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  • 184 Cubans arrive without setbacks in Mexico from Guatemala

    02/07/2016 6:05:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | February 6, 2016
    A group of 184 Cubans, who had traveled through Guatemala to reach Mexican territory at Ciudad Hidalgo in the southern state of Chiapas, received from Mexican authorities a provisional visitor's document which, for humanitarian reasons, allows them to travel the length of this country to the United States. The 39 families, which include a number of pregnant women, left Costa Rica last Thursday on a flight to El Salvador, from where they traveled in four buses through Guatemala to the Mexican border. The National Migration Institute, or INM, provided the 184 Cubans with a provisional visitor's document granting them up...
  • Millennials heed the siren call of socialism

    02/07/2016 5:03:41 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | February 7, 2016 | By JOEL KOTKIN
    The biggest story this election season is not Donald Trump or the fortunes of the two winners in Iowa, the unattractive tag team of Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton. For all their attempts to seem current and contemporary, these candidates - and Trump as well - represent older, more established elements in American life, such as evangelicals, nativists and, in Hillary's case, the ranks of middle-age women, seniors and public-sector unions. The biggest and most important development has been the massive support among the new generation of voters for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his open embrace of socialism. The...
  • In Iran, State-Backed Companies Win From Lifted Sanctions

    02/06/2016 5:24:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 5, 2016 | By THOMAS ERDBRINK
    TEHRAN - Only weeks into what was widely anticipated to be a helter-skelter, post-sanctions rush of Western money and expertise into Iran, limits to the country's opening are beginning to emerge as the conservative leadership seeks to limit the reach of Western influences. Behind the headlines announcing big business contracts with European companies it is becoming increasingly clear that, so far, the only deals being struck have been with the state-backed conglomerates. These are the groups that dominate major industrial and commercial sectors of the Iranian economy like the Revolutionary Guards. As a result, little or nothing is trickling down...
  • The Clintons ruined the name ‘Hillary’ for new parents

    02/06/2016 4:58:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2016 | by Christopher Ingraham
    The chart above plots the popularity of the baby name "Hillary" between 1970 and 2014. What you'll notice right away is that the frequency of the name falls of a cliff starting in 1993, the year Hillary Clinton became first lady. Francis Smart of the Econometrics by Simulation blog first pointed this out the other day. He notes that the drop is especially striking, given that the popularity of "Hillary" was rising sharply upward until 1992 or so, the year the Clintons first came on to the national stage.
  • $153 million in Bill and Hillary Clinton speaking fees, documented

    02/06/2016 4:51:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | February 5, 2016 | By Robert Yoon
    Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows. In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks.
  • Licking Wounds, Insurers Accelerate Moves To Limit Health-Law Enrollment

    02/04/2016 2:30:57 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | February 4, 2016 | By Jay Hancock
    Stung by losses under the federal health law, major insurers are seeking to sharply limit how policies are sold to individuals in ways that consumer advocates say seem to discriminate against the sickest and could hold down future enrollment. In recent days Anthem, Aetna and Cigna, all among the top five health insurers, told brokers they will stop paying them sales commissions to sign up most customers who qualify for new coverage outside the normal enrollment period, according to the companies and broker documents. Last year, these "special enrollment" clients were much more expensive than expected because lax enforcement allowed...
  • Young Democrats Flock to Bernie Sanders, Spurning Hillary Clinton’s Polish and Poise

    02/04/2016 11:44:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 4, 2016 | By AMY CHOZICK and YAMICHE ALCINDOR
    Bernie Sanders is 74. He grew up playing stickball in the streets of Brooklyn and watching a black-and-white television. Yet this child of the 1940s, who says Franklin D. Roosevelt is his favorite president, has inspired a potent political movement among young people today. Young voters' support for Mr. Sanders has created a quandary in Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, where millennial staff members have tried to persuade their peers to back the former first lady. The discomfort, and, in some cases hostility, toward Mrs. Clinton among young voters is striking. Some of them, feeling the pinch of economic...
  • Ferguson Residents Worried About Cost of US-Mandated Changes

    02/04/2016 11:24:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 2, 2016 | By Jim Salter
    Many Ferguson residents expressed concern Tuesday that a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice could financially ruin the St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Residents were about evenly split on whether the city should go along with the agreement, which includes overhauling police policies, training and practices. Cost concerns were a common refrain among opponents. The cost of implementing the Justice Department-mandated changes would be significant — preliminary estimates are at least $500,000, Mayor James Knowles said. The city already faces a $2.8 million deficit in part to legal fees, lost sales tax...
  • Condoleezza Rice Aides, Colin Powell Also Got Classified Info on Personal Emails

    02/04/2016 9:55:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 4, 2016 | by Ken Dilanian
    State Department officials have determined that classified information was sent to the personal email accounts of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the senior staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, NBC News has learned. The IG came upon the material during the course of a review of how current and past secretaries of state deal with classified material and with email. The review was prompted by the current controversy over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a personal computer server to conduct government business while secretary of state. Linick's findings will be seen as helpful to...
  • We Can Expect More Outbreaks Like Zika As The Climate Changes

    02/04/2016 8:19:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 3, 2016 | by Lydia O'Connor
    The factors leading to the current Zika outbreak won't be clear for some time, but environmental health experts say there's a good chance such infectious diseases will become more common as the global climate warms.
  • Donald Trump: 'Ted Cruz gave us Obamacare'

    02/04/2016 7:35:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 146 replies
    CNN ^ | February 4, 2016 | By Jeremy Diamond
    Donald Trump on Wednesday leveled a bold accusation at one of his chief rivals for the Republican nomination: "Ted Cruz gave us Obamacare." "He's the one that got Justice Roberts onto the United States Supreme Court," Trump added. While Cruz vocally supported Roberts' nomination at the time, he was not yet a U.S. senator and therefore could not vote to confirm Roberts to the Supreme Court.
  • Clinton's Narrow Win Sparks Nervousness Among Supporters

    02/03/2016 2:58:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 3, 2016
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Hillary Clinton emerged from Iowa with a razor-thin victory over Bernie Sanders - and a new round of nervous second-guessing from supporters. Topping the list of concerns is Clinton's staggering disadvantage with young voters, a crucial Democratic constituency that overwhelmingly sided with Sanders. Clinton supporters are also worried that the campaign is still struggling with a muddled message. Some Democrats warned the candidate against overcorrecting. "Swerving off her lane, changing messages or tone would be a mistake," said Dan Pfeiffer, a longtime Obama adviser. He pointed to March 15 contests in Florida, Ohio and Illinois as...
  • California Exchange Chief Rips UnitedHealth For Obamacare Excuses

    02/03/2016 2:23:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | February 3, 2016 | by Chad Terhune
    Amid growing questions over the future of Obamacare exchanges, the head of California's marketplace said the nation's largest private health insurer should take responsibility for nearly $1 billion in losses and stop blaming the federal health law. In a blistering critique, Covered California's executive director, Peter Lee, said UnitedHealth Group Inc. made a series of blunders on rates and networks that led to a $475 million loss in 2015 on individual policies across the country. The company estimates a similar exchange-related loss of $500 million in 2016. "Instead of saying, 'We screwed up,' they said, 'Obamacare is the problem and...
  • CPD: January shootings double compared to 2015; murders up 75 percent

    02/01/2016 5:10:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 1, 2016 | by Mitchell Armentrout
    The first month of 2016 saw a marked spike in Chicago gun violence compared to January 2015, with more than double the number of shootings and a 75 percent uptick in murders, according to statistics released by Chicago Police early Monday. The city logged 292 gunshot victims in 242 separate shooting incidents from Jan. 1-31 this year, police said. That’s an increase from 136 victims in 119 shootings during the same period last year. In a statement from CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, police called the increases "unacceptable" and attributed most of them to gang conflicts and retaliatory violence.
  • Kerry: Syria conflict the worst since World War II

    01/31/2016 11:06:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 30, 2016
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the nearly five-year Syria conflict that has killed 250,000, wounded more than a million and displaced millions as an "unfolding humanitarian catastrophe unmatched since World War II."
  • We print money to bail out banks. Why can't we do it to solve climate change?

    01/30/2016 4:16:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | January 30, 2016 | by Matthias Kroll
    We need an estimated $1tn per year to stay below a global temperature rise of 2C. Creating new money might be the only way to meet this financial challenge. The international community has agreed on an ambitious agenda to curb climate change. Some 195 countries have decided to try and cut greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will limit the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2C. The question we now face is: how are we going to finance the changes needed to reach this goal? Quantitative easing - creating new money - might just be the...
  • Rouhani Goes Shopping in Europe as Iran Enjoys New Economic Freedoms

    01/28/2016 2:04:25 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 28, 2016 | By ADAM NOSSITER
    Europe, whose economic struggles have grown that much greater with recent problems in crucial markets like China and Russia, is rushing to do business with a newly accessible and eager, if still problematic, partner: Iran. With the lifting of sanctions after its nuclear deal with the West, Tehran has gone shopping this week, bringing its checkbook and a long list of items it had been unable to acquire for years. Despite lingering animosities and the United States' designation of Iran as a sponsor of terrorist groups, European governments and corporations have made it clear that economic opportunity is going to...
  • ICE raids may have worsened woes for undocumented community in Flint

    01/28/2016 1:34:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | January 28, 2016 | By Rebekah Sager
    The recent raids by immigration agents could be keeping undocumented immigrants in Flint, Michigan from opening their doors to government workers who have been going from home to home to give out bottled water and distribute crucial information. A series of immigration raids on Jan. 2 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, targeted Central Americans who had outstanding deportation orders. Though only 121 mothers and children were targeted in the raids, it caused widespread panic in Latino communities for weeks afterward. Immigration advocacy groups advised people without legal documents not to open their doors to prevent agents from entering...
  • Hillary Clinton Reverts to Previous Stump in Final Days Before Iowa Caucuses

    01/28/2016 4:32:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 28, 2016 | by Amy Chozick
    Fresh off a fund-raiser with Jon Bon Jovi in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton will return to rural Iowa on Thursday for a whirlwind schedule of events across the state in the final days before Monday's caucuses. Caution is the word of the day for Mrs. Clinton. She has organizing events in Newton and Keokuk, and she will meet with Every Child Matters, an education advocacy group in Newton. But don’t expect her to veer off script. (She has not taken questions from the reporters covering her campaign since Dec. 3.)
  • Health Care Fines Press Millennials as Deadline Nears

    01/27/2016 3:35:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 27, 2016
    Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don't need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law. Fines for being uninsured rise sharply in 2016 - averaging nearly $1,000 per household, according to an independent estimate. It's forcing those in their 20s and 30s to take a hard look and see if they can squeeze in coverage to avoid penalties. Many are trying to establish careers or just make progress in a still-bumpy economy. The minimum penalty rises to $695 in 2016 for someone uninsured a full 12...
  • Billions spent, but fewer people are using public transportation in Southern California

    01/27/2016 2:05:09 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 27, 2016 | By Laura J. Nelson and Dan Weikel
    For almost a decade, transit ridership has declined across Southern California despite enormous and costly efforts by top transportation officials to entice people out of their cars and onto buses and trains. The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the region's largest carrier, lost more than 10% of its boardings from 2006 to 2015, a decline that appears to be accelerating. Despite a $9-billion investment in new light rail and subway lines, Metro now has fewer boardings than it did three decades ago, when buses were the county's only transit option. The decline suggests that Southern California policymakers are falling short...
  • Palin's Big Oil infatuation [2008 FLASHBACK, may never Snow in DC Again]

    01/22/2016 1:46:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 24, 2008 | Robert Kenney, Jr.
    ... In the 1960s, we rarely saw lightning or heard thunder on the Massachusetts coast. I associate electrical storms with McLean, Va., where I spent the school year when I was growing up. In Virginia, the weather also has changed dramatically. Recently arrived residents in the northern suburbs, accustomed to today's anemic winters, might find it astonishing to learn that there were once ski runs on Ballantrae Hill in McLean, with a rope tow and local ski club. Snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don't own a sled. But neighbors came to our home at Hickory...
  • Climate Change May Spell More Traffic Fatalities

    01/22/2016 1:01:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 22, 2016 | by Emily DeMarco
    Economists find bikers, motorcyclists and pedestrians are most at risk. (Inside Science) -- When gasoline prices fall or the economy grows, people may have more money to spend, but there can be an unexpected downside. Traffic fatalities often increase because additional drivers take to the roads. Now, economists have established that another seemingly auspicious occurrence has a dark side: nice weather. That's the surprising finding from a pair of economists, who investigated how climate change may affect traffic accident rates in the United States over the next century. In their analysis, the researchers predict that as the planet warms, there...
  • Obama's final State of the Union address draws record-low TV audience

    01/13/2016 10:24:08 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | January 12, 2016 | By Alex Weprin
    President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address drew 31.3 million viewers across 12 networks, marking a new record low in viewership, according to Nielsen.
  • Cuban migrant airlift from Costa Rica starts Jan. 12

    01/07/2016 3:01:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Tico Times ^ | January 7, 2016 | by ZACH DYER
    Next Tuesday is a day many Cuban migrants in Costa Rica have been waiting for ever since they left the island to try to reach the United States and got stuck at the border with Nicaragua. The Costa Rican government announced that the first flight of Cuban migrants will leave on Jan. 12 for El Salvador - the first stop on their journey north - out of Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia. Under an agreement among Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and the U.N. International Organization for Migration, Cubans with transit visas in Costa Rica - nearly 8,000...
  • If we’re going to fix climate change, we’ll have to get creative

    01/07/2016 2:16:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2016 | By Thomas Kostigen
    The developing world deserves reparations from wealthier nations as compensation for the harmful climate change effects that are mostly our fault. It's us who have tainted our global commons by emitting vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and us whose actions have led to extreme weather and other disasters in the world's most vulnerable regions. But a strictly financial mea culpa from rich nations won't be enough. Rich countries should also invest in geoengineering projects to provide solutions for those on the front lines of climate change: those who cannot afford to pay for more adaptive and resilient...
  • Earth is 'experiencing a global warming spurt'

    01/06/2016 8:16:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | January 6, 2016 | By John Upton
    Scientists say cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown Earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years. While El Niño is being blamed for an outbreak of floods, storms and unseasonable temperatures across the planet, a much slower-moving cycle of the Pacific Ocean has also been playing a role in record-breaking warmth. The recent effects of both ocean cycles are being amplified by climate change. A 2014 flip was detected in the sluggish and elusive ocean cycle known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or PDO, which also...
  • Cuban migrants growth in Laredo

    01/06/2016 7:30:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    KGNS-TV ^ | January 5, 2016 | By Yocelin Gallardo
    LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Congressman Henry Cuellar says a large wave of Cuban immigrants are moving through the Laredo ports of entry. He says that will continue until the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act is changed. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, over 43,000 Cuban migrants crossed into the united states in 2015 and around two-thirds, have crossed through the Laredo field office on the Texas-Mexico border. "The continued number of Cubans are coming to the United States where they get preferential treatment under that law", said Cuellar. Cuellar says he anticipates it will be a while until Congress...
  • Honduras Calls on US to Respect Migrants as Hundreds Deported

    01/06/2016 7:10:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    teleSUR ^ | January 6, 2016
    Honduras called on the U.S. to exercise “respect and consideration” when dealing with undocumented Honduran migrants Tuesday, announcing that the government is preparing to receive deported migrants, including children, over the coming days. President Juan Orlando Hernandez stressed that Hondurans travelling to the U.S. in search of work “give back to the economy” while they live there, calling on immigration authorities to respect Hondurans’ rights. Local authorities are expecting the wave of returnees to continue over the coming days, including 16 mothers and 21 minors set to be deported back to Honduras Wednesday. The deportations come as part of a...
  • Cuban migrants' trip to US will be monitored by human rights ombudsmen

    01/06/2016 6:55:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Tico Times ^ | January 6, 2016 | By MICHAEL KRUMHOLTZ
    Cuban migrants in Costa Rica are nearly set to make a notoriously dangerous trek north to the United States, but officials from the region’s human rights agencies say they are coordinating to provide a safe chain of travel for the estimated 8,000 Cubans with temporary visas here. National institutions that oversee human rights will keep tabs on the treatment given to the Cubans by each country along the planned route, according to the council’s statement. Once on U.S. soil, Cubans can claim refugee status and gain permanent residency. The United Nations International Organization for Migration is overseeing the operation to...
  • Bill Clinton, the Subdued Spouse, Makes His Campaign Debut

    01/05/2016 1:54:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 4, 2016 | By PATRICK HEALY
    EXETER, N.H. — Eight years after aggressively defending his wife during her first presidential campaign, Bill Clinton was unusually understated and subdued on Monday during his first solo swing back in New Hampshire for Hillary Clinton, restraining himself even in the face of taunts from Donald J. Trump. Sticking mostly to descriptions of Mrs. Clinton’s policy positions and biography, the former president made only glancing references to her opponents, saying that some were “kind of scary” but not naming names. He also suggested that he would not thrive politically today because he was not “mad at anybody,” an implicit jab...
  • Like old times, Bill Clinton joins the campaign trail in New Hampshire

    01/05/2016 1:45:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Michael A. Memoli
    Bill Clinton's political muscle memory took him down a well-worn path Monday in New Hampshire: the rally in Nashua, the lunchtime mingle in Manchester and the afternoon town hall in Exeter. Like the snow flurries on one of the coldest days of winter so far, Clinton's Arkansas twang was so familiar in the hamlets of the Granite State that it seemed to signal that the time to pick a president is near again. Asked about the repeated assertions by Republican front-runner Donald Trump that Clinton's history of sexual indiscretions was "fair game" in the campaign, he demurred. "There's always a...
  • Arrests Begin for Migrants Who Lost Asylum Cases

    01/04/2016 10:20:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 4, 2016 | By Julia Preston
    Federal immigration enforcement agents last weekend arrested 121 migrants for deportation, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Monday, starting a wave of removals of parents and children, mainly from Central America, who came during the border surge in 2014 and failed to win asylum in immigration courts. Most of the arrests were in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina, officials said, and were of migrants who had lost their cases and were ordered deported by immigration judges. The deportations are part of “concerted nationwide enforcement operations” to achieve a “greater rate” of deportation of parents who crossed the border illegally...
  • Yes, Obamacare is in dire need of fixing. Here's a guide to the best options

    01/04/2016 9:59:10 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 4, 2016 | By Michael Hiltzik
    ... Some of [Obamacare's] approaches have turned out to be ineffective, poorly targeted, or not ambitious enough to address deeply rooted problems. - Healthcare experts Timothy Jost and Harold Pollack These are inevitable occurrences with any major legislation, though they don't have much to do with the real issue conservatives have with the ACA. In the view of John E. McDonough of Harvard's School of Public Health, it's that Obamacare raises taxes on the wealthy while giving them "bupkis" in direct benefits. A lot can be done to correct the real flaws in the ACA, and Timothy S. Jost, emeritus...
  • Jihadists Deepen Collaboration in North Africa

    01/02/2016 7:07:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer
    The New York Times ^ | January 1, 2016 | By CARLOTTA GALL
    SAHARA DESERT, Niger — A group of light armored vehicles skated over the moonscape of the Sahara, part of one of the largest detachments the French military has deployed here since colonial times. Its mission is growing ever more urgent: to cut smuggling routes used by jihadists who have turned this inhospitable terrain into a sprawling security challenge for African and international forces alike. Many of the extremist groups are affiliates of Al Qaeda, which has had roots in North Africa since the 1990s. With the recent introduction of Islamic State franchises, the jihadist push has been marked by increasing,...
  • Defiant Iran pledges to ramp up missile program, in challenge for Obama

    01/02/2016 6:56:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 2, 2016 | By BOZORGMEHR SHARAFEDIN
    A series of Iranian officials vowed on Friday to expand Tehran's missile capabilities, a challenge to the United States which has threatened to impose new sanctions even as the vast bulk of its measures against Iran are due to be lifted under a nuclear deal. "As long as the United States supports Israel we will expand our missile capabilities," the Revolutionary Guards' second-in-command, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency. "We don't have enough space to store our missiles. All our depots and underground facilities are full," he said in Friday Prayers in Tehran....
  • Berlin's Traditional Fireworks Display Stresses Migrants

    01/02/2016 6:40:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    NPR ^ | January 1, 2016 | By SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON
    Many of the city's residents already complain that the sounds are like a war zone on New Year's Eve. Imagine how that might affect asylum seekers who have just escaped from real wars. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Several European capital cities canceled or cut back their New Year's fireworks. They didn't want large crowds to attract terrorists. Germany's capital, Berlin, was not one of those places. Huge crowds gathered there, a sign of confidence, although it also had a side effect. Berlin has become home to refugees for whom the crackle and boom of fireworks triggers disturbing memories. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi...
  • U.S. Slides Back into War in Iraq, Joining Conflict President Once Opposed

    01/02/2016 6:19:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 16, 2016 | by Doug Bandow
    More U.S. military personnel have been sent to Iraq and Syria. Trainers, Special Forces, and airstrikes haven't been enough. The administration continues its slow progression to renewed ground combat. President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize grows more tarnished by the day. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter informed Congress last month that a "specialized expeditionary targeting force" would be sent to Iraq on top of the 3500 personnel already there, with the authority to operate in Syria too. The president's promise not to commit "boots on the ground" already was trampled underfoot in October, when a Delta Force soldier was killed while...
  • California's new laws for 2016: See how you are affected

    12/31/2015 7:18:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 31, 2015
    Californians face new restrictions on carrying guns, new regulations on medical marijuana, and higher pay if they earn minimum wage under laws that take effect in 2016.Parents, students, healthcare providers and anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car will see changes — some immediately, some over the course of the year. The state will spend $40 million to provide health coverage under the Medi-Cal program to children under age 19 who are not in the country legally. The word “alien” will be removed from California's labor code to describe those not born in the United States. The state...
  • Under Obamacare, Medi-Cal ballooned to cover 1 in 3 Californians

    12/31/2015 5:41:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 31, 2015
    California officials never anticipated how many people would sign up for state-run health insurance under Obamacare. The state's health plan for the poor, known as Medi-Cal, now covers 12.7 million people, 1 of every 3 Californians. Though a surprise, the high Medi-Cal enrollment is generally hailed as a success. California's uninsured population has been cut in half since Obamacare, in large part because so many Californians signed up for Medi-Cal, which is free for beneficiaries. "The Medi-Cal program continues to grow at a very substantial rate, which is great. We are very happy that we're able to provide healthcare to...
  • Resolute Obama Marks 5 Years After ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

    12/22/2015 10:12:04 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 22, 2015 | By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    HONOLULU — A female Iraq veteran whose children can use her benefits and whose wife can receive her flag at her funeral. A man who gave up his dream of joining the military because he was gay, and another who kept his relationship with a man secret so he could serve. These were among the stories shared on Tuesday when President Obama released letters he had received from gay members of the military thanking the president for repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy exactly five years ago. Mr. Obama promised in a corresponding Facebook post that he would spend...
  • Hundreds of civilians killed in Russian airstrikes

    12/22/2015 10:03:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | December 22, 2015 | By Paul Armstrong
    Russia's air campaign in Syria has killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas, according to a report released Wednesday by Amnesty International. The rights group claims the pattern of attacks "show evidence of violations of international law." Russia has been engaged in a military campaign in Syria in support of embattled President Bashar al-Assad since September. Moscow says its operation is aimed at defeating "terrorist targets" there, but the United States claims the Russian airstrikes are targeting Syrian opposition forces rather than ISIS, which has taken control of large parts of the country. The Amnesty report,...
  • Police ID suspect in deadly car rampage as 24-year-old homeless woman

    12/21/2015 9:01:32 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 21, 2015
    A 24-year-old homeless woman who cops said had been living in her car with her 3-year-old daughter in Las Vegas for about a week was charged Monday in the automobile rampage that killed one and wounded at least 35 others Sunday night. Lakeisha N. Holloway appeared “stoic” when cops encountered her soon after the 1996 Oldsmobile sedan she was driving plowed into a crowd on the Las Vegas Strip multiple times – all while a young child was sitting in the backseat. Authorities said Sunday they “know this was not an act of terrorism,” though Lombardo did leave some wiggle...
  • McConnell's plan to halt Obama (August 2014 Flashback)

    12/18/2015 6:15:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | August 20, 2014
    Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administrations policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown. In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to 'move to the...
  • Obamacare deadline extended due to high demand

    12/16/2015 12:25:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 16, 2015 | by Ashley Welch
    The Obama administration has extended the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act by two days because of a extremely high demand, according to a statement on HealthCare.gov. The final days heading into the December 15 deadline were the busiest the site had ever seen, with hundreds of thousands of people electing plans, officials said. This clogged the federal government's exchange, forcing another million people to leave their contact information in order to hold their place in line. Those who have left their contact information on the website or call center will receive an email...
  • Crisis mediation group plans to open up sites in Baltimore after first Freddie Gray case verdict

    12/16/2015 11:24:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 16, 2015
    A crisis mediation group plans to open up several sites around Baltimore after the verdict is announced in the first trial of a police officer charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death. Changa Onyango, director of Community Mediation Baltimore, said he has about 75 mediators in the city who plan to set up sites indoors where people can come and express their opinions safely. He said the "emotional energy" of people gathering outside in West Baltimore in April contributed to sparking the riots. His team is going over several options to help people express themselves, including setting up open mics....
  • Maryland officers staging in Baltimore ahead of verdict in Freddie Gray case, police confirm

    12/15/2015 12:25:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 15, 2015
    Police officers from neighboring jurisdictions have begun staging in Baltimore in preparation for unrest that local commanders hope never materializes. T.J. Smith, the Baltimore Police Department's chief spokesman, confirmed the presence of outside law enforcement personnel in the city but said the images were "not the visual that we want to portray." "Our goal is to try to keep our assisting agencies out of sight, out of mind, away from general public view as best we can," he said. "It isn't anything where we want to raise anxieties." Smith said there is "no reason for the equipment to be donned...
  • Sanctions Against Iran Remarks Announcing U.S. Actions [Jimmy Carter Flashback]

    12/09/2015 10:25:45 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The American President Project Archive ^ | April 7, 1980 | President Jimmy Carter
    Ever since Iranian terrorists imprisoned American Embassy personnel in Tehran early in November, these 50 men and women—their safety, their health, and their future—have been our central concern. We've made every effort to obtain their release on honorable, peaceful, and humanitarian terms, but the Iranians have refused to release them or even to improve the inhumane conditions under which these Americans are being held captive. It must be made clear that the failure to release the hostages will involve increasingly heavy costs to Iran and to its interests. I have today ordered the following steps. Fourth, the Secretary of Treasury...
  • Iran tests another mid-range ballistic missile in breach of UN resolutions

    12/07/2015 12:51:57 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 7, 2015 | by Jennifer Griffin
    Iran has carried out a new medium range ballistic missile test in breach of two United Nations Security Council resolutions, a senior U.S. official told Fox News on Monday. The missile, known as a Ghadr-110, has a range of 1,800 – 2000 km, or 1200 miles, and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The missile fired in November. Iran appears to be in a race against the clock to improve the accuracy of its ballistic missile arsenal in the wake of the nuclear agreement signed in July.
  • Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik's inexplicable path toward violence

    12/05/2015 1:29:59 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 5, 2015 | by Sandy Banks
    Was it radical religious terrorism or murderous workplace revenge? Are guns the problem or would more guns have been the solution? Do we close our borders to people whose religion we don't trust, or treat them with compassion and tolerance? Those questions are bound to keep swirling around an investigation that's managed to explain precisely what happened this week in San Bernardino but cannot tell us why the shooting happened or what it means. The mystery, the contradictions and the breach of convention make the holiday party siege particularly unsettling.