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Thursday, July 27, 2017
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The Medicaid Threat That Isn’t Getting Much Attention

No corner of the health care system would be harder hit than Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor, if Republican leaders in Congress round up the votes to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. GOP lawmakers have proposed winding down the Medicaid expansion that added 17 million people in 31 states and the District of Columbia under the ACA, and eventually capping the program’s spending per capita.

July 7, 2017

Experts See Big Flaws In Trump’s Plan To Detect Voter Fraud

Vice President Mike Pence’s office has confirmed the White House commission on voter fraud intends to run the state voter rolls it has requested against federal databases to check for potential fraudulent registration. Experts say the plan is certain to produce thousands of false positives that could distort the understanding of the potential for fraud, especially given the limited data states have agreed to turn over.

July 7, 2017
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He ‘Didn’t Get Any Sun’ But We Got Burned Again By NJ’s Liar In Chief

There he is, Gov. Chris Christie, chilling with his family on a beautiful stretch of deserted beach on a holiday weekend, something that no living mortal has ever seen in New Jersey, a treasure that for the common man and woman is the stuff of dreams. “Run for governor, and you can have a residence there,” Christie said when he was asked if it’s fair. The huddled masses were crammed together at local beaches nearby, held back by the governor’s patrols. Little people. Let them eat cake.

July 4, 2017
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You Should Know, The Flag Is Not A Rag

The United States Flag Code, written in 1923, more than frowns on these infractions. Penalties for mutilating or stomping on the flag include a fine and up to a year in prison. That the law is pretty much forgotten these days must be a great relief to law enforcement.

June 30, 2017
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Trump Administration Puts Yellowstone Grizzlies In The Crosshairs

Despite having received more than half a million citizen comments opposing the action, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on June 22 that it is removing federal Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and effectively transferring management authority over these bears to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

June 25, 2017
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GOP’s Cruel ‘Health Care’ Bill Goes After Children, The Poor And Veterans

“The ACA is not repealed,” tweeted Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicaid and Medicare for the Obama administration. “Health care for poor people, kids, the disability community and seniors is. The ACA income based tax credits stay—due to Senate rules. They just get bulldozed. More accurately, the people receiving the help do.”

June 23, 2017

Obscene: Bill Cosby Planning To Tour Country Teaching About Sexual Assault

According to two of his spokespeople, Bill Cosby is planning to tour the country holding seminars on sexual assault, and more specifically, how to avoid going to court on charges. Cosby flacks Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson appeared on “Good Morning Alabama” on Tuesday to announce that Cosby is “ready to get back to work” following a mistrial in his sexual assault case.

June 23, 2017
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Castile Killing Jury Was Stacked For Defense

Dashcam footage of the exact moment Philando Castile was murdered by Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was released late Tuesday. The video proves two things: Castile could not have been more compliant, while Yanez responded with violence and seven rounds of gunfire.

June 22, 2017

A Gunman Shoots, And We Become A Family

This has been increasingly true since Jan. 8, 2011, when a gunman shot then-Rep. Gabby Giffords in the head and killed six others in a supermarket parking lot. All congressional spouses, as we’re often called, can tell you where they were when they first heard about that tragedy.

June 15, 2017
House Democrats walk out on the East Front on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., after their sit-in over gun-control law. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Dems Revisit Hate Crimes Bill Amid Shooting Anniversary

Under current federal law, a violent or threatening misdemeanor hate crime conviction doesn’t prohibit a citizen from buying or having a gun. Hate crime laws vary by state. In most, citizens convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes can still legally purchase guns.

June 11, 2017

Trump Brings Out The Bible For Faith And Freedom

As Washington sat transfixed before the image of former FBI Director James Comey spilling some beans on the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump went to work. An expert in creating crises, Trump is not the kind to let his handiwork go to waste.

June 10, 2017

Will Comey’s Testimony Take Trump Down?

“They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government.…It’s not a close call. That happened. That’s about as unfake as you can possibly get. It is very, very serious.”

June 9, 2017
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Trump Pulls Out Of Paris Agreement, Endangering Future Generations And The Planet

President Trump announced Thursday that he is withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement, signed by nearly 200 nations to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

June 2, 2017
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For Climate Cause, Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Accord Just One Hurdle Among Many

In much of the debate surrounding President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, some critical points have been lost. One reality is that the agreement was always going to reflect, more than determine, whether the world develops a sustainable relationship with the climate system.

June 2, 2017

How Many States Will Legalize Marijuana This Year? It’s Not A Pretty Number

In the euphoric aftermath of marijuana legalization victories in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada last November, the marijuana blogosphere was alive with predictions about which states would be next to free the weed.

May 31, 2017

Sunday Shows Ignore Angela Merkel Saying Europe Can No Longer Rely On The United States

Before today’s cable and broadcast network Sunday political talk shows aired, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced in a speech that President Donald Trump’s visit to the NATO and G7 summits showed that Europe no longer sees the United States as a reliable ally.

May 29, 2017
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The Enduring Legacy Of John F. Kennedy

Kennedy is widely regarded as one of the country’s best presidents… Although historians may feel differently, the public consistently ranks him at or near the top among American leaders.

May 29, 2017

I Don’t Care Who Killed JFK

Next week, as Americans celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth (May 29, 1917), much of the public conversation will be about his death. The controversy over who killed JFK in 1963 has now raged for over half a century. It is a diversion and a waste of time.

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day: Remembering 70 U.S. Wars, Big And Small

It’s the saddest of the military holidays, invented after the Civil War, supposed to help us honor, or at least pause to remember, all the American dead from all our wars. That’s a lot of men and some women to remember going back, well, how far?

May 29, 2017
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Two People Stabbed To Death In Portland While Standing Up To White Supremacist’s Hate Speech

One of the stabbing victims died on the train and the second died in the hospital, while the third is expected to survive, but remained hospitalized through Saturday morning.

May 28, 2017
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The President Who Never Combed Gray Hair Turns 100

he president who tragically died at 46 never combed gray hair, as the Irish say about dying young. His 100th birthday is upon us Monday, May 29. Yo-Yo Ma, the great cellist, played at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to honor his memory.

May 26, 2017
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Trump’s Standing In Polls Has Dropped: How Significant Is The Slide?

President Donald Trump’s standing in national polls has consistently declined since the end of last month. His approval rating now sits at the lowest point of his presidency. Here are some questions and answers about what the polls do — and don’t — tell us.

May 24, 2017

New Jersey Could Be Next To Completely Legalize Weed

Although it’s doubtful New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, will sign off on the measure should it be approved by the Senate and House later this year—he has been a staunch opponent of recreational marijuana…

May 20, 2017

Can Americans Get Their Democracy Back?

Impeachment is the constitutionally sanctioned way to get rid of him, but that job would fall on the shoulders of a Republican-controlled Congress. Despite polls showing a collapse in the general public’s support for Trump, Republican backing for the president remains high. Thus, such a bold move seems unlikely for now.

May 16, 2017
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The Numbers Are In: Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Tax Cuts Will Take A Stunning Toll On American Society

The massive tax cuts are “so one-sided that Trump administration officials have even admitted, publicly, that they’re not even sure if it’s going to help the middle class at all,” “Ring of Fire” co-host Farron Cousins began, in his breakdown of the report.

May 16, 2017