Mediaite takes a part Trump's most recent claim that his border wall is mostly built and Mexico is paying for it. Then they ask a good quetion: "if 'much of the Wall has already been fully renovated or built,' was it worth it for Trump to shut down the government because Democrats refuse to give him the $5 billion he's demanding for the wall and other security measures?" read more
The Trump Administration's policies have halted a research effort seeking a cure for HIV. Snopes rating: True. ... HHS acknowledged that they had (at least temporarily) blocked staff scientists from procuring fetal tissue, but that they did not think -- or realize -- such a move would have affected the study in question ... In his interview with us, [HIV researcher Warner] Greene stated that this explanation made no sense. "To my knowledge ... we were never made aware that we should approach the NIH to inform them of our need for more fetal tissue to complete this investigation." If such a request were required, Greene said, he and his team would have "acted upon it in a millisecond." We also reached out to the director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (which oversees the Rocky Mountain Laboratory) for an update on the current status of the project and for clarification on the fetal tissue review's impact on the study but have not received a response.
According to [a] 200-page analysis of Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) Medicare for All Act of 2017, the researchers found that "based on 2017 U.S. healthcare expenditure figures, the cumulative savings for the first decade operating under Medicare for All would be $5.1 trillion, equal to 2.1 percent of cumulative GDP, without accounting for broader macroeconomic benefits such as increased productivity, greater income equality, and net job creation through lower operating costs for small- and medium-sized businesses." read more
A former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her unarmed black neighbor in his own apartment has been indicted on a murder charge, according to the Associated Press. read more
Cohen's plea Thursday was an obvious attempt to get favorable treatment from Special Counsel Robert Mueller when it comes time to sentence him for his admitted crimes. read more