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All American born and raised and not on any kind of visa or stealing your jobs or whatever. Americans are more diverse than you think. I'll never let you forget it. It's important.

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Actually, Trump is raising health insurance premiums

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/17/news/economy/trump-premiums/index.html?iid=hp-toplead-dom

President Trump and congressional Republicans have long vowed to lower health insurance premiums.

But Trump's decision to halt funding for Obamacare's cost-sharing subsidies last week will actually raise rates next year. Plus, the move increases what taxpayers will have to shell out to support Obamacare.

Many states had already allowed insurers to steeply hike Obamacare premiums for 2018, anticipating that Trump may cut off federal support for the subsidies, which reimburse insurers for reducing the deductibles and co-pays of lower-income enrollees. In California, for instance, carriers will levy a surcharge of up to 27% on silver-level plans.

Some insurers are spreading the hikes out across all their plans, but others are limiting it to just silver-tier polices -- the plans eligible consumers must purchase to receive the cost-sharing subsidies.

Regulators in some states that hadn't taken this precaution swiftly moved to boost rates after Trump's announcement.



Thanks Obama

How the Russians pretended to be Texans and Texans believed them

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2017/10/17/how-the-russians-pretended-to-be-texans-and-texans-believed-them/?utm_term=.f5b03f3f08a0



In early 2016, while researching some of the most popular U.S. secession groups online, I stumbled across one of the Russian-controlled Facebook accounts that were then pulling in Americans by the thousands.

At the time, I was writing on Russia’s relationship with American secessionists from Texas, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. These were people who had hitched flights to Moscow to swap tactics, to offer advice and to find support. They had found succor in the shadow of the Kremlin.

That was how I eventually found my way to the “Heart of Texas” Facebook page (and its @itstimetoecede Twitter feed as well). Heart of Texas soon grew into the most popular Texas secession page on Facebook — one that, at one point in 2016, boasted more followers than the official Texas Democrat and Republican Facebook pages combined. By the time Facebook took the page down recently, it had a quarter of a million followers.

The page started slowly — just a few posts per week. Unlike other secession sites I’d come across, this one never carried any contact information, never identified any of individuals behind the curtain. Even as it grew, there was nothing to locate it in Texas — or anywhere else, for that matter. It was hard to escape the suspicion that there might be Russian involvement here as well.

There were other oddities about the site. Its organizers had a strangely one-dimensional idea of its subject. They seemed to think, for example, that Texans drank Dr. Pepper at all hours: while driving their giant trucks, while flying their Confederate battle flags, while griping about Yankees and liberals and vegetarians.


Great, now we're stuck playing the game of deplorable or Russian. Deplorables don't have the best command of the English language so that doesn't give it away. Neither group uses spell check. Not even Newt Gingrich or Donald Trump use spell check these days. Deplorables are dumb enough to fall for this professional trolling.

At some point one would think the Russian people would start asking if this is the best use of their tax dollars.

Harvey Weinstein was the butt of Hollywood jokes for decades. Now nobody's laughing.

FCC commissioner on Trump's media threats: 'History won't be kind to silence'

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/15/media/trump-jessica-rosenworcel-nbc-license/index.html?iid=surge-story-summary

A top Federal Communications Commission official is putting pressure on her colleagues to end their silence amid President Trump's threats against TV networks that are critical of his administration.

Democratic commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who was first appointed by President Obama and brought back to the commission by Trump, said the FCC should make it very clear that the agency will not revoke licenses simply because Trump does not like their coverage.

"History won't be kind to silence," Rosenworcel, who is one of five FCC commissioners, told CNN's Brian Stelter on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. "I think it's important for all the commissioners to make clear that they support the First Amendment, and that the agency will not revoke a broadcast license simply because the president is dissatisfied with the licensee's coverage."

Trump lit a fire under First Amendment proponents last week when he called NBC a partisan institution whose licenses should be "challenged and, if appropriate, revoked."

NBC, like many news outlets, has aggressively reported on story lines that are critical of the president. It's fueled Trump's critiques of the press and prompted him to brand truthful stories about his presidency "fake news."


Here's a woman who might get fired for being part of the deep state. She's a Dem of course. It's good to know we still have some good people in positions of power speaking out and doing good things to resist tyranny from within. This should be encouraged everywhere.

Puerto Rican exodus could boost Small Town, USA

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/13/news/economy/puerto-rican-maria-migration-small-towns/index.html?iid=hp-stack-dom

They're already landing in Lorain, Ohio -- Puerto Rican families, with few possessions and bleak memories.
"We started to see it last week," says Victor Leandry, director of El Centro, a nonprofit social services agency based in this faded industrial town on the shores of Lake Erie. "Just today, we have at least four or five new families. When I walk into the building at nine in the morning, we are seeing already a migration."

This isn't the norm. In what's shaping up to be the second greatest exodus to the mainland since World War II, most Puerto Ricans fleeing the devastation of Hurricane Maria will end up in New York and Florida, where hundreds of thousands of islanders already live.

But as Puerto Rico's economy has deteriorated in recent years -- the country's diaspora has ballooned to 5.4 million people, far exceeding the 3.4 million who live on the island itself -- many have migrated to other parts of the U.S.

Some who leave the island as a result of Hurricane Maria will end up in lesser-known Puerto Rican communities in states like Ohio, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

Many towns, like Lorain, could really use the newcomers.
"As tragic as this [situation] is, it could be helpful to the Northeast Ohio economy," says Jose Feliciano, a lawyer who chairs the Hispanic Roundtable of Cleveland. "Ohio needs bodies for work."



Here's an opportunity for our party to earn the votes of thousands of US citizens who have been screwed very badly by the other party and could use some help to get settled in the mainland of some big swing states. They need housing, jobs, school enrollment, and voter registration, among other stuff. Many on the other side still don't know Puerto Ricans can vote and will be in for a big surprise.

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Trump does nothing to stop 175 American deaths a day

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2017/10/11/830a96ee-aec8-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?utm_term=.0ba8e39bf1ff

Americans are dying at the rate of 175 a day from opioid overdoses, but President Trump has yet to deliver his promised strategy to end the crisis.

And so the people’s representatives, in the absence of presidential leadership, did about the only thing they could do. They had a day of opioid karaoke.

There wasn’t actual music. But it was open-mic day Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The panel invited members of Congress to take the witness seat and, in three minutes or less, sing a sad song about how the opioid crisis is ruining the lives of their constituents.

“In Oregon alone more people died last year from drug overdoses than from car accidents,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R).

“The opioid epidemic is having devastating consequences in my home state” of New Jersey, said Rep. Frank Pallone (D).

“In 2016, more than 2,000 opioid deaths in Michigan alone,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R).

“There are enough bottles of painkillers in circulation for nearly every Hoosier to have one of their own,” said Rep. Susan Brooks (R) of Indiana.

“Five-hundred and one New Mexicans died overdose-related deaths,” said Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D).

“Drug overdoses cause nearly four times as many deaths as compared to traffic accidents” in Ohio, said Rep. Bob Latta (R).


The opioid epidemic disproportionately affects rural areas, red states, and many Republicans who may have voted for Dolt 45 because of his campaign promises to end the epidemic. It's true this problem started long before he came along. But cheeto twitler doesn't do anything to help. He's such a piece of shit.


He had no plan to replace Obamacare, no infrastructure plan, no tax plan, no foreign policy. But inaction on opioids is particularly ruinous, as the overdoses kill more people than car accidents and more than AIDS killed at its peak. In lieu of a plan, Trump has threatened to arrest more people, suggested kids say no to drugs, and sent the first lady to West Virginia on Tuesday to tour an opioid addiction center for infants.


British IS recruiter Sally-Anne Jones 'killed by drone'

Source: BBC

British IS recruiter Sally-Anne Jones was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in Syria in June.

Jones, from Chatham in Kent, joined so-called Islamic State after converting to Islam and travelling to Syria in 2013. Her death was first reported by The Sun.

The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner said Jones had been a useful propaganda agent for IS on social media and her death would be "significant".

Whitehall officials have declined to comment publicly. However, they have not denied the story, and US sources are confident she was killed in an unmanned drone strike in June, our correspondent added.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41593659





Trump expected to tap Kirstjen Nielsen to lead Department of Homeland Security

Source: Washington Post

President Trump is expected to nominate White House aide Kirstjen Nielsen to be homeland security secretary, according to three White House officials familiar with the decision, a job left vacant when John F. Kelly left the department to become White House chief of staff in July.
The announcement could come as soon as Wednesday, although the sources cautioned nothing is set until Trump publicly announces her as the pick.

Nielsen, a cybersecurity expert who served as Kelly’s chief of staff when he was DHS secretary, accompanied him to the White House as his deputy and quickly emerged as a controversial presence.

Her detractors viewed her as brusque and, at times, unresponsive, as she worked with Kelly to streamline West Wing operations and instill discipline in a White House often void of it. But her allies and fans she said was simply helping to professionalize the West Wing — the sort of necessary but thankless task that often leaves some staff members griping.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/10/11/trump-expected-to-tap-kirstjen-nielsen-to-lead-department-of-homeland-security/?hpid=hp_no-name_no-name%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar&tid=a_breakingnews&utm_term=.d6743cf37da2

Utah police officer fired after manhandling, arresting nurse who was doing her job

Source: Washington Post

A Salt Lake City police detective was fired and his supervisor demoted Tuesday for their roles in the arrest of a nurse who was manhandled and shoved screaming into a squad car as she tried to protect the legal rights of an unconscious patient.

Detective Jeff Payne was fired and James Tracy, his watch commander, was demoted two ranks from lieutenant to officer after an internal review by the Salt Lake City Police Department found their actions toward the nurse violated department policy and undermined public trust.

“I have lost faith and confidence in your ability to continue to serve as a member of the Salt Lake City Police Department,” Chief Mike Brown wrote in a termination letter to Payne that was posted by the Deseret News.

“I am deeply troubled by your lack of sound, professional judgment and your discourteous, disrespectful and unwarranted behavior, which unnecessarily escalated a situation that could and should have been resolved in a manner far different from the course of action you chose to pursue,” the letter read.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/10/10/utah-police-officer-fired-after-manhandling-arresting-nurse-who-was-doing-her-job/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_with_top_mostshared_2_na&utm_term=.396f0701fdfd



The asshole cop was fired and his commander was demoted.

Police the police. It's good to see them held accountable.
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