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  • Donald Trump in Anaheim: Tensions flare outside Convention Center

    05/25/2016 1:56:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | May 25, 2016 | By DAVID MONTERO
    They've tossed the first protester out of the Trump rally in Anaheim. As Trump launched into a speech that would touch on issues such as gun rights and the wall he'd like to build at the U.S./Mexico border, a protester tried to interrupt him. "Get him out of here. Out. Out. Out. Out," Trump, from the podium, told security officials. "Don't hurt him," he added. "I say that for the TV cameras, but don't hurt him." It's unclear what happened to the protester.
  • Anti-illegal-immigration group the Remembrance Project out again to support Trump

    05/25/2016 1:38:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 25, 2016 | by Allison Wisk
    Speaking ahead of Donald Trump at his Anaheim rally was the Texas-based group the Remembrance Project, which also appeared onstage with the Republican presidential candidate at his Costa Mesa rally in April . The nonprofit, which according to its website has been operating since 2009, bills itself as a group of "advocates for families whose loved ones were killed by illegal aliens." The group is led by conservative activist and former Texas congressional candidate Maria Espinoza, who told the Riverside Press-Enterprise at an event this month that Trump "is a listener" and was the only one of the Republican presidential...
  • Police warn 'swift' action against anti-Trump protesters

    05/25/2016 1:24:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 25, 2016 | By Emily Stephenson and Steve Gorman
    Police in Anaheim, California, warned they would take "swift and decisive enforcement action" if protesters get out of hand at a Donald Trump rally on Wednesday, a day after a violence broke out at the Republican presidential candidate's campaign event in New Mexico. Mike McGetrick, one of two people carrying "Latinos for Trump" signs at the Anaheim rally, said he is part of a group called America First Latinos. He said his neighborhood in nearby Orange is "being overrun" by undocumented immigrants. "There are so many of them, and they're everywhere," said McGetrick, 62, a retired city worker. "I can...
  • Grizzly-polar bear hybrid is shot dead in Canada, raising new global warming fears

    05/25/2016 10:33:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | May 25, 2016 | By Rob Crilly
    When a young Inuit hunter took aim with his rifle he thought he had spotted a polar bear or an Arctic fox in northern Canada. But the photographs of his kill posted on social media by Didji Ishalook, 25, have sparked feverish interest among scientists and a fascinated public. "They're saying it's a grizzly-polar bear hybrid," he said. Mr Ishalook had actually shot a rare cross between the two species, who normally live in very different climates. Determining whether it is a grolar or a prizzly will have to wait for the results of DNA testing. But its existence adds...
  • A Letter to a Bernie-or-Bust Voter, I get it. I was just like you once

    05/24/2016 1:43:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | May 23, 2016 | By Darby Saxbe
    In the year 2000, fresh out of college, I cast my second-ever presidential election vote for Ralph Nader. Now, 16 years later, I look back on my young, Nader-voting self and see plenty of parallels with the college students who are feeling the Bern. Hillary Clinton is a wonkish, often uninspiring candidate, just as Al Gore was. And Bernie, as Nader did, promises to dial back the influence of big-money corporate donors and bring about real change. He even has Bill Murray, Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, and Eddie Vedder on his side. But if Bernie splinters the left and erodes...
  • Transgender Group Calls on Hillary Clinton to Answer Questions

    05/24/2016 1:22:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    TIME ^ | May 24, 2016 | by Charlotte Alter
    A transgender rights organization is calling out Hillary Clinton for failing to complete a trans-focused questionnaire it distributed to the presidential candidates. Trans United Fund, the first tax-exempt political advocacy group to focus specifically on transgender issues, announced Monday that both Clinton and Bernie Sanders had committed to completing the survey, but that only Sanders' campaign had filled it out. They also sent presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's campaign the questionnaire, but did not receive a response. The Clinton campaign called the TUF to say that the survey was too long and the campaign couldn't complete it on time. The...
  • It's all about California: Clinton hopes to avoid ending primary season with an epic loss

    05/24/2016 12:50:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 24, 2016 | By Abby Phillip and Anne Gearan
    There is a real chance that Hillary Clinton will have clinched a majority of delegates, and the Democratic nomination, before polls close in the California primary late in the evening of June 7. But losing one of the country's most diverse and Democratic states to Bernie Sanders would be such a damaging way to end this tumultuous primary season that Clinton is planning to spend millions there over the next two weeks. This isn't exactly what Clinton had hoped to be doing as her party's July convention in Philadelphia approaches. Clinton has deployed a massive effort to keep a once-loyal...
  • Explaining Hillary Clinton's Lost Ground in the Polls

    05/24/2016 9:20:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 24, 2016 | by Nate Cohn
    A month ago, Hillary Clinton had a big lead in national and battleground state polls. Today, she has a modest lead at best. A few surveys even show Donald Trump ahead. What happened? What's clear is that Mrs. Clinton's challenge isn't totally superficial. Just 20% of Mr. Sanders's supporters have a favorable view of Mrs. Clinton in the most recent NY Times/CBS News survey, while 47% have an unfavorable one. These numbers are not too different from the "anyone but Trump" voters in March. Then, The NY Times/CBS survey found that just 17% of Republican primary voters who didn't support...
  • University of Victoria researchers model worst-case climate change scenario

    05/24/2016 4:52:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    MetroNews Canada ^ | May 23, 2016 | by Matt Kieltyka
    Study forecasts global temperature increases of up to 9.5 degrees C. The unmitigated burning of Earth's remaining fossil fuels would cause global warming on a scale bigger than previously anticipated, according to a new study out of the University of Victoria. Katarzyna Tokarska, a PhD student at the university, is the lead author of a new paper titled "The climate response to five trillion tonnes of carbon". Previous modelling, including those used by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, use projections that assume just two trillion tonnes of carbon would be released.
  • U.S. Embassy in Venezuela halts new visas for lack of personnel, high demand

    05/23/2016 1:43:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | May 23, 2016 | By Franz von Bergen
    The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela has temporarily stopped scheduling appointments for first-time visa seekers because of the consular staff is insufficient to serve the overwhelming demand, the consular office announced. The measure applies to all new tourist and business visas, for which an average of 1,800 applications were being filed daily. "We had to make this decision because in the last eight months [Venezuela's] Foreign Ministry hasn't responded to various requests to increase personnel," said Lola Petrova, the embassy spokeswoman. She said that with the current number of employees they can handle 800 daily appointments at the most. In an...
  • Editorial: The Left on the Run in Latin America

    05/23/2016 12:38:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 23, 2016 | Editorial Board
    In 2004, Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro launched the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas, a regional alliance of leftist leaders designed to subvert a hemispheric free trade agreement that the United States had been pushing for a decade. Today Latin America's leftist ramparts appear to be crumbling because of widespread corruption, a slowdown in China's economy and poor economic choices. For the most part, leaders failed to create diversified economies capable of withstanding slumps. The welfare and pension programs that kept voters loyal proved unsustainable. Leaders in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia flouted democratic traditions by expanding or...
  • Banker plunges to his death after eating magic mushrooms

    05/23/2016 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 86 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2016 | by Tina Moore
    A Merrill Lynch analyst ate a handful of magic mushrooms in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning - and then plunged to his death out of his 26th floor window. Alex Lagowitz, 23, was found dead on a third floor, outdoor patio around 10 a.m. - directly below his bedroom window at Windsor Court on East 31st Street and Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill. It’s still unclear if he purposely jumped or lost his balance and fell out of the window.
  • Lawsuit filed to extend last day to register to vote in California primary

    05/23/2016 11:21:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX 11 Los Angeles ^ | May 23, 2016 | By Jeffrey Thomas DeSocio
    A federal lawsuit alleging widespread confusion over California's presidential primary rules asks that voter registration be extended past Monday's deadline until the day of the state's primary election on June 7. "Mistakes are being made," said William Simpich, an Oakland civil rights attorney who filed the lawsuit. At issue is whether voters understand the rules for the presidential primary, which differ from those governing other elections in California. Unlike statewide primaries -- where voters now choose any candidate, no matter the political party -- the presidential contests are controlled by the parties themselves. Democrats have opened up their primary to...
  • Donald Trump denies climate change--but fears it could hurt his golf course

    05/23/2016 8:12:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 23, 2016 | By Rebecca Shabad
    Donald Trump has said he doesn't believe in man-made climate change and has called global warming a "hoax," but he's trying to protect a golf course he owns on the coast of Ireland from its effects. The presumptive GOP nominee applied for a permit to build a seawall next to Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland in County Clare to prevent erosion, according to Politico. His application included an environmental impact statement that explicitly mentions "global warming and its effects." According to Politico's report, that statement says that rising sea levels in that region could accelerate erosion. The statement...
  • Freddie Gray case: Officer Nero found not guilty of all charges

    05/23/2016 8:02:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 101 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 23, 2016 | By Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector
    Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty of all charges by a judge Monday morning for his role in the arrest of Freddie Gray. Nero, 30, had been charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office, all related to his role in Gray's initial detention and arrest on April 12, 2015.
  • 5 Killed, 40 Wounded In Weekend Shootings

    05/23/2016 6:30:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    CBS Local - Chicago ^ | May 23, 2016
    A city employee caught in gang crossfire was among five people killed and 40 more wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and Monday morning. Chicago Police issued a statement Sunday in the middle of one of the first consistently warm weekends of the spring, as intensified city gun violence typically accompanies rising temperatures. “As we look toward the summer months, Superintendent Johnson has made it very clear that the violence will not be tolerated – period,” the statement said. “The cause of the violence traces back decades, and everyone has a role to play in fixing it –...
  • 4 killed, 29 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

    05/22/2016 8:02:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Fox 32 Chicago ^ | May 22, 2016 | Staff
    CHICAGO - A city employee caught in gang crossfire was among four people killed and 29 more wounded in shootings across Chicago since late Friday afternoon, police said. The most recent homicide happened Saturday night in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. A 26-year-old man was walking in the 7000 block of South Carpenter about 7:40 p.m. when two gunmen walked out of a gangway and opened fire, shooting him in the abdomen, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he later died. The latest wave of violence saw seven people wounded in about less than five...
  • EgyptAir flight MS804: Pilot spoke with air traffic control 'for several minutes before crash'

    05/22/2016 3:20:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Independent UK | May 22, 2016 | by John Lichfield
    Headline only per FR posting rules. EgyptAir flight MS804: Pilot spoke with air traffic control 'for several minutes before crash'
  • EgyptAir Flight Data Shows Smoke Detected in Bathroom Before Crash: Report

    05/20/2016 2:03:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 134 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 19, 2016 | Staff
    Data transmitted from a doomed EgyptAir flight minutes before it fell off radar screens suggests a fire had broken out on board the plane, according to an aviation industry website. AvHerald.com is reporting that data transmissions from EgyptAir Flight 804 to ground stations show smoke was detected in a bathroom near the cockpit. The report includes the plane-to-ground messages sent in the final minutes of the flight: 00:26Z 2600 SMOKE LAVATORY SMOKE 00:27Z 2600 AVIONICS SMOKE 00:28Z 561100 R FIXED WINDOW SENSOR 00:29Z 2200 AUTO FLT FCU 2 FAULT 00:29Z 2700 F/CTL SEC 3 FAULT The information would suggest the...
  • Sorry, we don't take Obamacare

    05/18/2016 4:26:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 17, 2016 | By Elisabeth Rosenthal - The New York Times
    Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created NY state exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule appointments, they were dismayed to be turned away again and again with a common refrain: "We don't take Obamacare," the umbrella epithet for the hundreds of plans offered through the president's signature health legislation. Though their insurance cards look the same as everyone else's the plans are often very different from those provided to most Americans by their employers....
  • Does Donald Trump represent a step forward for climate change action?

    05/17/2016 4:53:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | May 16, 2016 | by Kate Aronoff
    Donald Trump will have a climate plan and it will be ugly. For now, the Republican frontrunner is pedaling the kind of denialism his party loves, having called global warming everything from a "hoax" to a "con job" to a Chinese plot. But an interview with his energy adviser hinted that Trump might endeavor to Make Atmospheric Carbon Levels Great Again. "My advice would be, while I'm a skeptic as well", Trump energy honcho Kevin Cramer [said], "he is a product of political populism, and political populism believes that there needs [to be] some addressing of climate change". Cramer has...
  • Civil disobedience is the only way left to fight climate change

    05/13/2016 4:11:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | May 13, 2016 | by Kara Moses
    Right now, thousands of people are taking direct action as part of a global wave of protests against the biggest fossil fuel infrastructure projects across the world. With so many governments still dependent on a fossil fuel economy, they can't be relied upon to make the radical change required in the time we need to make it. It is unjust that corporations and governments can commit crimes against the planet and society without retribution. And if we really want climate justice, protest in the pursuit of this must be normalized. To overcome political barriers, we need to reclaim our power...
  • The Obamacare Health Exchange in Tennessee Is Sickening

    05/12/2016 5:57:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Knoxville Mercury ^ | May 11, 2016 | by Joe Sullivan
    After raising its premiums for coverage on the Obamacare exchange by 36.3 percent for 2016, the state's dominant health insurer is heralding another increase of the "same order of magnitude" for 2017. BlueCross BlueShield claims it lost more than $150 million in 2015 when its rates were among the lowest in the land. But the 36.3 percent increase for 2016, the largest of any state, brings Tennessee rates to just about the national average. So how on Earth can costs be going up so exponentially to justify such a rate increase on the part of a nonprofit insurance company whose...
  • 4 dead, at least 14 wounded in Chicago shootings

    05/12/2016 5:47:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 12, 2016 | By Rosemary Regina Sobol
    Four people were killed and at least 14 people have been wounded in Chicago since early Wednesday afternoon, including a triple fatal shooting in Englewood and five people shot in the evening in the Park Manor neighborhood. A man and two women were shot to death during a domestic-related incident in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. A 50-year-old man, his 30-year-old daughter and her 26-year-old sister-in-law were in the 1500 block of West 71st Street when a known man fired shots at them during a domestic-related incident. The shooting happened inside and outside of a home on the...
  • Your vanishing health coverage: Employers are cutting retiree health benefits at a rapid rate

    05/11/2016 2:38:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 11, 2016 | By Michael Hiltzik
    The shrinkage of employee retirement resources in the US has been well documented, as employers shift more risk onto their workers. Less so is the rate at which employers have been eliminating healthcare benefits for retirees. As the Kaiser Family Foundation recently reported, retiree health coverage is becoming an endangered species. "Employer-sponsored retiree health coverage once played a key role in supplementing Medicare," observe Tricia Neuman of the foundation. "Any way you slice it, this coverage is eroding." The chances of reversing this trend, plainly, are nil. But it's important to keep an eye on it, if only as a...
  • Humana Seeks 50% ObamaCare Premium Hike In Michigan

    05/11/2016 2:28:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | May 11, 2016 | by JED GRAHAM
    Humana wasn't kidding when it hinted last week of big premium hikes for 2017 in those ObamaCare markets where it remains. This year, the nation's fifth-largest insurer offers the cheapest bronze and silver plans in Michigan's largest market, including Detroit. But Humana has filed for a 50% premium hike for its low-cost silver plan. Meanwhile, Humana wants a 38% premium increase for its lowest-cost bronze plan. So far only Oregon, where insurers are requesting an average 27% premium hike, and Virginia, where insurers want an 18% hike, are the only two states to make all rate filings available.
  • CalPERS, NYC pensions urge Exxon investors to back climate measure

    05/11/2016 2:18:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2016 | By Terry Wade
    Pension fund chiefs from California and New York City urged Exxon Mobil shareholders on Wednesday to back a measure that would force the company to finely detail how its business will be impacted as governments move to tackle climate change. CalPERS investment director Anne Simpson and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer also said in a letter they would engage other shareholders as they push the world's largest publicly-traded oil company to say more about how its revenues, reserves and operations could be hurt by the Paris Agreement that governments signed in December to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Their...
  • Who Is to Blame for Venezuela's Collapse?

    05/09/2016 2:01:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | May 9, 2016 | by Carlos Sabino
    Citizens turned out in massive crowds to add their signatures to the recall referendum against Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro. And for good reason. The country is in a state of paralysis: frequent blackouts; food, medicine and vaccine scarcities; closed-down factories and frequent looting. Chaos and anarchy hang over the nation that not so long ago was the most rich and advanced in Latin America. Without a doubt the fault of the country's dire situation is on the late president Hugo Chávez. His socialist policies devastated Venezuela's flourishing economy. But in a less obvious way, Venezuelan citizens are also to blame....
  • Judge OKs U.S. extradition of Mexican drug boss 'El Chapo' Guzman

    05/09/2016 1:47:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 9, 2016 | by Miguel Angel Gutierrez
    A Mexican judge has ruled that drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman can be extradited to face charges in the United States, the country's federal court authority said on Monday, days after he was moved to a prison on the U.S. border. He faces charges ranging from money laundering to drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder in cities that include Chicago, Miami and New York. Juan Pablo Badillo, one of Guzman's lawyers, said his client's legal situation was still being processed and that to extradite him now would be a violation of his human rights.
  • The federal government wants colleges to limit questions about applicants' criminal records

    05/09/2016 1:39:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 9, 2016 | by Joy Resmovits
    US Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. wants colleges to stop asking applicants about their criminal histories early in the admissions process. Because a disproportionate number of people who have been charged with crimes are people of color, the U.S. Department of Education says, these questions increase the barriers disadvantaged students face when seeking an education. “We believe in second chances and we believe in fairness,” King said in a statement. “We must ensure that more people ... have the chance at higher education opportunities.” The Department of Education is sending a guide, called “Beyond the Box,” with suggestions...
  • 49 shootings, 7 fatal, during violent Mother's Day weekend

    05/09/2016 7:57:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    ABC News Chicago ^ | May 9, 2016 | by Will Jones
    CHICAGO (WLS) - The violence plaguing Chicago did not stop this Mother's Day weekend. At least 49 people were shot and seven died over the last three days in locations all over the city. On Friday, mothers who lost children to violence pleaded for calm over the weekend, but their pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears. Community members spoke out against the violence on a weekend when mothers are supposed to be spending time with their children, not saying goodbye.
  • 2 dead, 22 wounded in city shootings

    05/07/2016 4:53:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 7, 2016 | By Deanese Williams-Harris
    Two men were killed and at least 22 other people have been wounded in shootings since Friday afternoon across the city, according to Chicago police.
  • Not over yet: Reid cautions Democrats relishing Trump election battle

    05/05/2016 1:51:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2016 | By Richard Cowan
    For some Democrats, Donald Trump may seem to be a gift - set to steer Republicans into a trainwreck election in November - but senior Democrat Harry Reid said on Thursday he worried people might be too confident. "Am I concerned about it? Of course I am," the U.S. Senate Democratic leader said. "I think this race could be a debacle for the Republicans," Reid added. "But I'm not taking anything for granted. I'm not being over confident." "By nominating Trump, I guess it's the natural evolution of a party that's spent eight years defining itself entirely on what it's...
  • California Lawmakers Want to Give Illegal Immigrants Obamacare

    05/05/2016 1:36:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 5, 2016 | by Aaron Kliegman
    State lawmakers in California are circulating legislation that would open the door for illegal immigrants to buy health insurance from Covered California, the state's Obamacare exchange. State Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced the bill to pave the way for illegal immigrants to purchase health plans from Covered California. Many people believe this move to not grant money makes the legislation mainly symbolic because most illegal immigrants would not practically be able to pay for health premiums on their own, according to Kaiser Health. Covered California staff personnel presented an analysis of the proposed legislation to the organization's board last month and...
  • California unions crush bid to open their books

    05/05/2016 1:17:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 5, 2016 | By William La Jeunesse
    California's public employee unions used their muscle this week to fight back a legislative bid to open their books, killing in committee a bill that would force them to post online how dues are spent -- and a second bill requiring a union vote every two years. "These members want to belong to a union. They want to be represented by a union. They just want to know where their money's at," said bill sponsor Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, a Republican. The two bills went down Wednesday on a party-line vote, after dozens of union members came out against the legislation....
  • Insurers planning big Obamacare price hikes next year

    05/05/2016 1:05:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 5, 2016 | By/ Aimee Picchi
    It's still early days for the Affordable Care Act. But it may be dismaying to some consumers to learn that it appears 2017 may bring another year of big rate hikes. The first two states to release insurers' premium proposals for next year suggest that individual insurance premiums could rise by as much as one-third. In Oregon, the steepest requested rate hike is 32.3 percent. In Virginia, five of the biggest insurers are asking for increases of 9.4 percent to 37.1 percent for individual policies. The proposed rate hikes follow an average increase of 8 percent for 2016, and are...
  • Trump wants to get rid of regulations to help U.S. businesses: CNBC

    05/05/2016 5:15:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2016 | by Megan Cassella
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday he would scrap a slew of federal regulations that he said are even more of a burden on American business owners than high taxes. "We're lowering taxes very substantially and we're going to be getting rid of a tremendous amount of regulations," Trump said in an interview with CNBC.
  • Trump's deportation plan could slice 2 percent off U.S. GDP: study

    05/05/2016 5:11:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 77 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2016 | By Luciana Lopez
    Donald Trump's vow to round up and deport all of America's undocumented immigrants if he is elected president could shrink the economy by around 2 percent, according to a study to be released on Thursday by conservative think tank the American Action Forum. The research adds to concerns about the Republican White House nominee's policy proposals, which range from tearing up international trade agreements to building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. About 6.8 million of the more than 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally are employed, according to government statistics. Removing them would cause...
  • As global temperatures rise, children must be central climate change debates

    05/05/2016 4:27:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Science Daily ^ | May 4, 2016
    Rising temperatures, rising sea levels and the increasing likelihood of extreme weather will all alter children's lives and the lives of their own children. And yet, children are largely left out of discussions about appropriate responses to climate change, according to a journal released by Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. The findings in this issue have clear implications for policymakers and researchers trying to tackle the many challenges that climate change poses: * Policies must be developed to prepare and adapt in the face of inevitable climate change. States, cities and communities throughout the world must promote preparedness and...
  • Pregnant Women Dumped By Covered California Into Medi-Cal, Without Notice Or Consent

    05/03/2016 9:33:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | May 3, 2016 | By Emily Bazar
    Lynn Kersey has some advice for pregnant women who bought health insurance policies from Covered California and want to keep them: Don't report your pregnancy to the agency. Why? Two of Kersey's clients with Covered California health plans recently were thrown into Medi-Cal - the state's health program for low-income residents - without their consent or prior notice after they reported their pregnancies to the state's health insurance exchange. The two women are among about 1,900 across the state who were automatically transferred from the exchange to Medi-Cal since October, even though they were supposed to have the option to...
  • EPA under fire for money to 'anti-farmer' campaign

    05/03/2016 7:21:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 1, 2016 | By Joseph O'Sullivan
    Recent advertisements, splashed across billboards, buses and radio waves, have taken a pointed approach to discussing the link between farms and water pollution. Now, the EPA is under fire for its indirect funding of the campaign. One example, which ran on buses, included a photo of livestock standing in a stream and text that read: "Unregulated agriculture is putting our waterways at risk." The What's Upstream? campaign has drawn criticism for both its approach and its funding - which includes grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency. Lawmakers have called it an "anti-farmer campaign." The Whatcom Transportation Authority pulled the...
  • UW-led team wins $10M EPA grant for air pollution research

    05/03/2016 7:04:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    University of Washington Today ^ | May 2, 2016 | by Brooke Fisher
    To help address the nation's pressing need for better air quality, the U.S. EPA has awarded a research team co-led by a University of Washington civil engineer a $10 million Air, Climate and Energy (ACE) grant. The researchers will use a new approach combining air pollution research with the related areas of climate change and energy usage. Since air pollution and climate change are both largely caused by the combustion of fossil fuels, this integrated approach will address commonalities and encourage solutions that will positively impact all three areas. "A critical need facing our country is addressing air pollution and...
  • Police: 4 dead, 6 wounded in Monday shootings across Chicago

    05/03/2016 6:11:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 3, 2016 | Staff
    Four people were killed and at least six others were wounded in shootings Monday across Chicago. A teenage boy was killed and another was wounded in a West Englewood neighborhood shooting on the South Side. The two teens, ages 14 and 15, were walking east in an alley in the 7100 block of South Laflin about 9:35 p.m. when a male walked up and shot them. About three hours earlier, a 14-year-old boy was gunned down in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side. Earlier Monday, a 21-year-old woman was shot to death in the Edgewater neighborhood...
  • Resettling the First American 'Climate Refugees'

    05/03/2016 4:42:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 2, 2016 | By CORAL DAVENPORT and CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
    ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, La. - A $48 million grant for Isle de Jean Charles, La., is the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the effects of climate change. With a first-of-its-kind "climate resilience" grant to resettle the island's native residents, Washington is ready to help. "Yes, this is our grandpa's land," Ms. Bourg said. "But it's going under one way or another." In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling $1 billion in 13 states to help communities adapt to climate change, by building stronger levees, dams and...
  • India's Answer to Global Warming: Cows That Belch Less

    05/03/2016 4:11:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 3, 2016 | By ELLEN BARRY
    Let no one say that India isn't doing its bit to fight global climate change: Government scientists are working hard to reduce carbon emissions by making cows less gassy. Consider the numbers: India is home to more than 280 million cows, and 200 million more ruminant animals like sheep, goats, yaks and buffalo. Scientists at the Cow Research Institute in Mathura, around 100 miles south of New Delhi, are tinkering with cattle feed, seeking a formula that will create less gas for the cows to belch out. But a team of researchers in the southern state of Kerala is working...
  • Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle's $15 minimum wage

    05/02/2016 2:27:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 2, 2016
    The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage from franchise owners who say the law discriminates against them by treating them as large businesses. Seattle was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a law aiming for a $15 minimum wage, giving small businesses employing fewer than 500 people seven years to phase it in. Large employers must do so over three or four years, depending on whether they offer health insurance to their employees. Franchises say they are small businesses and should have more time to phase in the higher...
  • Feds Expand Medicaid to Cover 96,000 'Justice-Involved' Individuals in Obamacare States

    05/02/2016 2:11:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 2, 2016 | By Penny Starr
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Thursday that it is expanding Medicaid coverage to give "access to health care" to 96,000 people who face a prison sentence or have been incarcerated - or "justice-involved" individuals - as part of the federally designated National Re-Entry Week. "Today, HHS strengthened access to health care for individuals transitioning from incarceration back to their communities," the press release stated. "New Medicaid guidance released today updates decades-old policy and clarifies that individuals who are currently on probation, parole or in home confinement are not considered inmates of a public institution." "It...
  • Millions of Poor Still Could Have Gotten Coverage Without Obamacare [Gruber is back]

    05/02/2016 1:27:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | May 2, 2016 | By Kimberly Leonard
    Millions of poor Americans have signed up for no-cost health insurance that they could have gotten even without the passage of Obamacare. In recent years, the publicity of Obamacare has driven them to sign up in droves, so much so that economists and health policy wonks have dubbed the phenomenon the "woodwork effect," or the "welcome mat" population. This group turned out to be larger than anyone anticipated. A working paper released Monday finds that 43 percent of those who gained insurance in 2014 came out of the woodwork. According to MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, one of the authors...
  • Family Reunification for Illegal Aliens Disguised as Refugee Resettlement

    05/02/2016 8:17:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | May 2, 2016 | Center for Immigration Studies
    The Center for Immigration Studies has released a new report, "Welcoming Unaccompanied Alien Children to the United States", analyzing the Obama administration's persistent efforts to relocate the children of Central American illegal aliens to the United States. The report is online at http://cis.org/Welcoming-Unaccompanied-Alien-Children-to-the-United-States. When the illegal flow of mostly teen-age boys from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador across the border reached record levels in 2014, the administration at first tried to arrange for them to stay by presenting them as victims of trafficking. But for the immigration benefits of being trafficked to apply, there must be coercion and exploitation; this...
  • Climate to inspire exodus from Middle East, North Africa in coming decades

    05/02/2016 7:54:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | May 2, 2016 | By Brooks Hays
    Temperature and sea level aren't the only things expected to rise as a result of climate change. As heat becomes more extreme in some parts of the world, scientists expect a significant rise in the number of climate refugees. Climate scientists expect the coming decades to feature a mass exodus of millions from the Middle East and North Africa as extreme temperatures become more common. "In future, the climate in large parts of the Middle East and North Africa could change in such a manner that the very existence of its inhabitants is in jeopardy," Jos Lelieveld, director of the...