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BREAKING: Michigan Gov Signs Revamped Medicaid Work Requirements

By Alice Ollstein | June 22, 2018 3:53 pm

On Friday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed a strict Medicaid work requirement passed by the state’s GOP-controlled legislature. Under the new law, Michigan will join the dozen states who are actively seeking or have already received a waiver from the Trump administration to implement the new rules — which are expected to drop hundreds of thousands of people from the Medicaid rolls.

Michigan’s bill was significantly rewritten after the first version came under fire for having a significant racially disparate impact. Under the original proposal, people living in counties with unemployment rates above 8.5 percent would have been exempt from the work requirement. Those counties were overwhelmingly white, rural, and Republican. Low-income residents of color in Detroit and Flint, where the joblessness and poverty are extremely high, would not have received an exemption, because the wealthier suburbs surrounding those cities pulled the overall county unemployment rate below the threshold.

The blowback to that plan prompted Michigan lawmakers to make revisions, including the elimination of any exemptions for people in places where it is difficult to find a job.

“They can avoid the disparate impact by leveling up or leveling down, and they chose to level down,” Nicholas Bagley, a law professor at the University of Michigan who specializes in health policy, told TPM. “They could have chosen to extend the same solicitude they had for people in rural areas with high unemployment to people in cities with high unemployment, but did not do so. I think it speaks to how punitive this law will be for many people. You’re telling people to find work where there is no work to be had.”


Hey human beings in Michigan.................hope you or your parents don't get sick................your corrupt government with your current team is just like the Flint crisis, they are blaming you for, its that simple, your a taker instead of maker...............they want to punish you for being sick........................

Kirstjen Nielsen Is Our Duke Of The Week

By Kate Riga | June 23, 2018 9:00 am

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had a tough week.

She was determined to start it off with a bang, holding a press conference to set the record straight as Americans were inundated with pictures and recordings of distraught children ripped from their parents at the border.

But throughout the press conference, Nielsen lied over and over again, showing an utter lack of compassion for the panicked, isolated babies and their equally panicked parents.

A common theme of her remarks were variations on: “This administration did not create a policy of separating families at the border.” This is a lie, as the practice is the direct result of the administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy for migrants who cross the border without documentation.

She also took a page out of Trump’s playbook and attempted to place the blame on Congress, specifically Democrats. This makes sense because everyone knows that the real power rests with the party shut out of both Congressional majorities and the White House.


Hey Kirstjen, maybe you should prepare yourself for hearings next January, you might be in for a rude awaking........................

November 2018 cannot get here fast enough................

Ex-Trump Voter Fraud Commissioner Defends Misleading Reports In Court

By Tierney Sneed | June 22, 2018 4:50 pm

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Former Trump voter fraud commissioner J. Christian Adams was in a federal court in Virginia Friday to defend reports his group released in 2016 and 2017 alleging that thousands of non-citizens were illegally registered to vote and possibly voting in Virginia.

Adams and his group, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, are being sued for defamation and voter intimation by four voters, all citizens, who were named in PILF’s reports that listed alleged non-citizen illegal registrants.

Attorneys for Adams and PILF argued that the reports were not targeting the defendants but rather the government officials who Adams claims are not enforcing voter fraud laws.

The plaintiffs argued that the report amounted to character assassination of those falsely alleged to be non-citizens. If anyone’s character was being assassinated, Adams’ attorney Michael Lockerby argued, it was those of the government officials who hadn’t prosecuted allegations of voter fraud.

The four voters — as well as the Richmond chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens — allege Adams and PILF violated the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act, as well as Virginia defamation law. Friday’s hearing, in front U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady, was to hear arguments on the defendants’ motion to throw out the lawsuit.


Pantera drummer and co-founder Vinnie Paul dies at 54/ The Making Of Pantera's 'Vulgar Display of Po

The Making Of Pantera's 'Vulgar Display of Power'

Pantera drummer and co-founder Vinnie Paul dies at 54

Source: The Guardian

Tributes pour in from rock and heavy metal groups including Kiss and Guns N’ Roses

Vinnie Paul, the drummer and co-founder of heavy metal band Pantera, has died, the group announced in a statement on Facebook.

The Texas-born musician died aged 54 on Friday evening, but no cause of death has been given yet.

Paul formed Pantera in 1981 with his brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, and went on to earn four Grammy nominations and a No 1 album in the US in 1994.

The band disbanded in 2003 following reports of a rift in the group and its singer’s intention to leave.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jun/23/vinnie-paul-pantera-drummer-and-co-founder-vinnie-paul-dies-aged-54

Paul Manafort lawyers want mention of Trump banned in Virginia trial

Attorneys for former Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, want a judge to bar any mention of Manafort’s connections to the president at his trial in Virginia.

Manafort’s lawyers filed their motion on Friday in federal court in Alexandria, ahead of the trial in July. Manafort is charged with hiding from the Internal Revenue Service tens of millions of dollars he earned advising pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.

He faces a separate indictment in Washington. Manafort is jailed while he awaits trial after the judge in the DC case decided to revoke his bail after prosecutors alleged he was engaging in witness tampering.

A pretrial hearing in the Alexandria case is scheduled for 29 June. On Friday, Manafort’s lawyers argued that because their client’s alleged crimes occurred before he ever served on Donald Trump’s campaign, any mention of connections to Trump were irrelevant.


So if you type in "How long has Paul Manafort known Donald Trump..........you get this as the top hit on google


The character of Paul Manafort is on trial, and if he has known the sexual predator since 1980...............well then, he can be used ................

UN expert slams US on poverty, quitting global rights body

Source: AP News

BERLIN (AP) — A human rights expert criticized the United States on Friday for failing to tackle poverty and giving tax cuts to the wealthy — comments that came only days after Washington quit the U.N. body that appointed him.

High U.S. income inequality “can only be made worse” by the Trump administration’s policy of cutting taxes, Philip Alston told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

“At the other end of the spectrum, 40 million Americans live in poverty and 18.5 million of those live in extreme poverty,” he said. “In addition, vast numbers of middle-class Americans are perched on the edge, with 40 percent of the adult population saying they would be unable to cover an unexpected $400 expense.”

A day before Alston presented his report to the rights body, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, branded it “misleading and politically motivated” in a letter .

“It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America,” she said, insisting that the Trump administration takes the issue very seriously and the U.N. should focus on countries where the situation is worse.

Read more: https://apnews.com/b79d2bedb4c0425095f230781d5d2598/UN-expert-slams-US-on-poverty,-quitting-global-rights-body

Koko's Tribute to Robin Williams

Koko, famed gorilla that learned sign language, dies aged 46

She was special....................

Standing Rock is over, but for jailed activists the struggle is not

The extraordinary Native American resistance effort may have faded from the headlines but the US government continues to prosecute activists, who say it is destroying lives

Standing Rock saved Little Feather’s life. Then the US government took it from him.

Little Feather was one of thousands of Native Americans who traveled to North Dakota in 2016 to fight the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. The 45-year-old member of the Chumash Nation was battling drug addiction at the time, said his wife, Leoyla Cowboy. But the “water protector” movement gave him a sense of purpose, a renewed connection to indigenous elders, and sobriety.

But last year as the oil pipeline began operations, authorities jailed him and charged him with felonies stemming from his involvement in the demonstrations. Little Feather’s case and the prosecution of hundreds of others is part of what activists say is an aggressive campaign by US law enforcement to suppress indigenous and environmental movements, using drawn-out criminal cases and lengthy prison sentences.

“He has been taken from us, and it’s a huge void in our lives,” Cowboy, 44, told the Guardian in a recent interview after Little Feather, also known as Michael Giron, was sentenced to three years. “He is a political prisoner … We were protecting our land. It’s something we have to do, and we’re going to be met with this violence from these agencies, from the federal government, from the state.”


Manifest Destiny ...........................
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