Paul Ryan isn’t ruling out Medicare privatization, and it isn’t just Democrats who are wary

Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan speaks during a weekly news briefing December 1, 2016 at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. During the briefing, Ryan repeated comments indicating that changes to Medicare would have to accompany any effort to repeal and replace President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan speaks during a weekly news briefing December 1, 2016 at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. During the briefing, Ryan repeated comments indicating that changes to Medicare would have to accompany any effort to repeal and replace President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Vietnam era Veterans Awarded Lapel Pin from Department of Defense

A packed house was in attendance at the December monthly Veterans Breakfast. Milford VFW Commander and Chairman of the "Viet Nam the 50th Massachusetts Inc." , Steve Petak was the guest speaker and presented any Veteran who served during the Vietnam War era a Department of Defense approved lapel pin to commemorate their service.

Top Clinton Donor Saban Calls Ellison “Anti-Semite” and “Anti-Israel”

Media mogul Haim Saban, who was among Hillary Clinton's largest campaign donors, made clear Friday that he doesn't want to see Rep. Keith Ellison as the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. "He is clearly an anti-Semite, anti-Israel individual," Saban lashed out at Ellison, warning Democrats that choosing the Minnesota congressman, who is the first Muslim elected to Congress, would be "a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party."

The US Government Funds A War On Online Fake News


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An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post: Congressional negotiators on Wednesday approved an initiative to track and combat foreign propaganda amid growing concerns that Russian efforts to spread "fake news" and disinformation threaten U.S. national security. The measure, part of the National Defense Authorization Act approved by a conference committee, calls on the State Department to lead government-wide efforts to identify propaganda and counter its effects.

Some Republicans Applaud Trump Call With Taiwan

From left, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton applauded President-elect Donald Trump's decision to accept a telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday. President-elect Donald Trump's telephone call with Taiwan's president on Friday broke decades of U.S. diplomatic policy in the region and brought a quick objection by China, but several Republican members of Congress have applauded Trump's decision to accept the call.

This week at progressive state blogs: Don’t feed the Trump troll; Louisiana’s socialist subsidies

Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... During the Labor Day weekend, when many people are celebrating and preparing for the upcoming school-year, Dakota Access, a... Donald Trump has announced that Steve Bannon-former head of the online racist platform Breitbart-will be a senior adviser in... Portland, Oregon, housing activist and bookstore owner Chloe Eudaly was the first challenger to unseat an incumbent city council member since 1992. See Margot Black's commentary in Blue Oregon below.

Senate power struggle surfaces ahead of session

Senate Republican leader Shane Massey won't back the state's most powerful politician, Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, Tuesday in his bid to retain the leadership role. The Edgefield Republican said he hopes to be joined by both newer and tenured members in a show of displeasure for Leatherman's power play to avoid ascending to the soon-to-be-vacant lieutenant governor spot.

HBO Documentaries Illuminate Castro’s Brutal Cuba


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HBO should get a little trophy from the television industry for giving executives something to talk about at holiday parties besides falling ratings and the specific level of Hell that should be reserved for whoever invented this internet thing . Instead, they can ponder over the question: Is HBO's documentary division the most genius outfit in television, or just the luckiest? Months ago, HBO acquired two unheralded documentaries on Cuba, then booked them for the very moment when Fidel Castro would head off to the great workers' collective in the sky .

Navy christens submarine USS Colorado in shipyard ceremony

Annie Mabus smashed a bottle of sparkling wine from a Denver vineyard against the Navy's newest attack submarine Saturday, christening it the USS Colorado as the vessel joined a fleet expected to number more than 300 ships by 2019. The 377-foot-long Colorado is the 15th in the Virginia class of attack submarines, each costing $2.7 billion.

Russia bets on Trump as gateway to eased sanctions

For the Russian president, relief from crippling sanctions is a gateway to the ultimate goal of establishing Russia as the political and economic equivalent of the United States. And the U.S. president-elect, who extolled Putin's leadership during the campaign and called for a tempered approach to U.S.-Russia relations, may be a conduit to achieving that.

9 killed in Oakland warehouse fire, dozens more feared dead

Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump. California authorities say a fire has broken out at an Oakland warehouse where people were having a party and police say there are "casualties."

The New Obamacare Term You Need to Become Familiar With

The Affordable Care Act, which is better known by its shorthand Obamacare, has presented as a mixed bag since its passage. In one corner, it's reduced the uninsured rate in America to its lowest levels on record, and it's allowed consumers who were previously shut out of the healthcare system because of their low income or pre-existing medical conditions the chance to get health insurance.

McConnell cautions replacement to health law to take time

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress will act early next year to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative. The Kentucky Republican insisted Saturday that some 20 million Americans who have health care through the six-year-old law will not lose coverage, though the likely upheaval in the insurance industry suggests otherwise.

Memo: Trump backs pipeline based on policy, not investments

Spokesman Bryan Lanza said in a memo this week to supporters that Trump's backing for the pipeline near a North Dakota Indian reservation ``has nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans.' ' Trump's most recent federal disclosure forms, filed in May, show he owned a small amount of stock in Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline builder, and at least $100,000 in Phillips 66, an energy company that owns one-quarter of the pipeline.

House Funds Biden’s ‘Cancer Moonshot’

In a rare bipartisan vote the House of Representatives approved legislation boosting federal research efforts to combat cancer and other diseases, including $1.8 billion in funding for Vice President Joe Biden's "cancer moonshot" initiative. The 21st Century Cures Act passed 392-26.

WAT? Trump a Policy Foruma Loaded with Immigration Enthusiasts

President-elect Donald Trump is establishing a Strategic and Policy Forum, which will meet with him for the first time at the White House in February, to share ideas with Trump as he "implements his plan to bring back jobs," according to Trump's transition team. The Forum will be comprised of many business leaders, but at least three of the 16 members have a history of supporting the importation of foreign workers.

Freedom Caucus on Retreat to Discuss 2017 Policy Priorities

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows is discussing "harmful" regulations with the Freedom Caucus on a retreat this weekend that he wants President-elect Donald Trump to repeal. The House Freedom Caucus is on retreat this weekend in Charlottesville, Va., to discuss policy priorities and ways it can work with the incoming Trump administration, a spokeswoman said.

‘Model mother’ who had sex with a schoolboy in her car and…

At least nine people are killed and another dozen missing after devastating fire breaks out on the second floor of a 100-person late-night 'Rave Cave' event inside an Oakland warehouse China lodges formal complaint over Trump's historic phone call with Taiwan's president and 'urges relevant parties to handle issues carefully' Anthony Weiner is 'so broke he can't afford sexting rehab any longer so his parents have taken out a mortgage on their home to pay for the $25k program' New York man who lost his eyesight 20 years ago has regained nearly all of it - and doctors can't explain why Heartbreaking scenes as 100,000 Chapecoense fans arrive to see their players' coffins brought back following Colombian air crash tragedy Colombian authorities say the pilot of tragic crash plane LIED about where he was taking off from as the first of the footballers' bodies are brought back to Brazil Tearful ... (more)

Kevin Coughlin who became blind due to Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy regains

At least nine people are killed and another dozen missing after devastating fire breaks out on the second floor of a 100-person late-night 'Rave Cave' event inside an Oakland warehouse China lodges formal complaint over Trump's historic phone call with Taiwan's president and 'urges relevant parties to handle issues carefully' Anthony Weiner is 'so broke he can't afford sexting rehab any longer so his parents have taken out a mortgage on their home to pay for the $25k program' New York man who lost his eyesight 20 years ago has regained nearly all of it - and doctors can't explain why Heartbreaking scenes as 100,000 Chapecoense fans arrive to see their players' coffins brought back following Colombian air crash tragedy Colombian authorities say the pilot of tragic crash plane LIED about where he was taking off from as the first of the footballers' bodies are brought back to Brazil Tearful ... (more)

Indian Prime Minister’s Shake Down of Private Wealth


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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned his country earlier this month when, out of the blue, he declared 85 percent of the nation's currency notes null and India's two highest rupee notes - Rs. 500 and Rs.

Raw emotions persist as Donald Trump prepares for his presidency

Kellyanne Conway, Trump-Pence campaign manager, left, sits with Robby Mook, Clinton-Kaine campaign manager, prior to Thursday's forum at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass. Every four years, the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government assembles the managers of the presidential campaigns for a deep, post-election debrief.

Meet the ‘Mad Dog’ Donald Trump wants to lead the Pentagon

Revered by his troops as a "warrior monk" with a knack for hard-edged quips, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis led troops in Afghanistan in 2001, won laurels for leadership in one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq War and most recently headed US Central Command, perhaps the military's most complicated and challenging post.

Musicians sign open letter to Barack Obama over North Dakota pipeline protests

Dozens of British musicians including producer Mark Ronson have signed an open letter to US President Barack Obama comparing the treatment of protesters at a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota with "the same inhumane methods used during World War Two". Led by singer-songwriter Kate Nash, around 160 names from the world of music wrote the letter to President Obama and the Department of Justice.

Trump Tweets Warning to Another Indiana Company

President-elect Donald Trump just finished his victory lap in Indiana, for his Carrier deal and now is apparently targeting another Indiana company for its decision to move jobs out of the country. Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers.

Colombia’s congress passes historic peace deal with guerrillas, but battles remain

President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday was celebrating what he called the nation's "first day of peace in 52 years" even as a battle was looming over implementing a historic peace accord with the nation's largest guerrilla group. Colombia's legislature finished approving the 310-page accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, late Wednesday, even with an opposition walkout.

Here’s what legendary Marine General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is…


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As it turns out, according to a number of those who served with him, the more than 3 million civilian and military personnel of DoD can expect a well-read history buff with a strategic mind, a senior man who is not above talking to even the most junior personnel, and a sometimes gruff, opinionated leader who isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Business Insider spoke with a number of people who served with Mattis, and gathered up other anecdotes, to understand what the former four-star general is really like when he's in charge.

Wyden blasts Russian intervention during election at talk with…

Nearly 100 students at Hillsboro High School participated in the town hall-style meeting with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on Friday, peppering him with questions, many involving the Internet and immigration. Wyden, a Democrat representing Oregon in the U.S. Congress, called the Dec. 2 town hall a 'listening session' with area students, but also took time to address an issue he brought up in Washington, D.C., in the last few weeks.

Insure Oklahoma Funded For Another Year

The federal government will continue for another year to fund an Oklahoma program that uses a combination of state tobacco tax revenue and federal Medicaid money to help provide health insurance coverage for nearly 20,000 low-income Oklahoma workers. Governor Mary Fallin announced that a one-year extension has been approved by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the Insure Oklahoma program.

Presidential Commission Warns of Cyber Threats Facing Next Administration

A U.S. presidential commission on Friday called on the incoming administration to immediately take steps to enhance cybersecurity in both the private and public sector. The Commission on Enhancing National Cyber Security, which includes 12 non-partisan experts in technology and computer security, presented a report to U.S. President Barack Obama with several recommendations it hopes to have implemented within the next two to five years.

REVEALED: The Full Keith Ellison Tape Shows He Was (Mostly) Praising Israel – Not Trashing It

If you've been following the uproar over Congressman Keith Ellison and his run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, you might recall hearing about a 36-second audio clip containing a snippet of an Ellison speech that, according to his critics, proves he's anti-Israel and shouldn't get the job. You may even have listened to the clip and been left wondering exactly what it means.

For Russia, Trump presidency offers hope of sanctions relief

Russia's government staunchly denies reports that it tampered in the U.S. election or supported either candidate, but once the results were in, members of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party didn't hold back. "It turns out that United Russia won the elections in America," Viktor Nazarov, the governor of Omsk, Russia, declared in a radio interview.

US warns crackdown in Myanmar could radicalise Rohingya

It's a scene straight out of Myanmar's dark past: a military offensive waged beyond world view that forces ethnic minority villagers from the smouldering ruins of their homes. The US government, a key sponsor of Myanmar's democratic transition, says a security crackdown that has displaced tens of thousands Rohingya Muslims and left an unknown number dead risks radicaliding a downtrodden people and stoking religious tensions in Southeast Asia.

For Russia, Trump presidency offers hope of sanctions relief

Russia's government staunchly denies reports that it tampered in the U.S. election or supported either candidate, but once the results were in, members of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party didn't hold back. "It turns out that United Russia won the elections in America," Viktor Nazarov, the governor of Omsk, Russia, declared in a radio interview.

Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

" A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject " weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Trump upends US foreign policy with Taiwan call

Trump upends US foreign policy with Taiwan call US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy to speak with the president of Taiwan, prompting Beijing Saturday to accuse Taipei of a ploy but saying the move would not affect US-China ties. It was not immediately clear whether Trump's telephone call with President Tsai Ing-wen marked a deliberate pivot away from Washington's official "One China" stance, but fuelled fears he is improvising on international affairs.

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This week has seen a good deal of navel-gazing by the Fourth Estate. If you want to know what went wrong in journalism in 2016, Harvard's traditional election postmortem offered a clue.

Duterte says Trump wished him ‘success’ in war on drugs

Duterte has been criticised for his war on drugs that has left 2,000 people killed [Lean Daval Jr/Reuters] Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has described as "encouraging" his phone call with US President-elect Donald Trump, whom he said was understanding of his bloody war on drugs. "I could sense a good rapport, an animated President-elect Trump.

In Macedonia’s fake news hub, teen shows AP how it’s done

On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case for why lying is more lucrative than the truth. VELES, Macedonia - On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case for why lying is more lucrative than the truth.

Connecticut Sets Voter Record, But How Was Turnout In Weston, Westport?

The most voters ever cast ballots this November in Connecticut. But how was the voter turnout in your town in the hotly contested 2016 presidential race between Republican Donald Trump, who won the national race, and Hillary Clinton, who posted a victory in Connecticut? The final figures reveal that 1,675,955 people cast ballots out of an all-time high 2,178,169 registered voters, amounting to a turnout of just under 77 percent.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says Trump wished his drug crackdown ‘success’

President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday Donald Trump wished his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs would succeed during a telephone call, and he assured the U.S. president-elect the Philippines would maintain its ties with America - a departure from Duterte's hostility toward the Obama administration. Duterte called to congratulate Trump late Friday in their first talk that was described by an aide of the Philippine president as "very engaging, animated conversation" in which both leaders invited each other to visit his country.

Road rage ends in McKnight’s death; criticism of case looms

Authorities are promising a thorough investigation of the shooting death of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight as criticism of their decision to release the shooter mounts. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says a road rage incident started on a nearby bridge and proceeded into a New Orleans suburb, ending with McKnight shot and killed.

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Latest from our fiend up in the Sandills "Dumped on Prom Night" Hillary's election night meltdown Wouldn't she have made a great president? Hillary Clinton's night on the 9th of November went from a celebration to an absolute meltdown once the election unexpectedly turned on her, leaving Trump as the victor. Some of the remnants of Hillary Clinton's rampage in the private VIP area was discovered by the hotel custodial staff the day following the election.

3 Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject - weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The release of the 100-page report follows the worst hacking of U.S. government systems in history and accusations by the Obama administration that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democrats.

Top Trump aide brushes off furor over Trump’s phone call with…

Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser and former campaign manager to President-elect Donald Trump, appeared to brush off the hand-wringing over Trump's unprecedented phone call with Taiwan's president on Friday. The phone call was seen as a troubling break from longstanding policy , since no US president or president-elect has engaged in such direct contact with Taiwan in nearly 40 years.

Merrimack Valley superintendent begs legislators to rethink school funding

As budget season ramps up, Merrimack Valley Regional School District's superintendent has released an open letter to his district's legislators, imploring them to rethink the way the state doles out aid to schools. Superintendent Mark MacLean didn't have a specific plan about what a new funding formula should look like, only that it should "lessen the burden on property taxpayers," he said in an interview.

Wreaths Across America

Tim Egyud, CDL instructor at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center, will travel to Columbia Falls, Maine, today to pick up an estimated 3,000 Christmas wreaths for the annual Wreaths Across America campaign.

Paul Krugman: Seduced and betrayed

Donald Trump won the Electoral College on the strength of overwhelming support from working-class whites, who feel left behind by a changing economy and society. And they're about to get their reward - the same reward that, throughout Mr. Trump's career, has come to everyone who trusted his good intentions.

Scalia’s wisdom: Burning the U.S. flag is awful, but lawful

"Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag," President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday. "If they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" "If I were king," the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once said in an interview, "I would not allow people to go about burning the American flag.

Trump’s choices get mixed reviews

Donald Trump's move to pack his administration with military brass is getting mixed reviews, as Congress and others struggle to balance their personal regard for the individuals he's choosing with a broader worry about an increased militarization of American policy. No fewer than three combat-experienced retired Army and Marine leaders, with multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, are on tap for high-level government jobs normally reserved for civilians.

Legislator wants end to ‘lame duck’ bills


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A Republican state lawmaker, in his final term in the Ohio House, tried one last time this week to convince his fellow legislators to end lame duck sessions. Rep. Terry Boose , who could not run for reelection because of term limits, urged the Ohio House's State Government Committee to move HB 577, which would prohibit the general assembly from holding session after even-year general elections.

Coming soon: Obama TV? Forget it, White House says

US President Barack Obama's frequent remarks on the spread of information in the social media age have fueled rumors about his life after the White House. "@POTUS is interested in the changing ways people consume info, but he has no plans to get into the media business after he leaves office," White House Communications Director Jen Psaki said in a tweet, referring to Obama by his Twitter handle.

Trump says Philippines fighting drugs ‘the right way’: Duterte

US President-elect Donald Trump told Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte that Manila was conducting its deadly drug war "the right way", Duterte said Saturday, in stark contrast to the criticism he received from President Barack Obama. The Philippine president called Trump late Friday evening to congratulate him on his election victory with Trump wishing him "success" in his controversial anti-crime crackdown, in which some 4,800 people have been killed since June, according to Duterte.

U.S. health spending rose nearly 6%, fastest since 2007

As more Americans get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, spending on health care is rising faster than it has in years. The United States spent $3.2 trillion on health care in 2015, up 5.8% from the year before, according to new data from the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Reports: Manchin Considered for Cabinet

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is being considered for a job as energy secretary in President-elect Donald Trump's new administration, according to a report from Politico. Manchin would be the second Democrat Trump is reportedly considering for a Cabinet post.

California Guard soldiers wona t be forced to repay bonuses

Thousands of California National Guard troops will not have to repay enlistment bonuses and benefits they received a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a deal between House and Senate negotiators. The agreement is included in a must-pass defense policy bill filed Nov. 30 and awaiting an expected House vote Dec. 2, followed by action in the Senate next week.

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Miami Southridge TE Kemore Gamble talks about the Spartans 28-10 regional final win over Coral Gables, his one-handed catch for a TD and his University of Florida-themed celebration on Fri., Nov. 25, 2016 The Southridge football team advances to the state semifinal after defeating Coral Gables 28-10 at Southridge Field on Nov. 25, 2016. Champagnat Catholic's defense garnered more turnovers than the offense did first downs - forget about points - through the first two and a half quarters of their Class 2A State Semifinal against St. Petersburg Northside Christian.

Donald Trump speaks directly to Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen

The call comes at a time of worsened Taiwan-China relations since the election of Tsai earlier this year [EPA] US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a move that is likely to infuriate China and complicate US relations with Beijing. During Friday's discussion, Trump and Tsai noted "the close economic, political and security ties" between Taiwan and the United States, according to the president-elect's transition team.