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  • Final Community Conversation focuses on using personal pronouns in classroom and social settings

    11/17/2015 8:56:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    The University Daily Kansan (Student Newspaper) ^ | November 16, 2015 | by Lara Korte
    About 20 students and faculty gathered on Monday afternoon for the third and final Community Conversation of the semester. The event, 'He Said, She Said, Ze Said,' was geared toward discussing personal pronoun usage in classroom and social settings. The conversation began by showing a video that talked about respect, safety and resources for LGBTQ+ students on college campuses. A major focus of the video was transgender respect and safety in classroom settings. 'We just want you to advance in the direction that accommodates and addresses the needs of a changing demographic of students,' they said. The Community Conversation also...
  • ‘Made in Iran’ cars face boycott campaign at home

    09/13/2015 6:50:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Taipei Times AFP ^ | September 14, 2015
    Iranians are turning to the Internet to vent long-simmering dissatisfaction with a domestic car industry dominated by producers Iran Khodro Industrial Group and Saipa Corp, following years of sanctions that led to the exit of foreign makers. Almost 20,000 people die on Iran’s roads each year, and police say faulty cars are partly to blame. “Creating and supporting campaigns not to buy cars is treason to the national interests,” Iranian Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh said. “This campaign is wrong, sinful and anti-revolutionary, and it would inflict damage on the domestic economy,” he added, in remarks...
  • Migrant crisis: Greece acts over Lesbos 'explosion' fears

    09/13/2015 6:31:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 9, 2015
    The Greek government and the UN refugee agency have brought in extra staff and ships to deal with some 25,000 stranded migrants on the island of Lesbos. A processing centre has been also set up on an abandoned football ground to help the migrants to get to Athens. A Greek minister said on Monday Lesbos was "on the verge of an explosion.
  • Who, What, Why: What is skunk water?

    09/12/2015 5:33:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | September12, 2015
    Police departments in the United States are reported to have bought a foul-smelling liquid developed in Israel to repel protesters. What is "skunk" and how is it used, asks Yolande Knell. It is a truly putrid stench. Palestinians who have been sprayed describe it as "worse than raw sewage" and "like a mixture of excrement, noxious gas and a decomposing donkey". Invented by Israeli firm Odortec, skunk water was first used by the Israeli military against demonstrators in the occupied West Bank in 2008. Since then armoured vehicles equipped with water cannon spraying jets of the stinky liquid have become...
  • Hillary Clinton’s tweet seeking emoji answers to a complicated issue backfires

    08/12/2015 2:04:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 12, 2015 | By Sally French and Jillian Berman
    Hillary Clinton is trying to tackle America’s student debt problem, and she’s trying to use emojis to help her case. Clinton on Monday announced plans dubbed “the new college compact” to commit $350 billion over the next 10 years to make college more affordable, if elected president. Then, she took to Twitter to ask people to use emoji to describe their feelings about student loan debt. The thing is, she hasn’t gotten a whole lot of emoji responses. But most of all, her tweet seems to have backfired among most people on Twitter. Some noted that using sad faces, cats...
  • Why Baltimore house prices are plunging

    08/04/2015 10:12:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 4, 2015 | by Steve Goldsyein
    At a time when home prices nationally are, if anything, showing signs of being too strong, the picture in Baltimore is the opposite. According to CoreLogic, prices in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metro area were down 8% in the year ending June, the worst showing of the 100 biggest metro areas. Nationally, prices rose 6.5% in the 12 months ending June, CoreLogic says. What’s driven that is a huge rise in foreclosure sales. Foreclosures — known in the business as real estate owned — accounted for 52% of all transactions in Baltimore in May — dwarfing the national average in the low...
  • Obama ignores California’s green power experience

    08/03/2015 4:53:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | August 3, 2015 | By Dan McSwain
    With his Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama is repeating California’s expensive mistake of ignoring the engineering realities of saving the planet and imposing political quotas requiring solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. The big problem is that solar and wind energy are inherently unreliable. Solar power plummets on cloudy days, and falls to zero at sundown. Same goes with wind turbines on a windless evening. In 2006, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature required utilities to use renewables for 20 percent of their power, a figure later increased to 33 percent by 2020. If these seem like suspiciously...
  • California is squaring off against automakers when it comes to electric cars

    08/03/2015 4:30:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 3, 2015 | by GRAHAM RAPIER
    The most powerful woman in California isn’t a celebrity, she’s not even someone you often see on TV. That’s because the most powerful woman in California is Mary Nichols, head of the state’s Air Resources Board. Rules set by Nichols’ agency are among the strictest environmental laws in the nation. Nichols’ goal is for every new car sold in California by the year 2030 to be zero- or almost-zero-emissions, a quest which is taking a toll on automakers selling these efficient vehicles. September will be the biggest test for the 70-year-old Nichols’ grand plans. That’s when her mandate of having...
  • Poll: ObamaCare enrollees less satisfied with insurance plans

    08/03/2015 4:18:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 3, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    ObamaCare enrollees are less satisfied with their plans than people with other types of health insurance, according to a new poll. The poll from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, the research arm of the consulting firm, finds that 30 percent of people with insurance through ObamaCare’s marketplaces are satisfied with their plans. That compares with 42 percent satisfaction from people with employer-sponsored plans, 48 percent with Medicaid and 58 percent with Medicare. Cost is the most common reason cited for the dissatisfaction with ObamaCare.
  • Report: US-led strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria have killed at least 459 civilians

    08/03/2015 1:35:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | August 3, 2015 | By VIVIAN SALAMA and ZEINA KARAM
    BAGHDAD -- U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants.
  • Rev. Sharpton Will be in Ferguson for March, Vigil

    08/03/2015 1:19:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    CBS Local ^ | August 3, 2015 | by Brad Choat
    Just because he hasn’t been in Ferguson much over the last year, doesn’t mean Reverend Al Sharpton has forgotten about the Michael Brown family and what’s happened in the region since Brown’s death last August 9th. That’s according to pastor Carlton Lee, the Ferguson chapter president for Sharpton’s “National Action Network.” “Rev (Sharpton) has been extremely, extremely busy,” Lee says.
  • Kraft Recalls Cheese Slices for Choking Risk

    08/03/2015 12:46:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 3, 2015
    The Kraft Heinz Co. is voluntarily recalling about 36,000 cases of Kraft Singles cheese products because some of the packaging film may stick to the slices and pose a choking hazard. The recall applies to 3-lb. and 4-lb. sizes of Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized prepared cheese product. The products being recalled have a "best when used by" date of Dec. 29, 2015 through Jan. 4, 2016, followed by the manufacturing code S54 or S55.
  • Immigration Bill: Landlords 'must evict' illegal immigrants

    08/03/2015 5:57:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 3, 2015
    Landlords will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in England under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration. They will be able to end tenancies, sometimes without a court order, when asylum requests fail, ministers say. Landlords will also be required to check a migrant's status in advance of agreeing a lease. Repeat offenders could face up to five years in prison. Financial support for failed asylum seekers will also end under the plans. Some 10,000 currently continue to receive a taxpayer-funded allowance of £36 a week, despite their applications having been rejected, because...
  • A CEO raised his company's minimum wage to $70,000 a year, and some employees quit because of it

    07/31/2015 3:44:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 31, 2015 | by RACHEL SUGAR
    When Dan Price, CEO of the Seattle-based credit card payment processing firm Gravity Payments, announced he was raising the company's minimum salary to $70,000 a year, he was met with overwhelming enthusiasm. But in the weeks since then, it's become clear that not everyone is equally pleased. Among the critics? Some of Price's own employees. Two of the company's "most valued" members have left the company, "spurred in part by their view that it was unfair to double the pay of some new hires while the longest-serving staff members got small or no raises." Maisey McMaster — once a big...
  • Michelle Obama: If I Could Have a Different Job, "I'd Be Beyoncé"

    07/31/2015 3:05:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 78 replies
    E! Online ^ | July 31, 2015 | by LILY HARRISON
    Michelle Obama is dishing her younger self some sage words of wisdom in her latest Instagram clip with rapper Wale. Wale asked what she would like to do if she had a different occupation, and her answer may surprise you! "I would be Beyoncé," she said with a smile, while busting a "Single Ladies" dance move. "I got the hand up!" The two ladies have gotten quite close over the years, and Bey even performed at Michelle's 50th birthday party last year.
  • Hillary Clinton Paid $57 Million in Taxes Over Last 8 Years

    07/31/2015 2:52:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 31, 2015 | By LIZ KREUTZ, SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Hillary Clinton paid roughly $57 million in federal and state taxes over the last eight years based on a statement just released by the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign. The statement does not say how much Clinton earned each year. She made roughly $15 million in charitable donations. “We’ve come a long way from my days going door-to-door for the Children’s Defense Fund and earning $16,450 as a young law professor in Arkansas — and we owe it to the opportunities America provides,” Clinton said in the statement.
  • Does Global Warming Actually Increase Antarctic Sea Ice?

    07/31/2015 2:28:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 100 replies
    Discovery News ^ | July 31, 2015 | BY PATRICK J. KIGER
    People who insist that climate change isn’t happening often try to disprove it by pointing to what they see as contradictory phenomena. One of their most visually compelling arguments has centered upon Antarctic sea ice, which expanded to reach record levels in 2014. If the planet really is warming, they ask, then shouldn’t the ice in the southern ocean be melting? But now, in a new, not-yet-published paper, James Hansen, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and colleagues push back even harder. They argue that the increase in Antarctic sea ice not only doesn’t refute climate...
  • Climate models are even more accurate than you thought

    07/31/2015 2:06:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | July 31, 2015 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    Global climate models aren’t given nearly enough credit for their accurate global temperature change projections. As the 2014 IPCC report showed, observed global surface temperature changes have been within the range of climate model simulations. Now a new study shows that the models were even more accurate than previously thought. In previous evaluations like the one done by the IPCC, climate model simulations of global surface air temperature were compared to global surface temperature observational records like HadCRUT4. However, over the oceans, HadCRUT4 uses sea surface temperatures rather than air temperatures. There’s a common myth that models are unreliable, often...
  • U.S. Customs and Coast Guard seize eight tons of cocaine in small submarine in Pacific Ocean

    07/31/2015 1:57:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 31, 2015 | By Craig Hlavaty
    A small semi-submersible vessel containing four people and eight tons of cocaine was discovered by the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on July 18 in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The self-propelled craft was first spotted off the coast of El Salvador by a Navy maritime patrol aircraft flying overhead. The semi-sub was hundreds of miles offshore in international waters. The U.S. Coast Guard was called in to assist with intercepting the craft. Four individuals were detained by the Coast Guard boarding team in the process. Roughly274 bales of cocaine were found in the semi-sub, weighing...
  • Hillary Clinton Emails: 1,300 Messages From Private Account Released

    07/31/2015 12:41:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 31, 2015 | By JUSTIN FISHEL
    The State Department released a third batch of highly sought after emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's controversial private email account today. Posted on the State Department's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website, the collection includes just over 1,300 emails all dated in 2009. One email sent to Secretary Clinton in November of 2009 shows how then-Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill described Iraqis as "a collective pain in the neck." The State Department has established a full-time staff, with one project manager, two case analysts, nine FOIA reviewers and a slew of additional information analysts who have been...
  • AP Reporter Mocks State Dept Spox Over Iran Secret Deal

    07/30/2015 4:51:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 30, 2015 | by Blake Seitz
    AP reporter Matt Lee sparred with a State Department spokesperson who insisted the administration was adequately briefed on a side deal between the IAEA and Iran, despite not having read it. “We haven’t received a written copy of it, but we have been briefed on its contents,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said. “So someone with a photographic memory has looked at it and copied everything down in their brain and then repeated it up on the Hill?” Lee asked. The Obama administration has defended this anti-transparency measure, calling it standard practice and objecting to the term “secret deal.”...
  • Congress Must Reject the Iran Deal

    07/30/2015 4:41:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    TIME ^ | July 30, 2015 | Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Ron DeSantis
    Over the last several months the Obama Administration has consistently maintained that no deal with Iran is better than a bad deal, but we now know this claim — as with many claims made throughout these negotiations — was merely political spin. The deal announced by the Obama Administration last week provides Iran with $150 billion in unfrozen assets with which to fund terrorism, puts our national security at risk, and does little to stop Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon. For these reasons and others we believe that Congress must reject this deal. President Obama promised that a deal...
  • New York minimum wage increase: Who really pays

    07/30/2015 4:14:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    CNN Money ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Jeanne Sahadi
    New York's new $15 minimum wage for fast food workers applies to more than 100 brands doing business in the state. The only criteria: They must operate in at least 30 locations nationwide. Laura Jankowski owns three Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchises on Long Island. The brand has 16 locations in New York and more than 400 nationwide. Research suggests that most fast food workers in New York are 22 or older. But Jankowski says the vast majority of her employees are high school and college students. Most earn $8.75 an hour but her shift leaders earn $9.75. The new higher...
  • A breakdown of New York’s Obamacare numbers

    07/30/2015 3:55:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Capital New York ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Dan Goldberg
    New Yorkers are proving to be cost conscious when choosing a private health insurance plan from New York State of Health, the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, which has now enrolled more than 10 percent of state residents. Of the 2.1 million enrollees, 415,352 chose a private plan, 1,568,345 signed up for Medicaid and 159,716 enrolled in Child Health Plus, according to an enrollment report released Wednesday by the state's health department. Other highlights from the report: - The state's call center handled calls in 92 different languages and dialects. - Two-thirds of those who purchased a private...
  • FBI says hackers shake down big banks, threaten to shut sites if they don’t pay up

    07/30/2015 3:44:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Priya Anand
    Financial companies are facing extortion threats from hackers who threaten to knock their websites offline unless firms pay tens of thousands of dollars, an FBI agent told MarketWatch Thursday. More than 100 companies, including targets from big banks to brokerages in the financial sector, have received distributed denial of service threats since about April, says Richard Jacobs, assistant special agency in charge of the cyber branch at the FBI’s New York office. With these types of attacks, known as DDoS, criminals jam websites by flooding them with useless traffic. The ransom requests typically run in the tens of thousands of...
  • Six-month-old baby gets lifetime hunting license in US

    07/30/2015 3:24:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 30, 2015
    Daylen Brickley, a baby from the US state of New Hampshire, is the proud owner of a lifetime permit to hunt and fish - the first license holder under a new program. His fishing license is valid, but he will need to complete a hunter safety course before receiving that permit. His mother, Erica Brickley, is not concerned about his future training. The whole family was raised around hunting and fishing, "so I figure he'll kind of get in the swing of things". "It was only natural to kind of keep it going," she told the New Hampshire Union Leader.
  • Is it time for Hillary Clinton to panic?

    07/28/2015 10:47:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 28, 2015 | by Anthony Zurcher
    Benghazi! Falling approval ratings! Email-gate! Lately the headlines have been full of gloom for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, prompting a spate of columns and commentary about whether her campaign is Officially in Trouble. "Both her and her campaign are in trouble," pollster John Zogby said in a recent television interview. "She is frankly sinking like a rock." But is it really so? Here are some reasons why - and why not - the former secretary of state should be concerned about her presidential prospects.
  • Venezuela could run out of beer by next month

    07/26/2015 6:54:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Fusion ^ | July 24, 2015 | by Manuel Rueda
    Venezuela could stop making beer by August, as local breweries run out of ingredients needed to produce the country’s most popular alcoholic drink. A brewery shutdown would reduce the country’s beer supply by a terrifying 80 percent, according to industry leaders. Local breweries say they are down to their final batches of barley, malt and other imported products needed to make beer, thanks to Venezuela’s strict currency controls that have made it almost impossible to purchase supplies. The industry, which is calling the situation an “unprecedented crisis,” is already some $200 million in arrears to suppliers around the world. “Beer...
  • Transit police union criticizes response to Baltimore riots

    07/26/2015 5:45:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 26, 2015 | By Kevin Rector
    The union representing state transit police in Baltimore says commanders and agency administrators made "detrimental and disturbing" decisions that endangered officers during April's riots — adding another layer of criticism to the response by law enforcement leaders. In a letter, AFSCME Local 1859 President Jerome Damon called on the Maryland Transit Administration to investigate the agency's handling of the April 27 unrest, noting that four officers dispatched without protective gear to a West Baltimore subway station had to be rescued by an armored vehicle after crowds set two MTA police vehicles and the nearby CVS pharmacy ablaze. The concerns —...
  • Barack Obama Calls For Gay Rights In Africa

    07/26/2015 5:20:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 26, 2015
    Barack Obama has called on African nations to treat homosexual people equally under the law in his first presidential visit to his father's homeland. The US President likened gay rights to the American civil rights movement when he was asked about the issue in Kenya's capital. In a joint news conference with his Kenyan counterpart, Mr Obama said he was "painfully aware of the history when people are treated differently under the law". Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta dismissed it as a "non-issue" for his country. "There are some things that we must admit we don't share - our culture, our...
  • Fast Food Franchise Owners Consider Suing N.Y. Over Minimum Wage

    07/24/2015 4:03:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 24, 2015
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have it his way with New York's fast-food industry — and restaurant owners aren't loving it. Franchise owners say they're considering a lawsuit against Cuomo's plan to raise the minimum wage in their eateries to $15 an hour, arguing that it is not fair or legal to be saddled with such a significant increase in labor costs that won't apply to retail, landscaping, child care or other traditionally low-wage industries. "Singling out fast food restaurants while ignoring other industries that hire workers who are paid under $15 is unfair and discriminatory, harms New York workers,...
  • Sanders Surges, Clinton Sags in U.S. Favorability

    07/24/2015 3:53:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Gallup ^ | July 24, 2015 | by Lydia Saad
    Story Highlights: * Bernie Sanders' national favorable score doubles to 24%. * Hillary Clinton's image slips, now tilts negative, 48% to 43%. * Sanders still trails Clinton in favorability among Democrats. Bernie Sanders' favorable rating among Americans has doubled since Gallup's initial reading in March, rising to 24% from 12% as he has become better known. Hillary Clinton's rating has slipped to 43% from 48% in April. At the same time, Clinton's unfavorable rating increased to 46%, tilting her image negative and producing her worst net favorable score since December 2007.
  • Mike Lee goes for nuclear option to repeal Obamacare

    07/24/2015 3:37:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | By Kelsey Snell
    Senate conservatives couldn’t stop a vote on the Export-Import bank. So they’re going to try to force a vote on Obamacare instead. Conservative firebrand Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced on Friday that he plans to use a complicated procedural maneuver known as the nuclear option to repeal the Affordable Care Act with just 51 votes. Democrats famously used the strategy in 2013 to break a Republican blockade of President Obama’s nominees to fill judicial openings. Now Lee wants to use the partisan procedure get rid of Obamacare. It’s unclear whether Lee’s gambit will work — but if it does, there...
  • Downtown Baltimore hotel occupancy is way down this summer

    07/24/2015 3:24:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    Baltimore Business Journal ^ | July 24, 2015 | by Asha Glover
    Baltimore’s hotel business is slumping this summer, just a year removed from a banner season for tourism and reflecting the lingering impact of April’s riots. Hotels in downtown’s central business district posted an average occupancy rate of 73.3 percent in June, down from 82.5 percent in the year-ago month, according to data from travel research firm STR Inc. The occupancy rate in May dropped 17.1 percent to 64.7 percent. As colleague Camille Harrison and myself reported in Friday’s cover story of the BBJ, hotels aren’t the only businesses feeling the sting from the riots. Museums and attractions are struggling, and...
  • Iran Offered Iraq 'Open Check' in ISIS Fight, Official Says

    07/23/2015 4:57:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Lee Ferran
    In stark contrast to the U.S. government's measured approach to countering ISIS in Iraq through the deployment of military advisors and stand-off airstrikes, Iran flatly offered Iraq an "open check" to battle the Islamic extremists, the Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. said today. "In relation to Iran, it also sees the threat of ISIS is a threat to its national security," Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily told the audience at the Aspen Security Forum today, noting that at one point ISIS forces were within 25 miles of the Iranian border to Iraq's east. "And their approach to it, more or less,...
  • Administration Prods States To Scrutinize Insurers' Rate Hikes

    07/23/2015 4:23:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Julie Rovner
    There's a battle brewing behind the scenes to keep health plans affordable for consumers. The Obama administration weighed in this week, sending letters to insurance regulators in every state and Washington, D.C., that ask them to take a closer look at rate requests before granting them. In Maryland, for example, the dominant insurer on the exchange, CareFirst, is asking for a rate increase of 30 percent for some of its plans. In Kansas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is seeking increases averaging 37 percent. Insurance industry consultant Robert Laszewski says that forcing people to change plans in order...
  • Undocumented Steinmetz grad to attend White House summit

    07/23/2015 4:12:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 22, 2015 | BY JORDYN HOLMAN
    A couple of missed calls, a voicemail — even a Snapchat — from his teacher notified Steinmetz College Prep graduate Cesar Bustos, 18, that he was headed to the White House. Bustos, who was at work when he got the news, is one of 130 students selected to attend first lady Michelle Obama’s Beating the Odds Summit on Thursday. The summit is part of the first lady’s Reach Higher initiative, which is intended to get more U.S. students to continue their education after high school. “The experience sounds so surreal,” Bustos said. “Being undocumented, I never believed I would ever...
  • Briefing Highlights Positive Voter Attitudes Toward Undocumented Immigrants

    07/23/2015 3:56:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | July 23, 2015 | National Council of La Raza
    A briefing today at NCLR (National Council of La Raza) addressed new data from The George Washington University (GW) which show that most U.S. voters have positive views of undocumented immigrants. Most voters surveyed consider undocumented immigrants "family and community oriented" (71%) and agreed they "fill jobs Americans don't want" (67%). A majority disagreed that undocumented immigrants "are 'cheaters' here just to help themselves" (59 percent), "belong to gangs and commit many crimes" (56 percent), or "threaten our traditional American culture" (56 percent). "Among American voters today, there is a substantial, multidimensional and widespread favorable attitude toward undocumented immigrants," said...
  • Up to 87 pct. of undocumented migrants could stay in U.S., study says

    07/23/2015 3:48:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | July 23, 2015
    Up to 87 percent of undocumented immigrants will be able to remain in the United States if the executive action measures on immigration taken by President Barack Obama are implemented without modifications, according to a study published by the Migration Policy Institute. The report by the independent immigration study center said that the net effect of the new policies will be a reduction in deportations from the United States. In all, 5.2 million immigrants would benefit from these immigration relief measures, but the MPI notes that the implementation of new guidelines for law enforcement and immigration authorities would broaden the...
  • Rachel Dolezal, outed as white, now braiding hair for money

    07/23/2015 3:38:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    WSB Atlanta ^ | July 21, 2015 | By Christopher Seward
    Rachel Dolezal, the local NAACP president who resigned after it was revealed that she is white and not black, is now braiding hair to make ends meet after also losing a part-time university teaching job. Dolezal told Vanity Fair magazine that her last check from Eastern Washington University in June and she now sees several clients a week for braids and weaves to support herself and her 13-year-old son. Dolezal, 37, told the magazine she still identifies as a black woman - despite the fallout that drew national attention when her estranged parents outed her as Caucasian - and that...
  • DHS Secretary Won't Describe ISIS As 'Islamic' Terrorists

    07/23/2015 3:02:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 23, 2015 | By MIKE LEVINE
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says that in order to keep ISIS from radicalizing Americans inside the United States, it is "critical” not to use the word “Islamic” when describing attacks or other actions tied to the terrorist group. “[ISIS] would like to be referred to as ‘Islamic extremism’ because it therefore concedes that what they are saying and what they are doing occupies legitimately some form of Islam,” Johnson said today at a national security forum in Aspen, Colorado. “The Muslims I know and that I’ve spent a lot of time with in this country believe just the opposite,”...
  • Republicans Pass 'Donald Trump Act' As Obama Vows Veto

    07/23/2015 2:53:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 23, 2015 | By BENJAMIN SIEGEL
    Donald Trump may be thousands of miles from Washington on the Texas-Mexico border, but on Capitol Hill he's center stage in the fight over illegal immigration. The bill, which is formally called the "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act," would block states and cities from receiving federal law enforcement funding if they have so-called “sanctuary city” practices in place, blocking the enforcement of certain federal immigration laws. It passed today in the House with overwhelming Republican support in a 241-179 vote, with only six Democrats joining the majority. Democrats have pejoratively labeled the legislation “The Donald Trump Act,” tying...
  • House Speaker Boehner: There will not be a government shutdown

    07/23/2015 12:45:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Greg Robb
    There won't be a federal-government shutdown this year, and Congress will work on a temporary spending measure in September, once lawmakers return from their summer recess, House Speaker John Boehner, said Thursday. Democrats and Republicans have been unable to agree on annual spending bills, and without a deal by Sept. 30, the government will partially shut down. A temporary spending measure will be needed to avoid the Sept. 30 deadline, but details haven't been decided, Boehner said.
  • Medicare Funds Totaling $60 Billion Improperly Paid, Report Finds

    07/22/2015 4:25:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 22, 2015 | By JIM AVILA & SERENA MARSHALL and GITIKA KAUL
    They are supposed to be doctor's offices, clinics or hospitals, not hamburger stands, vacant lots and mailbox shops, but that's what some of the 23,400 potentially fake or bad addresses on Medicare's list of health care providers are, according to a report released today to Congress from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report says that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare, estimates that last year some $60 billion of American taxpayer money, or more than 10 percent of Medicare’s total budget, was lost to fraud, waste, abuse and improper payments....
  • Social Security Disability Fund Could Run Dry in 2016

    07/22/2015 12:57:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 22, 2015
    The 11 million people who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year — unless Congress acts, the government said Wednesday. The trustees that oversee Social Security said the disability trust fund will run out of money in late 2016, right in the middle of a presidential campaign. That would trigger an automatic 19 percent cut in benefits. The report said the fund faces "an urgent threat" that requires prompt action by Congress. There is an easy fix available: Congress could shift tax revenue from Social Security's much larger retirement fund, as it has done in the past.
  • Lawyer: Tennessee Shooter's Uncle Detained in Jordan

    07/21/2015 3:40:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 21, 2015 | By KARIN LAUB and ERIK SCHELZIG
    An uncle of the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in Tennessee has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attacks on two military sites, a lawyer said Tuesday. Al-Khateeb identified his client as Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, a maternal uncle of the Chattanooga attacker, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. A Jordanian official said Tuesday that he is sure the uncle and "other relevant people" in Jordan were being questioned, but he would not elaborate and or confirm that the uncle was detained.
  • Investigators Uncover Chattanooga Shooter’s Alleged Link to Radical Islam

    07/21/2015 3:26:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 21, 2015 | by Jason Howerton
    Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez reportedly followed writings and downloaded recordings of infamous al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. An attorney also revealed on Tuesday that Abdulazeez’s uncle has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attacks on two military sites. In 2014, Abdulazeez visited Jordan for several months. Al-Khateeb identified his client as Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, the deceased shooter’s maternal uncle. A law enforcement official told NBC news that the uncle is believed to be “radical.”
  • Mother: Son’s Murder by Illegal Alien Was ‘Our Family’s 9/11 Attack by a Foreign Invader’

    07/21/2015 3:06:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 21, 2015 | By Brittany M. Hughes
    Laura Wilkerson, a mother whose 18-year-old son Joshua was murdered by an illegal alien in 2010, passionately appealed to Congress Tuesday to put an end to so-called “sanctuary city” policies and begin enforcing immigration laws, adding that “we are at war right here in this country” against criminal aliens who are a threat to public safety. “This was our family’s 9/11 terrorist attack by a foreign invader, whether you want to recognize it or whether you do not,” Laura Wilkerson told members of Congress, speaking of her son's death nearly five years ago.
  • Major donor to Obama, Emanuel to host Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Chicago

    07/21/2015 2:57:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 21, 2015 | By Rick Pearson, Bill Ruthhart and John Chase
    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is making her second fundraising visit to Chicago on Tuesday, attending an event at the home of securities trader Rajiv Fernando. In 2011, Obama appointed Fernando to serve on the International Security Advisory Board, a panel that was charged with advising then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on sensitive security matters. After the appointment, ABC News raised questions about Fernando’s qualifications for the panel. Days after the report, which also noted Fernando’s contributions to the Clinton Foundation, the trader stepped down from the board, saying he did not have time to serve. Clinton is asking...
  • After spate of attacks, area Muslims reach out during Ramadan to foster better image

    07/16/2015 4:53:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 16, 2015 | By Pamela Constable
    As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends Friday, a spate of recent terrorist attacks by Islamist extremists — including massacres in Tunisia and Kuwait — has marred a time intended for contemplation and prayer. But for Muslim American immigrants in the Washington area, this Ramadan has offered an opportunity to send a contrasting message about Islam and to engage in unprecedented public outreach. Dozens of interfaith events have been held in mosques, embassies and government offices. Muslim charity drives have raised funds for damaged African American and Pakistani churches. Families have opened their homes to neighbors and colleagues to...