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View from the Left: Reeling on health care, Republicans double down on anti-immigrant racism

In several tweets on Thursday, Donald Trump gave up Republicans' greatest weaknesses heading into the midterms: their biggest Achilles heel is how unpopular what they tried to do on health care was, in part, because what they did do on taxes turned out
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View from the Left: Reeling on health care, Republicans double down on anti-immigrant racism

In several tweets on Thursday, Donald Trump gave up Republicans' greatest weaknesses heading into the midterms: their biggest Achilles heel is how unpopular what they tried to do on health care was, in part, because what they did do on taxes turned out to be such a complete loser.  «All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions,» Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon, «and if they don’t, they will after I speak to them. I am in total support. Also, Democrats will destroy your Medicare, and I will keep it healthy and well!» What Republicans actually attempted to do and are still gunning for is gutting pre-existing condition coverage. It was not only a centerpiece of the Trumpcare bill they celebrated passing through the House in a Rose Garden ceremony, it's also the very same provision Trump's Justice Department declared unconstitutional in a 180 degree reversal for the agency. In other words, Trump lied. But he didn't stop there. He then projected Mitch McConnell's stated goal—cutting Medicare—onto Democrats, who are in fact fighting to save the critical program. That deceptive midday tweet was a tell: Hey, forget about all this health care stuff, it's killing us! What Trump wants everyone to focus on was what he began his day with, devoting three tweets to racist anti-immigrant fear-mongering about a caravan of thousands of Honduran refugees walking toward Mexico, with the ultimate goal of reaching the U.S. «I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S.,» Trump wrote. «The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA.» Along with warning he might «call up the U.S. military» to stop the refugees from entering the U.S., Trump is now threatening to renege on his warmed over NAFTA trade deal with Mexico and Canada (i.e. USMCA) if Mexico doesn't stop the caravan. In other words, he's willing to kill the trade deals many Americans, including struggling farmers, have been praying for in order to wield immigration as an election issue.  Certainly, immigration is the fight Trump's been longing for—he's convinced it's the silver bullet for Republicans even though every GOP candidate in a high-profile race who has made nativism the centerpiece of their campaign over the past two years has lost. Think GOP Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie last year, or Republican Rick Saccone who lost the PA-18 special election last spring to Democrat Conor Lamb in a district Trump had carried by 20 points.

David Cross can guess “95%” what kind of David Cross fan you are just by looking at you

David Cross talks about politics, making comedy that lasts and what type of person likes his best-known works
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David Cross can guess “95%” what kind of David Cross fan you are just by looking at you

David Cross talks about politics, making comedy that lasts and what type of person likes his best-known works

Stephen Colbert dresses like Moses to rebuke Pat Robertson for putting money over murder

Colbert criticized Robertson’s stance that missing Washington Post journalist is not an issue.
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Stephen Colbert dresses like Moses to rebuke Pat Robertson for putting money over murder

Colbert criticized Robertson’s stance that missing Washington Post journalist is not an issue.

After hurricanes hit, Operation Airdrop volunteers fly resources to places FEMA can’t (or won’t)

This post was written and reported by Darlena Cunha, through our Daily Kos freelance program. A week after Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle, many people in the area have gone into starvation mode, according to Leah Tedder, a nurse on the
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After hurricanes hit, Operation Airdrop volunteers fly resources to places FEMA can’t (or won’t)

This post was written and reported by Darlena Cunha, through our Daily Kos freelance program. A week after Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle, many people in the area have gone into starvation mode, according to Leah Tedder, a nurse on the ground. Without water and food, with their hospitals damaged and unable to take in patients, with roads blocked by the remains of torn-up houses and trees, the residents of Panama City, Mexico Beach, Marianna and so many other regions were left alone in the dark. “Our hospital looked like a war zone, with beds in the hallways and transfers coming, our day staff were exhausted and our nurses tired and weary,” Tedder posted publicly on Facebook, as she continued to help Dr. Naba Zabih operate his free pop-up clinic in Panama City. “I had a patient last night that was just found yesterday in his trailer. He was severely dehydrated to the point he may need more intervention for his kidneys to function. He said he didn’t have food or anything to drink and could not get up.” FEMA is there. Donald Trump visited, along with Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott, and they passed out some water bottles. But residents and region officials alike say aid isn’t reaching them. At least not fast enough. “Can you imagine having a baby in diapers and suddenly there are no more diapers? And there is no way to wash clothes?” said Erin Porter, the marketing manager for Gainesville Regional Airport, which partnered with Operation Airdrop to fill in gaps where the federal government is falling short. Operation Airdrop started as a loose conglomerate of pilots gathered together by Doug Jackson. After Hurricane Harvey, he started flying supplies in his own plane, and he put out a call on aviation forums and Facebook for other volunteer pilots. He started with 75; today the number stands at 750. Pilots can sign up, register and submit their email addresses to get a brief when storms like Michael come through, leaving infrastructure in tatters in their wake. Then the pilots go to work.

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Projects worth Rs 2.35 lakh crore under Sagarmala to take off in Maharashtra : Nitin Gadkari

He said projects worth over Rs 1.50 lakh crore are in various stages of implementation, while the work on remaining Rs 85,000 crore-worth projects is yet to begin
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Projects worth Rs 2.35 lakh crore under Sagarmala to take off in Maharashtra : Nitin Gadkari

He said projects worth over Rs 1.50 lakh crore are in various stages of implementation, while the work on remaining Rs 85,000 crore-worth projects is yet to begin

Next IMF loan will be #39;the last#39;: Pakistan finance minister

Prime Minister Imran Khan#39;s administration has sent mixed messages over whether Pakistan will enter another IMF programme
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Next IMF loan will be #39;the last#39;: Pakistan finance minister

Prime Minister Imran Khan#39;s administration has sent mixed messages over whether Pakistan will enter another IMF programme

Rs 2.35 lakh crore-worth works under Sagarmala in Maharashtra: Nitin Gadkari

He said projects worth over Rs 1.50 lakh crore are in various stages of implementation, while the work on remaining Rs 85,000 crore-worth projects is yet to begin
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Rs 2.35 lakh crore-worth works under Sagarmala in Maharashtra: Nitin Gadkari

He said projects worth over Rs 1.50 lakh crore are in various stages of implementation, while the work on remaining Rs 85,000 crore-worth projects is yet to begin

Assocham hails RBI's opening of banking tap to boost capital flow to NBFCs

The provision will allow banks to free up Rs 500-600 billion of liquidity which banks can lend to NBFCs till December 31
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Assocham hails RBI's opening of banking tap to boost capital flow to NBFCs

The provision will allow banks to free up Rs 500-600 billion of liquidity which banks can lend to NBFCs till December 31

Banks and issue of stressed assets: Why prompt corrective action is a must

Without appropriate supervisory constraints in place, such banks are in a position to delay the recognition of losses
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Banks and issue of stressed assets: Why prompt corrective action is a must

Without appropriate supervisory constraints in place, such banks are in a position to delay the recognition of losses

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In State Tectonics, an explosive ending for the future of democracy

An omnipotent data infrastructure and knowledge-sharing tech organization has spread across the planet. Global conspiracies to disseminate propaganda and rig elections are ever present. Algorithms determine what people see as objective truth, and terrorist or
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In State Tectonics, an explosive ending for the future of democracy

An omnipotent data infrastructure and knowledge-sharing tech organization has spread across the planet. Global conspiracies to disseminate propaganda and rig elections are ever present. Algorithms determine what people see as objective truth, and terrorist organizations gird to bring down the monopoly on information. Malka Older faces a problem few speculative science fiction authors face in […]

Khashoggi’s fate shows the flip side of the surveillance state

It’s been over five years since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the lid on government mass surveillance programs, revealing, in unprecedented detail, quite how deep the rabbit hole goes thanks to the spread of commercial software and connectivi
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Khashoggi’s fate shows the flip side of the surveillance state

It’s been over five years since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the lid on government mass surveillance programs, revealing, in unprecedented detail, quite how deep the rabbit hole goes thanks to the spread of commercial software and connectivity enabling a bottomless intelligence-gathering philosophy of ‘bag it all’. Yet technology’s onward march has hardly broken its stride. […]

Early-stage SaaS VC slip snaps recovery as public software stocks soar

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor International growth, primarily in China, fuels the VC market today Corporate venture investment climbs higher throughout 20
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Early-stage SaaS VC slip snaps recovery as public software stocks soar

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor International growth, primarily in China, fuels the VC market today Corporate venture investment climbs higher throughout 2018 A few months ago, Crunchbase News reported that a longstanding period of SaaS investment stagnation had come to an end. […]

China is funding the future of American biotech

Silicon Valley is in the midst of a health craze, and it is being driven by “Eastern” medicine. It’s been a record year for US medical investing, but investors in Beijing and Shanghai are now increasingly leading the largest deals for US lif
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China is funding the future of American biotech

Silicon Valley is in the midst of a health craze, and it is being driven by “Eastern” medicine. It’s been a record year for US medical investing, but investors in Beijing and Shanghai are now increasingly leading the largest deals for US life science and biotech companies. In fact, Chinese venture firms have invested more this […]

A Twitter employee groomed by the Saudi government prompted 2015 state-sponsored hacking warning

An explosive report in The New York Times this weekend sheds new light on the apparent targeting of Twitter accounts by “state-sponsored actors” three years ago. It comes in the wake of the confirmed death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khash
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A Twitter employee groomed by the Saudi government prompted 2015 state-sponsored hacking warning

An explosive report in The New York Times this weekend sheds new light on the apparent targeting of Twitter accounts by “state-sponsored actors” three years ago. It comes in the wake of the confirmed death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, two weeks after he disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi […]

Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people

A government system used by insurance agents and brokers to help customers sign up for healthcare plans was breached, allowing hackers to siphon off sensitive and personal data on 75,000 people. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed the bre
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Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people

A government system used by insurance agents and brokers to help customers sign up for healthcare plans was breached, allowing hackers to siphon off sensitive and personal data on 75,000 people. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed the breach in a late Friday announcement, but revealed few details about the contents of the […]

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Enthusiasts re-enact bloody 19th-century Battle of Leipzig

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) - Hundreds of history buffs have re-enacted the 19th-century Battle of Leipzig, which saw the defeat of Napoleon I's army by combined forces from Prussia, Austria, Russia and Sweden. Enthusiasts from across Europe, dressed in period cost
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Enthusiasts re-enact bloody 19th-century Battle of Leipzig

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) - Hundreds of history buffs have re-enacted the 19th-century Battle of Leipzig, which saw the defeat of Napoleon I's army by combined forces from Prussia, Austria, Russia and Sweden. Enthusiasts from across Europe, dressed in period costumes, fired muskets and cannons at each other Saturday as spectators ...

Judge OKs logging project in Umpqua National Forest

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request by environmental groups to halt a 500-acre (200-hectare) logging project in western Oregon. The Capital Press reports in a story on Thursday that U.S. District Judge Michael McShane denied the request fo
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Judge OKs logging project in Umpqua National Forest

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request by environmental groups to halt a 500-acre (200-hectare) logging project in western Oregon. The Capital Press reports in a story on Thursday that U.S. District Judge Michael McShane denied the request for a preliminary injunction of the logging project ...

Utah aims to prevent airport travel problems for residents

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah state legislators are set to consider a proposal at a special session next month that would ensure state driver's licenses have a federally required gold star on the front, which would prevent residents from being turned away by air
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Utah aims to prevent airport travel problems for residents

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah state legislators are set to consider a proposal at a special session next month that would ensure state driver's licenses have a federally required gold star on the front, which would prevent residents from being turned away by airport security in the future. The ...

The Best Dubbed Anime Available

Subtitled anime may be the way to go for some purists, but for the rest of us, we know the value of an excellent dub cast. While it’s true many miss the mark, […] The post The Best Dubbed Anime Available appeared first on Geek.com.
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The Best Dubbed Anime Available

Subtitled anime may be the way to go for some purists, but for the rest of us, we know the value of an excellent dub cast. While it’s true many miss the mark, […] The post The Best Dubbed Anime Available appeared first on Geek.com.

Man approved to turn historic mansion into inn

BURKE, Vt. (AP) - A California man who bought a historic Vermont mansion for $1.8 million has received town approval to turn the mansion into an inn. The Caledonian-Record reports owner James Crone says he plans to restore Burklyn Hall, and his family member
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Man approved to turn historic mansion into inn

BURKE, Vt. (AP) - A California man who bought a historic Vermont mansion for $1.8 million has received town approval to turn the mansion into an inn. The Caledonian-Record reports owner James Crone says he plans to restore Burklyn Hall, and his family members will serve as caretakers of the ...

Florida's open for business, tourism agency says

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Visit Florida is launching a $9 million marketing plan to show that much of the state is open for business following Hurricane Michael. The Orlando Sentinel reports the taxpayer-funded tourism agency's executive committee voted Frida
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Florida's open for business, tourism agency says

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Visit Florida is launching a $9 million marketing plan to show that much of the state is open for business following Hurricane Michael. The Orlando Sentinel reports the taxpayer-funded tourism agency's executive committee voted Friday to support a plan that includes highlighting what has reopened in ...

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Jose Altuve undergoes knee surgery

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve underwent surgery on his right knee Friday, Mark Berman of Fox26 and MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reported (Twitter links). McTaggart pointed out yesterday that the 2017 AL MVP played through knee pain throughout the second ha
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Jose Altuve undergoes knee surgery

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve underwent surgery on his right knee Friday, Mark Berman of Fox26 and MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reported (Twitter links). McTaggart pointed out yesterday that the 2017 AL MVP played through knee pain throughout the second half of this season. Still, the exact diagnosis has not yet been revealed by either Altuve or the team, and the Astros have yet to confirm the surgery. As of right now, Altuve is expected to make a full recovery in time for Spring Training. Altuve was the DH for the final three games of the ALCS against Boston, but manager AJ Hinch said the injury would have sent Altuve to the disabled list had it been the regular season. Presumably, the knee worsened as the year wore on. Altuve originally injured the knee while sliding into second base in a game against Colorado all the way back in July. Before the injury, Altuve hit .329/.392/.464, whereas after the injury he hit .276/.366/.409. Nevertheless, the three-time AL batting champ still finished the season with a

Bubble drivers have high hopes for Kansas elimination race

Just about everybody on the bubble for NASCAR's playoffs feels good about his chances of winning at Kansas Speedway in Sunday's elimination race
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Bubble drivers have high hopes for Kansas elimination race

Just about everybody on the bubble for NASCAR's playoffs feels good about his chances of winning at Kansas Speedway in Sunday's elimination race

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