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U.S. Empire Still Incoherent After All These Years 21.2.2018 ConsortiumNews.com
Exclusive: Without solid economic, political and ideological bases, the U.S. lacks the legitimacy and authority it needs to operate beyond its borders, argues Nicolas J.S. Davies in this essay. By Nicolas J.S. Davies I recently reread Michael Mann’s book, Incoherent…Read more →
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David Brooks: Moral Idiocy Incarnate 21.2.2018 Crooks Liars
And here is David Brooks' "How To Negotiate With Monsters" as it works in the real world. (Caution: This is a violent clip that contains a major Breaking Bad spoiler.) [embed eid="28191" /] As America's Leading Brooksologist, after 13 years and the hundreds of thousands of words I have published on the subject, I take it as my job to tell you true things about Mr. David Brooks and, by extension, the mainstream media power structure which created Mr. Brooks and protects him like a glutton protecting his lunch. So here is a true thing: The Sulzberger family has been paying Mr. Brooks to write slight variations of the same, ridiculous Both Siderist claptrap for 15 years. This has made Mr. Brooks a wealthy and influential Washington D.C. power player. It has brought him professional respectability and a life of extraordinary privilege which Mr. Brooks has lived exactly where Mr. Brooks has always wanted to live -- detached from human concerns and floating dirigibly as far above the Real World as humanly ...
How Trump's Medicaid Restrictions Will Stop People From Voting 19.2.2018 Truthout.com
(Photo: Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com) This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. The Trump administration released its fiscal year 2019 budget, and it doubles down on what the administration has already been doing to undermine Medicaid -- including more than $300 billion in cuts to the program and a call to take health insurance from those who can't find a job. Last month, the administration began testing these policies at the state level. On January 11th, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced that states can now compel low-income people who rely on Medicaid to meet "work and community engagement requirements" in order to keep their health insurance. Within a day of making this announcement, CMS approved Kentucky's plan to implement such requirements. The plan strips Medicaid coverage from most adults who fail to comply, including those who do not complete paperwork on time or report "changes in circumstances" quickly enough. All told, Gov. Matt Bevin's office estimates ...
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Trump's $4.4 Trillion Butcher's Bill 17.2.2018 Truthout.com
Trump's budget proposal would be paid for on the backs of children, poor people, the elderly and the disabled, with a couple hundred billion left over for the Pentagon. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) The grinding cruelty that is our daily meat and mead was crystallized in a document put forth on Monday by the White House. Trump and his people called it a budget plan, but in reality, it was a $4.4 trillion wish list of all the malice and greed at the necrotic heart of the modern Republican experience. Trump's budget proposal would be paid for on the backs of children, poor people, the elderly and the disabled, with a couple hundred billion left over for the Pentagon. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. "The test of a first-rate intelligence," said F. Scott Fitzgerald, "is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still ...
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Couple makes millions off Medicaid managed care as oversight lags 16.2.2018 LA Times: Business

Norma Diaz and her husband, Joseph Garcia, have dedicated their careers to running a nonprofit health insurer that covers some of California’s neediest residents.

For three decades, they have worked for a Medicaid managed-care plan, Community Health Group, serving nearly 300,000 poor and disabled...

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After big losses, stock market on track for best week since 2011 16.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

U.S. stocks were little changed Friday morning as gains by healthcare and technology companies were offset by losses for packaged-food makers including Kraft Heinz and Campbell Soup, which reported disappointing results. Homebuilders were rising after the government said construction of new homes...

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The Health 202: Alex Azar's first big test: Will he enforce Obamacare? 15.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Idaho presents the new HHS secretary's first big test.
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Forget Trump; Republicans Are The Problem Now 15.2.2018 Crooks Liars
It’s Political Messaging 101: You can’t beat Trump by talking about him all the time. We should be talking about our economic future, but all we’re talking about our 45th president. Look at this chart, which shows the top story on social media accounts by social category for the first year (more or less) of Trump’s presidency: (Source: Echelon Insights) Stunning, isn’t it? Trump dominates the media landscape like some paint-and-plaster Colossus, his conquering limbs striding from news cycle to news cycle. I agree with Ezra Klein on at least one crucial point about this chart. (It’s from Klein’s piece, “ Trump is winning .”) The president is “setting both the terms and tone of the debate.” The Rest of the ...
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Reforming Welfare and Controlling the Poor 15.2.2018 American Prospect
trickle-downers_35.jpg After handing out $1.5 trillion in tax breaks to the wealthy, President Trump has followed up with a budget that eviscerates the social safety net. Though the budget only outlines the Trump administration’s priorities, and is unlikely to be largely implemented, it’s clear that the administration would like to further eviscerate the nation’s skimpy excuse for an economic security policy. The budget, after all, represents the administration’s ideal world. And what’s in this world? Little help for the poor with food, health care, and housing—and more poverty, disease, homelessness, and hunger. The budget proposes gutting the country’s largest anti-hunger program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as food stamps), cutting spending by $213.5 billion over ten years. This would be achieved not only by limiting who is eligible for assistance, but by altering the most basic part of the program, which allows low-income families to purchase food using an Electronic ...
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Trump: Make Immigrants’ Use of Public Health Benefits a Deportable Offense 14.2.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/LM Otero) Community Council health-care navigator Fidel Castro Hernandez speaks with U.S. resident Maria Ana Pina and her son, Roberto, as she signs up for the Affordable Care Act in Dallas on December 27, 2017. Capital & Main  is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. The Trump administration is making new rules that would prevent immigrants from settling in the country or receiving a green card if they or their families have received benefits from a wide array of federal, state, and local programs—even if the benefits were for an immigrant’s U.S.-citizen children. The language in the administration’s rule change, first reported by Reuters, shows that immigrants who enroll their children in public programs like Head Start or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) risk having their visa applications rejected. The same goes for immigrants who apply for health insurance ...
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Mike's Blog Round Up (Happy Valentine's Day!) 14.2.2018 Crooks Liars
Is it really at all surprising that the Orange Moron's White House harboured and rewarded an abuser? Abuse is what these people are all about. As much as anything, it's what defines not just the White House (and the administration generally) but its deplorable enablers and supporters as well. Look at what ICE is doing. Look at what Sessions is doing at the DOJ, using criminal "justice" as a prong of white nationalism. Look at how these people treat the poor, the transgendered. Look at what they're not doing in Puerto Rico. Look at how they treat women, the attack on women's health care. Look at the Orange Moron's admiration for abusive strongmen like Putin, Erdogan, Duterte. It goes on and on and on… And let's not forget that the Orange Moron himself is an abuser, an admitted abuser, a proud abuser. So the Porter-Kelly scandal isn't just some Washington cover-up, which is how it's being widely portrayed. Look at the underlying facts. It's a story about grotesque, violent abuse and how it gets ...
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Save My Care: 'Block Gov. Otter’s Attack on Health Care' | Campaign 2018 14.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Save My Care, a group that supports the Affordable Care Act, is airing an ad to pressure Idaho to only allow health insurers to sell plans that comply with ACA regulations.
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DeVos Guts Education To Pay For Her Tax Cut 14.2.2018 Crooks Liars
Sure, that title is fairly harsh. It might even make poor little Betsy cry should it hurt her wee little feelings. I can live with that, and I'm not the least bit sorry about it either because it's true. Trump and his cabinet cabal of American oligarchs are once again stealing tax payer money from Americans in order to line their own pockets. It is that blatant. It would be one thing if the administration said they needed to cut spending because of costs or a bad economy. Say maybe cut some programs to provide more funding for health care or something. It's quite another to take money from programs that assist Americans in their day-to-day lives simply to give that money to Trump's oligarchs. Across the board, the tax give-away to the rich will cost Americans in education, Medicare, Medicaid, social security disability payments, food stamps, clean air, clean water...and so on. With costs of goods and services always rising, salaries remaining stagnant and these cuts, Americans will find themselves ...
Trump's budget sheds light on plans for welfare reform 14.2.2018 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration in recent months has made its stance clear on public assistance and welfare programs: If you're able-bodied and want benefits, you have to work....
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President Trump has finally released his comic book 13.2.2018 The Moderate Voice

WASHINGTON — In a Republican presidential debate in the fall of 2015, moderator John Harwood of CNBC asked Donald Trump about some of his more outlandish claims, such as making another country pay for a border wall and enacting huge tax cuts that wouldn’t increase the deficit. “Let’s be honest,” Harwood memorably said. “Is this [...]

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Healthcare companies lead stocks lower after two-day rally 13.2.2018 LA Times: Business

U.S. stocks are lower Tuesday morning as healthcare companies slump. Distributors of prescription drugs and medical suppliers are falling after the Wall Street Journal reported that drugstore chain Walgreens wants to buy the rest of AmerisourcerBergen, a drug distributor, and that Amazon is preparing...

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Morally Bankrupt Budget: After $1.5 Trillion Gift to Rich, Trump Demands $1.7 Trillion in Safety Net Cuts 13.2.2018 Truthout.com
A Congressional staff member delivers copies of President Donald Trump's Fiscal Year 2019 Government Budget at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 12, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images) With everything going on in the White House, the media must maintain relentless pressure on the Trump administration. Can you support Truthout in this endeavor? Click here to donate. Those wondering how President Donald Trump plans to pay for the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich he  signed into law  last year got their answer on Monday, when the White House unveiled its  2019 budget  (pdf) blueprint that calls for  $1.7 trillion  in cuts to crucial safety net programs over the next decade -- including $237 billion in cuts to Medicare alone. While imposing " severe austerity " on domestic programs that primarily benefit poor and middle class Americans, Trump's proposal also aims to hike the Pentagon's budget to $716 billion -- a seven percent increase  from his 2018 ...
White House doubles down on its goal of Obamacare repeal in new budget proposal 12.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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Why Aren't Black Voters Rewarded by the Party That Depends on Them to Win Elections? 12.2.2018 Truthout.com
If progressive Americans, voters, activists and politicians are serious about giving more than verbal acknowledgement to Black voters for protecting the country from extremism, then they must proactively take actions to protect Black voters, especially poor ones. Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones takes a picture with voters outside of a polling station at the Bessemer Civic Center on December 12, 2017, in Bessemer, Alabama. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Thanks to reader support, Truthout can deliver the news seven days a week, 365 days a year. Keep independent journalism going strong: Make a tax-deductible donation right now. At his  State of the Union  address last Tuesday, President Trump sent out a clarion call that portends where he will set his legislative sights next. "We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity," Trump insisted. Translation: Expect cuts in the social safety net. As the path of the Republican tax ...
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The Full Employment Solution 12.2.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) A sign advertising employment hangs outside a restaurant in Middleton, Massachusetts, on July 24, 2017. Two years into U.S. involvement in World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his 1944 State of the Union address, calling for a Second Bill of Rights—by which he meant not just political rights, but economic rights. The wartime economy was firing on all cylinders, bringing the unemployment rate to historic lows, averaging just 1.7 percent from 1943 to 1945. But Roosevelt and his advisers were concerned about maintaining these employment levels and the economic expansion when the war came to a close. “Necessitous men,” Roosevelt observed, “are not free men.” Those “who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” Real freedom, he said, freedom to “pursue happiness,” required a “second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all.” For Roosevelt, full citizenship demanded more than the ...
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