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Since 1995, a year after I was forced into a very early retirement due to Multiple Sclerosis, I have owned and operated a daily newsgathering service out of my home, for a clientele comprised of TV newscasters, Op-Ed columnists, book authors, a national wire-service and some online publications. I post many of the news articles I gather, here on DU. I also post news articles and Op-Eds written/reported/authored by my list of subscribers/clientele.

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Rand Paul: Trump Backs Plan To Repeal, Replace Obamacare Simultaneously

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ALLEGRA KIRKLAND Published JANUARY 7, 2017, 9:44 AM EDT

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Friday that President-elect Donald Trump “fully supports” his plan to delay the repeal of Obamacare until a replacement plan is prepared. The Kentucky senator claimed on Twitter that he received these assurances from Trump directly.

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I just spoke to @realDonaldTrump and he fully supports my plan to replace Obamacare the same day we repeal it. The time to act is now.

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Paul this week said it would be a “huge mistake” for Congress to move forward with a quick repeal of the healthcare legislation that delays replacement until two years down the line. In a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” he said “repeal and delay” could lead to insurance company bankruptcies.

Other senators including Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) have also called for simultaneous repeal and replacement in recent days, while Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told TPM that the GOP conference should “listen carefully to Rand Paul.” Republicans have yet to put forward any type of proposal for replacement, citing a lack of consensus on what it would look like.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand-paul-says-trump-supports-simultaneous-repeal-replace-obamacare

Investigate The Hackers And Ignore Trump's Chaff - by Joe Conason

In the loud debate over the alleged Russian intelligence attack on our democratic system, Americans have heard all kinds of specious assertions from Donald Trump, his minions, and others who reject the findings of the US intelligence agencies, for their own reasons. Trump clearly fears that a full investigation of those allegations will permanently discredit his narrow electoral victory, already tainted by Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote majority. It is telling that he described the hacking probes as a partisan “political witch hunt” before the nation’s spy chiefs even presented him with their evidence.

Telling, but not surprising: As usual, Trump is sending up chaff designed to distract from his own dubious conduct and connections.

Who interfered illegally with the 2016 presidential election and why should be a matter of fundamental importance to all Americans, regardless of political affiliation. It doesn’t matter whether the hackers who invaded email accounts associated with the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign decided the election’s result, a claim that can never be proved or disproved. (Trump won Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin by less than one percent of the vote, which could be attributed to almost anything, including voter error.)

It doesn’t matter whether Clinton ran a “good” or a “bad” campaign, it doesn’t matter whether she deserved to win or lose, and it doesn’t matter whether the information released was scandalous or boring, which are all simply opinions that have no weight in this investigation. And it also doesn’t matter whether previous U.S. administrations historically interfered with elections in other countries, as they assuredly did, since that cannot justify attempts to rob ordinary American citizens of their democratic rights.


'We can pretty much do whatever we want to right now': Republicans plot their course on rising...

‘We can pretty much do whatever we want to right now’: Republicans plot their course on rising ‘sea of red’ in state capitals

07 JAN 2017 AT 10:08 ET

Shortly after the November election, with the nation’s political attention focused on the Trump transition, an influential advocacy group met outside Washington to discuss how to leverage the extraordinary shift of power to Republicans in the rest of the country.

The American Legislative Exchange Council — a nonprofit better known as ALEC — briefed its members and allied groups on the bright future for its agenda now that Republicans will effectively control 68 of the nation’s 99 state legislative bodies, as well as 33 governor’s mansions. Among other things, group members said they would push bills to reduce corporate taxes, weaken unions, privatize schooling and influence the ideological debate on college campuses.

“We can pretty much do whatever we want to right now,” said Rep. Jim DeCesare, a Republican state legislator in Kentucky, where the party gained the state House for the first time in nearly a century.

DeCesare, who had been minority whip, described plans for “a pretty intense agenda” including a so-called right-to-work law allowing employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements to opt out of joining labor unions. Another, he said, would be repealing rules that require government contractors to pay employees more than the minimum wage. Neighboring states competing for new businesses, he said, had already gutted such regulations.

“We’ve got some catching up to do, but we plan to make up a lot of ground in a very short time,” DeCesare said. “This is our time to shine.”


Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Trump "doesn't seem to understand the enormity of the Russia hack"

Source: Vox

Updated by Jennifer Williamsjennifer@vox.com Jan 7, 2017, 9:30am EST

Back in September, New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen became the first senator to call for a hearing about Russia’s interference in the US presidential race.

On Thursday morning, she got that hearing — or at least, the first of many. The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing with the country’s top spies — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the US Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency; and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre.

They met to address what Clapper described as President-elect Donald Trump’s "disparagement" of the intelligence community over its assessment of Russia’s attempt to boost Trump’s chances of winning the White House.

In a phone interview on Thursday shortly after the hearing, Shaheen — the rare lawmaker to sit on both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — told me that it is “very disappointing” to watch Trump take the unprecedented step of publicly disparaging the American intelligence community. Trump, she added, simply “doesn't seem to understand the enormity of what's going on here.”

Read more: http://www.vox.com/world/2017/1/7/14183800/senator-shaheen-russia-interference-election-trump-intelligence

A new war on birth control: Trump's victory has empowered the sex scolds

Trump hires an anti-birth control policy adviser — and Republicans in Congress prepare to escalate the attack


Bad news for anyone who hoped that Donald Trump’s history as an adultery-loving and fornication champion might put a chill on the Republican Party’s war on sex: It seems that his election is instead inspiring the party of scolds to double down on their quest to punish ordinary people for having sex because they like it.

Trump, being wealthy and male, gets a pass for his lengthy history of sleeping with any woman who will have him — and bragging about grabbing the pussies of those who won’t. But for those of us who aren’t privileged enough to be wealthy men, Republicans are going to do everything in their power to inflict punishment in the form of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted childbearing.

Trump’s willingness to fully embrace the Junior Anti-Sex League was demonstrated on Thursday, when his transition team announced the hire of Katy Talento as domestic policy counsel for the White House, focusing on health care. Not only is Talento against abortion — which is par for the course in Republican circles — she’s also an anti-birth control fanatic.

Like most anti-contraception militants, Talento has an elaborate set of pseudoscientific arguments against the use of hormonal birth control. In a 2015 piece she wrote for The Federalist titled “Miscarriage Of Justice: Is Big Pharma Breaking Your Uterus?” Talento tried to scare women away from using effective, female-controlled methods of birth control, like the pill or the implant, by claiming these methods cause miscarriage and infertility.


Concerns over dumping Obamacare growing among GOP lawmakers

Source: Associated Press

SATURDAY, JAN 7, 2017 02:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are increasingly jittery over rushing to demolish much of President Barack Obama’s health care law without having a GOP alternative that’s ready to go.

While nothing about revamping the nation’s $3 trillion-a-year health care system will be easy, Republican leaders want congressional committees to have legislation dismantling much of Obama’s overhaul ready by late January. They’re hoping Congress can quickly send a measure to incoming President Donald Trump phasing out the law, perhaps a couple of months later.

Crafting a GOP replacement is likely to take longer, thanks to Republican divisions and solid Democratic opposition. With 20 million Americans now covered under Obama’s law, one political nightmare for Republicans would be repealing the statute and then proving unable to pass a new version.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters Friday that Republicans might find themselves in a “box canyon” if they erase the health care law without a substitute in hand.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/07/concerns-over-dumping-obamacare-growing-among-gop-lawmakers/

Penn State abuse scandal costs approach a quarter-billion

Source: Associated Press

SATURDAY, JAN 7, 2017 09:00 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s costs related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal are approaching a quarter-billion dollars and growing, five years after the former assistant football coach’s arrest on child molestation charges.

The scandal’s overall cost to the school has reached at least $237 million, including a recent $12 million verdict in the whistleblower and defamation case brought by former assistant coach Mike McQueary, whose testimony helped convict Sandusky in 2012.

The university has settled with 33 people over allegations they were sexually abused by Sandusky, and has made total payments to them of $93 million.

The total also covers the $48 million “fine” levied by the NCAA that is funding anti-child-abuse efforts in Pennsylvania, $27 million in lawyer fees to defend lawsuits, nearly $14 million that includes the legal defense of three former administrators facing criminal charges for their handling of Sandusky complaints and $5.3 million for crisis communications and other consultants.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/07/penn-state-abuse-scandal-costs-approach-a-quarter-billion/

'We Feel That Way': Kellyanne Conway Confirms Trump Thinks Intelligence Report is Political

by Justin Baragona | 8:52 pm, January 6th, 2017

Following President-elect Donald Trump meeting with intelligence leaders to be briefed on their report showing Russia meddled in the election, adviser and soon-to-be presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss.

Speaking to guest host Eric Bolling, Conway talked about whether she felt the intelligence community and the gathering of intel has become politicized.

“We feel that way as well,” Conway said, agreeing with Bolling’s comment that it was a political report. “We certainly don’t want intelligence to interfere with politics and we don’t want politics to interfere with intelligence.” Earlier in the day, the New York Times quoted Trump as saying this was all a “political witch hunt.”

She went on to slam Hillary Clinton as being a poor candidate as being the real reason she lost, not Russian interference.

She was also asked by Bolling if Trump was going to make sweeping changes in the intelligence community’s leadership. following up reports that the incoming POTUS is looking to revamp the top spy agency.


Food stamps will be accepted at online grocers starting summer 2017

Source: International Business Times

07 JAN 2017 AT 09:22 ET

Online grocery shopping is a time-saver and now more families in the United States will have the ability to take advantage of the service. Amazon, FreshDirect and other online grocers will begin accepting food stamps as part of a pilot program conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The plan, announced announced on Thursday, will give families participating in the families participating in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) the ability to order groceries online and have them delivered to their doorstep. The program, which will launch during the summer of 2017 and run for two years, will be available to SNAP participants in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington and Iowa.

Amazon, FreshDirect, Safeway, ShopRite, Hy-Vee, Hart's Local Grocers and Dash's Market are all partaking in the program. The firms selected for the pilot program represent a wide variety of options, ranging from national retailers to regional grocery chains and local offerings.

"Online purchasing is a potential lifeline for SNAP participants living in urban neighborhoods and rural communities where access to healthy food choices can be limited," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. "We're looking forward to being able to bring the benefits of the online market to low-income Americans participating in SNAP."

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Illinois Dairy Queen closed after racist spat

Source: International Business Times

07 JAN 2017 AT 07:58 ET

A Dairy Queen restaurant in Zion, Illinois, was closed Friday after a young mother said the franchise owner called her and her children a racial slur. The racially charged dispute sparked calls for a local protest and boycott of the fast-food restaurant chain.

Deianeira Ford, 21, said the incident took place Wednesday when she asked the store on 21st Street, west of Sheridan Road, in Zion for a refund after a problem with her order. Responding to her, store owner James Crichton used the N-word, following which Ford’s daughter asked her what the racial slur meant.

On asking the owner his name, he first said it was “’Bill Clinton’ and then said, ‘Better yet, I’m Donald Trump,’ and told me to go back where I came from,” Ford reportedly said.

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The terms of the franchise agreement termination were agreed to on Friday and were effective immediately, Dairy Queen spokesman Dean Peters told News-Sun, a local newspaper.

“The recent actions of this franchisee are inexcusable, reprehensible, unacceptable and do not represent the values of the Dairy Queen family, our employees, fans and other independent franchises around the world,” a statement by the company said. “We expect our franchisees and their employees to treat every single person who walks through their doors with the utmost dignity and respect. Nothing less is acceptable.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/illinois-dairy-queen-closed-after-racist-spat/