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  • California poised to become 'sanctuary' state. But do such policies work?

    09/13/2017 3:30:10 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 31 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 13, 2017 | Jessica Mendoza
    POLITICAL VALUES     The California Assembly is expected to pass State Bill 54, which would take statewide 'sanctuary' policies on immigrants who are in the US illegally. As loud as the calls for and against these laws have become, hard data on the impact they've had at the local level is still scarce. LOS ANGELES AND OAKLAND, CALIF. —California is one step closer to calling itself a “sanctuary state.” On Monday Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and state Senate leader Kevin De León struck a deal on Senate Bill 54, or the California Values Act, making the state potentially the...
  • I watched my patients die of poverty for 40 years. It’s time for single-payer.(Barf alert)

    09/13/2017 3:25:05 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 13th September 2017 | David A. Ansell
    Sarai was 25 years old when she died of Wilson’s disease, an inherited disorder that causes liver failure. A liver transplant could have cured her, but she was uninsured and was denied an appointment at two prominent Chicago transplant hospitals, including my own. Sarai’s plight was brought to my attention when a local religious group held a hunger strike advocating transplant access for Sarai and other uninsured patients. When she died, her congregation marched seven miles, holding her photograph and lugging coffins emblazoned with her name, to launch a sit-in in front of Northwestern University Hospital. Her death certificate named...
  • California High Speed Rail- Update

    09/13/2017 3:23:12 PM PDT · by ptsal · 28 replies
    Update on the California High Speed Rail Project Thursday, September 28, 2017, 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM University of California Center - 550 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno (Stanislaus/Tuolumne Room) Join us for lunch and an update on the High Speed Rail Project presented by California High Speed Rail Authority Environmental Staff. After lunch attendees will be taken on a tour of construction sites in the Fresno/Madera County area. Since adoption of the Final EIR/EIS, the project has progressed into the design/build phase with four active construction packages. This presentation will update us on the current High Speed Rail work happening...
  • Israeli Team Refused to Brief Trump Officials As Long as McMaster Appointee Ali Was in the Room

    09/13/2017 3:17:51 PM PDT · by Kalamata · 66 replies
    Youtube ^ | September 13, 2017 | Martiin Brodel
    Original sourced article at: BREAKING: Israeli Team Refused to Brief Trump Officials As Long as McMaster Appointee Mustafa Ali Was in the Room
  • San Diego hepatitis A outbreak deaths reach 16

    09/13/2017 3:12:16 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | September 12, 2017 | Paul Sisson
    San Diego County’s hepatitis A outbreak shows no signs of slowing, according to the latest update released Tuesday by the county Health and Human Services Agency. The outbreak’s death total rose to 16 — one more than last week’s total. The number of confirmed cases reached 421, up 23 from last week. The number of hospitalizations also pushed higher, reaching 292 from 279 the week before.
  • Director Guillermo Del Toro: Trump’s America a ‘Cancer’

    09/13/2017 3:05:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    Big Hollywood (Breitbart) ^ | September 12, 2017 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Mexican director Guillermo del Toro hopes his latest critically-acclaimed film can help repair what he calls a broken political system following President Donald Trump’s election. The director, whose Cold War fairy-tale drama The Shape of Water just won the coveted Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival, told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival this week that Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan was a callback to a time in 1960s America in which if you were “white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant, it was a great time to be alive,” but not if you were “anything else.” “It’s...
  • Rohingya crisis: Humanitarian situation catastrophic, UN says

    09/13/2017 3:04:09 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 23 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Sept 13 , 2017 | BBC
    Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing a catastrophic humanitarian situation, according to the UN secretary general. Antonio Guterres said alleged attacks by security forces on Rohingya villagers were completely unacceptable. The army says it is fighting militants and denies targeting civilians. Later the UN Security Council called for urgent steps to end the violence. Some 379,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since violence began last month. Whole villages have burned down. The Rohingya, a mostly Muslim minority in the Buddhist-majority Rakhine state, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants. They have lived in Myanmar, also...
  • Liberal Dominated California to Award $30 Million to DACA Students

    09/13/2017 3:02:59 PM PDT · by davikkm · 17 replies
    California Democrat lawmakers are waging war against Americans who need financial aid and are not a part of the disgraceful DACA program. The Dems are working to provide $30 million for DACA recipients – this includes a $10 million allotment for financial aid for college. I never got a deal like that . . . In a press release that came out Tuesday, California Democrat Governor Jerry Brown, as well as legislative figures, announced their new funding plan following the president’s decision to get rid of DACA. Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D) stated in an ignorant and...
  • McConnell: Blue slips shouldn't 'blackball' circuit court nominees

    09/13/2017 2:52:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 9/13/17 | Jordan Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is weighing into a looming fight over judicial nominees, saying an obscure Senate rule shouldn't be used to block some judicial nominations. "My personal view is that the blue slip, with regard to circuit court appointments, ought to simply be a notification of how you're going to vote, not the opportunity to blackball," Mr. McConnell told The New York Times. The Senate's "blue slip" practice-which isn't a rule but a tradition enforced by the Judiciary Committee chairman-allows home states senators to sign off on a judicial nominee on actual blue slips of paper before the committee holds a...
  • Hillary Is What Happened (Long Article)

    09/13/2017 2:51:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush ^ | September 13, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Mrs. Clinton. You know, the book, the title, the cover of her book? You don’t need to know any more. The top: “What Happened.” The bottom half: “Hillary Rodham Clinton.” That’s what happened! She tried, she got kicked out, and she still can’t get over it, and funny things are happening on her book signing tour. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I keep trying to ignore Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton bores me. But it doesn’t matter because she still continues to make news; it sucks me back in, and my professional requirements necessitate me mentioning her. Some of this is actually...
  • Trump says tax hike on rich possible as he steps up talks with Democrats

    09/13/2017 2:47:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 13, 2017 | by Steve Holland, David Morgan
    President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the rich might see a hike in taxes as he pursues a major tax overhaul with outreach to Democrats who oppose cutting rates for the wealthy, while Republicans in Congress set a timetable to unveil their plan. “I think the wealthy will be pretty much where they are,” Trump said of taxes on the rich, without specifying the income level. “If they have to go higher, they’ll go higher, frankly.” “I think the wealthy will be pretty much where they are,” Trump said of taxes on the rich, without specifying the income level. “If...
  • Paul Ryan: ‘Not in our nation’s interest’ to kick out Dreamers

    09/13/2017 2:37:19 PM PDT · by drpix · 112 replies ^ | 9/13/17 | Bob Fredericks
    House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that it was "not in our nation's interest" to expel the roughly 800,000 young people protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. "I do believe that kicking these 800,000 kids out to countries that they have probably not been to since they were toddlers, countries that speak languages that they may not even know, is not in our nation’s interest," Ryan said...
  • Mob in Turkey attacks funeral for imprisoned Kurdish politician's mother

    09/13/2017 2:29:34 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Kurdistan 24 News ^ | 9-13-17 | Ari Khalidi (Editing by Ava Homa)
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - A mob of about 50 people on Wednesday attacked a funeral ceremony in the Turkish capital of Ankara for the deceased mother of the imprisoned Deputy Co-chair of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Aysel Tugluk. Speaking to Kurdistan 24, HDP lawmaker Adem Geveri confirmed the reports that a racist crowd assaulted Hatun Tugluk's evening funeral despite the presence of riot police and gendarmerie in the Ankara cemetery. Tugluk's mother passed away because of natural causes related to her old age in the early hours of Wednesday. The family after the assault decided...
  • Ultra-Orthodox Israeli MP quits amid gay wedding criticism

    09/13/2017 2:26:05 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13th September 2017 | BBC News
    An ultra-Orthodox Jewish member of Israel's parliament has resigned after prominent rabbis criticised him for attending his gay nephew's wedding. Yigal Guetta revealed in a radio interview on Sunday that he had gone to the ceremony two years ago. He said that although same-sex marriage was against his religious beliefs he had wanted to make his nephew happy. But five rabbis accused Mr Guetta of desecrating God's name and demanded that the religious Shas party fire him. Same-sex weddings held in Israel are not sanctioned by the state. However, couples who wed abroad can register officially as married couples. In...
  • In Russia, 80 People Die of AIDS Every Day

    09/13/2017 2:24:22 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Sep 13, 2017 | Staff
    HIV kills on average 80 Russians every day and the number is rising, statistics published earlier this week by the AIDS.Center foundation show. In the first six months of the year, more than 14,500 Russians died from the immunodeficiency virus, the foundation says, citing figures from the Federal Center for Fighting AIDS. This represents a more than 13-percent increase in HIV deaths compared to the same period last year.
  • Naked rant closes Berkeley council meeting on topless ordinance

    09/13/2017 1:55:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2017 | By Amy Graff
    When the Berkeley City Council tabled a vote Tuesday night on the adoption of an ordinance that would make public displays of the female breast legal, an activist shed her clothes and stood on top of council members' tables. Gypsy Taub, a 48-year-old nude activist and video producer, ranted to protest the way two council members, Sophie Hahn and Susan Wengraf, reacted to comments from residents who spoke in favor of the ordinance. "Every single one of them was in favor of the legislation, in favor of letting women decide for themselves whether to wear a bra or not," Taub...
  • IOC break with past to hand Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028 Games

    09/13/2017 1:41:34 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    Reuters MSN ^ | September 13, 2017
    Paris was awarded the 2024 summer Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Games on Wednesday, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) broke with decades of tradition to vote on a unique double allocation. Paris, which has hosted two previous Olympics, will stage the event 100 years after its last Games in 1924 while Los Angeles will also organize its third Games after 1932 and 1984.
  • Meteorologist: Rush Is Right on Hurricanes

    09/13/2017 1:39:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Rush ^ | September 13, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Chuck in Portland. It’s great to have you, sir. How are you doing? CALLER: Hey, Rush. Glad to be on your show this morning. RUSH: Great to have you here. I appreciate your call. These people in Hollywood are absolutely bonkers. They’re nuts. They don’t know what they’re talking about. Even the ones in academia are giving half-truths about how these hurricanes really behave and hyping climate change because that’s where the universities make their money off this. Michael Mann is one of them, the way he talked about Harvey. But think of a hurricane, Rush — and you’ve...
  • College Park will allow non-citizens to vote in local elections

    09/13/2017 1:39:07 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 37 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 13, 2017 | The Associated Press
    Residents who supported the change said it was about civil rights. Those who opposed it said voting is a privilege immigrants should earn with citizenship.
  • Hillary Clinton opens up about the moment she realized she lost...? Yawn!

    09/13/2017 1:36:25 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 59 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/13/17 | Meghan Keneally and Allie Yang
    Hillary Clinton was “sure” that she was going to win the 2016 presidential election, saying she didn’t realize it wasn’t going her way until election night, she told “The View” this morning. The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate said she thought that the race “was going to be a close, hard-fought campaign” but that she would come out on top. Asked if she cried the night of the election, Clinton said no. “No, we didn’t cry that night,” she said, referring to her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton explained her reaction stemmed from a need...