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‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project

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  • The intercession of a well-connected Florida doctor infuriated those overseeing the $16B contract.
  • Related: Fired VA Secretary Shulkin Issues Dire Warning: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits.

Arthur Allen, Politico

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04/30/2018 | A West Palm Beach doctor’s ties to Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago social circle have enabled him to hold up the biggest health information technology project in history — the transformation of the VA’s digital records system.

Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, an internist and friend of Trump confidant Ike Perlmutter, who advises the president informally on vet issues, objected to the $16 billion Department of Veterans Affairs project because he doesn’t like the Cerner Corp. software he uses at two Florida hospitals, according to four former and current senior VA officials. Cerner technology is a cornerstone of the VA project.

Arthur Allen is the eHealth editor for Politico Pro.

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Fired VA Secretary Shulkin Issues Dire Warning: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Fired VA Head David Shulkin Issues a Dire Warning on His Way Out the Door
  • The former Obama appointee fears privatization could harm veterans for years to come.
  • Part 2: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits
  • The Trump administration and Congress need to follow through on … reforms, give the VA the resources it needs, and hold the agency accountable.

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Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill

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  • Part 1: Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Experts Say Time to Tackle Big Data Profiteers
  • A social media platform like this "is the ultimate surveillance tool: an addictive product that's optimized to collect and analyze the intimate details of our lives."
  • Part 2: Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill
  • Attaching it to massive spending deal, lawmakers rush through controversial bill that allows law enforcement to hand over personal data without a warrant.
  • Related: Can We Be Saved From Facebook?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Experts Say Time to Tackle Big Data Profiteers

 

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A social media platform like this "is the ultimate surveillance tool: an addictive product that's optimized to collect and analyze the intimate details of our lives."

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | While the pro-Trump data firm Cambridge Analytica has received a flood of media attention in recent days following reports that it harvested the personal information of over 50 million Facebook users, advocacy groups and experts are warning against allowing focus on this scandal alone to obscure the fact that major tech companies have been allowed to build an entire industry by exploiting the personal data of everyone who uses their platforms.



"The fact is that companies like Facebook and Google are the real malicious actors here—they are vital public communications systems that run on profiling and manipulation for private profit." 
—Yasha Levine



Judging by the popularity of the hashtag #DeleteFacebook—which went viral on Wednesday night, much to the dismay of CEO Mark Zuckerberg—many users of the social media giant agree that Facebook should bear the brunt of the criticism for a data breach that it did nothing to stop and that its "data-fueled" business practices made possible.

Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/cloud-leaky.jpg?itok=JdtQyk2fCritics of the CLOUD Act "are rightfully pointing out that it jettisons current human rights protections in favor of vague standards that could gut individual rights." (Photo: Electoric Frontier Foundation)

Attaching it to massive spending deal, lawmakers rush through controversial bill that allows law enforcement to hand over personal data without a warrant.

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | Buried in a 2,232-page government spending bill that the Houe passed Thursday is a piece of legislation that digital privacy advocates warn "expands American and foreign law enforcement's ability to target and access people's data across international borders."

The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data or CLOUD Act (S. 2383 and H.R. 4943) would add an official provision for U.S. law enforcement to access "the contents of a wire or electronic communication and any record or other information" for people all across the globe, regardless of where they live and what that nation's privacy laws dictate. It would also create a "backdoor" into Americans' data, enabling the U.S. government to bypass its citizens' Fourth Amendment rights to access and even use their data.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Can We Be Saved From Facebook? Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it?
 

 

 

 


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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Conclusion: Book offers way to restore real American democracy: a review of 'One Nation After Trump'

 

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President Donald Trump addresses a crowd at a rally inside Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 20, 2017. (Dreamstime/Joe Tabb)

  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Conclusion: Our democracy, the authors argue, provides the tools to counter Trumpism and reform government. What the country needs is a sweeping re-energizing of American democracy like the New Deal or Great Society. It would start with reforming elections. 

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Lewis Wolfson, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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Nov 8, 2017 | The day after the election, I warned a Washington psychotherapist friend to get ready for a tidal wave of newly-anxious patients, mostly Democrats whose lives revolve around whoever runs the government in this one-industry town. 

The shrinks have been deluged. I have even tried political therapy to help people nervous about having one of the great square pegs of all time in the White House.

President Donald Trump has had devastating psychological and political effects on America.

Lewis Wolfson is American University emeritus professor of communication, a former Washington news bureau chief and longtime analyst of the president, Congress and the media.

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Previously in this Series:

Part 10: Women's March inspires women to amplify their political voices post-inauguration.
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-10-wo...

Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system?
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-9-how...

Part 8: Trump's environmental rollbacks lack 'moral compass'.
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-8-tru...

Part 7: Trump threatens norms that make the Constitution work
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-7-tru...

Part 6: In foreign relations, Trump shifts rhetoric but policy largely unchanged.
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-6-for...

Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-5-wha...

Part 4 - Poverty issues gain traction in first year of Trump presidency
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-4-pov...

Part 3 - Trump has put anti-immigrant campaign promises into action <http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-3-tru...

Part 2 - The Trump presidency and Europe's dilemma, <http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-2-tru...

Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? <http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-1-wha...

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 10: Women's March inspires women to amplify their political voices post-inauguration.

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 10: In the last year, women in the U.S. have, en masse, become more politically active.

Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) 


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Nov 6, 2017 | For many women in the United States, Election Day 2016 was a crisis. Almost immediately, women began talking, planning and organizing on Facebook and other social media platforms. It became a movement so widespread that on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, millions of women took to the streets for what would become the largest single-day protest in the nation's history: the Women's March.

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Dawn Araujo-Hawkins <> is a Global Sisters Report staff writer.

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Previously in this Series:

Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system?
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-9-how...

Part 8: Trump's environmental rollbacks lack 'moral compass'.
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-8-tru...

Part 7: Trump threatens norms that make the Constitution work
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-7-tru...

Part 6: In foreign relations, Trump shifts rhetoric but policy largely unchanged.
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-6-for...

Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-5-wha...

Part 4 - Poverty issues gain traction in first year of Trump presidency
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-4-pov...

Part 3 - Trump has put anti-immigrant campaign promises into action <http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-3-tru...

Part 2 - The Trump presidency and Europe's dilemma, <http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-2-tru...

Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? <http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-1-wha...

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