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How much Democrats who oppose single-payer are paid by the healthcare industry

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Part 1: How much Democrats who oppose single-payer are paid by the healthcare industry
Senators reluctant to back the plan do have significant financial ties to the corporate healthcare industry
Part 2: The Democratic establishment refuses to support Bernie Sanders’ single-payer plan.
The “Medicare-for-all” bill being unveiled … still faces significant opposition from party leadership.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

 

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Part 1: How much Democrats who oppose single-payer are paid by the healthcare industry

While it’s hard to imply causation or know just how beholden lawmakers are to their donors, campaign finance records show that some of the Senators reluctant to back the plan do have significant financial ties to the corporate healthcare industry, which has enjoyed record profits in the last few years under the Affordable Care Act. Here’s a quick look into some of those connections.

S Nicholson, Revere Press

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Among those who equivocated on or declined to endorse Sanders’ step towards a single payer healthcare system are Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton’s former running mate Tim Kaine and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. Otherwise, Sanders’ bill has support from around one-third of Senate Democrats and polls show more and more Democratic voters are getting behind the idea.

S Nicholson, Author, Revere Press

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Part 2: The Democratic establishment refuses to support Bernie Sanders’ single-payer plan.

Despite a number of high-profile Democrats rallying around Independent Senator Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” bill being unveiled Wednesday, the plan still faces significant opposition from party leadership.

S Nicholson, Revere Press

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The minority Democrats are already facing pushback on healthcare from Republicans, who are still trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but this new single-payer health bill must also contend with opposition from Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress.

S Nicholson, Author, Revere Press

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Where Is the Integrity?

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  • Kris Kobach's voter fraud commission is a carnival of the absurd. A dispatch from New Hampshire.
  • (The commission is) laboring hard to create a no-fly zone over an imaginary moose.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Sep 13, 2017 |

When a great office is vacant, either by death or disgrace (which often happens,) five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope; and whoever jumps the highest, without falling, succeeds in the office. —Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift

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The entire Charlatans Cotillion that took place on the campus of St. Anselm’s College on Tuesday ended with a barefaced obvious lie from a barefaced obvious liar, which is entirely in keeping with the hearing held here by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity, a body that is nearly as nauseating as it is ridiculous.

While the hearing was going on, the Campaign Legal Center released a copy of an internal Heritage Foundation email that it had obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. It was addressed to Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. The name of the sender was blacked out, but the content of the email took the committee’s entire threadbare claim to any legitimacy at all and fed bloody gobbets of that claim to the wolverines. The email said, in part:

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No Place For Climate Change Deniers To Hide

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  • Now is precisely the time for a national commitment, when the winds are blowing and fires are burning. The floods and fires are not a time just for sorrow, they must be a time for action. We must seize this moment to help the victims of these storms, and we must seize this moment to take action on climate change.
  • It is a small blue planet, but it is the only one we have.
  • Related: Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans

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09/10/2017 | As the hurricanes and forest fires rage, we know there are no Republicans or Democrats in lifeboats, only survivors. And it is past time that we all turn towards the storm, not away from it. 

But as I watched Governor Rick Scott advise Floridians to evacuate in the face of the fury of Hurricane Irma, I wondered: Where are climate change deniers supposed to go? 

Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

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Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans, Elliott Negin, Huffington Post

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  • President Trump promised to “promote clean air and clean water” during his recent speech before Congress, but he reportedly plans to dramatically cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.
  • Related: The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

Robert Koehler | Dancing with Fear

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Maybe it’s time to stop regarding every challenge, danger, obstacle, mystery and fear we encounter as a military operation, to be won or lost. We should at least be aware we have a choice in the matter.

Robert Koehler, LA Progressive / Rise Up Times 

August 2, 2017 | I knew there was a war on against cancer and, oh yeah, drugs, illiteracy, poverty, crime and, of course, terror, and that many arenas — sports, religion, business and politics, to name a few — are often portrayed as war without the body bags. But I was still surprised to read recently in the New York Times that we’ve opened up a fat front:

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“It is a scene being repeated across the country as schools deploy the blood-pumping video game Dance Dance Revolution as the latest weapon,” the Gray Lady informed us, “in the nation’s battle against the epidemic of childhood obesity.”

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What the Mainstream Media isn’t Telling You About How ‘Regime Change’ Wars Led to Korea Crisis

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  • Part 1: What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests

    • Bottom line: The North is ready to deal. They want negotiations. They want to end the war.

  • Part 2: How ‘Regime Change’ Wars Led to Korea Crisis

  • The U.S.-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea.

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests

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  • Bottom line: The North is ready to deal. They want negotiations. They want to end the war. They want to put this whole nightmare behind them and get on with their lives. But Washington won’t let them because Washington likes the status quo. Washington wants to be a permanent feature in South Korea so it can encircle Russia and China with lethal missile systems and expand its geopolitical grip bringing the world closer to nuclear Armageddon.
  • Here’s what the media isn’t telling you about North Korea’s recent missile tests.

 

Mike Whitney, Counterpunch

September 4, 2017 | Last Monday, the DPRK fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan’s Hokkaido Island. The missile landed in the waters beyond the island harming neither people nor property.

The media immediately condemned the test as a “bold and provocative act”  that showed the North’s defiance of UN resolutions and “contempt for its neighbors.” President Trump sharply criticized the missile test saying:

Mike Whitney lives in Washington State. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). 

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Part 2: How ‘Regime Change’ Wars Led to Korea Crisis

Consortium Exclusive: The U.S.-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea.

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President George W. Bush in a flight suit after landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln to give his “Mission Accomplished” speech about the Iraq War on May 1, 2003.

September 4, 2017 | It is a popular meme in the U.S. media to say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “crazy” as he undertakes to develop a nuclear bomb and a missile capacity to deliver it, but he is actually working from a cold logic dictated by the U.S. government’s aggressive wars and lack of integrity.

Indeed, the current North Korea crisis, which could end up killing millions of people, can be viewed as a follow-on disaster to President George W. Bush’s Iraq War and President Barack Obama’s Libyan intervention. Those wars came after the leaders of Iraq and Libya had dismantled their dangerous weapons programs, leaving their countries virtually powerless when the U.S. government chose to invade.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book is America’s Stolen Narrative.

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Ten Thoughts About Hurricanes, Climate Change, And The Deep State

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Wake humanity up to the deceptions they’re being fed, kill the establishment propaganda machine using our unprecedented ability to network and share information, get real humans acting in their own interests instead of the interests of a few sociopathic plutocrats, and take control of the destiny of our species.

Caitlin Johnstone, Medium

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Sep 5, 2017 | I suppose I may as well continue my daily tradition of alienating half my readership and challenge my right-leaning followers today. Don’t worry, I’m sure my lefty readers will be mad at me for whatever I write tomorrow.

As a Category 5 hurricane approaches the Caribbean on a possible collision course with Florida, I’d like to offer the following ten thoughts on climate change and the implications it has for our current political reality.

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Police Anarchy and Technology and Criminal Justice

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  • Part 1: Chris Hedges: The Collapse of the American Judicial System
    • Chris Hedges discusses restoring America’s justice system with legal scholar Edgar Cahn.
  • Part 2: Why Technology Will Not Solve Our Criminal Justice Problems
    • In the context of criminal justice, America’s faith in technological interventions is worse than misplaced; it is dangerous.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: Chris Hedges: The Collapse of the American Judicial System

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Aug 5, 2017 | On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses restoring America’s justice system with legal scholar Edgar Cahn. Cahn is a law professor, former counsel and speechwriter to Robert F. Kennedy, and co-founder of the Antioch School of Law which placed emphasis on serving the poor and trained prospective lawyers in social activism. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the collapse of our legal system.

RT America broadcasts news reports, features and talk shows with a totally different perspective from the mainstream American television. We delve deep into the most important issues on the US agenda, report the other side of the story, and explore unanswered – and unasked – questions.

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Part 2: Why Technology Will Not Solve Our Criminal Justice Problems

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In the context of criminal justice, America’s faith in technological interventions is worse than misplaced; it is dangerous.

Jennifer L. Lieberman, Counterpunch / Rise Up Times

Auguist 2, 2017 | Technological and scientific interventions in criminal justice are not always newsworthy enough to draw our attention away from urgent and sensational issues on Capitol Hill. But when a jail in Tennessee promotes sterilization by offering reduced sentences to men who volunteer to have vasectomies, we have to pay attention. The problem is not that one jail implemented a terrible eugenicist policy; it is that stakeholders in the criminal justice system are consistently looking for scientific and technological solutions to social problems, forgetting that—as fivethirtyeight contributor Laura Hudson writes— “technology is biased too.”
In the context of criminal justice, America’s faith in technological interventions is worse than misplaced; it is dangerous.

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