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This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.

What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

Saturday, March 25, 2017

‘Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39 percent. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth, most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.’ "Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39 percent. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth, most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President." Wall Street Journal Editorial Harshly Rebukes Trump - The New York Times

 "The editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is known for its conservative tone, but an editorial the newspaper published online Tuesday night would stand out even in the pages of its left-leaning peers.

The editorial was an extraordinarily harsh rebuke of President Trump, calling him ‘his own worst political enemy’ and asserting that he was damaging his presidency ‘with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.’

In particular, the editorial board pointed to Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that former President Barack Obama had tapped his phones. ‘The President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle,’ the editorial said, even though senior intelligence officials, as well as Republicans and Democrats, have said they have seen no evidence to support Mr. Trump’s accusations.

The paper’s editorial and opinion writers have been critical of Mr. Trump in the past, although the language of this editorial, which ran in Wednesday’s paper, seemed intended to remind the president to focus on his stated goals rather than distractions. And the timing of the editorial — during a week in which Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, is testifying at confirmation hearings and the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Republican health care bill — is almost certainly not a coincidence.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for The Journal said, ‘The editorial speaks for itself,’ and declined to make Paul Gigot, the editorial page editor, available for an interview.

The editorial, headlined ‘A President’s Credibility,’ criticized President Trump for ‘rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims’ — namely, repeating an unsupported allegation by a Fox News commentator that British intelligence had wiretapped Mr. Trump on behalf of the Obama administration. Like The Journal, Fox News is controlled by Rupert Murdoch, who has ties to the president.

The editorial concluded: ‘Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39 percent. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth, most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.’

"Wall Street Journal Editorial Harshly Rebukes Trump - The New York Times:

#LiarInChief #ResistanceIsNotFutile What happened to Trump’s ‘winning’ plan? | MSNBC

What happened to Trump’s ‘winning’ plan? | MSNBC: ""

Lawrence: Trump presidency effectively over after repeal failure | MSNBC

Lawrence: Trump presidency effectively over after repeal failure | MSNBC

#ResistanceI#ResistanceNotFutile . Neil Gorsuch is clearly n ot qualified for the Supreme Court "IM ASKING YOU A QUESTION" Sen Al Franken Questions of Judge Neil Gorsuch

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Dissecting Trump’s Most Rabid Online Following | FiveThirtyEight

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"Subreddit algebra isn’t quite as simple as A – B = C. It’s more like A – B is closer to C than anything else, but it’s also pretty similar to D and not far off from E. So when you subtract r/politics from r/The_Donald, you actually get a list of every subreddit in our analysis, ranked in order of their similarity to the result of that subtraction. We’re showing just the top five.

And that top five isn’t exactly pretty, though it does support the theory that at least a subset of Trump’s supporters are motivated by racism. The presence of r/fatpeoplehate at the top of the list echoes some of President Trump’s own behavior, including his referring to 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado as ‘Miss Piggy’ and insulting Rosie O’Donnell about her weight. The second-closest result, r/TheRedPill, describes itself in its sidebar as a place for ‘discussion of sexual strategy in a culture increasingly lacking a positive identity for men’; named after a scene from the ‘The Matrix,’ the group believes that women run the world and men are an oppressed class, and from that belief springs an ideology that has been described as ‘the heart of modern misogyny.’ r/Mr_Trump self-describes as ‘the #1 Alt-Right, most uncucked subreddit’ — referring to a populist white-nationalist movement and an increasingly all-purpose insult meant to denigrate others’ masculinity — and the appallingly named r/coontown is the now-banned but previously central home to unrepentant racism on Reddit. Finally, coming in at No. 5 is r/4chan, a subreddit dedicated to posting screenshots of threads found on 4chan, where many users supported Trump for president and where the /pol/ board in particular has a strongly racist bent."

(Via.).  Dissecting Trump’s Most Rabid Online Following | FiveThirtyEight:

Trump tried to burn down Obamacare. He set his hair on fire instead | Ross Barkan | Opinion | The Guardian





Trump tried to burn down Obamacare. He set his hair on fire instead | Ross Barkan | Opinion | The Guardian: ""


Chris Matthews: This has been a bad week for Trump Chris Matthews offers his opinion on what this week means for the Trump Presidency, the investigation into Russia and the future of healthcare. Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC

Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC: ""

Republicans Can't Get Their S**t Together on Health Care: The Daily Show

Republican Health Proposal Would Redirect Money From Poor to Rich - The New York Times

"A white paper drafted by House leadership and the staff of the House and Senate committees that oversee health policy details a structure that could replace large sections of the Affordable Care Act. Crucially, the proposal largely contains provisions that could be passed through a special budget process that requires only 50 Senate votes, and fulfills President Trump’s promise that the repeal and replacement of the law would take place “simultaneously.”

The plan would make major changes in how health care is financed for Americans who don’t get coverage from work. It would greatly expand the number of Americans who could benefit from federal help in buying health insurance, but it would change who benefits most from that support.

Obamacare, as the A.C.A. is known, extended health coverage to 20 million Americans through two main mechanisms. It expanded Medicaid coverage to Americans below or just above the poverty line in states that participated, and it offered income-based tax credits for middle-income people to buy their own insurance. Obamacare was a redistributive law, transferring money from rich to poor.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at a news conference on Thursday. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

Photo by: Al Drago/The New York Times

The Republican plan would alter both of those programs, changing the winners and losers. It would substantially cut funding for states in providing free insurance to low-income adults through Medicaid. And it would change how tax credits are distributed by giving all Americans not covered through work a flat credit by age, regardless of income.

That means that the biggest financial benefits would go to older Americans, like, say, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. If he didn’t have a job in the Trump cabinet and access to government coverage, a 64-year-old multimillionaire like him would get the same amount of financial assistance as someone his age, living in poverty, and he would get substantially more money than a poor, young person.

The idea of matching tax credits to age makes some sense. Older people tend to have higher medical bills, and insurers, even under Affordable Care Act rules, charge them substantially higher prices. The new plan would also simplify the current system, which requires verifying every applicant’s income and then giving just the right amount of financial assistance. It would also eliminate incentives for low-income people to avoid earning more (higher earners can face a reduction in benefits).

But the current system is set up to ensure that low and middle-income Americans can afford the cost of their premiums. The Republican plan would not do that, and would result in many more low-income people losing out on coverage if they couldn’t find the money to pay the gap between their fixed tax credit and the cost of a health plan.

Older people without employer-based insurance typically earn more than young people, who tend to be starting out in their careers. It’s hard to know precisely how many people would lose coverage under this proposal because it’s missing some numbers. But similar tax credit plans from House Speaker Paul Ryan and Tom Price, the new secretary of health and human services, would result in millions losing coverage, according to independent estimates. (Mr. Ryan said Thursday in a news conference that the Congressional Budget Office was evaluating the new proposal, which means that we may see firm coverage estimates in the coming weeks.)

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The plan includes additional features that redistribute resources from the poor to the rich. It would allow Americans to sock more money away for health spending in special tax-free health savings accounts. The benefits of such accounts fall largely to higher income-people who pay more in taxes, and a recent analysis of current health savings accounts found that they are held disproportionately by families with high earnings. (The white paper is silent on two Obamacare taxes that target wealthier Americans, but other Republican plans have proposed eliminating them. It does eliminate a number of taxes on the health care industry.)

What the plan doesn’t do, currently, is change any of the Obamacare regulations on health insurance that Republicans say drive up the cost. Those rules, including requirements that every plan cover a standard package of benefits, and those requiring companies to charge the same prices to healthy and sick Americans, would stay on the books, because they can’t be easily changed through the budget process.

Changing those rules could make insurance cheaper but would rankle many consumer advocates — and would require separate legislation, with 60 Senate votes. Under this proposal, the health plans would look largely the same, but the way the government helps people pay for them would change.

There’s still a lot subject to change, of course. Congressional leadership has said the bill, once completed, will proceed through committee hearings and amendments. And the politics of passing such legislation, even with Republican control of both houses of Congress, will be a challenge. But this proposal, with the imprint of every major committee working on health care, seems likely to set the terms of the discussion.

I wrote a few weeks ago about how all health policy decisions involve trade-offs, and it will be hard for President Trump to honor his promise of coverage that is “far less expensive and far better” than Obamacare. This plan is a good illustration of those challenges. It’s a simpler, potentially cheaper plan than Obamacare. But it’s far less generous to the poor, and unlikely to provide the health insurance for “everybody” that President Trump envisions."

Republican Health Proposal Would Redirect Money From Poor to Rich - The New York Times

Russian connections: An act of treason | MSNBC

Russian connections: An act of treason | MSNBC

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The biggest terrorist threat to America by far but unfortunately as always America chooses to ignore it. New York sword attacker 'targeted black men' - BBC News

James Harris Jackson is escorted out of a police precinct in New York, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"A white US Army veteran with a hatred for black people travelled to New York City and confronted a black man before killing him with a sword, police say.

James Harris Jackson, 28, is said to have taken a bus from Baltimore to New York with the intention of targeting black men.
When he came across Timothy Caughman, 66, he allegedly stabbed him in the chest and back.
Mr Caughman was pronounced dead in hospital.
His alleged assailant walked into a Times Square police station about 24 hours later and was arrested on suspicion of murder.
He is said to have told officers that he had harboured feelings of hatred towards black men for at least 10 years.

New York sword attacker 'targeted black men' - BBC News

Sexism, Race and the Mess of Miss Saigon on Broadway - The Daily Beast


"Miss Saigon is back on Broadway, and the tragic tale of a prostitute and G.I. falling for each other at the end of the Vietnam War feels in some ways of the moment, and in others offensively outdated.


Is it impossible to find the entertainment in Miss Saigon, the epic musical that follows the tragedy of a virginal Vietnamese woman who falls for an American G.I. just as Saigon is falling in 1975, and the sacrifice she makes to ensure their son has the life she desires for him?

As evidenced by the laughter and weepy sniffles around me a few nights ago: no. Many in the audience clapped loudly, stood, and cheered this revival (transferred from London and produced by Cameron Mackintosh).

But watching this grandly designed and mounted Broadway show—first produced in London in 1989—especially in light of the fraught and charged debate around immigration and refugees, with its full retinue of racial stereotypes unchanged, is a bizarre confluence of opposites; like sunbathing on a bright sunny beach which is freezing cold, or drinking a banana milkshake and it tasting of garden weeds.

This uncomfortable experience isn’t because of the racial controversies that dogged it in its infancy, as elegantly sketched in a recent New York Times article.

There are no longer white actors playing Asian roles (however brilliantly in the case of Jonathan Pryce), and playing them with “yellowface” at that.

Jon Jon Briones, who plays the villainous pimp, the Engineer in this production, is Filipino; and Eva Noblezada, who plays tragic prostitute heroine Kim, has a Filipino father and Mexican-American mother. This new version has changed the wedding lyrics, featured in a scene between Kim and G.I. Chris (Alistair Brammer), to real Vietnamese words.

But this is a bright, Broadway spectacular where the grit and hard facts of history are impossible to ignore, or square with Miss Saigon’s song-and-dance, flashy sets and flashing lights.

Just how can you make the sexual, romantic, emotional and financial exploitation and abuse of a vulnerable Vietnamese woman into a barnstorming theatrical night out? This reporter could not see it; others around him, very visibly and audibly, could."

Sexism, Race and the Mess of Miss Saigon on Broadway - The Daily Beast

Trump's Hard Power Budget | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS

Healthcare Repeal Efforts In Tailspin As Freedom Caucus Vows to Defeat AHCA - The Daily Beast

"After a day of meetings on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, House Republicans and President Donald “The Closer” Trump appeared no closer to passing their unpopular healthcare bill.

As the bill grew more conservative overnight, leadership watched as moderate Republicans jumped ship—leaving them increasingly at the mercy of the House Freedom Caucus. A visibly frustrated Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy whip of the Republican Conference, hurried through the halls midday telling reporters that the Freedom Caucus has been presented with a deal and it was up to them to “accept or reject” it.

While leadership frantically plied the remaining moderates with pizza, the Freedom Caucus met at the White House in an attempt to woo more caucus votes for his Trumpcare legislation. During the meeting, the White House offered nixing the so-called “essential health benefits” from the House bill—a proposal that would prove anathema to more moderate Republicans in both the House and Senate. The president, however, did not budge on Title I of the Affordable Care Act, which many members of the caucus deemed a dealbreaker.

Upon their return to the Hill, they huddled behind closed doors inside the Rayburn Office Building for two hours, before emerging to tell reporters very little had changed.

“We have not gotten enough of our members to get to yes at this point under what we’re currently considering,” Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told reporters, emerging from a closed-door meeting in the Rayburn House Office Building, following his latest face-to-face with Trump.

He noted that “progress,” however fruitless at this point, was being made with the president."

Healthcare Repeal Efforts In Tailspin As Freedom Caucus Vows to Defeat AHCA - The Daily Beast

Chuck Schumer Dismantles Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Obama defends Affordable Care Act as Republicans push to repeal it | US news | The Guardian

"Barack Obama on Thursday defended his signature domestic policy achievement, the Affordable Care Act, on its seventh anniversary, as Republicans rushed to repeal the law which expanded healthcare for millions of Americans.

“America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act,” Obama said in a statement marking the seventh anniversary of its passage.

Donald Trump makes last-ditch pitch to Republicans to back healthcare bill

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The future of the Affordable Care Act – and indeed the American healthcare system – teetered in the balance on Thursday ahead of a planned vote in the House of Representatives, a major step toward fulfilling their longstanding promise to repeal the law.

Obama did not mention the Republican plan to undo the law, which introduced the greatest expansion of healthcare coverage in more than a generation, but urged lawmakers to work together to “make our healthcare system better, not worse for hardworking Americans”. It was one of his most significant interventions in US politics since he left office.

A day before, former vice-president Joe Biden appeared at a rally on Capitol Hill to defend the law. “It’s not going anywhere,” Biden said. “This bill isn’t going to pass.”

The House is poised on Thursday to vote on the Republican healthcare proposal despite widespread criticism and opposition from a coalition of hard-right conservatives who say that they have the votes to block its passage.

The stakes for Trump and the House speaker, Paul Ryan, who is spearheading the bill, are high. For seven years – and over the course of three election cycles – Republicans have run in and won elections on the promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

It’s passage is also the first major legislative test for Trump, who campaigned as a the brilliant negotiator behind the Art of the Deal. On the campaign trail, crowds thrilled to Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare “on day one” and replace it with “something terrific”. Failure to pass this law could jeopardize Trump’s broader legislative agenda, which includes tax reform and border security.

In a private meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the US president reportedly warned Republicans that there could be political backlash if they fail to uphold their promises to repeal the ACA, popularly called Obamacare, and his press secretary Sean Spicer said: “I think there’s going to be a price to be paid but it’s going to be with their own voters.”

Obama defends Affordable Care Act as Republicans push to repeal it | US news | The Guardian