One of the most indefensible stances of the NRA—in a sea of indefensible stances—is that medical professionals and government public health experts cannot use taxpayer money to research gun violence in our country. After a few hundred American deaths in more headline-grabbing mass-shooting events over the past decade, Congress better defined the parameters of 1996’s Dickey Amendment, allowing the Centers for Disease Control to finally, after thousands of deaths, study gun violence. On Wednesday, after the CDC released statistics about rising gun violence, and probably feeling a bit butt-hurt after over a dozen Grade A NRA candidates lost to a bunch of Grade F Democrats, the NRA’s social media idiot tweeted out this statement. Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves. Only people like Donald Trump, the NRA, Mitch McConnell, and the entire Republican Party seem to have the kind of chutzpah it takes to tell medical professionals to stay in their lane. Attacking a group of people who are both highly educated and highly dedicated to protecting the lives of others is a recipe for classic NRA failure. The initial responses were direct and to the point. xDo you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isnÃ¢ÂÂt just my lane. ItÃ¢ÂÂs my fucking highway. https://t.co/48S9UIFaV2Ã¢ÂÂ Judy Melinek M.D. (@drjudymelinek) November 9, 2018
In September, the Republican-led legislature in Michigan approved citizen-initiated legislation to raise the state's minimum wage to $12/hour and require paid sick leave. They did this expressly to keep two initiatives off of last week's ballot. It was an attempt to depress Democratic turnout, and to give them the opportunity to gut it. Many Democrats opposed the legislation because they knew that it would lead to precisely what the legislature is now planning to do: roll back the laws during the lame-duck session, while they still have a Republican governor to sign them. The changes they’re eyeing include changing employees' responsibility in providing notice to employers when they need time off to «make it more acceptable to the business community so we continue to keep our economy on track,» according to Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof. In other words: to make it virtually impossible for workers to actually get paid time off when they're sick. One attack on the minimum wage law could be maintaining a lower than minimum wage for tipped restaurant workers, a policy the initiative would have eliminated. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, a Democrat from Flint, is sounding the alarm for the public. «They can make sure their voices are heard and say that obviously people wanted a raise, and they wanted to have paid sick leave.» He warns that Republicans «will be held accountable» when they return in smaller majorities next year if they gut these laws. For his part, outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has his own priorities, «including a 'renew and rebuild Michigan' plan to fund environmental cleanup and water infrastructure upgrades through fee increases Republican lawmakers have been hesitant to approve.» Senate Republicans are opposed to that, so there's the makings for a contentious lame-duck session with the governor. «At this point, I'm waiting to see what their priorities are, and let's merge them together and see what we can accomplish,» Snyder said.
Just in case you were wondering about the progress of Donald Trump's plan to denuclearize North Korea via an ambitious plan of lurching from incoherent mockery to lavish praise to ramshackle promises based on nothing at all, the answer is that North Korea is continuing to build up its nuclear arsenal and capabilities while ignoring his administration's demands. A new study notes that known North Korean missile bases, identified via satellite images, continue to be active. North Korea denies the existence of these bases at all; experts remain concerned that Team Trump is so eager to ink a Trump-flattering deal that they will overlook it. “It’s not like these bases have been frozen,” Mr. [Victor] Cha, the leader of the team that studied the images, said in an interview. “Work is continuing. What everybody is worried about is that Trump is going to accept a bad deal — they give us a single test site and dismantle a few other things, and in return they get a peace agreement” that formally ends the Korean War. Cha was on Team Trump's shortlist for the South Korea ambassadorship post, but was nixed after he criticized administration policies toward North Korea. It is perhaps notable that he's using the «Everybody is worried» construct to publicly dump on Trump for being stupid enough to sign such a deal. So that's the short version. Yup, still no progress. Yup, experts are still worried that a Trump version of «progress» would be even worse than the status quo. Yup, there's still a good possibility this idiot signs away Alaska or Hawaii in exchange for a bag of magic beans.
Here’s a message from the soon-to-be-once-again Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi: xNeed help signing up for Open Enrollment? DonÃ¢ÂÂt worry Ã¢ÂÂ free help is available. Call 1-800-318-2596 for help or visit https://t.co/cFcLkgruOi to find free in-person assistance in your area. #GetCovered pic.twitter.com/CCvb05ITJY— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 13, 2018 Since the waste of skin and oxygen in the White House won’t do this, we have to. It’s time to get enrolled for health insurance if you don’t have it and don’t have access to it from your employer, or to shop around for a new plan if you are already enrolled in Obamacare. You can call the number or visit the website listed above for assistance, or to help someone you know find coverage. There are plenty of great tools to help you or people you are helping figure out what options are available all across the country. Now that all the election is done and the holiday rush hasn’t begun, it’s a good time to get enrolled or re-enrolled and to also help get people signed up for Obamacare. It’s also another opportunity to make Trump and the Republicans hurt. The better Obamacare does, the more angst they’ll have. You know where to go, right? Healthcare.gov, because even Trump hasn’t been able to blow it up. * In most states. These are the exceptions with extended deadlines: California – January 15, 2019 Colorado – January 15, 2019 D.C. – January 31, 2019 Massachusetts – January 23, 2019 Minnesota – January 13, 2019 New York – January 31, 2019 Rhode Island – January 31, 2019
Since winning his decade-long fight in April to return to the U.S. following his deportation, U.S. military veteran Hector Barajas-Varela has tried to be many things for many people. Sometimes he’s traveling and sharing his story. Sometimes he’s back in Mexico, to help run the Tijuana center he founded for other deported veterans. Still, it always comes always back to his role as dad. “At a Mesa College panel on Wednesday,” the San Diego Tribune reports, “Barajas choked with emotion when he spoke about spending time with his middle-school aged daughter. No matter how many events he’s invited to or panels he’s been on, that happens every time, Barajas said.” Since coming back to the U.S., he was able to attend her first band recital. Sometimes they just hang out at home. Mostly, the two are “trying to rebuild a relationship after years of being deported.” The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) estimated in 2016 that there are some 239 other Hectors, immigrant service members who were kicked out after serving their adopted country. “They can be deported for committing a list of crimes set in immigration law,” the San Diego Tribune continues. Barajas-Varela complained that some people initially sympathize with the issue of deported vets, but that can quickly change. “Nobody wanted to listen to us. People stop listening when they hear, ‘criminal.’” Since winning a pardon from outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown—Barajas-Varela “has shown that since his release from custody, he has lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen,” Brown wrote—and then a court victory with the help of the ACLU, he has kept listening to deported vets, some of whom as struggling with mental illness and conditions related to combat. Sometimes he feels like he doesn’t do enough. “’I can’t be everywhere,’ Barajas said. ‘Everything I’m doing on the other side is going to benefit them. They want me here.’ He’s now rented an apartment up the street for deported veterans instead of having them sleep upstairs at the shelter.” Barajas-Varela said in April that he hoped to keep heading The Bunker for a year, and then pass the leadership role onto another deported vet so that he can live full-time here and eventually return to school. Barajas-Varela has already taken some brand-new steps as a U.S. citizen. Earlier this year, he cast his ballot for the very first time, and then in the 2018 midterms voted for Democratic Congress member Nanette Barragán, who in 2017 had been part of a congressional delegation visiting Barajas-Varela when he was still living in Mexico. “It meant a lot to be able to vote for someone who had supported him, he said.”
Multiple U.S. officials have now listened to the audio provided by Turkey showing that Saudi operatives ambushed, captured, tortured, dismembered, then killed Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But while the audio evidence that the Saudi government directed a hit on a journalist within the supposedly safe space of a diplomatic consulate may seem damning, the Trump White House is ready to absolve Saudi leadership of any responsibility. As the Washington Post reports, John Bolton is putting forth the audio as if it’s not evidence of a crime, but evidence of innocence. U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul did not appear to provide any link between the killers and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. By this, Bolton seems to mean that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is not present when someone pulls out scissors and begins cutting off Khashoggi’s fingers. And apparently the people in the recording do not stop in the middle of torturing and murdering the journalist to tell him whose orders they are following. Except that they do. According to the New York Times, one of those involved, Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb can be heard making a phone call during the session. He instructs the person on the other end to “tell your boss” what’s going on with Khashoggi. According to Business Insider, Mutreb is an associate of bin Salman who sometimes serves as his bodyguard. Analysts have assumed that the “boss” he is referring to is bin Salman. Bolton isn’t making that assumption. Because Donald Trump and Jared Kushner are both deeply tied to bin Salman. They’ve helped him seize power and solidify his base. Donald Trump made the non-existent weapons sale with Saudi Arabia the centerpiece of his ability to “cut deals” with foreign leaders. Bolstering bin Salman’s war in Yemen, where school buses of children are blown away by American bombs, is as close as Trump can currently get to his desired conflict with Iran. Trump has made it clear that he doesn’t view foreign relations as something that happens between nations, but between individual leaders. And he’s not about to let the death of a journalist get in the way of his personal connection to Mohammed bin Salman. At the moment, the Kushner plan remains in effect—do nothing and let it blow over.
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