Monthly Archives: September 2017

Why do we have Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance?

By Aaron E. Carroll.  In the NY Times: THE NEW HEALTH CARE SEPT. 5, 2017 At a community enrollment drive in the 1950s for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Oklahoma, Ralph Rhoades, left, a manager who later became president … Continue reading

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Zeldin and Cruz: Hurricane Hypocrites

Zeldin and Cruz are hurricane hypocrites September 8, 2017 3:27 PM By Rita Ciolli, editor of the Editorial and Opinion pages of Newsday and amNewYork. Rep. Lee Zeldin speaks at Suffolk Community College in Riverhead on Nov. 1, 2016. Photo … Continue reading

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Zeldin on the Shame List

2012: Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., was a state senator back in 2012 when Sandy hit. “People’s lives were hanging in the balance,” he recalled, turning his attention to Texas. “I am fully, completely committed to do whatever I can … … Continue reading

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No one Above the Law, at Least in Israel

Sara Netanyahu Will Be Indicted For $100K Fraud Scheme September 8, 2017 By JTA The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara, will be indicted on four counts of fraud for allegedly diverting some $100,000 in public funds for … Continue reading

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DeVos to revamp Obama-era schools sexual assault policy

POLITICO    By BENJAMIN WERMUND  09/07/2017 12:20 PM EDT Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the Trump administration will revamp the guidance through a rule-making process that likely will take months. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday that … Continue reading

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Trump’s DACA decision could strip thousands in New York of Medicaid coverage

When President Barack Obama created the DACA program in 2012, thousands of New Yorkers who were brought to the United States at a young age were suddenly eligible for Medicaid. | Alex Wong/Getty Images POLITICO By DAN GOLDBERG The Trump … Continue reading

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Trump Promised to Help Workers — But, Did He Really Mean It? His Justice Department just dropped appeal to save Obama overtime rule

BY JOHN BOWDEN – 09/05/17 12:35 PM EDT 47 © Getty Images   The Justice Department announced on Tuesday that it will not defend an Obama-era Labor Department rule that would have extended overtime benefits to more than 4 million … Continue reading

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The Trump Administration Now Has Tons Of DACA Data And Is Poised To Weaponize It

DAILY BEAST — BAD DREAM BETSY WOODRUFF  Sept. 5, 2017 JASON REDMOND/GETTY DREAMers trusted the government with their information. Immigration agents could now use it to expedite their deportations. DACA recipients – often called DREAMers – are facing a new … Continue reading

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ICE Wrongly Imprisoned an American Citizen for 1,273 Days. Judges Say He’s Owed $0.

Daily Beast — NIGHTMARE By Harry Siegel  Sept. 5, 2017 An ICE agent sent through—and his supervisors approved—mistaken paperwork ‘proving’ Davino Watson wasn’t a citizen. And no one’s been held to account for the catastrophic screw-up. The thing that happened … Continue reading

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It’s Time For an Apology from the GOP

Published in The East Hampton Star Dear David:   Republicans owe America an apology. Sadly, we have arrived at a point at which the White House, the political crown jewel that the GOP so ardently sought, is in disarray, which … Continue reading

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Zeldin & Unity?

Published in The East Hampton Star Re: Letter to the Editor – Morally Bankrupt? Dear David: Mr. Zeldin penned a letter in the aftermath of the Charlottesville tragedy. In it, our congressman extolled: “This is a day to be an … Continue reading

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Zeldin & Bigotry

Published in the Village Times (East Setauket) To the Editor, No, Representative Zeldin, it is not enough to pay lip service against the KKK and Nazism as you do in your August 17 letter to the editor. You then go … Continue reading

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