Obama protects Over 1.6 million Acres of Land in Utah and Nevada

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama designated over 1.6 million acres of land in Utah and Nevada as national monuments thereby protecting the two areas from mining and oil and gas drilling. [AdSense-A] Obama builds on legacy of protecting sensitive land and fighting climate change The move to protect the large swaths of land, which are rich in Native American Artifacts, comes as one of the final moves in Obama’s legacy of protecting the environment and fighting climate change. In a statement released with the announcement Obama said, “Today’s actions will help protect this cultural legacy and will ensure that...

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Trump Gives Stunningly Ignorant Answer About Russian Hack

During a bizarre appearance before reporters yesterday while flanked by Don King, Donald Trump gave a stunningly ignorant answer when asked about the Russian hack and election meddling. [AdSense-A] Trump’s answer regarding Russian hack is stunningly ignorant When asked about the consequences the Russians should face, Trump said, “I think we ought to get on with our lives.” Trump who hasn’t held a press conference in months appeared in front of cameras briefly standing next to boxing promoter convicted murderer Don King. Trump then said, “I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has...

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Obamacare Repeal Could Cost 13M Children Their Health Insurance

A major component of the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – is the expanded coverage of Medicaid for poor Americans. And according to analysis by the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center, a Republican repeal of Obamacare could cost up to 13 million children their health coverage. [AdSense-A] In addition to the millions who have been able to purchase health coverage through Obamacare because of the subsidies for middle-class Americans, Obamacare provided states generous federal funding to expand Medicaid. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have adopted the expanded Medicaid coverage – extending health coverage to millions of...

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Why Republicans Want to Punish Filming on the House Floor

As Republicans prepare to ram their extreme conservative agenda through Congress they are making also considering how to prevent Democrats from standing in their way. House Republicans are trying to make it very costly for anyone to film on the House floor. [AdSense-A] On Monday, Republican leadership in the House proposed a rule that would punish any representatives who film, take photos, record or broadcast anything from the House floor. This was first reported by Bloomberg, saying first-time offenders would face a $500 fine and repeat offenders would see $2,500 which would be docked directly from their paychecks. Why Republicans want...

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Obama confident he could have won a third term

Just a few weeks before President Obama is set to leave office, he spoke with former senior advisor, David Axelrod, saying among other things that he could have won a third term. [AdSense-A] Obama confident he could have won a third term The conversation covered many interesting topics including whether Obama thought he could have beat Donald Trump and won a third term – you know if that was something the Constitution allowed. President Obama is set to leave office as one of the most popular presidents in modern history, with an approval rating that seems to be soaring. During...

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Trump to Close Trump Foundation, No Word Yet on Hundreds of Businesses

Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he will close his foundation. In a statement, Trump said he was closing the Trump Foundation “to avoid even the appearance of any conflict.” [AdSense-A] The shuttering of the Trump Foundation comes with growing calls for Donald Trump to divest himself from his murky network of businesses that pose an unprecedented level of conflicts of interest. The decision appears to be aimed at resolving some of the most glaring potential conflicts of interest that his business and philanthropic empire poses. However, according to The New York Times, he has still not gone anywhere...

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Obamacare sign-ups surge!

Just as Donald Trump and the Republicans make plans to repeal it, Obamacare sign-ups surge. [AdSense-A]Enrollments on HealthCare.gov are outpacing last year’s sign-ups Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Wednesday. HealthCare.gov is the federal exchange for consumers to purchase health insurance policies. Obamacare sign-ups surge As of Monday, the deadline for customers who want coverage that will be in place by Jan. 1 2017, 6.4 million people had signed up for health plans in the 39 states where the federal government operates the exchanges. The 6.4 million sign ups includes more than 2 million new customers. The overall total...

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After Texas Moves To Block Medicaid Funds, Planned Parenthood Vows to Continue Providing Care

Following more than a year of delays, Texas health officials have moved to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds beginning next in January 2017. In October of 2015, Texas officials announced to Planned Parenthood that the state was intending to block the organization from receiving Medicaid funds. Planned Parenthood responded to the move with a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the state. [AdSense-A] Over the last year, Texas didn’t follow through on its threat, and Planned Parenthood clinics continued to provide critical health services to Medicaid patients. However, on Tuesday, the Texas Health and Human Services Inspector General Stuart...

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Barack Obama Permanently Blocks Oil Drilling in Arctic, Atlantic

According to a White House statement on Tuesday, using his executive authority President Barack Obama permanently blocks oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. And according to a joint statement from Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada will also halt oil and gas exploration in its own Arctic waters. [AdSense-A] The move by Obama to protect the planet from climate change and potential oil spills comes just weeks before Donald Trump takes office. Donald Trump appears dead set on rolling back Barack Obama’s climate change progress. Trump famously referred to climate change as a Chinese hoax. Obama...

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FBI Director Didn’t Have Warrant Until 2 Days After Sending Letter to Congress

The controversy surrounding FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress 11 days before the election has resurfaced in a major way. On Tuesday, the warrant connected to the FBI search was revealed and legal experts who have reviewed the document saying the warrant should have never been granted. [AdSense-A] The FBI Director permanently changed the momentum in the presidential race 11 days before the election by sending Congress a letter saying the agency had discovered new evidence in its previously closed investigation into the emails Hillary Clinton. Clinton had a significant lead in the polls at the time Comey sent the...

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