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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted to maintain access to short-term health coverage. Senate Democrats offered a resolution disapproving of the Trump administration’s new rules regarding the more affordable plans, but the resolution did not advance on a 50-50 tie vote.
Because short-term plans need not comply with Obamacare’s restrictions on covering prior health ailments, Senate Democrats used the resolution to claim they will protect individuals with pre-existing conditions. But what if I told you that, in the years since Obamacare passed, one organization has made more than $4.5 billion in profits, largely from denying care to vulnerable individuals with pre-existing conditions?
Even though an article on AARP’s own website states that, as of 2014, “insurance companies [are] required to sell policies to anyone, regardless of their pre-existing medical conditions,” that claim isn’t quite accurate. Obamacare exempted Medigap supplemental insurance plans from all of its “reforms,” including the prohibition on “discriminating” against individuals with pre-existing conditions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten.
Following a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2019 is the highest in seven years. It amounts to $39 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released Thursday by the Social Security Administration.
An Illinois family is reeling after an alleged drunk driver killed a pregnant mother of four Monday evening.
Aries Cobian, 29, was pushing a disabled vehicle off the road in Streamwood when police say Hinigo Olvera, driving a Toyota pickup truck, crashed into her, WLS-TV reported.
Olvera, 67, was caught on police dash cameras throwing alcohol bottles out of his truck, WBBM reported. He was charged with aggravated DUI resulting in death and had bond set at $1 million.
The Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office said in a statement police became aware of the men in 2016 after the mother of the girl discovered video footage of the attack. The mother was able to identify the men in the video, prompting police to make the arrests.
One of the videos reportedly depicted one of the suspects exposing himself and touching himself with the half-naked child in view, while a second video showed the man performing sex acts on the infant, police said.
The arrest comes days after Michigan investigators discovered hundreds of videotapes inside an accused rapist’s home. Authorities believe there may be hundreds of victims linked to the tapes.
Police on Monday arrested a Utah man, accusing him of raping a woman he met on the dating app Tinder — and authorities say he could have attacked others.
Wyatt Martin, 21, was taken into custody in Logan and charged with rape, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping, according to online records from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office.
The ACLU is the left-wing civil rights group that spent more than $1 million opposing the nomination of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who participated in the oral arguments. It was Kavanaugh’s second day hearing cases at the Supreme Court after he was confirmed by the Senate Oct. 6.
The case comes from California, a hotbed of resistance to President Trump’s drive to enforce the nation’s immigration laws and to undermine the practice of cities declaring themselves sanctuaries that harbor illegal aliens.
The enforcement of long-neglected immigration laws is a priority of the Trump administration, which has intensified immigration enforcement efforts in California.
California is not lifting a finger to help. The state now largely forbids cooperation with federal immigration authorities, presumably a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause.
Los Angeles faces a typhus outbreak and a new app lets San Francisco residents report human waste to the local government; reaction from the Hoover Institution’s Victor Davis Hanson.
In Volusia County, Florida, officials released footage of a K-9 dog catching a reckless driver who tried to evade police capture on Oct. 8.
“On I-95 yesterday afternoon, a driver who was pulled over for reckless driving fought with an FHP trooper, jumped back into his vehicle and fled,” the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office wrote.
The deputies tried to deploy “stop sticks on the fleeing vehicle, which eventually came to a stop on the side of the highway. The driver bailed out and ran,” the office said.
A smiling Ronald Reagan waves to a crowd from aboard a rail car during a 1984 campaign stop in a new hologram revealed Wednesday at the late president’s namesake library in Southern California.
“We think we made a good beginning, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” the high-tech digital resurrection of the nation’s 40th president exclaims in his steady voice, with a twinkle in his eye.
Reagan, who died in 2004, also shows up in a suit and tie inside the Oval Office and clutching a lasso alongside his dog, Victory, at his beloved ranch in two other holograms that will open to visitors Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library west of Los Angeles.
Kid Rock will be joining rapper Kanye West and NFL legend Jim Brown at the White House for lunch Thursday with President Donald Trump.
Reporters caught Kid Rock walking into the White House and one shouted a contentious policy question.
One yelled “Should Trump fire Jeff Sessions?”
Kid Rock, who is a staunch Trump supporter, shouted back at the reporters, “Fire you!”
Thursday on MSNBC’s “Live With Velshi and Ruhle,” anchor Stephanie Ruhle said hip-hop star Kanye West’s comments in the Oval Office today were “an assault on our White House.”
Co-host Ali Velshi said, “That was bonkers.”
Ruhle stated, “If you think you’re going to get a thoughtful play-by-play and political analysis, you’re not. Because that was an assault on our White House.”
“He better be careful what he’s wishing for, that I can tell you. That’s a disgusting statement for him to make. For him to make a statement like that is a very dangerous statement,” Trump said.
“They better be careful with the rhetoric because it’s very dangerous what Holder said. Holder was held in contempt of Congress. Holder went after Christians. He went after our great evangelicals.
He went after our tea party people, you know that, the IRS just settled that case.”
Wednesday, videotape was released of former Attorney General Eric Holder telling a Democratic audience at a campaign rally in Georgia on Sunday that they should “kick” Republicans when they perceive them as “going low.”
Despite the continued reports of politically motivated threats or violence, Democratic Party leaders have worked to keep this anger burning and incite even more harassment and violence.
Beginning with my own near-death experience at the hands of a deranged shooter who sought to assassinate a baseball field of Republicans, there is a growing list of violent or threatening actions taken against conservatives by Democrats.
Former first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday openly challenged calls from Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder for Democrats to eschew civility in favor of confrontational politics, saying she “absolutely” stands by her famous slogan, “when they go low, we go high.”
“Fear is not … a proper motivator,” Obama said during an interview on NBC’s “Today.”
“Hope wins out, and if you think about how you want your kids to be raised, how you want them to think about life and their opportunities, do you want them afraid of their neighbors? Do you want them angry? Do you want them vengeful?”
Dana Perino reacted Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to New York U.S. House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling for the abolition of the electoral college.
Carlson noted that President Lincoln did not win the popular vote, but was elected because of the Electoral College — then went on to end slavery.
“The idea that [the electoral college] is racist is preposterous,” Perino said.
Perino said part of Democrats’ reasoning for crying foul over the system is because “they’re struggling to find a message.”
“The founders really wanted our country to be a Federalist system,” she said, adding that those Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez are “not understanding our history.”
Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle joined Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens on the second stop of Turning Point USA’s Campus Clash tour Tuesday at the University of Georgia. The four spoke to an audience of 1,500 students and supporters, but one protester took issue with Owens’ race.
Among the crowd were protesters who seemed to take displeasure in the fact that Owens is a black conservative.
“You’re not black!” Shouted one agitator while Owens explained why she left the Democratic Party.
Imagine if the United States military could send combat vehicles like tanks into battle with enemies – but without a single American on the battlefield – instead, the vehicles drive and fight autonomously.
And what if these heavily armed and armored smart vehicles were also invisible to the enemy?
Now factor in this – these vehicles fire weapons powerful enough to destroy enemy aircraft, obliterate enemy tanks and level cities if necessary. The military machines could conduct entire battles while soldiers remotely control them safe from the hazards of battle at a great distance away.
It’s been more than a week since Turkish surveillance photos show Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S.-based journalist and Saudi dissident, walking into the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul — and he hasn’t been seen since.
Khashoggi’s disappearance — and suspected murder — threatens to unleash a “bipartisan tsunami,” as Washington, D.C. lawmakers digging for the truth are confronted with evidence indicating the possibility of a Saudi-sanctioned hit.
“This would be a game-changer to the nth degree,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Thursday. “The burden is now on Saudi Arabia to account for [Khashoggi’s] time inside the consulate.”
The crisis has heightened tensions among already wary regional powers, and could also loosen the close — but complex — ties forged between Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and President Trump, who said Thursday he wanted to get to the bottom of the Khashoggi mystery, too.
MOSCOW — The Russian military says it has conducted a massive test of the nation’s strategic nuclear forces involving multiple missile launches.
The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday’s maneuvers featured launches of ballistic missiles by the navy’s nuclear submarines from the Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk. As part of the drills, long-range bombers also fired cruise missiles, the ministry said, adding that all missiles hit their designated practice targets.
It added that Russia’s early warning system successfully spotted and tracked all launches.
The Russian Soyuz rocket that launches astronauts to the International Space Station will be grounded for months after two crew members were forced to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan.
American Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin from Russia were aboard the Soyuz rocket when it developed a thruster problem nearly two minutes after takeoff and were forced to make an emergency landing in their capsule. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, announced an immediate investigation into the incident.
“As we speak, Beijing is employing a whole-of-government approach, using political, economic, and military tools, as well as propaganda, to advance its influence and benefit its interests in the United States,” he said at the Hudson Institute in Washington on Oct. 4.
“China is also applying this power in more proactive ways than ever before, to exert influence and interfere in the domestic policy and politics of this country.”
Pence said the United States once hoped that “economic liberalization would bring China into greater partnership with us and with the world.”
While the country’s attention was fixed on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation these past weeks, a major foreign policy shift has been underway: the Trump administration has finally decided to start treating China like the adversary it is.
It might not make headlines the way a culture war-infused Supreme Court nomination spectacle does these days, but President Trump’s dramatic policy shift on China could mark the beginning of a kind of second Cold War, with far-reaching implications for national security, U.S. foreign policy, and international trade.
“Si, se puede” is now the rallying cry of the no-borders left, but it wasn’t always. The slogan first became famous fifty years ago, thanks to Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers union. When Chavez said “Si, se puede,” he meant something very different: “yes, we can seal the borders.”
Cesar Chavez hated immigration. He was Hispanic and left wing, but he called illegal Mexican immigrants “wetbacks,” and fought to keep them out of the country. He understood that peasants from Latin America will always work for less than Americans will. That’s why employers prefer them. Immigration undercut his members’ wages and weakened the union. “As long as we have a poor country bordering California,” Chavez once explained, “it’s going to be very difficult to win strikes.”
In 1969, Chavez led a march down the center of California to protest the hiring of immigrant produce pickers. Marching alongside him was Senator Walter Mondale, and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, the longtime aide to Martin Luther King. It didn’t seem strange at the time. Liberals still cared about working class wages.
Years later, Chavez dispatched armed union members into the desert to assault Mexican nationals who were trying to sneak across the border. Chavez’s men beat immigrants with chains and whips made of barbed wire. Illegal aliens who dared to work as scabs had their houses bombed and cars burned. The union paid Mexican officials to keep quiet. Chavez wasn’t embarrassed about any of this. He bragged about it.