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US Census Report Confirms Amazing Economic Gains By Minorities Under Trump


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Ridgewood NJ, the annual US Census Bureau report on income and poverty in America – the gold standard of economic data – was released yesterday and it highlighted how swiftly minorities climbed up the economic ladder under Trump.

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Oy Vey New climate report: Oceans rising faster, ice melting more

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Obama’s buy a 29 acre beachfront estate

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Ridgewood NJ, New climate report: Oceans rising faster, ice melting more, the sky is falling, hurricanes are brewing ,oy vey run for the life.

A grim new international science assessment concludes that climate change is making the world’s oceans warm, rise, lose oxygen and get more acidic at an ever-faster pace, while melting even more ice and snow

the end is near or is it….

TMZ reports that the former president and first lady are in escrow — aka in contract to purchase — a 29-acre beachfront plot with a 6,892-square-foot main house. The Obamas were initially just renting the seven-bedroom, 8½-bathroom spread for summer 2019, but apparently loved it so much that they made an offer.

It was most recently on the market asking $14.85 million, but the Obamas are apparently paying less. Like the Obama’s or not I would think and ex president would know something .

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New Jersey rapper charged in campaign finance conspiracy case in 2012 Election

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Maplewood NJ, A United States entertainer and businessman and a Malaysian financier were charged  in a four-count indictment unsealed today in the District of Columbia for conspiring to make and conceal foreign and conduit campaign contributions during the United States presidential election in 2012, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

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FBI profiler that caught UnaBomber Ted Kaczynski Calls “Pipe Bombs” a False Flag

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Ridgewood NJ, Jim Fitzgerald, the FBI profiler that caught UnaBomber Ted Kaczynski told Martha MacCallum that the pipe bombs could be a False Flag by the Democrats 2 weeks before this important election as a real possibility.

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The Obama Presidential Center will not provide the “promised development or economic benefits” to surrounding neighborhoods,

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University of Chicago faculty tell Obama to move ‘socially regressive’ library

Letter from Faculty Concerning the Obama Center

We members of the University of Chicago faculty who sign this letter support the idea of establishing the Obama Center in our neighborhood, in the South Side. However, as details of the plans have become public we share concerns expressed by neighborhood groups throughout the South Side. The neighborhood groups are diverse. They include the Community Benefits Agreement Coalition whose active members include the Black Youth Project 100, the Bronzeville Regional Collective — which itself includes Blacks in Green — the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, the Poor People’s Campaign, the Southside Together Organizing for Power, UChicago for a CBA, the Westside Health Authority and Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights; and whose allied members include the Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Women in Trades, Friends of the Park, Metropolitan Tenants Association, Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors, Chicago Jobs Council, Chicago Rehab Council, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council and many others. Other groups opposed to the current plans include the Midway Plaisance Park Advisory Committee, Save the Midway, Jackson Park Watch, and South Shore Nature Sanctuary. The concerns of these groups are different. But taken together they form an intelligible whole.

First, there are concerns that the Obama Center as currently planned will not provide the promised development or economic benefits to the neighborhoods. Because the current plans place the Center next to the Museum of Science and Industry and across the street from the University of Chicago campus, there is no available adjacent land in which to start a new business, set up a new café or restaurant, bring another cultural center to the neighborhood. It looks to many neighbors that the only new jobs created will be as staff to the Obama Center, hence the widespread support for a Community Benefits Agreement.

Second, the current plan calls for taking a large section of an historic public park and giving it to a private entity for development. Jackson Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most important urban parks in the nation. Construction of a permanent architectural monument violates Olmsted’s vision of a democratic urban park. On the current plans the intrusion into the park is huge: twenty-one acres, the size of two large city blocks. At a time of increasing complexity and pressure in urban life, Chicago should be dedicated to preserving our public parks as open areas for relaxation and play for all its citizens. We also note that the Obama Center has abandoned its original plans to be a Presidential Library. It will be a private entity with no official connection to the National Archives.

Third, because of the planned location of the Obama Center, the Obama Foundation plans to take over a section of another historic, public park — Midway Plaisance, also designed by Olmsted — and turn it into an above-ground parking garage. They have to date rejected many pleas of neighborhood groups to place the garage underground. The planners say they need the parking lot there so that visitors can walk directly across the street to the Obama Center, but that raises problems of its own. (1) The planners also intend to close Cornell Avenue to traffic, thus making Stony Island Avenue the only major north-south thoroughfare on the South Side, other than the Interstate Highway. So every visitor who comes by car or by Metra will have to cross the busiest street on the South Side. And those of our neighbors who depend on driving north or south for their livelihoods will inevitably be significantly held up. This is a traffic-jam in the making. (2) Those who can walk straight across the street to the Obama Center can also walk straight back to their cars and go home. Given the location, if they do any visiting at all it is overwhelmingly likely they will visit those areas that are already well developed, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago campus. (3) A parking lot, of course, privileges cars and those who can afford them. Parking is expensive, and though public lands are being given away, all the profits from this parking lot will go to the Obama Foundation. None of the funds will go back to the City to improve train lines and public transportation infrastructure. Overall, this is a socially regressive plan (4) Again, this is a precious, historic urban park that ought to be preserved for future generations not given to a private entity for development into a parking lot.

Finally, it is the taxpayers of Chicago who are going to be forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for this project, according to estimates by the Chicago Department of Transportation. The required widening of Lake Shore Drive alone is estimated to be over $100 million. Not only are public lands being given to a private entity but the public will pay to have Cornell Drive closed and Stony Island Avenue and Lake Shore Drive widened. We are concerned that these are not the best ways to use public funds to invest in the future of Chicago.

We University of Chicago faculty who sign this letter are ourselves a diverse group and different issues will matter more to some of us than to others. But we share with so many of our neighbors the belief that the current plans need significant revision. We are concerned that rather than becoming a bold vision for urban living in the future it will soon become an object-lesson in the mistakes of the past. We urge the Obama Foundation to explore alternative sites on the South Side that could be developed with more economic benefits, better public transportation, and less cost to taxpayers. We would be pleased to support the Obama Center if the plan genuinely promoted economic development in our neighborhoods and respected our precious public urban parks.

(Please sign below. The list of signatures will be updated each day.)

Jonathan Lear, Professor, Social Thought and Philosophy
W. J. T. Mitchell, Professor, English, Art History, and Visual Arts
Tara Zahra, Professor, History
Richard Strier, Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, English
Martha Feldman, Professor, Music and Romance Languages
Mark Siegler, Professor, Medicine
William Mazzarella, Professor, Anthropology
Bruce Lincoln, Caroline E. Haskell Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Divinity School
Michael Geyer, Samuel N. Harper Professor Emeritus, History
Jessica Stockholder, Professor, Visual Arts
Rosanna Warren, Professor, Social Thought
Matthew Jesse Jackson, Associate Professor, Art History and Visual Arts
Emilio Kourí, Professor, History
Marshall Sahlins, Charles F. Grey Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus
Frances Ferguson, Professor, English
Linda Zerilli, Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Professor, Political Science
Elizabeth Helsinger, John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, English
Gabriel Lear, Professor, Philosophy and Social Thought
Robert Pippin, Evelyn Steffanson Nef Distinguished Service Professor, Social Thought
Susan Gal, Professor, Anthropology and Linguistics
Susan Goldin-Meadow, Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor, Psychology
Jonathan Levy, Professor, History
Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor, History
Daniel Brudney, Professor, Philosophy
Robert Richards, Morris Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor, History
Catherine Sullivan, Associate Professor, Visual Arts
David Wellbery, LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor, Germanic Studies and Social Thought
Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions, Divinity School
David Levin, Professor, Theater & Performance Studies and Germanic Studies
Haun Saussy, University Professor, Comparative Literature
Eric Santner, Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Service Professor, Germanic Studies
Nathan Tarcov, Professor, Social Thought
Elaine Hadley, Professor, English
Annie Dorsen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice, Theater and Performing Studies
John Muse, Assistant Professor, English and Theater & Performance Studies
Steven Rings, Associate Professor, Music
Heidi Coleman, Senior Lecturer, Theater and Performance Studies
Thomas Pavel, Professor, Romance Languages
Florian Klinger, Associate Professor, Germanic Studies
Anne Robertson, Claire Dux Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Music; Dean, Division of the Humanities
Françoise Meltzer, Professor, Comparative Literature (Chair) and Divinity School
Philip Bohlman, Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor in Jewish History, Music
Danielle Roper, Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholar, Romance Languages
Nicholas Rudall, Professor Emeritus, Classics
Richard Neer, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor, Art History
James Conant, Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities, Philosophy
Catherine Baumann, Director, Chicago Language Center
Margareta Christian, Assistant Professor, Germanic Studies
Andrew Abbott, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor, Sociology
Kimberly Kenny, Senior Lecturer, Norwegian Studies
Michael LaBarbera, Emeritus Professor, Organismal Biology & Anatomy
Andrei Pop, Associate Professor, Social Thought
Salikoko Mufwene, Frank J. McLoraine Distinguished Service Professor, Linguistics
Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures, HLBS
Ben Laurence, Lecturer, Philosophy
David Finkelstein, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Itamar Francez, Assistant Professor, Linguistics
James Wilson, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Daisy Delogu, Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor, English
Patrick Jagoda, Associate Professor, English and Cinema & Media Studies
Charles Lipson, Peter B. Ritzma Professor, Political Science
Loren Kruger, Professor, English
James Chandler, Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professor, English
Aaron Turkewitz, Professor, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
Mark Berger, Collegiate Assistant Professor, Humanities
Adom Getachew, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Amy Dru Stanley, Associate Professor, History
Mario Santana, Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
Kristen Schilt, Associate Professor, Sociology
Spencer Bloch, R.M. Hutchins D.S. Professor Emeritus, Mathematics
Adrian Johns, Maclear Professor, History
Bozena Shallcross, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Francois Richard, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Petra Goedegebuure, Associate Professor, Oriental Institute
Norma Field, Robert Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Elena Bashir, Senior Lecturer, South Asian Languages & Civilizations
Veronica Vegna, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, Romance Languages and Literatures
Lucia B. Rothman-Denes, A. J. Carlson Professor, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
Choudhri Naim, Professor Emeritus, South Asian Languages & Civilizations
Christopher Skelly, Associate Professor, Surgery
William Sites, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Joel Isaac, Associate Professor, Social Thought
Na’ama Rokem, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Howard Stein, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy
Daniel Yohanna, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
William Sewell, Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Political Science and History
Laura Letinsky, Professor, Visual Arts
Leora Auslander, Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Western Civilization, History
Paola Iovene, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
David Orlinsky, Professor Emeritus, Comparative Human Development
Moishe Postone, Professor, History
Michael Bourdaghs, Robert S. Ingersoll Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
William Tait, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy
Anna Mueller, Assistant Professor, Comparative Human Development
Hans Schreiber, Professor, Pathology
Michael Silverstein, C. F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, Linguistics, and Psychology
Fred Donner, Peter B. Ritzma Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and Oriental Institute
Matthew Boyle, Professor, Philosophy
James Hopson, Emeritus Professor, Organismal Biology & Anatomy
Allan Rechtschaffen, Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry and Psychology
Jim Lastra, Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies
Joshua Scodel, Helen A. Regenstein Professor, English
Janet Johnson, Hull Professor of Egyptology, Oriental Institute and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Jennifer Cole, Professor, Comparative Human Development
Godfrey Getz, Emeritus Professor, Pathology
Seth Brodsky, Associate Professor, Music
Elizabeth Asmis, Professor, Classics
Nicole Marwell, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, Assistant Professor, Cinema and Media Studies
Daniel Morgan, Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies
Robert L. Kendrick, Professor, Music
Jason Grunebaum, Senior Lecturer, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Janel Mueller, Dean of Humanities Emerita, William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, College
Daniel Johnson, Professor, Pediatics
John Woods, Professor, History
Rachel DeWoskin, Lecturer, Creative Writing
George S. Tolley, Professor Emeritus, Economics, and former Director of the Center for Urban Studies
Anna Di Rienzo, Professor, Human Genetics
Michael I. Allen, Associate Professor, Classics
John McCormick, Professor, Political Science
Ralph Austen, Emeritus Professor, History
Neil Harris, Preston and Sterling Morton Professor Emeritus, History
Joel Snyder, Professor, Art History
Kenneth Warren, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor, English
Eve Ewing, Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar & Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Catherine Kearns, Assistant Professor, Classics
James Shapiro, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Travis A. Jackson, Associate Professor, Music
Mark Bradley, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor, History
Douglas Bishop, Professor, Radiation and Cellular Oncology
Jessica Baker, Assistant Professor, Music
Christian Wedemeyer, Associate Professor, Divinity School
Patchen Markell, Associate Professor, Political Science
Hussein Ali Agrama, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Andreas Glaeser, Professor, Sociology
Alida Bouris, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Joseph Masco, Professor, Anthropology
Wadad Kadi, The Avalon Foundation Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Miguel Martinez, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
Julie Orlemanski, Assistant Professor, English
Darryl Li, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Cornell Fleischer, Kanuni Süleyman Professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies, History and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Yali Amit, Professor, Statistics
Maria Anna Mariani, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
Jennifer Scappettone, Associate Professor, English, Creative Writing, Romance Languages and Literatures
Elissa Weaver, Professor Emerita, Romance Languages & Literatures
Gary Herrigel, Paul Klapper Professor, Political Science
Larissa Brewer-García, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
Colm O’Muircheartaigh, Professor, Harris School of Public Policy
Jenny Trinitapoli, Associate Professor, Sociology
Chad Broughton, Senior Lecturer, College
George Tolley, Emeritus Professor, Economics, and Former Director, Center for Urban Studies
Ross Stolzenberg, Professor, Sociology
Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Professor, Anthropology

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How many members of the opposition party did the previous administration surveil?


James Freeman
Updated May 12, 2017 5:42 p.m. ET

Another day brings another series of tweets from President Trump that have his opponents—and even some of his allies—expressing shock and outrage. In one particularly incendiary missive this morning Mr. Trump wrote, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” It’s no surprise that Mr. Trump is once again dominating the news via Twitter, but reporters might also want to pay attention to presidential use of a much more powerful set of electronic tools.


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Obama Quietly Signs The “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” Into Law


by Tyler Durden
Dec 26, 2016 4:01 PM

Late on Friday, with the US population embracing the upcoming holidays and oblivious of most news emerging from the administration, Obama quietly signed into law the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which authorizes $611 billion for the military in 2017.

In a statement, Obama said that:

Today, I have signed into law S. 2943, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.” This Act authorizes fiscal year 2017 appropriations principally for the Department of Defense and for Department of Energy national security programs, provides vital benefits for military personnel and their families, and includes authorities to facilitate ongoing operations around the globe. It continues many critical authorizations necessary to ensure that we are able to sustain our momentum in countering the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and to reassure our European allies, as well as many new authorizations that, among other things, provide the Departments of Defense and Energy more flexibility in countering cyber-attacks and our adversaries’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles.”

Much of the balance of Obama’s statement blamed the GOP for Guantanamo’s continued operation and warned that “unless the Congress changes course, it will be judged harshly by history,” Obama said. Obama also said Congress failed to use the bill to reduce wasteful overhead (like perhaps massive F-35 cost overruns?) or modernize military health care, which he said would exacerbate budget pressures facing the military in the years ahead.

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Jon Stewart Goes Off: Obama ‘Terrible for Press Freedom;’ Left’s Race-Baiting ‘Has to Stop’


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Comedian Jon Stewart sat down for a lengthy post-election conversationWednesday with New York Times editor Chris Smith and dished on all aspects of politics in the era of Trump.

“It is odd to be in a position of knowing that the leader of the free world tweeted that you were a pussy at 1:30 in the morning,” the former Daily Show host said of President-elect Donald Trump.

Stewart was set to discuss his new book, The Daily Show: An Oral History, but spent most of the evening airing his thoughts on the presidential election, why Obama was bad for freedom of the press and Hispanics, and how corporate media helps divide America.

“Not everybody that voted for Trump is a racist,” Stewart said, mimicking remarks he made in November. “I don’t give a fuck what any of you say to me. You can yell it at me, you can tweet it at me. They’re not all racists. Or they’re not giving tacit support to a racist system. We all give tacit support to exploitative systems as long as they don’t affect us that badly.”

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Obama Doesn’t Believe FBI Director Trying to Influence Election With Clinton Email Investigation

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Oct 31, 2016, 3:33 PM ET

The White House says it will remain neutral regarding the reopening of an investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server, after the discovery of more emails that FBI Director James Comey said may be relevant.

After a letter from Comey to Congress on Friday, which stated that new emails found on a laptop used by Clinton aide Huma Abedin “appear to be pertinent to our investigation,” members of both parties have criticized the timing of the move.

Today the White House declined to state an opinion on Comey’s action.

“I’ll neither defend nor criticize what Director Comey has decided to communicate to the public about this investigation,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in Monday’s press briefing.

In an effort to stay neutral on the topic, Earnest said, the White House will continue to be “scrupulous” in “avoiding even the appearance of political interference” in the investigation entrusted to the Department of Justice and the FBI.

He also said that President Barack Obama doesn’t think Comey is trying to sway the presidential race.

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ISIS Supporters Rush To Celebrate NYC Explosion

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We cause you pain inside your house,” one ISIS supporter bragged online

By Gilad Shiloach
Sep 18, 2016 at 6:05 AM ET

Supporters of the Islamic State rushed to celebrate Saturday night’s powerful explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood that injured at least 29 people, even as no group or individual has been arrested or claimed responsibility.

“The lions of the Caliphate roar in New York, we cause you pain inside your house, the carrier of the Cross,” wrote one Twitter user who went by the name “I am ISIS, come and block me.” The account was soon suspended. Another, called “The Lone Wolves,” tweeted with the Arabic hashtag #ExplosionManhattanNewYork “Oh God burn America, take revenge in the name of your oppressed slaves and believers’ blood.”

Others tweeted about “good tidings that keep coming” from New York, and one user affiliated with al-Qaeda in Syria tweeted: “Oh God go against America, the head of infidels. Oh God, count them and kill them one by one, and do not spare anyone of them.”

The hashtag #ExplosionManhattanNewYork was popular among other Arab users, mostly from Saudi Arabia, who don’t seem to be affiliated with terror groups but still criticized America, Vocativ found. One user said “ISIS is an American product, their goods come back to them.” Anotherwrote: “This is all your doing Mister Obama, you are the reason for the spread of ISIS in the region. I wish you would listen to the words of King Abdallah and his warning for the Arabs from ISIS.”

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Toronto: Oliver Stone Unhappy with Obama and Says Surveillance “In the Hands of the Wrong President, It’s Very Dangerous”


“Obama has managed to put together the most intensive surveillance state in the history of the world,” the ‘Snowden’ director told THR while discussing his film at the Toronto Film Festival. “This is pretty frightening when you think about the implications.”

Oliver Stone warned against the dangers of global surveillance in a sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto Film Festival.

The Snowden director, speaking about his biopic of famous whistleblower Edward Snowden, spoke about the current state of the country’s surveillance system, which says has intensified under the Obama administration.

“I thought Obama, like everyone else, was going to be a reformer. He had criticized the surveillance prior,” Stone told THR. “Since 2013, I have to tell you it’s gotten a lot more serious because they’ve expanded the surveillance. It’s gotten better.”

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Trump Plays the Role of President in Louisiana

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GOP nominee tours disaster area while Obama, Clinton won’t be parted from politics and rest

by Keith Koffler | Updated 19 Aug 2016 at 2:28 PM

In a brilliant maneuver perfectly timed to complement his campaign revamp, Republican nominee Donald Trump today landed in Louisiana to witness first-hand the devastation wrought by flooding not seen there since Hurricane Katrina pummeled the Gulf Coast in 2005.

Trump’s arrival on the scene helps him on a number of levels. Most importantly, it provides a dramatic contrast to Hillary Clinton and President Obama, both of whom have neglected to visit a region where more than a dozen have died and tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes.

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Erdogan tells West ‘mind your own business’ over crackdown criticism

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Agence France-Presse

29 JULY 2016 • 10:43PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told the European Union and United States to “mind your own business” after the West expressed alarm over the growing crackdown against suspected accomplices in the failed coup.

“Some people give us advice. They say they are worried. Mind your own business! Look at your own deeds,” Erdogan said at the presidential palace, complaining no senior Western official had visited Turkey in the wake of the coup.

“Not a single person has come to give condolences either from the European Union… or from the West,” said Erdogan.

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ARVADA, Colorado (AP) — Eight years ago, Barbara Conley was one of the millions of Americans swept up in Barack Obama’s promises of hope and change when he accepted the Democratic nomination at a packed stadium a few miles from her home in the Denver suburbs.

But those optimistic days are almost unrecognizable to Conley now.

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Obama and Democrats Move Closer to Socialized Medicine


Obama calls for adding public option to ObamaCare

President Obama is calling on Congress to add a “public option” to ObamaCare to improve his signature health law.

The pitch from Obama comes after he abandoned pursuit of a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers during the long legislative battle over healthcare because of opposition from some Democrats in Congress.

“Public programs like Medicare often deliver care more cost-effectively by curtailing administrative overhead and securing better prices from providers,” Obama writes in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“The public plan did not make it into the final legislation. Now, based on experience with the ACA, I think Congress should revisit a public plan to compete alongside private insurers in areas of the country where competition is limited,” writes the president.

The new embrace from the president also comes amid what appears to be a concerted push by the Democratic Party to rally around the public option.

It’s a shift that reflects how the party has tilted leftward during the Obama years.