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  • Is it time for Hillary Clinton to panic?

    07/28/2015 10:47:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 28, 2015 | by Anthony Zurcher
    Benghazi! Falling approval ratings! Email-gate! Lately the headlines have been full of gloom for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, prompting a spate of columns and commentary about whether her campaign is Officially in Trouble. "Both her and her campaign are in trouble," pollster John Zogby said in a recent television interview. "She is frankly sinking like a rock." But is it really so? Here are some reasons why - and why not - the former secretary of state should be concerned about her presidential prospects.
  • Venezuela could run out of beer by next month

    07/26/2015 6:54:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Fusion ^ | July 24, 2015 | by Manuel Rueda
    Venezuela could stop making beer by August, as local breweries run out of ingredients needed to produce the country’s most popular alcoholic drink. A brewery shutdown would reduce the country’s beer supply by a terrifying 80 percent, according to industry leaders. Local breweries say they are down to their final batches of barley, malt and other imported products needed to make beer, thanks to Venezuela’s strict currency controls that have made it almost impossible to purchase supplies. The industry, which is calling the situation an “unprecedented crisis,” is already some $200 million in arrears to suppliers around the world. “Beer...
  • Transit police union criticizes response to Baltimore riots

    07/26/2015 5:45:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 26, 2015 | By Kevin Rector
    The union representing state transit police in Baltimore says commanders and agency administrators made "detrimental and disturbing" decisions that endangered officers during April's riots — adding another layer of criticism to the response by law enforcement leaders. In a letter, AFSCME Local 1859 President Jerome Damon called on the Maryland Transit Administration to investigate the agency's handling of the April 27 unrest, noting that four officers dispatched without protective gear to a West Baltimore subway station had to be rescued by an armored vehicle after crowds set two MTA police vehicles and the nearby CVS pharmacy ablaze. The concerns —...
  • Barack Obama Calls For Gay Rights In Africa

    07/26/2015 5:20:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 26, 2015
    Barack Obama has called on African nations to treat homosexual people equally under the law in his first presidential visit to his father's homeland. The US President likened gay rights to the American civil rights movement when he was asked about the issue in Kenya's capital. In a joint news conference with his Kenyan counterpart, Mr Obama said he was "painfully aware of the history when people are treated differently under the law". Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta dismissed it as a "non-issue" for his country. "There are some things that we must admit we don't share - our culture, our...
  • Fast Food Franchise Owners Consider Suing N.Y. Over Minimum Wage

    07/24/2015 4:03:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 24, 2015
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have it his way with New York's fast-food industry — and restaurant owners aren't loving it. Franchise owners say they're considering a lawsuit against Cuomo's plan to raise the minimum wage in their eateries to $15 an hour, arguing that it is not fair or legal to be saddled with such a significant increase in labor costs that won't apply to retail, landscaping, child care or other traditionally low-wage industries. "Singling out fast food restaurants while ignoring other industries that hire workers who are paid under $15 is unfair and discriminatory, harms New York workers,...
  • Sanders Surges, Clinton Sags in U.S. Favorability

    07/24/2015 3:53:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Gallup ^ | July 24, 2015 | by Lydia Saad
    Story Highlights: * Bernie Sanders' national favorable score doubles to 24%. * Hillary Clinton's image slips, now tilts negative, 48% to 43%. * Sanders still trails Clinton in favorability among Democrats. Bernie Sanders' favorable rating among Americans has doubled since Gallup's initial reading in March, rising to 24% from 12% as he has become better known. Hillary Clinton's rating has slipped to 43% from 48% in April. At the same time, Clinton's unfavorable rating increased to 46%, tilting her image negative and producing her worst net favorable score since December 2007.
  • Mike Lee goes for nuclear option to repeal Obamacare

    07/24/2015 3:37:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | By Kelsey Snell
    Senate conservatives couldn’t stop a vote on the Export-Import bank. So they’re going to try to force a vote on Obamacare instead. Conservative firebrand Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced on Friday that he plans to use a complicated procedural maneuver known as the nuclear option to repeal the Affordable Care Act with just 51 votes. Democrats famously used the strategy in 2013 to break a Republican blockade of President Obama’s nominees to fill judicial openings. Now Lee wants to use the partisan procedure get rid of Obamacare. It’s unclear whether Lee’s gambit will work — but if it does, there...
  • Downtown Baltimore hotel occupancy is way down this summer

    07/24/2015 3:24:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    Baltimore Business Journal ^ | July 24, 2015 | by Asha Glover
    Baltimore’s hotel business is slumping this summer, just a year removed from a banner season for tourism and reflecting the lingering impact of April’s riots. Hotels in downtown’s central business district posted an average occupancy rate of 73.3 percent in June, down from 82.5 percent in the year-ago month, according to data from travel research firm STR Inc. The occupancy rate in May dropped 17.1 percent to 64.7 percent. As colleague Camille Harrison and myself reported in Friday’s cover story of the BBJ, hotels aren’t the only businesses feeling the sting from the riots. Museums and attractions are struggling, and...
  • Iran Offered Iraq 'Open Check' in ISIS Fight, Official Says

    07/23/2015 4:57:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Lee Ferran
    In stark contrast to the U.S. government's measured approach to countering ISIS in Iraq through the deployment of military advisors and stand-off airstrikes, Iran flatly offered Iraq an "open check" to battle the Islamic extremists, the Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. said today. "In relation to Iran, it also sees the threat of ISIS is a threat to its national security," Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily told the audience at the Aspen Security Forum today, noting that at one point ISIS forces were within 25 miles of the Iranian border to Iraq's east. "And their approach to it, more or less,...
  • Administration Prods States To Scrutinize Insurers' Rate Hikes

    07/23/2015 4:23:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Julie Rovner
    There's a battle brewing behind the scenes to keep health plans affordable for consumers. The Obama administration weighed in this week, sending letters to insurance regulators in every state and Washington, D.C., that ask them to take a closer look at rate requests before granting them. In Maryland, for example, the dominant insurer on the exchange, CareFirst, is asking for a rate increase of 30 percent for some of its plans. In Kansas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is seeking increases averaging 37 percent. Insurance industry consultant Robert Laszewski says that forcing people to change plans in order...
  • Undocumented Steinmetz grad to attend White House summit

    07/23/2015 4:12:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 22, 2015 | BY JORDYN HOLMAN
    A couple of missed calls, a voicemail — even a Snapchat — from his teacher notified Steinmetz College Prep graduate Cesar Bustos, 18, that he was headed to the White House. Bustos, who was at work when he got the news, is one of 130 students selected to attend first lady Michelle Obama’s Beating the Odds Summit on Thursday. The summit is part of the first lady’s Reach Higher initiative, which is intended to get more U.S. students to continue their education after high school. “The experience sounds so surreal,” Bustos said. “Being undocumented, I never believed I would ever...
  • Briefing Highlights Positive Voter Attitudes Toward Undocumented Immigrants

    07/23/2015 3:56:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | July 23, 2015 | National Council of La Raza
    A briefing today at NCLR (National Council of La Raza) addressed new data from The George Washington University (GW) which show that most U.S. voters have positive views of undocumented immigrants. Most voters surveyed consider undocumented immigrants "family and community oriented" (71%) and agreed they "fill jobs Americans don't want" (67%). A majority disagreed that undocumented immigrants "are 'cheaters' here just to help themselves" (59 percent), "belong to gangs and commit many crimes" (56 percent), or "threaten our traditional American culture" (56 percent). "Among American voters today, there is a substantial, multidimensional and widespread favorable attitude toward undocumented immigrants," said...
  • Up to 87 pct. of undocumented migrants could stay in U.S., study says

    07/23/2015 3:48:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | July 23, 2015
    Up to 87 percent of undocumented immigrants will be able to remain in the United States if the executive action measures on immigration taken by President Barack Obama are implemented without modifications, according to a study published by the Migration Policy Institute. The report by the independent immigration study center said that the net effect of the new policies will be a reduction in deportations from the United States. In all, 5.2 million immigrants would benefit from these immigration relief measures, but the MPI notes that the implementation of new guidelines for law enforcement and immigration authorities would broaden the...
  • Rachel Dolezal, outed as white, now braiding hair for money

    07/23/2015 3:38:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    WSB Atlanta ^ | July 21, 2015 | By Christopher Seward
    Rachel Dolezal, the local NAACP president who resigned after it was revealed that she is white and not black, is now braiding hair to make ends meet after also losing a part-time university teaching job. Dolezal told Vanity Fair magazine that her last check from Eastern Washington University in June and she now sees several clients a week for braids and weaves to support herself and her 13-year-old son. Dolezal, 37, told the magazine she still identifies as a black woman - despite the fallout that drew national attention when her estranged parents outed her as Caucasian - and that...
  • DHS Secretary Won't Describe ISIS As 'Islamic' Terrorists

    07/23/2015 3:02:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 23, 2015 | By MIKE LEVINE
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says that in order to keep ISIS from radicalizing Americans inside the United States, it is "critical” not to use the word “Islamic” when describing attacks or other actions tied to the terrorist group. “[ISIS] would like to be referred to as ‘Islamic extremism’ because it therefore concedes that what they are saying and what they are doing occupies legitimately some form of Islam,” Johnson said today at a national security forum in Aspen, Colorado. “The Muslims I know and that I’ve spent a lot of time with in this country believe just the opposite,”...
  • Republicans Pass 'Donald Trump Act' As Obama Vows Veto

    07/23/2015 2:53:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 23, 2015 | By BENJAMIN SIEGEL
    Donald Trump may be thousands of miles from Washington on the Texas-Mexico border, but on Capitol Hill he's center stage in the fight over illegal immigration. The bill, which is formally called the "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act," would block states and cities from receiving federal law enforcement funding if they have so-called “sanctuary city” practices in place, blocking the enforcement of certain federal immigration laws. It passed today in the House with overwhelming Republican support in a 241-179 vote, with only six Democrats joining the majority. Democrats have pejoratively labeled the legislation “The Donald Trump Act,” tying...
  • House Speaker Boehner: There will not be a government shutdown

    07/23/2015 12:45:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Greg Robb
    There won't be a federal-government shutdown this year, and Congress will work on a temporary spending measure in September, once lawmakers return from their summer recess, House Speaker John Boehner, said Thursday. Democrats and Republicans have been unable to agree on annual spending bills, and without a deal by Sept. 30, the government will partially shut down. A temporary spending measure will be needed to avoid the Sept. 30 deadline, but details haven't been decided, Boehner said.
  • Medicare Funds Totaling $60 Billion Improperly Paid, Report Finds

    07/22/2015 4:25:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 22, 2015 | By JIM AVILA & SERENA MARSHALL and GITIKA KAUL
    They are supposed to be doctor's offices, clinics or hospitals, not hamburger stands, vacant lots and mailbox shops, but that's what some of the 23,400 potentially fake or bad addresses on Medicare's list of health care providers are, according to a report released today to Congress from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report says that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare, estimates that last year some $60 billion of American taxpayer money, or more than 10 percent of Medicare’s total budget, was lost to fraud, waste, abuse and improper payments....
  • Social Security Disability Fund Could Run Dry in 2016

    07/22/2015 12:57:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 22, 2015
    The 11 million people who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year — unless Congress acts, the government said Wednesday. The trustees that oversee Social Security said the disability trust fund will run out of money in late 2016, right in the middle of a presidential campaign. That would trigger an automatic 19 percent cut in benefits. The report said the fund faces "an urgent threat" that requires prompt action by Congress. There is an easy fix available: Congress could shift tax revenue from Social Security's much larger retirement fund, as it has done in the past.
  • Lawyer: Tennessee Shooter's Uncle Detained in Jordan

    07/21/2015 3:40:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 21, 2015 | By KARIN LAUB and ERIK SCHELZIG
    An uncle of the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in Tennessee has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attacks on two military sites, a lawyer said Tuesday. Al-Khateeb identified his client as Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, a maternal uncle of the Chattanooga attacker, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. A Jordanian official said Tuesday that he is sure the uncle and "other relevant people" in Jordan were being questioned, but he would not elaborate and or confirm that the uncle was detained.
  • Investigators Uncover Chattanooga Shooter’s Alleged Link to Radical Islam

    07/21/2015 3:26:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 21, 2015 | by Jason Howerton
    Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez reportedly followed writings and downloaded recordings of infamous al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. An attorney also revealed on Tuesday that Abdulazeez’s uncle has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attacks on two military sites. In 2014, Abdulazeez visited Jordan for several months. Al-Khateeb identified his client as Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, the deceased shooter’s maternal uncle. A law enforcement official told NBC news that the uncle is believed to be “radical.”
  • Mother: Son’s Murder by Illegal Alien Was ‘Our Family’s 9/11 Attack by a Foreign Invader’

    07/21/2015 3:06:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 21, 2015 | By Brittany M. Hughes
    Laura Wilkerson, a mother whose 18-year-old son Joshua was murdered by an illegal alien in 2010, passionately appealed to Congress Tuesday to put an end to so-called “sanctuary city” policies and begin enforcing immigration laws, adding that “we are at war right here in this country” against criminal aliens who are a threat to public safety. “This was our family’s 9/11 terrorist attack by a foreign invader, whether you want to recognize it or whether you do not,” Laura Wilkerson told members of Congress, speaking of her son's death nearly five years ago.
  • Major donor to Obama, Emanuel to host Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Chicago

    07/21/2015 2:57:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 21, 2015 | By Rick Pearson, Bill Ruthhart and John Chase
    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is making her second fundraising visit to Chicago on Tuesday, attending an event at the home of securities trader Rajiv Fernando. In 2011, Obama appointed Fernando to serve on the International Security Advisory Board, a panel that was charged with advising then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on sensitive security matters. After the appointment, ABC News raised questions about Fernando’s qualifications for the panel. Days after the report, which also noted Fernando’s contributions to the Clinton Foundation, the trader stepped down from the board, saying he did not have time to serve. Clinton is asking...
  • After spate of attacks, area Muslims reach out during Ramadan to foster better image

    07/16/2015 4:53:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 16, 2015 | By Pamela Constable
    As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends Friday, a spate of recent terrorist attacks by Islamist extremists — including massacres in Tunisia and Kuwait — has marred a time intended for contemplation and prayer. But for Muslim American immigrants in the Washington area, this Ramadan has offered an opportunity to send a contrasting message about Islam and to engage in unprecedented public outreach. Dozens of interfaith events have been held in mosques, embassies and government offices. Muslim charity drives have raised funds for damaged African American and Pakistani churches. Families have opened their homes to neighbors and colleagues to...
  • A cheap but dangerous global warming fix

    07/16/2015 4:32:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    PBS NewsHour ^ | July 16, 2015 | BY DAVID KEITH
    What, you ask, can be done to address climate change? A controversial, but cheap solution of last resort has emerged known as “solar radiation management.” A geoengineering technique, it would shoot particles into the sky to reflect sunlight back to space. “The central idea is to make the planet a little bit more reflective, which tends to cool it down, because it will absorb less sunlight. And that will partially and imperfectly compensate for the buildup of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, which are tending to trap heat and make the earth warmer,” says Harvard environmental scientist David Keith, who...
  • Democratic Activists Still Not Quite Ready for Clinton

    07/16/2015 4:08:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 16, 2015 | By KEN THOMAS
    Three months into Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for president, there are fresh warning signs she may be falling short with some Democratic voters whose enthusiasm will be essential to her success in 2016. Clinton was noticeably absent from the roster of speakers expected this week in Phoenix at the Netroots Nation convention. "I think a lot of people are tired of Hillary Clinton and want something new," said Kristen Millnick of Washington, D.C., who was among hundreds of activists started arriving at Netroots Nation on Thursday. "I think a lot of people will talk themselves into thinking what a great...
  • Chattanooga Suspect Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez Wasn’t on Law Enforcement Radar

    07/16/2015 4:01:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 16, 2015 | By JAMES GORDON MEEK
    The 24-year-old named by the FBI as the killer of four U.S. Marines today in Chattanooga, Tenn. today so far does not appear to have been on law enforcement’s radar, two U.S. officials told ABC News. “They’ve run an initial check on him. Right now, there is nothing popping early in the system on him, but that could change,” a senior U.S. official briefed on the incident said. “They are still checking multiple other databases on him.” Authorities are investigating the life of Abdulazeez in an attempt to determine what may have prompted him to carry out the deadly attack.
  • Policy Statement: Using Animal Organs for Transplantation into Other Animals

    The ASPCA is opposed to the killing of live animals for organ donation to other animals. The ASPCA does support ethical practices such as kidney transplant programs in which a kidney is harvested from a carefully selected animal on the condition that the guardian of the animal receiving the kidney must subsequently adopt or arrange for a permanent home for the donor animal.
  • Muslim teens seek acceptance, understanding (Abdulazeez's Sister from 2010)

    07/16/2015 2:13:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | November 12, 2010 | By Michael Reed
    ... She's among several Muslin teens voicing concerns over anti-Muslim sentiments they believe are rising as controversies surrounding Islam capture national attention. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman Yasmeen Abdulazeez, 17, was told by a professor that he would lower her grade when she asked to miss class for a religious holiday. She dropped the class instead. Abdulazeez, who has worn the head covering since she was a child, said she has experienced many problems as a result. A referee during a volleyball tournament refused to allow her to play because of her headscarf. Chattanooga's Muslim teens said they feel...
  • Public Urination in New York Becomes Test Case for Policing

    07/15/2015 4:26:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 15, 2015 | By MATT FLEGENHEIMER and J. DAVID GOODMAN
    Evidence pools beneath rows of pay phones, between parked cars, outside bars where last call has come and gone. The culprits can be found in any neighborhood of New York City. As city leaders wrestle with how to adapt police tactics to a lower-crime era, the Police Department in recent months has suggested it would loosen its approach to public urination, a quintessential quality-of-life crime whose effects have a tendency to linger — both on the street and for the person cited. Public urination has emerged as an especially thorny test case, scrambling traditional political allegiances among even left-leaning lawmakers...
  • Our hero: Hillary Clinton, the last truth bender

    07/15/2015 4:04:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 15, 2015 | by John Kass
    What is the best lie that Hillary Clinton has ever told? Can you pick just one? She's the inevitable Democratic presidential candidate even though 60 percent of Americans consider her a liar. So her pants suits are always on fire, and only a Hillary Meat Puppet would say otherwise. Yet rather than criticize her — like those other men who just don't get it — I'd like to celebrate her amazing truth-bending superpowers. We've had males in high office who were great liars, like her husband. So why can't we have an awesome female liar, say a shrewd Mistress of...
  • illary Clinton Ignores Planned Parenthood Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies

    07/15/2015 3:53:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | July 15, 2015 | by STEVEN ERTELT
    Nothing from her campaign, nothing on Facebook, nothing on Twitter, and no response to media queries to Hillary Clinton about the expose’ video showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling the body parts of aborted babies. Apparently Hillary Clinton doesn’t remember when she received Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger award with pride, even calling Margaret Sanger someone she “admired enormously.” During the event, Clinton said that emphasizing and promoting abortion is a key issue and she also defended taxpayer funded abortions for poor women.
  • IRS Investigating Shaggy 2 Dope From Insane Clown Posse

    07/15/2015 2:55:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 15, 2015
    The IRS wants to know more about the income of one half of hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse. In a court filing, the government asked a judge Wednesday to enforce a summons against Joseph Utsler, better known by his stage name, Shaggy 2 Dope. Utsler's partner in Insane Clown Posse is Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J. Separately, they have been challenging the U.S. Justice Department over a 2011 report that described their fans, the Juggalos, as a "hybrid gang."
  • Environmentalists, EPA Force The 200th US Coal Plant To Retire

    07/15/2015 2:34:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 15, 2015 | by Michael Bastasch
    A lawsuit brought by environmentalists and federal regulators has forced a major utility to phase out coal use at six power plants in Iowa. Activists claim these retirements bring the total number of U.S. coal plants shut down to 200 — or 40 percent of the U.S. coal plant fleet. On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department of Justice announced an Iowa subsidiary of Alliant Energy agreed to pay $7.1 million in civil penalties to environmental projects for violating the Clean Air Act. The settlement also requires the company to stop burning coal or shut down six power...
  • Fake applicants kept ObamaCare coverage, watchdog finds

    07/15/2015 2:26:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 15, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    Eleven fictitious people created as part of an undercover watchdog effort were able to automatically re-enroll in ObamaCare coverage, a new report finds. The report, from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, follows up on a GAO report last year. That report found that 11 of 12 fictitious people, with fake documents, were able to successfully enroll in ObamaCare coverage through the federal HealthCare.gov marketplace. The follow-up report, released by congressional Republicans on Wednesday, finds that those 11 fictitious people were able to maintain their coverage through the end of 2014 and then were automatically re-enrolled for 2015. Some were re-enrolled...
  • Navy sailors blame Michelle Obama for fried food ban

    07/15/2015 2:18:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    Sun Times National ^ | July 15, 2015 | BY CHAD MERDA
    The Navy is implementing a plan to cut fried foods out of its chow halls, and some sailors aren’t pleased with it, taking aim at Michelle Obama. But it turns out there’s no reason for them to be busting out the #ThanksObama on social media. While the first lady has worked to get healthier food on the school lunch menu, she has nothing to do with setting the Navy’s nutrition policy. In addition to the elimination of fried foods, whole milk will be replaced with skim, while fruits and vegetables will be pushed more.
  • Fox News reporter confronts S.F. supervisors, they dismiss him

    07/15/2015 1:57:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 15, 2015 | By Amy Graff
    Fox News television host Bill O’Reilly sent an anonymous reporter to San Francisco on Tuesday to approach local politicians about the tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14. A segment on last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” shows two supervisors immediately brushing off the television network, while one delivered a terse response. Fox approached Supervisor Wiener at City Hall saying,” I don’t want to be a pest it’s just literally a minute…” Wiener quickly cut off the interviewer saying, “Fox News is not real news and you’re not a reporter.” Wiener told SFGate that “tea party” members are flooding him with...
  • Clashes In Athens As MPs Set For Austerity Vote

    07/15/2015 1:36:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 15, 2015
    Anti-austerity protesters in Athens have clashed with police as MPs prepare to vote on a series of painful reforms aimed at saving their economy from collapse. Demonstrators threw petrol bombs at riot officers outside the Greek parliament as politicians discussed a key bill that has to pass in order to start negotiations with creditors on a third bailout. Police fired tear gas to try to push back groups of youths hurling Molotov cocktails from within the crowd. Thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators have marched through the centre of the city and civil servants also protested with a 24-hour strike that disrupted...
  • St. Louis County Still May Charge Journalists Arrested While Covering Ferguson Protests

    07/15/2015 11:19:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 15, 2015 | by Michael Calderone
    St. Louis County prosecutors will soon decide whether to bring trespassing charges against two journalists arrested while covering demonstrations last summer in Ferguson, Missouri. The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly and The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery recently learned that there are open investigations related to their Aug. 13, 2014, arrests. The Police Department filed incident reports in late April of this year describing the reporters as trespassing when they were seized at a McDonald's restaurant. A conviction on trespassing in St. Louis County can result in a jail sentence of up to one year, a fine up to $1,000, or both....
  • 12 wounded in Chicago shootings Tuesday

    07/15/2015 11:01:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 15, 2015
    At least 12 people were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Tuesday. The latest shooting happened about 9:50 p.m. in West Englewood, where a 19-year-old man was walking in the 1700 block of West 61st Place when he heard gunshots and realized he’d been struck in the leg. A couple hours earlier, a 19-year-old man was shot in the shoulder in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Three people were shot in the Brighton Park neighborhood less than 20 minutes earlier. About 7:35 p.m., the three males — ages 17, 18 and 19 — were outside. About 6:45 p.m., a 17-year-old boy...
  • The solution to global warming is at hand, but no one wants to pay for it

    07/15/2015 10:25:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 15, 2015 | By Douglas Perry
    It appears to be the obvious answer to the global-warming problem. We suck carbon dioxide out of the air and either recycle it into low-carbon fuel or stick it underground. As solutions go, it's simple, logical, even elegant. Also necessary. "Scientists are increasingly convinced that we are going to need large-scale removal systems to fight climate change," says Noah Deich, founder of the nonprofit Center for Carbon Removal. The key problem apparently isn't technological. Three startups are making significant strides in their efforts to create processes that could "harvest" millions of tons of CO2 from the air around us. The...
  • Iran linked to deaths of 500 U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

    07/14/2015 4:20:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Military Times | July 14, 2015 | By Andrew deGrandpre and Andrew Tilghman
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  • UN Report: 15,000 Civilians Killed in Iraq in 16 Months

    07/14/2015 4:14:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 13, 2015 | By EDITH M. LEDERER
    The conflict in Iraq has taken a terrible toll on civilians with nearly 15,000 killed and 30,000 wounded during a 16-month period ending on April 30, by the Islamic State group, Iraqi security forces and others, according to a U.N. report released Monday. The U.N. mission in Iraq and the U.N. human rights office said in the report that violations of international humanitarian law and gross human rights abuses by the Islamic State group, which controls large swaths of Iraq's north and west, may in some cases amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly genocide. Iraq is going...
  • Wal-Mart sued for denying health insurance to gay worker's wife

    07/14/2015 3:51:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2015 | BY DANIEL WIESSNER
    A Wal-Mart employee sued the retailer on Tuesday, saying its prior policy of denying health insurance to the spouses of gay employees violated gender discrimination laws. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, seeks nationwide class-action status. Jackie Cote, who has worked at Walmart stores in Maine and Massachusetts since 1999, said in the lawsuit that her wife, Diana Smithson, developed cancer in 2012 and the denial of insurance led to more than $150,000 in medical debt. Cote and Smithson were married in Massachusetts in 2004, days after a court ruling made the state the first to allow...
  • Michelle Obama Is A Rock Star For Global Teen Activists

    07/14/2015 3:26:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | July 14, 2015 | by Marc Silver
    She was only 15 minutes late. That's amazing! After all, she is the First Lady of the United States. She has a busy schedule. She was scheduled to speak to the Girl Up Leadership Summit at 11:15 a.m. And by 11:27ish she was in the house. "You all look amazing," Michelle Obama told the 200-plus activists who represent some of the world's 1,000 Girl Up clubs. They'd come to Washington, D.C., to bond, to learn about girls' issues and to lobby Congress. But she also made two subtle and important points about activism. Point No. 1: Activism should be personal....
  • First Look: Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter as Barack & Michelle Obama in ‘Southside With You’

    07/14/2015 3:09:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Variety ^ | July 14, 2015 | by Dave McNary
    IM Global and producers State Street Pictures have launched production in Chicago on “Southside With You,” the romantic dramedy inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date. The film is focused on the 1989 date when a young Obama — portrayed by Parker Sawyers — was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (played by Tika Sumpter) on a summer afternoon and evening. The date took place at the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by a screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
  • PHOTOS: Unaccompanied minors and families crossing Texas border like a Sunday stroll

    07/14/2015 3:00:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | July 14, 2015 | by BOB PRICE
    Large numbers of unaccompanied minors and incomplete families once again cross the Texas border. The numbers are not as great as last summer’s surge but Border Patrol agents tell Breitbart Texas that significant crossings have again resumed. “This is starting to resemble the surge of 2014,” Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera told Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby in an interview in June. “We are not nearly at the numbers we were last year, but it looks like we are in the opening stages” “We had two groups equal a little over 70 in one hour…. These were women and...
  • Long-haul flight times 'increasing due to global warming'

    07/14/2015 2:41:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | July 14, 2015 | By Victoria Ward
    <p>Long-haul flights are getting longer due to stronger winds caused by global warming, according to a study.</p> <p>Scientists linked a small increase in return-journey times of long-haul flights with an increase in the variation of the jet stream, the high altitude air that flows from west to east.</p>
  • The question: How will Kathryn Steinle’s death push us forward?

    07/14/2015 2:13:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 14, 2015 | By C.W. Nevius
    When it was announced that the parents of Kathryn Steinle, were going to appear on Bill O’Reilly’s national news show, it was hard to imagine what they were going to say. And it didn’t go the way anyone expected. Jim Steinle and Liz Sullivan are understandably lost in grief. But the Pleasanton couple didn’t say we need to tighten the borders or crack down on undocumented immigrants. They slipped into Fox News-speak a couple of times, saying “illegal aliens,” a jarring term that has long passed, like “colored people,” into the realm of pejorative. And I suppose it is also...
  • Commentary: Obama's silence on Kathryn Steinle killing is deafening

    07/14/2015 2:03:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 13, 2015 | By Marc A. Thiessen
    After Trayvon Martin was killed, President Obama spoke emotionally about his death, declaring "this could have been my son." After Michael Brown was killed, Obama promised to ensure that "justice is done". He even sent administration officials to attend Brown's funeral. After Freddie Gray was killed, Obama walked out to the Rose Garden and declared: "We have some soul-searching to do." But after Kathryn Steinle was killed July 1, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant with seven felony convictions, Obama said ... nothing. No promises of "justice." No calls for "soul-searching." His silence has been deafening. Why has Obama been so...