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Michigan Offered Bottled Water to State Employees in Flint Even as Residents Told Tap Water Was Safe

Source: Associated Press / Mother Jones

@AP: Michigan offered bottled water to state employees in Flint even as residents were told tap water was safe: https://t.co/cQmjENroXP/s/6K9Y

Long Before Helping Flint, Michigan Officials Were Shipping Clean Water to Their Own Workers

According to newly released emails.


—Julia Lurie on Thu. January 28, 2016 5:35 PM PDT

According to newly discovered emails, Michigan officials were trucking clean water to a state building in Flint in January 2015, long before they acknowledged to residents that the city had a contamination problem.

One of the emails, which were obtained by the group Progress Michigan, was sent from the state Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. It reads, "While the City of Flint states that corrective actions are not necessary, DTMB is in the process of providing a water cooler on each occupied floor, positioned near the water fountain, so you can choose which water to drink. The coolers will arrive today and will be provided as long as the public water does not meet treatment requirements."

The email was sent just days after the city sent out an advisory about high levels of a trihalomethanes in its water but maintained that, for healthy individuals, the water was safe to drink. Residents had been reporting smelly, tainted water and adverse health conditions related to it since shortly after Flint switched water sources in April 2014.

Until October 2015, the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder maintained that it was unaware of high levels of lead in Flint's water. Progress Michigan's Lonnie Scott says the emails "blow a hole in the governor's timeline for when they knew or started to have concerns about Flint water. They were helping state employees while telling everyone else that there was nothing to worry about."

Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/01/snyder-administration-started-trucking-clean-water-state-buildings



http://bigstory.ap.org/article/71fe17c2d2c74f5c9a6dfd2bf4c6beac/latest-pistons-owner-offers-10m-resolve-flint-woes

The Latest: State workers have been getting water for a year

JAN. 28, 2016 6:38 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The latest on Flint's water crisis and efforts to fix the problem of lead in the drinking water (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

An official says the state of Michigan has offered fresh bottled water at a state building in Flint for a year — although residents were told not to worry about their tap water until last fall.

Caleb Buhs, a spokesman for the agency that manages state buildings, says the water coolers began in January 2015 after Flint had flunked some drinking water standards apart from the lead contamination that has caused the current crisis.

He says the water coolers still are supplied to a state building in Flint. Employees can also use the drinking fountains.

Buhs says it was a decision "we made as the building owner."

A liberal group critical of Gov. Rick Snyder released state emails Thursday that described how water was being provided to the building.

BREAKING: Leader of Oregon wildlife refuge occupation arrested: CNN (1 Dead)

Source: CNN

@Reuters: Leader of Oregon wildlife refuge occupation arrested: CNN https://t.co/WgQXgPXUPk/s/

ader of Oregon wildlife refuge occupation arrested: CNN

(Reuters) - The leader of an armed occupation at a wildlife refuge in Oregon and several of his companions were arrested by federal authorities on Tuesday, CNN reported.

A law enforcement source told CNN that shots were fired during a traffic stop where Ammon Bundy and others were arrested, though it was not clear who opened fire first.

Reuters could not independently verify the report. Local and state authorities could not be immediately reached for comment.

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BREAKING: Harris Grand Jury Indicts Pair Behind Planned Parenthood Videos

Source: Associated Press / Houston Chronicle

@AP: BREAKING: Grand jury investigating Planned Parenthood indicts 2 anti-abortion activists who made videos.

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Harris Grand Jury Indicts Pair Behind Planned Parenthood Videos

Brian Rogers | January 25, 2016

A Harris County grand jury probe into Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast ended Monday with the indictments of two anti-abortion activists.

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were both indicted for tampering with a governmental record. An additional indictment for prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs was issued for Daleiden, according to a release from the Harris County District Attorneys Office.

"We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast," said Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson. "As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case."

Daleiden and Merritt were involved in undercover videos that surfaced last year appearing to show a Planned Parenthood official discussing reimbursement fees associated with fetal tissue procurement and donation.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Harris-grand-jury-indicts-pair-behind-Planned-6782865.php

TOM TOMORROW: Primary Phenomena 2016




DAILY KOS LINK: http://m.dailykos.com/stories/1473729

TOM TOMORROW: Primary Phenomena 2016




DAILY KOS LINK: http://m.dailykos.com/stories/1473729

'My Life Under Single-Payer Healthcare'

DKos diary:

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/1/18/1471257/-My-Life-Under-Single-Payer-Healthcare

My Life Under Single-Payer Healthcare

Jan 18, 2016 3:39am EST by sbklaw2005

Bernie Sanders released his plan for single-payer health care in America. As an ex-pat/dual citizen living under a single-payer health care system myself, I thought it would be a good idea to share with the community what life is like under single-payer health care from my perspective as a man with a family, a tax-paying teacher, and a football player (don’t laugh).

As you know from my previous posts, I live in Israel. (Side note: this post has nothing to do with the ongoing regional conflict, just the medical system here, which is available to all citizens). We came here 21 months ago when my wife received a post-doctoral fellowship. I gave up my career as a lawyer (and my big house in suburban Atlanta, and my SUV) to move across the world to aid my wife’s career.

Here’s basically the system in Israel:

- Healthcare is predominantly paid for through the government.
Everyone receives a certain, basic “basket” of services based on their age (children get free basic dental care, people over 90 years old get free home health aids, etc.).

- Everyone pays into the system, or has someone pay for them, based on income.

- The basic payment structure is similar to what Sen. Sanders proposes for the US. Workers pay between 3% and 9% of their salary (progressively based on income) and employers pay a similar matching percentage. We do not have to negotiate for health insurance when applying for a job.

- There are four quasi-private health care providers.

- They open clinics and have affiliate doctors and hospitals throughout the country. A doctor can work for a company’s clinic, or work privately and decide whether or not to accept the customers of each of the four companies.
All four companies provide the same basic standard of care for similar prices.

- What about competition? Each company wants as many subscribers as possible. So they have to get the best doctors to provide the best care, the best equipment and offices, and availability in the most communities.

- The four companies have options for supplemental insurance above and beyond the basic basket. This includes, dental, long term care, discounted hospital stays, discounts on private (non-plan) doctors, alternative medicine, and fertility services.

- There is private insurance available, also above and beyond the basic basket.

But how does this work in real life?

What We Pay

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Terrorism Act Incompatible with Human Rights, UK Court Rules in Miranda Case (Victory for Greenwald)

Source: Guardian

Terrorism Act incompatible with human rights, court rules in David Miranda case

Appeal court says detention of Miranda was lawful but clause under which he was held is incompatible with European human rights convention


Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
@owenbowcott
Tuesday 19 January 2016 06.41 EST

A key clause in the Terrorism Act 2000 is incompatible with the European convention on human rights, the master of the rolls, Lord Dyson, has declared as part of a court of appeal judgment.

His judgment came in the case of a man detained at Heathrow airport for carrying files related to information obtained by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Dyson’s decision will force government ministers to re-examine the act, which has now been found to be inconsistent with European law.

Dyson said that the powers contained in schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act (2000) were flawed. Schedule 7 of the Act allows travellers to be questioned in order to find out whether they appear to be terrorists. They have no right to remain silent or receive legal advice, and they may be detained for up to nine hours.


Terrorism Act incompatible with human rights, court rules in David Miranda case

“The stop power, if used in respect of journalistic information or material is incompatible with article 10 of the (European convention on human rights) because it is not ‘prescribed by law’,” the master of the rolls said.

Welcoming the decision, Kate Goold, the solicitor representing the detained man, David Miranda, said: “The notion of a journalist becoming an accidental terrorist has been wholeheartedly rejected.

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@ggreenwald Huge win in UK Court: holds Terrorism Act violates fundamental rights due to no protections for journalists, rejects "terrorism' definition

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Miranda appeal court rules anti terrorism laws breach fundamental rights and have been misinterpreted by the police and Secretary of State

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In a landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal today allowed David Miranda's appeal against the use of controversial police powers to stop, detain, question and search him at Heathrow Airport in August 2013. At the time he had been stopped Miranda was assisting the work of his partner, the award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, who was publishing articles about Edward Snowden's mass surveillance revelations.

Led by its most senior judge, Lord Dyson MR, the court found that the powers, contained in Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, are flawed. They breach fundamental rights, because they "do not afford effective protection" for the basic rights of journalists, and those working with them, that are protected in other areas of British law, including other anti terrorism legislation (paragraph 113). He added "if journalists and their sources can have no expectation of confidentiality, they may decide against providing information on sensitive matters of public interest." The court went on to hold that the breach would need to be remedied by Parliament by introducing judicial oversight when such powers are used at ports.

The decision is also important because for the first time the Court of Appeal rejected the very broad definition of 'terrorism' put forward by lawyers for the police and the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State had argued that the 2000 Act definition of terrorism includes those involved in lawful political activity - such as journalists or protestors - if they accidentally and inadvertently do something that puts lives at risk. In overruling the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal said that the Secretary of State was wrong and terrorism required some intention to cause a serious threat to public safety, such as endangering life. Dyson MR commented: "if Parliament had intended to provide that a person commits an act of terrorism where he unwittingly or accidentally does something which in fact endangers another person's life, I would have expected that, in view of the serious consequences of classifying a person as a terrorist, it would have spelt this out clearly" (paragraph 54).

Although it allowed David Miranda's appeal, the Court of Appeal did not accept his argument that the police had acted for a purpose that fell outside Schedule 7. It said that Schedule 7 powers were so unusually broad that they could be exercised for reasons that were in the mind of one of the officers in the command chain, even though that officer did not actually perform the stop, had no reasonable basis for those reasons, and had not communicated those reasons to any other officers who did carry out the stop. Given this, Dyson MR concluded "I would hold that the exercise of the Schedule 7 stop power in relation to Mr Miranda on 18 August 2013 was lawful" (para 119).

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/19/terrorism-act-incompatible-with-human-rights-court-rules-in-david-miranda-case

TOM TOMORROW: Crisis Management in Flint (Invisible Hand-of-Free-Market Man!)



http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/1/18/1470965/-Cartoon-Crisis-management

Breaking: Portuguese court decides to extradite ex-CIA operative to Italy in rendition case

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Portuguese court decides to extradite ex-CIA operative to Italy in rendition case.

Portuguese court rules to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italy

By: The Associated Press

Posted: 5:37 AM, Jan 15, 2016

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese court has ruled that a former CIA operative convicted of kidnapping an Egyptian cleric as part of an extraordinary renditions program should be turned over to Italy to serve her six-year sentence there, a court official said Friday.

The official told The Associated Press the decision to extradite Sabrina De Sousa was handed down on Tuesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with court rules.

De Sousa's Portuguese lawyer, Manuel Magalhaes e Silva, told the AP in an email he was officially informed of the decision Friday and intends to lodge an appeal at the Supreme Court. He said that if that fails, he will go to the Constitutional Court.

De Sousa was among 26 Americans convicted in absentia for the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Milan. She has since requested a pardon from Italy.

She was arrested at Lisbon Airport in October on a European warrant. Authorities seized her passport while awaiting the court decision on her extradition.

De Sousa, who was working in Italy under diplomatic cover, faces prison for her role in the 2003 kidnapping of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, a terror suspect who was under surveillance by Italian law enforcement at the time. The case, which also implicated Italy's secret services, has proven embarrassing to successive Italian governments.

Read more: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/portuguese-court-rules-to-extradite-ex-cia-agent-to-italy

Politifact: Chelsea Clinton Statements in Sanders Health Care Plan 'Mostly False'

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/jan/14/chelsea-clinton/chelsea-clinton-mischaracterizes-bernie-sanders-he/

Mostly False
Says Bernie Sanders’ health care plan would "empower Republican governors to take away Medicaid, to take away health insurance for low-income and middle-income working Americans."
— Chelsea Clinton on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 in a campaign event for Hillary Clinton

Chelsea Clinton mischaracterizes Bernie Sanders' health care plan

By Lauren Carroll on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 at 2:59 p.m.

Hitting the campaign trail on her mother’s behalf, Chelsea Clinton attacked Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ universal health care plan.

"Sen. Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the CHIP program, dismantle Medicare, and dismantle private insurance," Clinton said in New Hampshire Jan. 12. "I don't want to empower Republican governors to take away Medicaid, to take away health insurance for low-income and middle-income working Americans. And I think very much that's what Sen. Sanders' plan would do."

The Sanders campaign and his supporters swiftly called Clinton’s statements inaccurate, so we decided to look into them ourselves — in particular, her claim that Sanders’ plan would "empower" governors "to take away health insurance for low-income and middle-income working Americans."

Given that Sanders’ proposed plan specifically calls health insurance an entitlement for all, we found that this is a mischaracterization at best.

Sanders hasn’t released a health care proposal as a presidential candidate, but his campaign has said a bill he introduced in the Senate in 2013 would serve as the model. Sanders has called the plan "Medicare for all," referring to the the health safety net that covers those over 65.

Clinton has a point that enacting the law would disrupt health insurance as we know it, said Gerald Friedman, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who has analyzed similar proposals.

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