has not happened, sending economists back to the drawing board. Under Bullard’s proposal, the Fed would set an overall inflation target. In good times, the central bank would keep...
  • Woman, boy fatally shot in head in southwest Baltimore

    05/28/2015 9:59:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    WBAL-TV Baltimore ^ | May 28, 2015 | by Barry Simms
    BALTIMORE - A woman and a boy were fatally shot Thursday morning in southwest Baltimore. City police said officers were called around 8:19 a.m. to the 100 block of Upmanor Road, where a 31-year-old woman and a young boy believed to be around 8 years old had been shot in the head. Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call police at 410-396-2100.
  • Area illegal immigrants remain in limbo as court blocks relief plan

    05/28/2015 9:09:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2015 | By Pamela Constable
    Amalia Mendez, a housekeeper and mother of four from Guatemala, has been hanging many hopes on President Obama’s executive action in November that would defer deportation for up to 5 million people like herself. Now, with a federal court ruling Tuesday putting that program in limbo for the foreseeable future, she is putting those hopes on hold. “I would be able to earn more if I had papers, and so would my husband. We could get insurance and a nicer home for our children. Most important is that we would not have to be afraid every time we leave the...
  • Treasury Rule Allows Taxpayer Subsidized Health Insurance For Illegal Immigrants

    05/28/2015 8:58:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 28, 2015 | by Grace-Marie Turner
    New research about implementation of the Affordable Care Act finds that Obama administration regulations are allowing taxpayer subsidized health insurance for some people earning less than the statutory income floor and also for unlawful immigrants. A new study by Andy S. Grewal, an associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, explains that the ACA provides tax credits to U.S. citizens with incomes between 100 and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). However, IRS regulations were written to extend credits to citizens below 100% FPL in some cases. Also, Section 36B of the ACA grants credits to...
  • Baltimore Residents Fearful Amid Rash Of Homicides

    05/28/2015 8:35:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    CBS Local ^ | May 28, 2015
    BALTIMORE — Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire. “I’m afraid to go outside,” said Perrine, 47. “It’s so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside. People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They’re nowhere.” West Baltimore residents worry they’ve...
  • Marilyn Mosby Endorsed Tweets Calling Baltimore Cops ‘THUGS’

    05/27/2015 5:15:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 27, 2015 | by Chuck Ross
    Baltimore City state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby has pushed back against claims that she is biased against the six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case, but the 35-year-old rookie prosecutor’s social media activity suggests there is some truth to the accusations. On May 6, Mosby favorited a tweet calling the six charged officers “thugs.” On the same day, Mosby endorsed another controversial tweet, this one with racial overtones. By endorsing a tweet labeling the officers as “thugs,” Mosby undermines a defense she made on behalf of the rioters and looters who descended on Baltimore last month.
  • Boehner/McConnell Op-Ed: "Now We Can Get Congress Going" [Nov 2014]

    05/27/2015 4:48:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Speaker Boehner's Press Office [Wall Street Journal] ^ | November 5, 2014 | By John Boehner and Mitch McConnell
    Americans have entrusted Republicans with control of both the House and Senate. We are humbled by this opportunity to help struggling middle-class Americans. Looking ahead to the next Congress, we will honor the voters’ trust by focusing, first, on jobs and the economy. Among other things, that means a renewed effort to debate and vote on the many bills that passed the Republican-led House in recent years. It also means renewing our commitment to repeal ObamaCare, which is hurting the job market along with Americans’ health care. Our priorities in the 114th Congress will be your priorities. That means addressing...
  • Scholarship fund for undocumented students launches fundraising drive

    05/27/2015 3:27:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2015 | By Emma Brown
    TheDream.US, the nation’s largest scholarship fund for immigrant youths who entered the country illegally as children, is embarking on a campaign to raise at least $30 million to help undocumented students pay for college. Donald E. Graham, a former owner of The Washington Post who co-founded TheDream.US last year, has pledged $15 million to kick off the fundraising drive, as has hedge fund manager Bill Ackman. Their gifts were in addition to previous donations of $10 million each and were meant in part to spur other philanthropists to donate. The money will go toward providing $25,000 scholarships to undocumented students...
  • Obama Won’t Take Immigration Battle Directly to Supreme Court

    05/27/2015 3:04:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 27, 2015 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    ... In a statement on Wednesday, officials from the Justice Department said they would not ask the Supreme Court to reverse this week’s decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that continues to block the president’s immigration actions. “The department believes the best way to achieve this goal is to focus on the ongoing appeal on the merits of the preliminary injunction itself,” said Patrick Rodenbush, a spokesman for the Justice Department. “Although the department continues to disagree with the Fifth Circuit’s refusal to stay the district court’s preliminary injunction, the department has determined that...
  • 2nd Submariner Guilty of Sharing Videos of Women in Shower

    05/27/2015 2:18:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 27, 2015 | By JASON DEAREN
    A second submariner pleaded guilty Wednesday to sharing videos of female officers undressing for a shower, continuing a case that a prosecutor calls a "black eye" for the Navy's integration of women into the nation's sub fleet. Electronics technician Joseph Bradley entered his guilty pleas in a court-martial trial and was sentenced to 30 days' confinement and a reduction in rank. Bradley received the videos after they were secretly recorded by another sailor aboard the USS Wyoming nuclear submarine based at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, prosecutors say. Bradley admitted in a plea agreement to sharing the images...
  • Guantanamo Inmates Swapped for Bergdahl Could Move Freely

    05/27/2015 1:21:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 27, 2015 | By DEB RIECHMANN
    Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires. He recently was charged with desertion. U.S. officials have discussed with the Qataris the possibility of extending the travel ban after it expires on June 1. But so far, the White House has not publicly announced any new agreement with Qatar, meaning the five could leave the tiny nation on the Arabian Peninsula at the end of the month. The State Department insists that U.S....
  • Obamacare's big overhead costs to top $270B

    05/27/2015 10:48:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 27, 2015 | by Dan Mangan
    That sure is a lot of paper clips. Obamacare is set to add more than a quarter-of-a-trillion—that's trillion—dollars in extra insurance administrative costs to the U.S. health-care system, according to a new report out Wednesday. The $273.6 billion in additional insurance overhead represents an average of of $1,375 per newly insured person, per year, from 2012 through 2022. The overhead cost equals a whopping 22.5 percent of the total estimated $2.76 trillion in all federal government spending for the Affordable Care Act programs during that time, the authors of the report in the journal Health Affairs noted. In contrast, the...
  • First Read: The Romney-fication of Bill and Hillary Clinton

    05/27/2015 10:22:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 27, 2015 | BY CHUCK TODD, MARK MURRAY AND CARRIE DANN
    By itself, making money shouldn't be an issue for Bill and Hillary Clinton; after all, so many of our past presidents have been wealthy. By itself, Bill Clinton having a shell LLC wouldn't be an issue either. But when you add the two together, you see that the Clintons have a Mitt Romney problem on their hands -- wealth and "otherness" that voters might not be able to relate to, especially when the likes of Bernie Sanders are campaigning against wealth. Of course, there's one BIG difference between Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney: Romney wanted to cut taxes for the...
  • Hillary Clinton Tells Voters She’s Listening, and Learning

    05/27/2015 10:12:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 27, 2015 | By AMY CHOZICK
    ... Mrs. Clinton lacks some of the extraordinary gifts for connection and empathy that her husband possesses, and the round-table events that have characterized her early campaign can feel stage-managed. But even these settings are producing revealing moments, as Mrs. Clinton finds herself far from the world of international diplomacy and scrambling to re-educate herself about the nation she hopes to lead. A lot has changed since Mrs. Clinton left domestic politics to become the secretary of state: Student debt has ballooned, access to credit has tightened, and the cause of income inequality has taken on a forceful momentum. Ever...
  • Spelling bee officials confront racist reaction

    05/27/2015 9:41:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio News ^ | May 27, 2015 | by Bob Collins
    The National Spelling Bee preliminary round is being held today, and its officials are confronting the racism that has accompanied it in recent years. Indian American children have won the spelling bee for seven straight years and 11 of the last 15. Paige Kimble, the Bee’s director, addressed the question last week, partly because of the racially charged tweets that have grown to accompany the spelling bee. “We certainly followed the coverage last year,” Kimble said, “and we are aware of Twitter posts that are not nice, that indicate that we have a long way to go as a country...
  • Napa County students offered free summer lunch

    05/27/2015 9:13:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Napa Valley Register ^ | May 26, 2015 | By Jennifer Huffman
    For five weeks this summer, Napa County children can get a free lunch at one of five school sites in Napa. “More than 49 percent of our students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch during the school year,” said Sunita Dutt-Ellenby, food services coordinator. The free lunch program dovetails with the Migrant Education program, the federally funded program designed to provide supplementary educational and support services to children and youth of migrant families, ages 3-21. Because school district staff will already be working in District kitchens making breakfast, lunch and snacks for Migrant Education recipients, Dutt-Ellenby decided to expand...
  • The glaciers of Mount Everest could shrink dramatically due to global warming, study finds

    05/27/2015 9:01:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2015 | By Chris Mooney
    The iconic Mount Everest could see a major loss of its glaciers over the course of this century, according to a new scientific study that its chief author calls the “the first detailed modelling study of all glaciers in the Dudh Koshi basin in the Everest region of Nepal.” The paper, published Wednesday in the journal The Crocosphere, was authored by glacier researcher Joseph Shea and several colleagues from France and the Netherlands. “The biggest result here is that the glaciers in the basin, we find them to be more sensitive to temperature than anyone expected before,” says Shea. To...
  • Memo to Jeb Bush: denying human-caused global warming is ignorant

    05/27/2015 8:49:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | May 27, 2015 | Dana Nuttitelli
    In a campaign event last week, Republican presidential frontrunner Jeb Bush exhibited Stage 2 climate denial. Unfortunately, denial of human-caused global warming may be a prerequisite for any viable Republican presidential candidate. Conservative and Tea Party Republicans are the one group of American voters among whom Stage 2 climate denial is the majority position, but they’re also the group that most reliably votes in GOP primary elections. Nevertheless, the scientific evidence supporting human-caused global warming is just as strong as the evidence linking smoking and lung cancer. Last year, the IPCC stated with 95% confidence that humans are the main...
  • Jeb Bush’s claim that Islamic State ‘didn’t exist when my brother was president’

    05/27/2015 6:36:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2015 | By Glenn Kessler
    FACT CHECKER: “ISIS didn’t exist when my brother was president. Al Qaeda in Iraq was wiped out when my brother was president.” Bush seems to have fallen prey to Washington conventional wisdom, in which ISIS suddenly emerged into consciousness in the past year or so. That may be fine for armchair analysts or journalists. But that’s little excuse for a presidential candidate, who might have to grapple with this problem if he or she is elected president. With some fine-tuning of his statement, Bush could have made the case that Obama’s decision to withdraw from Iraq, combined with the president’s...
  • French Muslims Say Veil Bans Give Cover to Bias

    05/27/2015 6:27:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 26, 2015 | By SUZANNE DALEY and ALISSA J. RUBIN
    More than 10 years after France passed its first anti-veil law restricting young girls from wearing veils in public schools, the head coverings of observant Muslim women, from colorful silk scarves to black chadors, have become one of the most potent flash points in the nation’s tense relations with its vibrant and growing Muslim population. Mainstream politicians continue to push for new measures to deny veiled women access to jobs, educational institutions and community life. They often say they are doing so for the benefit of public order or in the name of laïcité, the French term for the separation...
  • Fourth staffer leaving Rawlings-Blake's criminal justice team

    05/27/2015 6:18:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 26, 2015 | By Yvonne Wenger and Luke Broadwater
    Shannon Cosgrove, deputy director of the office, will be the fourth member of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's criminal justice team to leave in recent weeks. Three others have left the office as Baltimore endures a rash of homicides and other violence following last month's rioting and unrest. Angela Johnese, director of the criminal justice office, and Heather Brantner, the mayor's Sexual Assault Response Team coordinator, left their city posts Friday. Officials declined to say under what terms they departed. LeVar Michael, who led the city's anti-violence program Operation Ceasefire, left his position voluntarily a few weeks ago.
  • Tanning Beds And College Campuses – A Public Health Concern

    05/27/2015 5:51:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | May 27, 2015 | by Lusa Gillespie
    Tanning salons are already under siege – they got taxed by the health law, are newly regulated by the federal government and states, and have become dermatologists’ favorite bad guy. “It’s time we started treating [tanning beds] just like they are cigarettes. They are carcinogen delivery systems,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., at a May 20 Capitol Hill briefing on the dangers of indoor tanning. “We do not allow our children to buy cigarettes, yet the tanning industry continues to target adolescent girls. And this is not unlike what we found with the tobacco industry.” In response, DeLauro is pushing...
  • EU referendum: Staying in 'will be Yes campaign'

    05/27/2015 5:36:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 27, 2015
    Prime Minister David Cameron has said the in/out referendum will take place by 2017. A bill paving the way for the referendum was included in the Queen's Speech. BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins said the precise wording of the question had not been confirmed. But it is expected to allow those who want Britain to remain in the EU to style themselves as the Yes campaign, with the question expected to be along the lines of: "Should the UK remain a member of the EU?"