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  • Nepal earthquake: Rescue effort intensifies

    04/26/2015 5:58:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer
    BBC News ^ | April 26, 2015
    Relief efforts in Nepal are intensifying after more than 2,000 people were killed in the worst earthquake there in more than 80 years. Rescue missions and aid material have started arriving in the country. Seventeen people have been killed on Mount Everest by avalanches - the mountain's worst-ever disaster. Meanwhile a powerful aftershock was felt on Sunday in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, and more avalanches were reported near Everest. The 6.7-magnitude tremor, centred 60km (40 miles) east of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, sent people running in panic for open ground in the city. As military helicopters hovered over Kathmandu and ferried...
  • The Philanthropic Problem with Hillary Clinton’s Huge Speaking Fees [from last year]

    04/23/2015 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Nonprofit Quarterly ^ | July 11, 2014 | BY RICK COHEN
    If you have spent any time with Bill or Hillary Clinton in person, as this writer has, you’ll get this point: Whether you like or hate their politics, you cannot deny their brilliance. The former president is a phenomenal, freewheeling thinker, able to integrate knowledge from multiple sources with insight that puts him a level above the crowd. His spouse, the former senator and Secretary of State and probable presidential candidate, possesses a steely, directed brilliance that is in sharp contrast with her more extemporaneous husband. Even on their individual merits, were they not the most powerful political couple in...
  • Billionaire Mining Mogul Frank Giustra Won’t Be “Another Rich, Dead Dude” [From last year]

    04/23/2015 2:31:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Nonprofit Quarterly ^ | December 1, 2014 | BY RICK COHEN
    “I don’t want to be another rich, dead dude.” So said Frank Giustra, the billionaire Canadian philanthropist who recently received the Dalai Lama Humanitarian Award from the Dalai Lama himself. For the Hollywood Reporter, Giustra is the Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation, which he founded 15 years ago or so. Moviegoers and TV watchers know Giustra, or rather Lionsgate, for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, The Hurt Locker, Juno, Monster’s Ball, Orange is the New Black, and Nurse Jackie. Undoubtedly, based on the award and the Hollywood Reporter headline, the group of online journals that have arisen lately to lionize big givers...
  • 'Lunch lady' lobby joins GOP to fight Obama's school lunch rules

    04/23/2015 2:08:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 22, 2015 | By EVAN HALPER
    In the farm-to-fork-crazed city of Portland, Ore., campus gardens supply public school cafeterias and food service workers seek out chicken free of antibiotics. But the school system's nutritional director finds there's one advocate for healthy food whose demands she just can't meet — Michelle Obama. "We have tried every noodle that is out there," said Gitta Grether-Sweeney, the Portland nutritional director who says she is exasperated by the federal school lunch rules the first lady champions. "Whole-wheat noodles just don't work in lasagna. We are having to go lawless to use regular pasta." The locally sourced macaroni and cheese the...
  • Obamacare Causing Parkway Schools to Cut Subs

    04/23/2015 1:59:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    CBS Local - St. Louis ^ | April 23, 2015 | by Michael Calhoun
    ST. LOUIS – The Parkway School District says Obamacare is forcing it to outsource the employment of its substitute teachers. It’s that or face a $4 million penalty for not offering heathcare to the part-time employees. Nancy Buchannan, a substitute teacher in the district, says she doesn’t need insurance, and says subs already feel unappreciated by the district.
  • Sen. David Vitter’s Obamacare subpoena bid doomed by five GOP defections

    04/23/2015 1:46:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | By Tom Howell Jr.
    Republican Sen. David Vitter’s bid to subpoena details about Congress’s treatment under Obamacare bitterly divided his own party Thursday, with five GOP senators balking at his attempt to force the D.C. health exchange to name who signed off on Capitol Hill’s use of the city’s insurance portal. Mr. Vitter, of Louisiana and chairman of the Small Business Committee, swiftly condemned his colleagues for voting with committee Democrats to reject his maneuver, 5 to 14. He said Congress’s arrangement with the city’s small-business exchange, or “SHOP,” provides lawmakers and staff with financial perks above and beyond what regular Obamacare customers can...
  • Democratic lawmakers reject switching their health coverage to Obamacare

    04/23/2015 1:12:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | By PATRICK MCGREEVY
    Democratic state lawmakers on Thursday shot down a proposal that would have required all California state legislators to get their health insurance from Covered California, the benefits exchange set up to implement Obamacare in the state. The Assembly Rules Committee split along party lines, with seven Democrats opposing AB 1109 and three Republicans in support of the bill by Assemblyman Scott Wilk. The measure would have forced lawmakers to give up the taxpayer-subsidized health plans provided by the Legislature and individually sign up for Covered California. Wilk introduced the measure after hearing complaints from several constituents about difficulties in signing...
  • Obamacare and Obama will be popular in 2020

    04/23/2015 1:03:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 23, 2015 | By Jonathan Bernstein
    Good news for Obamacare supporters: It's quite a bit less unpopular than it was a few months ago. The uptick leads to the question: Will the Affordable Care Act ever actually be popular? Looking at the long run, Republicans may have done the law a favor by naming it Obamacare. Former presidents usually bask in a nostalgic glow after they leave office. While events could still make a difference, Obama is well-positioned to take advantage of that effect: To date, at least, he has no major wars to regret, and the nation hasn't plunged into a new recession. If long-term...
  • Benghazi committee calls on Hillary Clinton to testify in May

    04/23/2015 12:54:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | By David Sherfinski
    The House Select Committee on Benghazi is asking former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham to testify in two upcoming public hearings, one to be held during the week of May 18 on her use of a private email system while serving as the nation’s top diplomat, and another to be held by June 18 specifically on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Libya. “With her cooperation and that of the State Department and administration, Secretary Clinton could be done with the Benghazi Committee before the Fourth of July,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican and...
  • S.F. becomes most sought-after location for Chinese buyers

    04/23/2015 10:12:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 23, 2015 | By Emily Landes
    Chinese buyers looking to invest off-shore are most interested in San Francisco, according to a report from luxury listing site, which tracked millions of online searches from Chinese buyers in the first quarter of 2015. San Francisco ranked seventh in the survey in the fourth quarter of last year, but in the most recent survey beat out London, Tuscany, New York and Paris. “For many well-heeled Chinese buyers, the entire U.S. housing market, and even the somewhat pricey S.F. Bay Area remains a bargain versus Hong Kong, New York, London and Beijing,” he said. “Bay Area real estate represents an...
  • Schwarzenegger Insists He's Not Turning Into Democrat, Explains GOP Skepticism Of Global Warming

    04/23/2015 9:59:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 23, 2015 | By Ryan Buxton
    During his time as governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger championed issues -- like environmental conservation and stem cell research -- that are often associated with a Democratic agenda. So when Schwarzenegger joined HuffPost Live, Ricky Camilleri asked if the bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician is now becoming a "closet Democrat." "No, not at all," Schwarzenegger answered. "The Democratic Party has done a good job in grabbing some of those issues so you think they're Democratic issues. Those are people's issues. I don't see the environment as a Democratic issue or as a Republican issue." Schwarzenegger pointed to Theodore Roosevelt, who protected public land and...
  • Pentagon Admits Cyberwarfare Plan For First Time

    04/23/2015 3:21:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Sky News ^ | April 23, 2015
    The Pentagon has admitted for the first time it plans to use cyberwarfare in its battle to keep up with its enemies. In a 33-page 'cybersecurity strategy' the US Department of Defense has publicly laid out the approach plans to take. The document says the DoD "should be able to use cyber operations to disrupt an adversary's command and control networks, military-related critical infrastructure and weapons capabilities". The previous strategy, published in 2011, made little reference to clandestine warfare using computer networks, although US officials are known to have spoken privately about the issue. The television reports said officials had...
  • Why I think Berkeley is the best place to live in the Bay Area

    04/21/2015 4:55:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 21, 2015 | by Katie Dowd
    I want to preface this by saying that Berkeley is not for everyone. You have to have a high tolerance for eccentricities of all types. You have to love a little chaos. And you have to accept that things will always be a bit messy. But, if you're the type of person who doesn't mind insanity, Berkeley is a wonderland. Berkeley has a well-earned reputation for its over-the-top liberalism which can sometimes mask its finest quality: diversity. From its various neighborhoods to its endless ethnic cuisine, Berkeley is as interesting and weird as its inhabitants. Dirty and scruffy on the...
  • Irish Kids Encourage Citizens To Vote 'Yes' On Marriage Equality Referendum

    04/21/2015 4:43:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 21, 2015 | By JamesMichael Nichols
    Straight from the mouths of babes, these kids are here to teach you a thing or two about marriage equality. If you've been out of the loop, the Irish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is currently fighting for citizens to vote "Yes" on the country's Marriage Equality Referendum on May 22. In this video, "Kids Say Yes for Marriage Equality in Ireland," a few kids offer their opinions about same-sex couples getting married. According to the Kids Say Yes YouTube page, the video was made by a mother in a same-sex relationship who is "frustrated with the lack...
  • Hillary Clinton to Hold Five Fund-Raisers at End of April

    04/21/2015 12:29:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | By Maggie Haberman
    Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold five fund-raisers in two days this month, low-key events in private homes hosted by a number of longtime supporters of hers — and one prominent 2008 backer of Barack Obama. In New York City, Mrs. Clinton will appear at three receptions. One is at the home of Lisa Perry, whose husband is a hedge fund executive and who was a major supporter of Mrs. Clinton for her last three campaigns. The second will be hosted by Milly and Arne Glimcher, who supported Mr. Obama in his 2012 presidential re-election campaign, and the third will be...
  • Migrant tragedies will worsen as climate changes push more from homes

    04/21/2015 7:16:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 21, 2015 | By Michael Werz and Max Hoffman
    The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is symptomatic of deep dislocation in the Sahel region and sub-Saharan Africa — dislocation exacerbated by climate change. Climate change is affecting such basic environmental conditions as rainfall patterns and temperatures and is contributing to more frequent natural disasters like floods and droughts. Over the long term, these changing conditions can undermine the rural livelihoods of farming, herding and fishing. The resulting rural dislocation is a factor in people’s decisions to migrate. Migratory decisions are complex, of course, and nobody would argue that climate change is the only factor driving them. But climate change...
  • China's Xi Jinping agrees $46bn superhighway to Pakistan

    04/20/2015 9:18:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 20, 2015
    China's President Xi Jinping has signed agreements with Pakistan promising investment of $46bn (£30.7bn). The focus of spending is on building a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - a network of roads, railway and pipelines between the long-time allies. They will run some 3,000km (1,800 miles) from Gwadar in Pakistan to China's western Xinjiang region. The projects will give China direct access to the Indian Ocean and beyond. This marks a major advance in China's plans to boost its influence in Central and South Asia, correspondents say, and far exceeds US spending in Pakistan.
  • Hunger strike by undocumented women at Texas detention facility

    04/15/2015 7:10:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 14, 2015 | by Alvaro Ortiz
    A group of 10 undocumented women will start a partial hunger strike this Tuesday to protest against their detention at a center that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has in Karnes City, Texas, according to a non-profit organization which provides legal representation to some of the facility's detainees. During a conference call held this morning, Mohammad Abdollahi, member and one of the spokespersons of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), said the women, who have their children with them, "are gonna have one meal a day each evening (during a week), however they are gonna...
  • Faculty salaries aren't causing tuition hikes, AAUP says

    04/15/2015 7:03:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Daily Tar Heel ^ | April 15, 2015 | BY HALEY MCDOUGAL
    University tuition continues to rise, but the tendency of some critics to blame the trend on overpaid professors might not be an accurate one. When university administrators in the UNC system and nationwide decide to increase tuition, they often cite the need for funds to retain faculty as a reason for the hike. Still, according to an annual report about myths of professor pay from the American Association of University Professors, faculty salaries are not the primary cause of higher student costs — cuts to state support and declining university endowments are to blame. But Jenna Robinson, president of the...
  • Ramadi could fall as ISIS militants lay siege, Iraqi official warns

    04/15/2015 6:29:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2015 | By Hamdi Alkhshali
    Falih Essawi shouted on the phone as he described his situation. From his point of view, ISIS militants might be just hours away from taking the key Iraqi city of Ramadi. Fierce fighting has engulfed Ramadi, which lies only about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Baghdad and is the capital of Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland. Essawi, the deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, told CNN from inside the city Wednesday that it's unclear how much longer government troops can hold their front lines against the ISIS offensive. Security was "collapsing rapidly in the city," and he begged...
  • US Ambassador: 'We're Doing the Best We Can' for Americans in Yemen

    04/15/2015 6:21:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 15, 2015 | By MOLLY HUNTER
    Hundreds of Americans remain trapped in Yemen and escape routes are dwindling, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti said. Various boats have sailed and motored their way into the port and Ambassador Tom Kelly was on deck to meet the most recent arrivals: 200 people including 11 American citizens, all crammed onto an overcrowded fishing boat. In the past two weeks, 150 Americans have fled to Djibouti. Kelly’s staff speaks with every American who arrives in the port.
  • How the IRS repeatedly rewrites Obamacare tax credit provisions

    04/15/2015 5:59:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2015 | By Jonathan H. Adler
    The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell argue that an IRS regulation unlawfully extends tax credit eligibility beyond what is expressly authorized under Section 1401 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It appears that this sort of administrative rewrite of the PPACA may be more the rule than the exception. These IRS rewrites have potential consequences beyond the extension of tax credits beyond what Congress authorized. As with the regulatory change expanding tax credit eligibility to some unlawful aliens, the IRS cited no authority for making this change. Fairly administering this law requires implementing it as written, and...
  • Senator Sessions, Straight Up

    04/15/2015 5:40:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 15, 2015 | By The Editorial Board
    There was something bracingly honest about an op-ed article in The Washington Post last week by Senator Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican. Under the headline “America Needs to Curb Immigration Flows,” Mr. Sessions, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary’s immigration subcommittee, argued the case for letting in fewer foreigners. Mr. Sessions, ditching the usual Republican talking points on immigration, choosing instead to echo an uglier time in our history, when nativists wielded the spurious argument that the more immigrants taken in by America, the worse off America is. He’s advocating for “slowing the pace” of legal immigration, supposedly to increase...
  • Cold snaps linger despite climate change

    04/15/2015 5:25:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Keep a winter coat and mittens handy. A new climate analysis from scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Reading (UK) found that under climate warming, cold air outbreaks, or CAOs, are projected to continue over North America but less frequently. In a geographic swath stretching from Alaska and southwestern Canada to the northwestern and mid-western United States, the top five coldest historical events may still happen. Indeed, as humans, ecosystems, and societal infrastructures adapt to an average warmer climate, these findings show continued future challenges in coping with extreme cold events. "Our research isolated the changes...
  • Shaming Those Who Skip Out on Taxes

    04/15/2015 5:15:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 15, 2015 | By RICARDO PEREZ-TRUGLIA and UGO TROIANO
    ...Some people are hard up and can’t afford to pay their taxes. But others simply choose not to pay. When traditional enforcement strategies, like charging above-market interest rates on the debt, don’t work, the government uses a number of tools to collect these taxes. But traditional collection methods don’t always work. In a recent study, we used another strategy that got results: publicly shaming tax delinquents. It should be a key part of government efforts to increase the collection of tax debts, and thanks to the Internet and social media, the government has the means to make it even more...
  • Protests for $15-an-hour wages set to expand Wednesday

    04/15/2015 4:59:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 15, 2015 | by CANDICE CHOI, AP FOOD INDUSTRY WRITER
    The fight to redefine a McJob is heating up. Protests for pay of $15 an hour and a union for fast-food and other low-wage workers are set to take place around the country Wednesday, marking the biggest effort yet in an ongoing campaign by labor organizers. The Fight for $15 campaign is being spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union and began in late 2012 with fast-food workers. Since then, organizers have used the spotlight to rally a variety of low-wage workers, including airport workers and home care workers. On Wednesday, adjunct professors will be the latest to join in...
  • Obama’s One-Man Nuclear Deal

    04/14/2015 4:51:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 14, 2015
    President Obama says he wants Congress to play a role in approving a nuclear deal with Iran, but his every action suggests the opposite. After months of resistance, the White House said Tuesday the President would finally sign a bill requiring a Senate vote on any deal—and why not since it still gives him nearly a free hand. Modern Presidents have typically sought a Congressional majority vote, and usually a two-thirds majority, to ratify a major nuclear agreement. Mr. Obama has maneuvered to make Congress irrelevant.
  • Cameron to roll out "deport first, appeal later'' policy on illegal immigrants

    04/14/2015 1:49:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Times of India ^ | April 14, 2015 | by Kounteya Sinha
    LONDON: Foreign nationals in UK, including many from India may soon face deportation first before being able to appeal against it. David Cameron announced on Tuesday while releasing the Conservative Party's election manifesto ahead of the May 7 general election that if he returns as Britain's prime minster, he will roll out a "deport first, appeal later" policy on illegal immigrants more aggressively. He also announced that he will introduce a satellite tracking for every foreign national offender subject to an outstanding deportation order or deportation proceedings. He will also make it mandatory for all landlords to check the immigration...
  • National PAC Buys Ad Attacking Gov. Walker’s “War on Science”

    04/14/2015 1:29:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    WUWM Public Radio ^ | April 14, 2015 | By ANN-ELISE HENZL & MICHELLE MATERNOWSKI
    A full-page ad ran in the Wisconsin State Journal Tuesday pulling Gov. Walker into the debate over a recent decision to bar workers on a state board from talking about and working on items related to climate change. The decision has received national and international attention. The newspaper ad suggests Gov. Scott Walker’s policies amount to a “war on science” meant to protect the investments of the Koch brothers and other conservative backers. The PAC NextGen Climate Action bought the newspaper ad. The PAC is run by billionaire and Democrat Tom Steyer.
  • Illegals’ crimes expose broken immigration system as next border surge looms

    04/14/2015 9:11:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 13, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    As the Obama administration prepares for a new surge of illegal immigrant children this year, some of those from previous waves are turning up on court dockets across the country, charged with serious crimes such as capital murder and aggravated rape. The cases are exposing many of the holes in the immigration system and the way the U.S. has tried to grapple with children fleeing economic troubles, domestic abuse or gang violence in Central America — and sometimes bringing those very troubles to the U.S. with them. “The eagerness of the administration to open our borders is not without consequence,”...
  • Clinton Stops at Iowa Coffee Shop to Kick off 2016 Campaign

    04/14/2015 8:56:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 14, 2015 | By KEN THOMAS and LISA LERER, Associated Press
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is chatting with voters this morning at a coffee house in the Mississippi River town of LeClaire, joking that she's going to "drink my way across Iowa." Clinton popped into the Jones Street Java House on Tuesday and ordered a chai, a latte and a glass of water with lemon. She's headed later to a round-table discussion with students and teachers at a community college in Monticello.
  • PM Promises 'Good Life' For 'Working People'

    04/14/2015 6:33:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Sky News ^ | April 14, 2015
    David Cameron has claimed the Conservatives are the "party of the working people" as he made pledges on homeownership, £5,000 of free childcare and an income tax-free minimum wage. Launching the Tory manifesto, Mr Cameron repeatedly made offers to voters who worked hard and wanted to get on the "good life". The manifesto set out measures for families from cradle to grave - identifying measures to help people over six stages of their lives. Mr Cameron opened his speech by saying: "At the heart of this manifesto is a simple proposition. We are the party of working people, offering you...
  • Dutch government taken to court on climate change

    04/14/2015 6:26:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 14, 2015
    Campaigners in the Netherlands are taking the government to court for allegedly failing to protect its citizens from climate change. The class action lawsuit, involving almost 900 citizens, aims to force the government to cut emissions faster. The first hearing opened in the Hague on Tuesday. It is said to be the first time in Europe that citizens have tried to hold a state responsible for alleged inaction on climate change. It is also believed to be the first case in the world in which human rights are used - alongside domestic law - as a legal basis to protect...
  • Nigeria abductions: Chibok girls remembered one year on

    04/14/2015 6:20:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 14, 2015
    Ceremonies are to be staged around the world to mark one year since more than 200 girls were abducted by Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram. A procession is being held in the capital, Abuja, with 219 girls taking part to represent each missing girl. The abduction of the girls in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria sparked global outrage, with nations such as the US and China promising to help find them. There have been sightings of the girls reported, but none has been found. Boko Haram say the girls have converted to Islam and been married off.
  • Obama to visit Charlotte to discuss women in workplace

    04/13/2015 4:53:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    WSOC-TV Charlotte ^ | April 13, 2015 | By Mark Becker
    President Obama will visit Charlotte to talk to about 50 people about families and women in the workplace. Workers have started getting the Spangler Library inside ImaginOn ready for the presidential visit. “We are bringing cooks, we are bringing home decorators. We are bringing people who are working every day,” said Lisa Stone, who started a nonpartisan blog for women called BlogHer.
  • Obama’s deceptions on Iran and Cuba

    04/13/2015 4:45:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2015 | By Marc A. Thiessen
    Remember Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who as caught on tape boasting how the president had taken advantage of the “stupidity” of American voters to pass his health-care law? Well it seems, Obama is applying the “Gruber Doctrine” once again — this time to foreign policy. The Gruber Doctrine is based on the premise that, in the words of the now infamous MIT professor, “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that the “basic exploitation of the lack of . . . understanding of the American voter” is “really, really critical” for enacting your preferred policies. That is precisely what...
  • Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for January Blizzard

    04/13/2015 4:32:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 13, 2015
    President Obama signed a disaster declaration on Monday for Massachusetts and ordered federal aid to help the state recover from the blizzard that hit the region from Jan. 26-28. The state's costs total about $400 million. The aid is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations. It also covers state and local government snow-removal costs for a continuous 48-hour period during or after the storm and the costs of related hazard mitigation.
  • Let’s Look At Self-Declared "Pantsuit Aficionado" Hillary Clinton’s Colorful Style History

    04/13/2015 4:06:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    E! Online ^ | April 13, 2015 | by Lindsey Sirera
    Long before her entrance into the Twitter-verse and subsequent self-declaration as a "pantsuit aficionado," Hillary Clinton left little doubt that she was, well, a pantsuit aficionado. Tangerine, candy apple red, lemon yellow—the former Secretary of State hasn't found a juicy hued suit that she hasn't just loved. And why should she? They're her staple! Mrs. Clinton's pantsuit kick isn't anything new. Her passion for pantsuits began in the early '90s, and since she's treated the American political scene to a stylish parade of rainbow-hued suits. From her time as a Senator to her 2008 presidential campaign bid, Mrs. Clinton has...
  • Feds reject ObamaCare open enrollment for pregnant women

    04/13/2015 3:30:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 13, 2015 | By Lydia Wheeler
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has denied a request from Democrats to create a special open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act for women when they find out they are pregnant. In a response to the March letter sent by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said the agency does not have “the legal authority to establish pregnancy as an exceptional circumstance” to create a special enrollment period. Lawmakers originally asked for the special enrollment period in an effort to address what they called a gap in coverage that could leave women without...
  • Here's What a Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Mean for Global Warming

    04/13/2015 3:11:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | April 13, 2015 | By Ben Adler
    It's strange to remember how bitterly divisive the 2008 Democratic presidential primary battle was. Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's platforms and ideological positioning were awfully similar. And on the chief difference between them—Obama's less hawkish foreign policy—the victor wiped away that distinction by appointing Clinton as secretary of state. Now Clinton has announced her candidacy and is poised to coast through the 2016 Democratic primaries as her party's prohibitive favorite. Would a Clinton presidency be essentially a third Obama term? On climate change and energy, it seems the answer is yes. For better and for worse, Clinton's record and stances...
  • Have We Passed the Point of No Return on Climate Change?

    04/13/2015 2:57:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    Scientific American ^ | April 13, 2015 | By EarthTalk
    Dear EarthTalk: What is the best way to measure how close we are to the dreaded "point of no return" with climate change? In other words, when do we think we will have gone too far? — David Johnston, via EarthTalk.org While we may not yet have reached the “point of no return” - when no amount of cutbacks on greenhouse gas emissions will save us from potentially catastrophic global warming - climate scientists warn we may be getting awfully close. Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution a century ago, the average global temperature has risen some 1.6 degrees...
  • Clinton's second act: Her long road to 2016 decision

    04/13/2015 1:29:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | April 13, 2015 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent
    Around Christmas, Hillary Rodham Clinton set off on her annual holiday vacation at Oscar de la Renta's beachfront estate in the Dominican Republic. De la Renta, whose relationship with the former first lady had blossomed from dress designer to close friend, had recently died and Clinton wanted to be there to support his widow. She was also wrestling with a final decision on whether to run for president. By the time Clinton arrived in the Dominican Republic, she had largely settled on running a second campaign, but wanted to make the final determination with her husband, Bill. Friends fret over...
  • Marco Rubio Is a Polished Performer, but He’s Out of Position

    04/13/2015 12:59:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 13, 2015 | by Nate Cohn
    Marco Rubio, who announced his bid for the presidency on Monday in a call to donors, has been called the “best communicator” in the Republican Party. Over and over and over again. But he has little to show for it. He enters the fray with surprisingly low support. Despite four years of national prominence, he has averaged 6 percent of the vote in primary polls over the last few months. That’s the same or worse than five candidates who are thought to have a much smaller chance of winning the nomination: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and...
  • Vanquishing the Dream: Undocumented kids need tuition help Editorial

    04/13/2015 11:27:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | April 12, 2015 | By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
    The Tuition Equality Act of 2013 was supposed to help young people convert their noblest aspirations into practical realities. Particularly the so-called DREAMers: At last, higher education would be within the reach of these undocumented immigrants, thanks to a prudent government decision which allowed them to pay in-state tuition rates. But it has turned out to be a false promise and phony premise. Gov. Christie vetoed the part of the law that would have granted these unauthorized students the same financial aid received by other New Jersey students, so most of them are out of luck - and in a...
  • First Test for Bill To Cover Undocumented

    04/13/2015 11:19:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    California Healthline ^ | April 13, 2015 | by David Gorn
    Health care coverage for the undocumented gets its first test this week when a bill to extend Medi-Cal coverage and Covered California health plans to the undocumented will be heard by the Senate Health committee. A number of legislative efforts to help the undocumented comprise the "Immigrants Shape California" legislative package introduced last week by the Legislature's leadership. The bill would provide Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented Californians who are income-eligible for it and require the state to ask for a federal waiver to include the undocumented in Covered California health plans. The undocumented population currently is ineligible for any state...
  • 140 Americans Flee Yemen as Country Sinks Deeper Into Chaos

    04/13/2015 9:17:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 13, 2015 | By MOLLY HUNTER
    Some 140 Americans fleeing unrest in Yemen have arrived in Djibouti, officials said, but hundreds of others are believed to still remain behind in Yemen. The families in Djibouti are exhausted, getting food and water and will receive "full consular services," authorities said. Americans could be seen smiling, grasping hands with U.S. Embassy staff members in Djibouti after fleeing from Yemen. Last week, more than 50 U.S. citizens filed lawsuits last week against the State Department and Department of Defense for failing to evacuate them.
  • Hillary Clinton just doesn’t get it: She’s already running a losing campaign

    04/12/2015 4:22:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 85 replies
    Salon ^ | April 12, 2015 | By Bill Curry
    Hillary Clinton joins the race for president today. If you believe the leaks from her staff, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t, she’ll do it in a video released at noon as she herself flies high above the nation in a chartered plane. She and her top advisors, all smart people, must think it’s a good idea. It doesn’t feel like one. SNIP Barring a Jeremiah Wright-level crisis, a presidential candidate gets just two or three chances to make her case to a big audience. Her announcement is often her best shot. That Hillary passed on hers is unsettling. If...
  • A closer look at how Raimondo’s Obamacare tax would work

    04/08/2015 3:42:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    WPRI-TV 12 ^ | April 8, 2015 | By Ted Nesi
    Few proposals in Governor Raimondo’s budget have sparked a more heated debate than her proposed “Obamacare tax.” The tax – technically, a “health reform assessment” fee – is the mechanism she’s settled on to pay for the state-run health insurance marketplace created to implement President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The federal government paid the startup costs for HealthSource RI – to the tune of nearly $170 million at last count – but it’s up to the states to figure out how to pay to keep it operating going forward. And that means the state has to come up with its...
  • S.F. man’s winning robbery defense: Entered home to board spacecraft

    04/08/2015 3:00:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 8, 2015 | By Hamed Aleaziz
    A 41-year-old San Francisco man was acquitted of robbery and other felonies after telling a jury he entered a Mission District home only because a methamphetamine-fueled psychosis led him to believe he needed to board a spaceship to flee the imminent destruction of the earth, the public defender’s office said Wednesday. ikely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, his attorneys said. He was convicted of misdemeanor battery and assault, while the jury couldn’t agree on a burglary charge. In May 2014, defense attorneys said, Aviles ran to a Mission District building while under a delusion...
  • Brazil Probes Alleged Corruption Among Tax Officials

    04/08/2015 11:49:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 8, 2015 | By PAULO TREVISANI
    BRASÍLIA—Prosecutors are investigating allegations that Brazilian tax authorities solicited bribes from major companies in exchange for reducing their liabilities in corporate tax disputes, officials say. On Tuesday, the Finance Ministry said the alleged scheme wasn’t systematic but rather, involved “isolated acts” carried out by a small group of government tax officials. When prosecutors announced the investigation on March 26 they said that losses to the nation’s treasury totaled $6.1 billion over 15 years. The case comes amid a scandal at state-owned Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, in which authorities have arrested dozens of people for their alleged roles in bribery...