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21 января, 16:14

Inside (and Outside) The Alt-Right's Inaugural Celebration

On Thursday evening, several middle-aged couples boarded an elevator in the Washington Press Club Building; in high spirits and dressed to the nines in pressed tuxedos and glittering ball gowns, they were the very image of inaugural revelry. “Oh my God, I almost forgot, I nearly killed the dog the other day!” one woman exclaimed with mock horror as the elevator shot up to the 14th floor. “Would’ve been fine by me!” another companion, presumably the woman’s husband, quipped. Everyone laughed. It was all wonderful and breezy and almost enough to make you forget that you were in hell. When the elevator reached the 14th floor, it opened up into DeploraBall, the inaugural fete thrown by Mike Cernovich and other allies of the white nationalist “alt-right” movement. Indeed, DeploraBall was not a scene one typically associates with harmless conversational jousting among the comfortably married. Yet, like the alt-right itself, the evening was defined by extremism and ― to put it diplomatically ― an elastic relationship with reality. There was Cernovich revving up the crowd by calling Hillary Clinton a “bigoted Nazi” who “wanted to put us in camps”; there was Jeff Giesea, one of DeploraBall’s co-organizers, urging the crowd to “preserve our civilization”; there was conservative activist Lucian Wintrich dismissing accusations that the alt-right is extremist by denouncing the “fascist left” and calling liberals Nazis. Then Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a far-right activist who let a prisoner die of dehydration in one of his prison cells, got up to speak. Informing the crowd that “the real fighting starts today,” Clarke assured the audience that the only time he would “reach across the aisle would be to grab [Democrats’] throats.”   Though there were a lot of puzzling things about DeploraBall ― among them a performance of Bob Dylan’s protest anthem, “The Times They Are A Changin’” ― none was more head-scratching than a denunciation of fascism followed by a sitting law enforcement official threatening to choke his political opponents. The so-called alt-right encompasses a range of nationalistic outlooks, ranging from segregationists to authoritarians to angry Redditors in need of a platform to vent their anger. Though their aims vary, almost all are united in their distaste for, and often outright hatred of, pluralism. Other attendees included Martin Shkreli, the so-called “Pharma Bro” who is under indictment for securities fraud and who rose to prominence for raising the price of a live-saving drug; Roger Stone, the lifelong Republican activist known for his underhanded tactics; entrepreneur Peter Thiel, a member of  Donald Trump’s transition team and secret funder of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit that ultimately bankrupted Gawker; Michael Flynn Jr., son of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and a online propagator of fake news stories; James O’Keefe, the conservative activist criticized for selectively editing his undercover videos of progressives; Pamela Geller, a leading Islamophobic activist; and, of course, Cernovich, a near-bottomless well of controversial statements who has made a name for himself promoting an uber-macho brand of personal improvement. There were other moments of unreality. As partygoers waited to pass through security, a man held up a sign that warned of “the MEXICAN NIGHTMARE.” Another attendee carried a sign reading, “HILLARY IS A DISHONEST UNTRUSTWORTHY, HATEFUL, ESTABLISHMENT WHORE AND A ?ITCH!” Chants of “Trump! Trump!” and “Lock her up!” soon erupted, and the sight of a man in a tuxedo barking, “Trump that bitch!” does not fade from memory quickly. Guy at Deploraball holding sign claiming to be Mexican immigrant. Wants Mexico to build the wall pic.twitter.com/UeetJJrJ8D— Eliot Nelson (@eliotnelson) January 20, 2017 Inside, in the wood-panel-lined, boys-club-like environs of the Press Club, revelers snapped photos of themselves beside a Donald Trump impersonator and a painting of George Washington wearing a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. They surveyed the offerings at the buffet and bar, which somewhat counterintuitively offered a foreign beer, Heineken. Partygoers, predominantly white, ranged in age and dress, some opting for classic evening wear and military dress uniforms while others sported their finest #MAGA T-shirts. This was the Met Gala for white people who feel under siege ― the Capote Ball for anyone who wants their kids to grow up and be like Fox News’ Jesse Watters.   However, the evening was defined as much by what was going on within as by what was going on without. Fourteen stories below, on F Street NW, a large protest had gathered well before the festivities began, with hundreds of people holding signs denouncing extremism and espousing action (”SMASH FASCISM” and “Take to the Streets,” to name a couple). On one end, someone had inflated a giant elephant with the word “RACISM” stamped across it, while several hundred feet away, a woman carrying a “Free Palestine” sign argued with a man sporting an “American Bikers United Against Jihad” hoodie. Protesters had trained two spotlights on the Press Club Building, one of which read, “Impeach the Predator President” and the other ― in what was truly history’s strangest bat signal ― “Bragging About Grabbing A Woman’s Genitals.” Protesters started charging the barricades as I walked in (apologies for orientation) pic.twitter.com/O6lBra98AH— Eliot Nelson (@eliotnelson) January 20, 2017 A human shield of police formed alongside the entrance to the party, dividing the partygoers from the more aggressive protesters, many of whom yelled invectives at the attendees. At one point, as the crush of protesters heaved forward, several officers fell over, forming a temporary gap. Suddenly exposed, a handful of attendees (and one Huffington Post reporter) scampered into the lobby, their flight set to a soundtrack of clacking heels and cries of “fascist!” The protests were met with a mixture of amusement and anger by the self-proclaimed “deplorables” inside. Some snapped photos of the demonstrators as they snaked through the security line in the lobby, offering defiant waves and other, less friendly gestures through the windows.   “I had a sign with ‘peace’ written on it thrown at my face!” one attendee in the security line recalled. “You just can’t dress well in these parts,” his companion replied consolingly. Others were significantly less good-humored. “Was there tear gas?” one partygoer loitering by a bar upstairs in the Press Club asked about the protest. “Yeah. Fuckin’ gas ‘em!” another replied. “Fuckin’ billy-club them!” the first guest added. “I’ll go out and help!” added the second. One attendee was quite certain that the country was squarely on the side of her and her fellow deplorables. “The media gives them a platform!” she insisted. “That’s what it is!” “We love America here,” another guest injected. “That’s what this is!” ―- Huffington Post reporter Eliot Nelson’s book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing and Sometimes Hilarious Government, is out now.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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21 января, 09:30

Martin Sixsmith: ‘We were both consumed by a search for the truth’

Martin Sixsmith started out helping a woman find her father’s killers, but ended up searching for answers to a very different death – his brother’s suicideRare is the family whose fortunes run smooth forever; it is our misfortunes that test the bonds of blood and affection. “All happy families are alike,” wrote Tolstoy in Anna Karenina, “each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”Over the past few years, I have met enough unhappy families to know that Tolstoy was right. The stories of their troubles fascinate us, in part because we crave assurance that our own are not unique. Continue reading...

21 января, 05:11

Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2017

Obama’s Final Honeymoon Ends Well America now has a new president, meaning (among other things) it is time to take one final look back at the presidency of Barack Obama. The chart is now complete on the public’s opinion of how President Obama performed his duties, and his final “honeymoon” period not only continued during January, it actually improved considerably. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the final Obama monthly average poll ratings. [Click on graph to see larger-scale version.] January, 2017 Obama’s final month in office began strong, got stronger, and then shot even further upwards at the very end. All in all, a pretty impressive performance considering this “month” covers less than three weeks. [A technical note before I begin: today’s figures from RealClearPolitics.com were only available through January 18th, so Obama’s final numbers may wind up being slightly better when the last two days are added in to the data.] Obama leaves office with a higher monthly average job approval rating than he has seen since his first honeymoon period. Not only is he now at a higher rate than for his entire second term (including his entire second honeymoon), he’s at a higher point than at any time since the summer of 2009. Obama’s monthly job approval rose a half a point to end up at 54.3 percent. Obama’s monthly job disapproval rating fell an even larger 0.9 percent, to end up at only 41.1 percent. His daily average approval was even more impressive, moving from 53.1 percent at the start of the month to a whopping 57.4 at the end. That’s a jump of 4.3 percent, which Obama hasn’t seen at any time during his second term. His daily average job disapproval fell at a more modest rate, from 41.9 at the start of the month down to 39.3 percent at the end of his term in office. These numbers, again, could even improve when the data from the final two days is posted. Four of the most recent individual polls show why. In two of the polls, Obama registered 62 percent job approval, and in the other two 60 percent. His job disapproval in these polls ranged from 36 percent to 39 percent. That’s a pretty strong finish, folks. Overall Trends Now, almost every outgoing president gets a certain final bounce in the polls, it should be mentioned (in all fairness). Even George W. Bush saw his numbers tick up at the very end (from 25.3 percent approval to 29.3 percent), so this is a normal occurrence. Even so, Obama’s final months in office cap off a pretty spectacular final year in office in the polling. By some measures, Obama is actually doing better the day he leaves office than Dwight D. Eisenhower. That’s pretty impressive, since Eisenhower never once fell below 50 percent job approval for his entire two terms in office. He fluctuated between 50 and 80 percent, setting a record that has yet to be matched by anyone. But in his final months, he was only at 59 percent approval ― lower than those four recent Obama polls. But since we don’t have to pay any attention to future trends (as we normally do in this section), let’s instead take a look at Obama’s performance overall. Since this will be the final installment of the Obama Poll Watch series of columns, I also wanted to include a slightly-annotated version of Obama’s complete chart, which helps mark some important and influential events during Obama’s two terms in office. So here is the same chart as above, with a few notes for context. Barack Obama spent most of his initial political capital getting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed. It was a grueling exercise that all but consumed the first year and a half of his presidency. Right at the end of this period, the BP oil volcano erupted in the Gulf of Mexico, which meant night after night (and week after week) of videos on the news of a situation that was just completely out of anyone’s control. Not exactly the best optics any president hopes for, to put it mildly. This all pushed Obama’s approval rating down below 50 percent, and by the 2010 midterm elections he was “underwater” for the first time, with his disapproval rating higher than approval. An interesting footnote is that no matter what happened at the ballot box, Obama consistently got a clear post-election bounce after every election he presided through. His approval rating jumped upwards after the 2010 Tea Party “shellacking,” and then he got a short-lived boost when the death of Osama Bin Laden was announced. This was followed by another down period, as the Tea Partiers vented their anger from their newly-won congressional seats. Obama’s second presidential campaign was a lot tougher than his first, as throughout 2012 his job approval and disapproval matched up almost perfectly. Finally, towards the end of the summer, Obama did convince a majority of Americans to support him once again, leading to his second post-election bounce ― his “second honeymoon.” This one was a lot shorter and milder than his first, as you can see. He just barely got above 53 percent approval after being re-elected, but then saw his numbers take their deepest dive yet. Which brings us to our final detail chart, showing Obama’s second term with an expanded scale (to better see the trends). [Click on graph to see larger-scale version.] Obama’s numbers tumbled in early 2013, as Congress proved to be as intransigent as ever. By autumn, Obama momentarily seemed to stabilize at around 44 percent approval, but then he got hit with a double-whammy: the weeks-long government shutdown, followed by the disastrous rollout of the HealthCare.gov website. This sent his job approval to the nadir of his entire presidency ― 41.4 percent average monthly approval, and a daily average that even slipped (for a single day) below 40 percent (39.8, on December 2, 2013). Obama would eventually recover from this slump, but it took a very long time and it wasn’t without setbacks. In the first half of 2014, Obama crawled back up to 44 percent approval, only to see it fall right back during the midterm election campaign (which was just as brutal as the 2010 midterm was). However, as noted, Obama has always gotten a nice bounce after all elections, no matter what the results turned out to be. Obama rode this bounce up to around 45 percent approval, where he stayed for a solid year. These weren’t numbers to brag about in any way, but they were decidedly better than what he went through in 2014. Then the 2016 presidential campaign got underway in earnest, and Obama started up a very steep path to a very impressive finish. Since the end of 2015, Obama has gained 10.6 percent in job approval and seen his job disapproval fall by 10.3 percent. That is an amazing year for any president, and it is clear that the closer we got to choosing his replacement, the more the American public decided they were going to miss President Obama. Obama finishes his second term 13.2 percent above water ― better than at any point since July, 2009. While he didn’t match his initial stratospheric ratings (few presidents do), his final year’s numbers seem assured to guarantee his legacy will be remembered fondly by the public. A few final notes are necessary before I close out this eight-year-long column series. First, thanks to everyone who has either been reading from the beginning (the first of these columns ran in March of 2009) or just noticed it recently. When I started writing these, the polling information on the web was nowhere near as accessible as it now is, so I thought I’d do my own poll-tracking, choosing a monthly rolling average “poll of polls” to smooth out the spikes to a readable level. The graphs are pretty amateur, I fully admit, but it has certainly been interesting to track this stuff on a daily basis (as gathering data for the columns forced me to do). I do not intend to put in this level of effort for Donald Trump. Perhaps its my own political bias, or perhaps it is because charts like these are a lot easier to find on the web now, but for whatever reason, I will only occasionally be chiming in on Trump’s ratings. It’s somewhat unfair, but Trump’s current rating of 41.1 percent approval is actually lower than any of Obama’s monthly marks (Obama’s low point was 41.4 percent). That’s a pretty dismal start, but again out of fairness I have to point out that there simply are no “job approval” numbers for Trump yet, because it is impossible for the public to have an opinion on the presidential job he’s doing before he actually takes the oath of office. Personal approval ratings are not the same as job approval ratings, in other words. We’ll see real job approval numbers start to come in for Trump in the next few weeks, and those are really the only measure that is comparable to any other president. But I don’t expect them to improve all that dramatically in a few weeks’ time, personally. My final thought on Obama’s completed job approval chart is that Obama truly lived up to the “No Drama Obama” label. For his entire presidency, his job approval numbers stayed between his initial high of over 63 percent down to his low of 41 percent. That’s actually a very tight range, historically. George W. Bush saw his approval shoot up to over 85 percent (right after 9/11) but then absolutely collapse to a low of 25 percent (a dismal range only Richard Nixon had previously seen). So even though Obama’s final chart has its ups and downs, he actually charted a historically steady course in the public’s view for his entire eight years in office. And Barack Hussein Obama left office exactly as he began ― on a very high note indeed.   [Obama Poll Watch Data:] Sources And Methodology ObamaPollWatch.com is an admittedly amateur effort, but we do try to stay professional when it comes to revealing our sources and methodology. All our source data comes from RealClearPolitics.com; specifically from their daily presidential approval ratings “poll of polls” graphic page. We take their daily numbers, log them, and then average each month’s data into a single number ― which is then shown on our monthly charts here (a “poll of polls of polls,” if you will...). You can read a much-more detailed explanation of our source data and methodology on our “About Obama Poll Watch” page, if you’re interested. Questions or comments? Use the Email Chris page to drop me a private note.   Note: Because this is the final column in this series, I’m providing all the data below for both of Obama’s terms in office, for easy comparison.   Obama’s Second Term Statistical Records MonthlyHighest Monthly Approval ― 12/16 ― 54.3%Lowest Monthly Approval ― 11/13 ― 41.4% Highest Monthly Disapproval ― 12/13 ― 54.0%Lowest Monthly Disapproval ― 12/16 ― 41.1% DailyHighest Daily Approval ― 1/17/17 ― 57.4%Lowest Daily Approval ― 12/2/13 ― 39.8% Highest Daily Disapproval ― 12/2/13 ― 55.9%Lowest Daily Disapproval ― 1/18/17 ― 39.3%   Obama’s First Term Statistical Records MonthlyHighest Monthly Approval ― 2/09 ― 63.4%Lowest Monthly Approval ― 10/11 ― 43.4% Highest Monthly Disapproval ― 9/11, 10/11 ― 51.2%Lowest Monthly Disapproval ― 1/09 ― 19.6% DailyHighest Daily Approval ― 2/15/09 ― 65.5%Lowest Daily Approval ― 10/9/11 ― 42.0% Highest Daily Disapproval ― 8/30/11 ― 53.2%Lowest Daily Disapproval ― 1/29/09 ― 19.3%   Obama’s Second Term Raw Monthly Data [All-time high in bold, all-time low underlined.] Month ― (Approval / Disapproval / Undecided)01/17 ― 54.3 / 41.1 / 4.612/16 ― 53.8 / 42.0 / 4.211/16 ― 52.9 / 44.0 / 3.110/16 ― 51.7 / 45.4 / 2.909/16 ― 50.5 / 46.4 / 3.108/16 ― 51.3 / 44.9 / 3.807/16 ― 49.6 / 46.7 / 3.706/16 ― 50.0 / 46.2 / 3.805/16 ― 48.8 / 47.3 / 3.904/16 ― 48.6 / 47.2 / 4.203/16 ― 48.4 / 47.4 / 4.202/16 ― 46.3 / 49.6 / 4.101/16 ― 45.5 / 50.2 / 4.312/15 ― 43.7 / 51.6 / 4.711/15 ― 44.4 / 51.3 / 4.310/15 ― 45.3 / 50.0 / 4.709/15 ― 45.6 / 50.3 / 4.108/15 ― 44.7 / 50.4 / 4.907/15 ― 45.7 / 50.0 / 4.306/15 ― 44.6 / 50.7 / 4.705/15 ― 45.4 / 50.0 / 4.604/15 ― 45.2 / 49.9 / 4.903/15 ― 44.9 / 50.8 / 4.302/15 ― 45.4 / 50.1 / 4.501/15 ― 44.8 / 50.5 / 4.712/14 ― 42.4 / 52.8 / 4.811/14 ― 42.0 / 53.4 / 4.610/14 ― 42.1 / 53.4 / 4.509/14 ― 41.5 / 53.5 / 5.008/14 ― 41.6 / 53.0 / 5.407/14 ― 41.8 / 53.6 / 4.606/14 ― 42.4 / 53.4 / 4.205/14 ― 44.0 / 51.7 / 4.304/14 ― 43.4 / 52.1 / 4.503/14 ― 42.9 / 52.8 / 4.302/14 ― 43.3 / 52.3 / 4.401/14 ― 42.7 / 52.7 / 4.612/13 ― 41.9 / 54.0 / 4.111/13 ― 41.4 / 53.9 / 4.710/13 ― 44.2 / 50.8 / 5.009/13 ― 43.9 / 50.8 / 5.308/13 ― 44.4 / 50.2 / 5.407/13 ― 45.3 / 49.2 / 5.506/13 ― 46.5 / 48.5 / 5.005/13 ― 48.3 / 46.9 / 4.804/13 ― 48.6 / 46.8 / 4.603/13 ― 48.5 / 46.3 / 5.202/13 ― 51.1 / 43.1 / 5.901/13 ― 52.7 / 42.6 / 4.7   Obama’s First Term Raw Monthly Data Month ― (Approval / Disapproval / Undecided)01/13 ― 52.7 / 42.6 / 4.712/12 ― 53.1 / 42.8 / 4.111/12 ― 50.6 / 46.7 / 2.710/12 ― 49.4 / 47.8 / 2.809/12 ― 49.1 / 47.6 / 3.308/12 ― 47.8 / 48.3 / 3.907/12 ― 47.2 / 48.1 / 4.706/12 ― 47.8 / 47.8 / 4.405/12 ― 48.1 / 47.8 / 4.104/12 ― 47.8 / 47.1 / 5.103/12 ― 47.7 / 47.2 / 5.102/12 ― 48.2 / 47.2 / 4.601/12 ― 46.3 / 48.3 / 5.412/11 ― 45.1 / 49.5 / 5.411/11 ― 44.4 / 50.2 / 5.410/11 ― 43.4 / 51.2 / 5.409/11 ― 43.5 / 51.2 / 5.308/11 ― 43.8 / 50.7 / 5.507/11 ― 46.2 / 47.8 / 6.006/11 ― 48.5 / 46.0 / 5.505/11 ― 51.4 / 43.1 / 5.504/11 ― 46.4 / 48.2 / 5.403/11 ― 48.1 / 46.4 / 5.502/11 ― 49.4 / 44.5 / 6.101/11 ― 48.5 / 45.7 / 5.812/10 ― 45.5 / 48.1 / 6.411/10 ― 45.5 / 49.0 / 5.510/10 ― 45.5 / 49.1 / 5.409/10 ― 45.7 / 49.7 / 4.608/10 ― 45.3 / 49.5 / 5.207/10 ― 46.6 / 47.4 / 6.006/10 ― 47.6 / 46.7 / 5.705/10 ― 48.1 / 45.5 / 6.404/10 ― 47.8 / 46.5 / 5.703/10 ― 48.1 / 46.4 / 5.502/10 ― 47.9 / 46.1 / 6.001/10 ― 49.2 / 45.3 / 5.512/09 ― 49.4 / 44.9 / 5.711/09 ― 51.1 / 43.5 / 5.410/09 ― 52.2 / 41.9 / 5.909/09 ― 52.7 / 42.0 / 5.308/09 ― 52.8 / 40.8 / 6.407/09 ― 56.4 / 38.1 / 5.506/09 ― 59.8 / 33.6 / 6.605/09 ― 61.4 / 31.6 / 7.004/09 ― 61.0 / 30.8 / 8.203/09 ― 60.9 / 29.9 / 9.202/09 ― 63.4 / 24.4 / 12.201/09 ― 63.1 / 19.6 / 17.3   Second Term Column Archives [Dec 16], [Nov 16], [Oct 16], [Sep 16], [Aug 16], [Jul 16], [Jun 16], [May 16], [Apr 16], [Mar 16], [Feb 16], [Jan 16], [Dec 15], [Nov 15], [Oct 15], [Sep 15], [Aug 15], [Jul 15], [Jun 15], [May 15], [Apr 15], [Mar 15], [Feb 15], [Jan 15], [Dec 14], [Nov 14], [Oct 14], [Sep 14], [Aug 14], [Jul 14], [Jun 14], [May 14], [Apr 14], [Mar 14], [Feb 14], [Jan 14], Dec 13], [Nov 13], [Oct 13], Sep 13], [Aug 13], [Jul 13], [Jun 13], [May 13], [Apr 13], [Mar 13], [Feb 13], [Jan 13]   First Term Column Archives [Jan 13], [Dec 12], [Nov 12], [Oct 12], [Sep 12], [Aug 12], [Jul 12], [Jun 12], [May 12], [Apr 12], [Mar 12], [Feb 12], [Jan 12], [Dec 11], [Nov 11], [Oct 11], [Sep 11], [Aug 11], [Jul 11], [Jun 11], [May 11], [Apr 11], [Mar 11], [Feb 11], [Jan 11], [Dec 10], [Nov 10], [Oct 10], [Sep 10], [Aug 10], [Jul 10], [Jun 10], [May 10], [Apr 10], [Mar 10], [Feb 10], [Jan 10], [Dec 09], [Nov 09], [Oct 09], [Sep 09], [Aug 09], [Jul 09], [Jun 09], [May 09], [Apr 09], [Mar 09]   Chris Weigant blogs at: Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWeigantFull archives of OPW columns: ObamaPollWatch.com   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 января, 00:49

Inauguration coverage turns tense as TV channels pivot to protests

For about an hour on Friday afternoon, TV networks' coverage turned from the inauguration of President Donald Trump to clashes between police and protesters in downtown Washington D.C., just blocks away from the inaugural festivities.

21 января, 00:08

Weak vetting led to Cabinet confirmation surprises

Team Trump has been blindsided by potentially scandalous revelations about Cabinet nominees.

20 января, 22:50

Pope Francis wishes Trump well in Inauguration Day message

Pope Francis offered good wishes and the assurance of his prayers to President Donald Trump shortly after Trump’s inauguration Friday. “At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding far-sighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide,” he wrote. The pope wrote that he is praying that God grants Trump strength and wisdom while he serves as president. “Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door,” he wrote. In February 2016, the pope told reporters that a person who thinks about building walls instead of bridges is “not Christian.” Following that statement, Trump blasted the pope, calling Francis “disgraceful” and saying the Mexican government was using him as a “pawn.”

20 января, 20:12

16 Luxury Makeup Products That Are 100% Worth It

Luxury makeup products aren't always worth the high price tag. But according to expert reviews, these products are definitely splurge-worthy.

20 января, 19:10

Should You Buy Bank ETFs on the Dip?

Though banking ETFs retreated despite stronger-than-expected Q4 earnings, investors can use the dip as a buying opportunity.

20 января, 13:14

‘None of us knows what is going to happen’

Trump’s presidency takes America into uncharted waters.

20 января, 12:00

Ancient Wisdom for Donald Trump on Inauguration Day

There is only one way for the president-elect to be the happiest of men.

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20 января, 07:08

5 Job Interview Mistakes That Will Instantly Destroy Your Chances

Upcoming job interview? You'll want to prepare for every possible question, and prepare some of your own. And be sure to avoid these mistakes at all costs.

20 января, 03:10

Judge drops threat to demand personal data on Dreamers

In inauguration eve ruling, court also withdraws sanctions against Justice Department lawyers.

20 января, 02:49

Bush’s letter to Obama in 2009: The country is ‘pulling for you’

On Jan. 20, 2009, George W. Bush wrote to Barack Obama to congratulate the 44th president on beginning a “fantastic chapter” in his life and assure him that while the Oval Office could be trying, the country was rooting for him. “Very few have had the honor of knowing the responsibility you now feel,” Bush wrote to Obama on his inauguration day in a handwritten note on White House letterhead, published Thursday by ABC News. “Very few know the excitement of the moment and the challenges you will face.” “There will be trying moments,” he continued. “The critics will rage. Your ‘friends’ will disappoint you. But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me. No matter what comes, you will be inspired by the character and compassion of the people you now lead.” The handwritten note from president to successor has become a tradition. The day before Trump will assume the office, ABC News also published the 2001 letter to Bush from Bill Clinton, who called the presidency the “greatest venture, with the greatest honor, that can come to an American citizen.” Clinton wrote: “Like me, you are especially fortunate to lead our country in a time of profound and largely positive change, when old questions, not just about the role of government, but about the very nature of our nation, must be answered anew. “You lead a proud, decent, good people. And from this day you are President of all of us. I salute you and wish you success and much happiness. “The burdens you now shoulder are great but often exaggerated. The sheer joy of doing what you believe is right is inexpressible.”

20 января, 01:57

Trump's Most Alarming Proposals Echo Obama-Era Policies

This week Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the US, taking over as the least popular head of state in at least forty years, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Trump's surprise election victory came at the heels of a controversial campaign, which often relied on xenophobic, misogynistic and divisive rhetoric. More than his contemptuous tone, however, it was Trump's stances on issues such as homeland security, immigration, treatment of minorities, and women's reproductive rights or his attacks on the press that shocked and awed. His proposed programs have resulted in opponents describing him as "authoritarian," a "tyrant," and a "unique threat to American democracy," and propelled some to organize a resistance against his agenda. What this unprecedented level of anxiety belies, however, is that some of Trump's most alarming proposals signal a mere continuity of the Obama administration's policies. Two of Trump's earliest jolts were related to his proposed treatment of Latinos and Muslims. In his June 2015 campaign launch speech Trump called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, and announced plans to build a border wall. He also pledged to expel all illegal aliens, only changing that last November to deporting two to three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records. In late 2015 Trump also proposed the creation of a "Muslim registry," along with a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the US. He subsequently changed his position to a ban on travelers from any country afflicted by terrorism along with extreme vetting of all immigrants. Trump's vitriol sent shockwaves, but perhaps for the wrong reasons. These ideas deserved panic not for their assumed unprecedented discriminatory nature, but instead their similarity to existing Obama administration policies. With the focus on DACA and DAPA as defining Obama's immigration reform legacy, what receives far less attention is the administration's record-setting deportations of over 2.5 million immigrants. President Obama long articulated his administration's focus on deportations as a policy response, promising, however, only to remove violent criminals. Even Trump described his new proposal as a continuation Obama's policy but "perhaps with a lot more energy." Of course, as government data from 2009-2014 and 2014-2016 reveal, despite Obama's assurances, only 20 percent of deportees have been convicted of violent crimes, with the overwhelmingly majority either having clean records (59%) or only immigration-related offenses or minor infractions (each at 11%), such as shoplifting. The numbers dispel the myth of "felons, not families." While the sheer magnitude of expulsions Trump envisions may be tough to achieve now, his administration will nevertheless inherit from Democrats a sprawling bureaucratic infrastructure to implement mass deportations. Furthermore, on American Muslims too Trump's proposals have been relentlessly unoriginal. His proposed "extreme vetting" has been in effect throughout the Obama years, without Congressional authorization, under the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program, a covert policy targeted almost exclusively at Muslims under which the FBI conducts special vetting of immigration applicants assumed to pose a terrorist threat. The Muslim registry also essentially existed over the past eight years under a recently dismantled Bush-era database known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). More importantly, under Obama more sophisticated automated systems were developed which rendered NSEERS obsolete and presumably allow for more efficient tracking. Moreover, Trump's support for greater surveillance of Muslims is borrowed from the Obama administration as well, which relying on the FBI and local law enforcement agencies, spied on American Muslim communities using a variety techniques ranging from geo-mapping to phony community outreach programs and the use of informants. Similarly, Trump's position on America's nuclear power have not strayed from existing policy. His pronouncement to greatly expand US nuclear capabilities, even if it resulted in an arms race, were condemned as frightening and dangerous, but again missed the mark. As pointed out, the Obama administration has already created the largest nuclear modernization program since the 1980s, including the purchase of new weapons and advanced delivery systems. The arms race is already happening. Finally, a continuing worry about the Trump presidency has been its treatment of the press, a concern reinvigorated after he again derided reporters at a press conference last week. What the flurry of criticism and horror that followed omitted was that Trump's intolerance for transparency and press freedoms too is directly in the footsteps of President Obama. First, the Obama administration's transparency record was bleak. Despite promising an era of openness, the administration impeded the press and concerned citizens from obtaining information, setting records for either entirely denying access or providing heavily redacted versions of government files requested under the Freedom of Information Act in both 2015 and 2016 (65% and 77% of all requests, respectively). Second, the administration became increasingly hostile towards journalists over its tenure. It targeted whistleblowers under the Espionage Act at least nine times (by comparison used only three times in the ninety years prior), ordered the FBI to spy on journalists who had received information from leakers, including tapping their phone records and hacking their emails, and tried coercing them into revealing their sources. Third, it quashed supply-side dynamics with similar ferocity, creating the Insider Threat Program in 2012 to identify and punish those involved in leaking government materials as well as those failing to report their suspicions of a co-worker. Fourth, more than establishing dangerous precedents, the Obama administration also won the legal cover to punish journalists publishing stories using leaked documents, including jailing them for not complying with subpoenas to reveal sources of the leaks, that can now be exploited by the next government. Since launching his campaign Trump has repeatedly shocked his audience by relying on a pugnacious style of politics and inflammatory narratives now unusual in presidential campaigns. Unfortunately, this has often resulted in his proposals also being treated as unparalleled. As a more careful reading of the past eight years reveals, however, some of the most unsettling parts of Trump's agenda are either borrowed from or congruous with the policies of the Obama administration and reflect a prevailing policy consensus. For those looking to resistant the next president this creates the formidable challenge of de-normalizing the very policies they have so far incorrectly assumed must only be prevented from taking root. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 января, 01:56

Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo Extradited To U.S.

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman Loera, also known as El Chapo, was extradited Thursday to the United States, where he’s wanted on charges that include homicide and drug trafficking, Mexico’s foreign ministry said.   Guzman, who twice broke out of Mexican maximum-security prisons, had been incarcerated in Mexico for the last year. He was recaptured in January 2016, following six months on the run after tunneling out of a prison the year before. Since May, he had been held in a jail in Ciudad Juarez, near the U.S. border. He was being flown to New York, according to The Associated Press. The U.S. Justice Department said in a statement that the government “extends its gratitude to the Government of Mexico for their extensive cooperation and assistance in securing the extradition of Guzman Loera to the United States.”  Guzmán headed the Sinaloa Cartel, Mexico’s largest drug-trafficking organization. His breakout from the Altiplano prison through a tunnel in his shower in July 2015 was a major embarrassment for the administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.  It was the second time Guzmán had escaped from a maximum-security prison. He broke out in 2001 from a prison where he reportedly had been allowed visits from sex workers. When Mexican security officials recaptured him after the tunnel escape last year, Mexico agreed to honor a U.S. extradition request, which some observers viewed as a tacit admission that the Mexican government might not be able to keep Guzmán from escaping again. Guzmán has been indicted in seven U.S. jurisdictions on charges that include homicide, drug trafficking and money laundering. Guzmán’s legal team fought the extradition hard, delaying his transfer to the U.S. for more than a year. Mexico refuses extradition to countries that will seek the death penalty. New York does not have capital punishment. Mike Vigil, the former chief of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said the Mexican Supreme Court refused to hear Guzmán’s appeals for fear of retribution from the Sinaloa Cartel. Sending him to the U.S. will assure that he breaks ties with the criminal organization he once headed. “I feel very confident that he will be convicted and his reign of terror and drug trafficking is over with,” Vigil told The WorldPost. “He will never the beautiful mountains of Sinaloa again.”    Several high-profile associates or rivals of Guzmán have pleaded guilty in U.S. federal courts in recent years to drug trafficking charges. They sometimes reappear as government witnesses to bolster U.S. prosecutors’ cases against newly extradited traffickers. When Guzmán’s ally-turned-enemy Alfredo “El Mochomo” Beltrán Leyva faced trial in Washington last year on drug-trafficking charges, a list of potential government witnesses included brutal enforcer Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal and Jesús “El Rey” Zambada, both of whom had taken earlier plea deals. Beltrán Leyva himself took a plea deal days before his trial was scheduled to start. His lawyer denied at the time that Beltrán Leyva had agreed to act as a government witness. A Guzmán trial could offer a unique window into the operations of the largest drug-trafficking enterprise in the Americas. Mexican cartel leaders, however, have often pleaded guilty instead of fighting in court when facing major charges in the United States. This is a developing story, check back here for updates. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 января, 00:24

'Access' to buying insurance is not health coverage

A signature exchange early in the first Senate hearing Wednesday for Rep. Tom Price in his nomination to be the next Health and Human Services Secretary illustrates a lot about our still damaged healthcare system, and how it could now get much worse. Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose call to expand coverage through an improved Medicare for all was a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, forcefully challenged Price to commit to guaranteed healthcare for every American. Sanders: The United States of America is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee healthcare to all people as a right. Do you believe that healthcare is a right of all Americans, whether they are rich or they're poor? Should people, because they are Americans, be able to go to the doctor, be able to go into a hospital because they are Americans? In Canada, in other countries, all people have the right to get healthcare. Do you believe we should move in that direction? Price: I believe that every single American has access to the highest quality care and coverage that is possible. Sanders. 'Has access to' does not mean that they are guaranteed health care. I have access to buying a $10 million home; I don't have the money to do that. Unpack the evasions and you have the Ayn Rand-Tea Party philosophy in a nutshell. You only deserve the healthcare you can buy, from private insurance companies that have a history of price gouging with multiple restrictions on the care you can receive even after paying your premiums. "Access to care" in the mouths of those devoted to shredding every vestige of our healthcare safety net only serves as a pointed reminder of the elevation of double speak for an incoming administration whose press secretary, Sean Spicer, can praise the "totality of diversity" that is "second to none" for a Cabinet where 13 of 16 nominees are white men. Or perhaps Spicer just meant the "diversity" of both millionaires and billionaires. Any notion that the private healthcare market, which has long prioritized its profiteering above any guarantees of access, cost, or quality, will somehow do a better job of assuring "every person the financial feasibility to purchase the coverage they want" requires a suspension of disbelief that is truly Orwellian. Probably the best evidence of the failure of the market-driven system - which saw the U.S. fall to 37th in the world according to a World Health Organization ranking early in this century - is the decades long push for major healthcare reform. The Affordable Care Act was a step forward, especially in access, through the expansion of Medicaid for many low and moderate income adults, and a ban on some of the worst insurance abuses that permitted more people to buy insurance plans through the ACA market exchanges. Significant holes in the ACA, especially the failure to adequately control out of pocket costs for millions of people, opened the door to much of the attacks, as hypocritical as the ideological resistance has been from those in Congress to a plan that was evolved from conservative think tanks and designed to meet the desires of the healthcare industry. Now, with the rush to repeal the ACA, things are in danger of getting very ugly fast. Incoming President Trump did throw a wrench into the feeding frenzy in a series of statements insisting that the Republican majorities in the Senate and House adopt a concurrent replacement plan with repeal of the ACA. Further he set conditions, that no one lose coverage they've gained under the ACA, and that premiums and deductibles be lowered. That has made it sticky for the repeal and replace crowd. Not one scheme they have talked about the past eight years comes close to meeting those barometers. Not health savings accounts or tax credits to buy insurance without any controls on the predatory pricing practices of the industry. Not "selling insurance across state lines" which is merely a race to the bottom, letting insurance giants decamp in the least regulated states so that other states, with stronger public protections, must accept those same lowered standards. And not converting Medicaid to block grants, which Price, and now Trump as well, are proposing as a "solution" for expanded coverage. The Medicaid block grant proposal is intended to sharply reduce federal funding for Medicaid, and then leave it to states, more than half now controlled by conservative budget hawks, to reduce their commitment to health coverage for low and moderate income people by restricting eligibility and cutting covered benefits. Sanders also pressed Price on whether he would adhere to another Trump promise not to cut Medicare and Medicaid. And then there was this exchange, where Sanders pointed out another Trump call for increased negotiations to reduce prescription drug prices, which would be a sharp u-turn for Congressional conservatives who have repeatedly blocked the ability of Medicare to negotiate discounts as most other countries do. Sanders: Will you work with us so that Medicare negotiates prices with the pharmaceutical industry? Price: You have my commitment to work with you and others to make certain that the drug pricing is reasonable and that individuals have access to the medications that they need. There he goes again. "Access" to medications may mean you can stand in a pharmacy and admire the drugs on the shelves, but it still does not mean you can afford the massive price gouging to get them. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 января, 23:42

Schwarzenegger dings Trump on Agriculture pick

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined Latinos and California Republicans in expressing his frustration and disappointment Thursday after Donald Trump bypassed Abel Maldonado for agriculture secretary.In selecting former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for one of the few remaining Cabinet positions, Trump dealt Maldonado, the former California lieutenant governor and an apparent finalist for the position, the latest in a series of public setbacks.“Obviously, the choice wasn’t based on substance, because if it was based on substance, Abel would have gotten the job hands down,” Schwarzenegger, who appointed Maldonado lieutenant governor, said through a spokesman on Thursday. “He knows agriculture at every level and he’s built an incredible agriculture business from the group up as well as being a fantastic public servant.”Schwarzenegger, Trump’s “Apprentice” replacement on NBC, supported Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the GOP primary and refused to vote for Trump in the general. After the new show aired in early January, the president-elect railed on his successor, tweeting that the show “got ‘swamped’” in the ratings and slamming the former California governor for not backing him in 2016.“Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14,” Trump, who is still an executive producer of the show, said in a series of tweets. “Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary.”Schwarzenegger responded later the same day with a tweet designed to shame Trump. “There's nothing more important than the people's work, @realDonaldTrump,” Schwarzenegger tweeted. “I wish you the best of luck and I hope you'll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings.”Before traveling to Mar-a-Lago to meet with Trump and enjoying a positive run of publicity amid the cabinet speculation in recent weeks, Maldonado had recorded three straight political failures: Losing election to hold his position as lieutenant governor in 2010, losing a congressional race in 2012 and dropping out of California’s gubernatorial campaign in 2014.It was Maldonado’s profile as a moderate Latino that once put him briefly on a national stage, courted by prominent Republicans to diversify the party’s ranks. As a California state assemblyman in 2000, Maldonado delivered a prime time speech in Spanish at the Republican National Convention and was considered for a post in the George W. Bush administration.“This is a brown face," Maldonado told the Dallas Morning News that year, pointing to himself. "This is the face of the real Republican Party. This is no mask. We're really working hard to get our message out."Maldonado’s latest public venture came in June, when outtakes of a potential reality television show, “Meet the Maldonados,” were reported on by The Sacramento Bee.“In it, the former state legislator and unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate can be seen drinking wine with his daughter, asking his son about having a condom and laughing after his wife informs their daughter that ‘we watched porn when you were conceived,’” the newspaper reported. “At one point, a horse starts relieving itself in Maldonado’s house. ‘Yeah, Sacramento’s better than this,’ a flustered Maldonado mutters as he cleans up.”Maldonado, 49, actively lobbied for the agriculture secretary position and had a connection inside the Trump transition team in Bryan Lanza, a former Maldonado adviser who is now deputy communications director of Trump’s transition committee.On Tuesday, Maldonado was in the nation’s capital, tweeting photographs from Trump’s Washington hotel.After reports about Perdue’s appointment surfaced Wednesday, Maldonado acknowledged he had been passed over, thanking Trump and his advisers in a statement “for the opportunity to interview and consider me as his Secretary Of Agriculture.” He said “the process was honorable, thorough and transparent” and that “America can be rest assured that the USDA will be in good hands with Governor Sonny Perdue.”For Republicans seeking to add diversity to Trump’s cabinet, the prospect of Maldonado’s appointment held appeal. Maldonado’s father immigrated from Mexico to California’s Central Coast, where the family developed a small strawberry plot into a multi-million-dollar enterprise. Maldonado served as chairman of the state Senate committee on agriculture when in the Legislature, and a variety of farm groups lobbied for his appointment.Jimmy Camp, a grassroots organizer who helped Maldonado in his gubernatorial bid and worked for other Republican campaigns in California, publicly opposed Trump but said recently of Maldonado's prospective appointment, "I don’t think it would be a bad thing to have somebody who’s put his shovel in the ground in California.”“He’s a smart guy,” Camp said. “I think he would be good at it.”Maldonado likely did himself a disservice when he criticized Trump in 2015, telling the Los Angeles Times, “The Republican Party has worked so hard to try to be inclusive, and to have someone like this spout hate, it just turns everything backward … Him out there giving hate speech and calling himself a Republican is music to Hillary Clinton’s ears.”Maldonado himself remains a controversial figure among Republicans, many of whom have not forgiven him for his support of temporary tax increases while in the Legislature. Jon Fleischman, a former state Republican Party executive director, said on Twitter when a Maldonado appointment still seemed possible, “This chatter about Maldo for Ag Secy may bring on some sort of political PTSD – reliving the 09 tax increase debacle, such a betrayal. #YUCK”But the decision to bypass Maldonado came as a disappointment to some California Republicans, who were optimistic about the diversity and agricultural experience he could bring to Trump’s cabinet.“I thought Abel checked all the boxes and could represent not just the GOP and California, but the entire agriculture community with his vast experience as a lifelong farmer," said Luis Alvarado, a veteran Republican public affairs and political consultant.“He had been vetted and … it looked like it would tilt in his favor. But it’s a confirmation that in the Donald Trump administration, nothing telegraphs certainty. You never know what will happen until it happens — and that’s not a good thing for America.”Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed officials, said in a prepared statement, “The next time the President of the United States convenes his most senior advisors and deputies in the Cabinet Room, there will not be a single Latino voice or perspective at the table for the first time in nearly 30 years."

19 января, 23:04

America’s Allies Have Friends in the Trump Cabinet

Andrew Shearer Security, Assuming Mattis and Tillerson are confirmed, allies seem assured at least a fair hearing at the Pentagon and Foggy Bottom. U.S. presidential elections are always keenly observed around the world and create at least some international uncertainty; the future trajectory of American economic, military, and ideational power matters everywhere. Unprecedented in so many ways, this election brings to office an anti-establishment candidate who campaigned aggressively against what have been bipartisan pillars of U.S. international policy for over half a century – including commitments to free trade, alliances, and democracy promotion. With the world already facing turmoil in the Middle East, fragile economic growth, and rising threats from Russia, North Korea, China, Iran, and Islamic terrorism, it is little wonder that Donald Trump’s victory triggered more global angst. The president-elect’s recent interview with The Times – in which he declared NATO obsolete (and disparaged the European Union) sent renewed tremors through allied capitals. Trump’s suggestion during the campaign that the United States may not honor its treaty commitments to any NATO country he believes is not paying its way spooked existing and aspirant members alike. His claim that the costs of America’s alliances with Japan and South Korea far outweigh any benefits – and his nonchalant suggestion that both acquire their own nuclear weapons – reverberated across North Asia and beyond. Trump has expressed similar sentiments over several decades, indicating his view will not be easily swayed. Fortunately, last week’s Senate confirmation hearings should give anxious American allies some reason for encouragement. Both General Jim Mattis, Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense, and Rex Tillerson, his pick for secretary of state, had clearly gotten the memo that allies are looking for reassurance. Read full article

19 января, 21:57

Soaring Need, Shrinking Budget: Big Changes Looming For Addiction Treatment Services In 2017

Addiction treatment providers agree, the opioid epidemic is in full swing. Although opioid prescriptions are decreasing for some groups including veterans, fatal overdoses related to prescription opioids still accounted for more than 20,000 deaths in the United States in 2016. Reversing this trend will require an all-hands-on-deck mentality as the country increases investments in addiction treatment services and drug abuse preventions programs. Access to addiction treatment has been a crucial tool for millions of Americans who currently receive mental health or substance abuse services through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or under the Medicaid expansion program the ACA permitted. Yet one of the Senate's first moves of 2017 was to approve a budget which would allow representatives to repeal the ACA without the risk of opposition-led filibusters. Despite assurances from the president-elect as recently as his press conference on January 11th that the ACA would be replaced immediately after its repeal, at this time Republicans have no comprehensive replacement plan or platform ready to offer the American public in lieu of the ACA. Changes to funding for state Medicaid programs will also have a big impact on people seeking addiction treatment and mental health services. One aspect of the ACA up for repeal involves federally financed expansions to state Medicaid programs. Although some states, like Texas, chose not to expand Medicaid with matched funding from the federal government, many others including conservative Ohio took advantage of the expansion to extend healthcare coverage in their state. Congress is now considering significant changes to the federal government's investment in these state-expanded Medicaid programs, further jeopardizing coverage for more than a million people. The research is clear when it comes to how important access to addiction treatment services really is. Participation in formal treatment programs including inpatient treatment and rehabilitation centers and outpatient groups is consistently shown to give the individual a real chance at an enduring recovery from addiction. Making sure people in need have access to quality addiction treatment services should be a top priority. While there is no legislation on the horizon that could bring back health insurance for millions of Americans should the ACA be repealed, there are other promising bills that could impact the general public's access to addiction treatment services. The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law by President Obama in December of 2016, approving block grant funds to be distributed to states and spent at their discretion. The question for the Congress is whether or not this act will be funded and if it is, how the funds will be distributed to the states. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) was also approved by Congress in their last session. CARA identifies standards of excellence in addiction treatment care and seeks to bolster key initiatives including public education and emergency responders' access to overdose reversal drugs in a comprehensive plan to end addiction. Even if the ACA is completely repealed without a replacement, a fully funded CARA would provide some assistance to those in need of addiction treatment services. Ending the opioid epidemic is not a partisan issue. Congress' swift actions to repeal the ACA and Medicaid expansions without replacements does not reflect a commitment to ending our drug abuse crisis, just a refusal to prioritize the well-being of the American people. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 января, 19:55

Sorry, Betsy DeVos: Guns Aren't a Bear Necessity in Schools

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education is right that animals sometimes menace schools, but her solution doesn’t seem to fit the problem.