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Name: Miles Archer
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Hometown: Hamilton Massachusetts
Home country: USA
Current location: Nevada
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David Corn: WH staff, "in solidarity" with Trump, wont attend Correspondents Dinner


House Republicans reject bids to obtain Trump tax returns

Source: Reuters

A Republican-controlled congressional panel rejected a bid by Democrats on Tuesday to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns, despite warnings that Trump's business holdings could pose conflicts of interest as Congress turns to tax reform.

At a sometimes fiery 2-1/2-hour hearing that careened from lawmaker concerns over political corruption and national security to privacy rights and tax accounting, the House Ways and Means Committee voted 24-16 along party lines to oppose a Democratic resolution that sought the release of 10 years of Trump's tax returns to the House of Representatives.

While the hearing was under way, House Republicans separately turned back a Democratic attempt to force a floor vote on Trump's tax returns.

Committee Republicans accused Democrats of using the tax-writing committee for political grandstanding. "This resolution is a procedural tool being utilized – and I think, abused – for obvious political purposes," panel Chairman Kevin Brady said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-taxreturns-idUSKBN16Z332?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) "not expected to" sign Senate-approved Medicaid expansion into law

Republicans in Congress may be trying to kill Obamacare, but that hasn't deterred Republicans in Kansas from pursuing one of the health reform law's chief provisions: expanding Medicaid.

The Kansas Senate gave the thumbs up to Medicaid expansion in the deep-red state on Tuesday. Lawmakers in the House had approved it earlier this year.

The bill now goes to Governor Sam Brownback, a staunch conservative who has long opposed Obamacare. He is not expected to sign it into law.

"To expand Obamacare when the program is in a death spiral is not responsible policy," said Melika Willoughby, the governor's spokeswoman. "Kansas must prioritize the care and service of vulnerable Kansans, addressing their health care needs in a sustainable way, not expanding a failing entitlement program to able-bodied adults."


VPNs Won't Save You from Congress' Internet Privacy Giveaway

For the record, I am currently using AirVPN, which costs about $8 per month. I have also used ExpressVPN, which is $12 per month. Both are among the top-rated VPNs, and neither keeps logs pertaining to your activity, only raw traffic, which would reveal nothing, so nothing about you can be "sold," either.

Read this article: Which VPN Services Keep You Anonymous in 2017?, https://torrentfreak.com/vpn-services-anonymous-review-2017-170304/ I also do NOT use Tor for the reasons listed below.

The title of the article i posted here is a bit misleading, because a VPN CAN protect you, but you MUST choose the RIGHT one. As an example, Golden Frog DOES keep logs of your activity, and DOES turn them over if asked to. So do many others.

VPNs Won’t Save You from Congress’ Internet Privacy Giveaway


Many security experts recommend that you use what’s called a virtual private network, or VPN for short, to protect your privacy. In effect, VPNs route all your traffic through their service. Instead of your internet provider having a list of websites you’ve visited, you’ll only ever appear to connect to one particular server.

While VPNs are an important privacy tool, they have limitations. The most obvious: You need to trust your VPN provider not to track you and sell your data itself.

While using a VPN, you might find that you can’t connect to all the sites and services you’re used to using. Netflix, for example, tries to block all VPNs to prevent people from accessing content not licensed in their home countries. Others sites may block particular VPN providers used by malicious hackers or criminals to cover their tracks. It can be hard to tell if you can’t access a particular site because you’ve misconfigured your VPN software, the site is down, or if a company has blocked your VPN provider from accessing a site.

Tor, privacy advocates’ favorite browsing software, tries to anonymize your internet use by routing your traffic through multiple servers around the world. It’s free and, since it’s an open source project tied to no company, at least partially solves the trust problem. But it’s more complex to set up, typically slows down your connection speeds, and malicious Tor servers do exist. Many sites and services also block Tor. Regardless, neither VPNs nor Tor would protect you from software like Carrier IQ that tracks what you do locally.

Keith Olbermann: Russia is a spike-strip down the road on Trumpolinii's joy ride


This Is Trump's Plan to Stop the Opioid Epidemic. It's...Underwhelming.

This Is Trump's Plan to Stop the Opioid Epidemic. It's...Underwhelming.


While President Donald Trump promised to "spend the money" to end the scourge of opiate addiction on the campaign trail, he's been quiet on the issue since he began his tenure—even as health care has taken center stage.

But later this week, the president plans to announce a new drug commission to combat the opioid epidemic chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to the Washington Post's Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker. The team will be part of a new office, led by Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that will have "sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises." Christie has been "working informally on the issue for several weeks with Kushner, despite reported tension between the two," reports the Post. (Christie was the federal prosecutor who helped put Kushner's father, the real estate mogul Charles Kushner, behind bars.)

According to sources familiar with the draft executive order calling for the creation of the commission, the primary goal of the President's Commission on Combating Opioid Abuse, Addiction, and Overdose would be to compile a report on the state of the opioid epidemic—along with recommendations for responding to it—by October. Members of the commission will include Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The members would not be paid, but funding for the commission costs would be paid for by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The commission would be specifically tasked with identifying "federal funding mechanisms" for addiction prevention and treatment, assessing the availability of addiction treatment services, identifying best practices for addiction prevention, recommending regulatory changes in federal criminal law, reviewing barriers to response by the health care system, and evaluating existing federal programs to combat addiction and overdose.

First GOP lawmaker calls for Nunes to recuse himself

Source: The Hill

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) on Tuesday told The Hill that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) should "absolutely" recuse himself from his panel's investigation into Russia's meddling in last year’s election.

Jones, a member of the House Armed Services Committee who frequently bucks leadership, is the first Republican in Congress to call on Nunes to step aside.

"How can you be chairman of a major committee and do all these things behind the scenes and keep your credibility? You can't keep your credibility," Jones said just off the House floor.

“If anything has shown that we need a commission, this has done it by the way he has acted. That's the only way you can bring integrity to the process. The integrity of the committee looking into this has been tainted."

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/326184-first-gop-lawmaker-calls-for-nunes-to-recuse-himself

Thousands of water lines to be replaced in Flint settlement


Thousands of water lines to be replaced in Flint settlement

The state of Michigan will replace water lines serving at least 18,000 homes in Flint over the next three years under a settlement approved by a U.S. judge to address a 2015 crisis that exposed residents to lead in their drinking water.

The state will pay $87 million to identify and replace the service lines containing lead or galvanized steel by 2020, according to the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge David Lawson in Detroit, court documents said. An additional $10 million is being held in reserve.

The deal marked a major agreement to replace piping that played a significant role in the Flint water crisis that prompted dozens of lawsuits and criminal charges against former government officials.

Lawson found the settlement to be "fair, adequate, reasonable, consistent with the public interest," according to online court documents, adding that it furthered the objectives of the Safe Drinking Water Act which protects drinking water supplies throughout the nation.

Paul Ryan: Nunes should not be step aside, claims he doesn't know the source of Nunes' info.

The top Republican in Congress on Tuesday stood by Devin Nunes, the embattled head of the House of Representatives intelligence committee, who is under fire for his handling of an investigation into possible Russian ties to President Donald Trump’s election campaign.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told a news conference he does not believe Nunes, a Trump ally, should remove himself from the investigation.

Asked whether Nunes should step aside and if he knew the source of information that Nunes revealed last week, Ryan said: “No and no.”

Democrats and some Republicans have criticized Nunes’ objectivity after he announced last week that some Trump associates may have been ensnared in incidental intelligence collection before Trump took office in January.


Payn Rand...er, sorry, "Paul Ryan"...no timeline on TrumpCare "because we want to get it right."

POLITICS | Tue Mar 28, 2017 | 11:33am EDT
Republicans on Obamacare repeal: 'We're going to get it done'


House of Representatives Republican leaders said on Tuesday they still intended to repeal and replace Obamacare after their White House-backed bill failed to get enough support and collapsed last week.

"The fact that our conference is more resolved than ever to repeal this law is very encouraging and we're not going to stop until we get it done," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy after a closed meeting. House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters he would not give a timeline on any new attempt to pass healthcare legislation "because we want to get it right."

(Reporting by Eric Walsh and Doina Chiacu)
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