People with a history of "self-mutilation," bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA Today. ... [A]ccepting recruits with those mental health conditions in their past carries risks, according to Elspeth Ritchie, a psychiatrist who retired from the Army as a colonel in 2010 and is an expert on waivers for military service. People with a history of mental health problems are more likely to have those issues resurface than those who do not, she said. "It is a red flag," she said. "The question is, how much of a red flag is it?" read more
Steven Rosenfield, Alternet: On Tuesday Wisconsin quietly added itself as the 28th state to call for a constitutional convention. 34 are needed to force a rewrite of the constitution that the republicans (who control every participating state) claim to love. They want to tear it up and rewrite it so that it will be easier to cut programs that benefit the needy but much harder to raise taxes or add spending. They want to remove language that has stymied their efforts in recent years. Little things like equal protection under a law, the right to due process, freedom of the press, etc. The draft new constitution is available on the ALEC website. It is a scary read.
The republicans like to argue about global warming and the effects of pollution and the role of the EPA as if it is all just a mental exercise in hypotheticals and theory. It is not. We know what happens without pollution controls. We have seen it before here in America before the Clean air act. We can see it abroad now. This is what deregulation will get us. It isn't theory it is observation
One of the most common refrains against corporate taxes and taxing dividend income is that it is "double taxed" taxed at the corporate level and then at the personal income level.
Now in a stunnningly hypocritical about face they want to remove the exemption for State and local taxes from the federal income tax code. They are fighting hard to make sure working class Americans whose income comes from labor get double taxed and possibly triple taxed at federal, state, and local levels.
Ex Trump aide Sebastian Gorka has Joined a group founded by Pizzagate Truthers.