Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Last Decree

Just because he's semi-retired, doesn't mean President Obama still can't rule by decree:
U.S. and Chinese officials said an announcement will likely be made Sept. 2, about two days before Obama meets with President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, sources told the Post.

If true, Obama will have ratified a major international agreement without Senate approval. Obama clearly hopes U.S. and Chinese ratification of the deal will help it come into force earlier than anticipated, making it politically harder for a future president to undo.

“There are still some uncertainties from the US side due to the complicated US system in ratifying such a treaty, but the announcement is still quite likely to be ready by Sept 2,” a source with knowledge of the announcement told the Post.

The White House, however, has refused to call the UN deal a “treaty” in order to bypass a hostile Congress. Other countries that have ratified the agreement have had to get legislative approval to join.
If it walks like a lame duck...

This Election Is Brought To You By...

Will Homeland Security take over?
"We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

"There's a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure," he said at media conference earlier this month hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

DHS has a vital security role in 16 areas of critical infrastructure and they provide a model for what the department and Johnson could have in mind for the election.

DHS describes it this way on their website: "There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof."

A White House policy directive adds, "The federal government also has a responsibility to strengthen the security and resilience of its own critical infrastructure, for the continuity of national essential functions, and to organize itself to partner effectively with and add value to the security and resilience efforts of critical infrastructure owners and operators."
But what about disenfranchising dead voters?

The Green Wolf

They were robbed:
Earlier this month, DiCaprio’s environmental-focused charitable organization was the subject of news reports linking it to a $3 billion Malaysian embezzlement scheme. The Oscar winner’s foundation, which focuses on climate change initiatives, allegedly received major donations tied to money misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB that had been earmarked for development in the Southeast Asian country.

Now, The Bruno Manser Funds, an environmental organization that focuses on Malaysian rainforest protection, is demanding the actor’s charity return what it claims is tainted money.

“We were appalled to see that a foundation that basically champions very similar causes to ours would accept corrupt funds,” Bruno Manser Funds’ executive director Lukas Straumann told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s double standards. It really damages his credibility and the credibility of the foundation. If he wants to be a role model, a U.N. ambassador for peace and for climate change, then he should also be an example in how he handles his role.”
Maybe Hillary Clinton could give him some tips...

The National Police?

Is George Soros planning for a government police force?
The document identifies an opportunity in the police killings of African-American men in Ferguson, Staten Island, North Charleston, and Baltimore. It relates that the U.S. contingent of Open Society held a planning meeting titled, “Police Reform: How to Take Advantage of the Crisis of the Moment and Drive Long-Term Institutional Change in Police-Community Practice.”

The extensive memo further documents that Soros-financed groups and personalities influenced President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which last May released a final report consisting of 60 recommendations providing guidance to localities on how to modify policing practices.

The information was contained in a 59-page report on an Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs board meeting in New York from May 7-9 of last year.
The government is just there to "help..."

The Hillary Hit List

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean she isn't out to get you:

Cross Burners For Hillary

Hillary's hidden constituency?
On its face, the clip appears to be an effective example of hypocrisy. How can Clinton condemn Trump for all the racists he attracts when she has also been endorsed by a bigot?
But the Clinton “endorsement” may have a simple explanation: Will Quigg is full of it. He can’t provide any details about his alleged donations to her campaign, his beliefs don’t line up with a single one of her policy stances, and even fellow Klan members think he’s bluffing.
On Sept. 17, 2015—the same month he created his Twitter account—Quigg tweeted a supportive message to Trump, one that has been echoed by a number of white supremacists over the past year.
“@realDonaldTrump You Sir are the only hope we have of getting WHITE AMERICA BACK! WE all will be voting for you! CHURCH OF INVISABLE EMPIRE,” he wrote.
An equal opportunity hater?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Dining On The Dime

Activism once again meets reality:
In the first six months of 2016, leading up to a $11.50 per hour minimum wage, Washington, D.C., lost 1,400 restaurant jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a full 2.7 percent decline in food service jobs in two quarters, the largest such drop since the 2001 recession 15 years ago. In fact, this is the first time since 1991 that restaurants lost jobs in five of the first six months of a year. Even the 2008 recession pales in comparison to this loss of employment.

The new minimum wage took effect on July 1, a $1.00 increase from 2015. Further increases will continue in the future, as the minimum wage will be determined by the Consumer Price Index starting July 1, 2017. The $15 per hour minimum wage will be reached by 2020, according to a city council ordinance. That's more bad news for the restaurant service industry.

The decline in such jobs appears limited to the confines of the district. In the Maryland and Virginia suburbs surrounding D.C., restaurants added 2,900 jobs during the first six months of this year. In Virginia, the state minimum wage is only $7.25 per hour, 37 percent below D.C.'s, and in Maryland the state minimum wage is $8.75 per hour (although two counties, Montgomery County and Prince George's County, have scheduled increases to bring their local minimum wage up to $10.75 per hour).
If you want your job after $15 an hour, forget about it...

Flagged

There is no sitting in football:
“To me, it’s a very personal thing because of my dad, his military background, knowing that his family and my mom’s family served in the military,” Rivera told Black and Blue Review.

“My view is [the anthem] is about honoring the people that served and made the commitment to our country, some who even made the ultimate sacrifice. When I stand, that's what I'm standing for. I'm standing for the people that came before my father and the people that came after him.”

Burgess Owens, a safety who played ten seasons in the NFL, said Kaepernick is “ignorant” about American history, and even black history.

“What this young man doesn’t understand is the very first martyr for freedom in our country was a black man, he doesn’t understand the Tuskegee airmen, who had hundreds of battles over the skies of Germany so he can sit and be ignorant as he wants to be today,” Owens told “Fox & Friends.”

“It’s not a racial crisis we’re at. At this point it’s an ideology crisis.”
Certain ideologies don't require a lot of brains...

Crazy Nation

It's the Hillary mental health plan:
The goal is to make mental health a regular part of healthcare, the plan says, so that by the end of Clinton’s term in office, “Americans will no longer separate mental health from physical health when it comes to access to care or quality of treatment.”

“The next generation must grow up knowing that mental health is a key component of overall health and there is no shame, stigma, or barriers to seeking out care,” the plan says.

In 2014, about 43.6 million adults in the United States had mental illness or about 1 in 5 adults age 18 and over, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. An estimated 17 million children under 18 in the United States experience mental health problems, including 1 in 5 college students, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Nearly 1 in 5 veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan experienced post-traumatic stress or depression, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
But if it worked, where would the Democratic Party get voters?

Anthony Out

Human dumps Weiner:
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” she said in a statement. “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”

The decision comes after new lewd photos of Weiner were leaked to the New York Post, one of which included his son.

In the past, Abedin repeatedly cited therapy, her Muslim faith, and personal forgiveness to try to put the scandal behind her, but Weiner repeatedly embarrassed her with revelations of his behavior splashed on the front pages of New York tabloids.
If Bill Clinton had a son...

Sunday, August 28, 2016

World Wide Web Control

Get ready for it:
The reason Icann can operate the entire World Wide Web root zone is that it has the status of a legal monopolist, stemming from its contract with the Commerce Department that makes Icann an “instrumentality” of government.

Antitrust rules don’t apply to governments or organizations operating under government control. In a 1999 case, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the monopoly on internet domains because the Commerce Department had set “explicit terms” of the contract relating to the “government’s policies regarding the proper administration” of the domain system.

Without the U.S. contract, Icann would seek to be overseen by another governmental group so as to keep its antitrust exemption. Authoritarian regimes have already proposed Icann become part of the U.N. to make it easier for them to censor the internet globally.
Giving the dictatorships what they want...

Blogging In The Years: 1999

Jesse Jackson thanks Donald trump for his role in the black community:

Working Over The Workers

They're just not into her:
Now even one of the most reliably Democratic groups — union members — may be turning red, drawn by Trump’s free-trade bashing and resentful of Hillary Clinton’s past support for certain international trade agreements.

“I don’t know what Trump would do if he’s elected,” said Mark Glyptis, president of the United Steelworkers Local 2911 and a Trump supporter, who voted for Obama in the past two elections. “But I know what Hillary would do.”

If Trump wants to flip the electoral map and win in November, this may be his most promising strategy. His critique of trade deals may not only help him win Weirton and the rest of West Virginia, but also other, more critical industrial belt states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Telling them that she's going to get rid of their livelihood didn't help...

Court Rules

Why the laws of the land still matter:
Constitutional conservatives understand that our immigration laws are meaningless if they are not enforced. It will mean nothing if President Trump orders a wall built from Brownsville to San Diego if a lawsuit brought by a dozen leftist groups results in a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down that order as contrary to the Constitution.

The same is true for every single important issue you can name, from education choice to refugee admissions, from criminal justice reform to repeal of Obamacare. If Hillary Clinton is allowed to remake the entire Supreme Court for a generation in the image of Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor, our Constitution is dead and salt poured on the gravesite.

What is most important — and most important by a factor of one hundred — is that the Scalia vacancy and every other vacancy that occurs be filled by a judge who respects the Constitution as a restraint on Congress and the President, not a blank slate for creating a socialist utopia of “transformative justice.”
If it ain't broken, don't transform it...

The Lost Weeks

Is it crazy, or just Clinton?

Hearts And Minds

A Black Panther explains why trump is right about the Democratic Party:

Who Still Wants Their Obamacare?

Obamacare continues to fall a bit short of expectations:
In February 2013, the Congressional Budget Office predicted that 24 million people would buy health coverage through the federally and state-operated online exchanges by this year. Just 11.1 million people were signed up as of late March.

Exchanges are marketplaces where people who do not receive health benefits through a job can buy private insurance, often with government subsidies.

“Enrollment is key, first and foremost,” said Sara R. Collins, a vice president at the Commonwealth Fund, a nonpartisan foundation that funds health-care research. “They have to have this critical mass of people so that, by the law of averages, you’re going to get a mix of healthy and less healthy people.”

A big reason the CBO projections were so far off is that the agency overestimated how many people would lose insurance through their employers, which would force them into the exchanges. But there have been challenges getting the uninsured to sign up, too.
If you don't want Obamacare, you still don't have to get Obamacare...

The Life And Times Of Baby Hugo

Venezuela is circling down the drain. The solution? Make a movie about the guy who made it that way:
Chávez’s life makes for good movie fodder. Growing up in a poor rural area, he rose through the ranks of the military and led a failed coup in 1992 only to win the presidency in 1999. When he died in power in 2013, from an undisclosed form of cancer, Maduro suggested El Comandante’s enemies (including the United States) might have “inoculated” him with the disease.

Chávez is still idolized by many and there have been university courses crafted and plays composed in his honor. Others, however, blame his trademark “21st Century Socialism” for leaving the once-rich nation in economic shambles.

“It’s outrageous,” Maduro said of the competing television production. “Those abusers are making a film about Hugo Chávez. And I know why … because they know the impact that Chávez has had on the 21st century.”
Reminding others of what went wrong in the 20th...

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Teachable Ignorance

Hey you bigots, leave those "confused" people alone:
The federal video fully endorses the transgender ideology, which insists that the government should force all Americans to accept and endorse each person’s claim about their sex, no matter what biology or logic or civic rules say. “Transgender people are just trying to be their true selves … we must make every effort to collaborate and learn from the transgender community,” claims the presenter, a D.C.-based policeman, Sgt. Brett Parson.

This federal demand for acceptance of the transgender ideology goes far beyond a request for good manners, for example, asking cops or the public to ignore transgender people quietly using a public bathroom or asking people to refer to transgender people by the names they choose.

That issue of manners and customer-service aspect is addressed in the video. For example, the video instructs officers to inquire how a suspect would like to be addressed.

But instead of asking for a name, the video says cops should ask for a sex-related title. “Do you prefer if I call you ma’am or sir?” an officer says in a segment of the video. Thus the video urges cops to let transgender people impose their claims to be a member of the opposite biological sex.
Actual identity not necessary...

No Longer Trending

Beware the false trends:
Facebook’s Trending News feature is supposed to present users with the most popular news topics being discussed across the platform. But a Gizmodo exposé in May revealed that Trending News operated much like a traditional newsroom, with a team of “curators” selecting stories they considered newsworthy.

It was later revealed that the team artificially injected stories that were not trending into the Trending News feed, and routinely suppressed topics that were of interest to conservatives. In response, Republican Senator John Thune, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, sent a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding answers.

Eager to avoid further congressional action, Facebook launched an internal investigation, which found themselves not guilty. However, in their report they did acknowledge that the “unintentional biases” of its overwhelmingly progressive workforce might have led to bias in its Trending News curation.
Just a little bit...

Friday, August 26, 2016

Disorder In The Court

Whatever happened to Ed Schultz?
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit just scheduled for Oct. 25 oral arguments for Michael Queen’s appeal of the jury verdict against him. He contends that the trial judge, Beryl Howell, an Obama appointee and donor, stacked the decks against him from start to finish.

Howell gave the jury faulty instructions, improperly allowed a racially inflammatory closing argument by Schultz’s lawyer, ridiculed and berated Queen’s lawyer, failed to disqualify the jury foreman when he gave her strong evidence one of Schultz’s key witnesses was likely his neighbor, says his appeal for a new trial.
At least it'll be the most attention he's had in a while...

Her Last Line Of Defense

If she say so:
“Mika, I am sure and I am sure because I have a very strong foundation, understanding about the foundation … that the kind of work that the foundation has done, which attracted donors from around the world. It is work that went right in to providing services to people as we have said before. Neither my husband, my daughter nor I have ever taken a penny of salary from the foundation.”

“My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces,” she continued. “I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right – to keep Americans safe and protect our interests abroad. I believe my aides also acted appropriately. And we have gone above and beyond, most of the charities that I understand, beyond the legal requirements, beyond standards, to voluntarily disclose donors, and also to reduce sources of funding that raised any questions, not that we thought they were necessarily legitimate. But to avoid those questions. So we’re going to go at this I believe in the right way. I’m trying to make sure the good work continues as we wind it down."
And make sure everyone gets what they paid for?

Bring Your Own Vodka

Lindsay Lohan versus Vladimir Putin?
The Mean Girls actress’ lawyers sent a contract to the talk show’s network demanding a one-time fee of $860,000, “full and effective security” and a “fully paid suite at the Ritz Carlton” hotel, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

In response to Lohan’s demands, Let Them Talk host Andrei Malakhov said he hopes Lohan reconsiders and comes up with more reasonable ones.

“I don’t know what she wanted to discuss with [Putin], probably Amur tigers or issues of people suffering from drug abuse,” Malakhov reportedly said.
I don't know if Putin would want to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person...

Who You Gonna Hack?

Blame it on Milo?
In a statement, the department said that it had launched an “open investigation” into the hacking, but added that “as a matter of agency policy and in order to protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, [they] will not disclose any details.”

The investigation comes just a day after the release of the photos and the hacking of Jones’ personal site, which was taken down shortly after the images were published.

Jones is known to Breitbart readers after her complaints of harassment led to Milo Yiannopoulos being permanently banned from Twitter.

However, Yiannopoulos said in a statement yesterday he was “wishing her all the best during what must be a very traumatic experience.”

A revenge porn lawyer later suggested that the hack might have been carried out by one of Yiannopoulos’ fans, adding that “had Twitter not banned Milo Yiannopoulos, I bet it wouldn’t have happened.”
Apparently Milo has magical hacking superpowers...

College Is A Mental Disorder

Actually, this might explain the snowflake generation:

Grandma's Crazy Years

Just because she's paranoid-no, she's just paranoid:
Divisive rhetoric? Paranoia? Taking hate groups mainstream? Helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties? Disregard for the values that made America great?

Who is guilty of all of those things? She might as well have been describing herself and her own party.
....

It’s Hillary and the Democratic Party that has the long history of racial discrimination, not Donald Trump and the Republicans. It’s Hillary who has spent her entire public life trafficking in dark conspiracy theories. It is Hillary who should never run our government or command our military. It’s Hillary who doesn’t respect all Americans.
If you're not With Her, you're against her in her mind...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The What Vast Conspiracy?

What is the alt-right? Does Hillary even know?

Some Ethics Are More Important Than Others

Ethis are in the eye of the beholder:
Emails released by the watchdog group Citizens United on Tuesday show Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills were in regular contact with foundation officials on topics ranging from the programming at Clinton Global Initiative events to Bill Clinton's public remarks.

While Clinton signed an ethics agreement saying she would not be personally involved with State Department matters related to the Clinton Foundation, her closest staffers were bound by no such restrictions, according to the State Department.

'Secretary Clinton's ethics agreement at the time did not preclude other State Department officials from engaging with or having contact with the [Clinton] Foundation,' said spokesperson Mark Toner during the State Department press briefing on Monday.
Their own rules were made to be broken...

Are You Worse Off Now

So according to Team Hillary Trump's support apparently comes from the KKK, but who are the real bigots?
Mr. Trump’s pitch that black Americans have “nothing to lose” by voting for him is clearly irritating the White House, which tried but failed to muster much convincing evidence that life for blacks in America has improved much over the past eight years.
“I think you’d be very hard pressed to make the case that somehow the African-American population in the United States is somehow not better off,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
The black unemployment rate in July was 8.4 percent, compared with 12.6 percent when Mr. Obama took office in January 2009. But the jobless rate for whites, now at 4.3 percent, has fallen slightly more than it has for blacks in the past eight years — down 37 percent for whites and 33 percent for blacks.
On a range of other government data, blacks are faring worse under Mr. Obama. The black labor force participation rate has fallen from 63.2 percent in 2009 to 61.2 percent last month — down 3.1 percent.
If you like your crime and poverty, you can keep your crime and poverty...

The Scary Bytes

How to scare a robot:

The World Next Door

Meet our newest neighbor:
Proxima b is at least 1.3 times the size of Earth. While it’s very close to the star it orbits, a red dwarf, that star is also much smaller and dimmer than our Sun, meaning that the temperature conditions on the planet could allow liquid water to exist on its surface. That puts it in the "habitable zone," or "temperate zone." But one important factor is whether or not it has an atmosphere, which scientists don’t yet know.

“Succeeding in the search for the nearest terrestrial planet beyond the solar system has been an experience of a lifetime, and has drawn on the dedication and passion of a number of international researchers,” Guillem Anglada-Escudé, the paper’s lead author and an astronomer at Queen Mary University of London, said in a statement. “We hope these findings inspire future generations to keep looking beyond the stars. The search for life on Proxima b comes next.”

There are distinct differences between Proxima b and Earth. For one, the exoplanet— as planets outside of our solar system are called— orbits its star about every 11 days. It also may orbit in such a way that one side is locked always facing the star, meaning that half the planet is always bright and hot and the other is always dark and cold. And it receives more radiation from the star than Earth does from the Sun.
So you might get a sunburn. But at least we now have somewhere to go.

Triggers Off

No safe spaces for them:
In a letter sent to the class of 2020, university officials said one of the defining characteristics of the school was its unwavering commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. Civility and mutual respect are vital to the campus culture, the letter states, but not at the expense of shielding students from unpopular opinions or ideas.

“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called “trigger warnings,” we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual “safe spaces” where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own,” the letter states.

The University of Chicago is consistently ranked one of the top universities in the world, and also one of the most selective. Only about 8 percent of the more than 31,000 people who applied to enter the class of 2020 were accepted by the school.
At least someone is standing up to the snowflakes. Not that it's really that hard to do...

Bias Is Their Business

The mainstream media admits it:
Ezra Klein, the Vox writer who as a Washington Post staffer organized a secret society of left-wing reporters dubbed “JournoList” that was shut down after it was exposed in 2010, acknowledged that the press is not giving Trump traditional treatment.

“The media has felt increasingly free to cover Trump as an alien, dangerous, and dishonest phenomenon,” Klein wrote last week.

New York Times’ media critic Jim Rutenberg wrote that journalists who personally oppose Trump had an obligation to “throw out the textbook” when it came to coverage of The Donald.

“If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?” Rutenberg wondered in a front-page article earlier this month.

When it comes to covering Trump, it’s only fair to be unfair, according to The Atlantic.

“All things considered, the press has responded defensibly to the unusual challenges of covering a brazen, habitual liar,” Conor Friedersdorf wrote in a recent column titled, “The Exaggerated Claims of Media Bias Against Donald Trump.”
The same could be said for Hillary Clinton...

Grandma's Charity

Defending the Clinton Foundation isn't easy:

The Clinton Hate Machine

Hillary goes there:
The ad includes shots of men dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes followed by footage of crowded Trump rallies.

Last month, Breitbart News was read by a record 31 million people.

Hillary Clinton described KKK recruiter Robert Byrd as her “mentor.”

Pastor Mark Burns, who is black, from the Trump camp condemned the tactic:

Hillary Clinton and her campaign went to a disgusting new low today as they released a video tying the Trump Campaign with horrific racial images. This type of rhetoric and repulsive advertising is revolting and completely beyond the pale. I call on Hillary Clinton to disavow this video and her campaign for this sickening act that has no place in our world.
Unfortunately it does in hers...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pay For Peace

How do you stop crime? Pay them to leave your stuff alone?
The experiment known as “Advance Peace” is being conducted in Richmond, Calif., and works like this: The 18-month fellowship hires convicted felons to "court" troubled youth -- who so far have avoided arrest due to lack of evidence -- with offers of cash and out-of-town vacations if they mend their ways.

If, after six months, a “fellow” in the voluntary program begins to achieve specific goals, they can earn up to $1,000 a month.

That doesn't sit well with victims’ rights activist Lorrain Taylor, whose twin sons were gunned down in the nearby city of Oakland when they were just 22.

"If I were to find out that the guy who murdered my twin sons was getting a thousand dollars for a promise? I mean, how can you trust? ... I mean, if they kill somebody, they will lie," Taylor said, breaking down in tears.

But supporters say the money, which comes from private donations, is like an allowance that many American parents give their children as a reward for hard work -- and argue daily, intensive engagement is the only way to disrupt urban gun violence.
Prison can work, too...

No Thanks?

How do you say thank you?
Citigroup, the enormous investment bank, trademarked “THANKYOU” and subsequently sued AT&T, the telecommunications conglomerate, in June. Citigroup claims the way AT&T expresses gratitude to its customers is far too similar to its own, violates the bank’s trademark and constitutes “unlawful conduct,” according to Ars Technica.

U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York Katherine Forrest, who presided over the federal case, determined that she would not restrain AT&T from thanking it customers until the trial occurred. In her ruling, Forrest says she denied Citigroup’s request because its argument “does not suffice to meet its burden on this prong absent a demonstration of irreparable harm.”

Ars Technica acquired Citigroup’s trademark certificates, which lists its proprietary phrases, including “CITI THANKYOU.”

AT&T also trademarked “AT&T THANKS” and filed a counterclaim against Citigroup because the banking corporation was “attempting to monopolize for its own exclusive use the common English phrase ‘thank you.'”
What's the harm in saying thanks? Ask your lawyer...

Everything Is Just Fine

There's nothing wrong with her, honest:
Clinton’s health has been a hot topic in Washington after a series of photos seemed to show the candidate needing help just to climb stairs and after leaked emails from as far back as 2009 revealed Hillary herself telling aides she didn’t feel well. Even liberal medical talk show host Dr. Drew Pinsky recently insisted he is “gravely concerned” about Hillary’s health.

But during his Tuesday broadcast, CNN host Don Lemon and his panel insisted that talk of Hillary’s health was little else but “conspiracy theories” and that the letter issued by her physician is all Americans need to feel assured that she is at the peak of health.

CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a long time Democrat operative who was a key health advisor to Hillary Clinton in the late 1990s and who was approached by Obama to become the next Surgeon General, has been out attacking the doctor’s letter Trump has released saying it is filled with too much “hyperbole” to be believed.

Gupta has essentially indulged his own conspiracy theory that Trump’s letter may be trying to hide the GOP nominee’s medical history from the public.

Yet at the same time, CNN is willing to take Hillary’s doctor letter completely at face value while claiming Trump’s is suspect.
Pay no attention to the medical handler with the syringe...

About That Doctor Promise

Obamacare's architects may finally be acknowledging reality:
Ironically, the section in question was the first public (if indirect) admission by the Obama administration that the president's promise was less than a "guarantee." As THE WEEKLY STANDARD first reported in July 2013, the website told consumers that they "may be able to keep your current doctor," in contrast to the president's unequivocal statement: "Here is a guarantee that I've made. If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor."

The original website contained a section entitled "Can I keep my own doctor?", later revised to "How to keep your doctor."
....

Just before open enrollment began last year, however, this section was dropped. Now the same link takes users to a section entitled "How to pick a health insurance plan."
You mean, kind of like the private sector?