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Sen. Kamala Harris on fellow Democrats AOC and Rashida Tliab.


The American crises Trump has ignored

The American crises Trump has ignored


President Trump, and vast parts of the federal government, have been consumed with caravans, walls and a border “crisis” since at least Oct. 16. While the definition of a crisis is highly debatable, the extent of other problems with wider reach and much higher death tolls is not.

Why it matters: The border is a big deal, and the problems are real, but often lost in the shutdown madness is whether the crisis is bigger than other wrongs and injustices impacting American lives.


Since Trump's Oct. 16 tweet about the caravan, 547 people have been shot in Chicago, and 111 people have been killed, according to data from the Chicago Tribune.

86 people were killed in the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. Trump did visit after the fires — but he's now blaming California for not exercising "proper Forest Management" and threatening to cut off emergency aid to the state.
An average of around three men are killed every day in the U.S. by police officers, according to one estimate in the American Journal of Public Health — which would mean around 255 American men had been killed by law enforcement since Oct. 16.

There's no real-time data on deaths from the opioid crisis, but with 67,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. every year, according to CDC, it's likely that roughly 16,000 Americans have died of drug overdoses — including opioids — since October.

Suicide rates continue to climb, year over year, despite a healthy economy.
Seven U.S. military officers were killed in Afghanistan since Oct. 16, including six combat deaths. Trump signaled a strategic shift but never addressed the nation about it.
In Syria, at least 191 civilians were killed by the U.S.-led coalition between Sept. 10 and Nov. 17, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
And rather than address a devastating report by government scientists in November on the economic impacts of climate change, Trump simply said he doesn't believe it.

The big picture: Per CNN, there are already 31 active declared national emergencies in the U.S., similar to the kind he's thinking of declaring to build his border wall without Congress.

These national emergencies, which allow the president to use special powers to respond to a pressing danger, have ranged from imposing sanctions on foreign nations that interfere with U.S. elections to holding accountable those in Yemen threatening the peace or security of the nation.
Be smart: Imagine if Trump invokes emergency power to build the wall and the Supreme Court ultimately backs him. Future presidents could unilaterally impose their will broadly — because a crisis is in the eye of the beholder.

https://www.axios.com/american-crises-trump-ignored-immigration-border-d2dbafb3-1c5d-49c7-93de-485bde5b1ac8.html

The Wall, The Wall...

Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgiveness

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-era-rule-leads-to-150m-in-student-loan-forgiveness/2018/12/14/bee550ba-ffed-11e8-a17e-162b712e8fc2_story.html


The U.S. Education Department said it will forgive $150 million in federal student loans as part of a 2016 rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos previously tried to block.

Department officials began notifying 15,000 students on Friday that their loans will automatically be erased because they attended colleges that closed while they were still in school or shortly after they finished. About half of them attended campuses under the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain, which collapsed in 2015 amid widespread accusations of fraud.

The students are eligible for loan relief under an Obama-era rule that was intended to make it easier for defrauded students to get their loans cleared. Part of the rule granted automatic loan forgiveness to students who attended colleges that closed more than three years in the past and who never attended another school afterward.

DeVos delayed the rule in 2017 following a legal challenge from a California association of for-profit colleges, and she later moved to scrap the rule entirely and proposed her own replacement, which would have eliminated automatic loan discharges and raised the bar to prove fraud by schools.

But a federal judge ruled in September that her delay was unlawful, siding with Democratic attorneys general from more than a dozen states who sued over the postponement. A month later, the same judge dismissed another challenge by the California association, effectively clearing the way for the rule to take effect.

DeVos has continued to oppose the rule, calling it “bad policy,” and says she still plans to write new rules that will protect borrowers and taxpayers. Still, the Obama-era law could remain in effect until at least July 2020, when any new policy written by DeVos could take effect.

The automatic discharges were hailed as a victory by groups that represent borrowers, but they said it’s just the first step in the rule’s implementation. Several drew attention to more than 100,000 other students who say they were swindled by their schools but are still waiting on the Education Department to decide their applications for loan relief.

'Song stylist' and Grammy winner Nancy Wilson dead at 81

https://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/ny-ny-news-wilson-song-stylist-20181214-story.html

Iconic vocalist Nancy Wilson, who topped the music charts with jazz standards, Broadway show tunes, R&B ballads and popular pop pieces, died Thursday at her home in Pioneertown, Calif.

Her manager, Devra Hall Levy, who confirmed Wilson’s death, said the singer had been ill for a while, and gave no further details.


Why Denmark is the Happiest Country


The Biggest Failure of Trumps Presidency?


The importance of Civics Lessons.



I graduated High School in 1963, the year 1962 they got rid of civics lessons at my school. At the time, I considered my self, lucky.

With new work requirements, thousands lose Medicaid coverage in Arkansas.

Yes We Can!

Desmond Tutu Awards Childrens Peace Prize to Parkland survivors.





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