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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Imagine GOP Tantrum If Obama Had A Summit With North Korea

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


The depths of hypocrisy of the Republican Party in supporting Trump’s meeting with the North Korean dictator in Singapore are hard to plumb. This is a party whose leading members adopted the Ostrich Foreign Policy Principle for decades. If you don’t like a country’s government or political and economic system, pretend it does not exist.

One of the concerning developments on the internet is that hypocrisy, which was probably the ultimate Cool Meme in the zeroes of this century, no longer rules. Maybe it is just scandal fatigue from the combination of profound corruption and attention deficit disorder characterizing Washington under Trump.…

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GOP Attack On Health Care Could Worsen Suicide Trend

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The Trump administration’s move to roll back protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions could make people less likely to seek help for mental illness and suicidal thoughts, potentially exacerbating a nationwide spike in suicide rates.

Suicidal thoughts and behaviors, along with many risk factors for suicide like depression and substance abuse, are considered pre-existing conditions by many insurance companies.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) compelled insurers to accept people with pre-existing conditions and prohibited them from charging higher premiums for these individuals.

But on Thursday, Trump’s Justice Department filed a briefing stating it will no longer defend the ACA against state lawsuits, and telling courts to strike down the law’s core provisions — including protections for people with pre-existing conditions.…

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Florida Failed To Check Concealed-Carry Applicants For Over A Year

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


Florida gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam oversaw an office that failed to run required background checks on people applying for a concealed weapons permit for over a year because the worker in charge was unable to log in to the system, according to a new report from the Tampa Bay Times.

The Times cited a report from the inspector general that uncovered the problem. It began in February 2016, when the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ceased accessing the National Instant Criminal Background Check system — meaning that people who were ineligible for such a permit may have been erroneously approved.…

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