Utah Physician Says She’ll Happily Do The Job Jason Chaffetz Won’t

April 21, 2017

… common purpose to oppose what [President Donald Trump] stands for. paid, out-of-state protesters. Then came Chaffetzs comment that low-income Americans In just two days, Allen Crowdpac fundraising page, with more than 14,000 individual donations, including from former television talk-show host In a post to Facebook,Chaffetz said he planned to spend more time with his family and return to the private sector. He also said he has no ulterior motives, that he is confident he would have been …

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Painter Barkley Hendricks Dies At 72

April 19, 2017

… rise to emphatic displays of a new, self-conscious to-be-looked-at-ness. Although throughout his life Hendricks continuously denied that his paintings were political, his work paid tribute to the excellence and beauty of young black men at a time when such subjects were rarely immortalized in paint. Hendricksinfluence is apparent in the work of contemporary artists like Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, who also create vivid figurative portraits of black Americans. …

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Nina Simone and me: An artist and activist revisited

April 17, 2017

(CNN)I was surfing online when I stumbled upon a mural in Baltimore painted by artist Ernest Shaw. It’s a three-headed portrait of civil rights icons: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and, of course, Nina Simone. Even within the boundaries of my computer screen, the painting on the side of a building at 401 Lafayette Street was powerful. Curious that the artist had chosen Simone as part of the trifecta, I dialed Shaw, a 41-year-old teacher at the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health …

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Canada now has a beer dedicated to fake news and we’ll be right there

April 15, 2017

If Trump’s presidency wasn’t enough to encourage Americans to cross the border, Canada’s comforting new beer will probably will do the trick. On Monday, in attempt to #MakeBeerGreatAgain, Northern Maverick a lighthearted Toronto craft brewer who clearly understands our pain announced it’s launching a special ale that’ll make the rest pale in comparison: “Fake News Ale.” SEE ALSO: Bars are throwing out this brand of beer in the name of marriage equality …

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Will Scott Pruitt Use Smoke-And-Mirrors To Deal With Smog?

April 14, 2017

… more than half of all Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution might be to well, redefine whats healthy. Pruitts recent actions suggest he may simply declare that the pollution levels his agencys independent science advisors have said are unhealthy 70 parts per billion are now acceptable. Its like the diet which lets you eat ice cream by saying it only counts as 50 calories. Or a plan to improve education by changing all the Cs to As. Many observers consider this a …

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‘Kindness is everything.’ It’s also your secret weapon for fighting Trump.

April 11, 2017

… behavior activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure and reward. Americans fighting Trump and his agenda desperately need that kind of pick-me-up. More importantly, though, they also see generosity as a forceful expression of their resistance because it help builds a world in which compassion reigns even if the president’s policies seem designed to appeal to fear, scorn, and division. This sign is showing up in front of homes across the country. Image: The Wawh Shop Make …

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From Syria to Black Lives Matter: 3 ways WWI still shapes America

April 10, 2017

… threatening the American way of life. They’re not real Americans. That’s what many Americans thought of German-Americans during World War I. If you think political battles over immigration are tough today, they were vicious when America entered World War I, “The Great War” shows. A wave of hysteria aimed at German-Americans swept the nation as it struggled to assimilate what was then its largest ethnic group. America didn’t just declare war on Germany — it …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… in Syria because it helps connect the crisis to Americans memories of oustingsecular dictators, like Saddam Hussein or Muammar Qaddafi, only to leave space for horrific groups like the so-called Islamic State. Defenders of Assads rule use the secular label to argue that he is better than any alternative in Syria, despite well-organized homegrown resistance to the dictator and differences between the situation in Syria and those in Iraq and Libya.Kucinich, a two-time Democratic presidential …

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Americans Persecuted By Egypt Regime Watch As Trump Embraces It

April 6, 2017

WASHINGTON When 29-year-old Egyptian-American Mohamed Soltan tells his story, he says Egyptian authorities first shot him in the arm, and then beat him with batons and belts. Locking him in a windowless room, they encouraged him to commit suicide, occasionally slipping razor blades inside his cell. The authoritarian Arab government still has at least seven other Americans in their prisons, he says. But President Donald Trumps America First administration hasnt punished the boss of Egypts …

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Hate crimes focal point of new DOJ task force

April 6, 2017

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions provided an update on the Justice Department’s new crime reduction task force Wednesday, including new details on a subcommittee that will specifically focus on hate crime prevention. In a letter to US Attorney’s offices across the country, Sessions explained that the Hate Crimes Subcommittee “will develop a plan to appropriately address hate crimes to better protect the rights of all Americans.” “We must also protect the …

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Yup, your internet service provider is now allowed to track and sell your data thanks to the Senate

March 24, 2017

… go through the House of Representatives and get a signature from President Donald Trump to become official. “With todays vote, Senate Republicans have just made it easier for Americans sensitive information about their health, finances and families to be used, shared, and sold to the highest bidder without their permission,” said Sen. Edward Markey (D) in a statement following the vote. I spoke against @SenateGOP bill that will sell your private & personal info to highest …

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To The Women Of The View: Don’t Normalize Tomi Lahren

March 21, 2017

… lawsuits for sexual assault!) Instead, you let her slide. Most of the American public, which is dreadfully misinformed on basic civics and media literacy, will not know that this blonde girl-next-door was someone who got famous from blatant misinformation on politics, the suffering of black Americans, how social movements work, or why people were marching in the Womens March. She will begin to look normal. Now that Tomi is off The Blaze for coming out as newly pro-choice, I just hope that …

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The Story Of 2 Families And The Real-life Impact of Obamacare Repeal

March 20, 2017

… the Republican bill, many other Americans would end up getting bigger tax subsidies than they would under the Affordable Care Act. That includes people who get only a little financial assistance now, but still face premiums they find difficult to pay. The GOP plan could make those premiums easier to afford — although, again, those people could also end up with less comprehensive coverage. One other possibility for the Secrists would be a so-called high-risk pool a special insurance …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… rally Americans in a moment of national crisis. Trump’s reliance on a Fox News report for his claim on British involvement, and not the testimony of his intelligence agencies, appears to indicate the most powerful man in the world is operating in a realm of conspiracy theories rather than facts. “The wrecking ball it created now has banged into our British allies and our German allies, it’s continuing to grow in terms of damage, and he needs to put an end to this,” Schiff …

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Which Republicans are opposing the Obamacare repeal bill?

March 16, 2017

… vehemently oppose provisions like the refundable tax credits; moderate Republicans, meanwhile, are deeply wary of the proposed changes to Medicaid. Changing the bill to appease one faction of the GOP conference could lead to more defections from another. Adding to the bad news is the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis this week that some 24 million more Americans would be uninsured over the next decade under the House GOP bill than under Obamacare. The following whip count continues …

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Democrats urge one another not to get distracted by Trump’s taxes

March 15, 2017

… wait that’s just how many Americans will lose health care under his terrible plan.” The urge to focus on health care, not Trump’s taxes, is a tacit admission that Hillary Clinton’s messaging was off during her failed 2016 campaign. Clinton spent considerable time focused on Trump’s taxes during the 2016 campaign, repeatedly returning to the issue in the close of her campaign. “He is not going to release his tax returns between now and the time you start …

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Paul Ryan ‘Encouraged’ By Report That Says Millions Would Lose Insurance Under GOP Plan

March 14, 2017

WASHINGTON House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday that he isencouraged by an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office that found the Republican health care proposal would result in 24 million more uninsured Americans by 2026. Were saying the governments not going to force people to buy something they dont want to buy, he added. And if we end an Obamacare mandate that says you must buy this government, one-size-fits-all plan, guess what, people arent going to buy that. So, of course, …

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A new bill could let employers force their workers to submit genetic test results

March 12, 2017

… that do not affect federal spending, as the main bill does. SEE ALSO: Republican congressman tries to soften comments on Medicaid and the poor What this bill would do is completely take away the protections of existing laws, said Jennifer Mathis, director of policy and legal advocacy at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, a civil rights group. In particular, privacy and other protections for genetic and health information in GINA and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act would be …

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Why hot chillies might be good for us – BBC News

March 11, 2017

… described by hard core chilli eaters.. But beyond the pain and the perverse pleasures, are there any health benefits to eating chillies? Perhaps. In a recent study done by researchers from the University of Vermont they looked at data from more than 16,000 Americans who had filled in food questionnaires over an average of 18.9 years. During that time nearly 5,000 of them had died. What they found was that was that those who ate a lot of red hot chillies were 13% less likely to die during that …

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Trump to conservative leaders: If this plan fails, I’ll blame Democrats

March 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)In an Oval Office meeting featuring several leaders of conservative groups already lining up against the House Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump revealed his plan in the event the GOP effort fails: Allow Obamcare to fail and let Democrats take the blame, sources at the gathering told CNN. During the hour-long meeting, sources said Trump chastised the groups — including Club for Growth, the Heritage Foundation, Americans for …

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Republicans Obamacare Replacement Just Got A Powerful Enemy

March 9, 2017

WASHINGTON Provisions in the House Republicans Obamacare replacement billthat would raise insurance costs for older Americans are drawing resistance from the influential seniors lobby. The measure was chief among the reasons AARP, the nations largest organization for older Americans,cited in explaining its opposition to the House bill on Tuesday evening. AARP, which has nearly 38 million members ages 50 and older, is also firmly opposed to a pair of major changes to Medicaid that the House …

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AARP comes out against House GOP health care bill

March 8, 2017

Washington (CNN)The AARP issued a statement on Tuesday declaring its opposition to the health care bill touted by GOP leadership this week. The letter — from one of the most influential groups in domestic policy — is the latest blow for a bill that has already seen opposition from many conservative leaders, media organizations and interest groups. “This bill would weaken Medicare’s fiscal sustainability, dramatically increase health care costs for Americans aged …

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3 myths that shape the transgender bathroom debate

March 8, 2017

… identity, in their words Transgender people don’t deserve protections The claim: Being transgender is not a valid condition. Transgender people are mentally ill and should not be afforded the same legal protections or healthcare guarantees as gay and lesbian Americans. The facts: The clear majority of mainstream medical, psychiatric and psychological communities agree that being transgender is not a concocted fantasy or mental illness. It’s simply a valid state in which …

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The choice is your health care or your iPhone?

March 8, 2017

(CNN)It’s your health care or your iPhone. Republicans say it’s high time Americans have some skin in the health care game. Never mind all the voters who’ve confronted their representatives for weeks now about the stark, life-or-death choices they endured before Obamacare: lost jobs, lost homes, bankruptcies. The newly introduced American Health Care Act is infused with a spirit of, well, this: GOP health plan already in trouble Like many …

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