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Trump to award Medal of Freedom to economist Arthur Laffer

Source: The Hill

President Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to economist Arthur Laffer, the White House announced Friday.

The president will honor Laffer on June 19 for his contributions to economic policy. The White House described Laffer as "one of the most influential economists in American history" in announcing the award.

Laffer championed supply-side economics and gained prominence serving as a top adviser to then-President Reagan. He established what is known as the "Laffer Curve," which showed that increases in tax rates will eventually cause government revenue to decrease at a certain point. The model has been cited to argue for the benefits of tax cuts.


Laffer co-wrote a book published last year titled "Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy." His co-author was Stephen Moore, who earlier this year was nominated to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors but withdrew amid bipartisan opposition from senators.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/446400-trump-to-award-medal-of-freedom-to-economist-arthur-laffer?__twitter_impression=true

JFC, this pastor is a demon!


Ex-W.Va. official who made racist Michelle Obama remark sentenced to prison

Source: The Hill

A former West Virginia official who gained notoriety after making a racist remark about former first lady Michelle Obama was sentenced to prison this week after pleading guilty to embezzling federal disaster funds.

Pamela Taylor, who served as the Clay County development director, was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and two months of house arrest, the local U.S. attorney's office announced Thursday. She was also fined $10,000.

Taylor pleaded guilty in February to taking more than $18,000 in relief benefits meant to help people whose homes were damaged in flooding in 2016. She registered for the benefits, saying that her home was damaged. Prosecutors later said it was discovered that her home was not damaged.

In her plea agreement, Taylor also agreed to pay $18,149.04 in restitution. Prosecutors said Thursday that she has paid the money.

Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/446362-ex-wva-official-who-made-racist-michelle-obama-remark-sentenced?__twitter_impression=true

Voices of Color: How Fox News opinion programs use white supremacist rhetoric


Clinic can continue to provide abortions in Missouri, judge rules

Source: CNN

(CNN)Abortion services can continue for now in Missouri after a judge ruled against the state, which had refused to renew Planned Parenthood's license to continue providing the procedure. The matter will be heard in court again on June 4.

If the clinic had to stop providing abortion services, Missouri would have been the first state in the nation to block the procedure in more than 45 years.

A lawsuit against the state was filed earlier this week by Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, which has provided abortions for more than two decades and is the last remaining clinic to do so in Missouri. Its license to continue offering abortions was set to expire Friday, and the organization argued that withholding the license amounted to another tactic in a years-long effort to "restrict abortion access and deny Missourians their right to choose abortion."

The lawsuit was brought against Missouri Gov. Michael Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which administers the license the clinic needed. It sought a temporary restraining order against the state, in order to avoid the disruption of services.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/31/health/missouri-abortion-planned-parenthood-bn/index.html?utm_content=2019-05-31T18%3A12%3A00&utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twCNN

Who Is Paul Nehlen? Laura Ingraham Defends Paul Ryan's Wisconsin Primary Challenger Deemed Too Extre

Who Is Paul Nehlen? Laura Ingraham Defends Paul Ryan's Wisconsin Primary Challenger Deemed Too Extreme for the Alt-right

Fox News host Laura Ingraham appeared to defend the white supremacist Paul Nehlen during her show on Thursday night in a segment with conservative activist Candace Owens during which the pair discussed social media bans of prominent right-wing figures.

Nehlen unsuccessfully challenged the then House Speaker Paul Ryan in a 2016 Wisconsin Republican primary and again in 2018 against Representative Bryan Steil before the party banned him for his extreme views.

The 50-year-old is banned from Twitter for racism, Facebook for spreading hate, and Gab, a network popular with the far-right, for doxxing another user. Doxxing is the compilation and then public release of an individual’s personal information to encourage harassment.

Nehlen wrote on Twitter before his permanent ban: “Poop, incest, and pedophilia. Why are those common themes repeated so often with Jews?”



Hello Blood: The Dance of Miscarriage

The baby stayed in the desert. I myself stayed in darkness for a long time.

When the small body stopped forming and came out of me, I put it into a yogurt container and drove out to the desert. We placed it on the ground between a saguaro, an ocotillo, and a barrel cactus, and made a circle around the form with small stones. I intentionally left an opening to allow its spirit—if such a thing existed—to get out.

The blood had started at 5 a.m. I went to the bathroom and there it was, just like a period. Just like the end of a sentence. Only it hadn’t been a sentence, it had been a joy, and now, I was pretty certain, it was ending. I crawled back into bed. “I’m bleeding,” I told my partner.

We got pregnant easily, on the second try, in June. By August it was real. At the end of a cross-country drive from Pennsylvania, where we’d been visiting my parents, we took a pregnancy test in a South Dakota motel. We went to Mount Rushmore and looked at the white men’s heads, but all I could think about was the beautiful creature inside me. I already had a name picked out.

In September I went on a six-day backpacking trip in Yosemite with a friend. Because of the nausea, I couldn’t eat much of what we’d packed. But somehow we hiked at high altitudes and lounged aside glacial lakes. On an external hard drive somewhere there exists a digital photograph of me in an alpine meadow wearing shorts and a maroon t-shirt with my hand on my belly. I can still conjure the anticipatory bliss of that moment.


Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to form film and TV production company

Source: The Guardian

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are to form a film and TV company to produce female-centric content. Bloomberg and the Hollywood Reporter have confirmed that the pair are in talks with studios about “a pipeline of programmes” aimed at influencing culture and society now that Hillary Clinton is out of politics.

Last August the former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state and first lady signed a deal to executive produce The Women’s Hour, a Steven Spielberg-produced series about the suffrage movement.

Former president Barack Obama recently founded a film and TV production company called Higher Ground with his wife, Michelle. The outfit is partnering with Netflix and last month released its initial slate of seven projects, also with the stated ambition of altering society.

“Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more,” said Obama, “we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/may/31/hillary-clinton-chelsea-clinton-tv-production-company?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_gu&utm_medium=&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1559302250

Exclusive: DNC Requires Female Moderators At Every 2020 Debate

With more women in the presidential race than ever before, the Democratic National Committee is requiring that each 2020 Democratic presidential debate includes at least one female moderator, Refinery29 is exclusively reporting.

"The DNC is committed to an inclusive and fair debate process," DNC senior adviser Mary Beth Cahill told Refinery29. "That means that all 12 DNC sanctioned debates will feature a diverse group of moderators and panelists including women and people of color, ensuring that the conversations reflect the concerns of all Americans."

To our knowledge, this is the first time the DNC has made this type of rule. The majority of moderators in the 2008 and 2016 Democratic primaries were men, with some events moderated by a lone anchor, such as CNN's Anderson Cooper or Wolf Blitzer — although the 2016 cycle was more inclusive, with journalists such as Martha Raddatz and the late Gwen Ifill asking the candidates questions. Taking the additional step of a requirement will help ensure that a variety of perspectives and issues, such as child-care costs, paid family leave, and maternal mortality, are represented in the debates.


This August, the stars of last year's sold-out Stand Up for Progress events will be joining us once

This August, the stars of last year’s sold-out Stand Up for Progress events will be joining us once again for a show in Traverse City. Details and tickets here:

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