August 22, 2013 at 8:42 am #95223
Jeffrey Toobin Compares Greenwald’s Partner to a ‘Drug Mule’
Hypocrite Bloomberg: The Real Statistics Behind Stop-and-Frisk
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Trayvon Martin’s mother pays tribute to son in hip hop song
GOP Knuckle Fight: Tea-Party ‘Loons’ vs. Libertarian ‘Delusionists’August 22, 2013 at 8:46 am #95224
Good Morning, EveryoneAugust 22, 2013 at 8:50 am #95225
Manning Says He Is Female and Wants to Live as a Woman
WASHINGTON — Bradley Manning, sentenced to 35 years in military prison for the biggest breach of classified U.S. documents in U.S. history, said in a statement on Thursday he is female and wants to live as a woman named Chelsea.
“As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning, I am a female,” Manning, 25, said in the statement read on NBC News’ “Today” show.August 22, 2013 at 8:52 am #95226
The nation’s full faith and credit is not a ‘leverage point’
By Steve Benen
Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
About a week ago, National Review’s Robert Costa reported that congressional Republicans are considering an incredibly dangerous new plan: they’re prepared to hold the nation’s debt limit hostage again, creating a crisis comparable to the one we saw in the summer of 2011, unless Democrats agree to take health care benefits away from millions of Americans.
Earlier this week, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a prominent member of the House Democratic leadership, said he now sees this scenario as likely. And overnight, Reuters reported that another GOP debt-ceiling crisis appears to be on the way
Republican lawmakers, who staunchly oppose President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, are considering using a fall showdown over the country’s borrowing limit as leverage to try to delay the law’s implementation.
The idea is gaining traction among Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, aides said on Wednesday. An aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the debt limit is a “good leverage point” to try to force some action on the healthcare law known as “Obamacare.” [...]
Republicans are weighing the tactic as an alternative to another approach that would involve denying funding for the law and threatening a possible government shutdownAugust 22, 2013 at 8:55 am #95227
UK Stands Up to Greenwald and Media Bullying: Miranda Was Held for Possession of Stolen Information That Would Help Terrorism
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 7:57 AM
Good for the UK Home Office. They seem to have had it with the faux outrage peddled by Glenn Greenwald and his bootlickers in the international media conglomerates (such as Comcast MSNBC). They are standing up to the bullying and just went on the offense, saying Miranda was held for being in possession of “highly sensitive stolen information that would help terrorism”.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “The government and the police have a duty to protect the public and our national security. If the police believe that an individual is in possession of highly sensitive stolen information that would help terrorism, then they should act and the law provides them with a framework to do that. Those who oppose this sort of action need to think about what they are condoning. This is an ongoing police inquiry so will not comment on the specifics.”
Isn’t this what we’ve been saying since, oh, since this happened? Despite the attempt to turn this into some sort of a nefarious new world order crackdown on freedom of the press, no principle, and certainly no law, protecting the freedom of the press entitles employees of media organizations to roam free across the globe while in possession of contraband or highly sensitive stolen documents – business or government (or with any stolen property for that matter).August 22, 2013 at 8:57 am #95228
Even Republican young adults want health insurance, poll finds
Obamacare may have become a partisan issue, but more Republicans than Democrats have signed up for one of its most popular provisions, according to a survey published Wednesday.
The survey also pokes holes in the idea that most 20-somethings act like “Young Invincibles” who believe they don’t need health insurance.
A team at the Commonwealth Fund, which strongly supports healthcare reform, looked at one of the main target groups of the 2010 Affordable Care Act – young adults who have been going without health insurance. One of the most popular provisions of the law lets people age 26 and younger stay on their parents’ health insurance.
“Public opinion polls found a partisan divide … but Republicans and Democrats both took advantage of the young adult provisions,” says Commonwealth vice president Sara Collins, who led the study. “In fact, more Republicans than Democrats did.”
They found that by last March, 63 percent of young adults identifying as Republicans had enrolled in a parent’s health plan in the last 12 months, compared to 45 percent of those who considered themselves Democrats. About 26 percent of the 1,800 adults surveyed said they were Republicans, 28 percent said they were Democrats and the rest either said they were independent, some other party, or did not say.August 22, 2013 at 8:58 am #95229
What the Affordable Care Act Means to Communities of Color
Dr. J. Nadine Gracia
August 21, 2013
01:50 PM EDT
Ed. note: This is crossposted from hhs.gov/healthcare. See the original post here: http://tinyurl.com/kh5lnrn.
Recently, I traveled to Oakland, California, to participate in a town hall about how theAffordable Care Act is improving health and strengthening communities – especiallycommunities of color that have long faced disparities in health and health care.
As the event was coming to a close, a woman in the audience stood up and asked if she could read a letter from her daughter. Her daughter hadn’t been able to attend the event, she told us, but wanted to share her story with everyone.
She had started college a few years later than most, at the age of 22. During her freshman year, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis – a devastating discovery. But there was one source of relief: thanks to the health care law’s provision enabling young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26, she was able to stay on her parents’ health plan, access the treatment that she needed, and continue her studies. And even though she has since turned 26, the opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace – and the law’s ban on discrimination due to pre-existing conditions- will provide her with new opportunities to secure affordable coverage.
The last excerpt that the woman read from her daughter’s letter was directed to President Obama. Thank you, she wrote. The health care law had helped to save her life.August 22, 2013 at 9:00 am #95230
Fake IRS Scandal Backfires as Democrat Sues the IRS over 501 (c) Regulation
By: Adalia Woodbury
Aug. 21st, 2013
After years of failed pretend scandals, Republicans thought they had a winner when they went after the IRS.
Based on the Inspector General’s report Republicans tried to persuade America that the IRS was unfairly scrutinizing Tea Party organizations that were seeking the coveted 501 (c) (4) status. Darrel Issa spent months holding “hearings” trying to suggest the IRS was out to get the Tea Party and trying to find a link between this and the White House. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul led the vengeance crusade to shut down the IRS based on the latest “scandal” that never was.
Our Sarah Jones reported on the unredacted IRS Treasury’s report’s conclusions. The report revealed that Issa was lying (again) and so was the Inspector General. In fact, the whole audit was skewed to make it appear that the IRS targeted the Tea Party when the reality was that organizations across the political spectrum faced scrutiny.
Republicans really did it to themselves with this “scandal.” Their previous attempts merely meant they looked like desperate fools focused on smearing the President because they don’t have any ideas. This time, they may lose the one thing they treasure more than using millions of tax-free dollars to smear Democrats – the ability to shield their donors from public scrutiny.August 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm #95232
Speaking in Raleigh, Colin Powell blasts North Carolina voting law
Submitted by John_Frank on 2013-08-22 09:56
UPDATED: With Gov. Pat McCrory in the audience, former Secretary of State Colin Powell took aim at North Carolina’s new voting law Thursday, saying it hurts the Republican Party, punishes minority voters and makes it more difficult for everyone to vote.
“I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote,” said Powell, a Republican, at the CEO Forum in Raleigh.
“It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs,” Powell continued. “These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away.”
The retired general served as the keynote speaker at the event and made his remarks moments after McCrory left the stage. His comments represent the most high-profile criticism of the Republican-crafted law that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls, cuts early voting days and makes it harder for students to vote.
In one comment, he seemed to rebuke McCrory for suggesting that voter fraud likely exists but is hard to detect. The governor had compared it to insider trading.
“You can say what you like, but there is no voter fraud,” Powell said.August 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm #95233
Ryan J. Reilly ✔ @ryanjreilly
BREAKING: DOJ suing Texas over voter ID law.
11:23 AM – 22 Aug 2013August 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm #95234
Jeffrey Young @JeffYoung
I made a Twitter list of the health insurance exchanges. Check it out, subscribe, etc.: http://bit.ly/14ZNdMU
10:22 AM – 22 Aug 2013August 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm #95235
I thought this would be a one day story…that it’s still in the news weeks later isn’t good for the Spawn of Evil
Liz Cheney’s fish tale
By Steve Benen
Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:07 AM EDT.
We talked a couple of weeks ago about a funny story out of Wyoming, where far-right media personality Liz Cheney is running an uphill Senate fight, and where an errant fishing license has become quite a headache.
U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Lynne Cheney posted a $220 bond in Ninth Circuit Court in Teton County on Monday on a charge of making a false statement to procure a fishing license.
A citation/complaint ticket in the court file states that Cheney “fail[ed] to meet residency requirements as required,” according to the ticket signed by Wyoming Game and Fish Jackson Supervisor Tim Fuchs…. Cheney signed the ticket twice, once saying she promised to appear in circuit court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27 or would forfeit her bond.
I’d love to hear the in-state debate as to whether Cheney is a flight risk.August 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm #95236
More Medical Students Are Choosing To Become Family Doctors — And That’s Good News For Obamacare
The number of U.S. medical school graduates choosing to go into family medicine and primary care rose for the fourth consecutive year, according to a press release from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). That’s great news for the millions of Americans who will become newly insured under Obamacare and Medicare in the coming years, since many industry experts feared there wouldn’t be enough primary care physicians to meet their medical needs.
Family medicine, unlike more specialized medical fields, involves caring for patients in a comprehensive way that involves everything from diagnosing and treating a wide range of common illnesses to promoting preventative health measures that might prevent the need for more specialized care in the future. In 2009, only 58 percent of U.S. medical school graduates chose residencies in family medicine — but now more than 67 percent of first-year family medicine residents graduate from American medical schools.
“This is another indicator that medical students realize primary care is the foundation of health care,” said Dr. Perry Pugno, vice president for medical education at the AAFP, in a statement. “The number of students choosing family medicine… continues to increase, and the attendance at the AAFP’s National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students has really increased. All of these point to a trend toward primary care careers.”August 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm #95237August 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm #95238
DeMint touts emergency rooms over insurance
By Steve Benen
Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:21 AM EDT
Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), now the head of the Heritage Foundation, continues to help lead a far-right crusade against the Affordable Care Act for reasons that aren’t altogether clear. Yesterday, DeMint brought his traveling circus to Tampa, where he made his pitch to a few hundred supporters (and more than a few opponents).
DeMint said opponents don’t have much time to try to make changes to the law before a March 2014 deadline for people to enroll. Benefits will kick in Jan. 1 for those who enroll earlier.
“This might be that last off-ramp to stop Obamacare before it becomes more enmeshed in our culture,” he said. “This is not about getting better health care.”
DeMint said uninsured Americans “will get better health care just going to the emergency room.”
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