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Trump Resort Looking to Settle Bed Bug Lawsuit Before Inauguration

Source: LawNewz

by Ronn Blitzer | 9:04 am, January 19th, 2017

While President-elect Donald Trump is probably spending Thursday getting ready for tomorrow’s inauguration, attorneys for one of his resorts are looking to settle a lawsuit alleging that a customer was attacked by bedbugs while staying there. The case has been going on since July, when Eric Linder of New Jersey filed a complaint alleging that he was covered in bites on his face, neck, and arm from bed bugs from staying at the Trump National Doral Miami resort.

According to The Miami Herald, attorneys for Linder and the Trump resort are expected to meet on Thursday to see how they can put the matter behind them. In addition to the physical effects of the bites themselves, Linder has claimed that he left clothing behind in the villa where he stayed out of fear they became infested, and that he suffered humiliation from having to spend 24 hours covered in ointment. The resort had previously argued that the bed bugs were the result of Linder’s own carelessness and negligence.

Linder was seeking at least $15,000 for his trouble. It remains to be seen whether the two sides will reach an agreement.


Read more: http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/trump-resort-looking-to-settle-bed-bug-lawsuit-before-inauguration/

Spicer Claims Democrats Are Trying To Delay Confirmation Process

Source: Talking Points Memo

By CAITLIN MACNEAL Published JANUARY 19, 2017, 10:44 AM EDT

Donald Trump spokesman Sean Spicer on Thursday morning accused Democrats of not working with Republicans to quickly confirm the President-elect's cabinet nominees.

"It really speaks volumes that the Democratic leadership is not working with us to ensure a continuity of government," Spicer said.

Spicer claimed that Democrats are trying to delay the confirmation process for Trump's nominees. "They are continuing to deploy delay tactic after delay tactic," he said.

He said that Democrats have embarked on "partisan attacks" in confirmation hearings, which Spicer said was "not in the best interest of the country."

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/spicer-democrats-confirmation-delays

Trump's Army Secretary Pick Accused Of Punching Worker At Racehorse Auction

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ESME CRIBB Published JANUARY 19, 2017, 10:37 AM EDT

Vincent Viola, the billionaire Wall Street trader and owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be secretary of the Army, was accused in August of punching a concessions worker at a racehorse auction.

A concessions worker at a high-end racehorse auction in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., told police that Viola punched him in the face, according to a New York Times report published Wednesday.

The man had a "swollen bloody lip," according to a police report obtained by the Times through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Viola told police that the man had pushed his wife, according to the report. The worker denied this.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/vincent-viola-army-secretary-accused-punching-auction-worker

Perry says he regrets call to eliminate Energy Department

Source: Associated Press

THURSDAY, JAN 19, 2017 10:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the Energy Department and insisted that the federal agency performs a critical function.

Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the department, told a Senate committee that if confirmed, he will be a passionate advocate for the department’s core missions and will seek to draw “greater attention to the vital role played by the agency.”

In remarks for his confirmation hearing, Perry also said he believes the climate is changing.

“I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is also caused by man-made activity,” Perry said in his prepared testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “The question is how do we address it in a thoughtful way that doesn’t compromise economic growth, the affordability of energy or American jobs.”

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/19/perry-says-he-regrets-call-to-eliminate-energy-department/

War on birth control: Incoming HHS secretary Tom Price can seriously damage contraception access...

War on birth control: Incoming HHS secretary Tom Price can seriously damage contraception access, even under Obamacare

Contraception access under Medicaid, Title X and even private insurance plans could all be in danger under Trump


It remains to be seen whether House Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional Republicans will be able to repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut Medicaid and Medicare. But even if congressional Republicans are unable to take a sledgehammer to our current health care system, Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, can do some serious damage to the ability of Americans to get basic medical care.

More specifically, Price could drastically undermine the ability of American women to get preventive reproductive health care, especially contraception.

Price has been quite open about his hostility to contraception. As a member of Congress, he has voted to terminate Title X, a program that subsidizes contraception for low-income women. He voted against a law barring employers from firing women for using contraception. He hates Planned Parenthood and he really hates the federal regulation, under the Affordable Care Act, that requires insurance plans to cover contraception without a copay.

To justify his opposition to insurance coverage for contraception, Price sneeringly told ThinkProgress in 2012, “Bring me one woman who has been left behind” by plans that don’t cover contraception adequately.


Hands out: GOP governors who turned down Medicaid $$ are now asking for funds to insure low-income..

Source: Associated Press

THURSDAY, JAN 19, 2017 07:55 AM EST

Hands out: GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money are now asking for funds to insure low-income Americans

Medicaid expansion was a non-starter under President Obama. But now, governors are singing a different tune


DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.

The other GOP governors who agreed to expand state-run services in exchange for federal help — more than a dozen out of the 31 states — are adamant that Congress maintain the financing that has allowed them to add millions of low-income people to the health insurance rolls.

These two groups of Republicans embody the difficulty the emboldened GOP congressional majorities face: Make good on their promises to repeal the 2010 health care law while preserving popular provisions.

Republican governors and lieutenant governors plan to plead their cases with GOP leaders and the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday as the GOP majority has taken the first step to dismantling the law.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/19/gop-governors-who-turned-down-medicaid-money-have-hands-out/

The Latest: Perry says climate is changing, partly man-made

Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times EST):

9:25 a.m.

Rick Perry says he believes the climate is changing — and that some change is naturally occurring, and some is man-made. The former Texas governor is Donald Trump’s pick to head the Energy Department, and he’s facing a Senate hearing Thursday.

Perry says in prepared testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that the question is how to address climate change in a way that doesn’t compromise economic growth.

He’s calling for an “all of the above strategy” that continues drilling for fossil fuels as well as developing renewable sources of energy. Perry says Texas took the lead in wind energy development during his 14 years in office.

As a presidential candidate, Perry once forgot that the Energy Department was an agency he had pledged to eliminate.


Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/19/the-latest-perry-says-climate-is-changing-partly-man-made/

Appeals court affirms conviction of coal CEO in deadly blast

Source: Associated Press

THURSDAY, JAN 19, 2017 09:45 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed the conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2iFc5wP) reports the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the opinion Thursday, saying it found no reversible errors in trial rulings.

Blankenship’s attorneys had argued that jury instructions made it too easy to conclude that he willfully violated safety rules at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine before the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men.

He was convicted in 2015 of a misdemeanor charge of conspiring to willfully violate safety standards and sentenced to one year in prison. Blankenship reported to a California federal prison May 12 to begin serving the sentence.


Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/19/appeals-court-affirms-conviction-of-coal-ceo-in-deadly-blast/

Report: Trump Being Encouraged By Advisers to Dance With Caitlyn Jenner at Inauguration

by Joe DePaolo | 8:57 am, January 19th, 2017

Could Donald Trump share an Inauguration night dance with Caitlyn Jenner on Friday?

According to a report by the New York Post‘s Page Six, the President-elect is being pushed by his advisers to dance with the I Am Cait star on Friday night during the Inauguration.

“The image of Trump dancing with Caitlyn would send a strong message that he supports gay rights and trans rights,” an unnamed Republican told the Post. “A picture is worth a thousand tweets.”

Jenner will be attending the Inauguration, according to People, as a guest of the American Unity Fund — a conservative nonprofit that works for advancing the cause of freedom and equal opportunity for LGBTQ Americans.


Rick Perry regrets calling for elimination of the Energy Department now that he knows what it does

Rick Perry regrets calling for the elimination of the U.S. Department of Energy, which he has been chosen to lead, now that he understands what it does.

The former Texas governor infamously forgot to identify the department as one of three he wanted to cut — along with Commerce and Education — if elected president, during a 2011 Republican primary debate.

He also apparently misunderstood the Energy Department’s role after Donald Trump nominated him to serve as its secretary.

Perry initially believed he would serve as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry — a role he gladly embraced. But Perry soon learned that, if he was confirmed by the Senate, he would actually oversee a vast national security complex and nuclear arsenal he knew almost nothing about.

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