26 Nov 2014

The ACA Exchanges Can Be Fixed, But They Were Meant To Be Broken

The serious problems surrounding auto-enrollment in the new Affordable Care Act exchanges are just starting to get real attention. The problem isn’t a lack of good solutions though. The real problem is that the exchanges weren’t intended to work well for regular people.

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26 Nov 2014

Former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley Says CIA Should Arm Ukraine And Lie About It

In a discussion if US-Russia relations hosted by the Aspen Institute of Ideas former US National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley proclaimed that the US government, via the CIA, should send arms to the Ukraine government then lie about it. Hadley made the statement after claiming to value honesty and calling Russia dishonest.

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26 Nov 2014

Walmart Again Holds Food Drive for Own Underpaid Workers

Walmart, who pays its workers so little and/or gives them so few hours, that they cannot feed themselves while the Walton family rakes in billions, does have its sense of humor. Either that or they could just care so little about what anyone thinks that they are just like, whatever, what are you going to do about it anyway except buy more junk you don’t need from us on Black Friday?

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26 Nov 2014

Over Easy: Transcripts show #DarrenWilson Lied to the Grand Jury

Officer Darren Wilson testified that he knew about the theft of a box of cigarillos from the Ferguson Market, before encountering Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson. However, Officer Wilson’s supervisor testified that he spoke to Wilson after the shooting, and that Wilson “did not know anything about the stealing call.” In an apparent effort to turn unreasonable actions into a reasonable excuse to pull the gun out, Wilson connected the stop to the call about the in-store theft.

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26 Nov 2014

Neither Michael Brown’s Family Nor Protesters Should Be Held Responsible for the Violence

For two nights since the announcement that a grand jury declined to indict white Ferguson police officer for killing unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, isolated acts of vandalism and instances of looting have been reported. A small number of residents have continued to throw rocks and bottles at police and, at this point, over 100 people have been arrested. And, because Brown’s father put together a public service announcement prior to the announcement calling for people to remain nonviolent, the media have placed a burden of responsibility on the Brown family’s shoulders.

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26 Nov 2014

No, the ACA Hasn’t Ended Medical Bankruptcy

While Democrats, liberals, and President Obama frequently made the claim that the Affordable Care Act would eliminates medical bankruptcies it simply isn’t true. We know from Massachusetts that medical bankruptcy remains common even after their health care law was adopted.

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26 Nov 2014

Michael Brown Protests Go Coast To Coast, Officer Wilson Speaks To Press

Americans marched to support justice for Michael Brown and proclaim “Black Lives Matter” from coast to coast yesterday. The nationwide protests occurring in approximately 37 states came in response to Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announcing there would be no indictments after a very odd grand jury process and a general feeling among many in the country that black lives are not valued equally with white lives when it comes to law enforcement and the decision to use deadly force.

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24 Nov 2014

Some Congressional Republicans Look to Block Marijuana Legalization in D.C.

The people of D.C. voted overwhelmingly in favor of marijuana legalization earlier this month but it might not happen because the 650,000 people in our nation’s capital lack basic democratic rights.

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24 Nov 2014

Obama Immigration Action Is Extremely Popular With Latino Voters

President Obama’s decision to take executive action on immigration enjoys overwhelmingly support among the Latino community.

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24 Nov 2014

Federal Reserve Facing Scrutiny After Corruption Scandals

Last Friday New York Federal Reserve Chairman and former Goldman Sachs Chief Economist William Dudley went before the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection. Dudley testified in the wake of a slew of scandals the New York Fed was caught up in including a secret recording that revealed the Fed looked on the other way on a “shady” deal by Goldman Sachs, allowing Wall Street banks to manipulate commodity markets, and providing inside information to Goldman Sachs about how the NY Fed viewed certain Goldman clients.

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