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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Department of Homeland Security is finally, officially recognizing white supremacist terror as a major national security threat in the U.S. - a threat that's coming from the inside. read more


Tom Nichols: The president of the United States reportedly sought the help of a foreign government against an American citizen who might challenge him for his office. read more


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was fielding questions at a farm show in Decatur, Ill., in late August when his boss rang his cellphone. Perdue put the call on speaker and placed it next to the microphone so the crowd could hear Donald Trump speak. read more


The greatest threat to our democracy today is a Republican Party that plays dirty to win. The party's abandonment of fair play was showcased spectacularly in 2016, when the United States Senate refused to allow President Barack Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February. read more


For the first time since the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010, the number of Americans without health insurance has gone up -- and once again Texas leads the nation. Isn't it time that changed? The Census Bureau says 27.5 million Americans (8.5 percent of the U.S. population) didn't have health insurance in 2018, compared with 25.6 million (7.9 percent) in 2017. In Texas alone, more than 5 million (17.7 percent) were uninsured last year, compared with 4.8 million (17.3 percent) in 2017. Having an uninsured rate that's more than double the nation's is embarrassing but it hasn't stirred the state's elected leaders to action.


When President Trump spoke on the telephone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in late July, the Ukrainians had a lot at stake. They were waiting on millions in stalled military aid from the United States, and Zelensky was seeking a high-priority White House meeting with Trump. Trump told his Ukrainian counterpart that his country could improve its image if it completed corruption cases that have "inhibited the interaction between Ukraine and the USA," according to a readout of the call released by Kiev. read more


Tonyroma: Much as he did three years ago -- when he asked Russia to hack the emails of his Democratic rival -- President Trump on Friday seemed to make a similar request of Ukraine, all but urging the Eastern European nation to investigate Joe Biden, his potential Democratic opponent. "It doesn't matter what I discussed, but I will say this " somebody ought to look into Joe Biden," Trump said Friday in the Oval Office ... It was 2016 all over again, when Trump looked directly into the camera and exhorted a geopolitical foe to steal the emails of Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival, and release them to the public. read more


The United States is deploying military forces to the Middle East after Saturday's drone attacks on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia that the administration of President Donald Trump has blamed on Iran. read more


Friday, September 20, 2019

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky roughly eight times to work with his personal attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, on the matter. read more


Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania stopped producing electricity at noon on Friday, part of Exelon Corp.'s plan to close and decommission the plant over the next 60 years. read more


"As it is now, people in general don't seem to be very aware of the actual science and how serious this crisis is," [16-year-old Greta Thunberg} said to the scattered lawmakers and dozens of cameras at the hearing this week. "I think we need to inform them and start treating the crisis like the existential threat it is." read more


Jonathan Bernstein: I was going to write today about how House Democrats are handling the impeachment question. But the truth is, it's largely irrelevant. As long as Republicans are united in opposition, President Donald Trump will stay in office. read more


President Donald Trump has dismissed a whistleblower allegation that he made a promise to a foreign leader -- believed to be Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky -- calling it a "ridiculous story". ... In its report on the complaint by the whistleblower, the Washington Post said the intelligence official had found Trump's comment to the foreign leader "so troubling" that they went to the department's inspector general. The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, quoted sources as saying Trump had urged Mr Zelensky about eight times to work with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani on an investigation into Biden's son, but had not offered anything in return.


The U.S. economy is outperforming expectations by the most this year, offering a fresh rebuttal to last month's resurgent recession fears fueled by the trade war and a manufacturing slump. read more


In a national survey of employers that we at Northeastern University recently conducted, a strong majority of HR leaders said that the value of educational credentials in hiring has either increased (48%) or held steady (29%) over the last five years. read more


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