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Poll: Americans oppose House Trumpcare bill by three to one margin

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:33

As Senate Republicans release their draft Trumpcare bill—you know, the one that’s been the closest-guarded secret in Washington until now—a new poll confirms that the House bill it’s based on is wildly unpopular with the American public. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that just 16 percent of people think the House American Health Care Act is a good idea, while 48 percent think it’s a bad idea. The percent thinking it’s a bad idea held steady from May, while support dropped by seven points.

Opposition comes across the board:

Strikingly, even Republican respondents in the poll are lukewarm about the House bill, with only 34 percent viewing it positively (and 17 percent viewing it negatively).

By contrast, 73 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of independents view it negatively.

By another contrast, Obamacare garnered more support than opposition in its third straight NBC/WSJ poll of 2017, with 41 percent calling it a good idea and 38 percent a bad idea. 

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Advocates fight to stop deportation of high school student arrested on day of prom

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:24

Advocates continue to fight to save an undocumented mother and son, arrested by ICE just one day apart from each other, from deportation to danger. High school student Diego Ismael Puma Macancela was swept up by federal immigration agents the same day of his prom, and one day after his mom Rosa’s arrest:

His cousin, Gaby Macancela, said a frightened Puma Macancela came to her Prospect Avenue apartment Wednesday night after his mother's arrest. The following morning, she said they cowered in fear in one of the bedrooms when they heard agents banging on the door of the apartment.

“Wake up, the police are here again," she said Puma Macancela told her. "They’re coming for me.”

She said her cousin eventually walked outside and was arrested.

“He’s not a criminal; he didn’t do anything bad to nobody," she said. "He was just going to school, working. He was trying to make his dreams come true for him, for his family, for us. I don’t know why. He’s just a kid.”

Both Diego and Rosa fled to the U.S/Mexico border in 2014, after escaping gang violence in their native Ecuador. Once in the U.S. they applied for asylum, and according to AM New York, Diego had been issued a work permit and driver’s license. He worked two part-time jobs at fast food restaurants, and was scheduled to graduate this summer in hopes of training to be a mechanic.

But instead, federal immigration officials decided Diego and Rosa—who according to their family members have no criminal records here in the U.S. or in Ecuador—are priorities for deportation. Today, both are sitting in a Louisiana detention facility and waiting to hear about their fates. 

Because federal immigration officials have not yet ruled on their latest appeal, Diego and Rosa may not be put on the next ICE flight to Ecuador—scheduled every Friday—but advocates in their community are remaining cautious. At the very least, they hope he would be allowed to remain in the country long enough to get his diploma.

Categories: Politics

Apple Pay loyalty card support coming to Quiznos, Smashburger, and more restaurants

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:20

Apple Pay lets you make purchases in stores with your iPhone or Apple Watch with security and convenience, and select retailers like Walgreens also support Apple Pay-based reward cards. Soon even more loyalty cards will be supported through Apple Pay in Apple’s Wallet app thanks to Punchh’s Restaurant Marketing Cloud.


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Three Republican senators will announce opposition to Trumpcare. They will be lying

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:18

Chuck Todd apparently fell off a turnip truck this morning.


Maybe he didn't. Maybe he doesn't actually believe what his "solid source" is telling him, but is simply passing it on. Because this is a completely transparent ploy for anyone who's paid any attention to Mitch McConnell's kabuki. Like Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (CT):


There was a long and heated exchange between Republican and Democratic leaders on the floor this morning in which Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn repeatedly said that what they released this morning is just the “discussion draft” and it will be amended. That’s just one clue that the fix is already in with the supposed “opposition” from three Senate Republicans. Here’s another:


These three senators—my guess is Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Rob Portman—will stake out their supposedly “principled” opposition, only for at least one of them to be “won over” by “concessions” by next week. Don’t let them—or any Republican—off the hook on this. 

URGENT: Give your Republican senator a piece of your mind about Trumpcare.

Categories: Politics

Police literally drag people away from McConnell's office as protests break out over GOP bill

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:06

As Mitch McConnell finally surfaces to reveal a “healthcare” bill that rewards the wealthy with tax breaks and promises to kill even more Americans than the “mean” bill from the House, Americans affected by this kill-the-poor bill have gathered around his DC office. But they’re not staying long.

Police are literally dragging people away, including those who are disabled or in wheelchairs, leaving the hall of the Senate offices streaked with blood.


Consider this a portent of the injuries that Americans will suffer if this hateful bill becomes law.

Categories: Politics

Dear Sean Spicer, Trump Just Called Russian Hacking Stories A 'Hoax'

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:05

During an early morning tweet storm, Donald Trump alleged all Russian interference and hacking stories are a 'Dem HOAX,' and if any of it happens to be true, just blame President Obama.

During Tuesday's press conference, Sean Spicer pretty much lied to the media when he said he had never talked to Trump to see if he believed our many intelligence agencies were correct or lying about Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

"I have not sat down and asked him about the specific reaction. I'd be glad to touch base with him and get back to you," Sean said.

I'd say Trump made it very clear how he feels about our intel community versus Russia. He's clearly picked a side, and it's not the United States. Sad!

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A town comes together to protect man accused of sexual assault and his accuser commits suicide

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:02

As a society, we are a long way from dealing with rape humanely. In part, this is because many of us still don’t understand what consent is and that it’s not just about a person’s right to say no but also about their right to say yes. Our legal system is woefully inadequate when it comes to addressing sexual assault and victim shaming combined with laws that favor the accused are powerful reasons that many choose not to come forward.

In Alabama, college student Megan Rondini did everything victims are told to do when she reported her assault by a prominent local businessman. Her experience with the criminal justice system was so horrific that she committed suicide. 

Under Alabama’s archaic rape law, victims must prove they “earnestly” resisted their attackers, and the investigator who interviewed Megan quickly decided she hadn’t fought back against Bunn — she hadn’t “kicked him or hit him," he explained. His investigation would conclude that no rape occurred. But he didn’t stop there. Instead, he started building a case against Megan, questioning her for multiple crimes she wasn’t even aware she had committed.

Megan met T.J. Bunn, Jr. in a local bar. She did not remember how she ended up in his car on the way to his house but she did clearly recall that she was sober enough to tell him that she did not want to have sex with him. After telling him that she had to go multiple times and him not allowing her to leave, she “felt like just letting him have sex with me was the only way he would let me go.” This is absolutely not the same thing as consent. After he passed out, she tried to get out of his bedroom but the door was locked. She took his handgun for protection and $3 from his wallet, just in case she needed it. She then climbed out of a window in his house and broke into his car looking for her keys. She could not find them but managed to text a friend who picked her up and took her to the hospital where she met with law enforcement to report her assault. That is when she learned that the law and the community would do it all could to protect Bunn, the son of an influential family, instead of her. 

Categories: Politics

University of Missouri To Use Open Source And Other Cheaper Alternatives For General Education Textbook

Slashdot - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:00
Rudi Keller, writing for Columbia Tribune: The University of Missouri will move quickly to use open source and other cheaper alternatives for general education textbooks, building on initiatives already in place, system President Mun Choi said. At an event with members of the Board of Curators, administrators, lawmakers, faculty from all four campuses and student representatives, Choi said the intent is to save money for students while providing up-to-date materials. Faculty, including graduate assistants, will be eligible for incentive payments of $1,000 to $10,000 for preparing and adopting materials that save students money, Choi said. Textbooks are sometimes overlooked as a contributor to the cost of attending college, Choi said. "We want to provide our students an opportunity to have a low cost, high-quality alternative," Choi said.

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Categories: Misc

John Oliver Sued For Defamation By Coal Baron - Just As He Predicted

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:59
John Oliver Sued For Defamation By Coal Baron - Just As He Predicted

Oliver pretty much dared Murray to sue his show on Sunday night, and the hapless coal baron all too happily obliged by taking the bait.

Source: Business Insider

Coal magnate Robert Murray has filed a lawsuit against John Oliver, HBO, Time Warner, and the writers of Oliver's show over the most recent episode of "Last Week Tonight," The Daily Beast reports. In a segment on the show, Oliver took on Murray's business practices and the safety hazards of the coal industry at large.

Murray — who runs Murray Energy Corporation, the largest private coal company in the country — filed the suit Wednesday, stating that Oliver's program "executed a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character of and reputation of Mr. Robert E. Murray and his companies."

In the segment, Oliver called Murray a "geriatric Dr. Evil" because of Murray Energy's weakened safety practices, which, Oliver contended, led to a collapse in one of his Utah mines that killed nine workers.

Oliver predicted that the lawsuit would occur within the segment itself Sunday night. The "Last Week Tonight" host noted that Murray had a history of suing media outlets over unflattering coverage, and Murray previously sent a cease-and-desist letter when the show reached out to him for comment.

Categories: Politics

Just In Time, Hugh Hewitt Gets A Saturday Morning Show On MSNBC

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:49

Above: Hugh Hewitt defends and promotes James O'Keefe's "work" on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention 2016.

And I Looked, and Behold a Pale Whore...

And his name that sat on him was Derp.

And Hell followed with him.

In fulfillment of prophecy, Andy Lack has finally given America's most famous Cyborg Sent From The Future To Destroy America his own show.

From AdWeek/TVNewser:

Hugh Hewitt to Host Show on MSNBC

MSNBC is expanding weekend news with live programming until 9 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday nights, TVNewser has learned.

As part of the expansion, conservative radio talk show host and MSNBC contributor Hugh Hewitt is getting a half hour show, airing Saturdays at 8 a.m. ET...

Hewitt’s first show, which will air live, is this Saturday morning. Expanding news programming has long been the goal of NBC News chairman Andy Lack, who created MSNBC 21 years ago...

America's most famous Cyborg Sent From The Future To Destroy America generates a lot of byproducts.

Most of them are toxic.

None of them are "news".

Never forget that your lives and your concerns mean absolutely nothing to the corporate hobgoblins who own and operate the American media.

Categories: Politics

Former Obama healthcare adviser goes in on the Senate's 'ugly step-sibling' of House Trumpcare bill

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:48

The Senate’s draft Trumpcare bill is out, and it’s bad. Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama, detailed just how bad on Twitter.


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McConnell blames Democrats for not contributing to health care process he entirely shut them out of

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:47

Republicans just released the text of their healthcare repeal bill and, at this very moment, they are currently dodging reporters in the halls of Congress so they don’t have to answer for the monstrosity drafted by about a dozen white men entirely behind closed doors. 

No fanfare, no press conference, no public explanations where they field press inquiries about the content of the bill. Just a mad dash to outrun reporters.

Oh, and Mitch McConnell weighing in from the Senate floor with this:

"I regret that our Democratic friends made clear early on they did not want to work with us..."

… on taking health care away from tens of millions of Americans (that’s the only logical conclusion to that sentence).

Okay, so just to be clear: Total Secrecy + No Hearings + All GOP Drafters = An open process where Democrats were invited to share their ideas and contribute.

When Sen. Chuck Schumer spoke following McConnell, deriding the bill for robbing health care from millions, McConnell actually had the bald hubris to fault Schumer for talking about a bill he “hadn’t seen a copy of”—because, of course, Republicans held it in total secrecy until Thursday morning. Seriously, Mitch? You draft a bill without any public scrutiny whatsoever so you can jam it through the chamber on a party-line vote and then fault the Democratic minority leader for not knowing what’s in the bill? Good god, McConnell is a conscience-less monster. 

Schumer noted, by the way, that 142 pages of the bill had been printed online previous to the release and that’s what he was basing his observations on.

You can watch McConnell expressing all the heartfelt “regret” below.

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Senate Trumpcare 'discussion draft' would kill even more than the House bill

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:41

The Senate Republicans' "discussion draft" of Trumpcare—a bill scheduled to be voted on in one week and which has not been available to anyone but lobbyists—is now out. They're calling it the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017," presumably implying that it's better than the Affordable Care Act. They sure can't claim that it's affordable.

The only real "repeal" part of it is doing away with the individual mandate that everyone have coverage. Of course, undoing that undoes the foundation of the Affordable Care Act, but the rest of the bill cuts and pastes from Obamacare. It would create a system of tax credits to subsidize health insurance—not direct subsidies that help pay premiums every month as in Obamacare—that cuts credits off at 350 percent of poverty as opposed to the ACA's 400 percent of poverty level.That reduction will hit older people disproportionately—they'll pay much more than younger people as a percentage of income, but it does offer some more assistance to lower income people than the House bill did. It requires insurance companies pay just 58 percent of costs. It will allow states to waive essential health benefits—maternity coverage, mental health coverage, even cancer treatments would be optional for insurance companies, depending on the state they're operating in.

It hastens the House bill's destruction of Medicaid. One way it does it is by setting the eligibility for buying insurance on the exchanges (which it also makes optional for states to create) to 0 percent of poverty—everyone would be "eligible" which means states could eliminate Medicaid and put the poorest people on the exchanges, people for whom tax credits don't do diddly-squat. While the Senate bill winds Medicaid expansion down more slowly than the House bill—it would start in three years—the longer term cuts to Medicaid are much deeper. It deeply reduces the federal funding allocation to states to help pay for Medicaid enrollees, putting the onus on states to figure out how to fund coverage for pregnant women, for children, for disabled adults, for seniors in nursing homes. And this bit is particularly obnoxious—it penalizes states for spending more than 25 percent of average per capita spending on patients and incentivizes states to spend less than the average. Once again, making governors make the really hard decisions on who gets help, whose lives are saved.

For tax cuts for the super rich.

It also defunds Planned Parenthood for a year, and still includes a provision barring plans selling abortion coverage from being on the exchanges, a provision that lobbyists said was being dropped because it created a rules problem under the reconciliation process. This could be a hint that McConnell is willing to go nuclear again, overruling the Senate Parliamentarian and the rules to force this through.

This bill is meaner even than the House bill. The Congressional Budget Office will demonstrate that as early as Friday when it scores it.

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Apple donating a portion of proceeds from Pride Edition Apple Watch band sales to LGBTQ advocacy groups

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:32

Earlier this month Apple started selling a special edition version of its Woven Nylon Apple Watch band called Pride Edition.

Featuring colors of the rainbow, the Pride Edition Woven Nylon band is very similar to the limited edition rainbow Apple Watch band gifted to employees who participated in last year’s San Francisco Pride parade.

Since making the Pride Edition Woven Nylon band available for anyone to purchase, Apple has updated its store page to say that a portion of sales from the Pride Edition bands will benefit LGBTQ advocacy groups.


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Senate Health Bill Would Wreck the Individual Insurance Market

Kevin Drum - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:31

This is tentative, but….

I’ve just taken a quick look at the Senate health care bill. Neither preexisting nor continuous are anywhere in the bill. None of the section titles deal with preexisting conditions. It doesn’t appear that the Senate bill affects Obamacare’s protections for preexisting conditions at all. This is almost certainly because the Senate parliamentarian ruled that it had nothing to do with spending or outlays, and therefore couldn’t be included in a reconciliation bill.

The Senate bill also abolishes Obamacare’s individual mandate penalties. The net result is that if this bill passes, people will be free to go without insurance while they’re healthy, and then buy insurance if and when they get seriously ill. This is a disaster for the health insurance industry.

I don’t see how insurance companies can continue to dither at this point. The Senate bill would almost certainly be a huge financial blow to anyone who stays in the individual insurance business, and since the wording is driven by reconciliation rules it means that any final bill negotiated with the House would have to be the same. They can’t possibly accept this, can they?

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Hands-on with iOS 11 beta 2: DND While Driving and other new features, changes & fixes

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:28

Apple (somewhat surprisingly) dropped the second beta of iOS 11 to developers on Wednesday with a myriad of changes and bug fixes. While there doesn’t seem to be a huge number of user-facing enhancements, there are still quite a few notable changes and new features in this beta.

A large number of prominent bugs have been fixed that have been plaguing users, like crashing when deleting a voicemail, manual screen brightness not staying set, 3D Touch on phone numbers and addresses not working.

Unfortunately, with all of those bug fixes are several new bugs and known issues.

For instance, an SOS alert may still be sent even though the user cancelled it. This is a good reminder this is an early developer beta that should only be run on secondary devices.

As for the new features, we have the initial implementation of the much touted Do Not Disturb While Driving mode that will lock your phone as well as send a custom auto-reply (customizable in Settings → Do Not Disturb) should someone text you.

Control Center can now be disabled inside of applications, like on prior iOS editions. And far from last, the Files app now has started to show external locations like Google Drive and Box.

New features and changes

This is what you probably wanted to know about iOS 11 beta 2.

  • CarPlay now has lane guidance in Maps
  • Smaller speed in Maps
  • To edit/add filters in Photos you now tap the edit button in the top right corner instead of the sliders icon
  • Now Playing widget has been tweaked
  • New phone placeholder icon when no album artwork present in Now Playing widget
  • Audio source switcher is now available on Lock screen
  • New orange color for the new Echo effect in Messages
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving is enabled with extra options in Settings
  • Control Center can be turned on or off while in apps
  • New search options within Apple Music
  • You can now select multiple items in Photos
  • Bluetooth widget now works the same as Wi-Fi: instead of turning off, it will just disconnect from whatever is connected to it
  • Notification Center pull down has a gradual blur
  • New Share sheet extension: Save to Files app
  • Safari has new experimental features in Settings
  • Dictation is now available in Hindi
  • New options in Settings to make notification banners permanent or permanent
  • Built-in screen recorder boosts video capture resolution to 1080p

Take a look at our hands-on video to see all of these new features and more in action.

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And here’s a quick overview of the most important fixes.

Bug fixes
  • 3D Touch data detectors are now working for phone numbers, addresses, etc.
  • Screen brightness stays at set level
  • YouTube search bar has returned
  • More stable Bluetooth connections (Dexcom)
  • Android Migration now works as intended
  • Crashing when deleting voicemails is fixed
  • Lock screen no longer rotates
  • Long exposure photos are now higher quality than in first beta
Wrapping it all up

As we conclude our tour of all the changes, fixes, improvements and new features in iOS 11 beta 2, feel free to tell us about your own discoveries and observations in comments or via

What’s your favorite change in iOS 11 beta 2 thus far, and why?

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Categories: Misc

Opinion: We may all want Apple Glasses after ARKit arrives

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:24

Prior to WWDC, there were reports and analyst predictions that Apple would eventually ship its own version of Google Glass as an AR accessory. Then Apple introduced ARKit as a tool to help developers create augmented reality experiences through iOS apps starting with iOS 11. Now what was previously a rather wild rumor is starting to make more sense…


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10 things to know, Thursday, June 22

Medina Gazette - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:24
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
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