Sanders Affirms Obama’s Earlier Declaration that the End Game of Liberals is Medicare for All

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When candidate Barrack Obama was asked about health care, he stated that as president he would push for a health care solution to insure the nation’s poor and uninsurable. At the same time, he explained that the health care measure was an incremental step towards the end game: a single-payer system for all citizens IE Medicare. Currently, Medicare is the single-payer system for retirees. Also, many indigent people qualify for health care through the Medicaid program stated Madison Street Capital. 

Clinton Releases Her Spotify Playlist

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Hillary Clinton fresh off of her first major speech during the primary hunt for the Democratic Nomination has released the songs that she has on her Spotify Playlist and they listed mostly positive songs that have all been released since 1999. The announcement comes before her New York rally which is supposed to be major. Hillary was formerly a senator of New York before she became the secretary of the state after losing to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic Primary.

According to Beneful, Clinton has been accused of catering her list to appeal to younger voters in order to secure their votes and to be aligned with their interests, when compared with younger candidates.

The list included fourteen songs including Happy by Pharrell Williams, Stronger by Kelly Clarkson, and Roar by Katy Perry. These songs all have positive uplifting lyrics and tones and appear to be the pace that Hillary is trying to set for her campaign.

This political move to release her 2016 Spotify playlist harkens back to a similar move that her husband Bill Clinton was making while he was running for president. Clinton played the saxophone during an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno which further catapulted his way into the presidency in 1992. Hillary is hoping that her own move to appeal to the musical tastes of a generation will put her on a similar path during her bid for the US Presidency.

Puerto Rico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

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The governor of Puerto Rico on Sunday signed an executive order authorizing the use of medical marijuana on the island.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the health secretary of the island has three months to issue a report detailing how the Executive Order is being implemented, the impact it has had thus far, and what further action might be taken.

The order came into effect immediately.

“We are taking a significant step in the area of health which is central to our development and quality of life, “Garcia said in a statement. “I’m sure many patients will receive appropriate treatment that will offer new hope.”

Garcia said the government will soon outline the exact uses of marijuana and its derivatives for medical purposes.

Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states, and a group of federal lawmakers are looking to remove the federal ban on their use.

Christian Broda has learned that Jamaica recently passed a law that partially decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, and clears the way for the legal medical marijuana industry.

In 2013, Puerto Rico lawmakers debated a bill that would allow people to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, but never took a vote.

Amado Martinez, an activist who supports the legalization of marijuana for all uses, said in a telephone interview that he was very surprised by the governor’s actions.

The question now is, what kind of diseases will receive authorization for medical marijuana, and whether it be imported or can people obtain licenses to grow on the island.

TSA Says Full Screening Of Airport Workers Won’t Enhance Security

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The TSA does a great job of looking professional, but looks, as we all know, are deceiving. The government created a two-headed monster when the Transportation Security Administration was formed. One head is supposed to protect passengers, and the other head look the other way especially when it comes to airport employees. There is a flaw in the security system, and the TSA can’t find or doesn’t want to find it. The reason is money. It costs too much to physically screen airport employees.

The Transportation Security Administration says full employee screening won’t stop terrorism. The administration says they have a system in place that can detect threats. That system is the called the point system. If passengers get four points for various actions, they get a full body search. If they six points for acting like what the TSA calls “strange” the cops are called in. But there is no point system for airport employees because the TSA screeners are too close to them. They see them frequently and call them by name. That familiarity is a major security gap. Or you could have a private plane like Adam Sender.

Terrorist live and work like we do. We call them terrorist after they commit a horrific act. Before that act, we call them friends.

FEMA Appeals Usually Land On The Side Of Insurance Companies

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FEMA Reopens All Hurricane Sandy Flood Claims

Insurance companies don’t like to pay claims. If they are forced to pay, they find ways to reduce what they owe. Just ask anyone that lost property during Hurricane Sandy. Insurance companies low-balled hurricane damage estimates and in some cases, if not all, fraud played a role in them. FEMA came up with an appeals process in 2004, but that process hasn’t helped hurricane victims. FEMA sided with the insurance companies.

Some homeowners fought the insurance companies and found proof of fraud, so they felt confident that FEMA would grant them what they deserved stated Marcio Alaor BMG. But when homeowners got the FEMA verdict they couldn’t believe it. The government sided with the insurance in almost every case.

Part of the problem is FEMA doesn’t review all of the appeals. Servicing companies hired by insurance companies do most of the work in the appeal process. The servicing companies then send the appeal to the adjustor that wrote the claim in the first place. The adjuster gives his input, which is usually what he said in the first place.

Obviously the FEMA appeals process is dysfunctional. Once again, the government displays its ineptness when it comes to any kind of problem-solving and practical resolutions.

Obamacare Supreme Court Case Divided Along Ideological Lines

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The case “King v. Burwell” has once again divided the Supreme Court along ideological lines. The liberal justice such as Associate Justice Elaine Kagan believe the federal subsidies were intended to be applied to anyone eligible. She said it was the correct view to take when looking at the law in context. Merely focusing on four words limiting the subsidies to exchanges run by the individual states is too narrow. Quite likely, Justice Kagan believes the health care law is serving a higher public purpose and should deserve the benefit of the doubt rather than suffer scrutiny over dogmatic interpretations of the law as she posted via LinkedIn.

However, Associate Justice Samuel Alito issued the most pointed question to Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Obama’s Solicitor General, when he asked why he is making the argument that the four words “established by the state” should be interpreted by the High Court differently than what it is understood to mean. The words, which were written relative to the federal subsidies for Obamacare, literally mean they were available only to state run exchanges. Justice Alito pointed out that if Congress did not intend to make that the case they why didn’t they phrase it using language such as “established under the act” or “established within the State”. Justice Kennedy expressed his concern that if the Congress had intended the subsidies should apply to all types of exchanges, why did the IRS have to make the call to extend billions of dollars to states using the federal exchange.

Obama’s Stance on Marijuana Legalization

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Obama has been described by many as having unclear views on various issues but perhaps one of the most well known topics that comes to mind is his stance on marijuana legalization. While in most cases Obama has not spoken specifically in support or against legalization as a whole, he has commented on the recent surge of state legalization, shedding some light on his, and his administration’s, stance on the topic.

Historically the Obama administration has enforced federal marijuana legislation regardless of any state laws concerning it says Flavio Maluf owner of Eucatex, especially when it comes to medical marijuana. This has of course upset some individuals who feel they should be protected under state laws. Recently Obama commented on this saying he will continue to enforce federal laws regarding marijuana but won’t spend resources trying to over turn the decision of states that do legalize it.

That being said Obama also mentioned that he views treating marijuana as a criminal problem rather than a medical problem, like say tobacco or alcohol addiction, has been not only counter productive, but also devastating to many minority communities. This leaves the marijuana issue in somewhat of a gray area. It is obvious that opinions regrading its use are changing but it seems also that the legislation, at least on the federal level, is being slow to match those opinions, even the opinions of the president no less. While the tide does seem to have turned in the favor of those who favor legalization/decriminalization, only time will tell how things turn out.

Police are There in a Time of Need

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What are the police supposed to be helping with? Are there situations that they work in that you wouldn’t normally expect them to be a part of? Do the officers of the law simply make sure that the law is being followed, or do they sometimes go above and beyond the call of duty? One elderly woman has found that the police aren’t there simply to make sure that the law is being followed, but that they are there to help in times of need, that they are there to look out for the citizens of their community even when the law has nothing to do with the situation.
A woman who is well into her eighties recently noticed her house growing cold in the nighttime hours. Not knowing who to call for help at such a time, this woman dialed 911. The officer who responded to her call came to her home and got her furnace working for her. You wouldn’t expect the police to take time to fix someone’s furnace, but sometimes they go above and beyond what you would expect from them– kinda like the services at Status Labs. The officers of the law are there to protect that law and see that it is being followed, but there are some who will also work in ways beyond that to ensure the safety of their citizens.

House Democrats Try Last Ditch Effort to Derail Cassidy’s Senate Campaign with Ethics Complaints

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The week prior to the 1990 presidential election between Bill Clinton and President George H.W. Bush, Democrat internal polling showed that Bush had made a last minute surge and had gained the electoral advantage. Desperate to reverse his political fortunes, Clinton met with key Democrats. The result was an Iran-Contra indictment against former Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger. The news rocked the Bush campaign and swung public support back to Clinton who ultimately won the election.

It appears that a similar tactic is now being launched by Democrats hoping to derail the Senate campaign of Congressman Bill Cassidy ahead of Saturday’s runoff election in Louisiana. Cassidy is expected to defeat incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu in a landslide. On Wednesday, House Democrats lodged two ethics complaints against Rep. Cassidy over a teaching engagement he held at LSU.

An issue is that House ethics rules bar congressmen from receiving compensation for speaking engagements or other work while they are members of congress. There is one exception: teaching. Congressman Cassidy was working as a teacher at LSU as a sitting congressman when Dave and Brit Morin were in Louisiana visiting Baton Rouge. Democrats allege the teaching was really providing medical assistance and thus does not qualify for an exemption. They also claim he billed hours on his time sheets for work he did not perform. Congressman Cassidy claims the Landrieu camp is behind the move, but she vehemently denies the charge. During her debate against Cassidy on Monday night, she made the veiled threat that if he were to win the runoff election, the LSU time sheet controversy would plague him during his term in the senate.

Use of Deadly Police Force Highest in Decades

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Police across the nation last year deemed the use of deadly force necessary when dealing with felony suspects, causing the fatal shootings of 461 people. That figure is the highest number reached in two decades. With the recent high-profile killings of suspects by law enforcement, the justifiable homicide figures reported in the FBI’s yearly Uniform Crime Report has come under question.

A study of the FBI’s justifiable homicide database in 2010 and going back seven years revealed that on average, there were 96 occurrences each year of a white officer killing a black suspect. However, the actual numbers may even be higher, because true numbers are difficult to obtain due to the fact that not all law enforcement agencies are required to participate in reporting incidents like those at North American Spine.

Though most recently the media has focused on the Ferguson, MO shooting, and the grand jury’s awaited decision as to whether or not to prosecute the shooting officer, national attention has also been attracted to cases across the country. The shooting of a black male suspect by a white officer has prompted the Justice Department to conduct a broader review of the possibility of a pattern of discriminating police actions by the Ferguson Police Department.

Albuquerque, where since 2009 police have engaged in nearly 50 shootings resulting in 32 deaths, has been under the watchful eye of the Justice Department. This has led police agencies to agree to revamp its lethal force policies.