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Monday, June 26, 2017

The bill is known as House Concurrent Resolution 89 (HCR 89). It was introduced earlier this year by Hawaii state representative Chris Lee and was meant to ‘start a conversation about our future'. Just two months later, it has unanimously passed both houses of the Hawaii State Legislature.

Rep. Chris Lee made the news known through a Reddit post he personally wrote. Aside from providing an overview of what HCR 89 is all about, he also mentioned the driving force that prompted him to come up with his proposition.

Simply put, he was concerned that our economy was being transformed by ‘innovation, automation and inequality', which is why he wanted to initiate a ‘more public discussion' so actions can be taken to ensure that as the economy changes and progresses, everyone gets to benefit from it and no one gets left behind. Read more

One month before Election Day, Jared Kushner's real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan. The loan came at a critical moment. Kushner was playing a key role in the presidential campaign of his father-in-law, Donald Trump. The lender, Deutsche Bank, was negotiating to settle a federal mortgage fraud case and charges from New York state regulators that it aided a possible Russian money-laundering scheme. The cases were settled in December and January. The October deal illustrates the extent to which Kushner was balancing roles as a top adviser to Trump and a real estate company executive. After the election, Kushner juggled duties for the Trump transition team and his corporation as he prepared to move to the White House. Read more

Pro-Trump group's health care offensive warns GOP senators to get in line

The effort is aimed at both punishing Sen. Dean Heller and at swaying his vote, and it is a stunning act of political retaliation against a member of the president's own party.

A new campaign by top White House allies targeting the GOP's most vulnerable senator over health care sends a loud message to those resistant to the Trump agenda: We're coming after you.

America First Policies, a White House-backed outside group led by the president's top campaign advisers, has launched a $1 million attack against Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who on Friday announced that he opposed the Senate's recently unveiled Obamacare repeal plan.

That included a Twitter and digital ad campaign targeting the senator, including a video that accuses him of "standing with" House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a reviled figure in conservative circles.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Within a month, the Democratic party will present a "strong, bold, sharp-edged and common-sense economic agenda" to underpin its efforts against Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday.

"Here's the No 1 lesson from Georgia 6," the New York senator said on ABC's This Week, referring to the sixth congressional district in which Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff this week lost the most expensive special election in history. "Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged, and common-sense economic agenda. Policy, platform, message that appeal to the middle class. That resonate with the middle class ... and unite Democrats. That's what I've been working on for months." Read more

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It's Pride month, but I have a slightly different story of coming out to tell you. This is the story of how I became a Slytherin. More precisely, it's about how I discovered I already was a Slytherin and how internalized Slytherphobia had me in denial until I found my people. Read more

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by God -- before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders -- is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues.

Savannah, 13, spoke on May 7 in Eagle Mountain, Utah, about her belief that she is the child of heavenly parents who didn't make any mistakes when she was created. Her comments came during a once-a-month portion of Mormon Sunday services where members are encouraged to share feelings and beliefs.

"They did not mess up when they gave me freckles or when they made me to be gay," she said, wearing a white shirt and red tie. "God loves me just this way." Read more

They exist now mostly in archives. Photos show a beautiful young woman bent over an operating table, staring toward the camera with a mixture of defiance and exhaustion. A man in a sweater adorned with the Lion of Judah jauntily holds his flight helmet in one hand. A military commander points into the distance of a rocky Spanish valley. Salaria Kea, John Robinson, Oliver Law: they're three of the tens of thousands of black Americans who, a year before the Abraham Lincoln Brigade turned up as defenders of Republican Spain, protested, fundraised, and fought to save Ethiopia from Fascism, in an episode that even leftists have forgotten. Read more

Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia. Read more

JUSTIN ORDOÑEZ, SEATTLE -- I'm 35 years old. I didn't go to college after high school. Instead I got a job in insurance, and I've spent half my life on the business side of keeping people healthy. Only once have I felt that the industry took positive steps toward insuring America, and that was when Obamacare mandated it.

I assumed Donald Trump's presidency would doom the law. A Republican replacement, which could cut off insurance for millions of people, could pass the Senate as soon as next week. And I fear that most Americans, who don't really worry about their health until they get sick, won't be willing to fight against it.

Only when you've done what I've done will you understand what will happen if the Republicans destroy Obamacare.

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Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) Chairman Warren Buffett on Saturday fumed that healthcare costs are eating away at the U.S. economy like "tapeworm" and said the Republican approach to overhaul Obamacare is a tax cut for the rich.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, a victory for Republican President Donald Trump who has called the 2010 law a "disaster."

Speaking at Berkshire's annual shareholders' meeting in Omaha, Buffett said his federal income taxes last year would have gone down 17 percent had the new law been in effect.

"So it is a huge tax cut for guys like me," he said. "And when there's a tax cut, either the deficit goes up or they get the taxes from somebody else."

The 2016 election was one of the most eventful in U.S. history. We will be debating its consequences for a long time. For those of us who pay attention to the security and reliability of elections, the 2016 election teaches some important lessons. I'll review some of them in this post.

First, though, let's review what has not changed. The level of election security varies considerably from place to place in the United States, depending on management, procedures, and of course technology choices. Places that rely on paperless voting systems, such as touchscreen voting machines that record votes directly in computer memories (so-called DREs), are at higher risk, because of the malleability of computer memory and the lack of an auditable record of the vote that was seen directly by the voter. Read more

Op-Ed: U.S. president Donald Trump on the campaign trail railed against the influence of Wall Street on U.S. politics and promised to drain the Washington swamp but has done exactly the opposite.

Trump's cabinet is filled with formerly important Wall Street figures and his administration has added new life to the Washington swamp not drained it. Rather than being apologetic about these actions, Trump moves on the offensive, in effect giving a vigorous defense of having a government controlled by many who are part of the one percent or the ultra-rich.

The one percent for some unfathomable reason must not be interested in money and their own welfare but the interests of the poor and middle class who apparently are not capable of thinking in ways that advance their own interests. They need the kind of thinking only the rich can provide. Read more

A devastating accident involving an exploding oil tanker has left at least 140 people dead in eastern Pakistan, according to Nishtar Hospital.

The hospital, which is treating many of the wounded, added that over 100 people were injured in the explosion, in a statement Sunday.

The truck veered off the road Sunday when the driver lost control in the city of Bahawalpur, police official Mohammad Akhtar told CNN.

The explosion came as villagers began to gather around the truck in an attempt to collect oil in containers, Akhtar said. Read more

Talk to any contractor or carpenter -- or most people who are reasonably familiar with home construction and repair -- and they'll tell you that a "4×4" piece of lumber is not actually four inches by four inches, and that it hasn't been that way in any of our lifetimes. Yet some Home Depot and Menards customers are -- literally -- making a federal case out of this discrepancy, accusing the retailers of false advertising.

The House plan to replace Obamacare was heartless. The Senate plan is even worse.

There's a line in the movie Dumb and Dumber, when Harry Dunne looks at Lloyd Christmas and says, "Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!" I remember watching this scene for the first time and laughing hysterically because there was absolutely nothing redeemable about what Lloyd just did.

I cannot think of a movie scene that more accurately describes the Republican Party in Congress at this moment in history.

The problem is, unlike the relatively harmless antics of Harry and Lloyd, we're not just dealing with innocent idiocy; we're dealing with callousness and an utter disregard for people's lives.

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