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We already know how poor an administrator TOTUS is yet we have lost sight of how poor our Congress is. This Congress has allowed a poor administrator to make poor decisions while using the public outcry over those decisions to cover their own nefarious actions. The Congress has been placing their own judges in lifetime positions to the detriment of us all. There is no reason for poor government except our (the voters) failure to see that our long-serving representatives are serving themselves. A few items to consider:

The ACA which was derisively dubbed “Obamacare” provided a way to provide healthcare for most if not all Americans. This was criticized by Congress yet that same Congress took parts they liked and incorporated it in their own healthcare. They (Congress) shortened the enrollment period to 45 days from 90 days which effectively shut many out of the healthcare system and creating an artificial drop in enrollment. This drop was then used to show that not enough people were enrolling and therefore the oft-cited “American People” were not on board with “Obamacare”. This callous act by our elected officials benefitted their narrative which is to show that the ACA is a failure in spite of the fact that approximately 20 million people participated. The underlying truth on any insurance is numbers. The more people enrolled the better the coverage and the cheaper the premiums, by keeping the enrollment numbers down (artificially by shortening the enrollment and keeping public awareness down)  our Congress has attempted to make a good thing bad. This action or nonaction by our supposedly “esteemed” Congress indicates where our elected officials focus lies. The opportunity to improve the ACA went fallow like unattended farmland due to the party politics of our Congress.

The onus is on the voters since we are deciding factors in ALL elections. Politics should not be an entertainment outlet as it has real consequences for all of us. If we refuse to engage in active and serious examinations of the candidates for Congress, we doomed to have the same poor governance we are currently experiencing. Congress is our check on the administration’s poor policies and if they (Congress) are complicit then they need to be replaced.

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Pompeo says documents confirm China committing ‘very significant’ Xinjiang abuses. Recently leaked documents confirm China is committing “very significant” human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other minority groups in mass detention, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

While it is all well and good to report the Chinese human rights abuses buy what about the Human rights abuses here and those caused by the Administration’s immigration policies. This is indicative of the current administration’s lack of engagement in its own actions on human rights. TOTUS’s henchmen have been following the guidelines of a pseudo-intellectual abetted by a cadre of miscreants.

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Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY
USA TODAYNovember 26, 2019

The world’s most potent economy is dying at a worrisome pace. (Wire Images)
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The engine that powers the world’s most potent economy is dying at a worrisome pace, a “distinctly American phenomenon’’ with no easily discernible cause or simple solution.
Those are some of the conclusions from a comprehensive new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University showing that mortality rates for U.S. adults ages 25-64 continue to increase, driving down the general population’s life expectancy for at least three consecutive years.
The report, “Life Expectancy and Mortality Rates in the United States, 1959-2017,’’ was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study paints a bleak picture of a workforce plagued by drug overdoses, suicides and organ-system diseases while grappling with economic stresses.
“This looks like an excellent paper – just what we needed to help unravel the overall decline in life expectancy in the U.S.,’’ said Eileen Crimmins, an associate dean at the University of Southern California who’s an expert on the link between health and socioeconomic factors.
In a trend that cuts across racial and ethnic boundaries, the U.S. has the worst midlife mortality rate among 17 high-income countries despite leading the world in per-capita spending on health care.
And while life expectancy in those other industrialized nations continues to inch up, it has been going in the opposite direction in America, decreasing from a peak of 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.6 in 2017, the last year covered by the report.
By comparison, according to the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker, the average longevity in similar countries is 82.2 years. Japan’s is 84.1, France’s 82.4 and Canada’s 81.9. They left the U.S. behind in the 1980s and increased the distance as the rate of progress in this country diminished and eventually halted in 2011.
Steven Woolf, director emeritus of the VCU Center on Society and Health and the study’s lead author, said the reasons for the decline go well beyond the lack of universal health care in the U.S. – in contrast with those other nations – although that’s a factor.
“It would be easier if we could blame this whole trend on one problem, like guns or obesity or the opioid epidemic, all of which distinguish the U.S. from the other countries,’’ Woolf told USA TODAY. “But we found increases in death rates across 35 causes of death.’’
They were most pronounced in the industrial Midwest, the 13 Appalachian states and upper New England, which Woolf attributed partly to the decline in manufacturing jobs and the opioid epidemic.
Of the top 10 states with the highest number of excess deaths in the 25-64 age range – meaning deaths above projections based on U.S. mortality rates – eight were in the Rust Belt or Appalachia. Half of the excess deaths were concentrated in the latter region.
The Ohio Valley – comprising Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania – accounted for one-third.
Some of the other numbers mined by the study, based on data compiled by the U.S. Mortality Database and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are staggering:
• Between 1999 and 2017, midlife mortality from drug overdoses spiked by 386.5%.
• In that same age group and time period, deaths from hypertensive diseases increased by 78.9%, and those linked to obesity by 114%.
• Suicides rose by 38% and climbed 55.9% among those ages 55-64.
Those are a lot of lives snuffed out in prime years, a long-range threat to an economy that ranks No. 1 globally in gross domestic product.
“Not only are employers more likely to see premature deaths in their workers, but also greater illness rates and greater disability, and that puts U.S. businesses at a disadvantage against businesses in other countries that have a healthier and more productive workforce,’’ Woolf said, adding that employers here are already saddled with high health care costs.
US mortality rate ‘root causes’ include lack of education and living wages
The report showed mortality rates among those younger than 25 and older than 64 have decreased. That might point a finger at the country’s dysfunctional health care system for working adults, because many in those other age groups can be covered by either the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Medicare.
Woolf disputes that notion, saying only 10% to 20% of health outcomes can be attributed to medical care. He said the bigger culprit is a lack of social programs and support systems more common in other wealthy countries for when working families run into difficult times.
Those rough spells, often associated with a job loss, can lead to the kind of unhealthy behaviors – drug and alcohol abuse, smoking, overeating, suicide attempts – that result in what have become known as “deaths of despair.’’
Woolf said a noticeable increase in those is yet another indication of the seriousness of the problem the U.S. faces, one he said will require investment from the public and private sectors to address.
Even if Americans were to reverse their recent backward trend, one estimate says that at its rate of longevity growth from the past several years it would take the U.S. more than 100 years to catch up to the average life expectancy other wealthy countries reached by 2016.
“We’re making a huge mistake if we don’t step back and look at the root causes,’’ Woolf said, including a lack of educational opportunities and living wages among the likely causes. “The prescription for the country is we’ve got to help these people. And if we don’t, we’re literally going to pay with our lives.’’
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: US life expectancy continues downward spiral, study shows

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Again “DUDE, It is not about you! The idea that You saved the government $35,000,000 indicates that the several meetings with other leaders held previously did cost the country (voters) money. MA

Allan Smith
7 hrs ago
President Donald Trump on Sunday complained that “very stupid people” were opposed to holding next year’s Group of Seven summit at his Miami golf resort in a tweet that came just weeks after he publicly backed away from the proposal.
“Too bad we didn’t have the G-7 here,” Trump tweeted, noting that Trump National Doral Miami was named Golf.com’s resort of the week. “I offered to pick up the entire cost, would have saved at least $35,000,000 for the USA. Best location. Very stupid people thought I would gain. Wrong! Looking at Camp David. Will announce soon.”
Last month, Trump announced that the Miami resort was no longer under consideration to host the international summit, tweeting he “thought” he “was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders.” The president added that Doral had many advantages, including “tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms,” and that hosting the event would come “at ZERO COST to the USA.”
Trump first floated the idea of holding the G-7 in Miami during this year’s summit in Biarritz, France. The idea came under immediate criticism that he was seeking to personally profit off the presidency, an issue that has come up repeatedly during Trump’s tenure due to his frequent visits to Trump-owned and Trump-branded properties.
Trump is the subject of multiple lawsuits and congressional investigations accusing him of either using his office for financial gain or violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which bars any cash or gifts from foreign government officials to the president that are not otherwise approved by Congress. In August, the House Judiciary Committee announced it would probe efforts to hold the G-7 at Doral.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday” in October that Trump “still considers himself to be in the hospitality business,” and that the president was “honestly surprised at the level of pushback.”
“At the end of the day he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could, and he was very comfortable doing that at Doral,” Mulvaney said. “I think we were all surprised at the level of pushback. I think it’s the right decision to change and we’ll have to find someplace else and my guess is we’ll find someplace else the media won’t like for another reason.

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Again this administration is serving its own interest in the world and at home. The world’s biggest sucker is again being played by other world leaders who recognize the fact that his ego will allow them to use him as a pawn. As we all know pawns are expendable. MA

 
Carlin Becker. The Examiner
11 hrs ago
Sen. Lindsey Graham confirmed that he blocked a resolution that would have formally recognized Turkey’s Armenian genocide at the request of the White House.
After Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Trump and a group of Republican senators in the Oval Office on Nov. 13, Graham rushed back to the Senate floor and blocked the resolution. Prior to his return to the Senate, a senior White House official told him that Sen. Bob Menendez was planning to present the resolution and asked if Graham could “please object.”
“After the meeting, we kind of huddled up and talked about what happened,” the South Carolina Republican told Axios on Sunday. “I said, sure. The only reason I did it is because he [Erdogan] was still in town. … That would’ve been poor timing. I’m trying to salvage the relationship if possible.”
When asked if he was uncomfortable with the request, Graham said, “Yeah. Because I like Bob [Menendez]. He’s been working on this for years, but I did think with the president of Turkey in town that was probably more than the market would bear.”
He added, “I’m not going to object next time.”
Erdogan likely would have been infuriated had the resolution passed, but senators got their chance to do just that last week when Menendez and Sen. Ted Cruz introduced the resolution again. This time, the White House asked Republican Sen. David Perdue to block it.
“Senator Perdue objected due to concerns that passage of the resolution would jeopardize the sensitive negotiations going on in the region with Turkey and other allies,” a Perdue representative told Axios.
The Trump administration has been trying to convince Turkey to surrender its Russian-made S-400 air defense system. As the negotiations continue, White House officials are trying to block Congress from condemning Turkey’s human rights atrocities. Despite the delay in the Senate, the resolution passed in the house last month.

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Tom Toles Comic Strip for November 25, 2019


Across the world, we have experienced the rise of dictatorial leaders in many previously tolerant countries. These phenomena have been in the making for at the least 10 years while we have been among the moderating forces as well as leading in some cases, we have also failed to take a leap of faith in others. The current administration in “draining the Swamp” has replaced normal actions with bizarre actions that have exacerbated the exodus of immigrants from countries where we previously provided support for the people and their governments against the baser elements of those countries. We must be reminded that this withdrawal of support with no examination or concern over the effect on those countries and ours appears to be an underthought action. The actions of denying or decreasing the financial and backup military aid has definitely caused an increase in the outflow of immigrants from our “partners” to the south. The several “dictatorial” leaders in the southern continent have taken heart with the actions of the current administration as well as several similar regimes overseas bordering our European allies’ boundaries. TOTUS seemingly has envisioned himself as a “king and Kingmaker”, in reality, he has become a pawn to the more seasoned strongman leaders we (the United States) have opposed and held in check for years. Insults used as retorts are the tools of small minds, not statesmen or leaders. The” dealmaker” has proven his ability to fail is greater than his ability to create.

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November 18, 2019 4:07PM

By Alex Nowrasteh. CATO
Over the weekend, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated an earlier report on arrests and apprehensions of illegal immigrants who requested Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The updated report shows that of the 888,818 people who applied for DACA, 118,371 had been arrested at one time or another.
Many of those arrested were not approved for DACA, but some were because many arrests don’t lead to convictions. Those 118,371 people had been arrested a total of 202,025 times for all crimes and civil infractions, including violations of immigration law. Subtracting the number arrested for immigration infractions lowers the number to 95,343 DACA applicants being arrested. The DACA applicant arrest rate was 80 percent below the non-DACA applicant (all others) arrest rate.
The USCIS report does not provide arrest rates for DACA applicants or other populations in the United States. As a result, there is no standard of comparison for the number of arrests mentioned in the USCIS report. However, some data released in the report do allow for a back of the envelope comparison between the arrest rate for DACA applicants and the arrest rate for the population of all others.
Below, I will describe the comparative arrest rates and how I calculated them.
Comparing arrest rates requires making two simple assumptions. First, I assume that the youngest person arrested who was a DACA applicant was 13 years old and that arrest occurred in 1993 (DACA is only available to those born in 1981 or later). This is based on Table 6 of the USCIS report that breaks down arrests by age. Only 5,076 of the arrests were of DACA applicants age 14 or younger. Changing the year does not affect the direction of the outcomes.
Second, I compare the number of arrests and not the number of individual people arrested. This is because FBI crime data record the number of arrests, not the number of people arrested. Third, I don’t exclude any of the arrests counted in the USCIS document even though the FBI’s crime data doesn’t include immigration arrests in its national figures. That second choice biases the results against me because it increases the number of arrests of DACA applicants relative to the citizen population who cannot be arrested for immigration offenses.
From 1993 to 2018, about 344.9 million total criminal arrests were made in the United States. Of those arrests, 202,025 arrests were of DACA applicants. The arrest rate for DACA applicants was 874 per 100,000 DACA applicants per year from 1993 through 2018 (Figure 1). The arrest rate for all others was 4,491 per every 100,000 per year. In other words, the arrest rate for all others was about 5.1 times as great as it was for DACA applicants. DACA applicants had an arrest rate 80 percent below that of all others.
Table 1

Annual Arrest Rates of DACA Applicants and All Others per 100,000, 1993-2018

USCIS Crime 2018_0

Sources: FBI, USCIS, and Author’s Calculations.
Note: Arrests per 100,000 for each subpopulation.
Even if all those arrests of DACA applicants took place from 2012-2018 (DACA was announced in 2012), their arrest rate would be 3,247 per every 100,000 DACA applicants per year. That is still below the arrest rate for all others of 3,429 per year during the same time. Excluding immigration arrests lower the relative arrest rates even more. For instance, excluding immigration arrests from the 1993-2018 period diminishes the DACA applicant arrest rate from 874 per 100,000 DACA applicants per year to 775 per 100,000.
No matter how you compare the arrest rate for DACA applicants to all others, the former group has a lower arrest rate. Since the USCIS report and this post just measure arrest rates, the criminal conviction rate is necessarily lower as there are more arrests than convictions – as I show in Texas. The USCIS report is just further evidence that illegal immigrants have a lower crime rate than native-born Americans.
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The Result of politicians being beholding to the Party rather than the voters is the current proceedings of impeachment. TOTUS was never the best candidate for President yet rather than accepting and training him in Presidential duties, they have allowed he and his miscreants to run roughshod over the Constitution. Meanwhile, they are busily doing their own “shadow” work using the ill-placed President as a cover. It is not inconceivable that this effort towards better government will end up on the cutting floor as it were, while the execution of poor governance practices continues. It is well that a Leader is popular but not popular as a source of entertainment. The office of President is a serious job requiring serious execution yet we have our current situation of “tweet diplomacy” which is aided and abetted by 535 plus seat fillers. While TOTUS  entertains, the country suffers as the Congress, for the most part, continues to hold or push legislation that benefits their big-dollar donors not the voters who elected them to office. This is simply a band of pirates hiding in plain sight under the banner of patriotism. All for the good of the party and not the voters.

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There was a time when the phrase “honest politician” was liberally used to describe candidates for office. Perhaps the phrase was true or a sound bite yet it appears to be laughable today. What is considered “modern” politics along with the advent of National newspapers to now mass media of all types indicates there are no honest politicians per se, merely degrees of honesty. We have become inured to the truth and that plays into the game plan of the political “influencers” as their objective is to cover their true goal with mystical utterances (lies) until they appear to be true. Once a title or label is affixed to someone, an action, activity or something repeatedly, it becomes public domain and ersatz believable. This is the baseline of our current administration and his loyal party and public supporters. The truth is the victim and voters are not far behind.

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