Repealing Obamacare is priority one for the Republican-controlled Congress. But is it for Americans?
1. Repealing Obamacare is priority one for the Republican-controlled Congress. Except repealing Obamacare would strip 18 million people of insurance and premiums would increase by 25 percent. According to a new Congressional Budget Office report, the number of uninsured people would double to 32 million by 2026. Premiums could double as well. the report is based on 2015 Republican legislation that removed health care coverage mandates, taxes, subsidies and Medicaid expansion. Paul Ryan says the numbers are off since it doesn't include a replacement plan.
2. A Pew Research Center poll showed an increased in Republican approval of Obamacare from low-and-middle income Republicans. Fifty-two percent of GOP voters making less than $30,000 a year think the federal government should guarantee health care. Thirty-four percent of middle-class GOP voters agree. Overall 60 percent of Americans would like the federal government to guarantee health care. That’s up 9 percent from last February.
3. Should the Affordable Care Act be repealed?
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A Miami Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration was interrupted by gunfire that injured eight people, including five juveniles. An 11-year-old and a 13-year-old were grazed by bullets and were treated on the scene, the Miami Herald reported. Five other injured people were stable in the hospital. Another victim was in critical condition after suffering several gunshot wounds. Police said they recovered two firearms and took two people into custody for questioning, but not suspects were identified on Tuesday night.
President Obama has ended the "wet foot, dry foot" Cuban policy. The policy would allow Cubans who braved the sea and reached U.S. land to stay and become permanent residents. But if they were intercepted at sea, they would be returned to Cuba. This policy forced many Cubans to risk their lives to seek freedom in America. This policy had only applied to Cubans. A person from any other country who crossed the sea and landed on American soil would typically be arrested and deported. Ending this policy means the United States will be treating Cuban migrants just like migrants from other countries. This change comes after Obama eased trade and travel restrictions to Cuba.
If you were getting your daily dose of scheduled Congressional programming and suddenly a blonde Russian appeared out of nowhere, that was a Russian network. RT popped up while Representative Maxine Waters was talking about Trump and Russia. CSPAN says it's "an internal routing issue." The Twitter world thinks it's more Russian interference.
President-elect Donald Trump held his first news conference of the year Wednesday morning. Trump took questions from reporters and explained his position in his business while he will be in office. He said he will remove himself completely from the Trump organization. The business will be run by his adult sons. Additionally, the Trump businesses will not be making deals with foreign entities, but domestic deals will occur. Trump also plans to donate all of the profits made from hotels he personally owns to the United States Treasury. This is all to avoid the appearance of any conflicts of interest.
For the first time in 11 years, the Sacramento River floodgates were opened Monday. Officials released water from the Folsom Lake reservoir and several others to prevent flooding. An impending storm is expected to bring 7 feet of snow in higher elevations to the state. By the end of the week, the total for the year could already be up to 20 feet. “We haven’t seen an event of this magnitude in at least a decade,” state climatologist Mike Anderson said to the Los Angeles Times.
Should Trump's son-in-law work in his administration?
1. Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, has been appointed as a senior adviser to the president. Kushner is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, who will also be working in the White House in some capacity. Kushner has experience in business and played a key role in his father-in-law's presidential campaign.
2. However, a 1967 anti-nepotism law includes "son-in-law" in appointments that are prohibited. The law was passed after President John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Robert to serve as attorney general. But some ethics experts have argued that Kushner could legally serve in the White House as long as he doesn't receive a salary.
3. So, should Trump's son-in-law serve in his administration?
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Five people were killed and eight injured after a shooter opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport on January 6. Iraq veteran Esteban Santiago, 26, is the suspected shooter. Santiago checked a bag with a gun when he flew from Anchorage to Florida on a Delta Air Lines flight. He picked up his bag, went to the bathroom to load his gun and emerged shooting. After emptying magazines of bullets, he laid on the ground waiting for his arrest.
President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has told congressional Republican leaders that Trump would want to fund the Mexico border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April. Instead of getting Mexico to pay for the wall, as Trump promised numerous times during the campaign, Trump is looking for taxpayer money. In response to reports, Trump tweeted that Mexico would pay back the money spent on the wall at a later time. However, there is no guarantee the Mexican government will fork over the cash.
Four people were arrested after kidnapping, beating and abusing a man with mental health problems. In a video posted on Facebook, obscenities about President-elect Donald Trump were shouted while the three people punched, slapped, stomped on the victim's head. At one point, the 18-year-old man's hair and scalp were cut with a knife.The unidentified man was bound at the neck and wrist with his mouth taped shut. Three 18-years-olds and a 24-year-old are charged with hate crimes, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and aggravated unlawful restraint. The assult took place in Chicago.
A Long Island Rail Road train crashed at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal and came off the tracks Wednesday morning. The train was reportedly running late during rush hour. Around 103 people were injured in the crash and some were thrown from their seats. All injuries suffered were minor. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference that the worst injury was a "possible" broken leg. Authorities are investigating why the operator failed to stop the train in time to prevent the crash.
A raise is always a great way to start the year. Minimum wages are slated to increase in 19 states. Massachusetts and Washington will increase to $11 per an hour— the highest minimum wage in the country. California is raising its wage to $10.50 for businesses with 26 or more employees. Wages are being raised regionally in New York State. Arizona, Maine, Colorado and Washington, Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and South Dakota, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Michigan and Vermont are all raising wages. Wages are gradually being raised to $15 an hour.
Does live streaming make us voyeurs in a crisis?
1. Keiana Herndon collapsed and died while streaming on Facebook Live. She was talking and signing to viewers from rural El Dorado, Arkansas when she fell off-screen and struggled to breathe. She was with her 1-year-old son, who began screaming at seeing his mother choking. Thousands of people were watching the stream, which lasted for 30 minutes after the collapse. A friend came in at that time and turned it off. Now, Keiana's father is criticizing the "friends" that didn't act to save his daughter.
2. Live streaming video is becoming ubiquitous in our culture. Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr have their own built-in live stream mechanisms. These tools are used to share just about anything, including the aftermath of a fatal police shooting. Live streams are mostly seen as a form of entertainment: a way to connect to and have a conversation with celebrities. Some people might have thought that Keiana's collapse wasn't authentic and was just a part of the show.
3. So, at what point do live stream viewers have a responsibility to act?
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he plans to repair relations with the United States under President Donald Trump. This comes after Putin threatened to dismiss American diplomats from Russia in response to President Barack Obama expelling 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States. Putin refraining from deporting American diplomats comes as somewhat of a surprise. Russian's foreign ministry had previously signaled that U.S. diplomats would be expelled from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
President Obama designates 2 national monuments
1. President Obama designated two new national monuments in southern Nevada and Utah. The Bears Ears National Monument will protect 1.35 million acres in Utah. The Gold Butte National Monument will protect 300,000 acres in Nevada. Both areas have substantial rock art, archaeological sites, and sacred Native American lands. There’s been an increase of vandalism, grave robbing, and looting in the parks. The President’s executive action is in line with the 1906 Antiquities Act, which grants the power to establish or expand national monuments.
2. Some in Nevada and Utah aren’t too happy about it. There has been years of back and forth between the federal government, states, and land-owners over how much federal government regulates land in the West. Bundy brothers staged their armed standoff in Nevada two years ago. The protection would limit mining, oil and gas production in the area. According to officials, federal-regulated lands have slowed economic growth in the area.
3. Is the Aniquities Act an old relic? Is enviromental and historic perservation just as important as ecnomic growth?
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A stray backpack prompted a partial evacuation of Trump Tower Tuesday. Bomb squad technicians quickly discovered that the unattended bag was harmless, filled with children's toys. President-elect Donald Trump lives in the building and has offices there, but he was at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida when the bag was discovered. New York Police Department spokesman Stephen Davis said the bomb squad gave the "all clear" around 5 p.m. after examining the bag.
Eight disturbances were reported in shopping malls around the country on Monday — the day after Christmas. These reports spread quickly across social media as shoppers flocked to malls in search of post-holiday deals. Disturbances that led to some malls being evacuated occurred in Elizabeth, New Jersey; Fayetteville, North Carolina; East Garden City, New York; Aurora, Colorado; Tempe, Arizona; Beachwood Place, Cleveland; and Memphis, Tennesse. All injuries incurred were either minor or not life-threatening. Memphis police arrested seven people in connection with the incident. No one has confirmed what caused any incident, but there is some discussion of social media's role in the events.
Final results of an experimental Ebola vaccine confirm that it can provide 100 percent protection against the virus. The vaccine was developed with the help of the Canadian government, and is under development by U.S. drug manufacturer Merck. The trial for the vaccine involved 11,841 people in Guinea in 2015. Mild side-effects to the vaccine include headache, fatigue and muscle pain. Only two adverse effects were found. One was a case of fever and another was a case of an allergic reaction. The vaccine is yet to be approved by regulators.
The death toll for fireworks market explosion has reached 35 people. More than 100 people were injured or killed Tuesday in Tultepec, a town north of Mexico City, when fireworks simultaneously went off causing a series of explosions. The cause of the explosions has not been released. About 10 of the 300 fireworks stands are still intact. The San Pablito Market has experienced previous explosions.
Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov was killed after being shot in the back by an off-duty policeman Monday. Three others were injured when the gunman opened fire at a photo exhibit in the Turkish capital, Ankara. The gunman shouted “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria,” “God is great! Those who pledged allegiance to Muhammad for jihad. God is great!” He was shot to death by policemen on site. Turkey and Russia have been at odds about Russian invovlement in the Syrian qar since they support opposing sides. Russia considers the assult a terrorist attack.
A chemical leak from an asphalt plant has contaminated the water supply in Corpus Christi, Texas. The city has warned residents not to drink or bathe in tap water. Even boiling the water will not make it safe. Residents are forced to purchase bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing. The chemical that has leaked into the water supply is called Indulin. It is corrosive and can burn a person's skin if in concentrated amounts. It can also cause damage to internal organs if ingested. The chemical is classified as hazardous by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. City officials eased some restrictions on tap water use Friday while workers flushed water pipes to clear away any traces of the chemical.
Extremely low-interest rates are on their way out. The U.S. Federal Reserve decided to raise interest rates for the first time 2016 and the second time in a decade.The rate will change from 0.50 to 0.75 percent. Feds figure since jobs have increased, people are spending money and the last time rates were increased it helped the economy, this is a good bet. In, fact rates will increase three more times in 2017. So how’s it going to affect you? Any new loan is going to pricier. It’s a smart idea to pay that credit card bill much sooner than later since interest can compound and that means less shoe money.
More than 1 billion Yahoo accounts were breached in August 2013 according to the company. This data theft is different from the 500-million-account breach that Yahoo disclosed in September. The new 1-billion-account breach is now the largest on record. Information stolen includes names, email addresses, phone numbers, date of birth and hashed passwords. Payment, bank account, and credit information were not stolen. Yahoo shares fell 2 percent.
Edgar Maddison Welch fired an assault rifle multiple times inside a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C. while he claimed to be investigating the internet conspiracy theory called "pizzagate." Welch hails from North Carolina and appeared in court in the District of Columbia Tuesday. He has been in jail since the December 4 shooting. No one was harmed. The restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, has been falsely rumored to be the host of a child sex trafficking ring run by Democrats. The conspiracy theory has been thoroughly debunked.
Gas prices are expected to rise after an OPEC meeting this weekend. Russia, Saudi Arabia and other oil producing nations agreed to reduce oil output to increase petroleum prices and revenues Saturday in Vienna. The agreement would cut 558,000 barrels per day which would help boost goverenment budgets. According to Bloomberg, the six-month deal would get rid of 46 percent of the 300 million-barrel stockpile.
President Obama has ordered a review of hacking by Russia aimed at influencing U.S. elections. The review will focus on hacks perpetrated during the 2016 campaign, but will also include malicious cyber activity going all the way back to 2008. Obama expects to receive a report before he leaves office on January 20. In response, Russia denied claims made by the U.S. and called for evidence of its involvement. In October, the Intelligence Community said it was "confident" that Russia was behind hacks of government and political entities.
Pollution is bad but Princess Cruise Lines didn’t get the memo. The cruise line is pleading guilty to seven felony charges for "deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up,” according to the United States Department of Justice. A subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, Princess will pay a $40 million penalty. The charges included illegal dumping of oil-contaminated waste into the ocean. This is the largest criminal penalty involving cruise pollution. It also puts the largest cruise company in time out for five years. All Carnival cruise ships will be under a court-supervised Environmental Compliance Program, which includes external audits and a court-appointed monitor.