HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » babylonsister » Journal
Page: « Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Next »


Profile Information

Gender: Female
Hometown: NY
Home country: US
Current location: Florida
Member since: Mon Sep 6, 2004, 09:54 PM
Number of posts: 167,248

Journal Archives

Trump Suffers Huge Losses in Court on Healthcare Rules

Posted on Fri, Mar 29th, 2019 by Leo Vidal
Trump Suffers Huge Losses in Court on Healthcare Rules

Donald Trump keeps trying to undo the nation’s healthcare protections, and he keeps losing in court.

The latest loss came when a federal judge struck down a Trump administration rule aimed at enabling millions of Americans to buy cheap health insurance plans that do not comply with key Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requirements. The rule was part of Trump’s efforts to chip away at the healthcare law after he could not get Congress to repeal it.

The judge said that Trump’s attempt to make cheap health insurance plans available that avoid the requirements of Obamacare was illegal.

It was the second loss in court for Trump in as many days.

The day before, another U.S. District Judge blocked the administration’s plans for Medicaid recipients in Kentucky and Arkansas to be subject to work requirements in exchange for health benefits.

The newest ruling, came from U.S. District Judge John D. Bates of the District of Columbia, who expressed his contempt for what Trump was trying to do.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 29, 2019, 07:47 AM (2 replies)

Buttigieg Says Trump Is Radicalizing Americans


Buttigieg Says Trump Is Radicalizing Americans
March 29, 2019 at 7:28 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Pete Buttigieg told Vox that President Trump is “radicalizing” Americans.

Buttigieg noted that “when people are economically or socially dislocated, they are always more vulnerable to being radicalized.”

He added: “And I think a lot of Americans are being radicalized by this administration. The experience of disruption that’s gone on, especially in the interior, has obviously made it more fertile to being taken advantage of by people like this president.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 29, 2019, 07:41 AM (17 replies)

Rick Wilson: 'Ridiculous Bullshit' as 'Better,' 'Smarter' Trump Rages Against the Losers

‘Ridiculous Bullshit’ as ‘Better,’ ‘Smarter’ Trump Rages Against the Losers
If there was any doubt Trump is sticking to the base-only strategy built by and for Fox News and the Trump fan club (but I repeat myself), his rally Thursday night resolved it.
Rick Wilson
03.28.19 11:23 PM ET


Back to the president, he reminded us just how thin-skinned and class-conscious he remains:

“I have a better education than them, I’m smarter than them, I went to the best schools they didn’t. Much more beautiful house, much more beautiful apartment. Much more beautiful everything. And I’m president, and they’re not.”

Yes, Don. We know you’re president. Trust us, we noticed.

We know you have a trophy wife, a castle in Florida, and an apartment that looks like it was decorated by a coked-up Liberace with a metric ton of gold leaf during his “Saddam was too restrained” phase. Got it.

As Trump went on delivering wildly exaggerated promises and boasts, short on deliverables as usual, what struck me was its large-scale incoherence.

It felt like serial message-testing, with a red-hatted focus group of Trump base voters under the microscope. Trump was largely on-prompter, but sniffed the wind constantly, searching for the themes that resonated with the blue-collar audience there to cheer him.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 29, 2019, 06:37 AM (37 replies)

"I know a lot about wind."



Extra Bonus Quote of the Day
March 28, 2019 at 10:48 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

“If Hillary got in… you’d be doing wind. Windmills. Weeeee. And if it doesn’t blow, you can forget about television for that night. ‘Darling, I want to watch television.’ ‘I’m sorry! The wind isn’t blowing.’ I know a lot about wind.”

— President Trump, suggesting renewable energy doesn’t work at a rally in Michigan.


How old is this asswipe? What an embarrassment.


Bonus Quote of the Day
March 28, 2019 at 8:45 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

“I’m smarter than they are, I went to better schools than they did, I have better apartments than they have, I’m better educated all around. I have a much more beautiful house, much more beautiful anything. And I’m president and they’re not.”

— President Trump, quoted by The Hill, on “liberal elites.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 29, 2019, 06:29 AM (9 replies)

Scheduled speech from Erik Prince shut down after protests

Scheduled speech from Erik Prince shut down after protests
Mar 28, 2019
by Dianne Lugo in News

Students witnessed a silent walkout, a drag show, “Baking with the African Americans”, drums, and a wall of chairs at Beloit College tonight.

They did not see Erik Prince.

Here’s the thread that followed the event as it unfolded:
Prince is known as the former CEO of Blackwater, a private military security firm that is now named Academi, and younger brother of United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. In 2007, 17 Iraqi citizens were killed by Blackwater guards during the Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad. Four of those guards were tried and convicted in U.S. Federal Court.

Leading up to the scheduled March 27 event, several students had posted to the Beloit College Student Facebook group about their dismay and anger at Prince’s invitation to campus. There were also a number of Op-Eds submitted to The Round Table that took various stances on Prince’s impending visit. Tension on campus was even more prominent following student anger at the suspension of a Muslim student who had posted several controversial posts; one of which had directly targeted Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)– the group that had invited Erik Prince–and their chairman, Andrew Collins’20.

Collins released a statement last week in which he assured students that YAF had nothing to do with the student’s suspension and that Prince had been invited “to bring an individual with extensive business and entrepreneurial experience to give a presentation on ways the free market may provide solutions to issues related to national security.”

On March 24, the executive board of the Students for an Inclusive Campus (SIC) organization also released a lengthy statement in which they stated that “in providing a platform for Prince, Beloit ignores its own 2018 Academic Priorities of ‘focusing on anti-racism, equity, and inclusive living and learning.’” The post also outlined Prince’s controversial history.


A student-led walkout was also organized. 20 minutes before the event was scheduled to start, Moore Lounge was packed with people. At 7:30 p.m, the scheduled start time of the event, students vacated the room. The vacant seats, however, were quickly taken by those not participating in the protest who had been standing at the side.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 28, 2019, 08:24 PM (2 replies)

Food Banks Warn They Will Not Be Able to Meet Demand If Food Stamp Cuts Take Effect

Food Banks Warn They Will Not Be Able to Meet Demand If Food Stamp Cuts Take Effect
March 26, 2019 | Jessica Allred

On the heels of the thirty-two-day government shutdown, a proposed administrative rule change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) once again threatens food access for people who rely on the program for basic needs — this time for an estimated 755,000 people.

For households that qualify for SNAP, February, the shortest month of the year, was a long one. During government shutdown, 40 million Americans who participate in the program experienced as many as 60 days between the issuance of their February and March SNAP benefits. The shortages in household budgets meant that food banks across the country were inundated.

“355 households on February 19,” says Kelli Hess, operations director for the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center in Missoula, Montana. Hess notes that historically, February is a slower month for the pantry — families are receiving tax returns, and the short month means SNAP benefits don’t have to stretch as far. Prior to February 19, the local food pantry’s busiest day had served 240 families. “It was absolutely fallout from the shutdown. People can’t survive without paychecks. And they can’t survive without SNAP. Which is why this proposed rule change is so scary.”

The rule change, proposed by the Trump administration, would limit states’ ability to waive work requirements during periods of high unemployment. Similar cuts to the program were rejected by the bipartisan Farm Bill passed by Congress in December 2018.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 28, 2019, 07:53 PM (1 replies)

House Chairman Demands Briefing on Kushner's Trip to Saudi Arabia

House Chairman Demands Briefing on Kushner’s Trip to Saudi Arabia

Chairman Engel’s request comes after reports that key U.S. officials were kept out of meetings with the Saudis.
Erin Banco
03.28.19 2:39 PM ET

A key House committee is demanding a briefing from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Jared Kushner’s trip to Saudi Arabia last month that included a senior State Department official but otherwise left American diplomats in the dark.

In a letter sent Thursday, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) expressed concern that embassy staff were reportedly sidelined from participating in the meetings on that trip, including those with the Royal Court and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

“U.S. government resources are expended to support embassies in countries around the world to aid in the planning and execution of U.S. foreign policy, and no official visit to the Middle East by a senior White House aide would presumably bear meaningfully on the conduct of U.S. foreign policy in that region,” he wrote, adding that he wanted a briefing no later than April 5.

The briefing, he said, should also provide details of any foreign trips or overseas meetings between senior White House officials and foreign leaders in the Middle East.

The congressman is seeking detailed documents from the February trip, including aircraft manifests, clearance records for each person who traveled, invoices and expense reports, and records relating to the State Department’s participation in the trip.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 28, 2019, 05:39 PM (3 replies)

Trump: 'The Special Olympics will be funded'


Trump: 'The Special Olympics will be funded'
By Brett Samuels - 03/28/19 04:28 PM EDT

President Trump said Thursday that he's overruled his administration officials on zeroing out funding for the Special Olympics in their budget proposal.

"The Special Olympics will be funded, I just told my people," Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a campaign rally in Michigan.

"I've overridden my people," he added.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has faced mounting scrutiny from lawmakers in both major parties after the department's budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 did not include funding for the program.

“As you know, budgeting within the administration is a collaborative one,” DeVos said earlier Thursday. “As I said then and I’ll say again, we had to make tough choices and decisions around budget priorities."

Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 28, 2019, 04:43 PM (14 replies)

Pete Buttigieg says that Mike Pence is 'complicit' in the rise of white nationalism


Pete Buttigieg says that Mike Pence is ‘complicit’ in the rise of white nationalism
By Alex Bollinger ·
Thursday, March 28, 2019

2020 Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has attacked Mike Pence’s connection to white nationalism.

On Buzzfeed News‘s online show AM to DM, co-host Saeed Jones asked Buttigieg about his previous comments in which he seemed to imply that Pence had betrayed his values by joining the Trump administration, even though Pence has been against all pro-LGBTQ legislation for his entire career.

Buttigieg conceded that Pence has been “consistently horrible” and “holds beliefs that are sincerely awful,” and he went back to the previous topic of white nationalism.

“In terms of white nationalism, I’m sure that he does not consider himself to be a racist. But I think the moment you come on board with a project like the Trump campaign or the Trump/Pence administration, you are at best complicit.”

“And the process that has given cover for a flourishing and a resurgence of white nationalism in our midst,” he said.

Earlier in the interview, Buttigieg said that the current resurgence of racism “creates an obligation for anyone in a position of authority or power — or even just visibility — to speak out about why it’s wrong, why it’s not consistent with American values and why if we really want to talk about security and safety, that has less to do about putting up a wall from sea to shining sea than making sure that people are not continuing to be radicalized into violent white nationalism with what seems at best to be a level of negligence, if not encouragement, coming from the highest office in the land.”

Buttigieg was also asked about a recent Washington Post column that said that he would not be the first gay president, that that honor would fall to James Buchanan, the first “bachelor” president who had some close relationships with other men.

“My gaydar is not great to begin with and definitely doesn’t work over long stretches of time,” Buttigieg responded.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 28, 2019, 01:32 PM (3 replies)

Twitter considering labeling Trump tweets that violate rules

Twitter considering labeling Trump tweets that violate rules
By Emily Birnbaum - 03/28/19 09:15 AM EDT

A Twitter executive on Wednesday said the company is considering a new feature that will label tweets from politicians, including President Trump, when they violate Twitter rules.

Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy, and trust and safety, at a Washington Post event on Wednesday said the company might start annotating offensive tweets from public figures with a message about why they remain up.

Twitter has long held that some posts from public figures should remain up because they are "newsworthy," even when they violate Twitter guidelines.

"One of the things we’re working really closely on with our product and engineering folks is, ‘How can we label that?’" Gadde said during the Post event. “How can we put some context around it so people are aware that that content is actually a violation of our rules and it is serving a particular purpose in remaining on the platform?"


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 28, 2019, 09:47 AM (7 replies)
Go to Page: « Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Next »