Monthly Archives: May 2017

What Does the US Have in Common with Nicaragua and Syria?

Apparently, President Trump has made his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, according to reports from journalists with direct knowledge of the decision. Details on how the withdrawal will be executed are being worked out by a small … Continue reading

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Poll: Public Views the ACA More Favorably Than Congress’ Plan to Replace It, Though Republicans Favor the Replacement

Kaiser Family Foundation Majority Says the Senate Either Should Make Major Changes or Not Pass The House Bill At All, While About a Third Want the Senate to Pass It As Is or With Only Minor Changes Public Grows More … Continue reading

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The Last Nuremberg Prosecutor Alive

At 97, Ben Ferencz is the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive and he has a far-reaching message for today’s world (click to watch 60 Minutes with Leslie Stahl). Twenty-two SS officers responsible for the deaths of 1M+ people would never have … Continue reading

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Who said it: Donald Trump or Frank Underwood? Take the Guardian Quiz.

The new season of House of Cards is here.  But first, the question is: Has the Underwood White House Been Trumped?

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We All Have Pre-existing Conditions

If 1/7 people were turned away on medical insurance applications prior to Obamacare (before 2009), then you probably know someone in your circle of friends with a pre-existing condition, who was denied insurance in those “dark ages”.   Call or … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Tax Triggers

Tax Policy Center — May 17,2017 Richard C. Auxier   Oklahoma is running a nearly $1 billion budget deficit. The District of Columbia (DC) is enjoying a surplus. Yet both might kill scheduled tax cuts. And, for different reasons, both … Continue reading

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“Assume A Can Opener” — Trump’s Can Opener Budget

The Tax Policy Center By Howard Gleckman You know the old joke: An economist and a seaman are stranded on a desert island with only canned food to eat. But they have no way to open the containers. “What do … Continue reading

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Tax Break Under the AHCA — The Middle Class Gets on Average $300

New CBO AHCA Score Confirms What We Already Knew Tax Policy Center by Mark J. Mazur Meet the new estimate of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  It looks a lot like the old one. On May 24, the Congressional … Continue reading

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Statement of ABA President Re: The budget proposal released by the White House

  WASHINGTON, May 23, 2017 — Steep budget cuts proposed today by the White House would severely undermine the fairness of the legal system and deny access to justice for some of society’s most vulnerable individuals. These include children, veterans, … Continue reading

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Take The KHF AHCA Quiz

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Trump’s Brain Function?

“there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself — and the Russians, zero.” Experts in neurolinguistics and cognitive assessment, as well as psychologists and psychiatrists, weigh in: a decade of deterioration … Continue reading

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I Spy with my Little Eye…

Thanks to Photoshop and Twitter!

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The Art of the Steal: Trump’s “deal” with the Saudis

It looks like President “Art of the Deal” Trump got hornswoggled by the Saudis. Continue reading

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Zeldin: AHCA Tax Credits but not for Vets

By Robert Wick, published as a letter to the Editor, East Hampton Star on May 25th, 2017 As a veteran myself, I’ve never particularly understood, why being a veteran makes one any more qualified to hold a public office than … Continue reading

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Starving Our Children?

By Bruce Colbath, published as a letter to the editor “Backward we will go”  in the East Hampton Star May 25th, 2017. We have already seen the amazing callousness that Mr. Trump and his Republican cronies have shown towards the … Continue reading

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The Pulse of the Resistance is Just Fine

Yesterday I attended an event featuring former Rep. Tim Bishop. During the Q&A session, I asked him what advice he might have for resistance groups on Long Island. He responded, “don’t let the intensity wane”. We all know that raw … Continue reading

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Impacts of Proposed FY 2018 Budget Cuts on State and Local Air Quality Agencies

  A Report by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) May 22, 2017 Executive Summary President Trump will release his FY 2018 federal budget on May 23, 2017, which calls for huge cuts in funding for the U.S. … Continue reading

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“Drain the Swamp?” — Please

President Trump signed an executive order in late January — echoing language first endorsed by Mr. Obama — ostensibly prohibiting lobbyists and lawyers hired as political appointees from working for two years on “particular” government matters that involved their former … Continue reading

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Trump’s Budget from Hell

This is a budget from hell.  Increases for defense and the wall that will ultimately raise the total expenditures, despite the ill-advised cuts.  So, Mr. Zeldin, are you going to say something now, or tow the party line? Trump wants … Continue reading

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Cruelty Wrapped in a Lie

Published by The Guardian Trump’s budget: major slashes to social programs – but $1.6bn for the wall Millions of people stand to lose Medicaid access, alongside cuts to welfare and food stamps, under a proposed budget that still has numerous … Continue reading

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