Thursday, March 23, 2017

Star Witness In Treason Trial Involving Trump's Campaign Chair Was Just Shot Dead

Star Witness In Treason Trial Involving Trump's Campaign Chair Was Just Shot Dead

News first broke of Manafort’s involvement in Russian criminal activity came in August when Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Bureau revealed that Trump’s then Campaign Chair had been implicated in a shadow accounting scheme that allegedly earned him $12.7 million in illegal payments from President Yanukovych’s Party of Regions.

Manafort resigned four days later, however as we all now know, Russian agents continued to work on behalf of the Trump campaign.

The assassin also wounded Voronenkov’s body guard (who is expected to recover) before being shot by authorities. The assassin, who died in the hospital soon after, was a soldier in Russia’s National Guard and carried “a certificate proving his combatant status” — fueling speculation that the assassination order came from the highest reaches of the Russian government.

We all hope for a swift end to the killing of Russian dissidents. The revelations of Trump’s many ties to the Russian government, however, seem to be just getting started.

  

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Judge Rules Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law Unconstitutional - NBC News

Judge Rules Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law Unconstitutional - NBC News

The unions argued that Wisconsin's law was an unconstitutional seizure of union property since unions now must extend benefits to workers who don't pay dues. Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust agreed.

He said the law amounts to the government taking union funds without compensation since under the law unions must represent people who don't pay dues. That presents an existential threat to unions, Foust wrote.

"While (union) losses today could be characterized by some as minor, they are not isolated and the impact of (the law) over time is threatening to the unions' very economic viability," he wrote.

  

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How China Bought Trump | The Public

How China Bought Trump | The Public

Trump apologists in the Republican Party were quick to walk back his threats to blow up the One China policy, explaining that their leader was just doing what he does best, throwing out an opening salvo and maneuvering into position for negotiating and deal-making—his signature skill. Our trade relations with China, born in the Nixon administration and amped up and refined under the free-trading Ronald Reagan’s tutelage, are, according to the amnesiac Trump, a “terrible deal” cooked up by “worst president in history,” Barack Obama. Trump’s apocalyptic moves to release military and economic chaos between the US and China, we’re supposed to believe, actually belied skillful bargaining to pressure China to walk back “Obama’s” terrible, terrible deal. An unbelievably bad deal.

But then, after breathing fire in China’s direction for months, that odd little mouth that seems to crawl all over Trump’s face uncharacteristically and unexpectedly ceased its Sinophobic fury. When it opened again, the negotiator-in-chief was quietly reversing course, recognizing and committing to support the One China policy while seeming to forget about his 45 percent tariff promise.

  

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Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Ukraine - LA Times

Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Ukraine - LA Times

The assailant also wounded Voronenkov's bodyguard, who fired back and wounded the gunman. Police said they were both hospitalized.

Voronenkov left Russia with his wife, singer Maria Maksakova, who was also a lawmaker. He said he had to leave Russia because of persecution by Russian security agencies and had renounced Russian citizenship.

After the move, Russian investigators filed fraud charges against Voronenkov in connection with his business activities.

Members of the Russian parliament were quick to reject Ukrainian allegations that Voronenkov could have been killed over any betrayal of Russia.

Nikolai Kovalyov, the former Russian security chief who is a lawmaker, told Russian state television that the killing could have been rooted in a business dispute.

  

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JUST IN: Devin Nunes Issues Apology To Intel Committee For Briefing Trump (VIDEO)

JUST IN: Devin Nunes Issues Apology To Intel Committee For Briefing Trump (VIDEO)

Other House Democrats are calling for Nunes to be recused from the investigation or forced to resign his post entirely. Nancy Pelosi spoke with reporters at a news conference after Nunes’ live reveal.

‘I think he sent a signal that as a member of the Trump transition team himself, he probably should not be intricately involved in this investigation […] I don’t know if that was a cry for help, or “let me out of here,” or whatever that was, but it was highly unusual. Outside, the accepted behavior of a Chairman of an intelligence or any committee.’

Rep. Elijah Cummings, a ranking member on the committee, called for an independent investigation into Nunes.

  

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From war profiteering to wound profiteering


It's logical sequence of cash flow for the war mongering Republican rconomic royalists.

Schumer Announces He Will Oppose Gorsuch


WATCH: Oklahoma State Rep says rape and incest are the ‘will of God’ in abortion bill hearing

WATCH: Oklahoma State Rep says rape and incest are the ‘will of God’ in abortion bill hearing

Oklahoma State Rep. Cory Williams (D) asked Rep. George Faught — who authored the bill — if rape is the “will of God.”

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“Well, you know, if you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened,” Faught began. “The Lord uses all circumstances. I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality unfortunately,” he said.

Williams followed up, asking if incest is the “will of God.”

“Same answer. Doesn’t deal with this bill,” Faught said. Williams argued that the questions matter to the legislation, given that Faught was unwilling to make exceptions in the case of rape or incest. “You are proffering a divine intervention as the reason why you won’t do that and so I think it is very important.”


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“This body wants to know — and myself personally — whether you believe rape and incest are actually the will of God,” Williams questioned.

“It’s a great question to ask,” said Faught. “And, obviously if it happens in someone’s life, it may not be the best thing that ever happened, but — so you’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life and I disagree with that.”

Watch the full clip below.

  

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Tinyal • 17 minutes ago
This is yet another - quite common - example of why I've been saying the U part of the USA is, and has been, a complete failure.
When someone who's outlook on life is indistinguishable from that of a person from the 1400's - and when such people are put into positions of power by 'voters' - the laws and rules they propose (and often pass) are so widely different in scope and application that such States might as well be different Countries.
And 3rd world ones at that (I'm looking at you Kansas, and OK).
I don't remember if , as one traveled across the States, if there was ever a time when - other than in location - a Citizen was subject to the same laws and rules regardless of where they ended up, but now as one travels across the country, you might as well be in different civilizations.
Different Laws - different beliefs, hell even different-enough language.
Our system of gov't doesn't allow for the gradual improvement of Civilization itself - it is, by design, a method of funneling resources to the Kings, Lords and Ladies (or their modern equivalent), keeping the rest of us generally satisfied with our toys, (on average) enough food to survive, and someplace to rest our heads.
Keep a majority of the masses basic desires met - and they they can run away with the planet.
Nothing has changed since the days of Kings of old - nothing what so ever, IMV.
Only something as substantial as civil war, or separation of the States - fracturing into , basically, different Tribal groups, will be the end result of the experiment called the USA.
The only question, in my opinion, is when this will happen.


Elijah Cummings Humiliates House Intel Committee Chairman Live On-Air (VIDEO)

Elijah Cummings Humiliates House Intel Committee Chairman Live On-Air (VIDEO)

On that note, CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Rep. Cummings this Thursday morning on CNN, “Have you ever heard of the chair of an independent committee doing what Nunes just did?”

Cummings replied that he had not.

He replied, “No. As you know, I was a ranking member of the Benghazi Committee; we would have never allowed that to happen.”

“The Intelligence Committee is a very special committee,” Cummings went on, “They are privileged to information that most members of Congress may never see and so you expect them to be extremely confidential.”

And, even with this being the case, Nunes blurted out details of a sensitive nature live on-air while making his egregious announcement that he would be briefing the President on matters related on what was supposed to be an independent investigation into the president himself and people associated with him.

Nunes’s actions have prompted renewed calls for the Congressional investigation into the Trump campaign’s connection to Russia to be taken out of the partisan environment of the House Intelligence Committee, and the other Committees carrying out similar, concurrent investigations.

  

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Former Gov. Perry questions legitimacy of Texas A&M student body election


Former Gov. Rick Perry, now the U.S. energy secretary, is questioning the legitimacy of the election that gave his alma mater its first openly gay student body president. BY PATRICK SVITEK AND MATTHEW WATKINSMARCH 22, 2017 7:03 PM Former Gov. Perry is sworn in before testifying at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination to be Energy secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 19, 2017. Former Gov. Perry is sworn in before testifying at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination to be Energy secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Editor's note: This story has been updated with comment from a Texas A&M University administrator. Former Gov. Rick Perry, now the U.S. energy secretary, is questioning the legitimacy of the election that gave his alma mater its first openly gay student body president. In a Houston Chronicle op-ed published Wednesday that caught university officials by surprise, Perry said the administration at Texas A&M University owes students answers about Bobby Brooks' victory, which came after the top vote-getter, Robert McIntosh, was disqualified amid accusations of voter intimidation and failure to report a campaign expense. The A&M student government's Judicial Court later cleared McIntosh of the former charge but upheld the latter, according to the student newspaper, The Battalion.

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Chris Matthews Burns Trump: He Cares More About Covering Up Russia Than Stopping North Korea

Chris Matthews Burns Trump: He Cares More About Covering Up Russia Than Stopping North Korea

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews issued a brutal takedown of Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying that Donald Trump is more concerned about covering up the devastating Russian scandal than he is about an increasingly dangerous North Korea.

Matthews said that the president clearly “intent on shifting attention from anything that connects him and his people to Moscow.”

  

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House Republicans are hoping the Senate can save them from their own ruinous healthcare bill


ut numerous other, less ideologically-driven Republicans have balked at the massive number of Americans who would lose insurance coverage as a consequence of the GOP proposal. In particular, by allowing insurers to lower premiums for young people and raise them for older customers, the measure would add thousands of dollars to the cost of coverage for Americans over the age of 50. The bill would also slash premium subsidies for lower-income households and eliminate subsidies for their out-of-pocket costs, rendering insurance and actual healthcare unaffordable for many.

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Donald Trump Jr called 'a disgrace' for tweet goading London mayor Sadiq Khan


It’s unclear if the president’s son read the article or understood that the quote was from six months ago and not a response to the Wednesday attack, which police are treating as a terrorist incident. Authorities said five people died, including a police officer stabbed by a lone attacker trying to enter the House of Commons. The suspect was fatally shot, and 29 people have been injured. The tweet earned strong criticisms in the US and the UK, including from Wes Streeting, the MP for Ilford North and former president of the National Union of Students. “You use a terrorist attack on our city to attack London’s Mayor for your own political gain. You’re a disgrace,” Streeting wrote.

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AT&T and Johnson & Johnson Pull Ads From YouTube


AT&T and Johnson & Johnson, among the biggest advertisers in the United States, were among several companies to say Wednesday that they would stop their ads from running on YouTube and other Google properties amid concern that Google is not doing enough to prevent brands from appearing next to offensive material, like hate speech. The companies made the moves, which did not extend to Google’s search ads, amid boycotts of YouTube by several European advertisers that began in the last week.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Texas Senate Passes Bill Allowing OBs To Keep Info From Pregnant Women


Senate Bill 25, which will now be sent to the Texas House, prevents parents from suing their medical provider if their baby is born with disabilities, even if that doctor discovered the condition during routine prenatal testing and failed to inform the parents. The architects of the so-called “wrongful-birth” bill have argued it would protect children with disabilities and prevent doctors from facing unnecessary lawsuits. “It is unacceptable that doctors can be penalized for embracing the sanctity of life,” Senator Brandon Creighton (R-TX) said in a press release when he introduced the legislation last fall.

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How American Muslims Voted in 2016 - The Atlantic

How American Muslims Voted in 2016 - The Atlantic

Over the past decade, the Muslim community has grown significantly. According to the Pew Research Center, their share of the U.S. population more than doubled between 2007 and 2014. The group now makes up roughly 1 percent of the populace.

Muslim identity has evolved along with their population size. George W. Bush-era conventional wisdom held that Muslims were a natural constituency for the Republican Party. By the 2016 election, that had radically changed: ISPU found that only 15 percent of Muslims in their survey wanted Trump to win over Hillary Clinton in November, including those who are not eligible to vote.

Given Trump’s often-hostile rhetoric on Islam, it’s not surprising that Muslims overwhelmingly preferred Clinton. But their preferences were even further left than that: In a choice between Trump, Clinton, and Bernie Sanders, 27 percent of all Muslim respondents preferred the failed Democratic primary challenger. Among people under 30, the figure was even higher, at 40 percent.

This is what’s most distinctive about American Muslims—not how liberal they are, but how young they are. ISPU estimates that 37 percent of voting-age Muslims in America are under 30, and 80 percent are under 50. These figures do not include children under 18.

  

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Trump lost 10 GOP health care votes after personally visiting Congress for ‘hard sell’: NBC News


The number of Republican lawmakers who said they were leaning against voting for the GOP-sponsored health care bill increased yesterday after President Donald Trump visited Capitol Hill to push the plan. Prior to Trump’s Tuesday visit to Congress to make a “hard sell” to Republicans, NBC News counted 17 GOP lawmakers who either opposed or leaned strongly against the bill, which is also being championed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). Trump warned members of his party at the meeting to get on board or risk losing in 2018 midterms. The president’s argument, however, did not prove persuasive. According to an NBC News count, at least 27 Republicans were either opposed to the bill or were strongly leaning against it by the end of the day. Republicans must keep the number of defections below 22 if they have any hope of passing the bill on Thursday. NBC News said following Republicans were preparing to vote against their party’s health care bill.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How Republics End


On the first point: Roman politics involved fierce competition among ambitious men. But for centuries that competition was constrained by some seemingly unbreakable rules. Here’s what Adrian Goldsworthy’s “In the Name of Rome” says: “However important it was for an individual to win fame and add to his and his family’s reputation, this should always be subordinated to the good of the Republic … no disappointed Roman politician sought the aid of a foreign power.” America used to be like that, with prominent senators declaring that we must stop “partisan politics at the water’s edge.” But now we have a president-elect who openly asked Russia to help smear his opponent, and all indications are that the bulk of his party was and is just fine with that. (A new poll shows that Republican approval of Vladimir Putin has surged even though — or, more likely, precisely because — it has become clear that Russian intervention played an important role in the U.S. election.) Winning domestic political struggles is all that matters, the good of the republic be damned.

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John Elway uses Denver Broncos letterhead to publicly back Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination - Salon.com

John Elway uses Denver Broncos letterhead to publicly back Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination - Salon.com

But the right-leaning political commentator did not afford that same free-speech leeway for Kaepernick, whom he earlier called an “unAmerican jackass.” Race undoubtedly played a part in the issues. White Americans were overwhelmingly more offended by Kaepernick’s protests, according to polls. For whatever it is worth, Trump seems to relish the fact that Kaepernick cannot find any suiters in free agency. In a speech in Tennessee Monday night, the president bragged that the quarterback cannot sign with a team because, allegedly, NFL franchises are afraid Trump will tweet at them. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said that Kaepernick “should find a country that works better for him.”

Some could say it is an overreach to compare Elway’s letter in support for a Supreme Court justice nominee to Kaepernick’s defiance of the flag and the U.S. national anthem. But a Supreme Court justice will have far-wider implications than a few high-profile athletes protesting, so maybe it was Elway who was overreaching.

  

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Trump Budget Director Takes Aim at “Wasteful” Social Security Program That Helps Disabled Americans


UNDER A RELENTLESS barrage of questions from Washington journalists about why President Trump’s proposed budget isn’t cutting Social Security or Medicare, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney finally acknowledged on Sunday that Trump may in fact violate his campaign promises to protect the two programs — by taking aim at the Social Security program that helps the disabled. The elite Washington media is almost uniquely obsessed with the notion that cutting spending on the old and poor to reduce the federal deficit is the litmus test of a responsible budget plan. At last week’s press conference announcing the proposed budget — which includes massive cuts to regulatory agencies and massive increases in defense spending — Mulvaney was repeatedly badgered by reporters about why the administration is not taking aim at Social Security and Medicare.

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New Evidence That Poor Americans Pay the Highest Tax Rates and Get Little of the Safety Net


The bottom line is that poor Americans pay about 25 percent in total taxes, while the 1% pays anywhere from 18 to 23 percent. Rich Americans Benefit as Much as the Poor from the Safety Net Piketty and Saez and Zucman calculate government transfers to three groups: the richest 10%, the middle 40%, and the poorest 50%. Each group is evaluated for total transfers, including Social Security, as a percent of average national income. Surprisingly, the middle 40% receives more government assistance than the bottom 50%, with a benefit equivalent to 23 percent of national income (see Figure S.13). More surprisingly, the richest 10% as a group receives almost as much government assistance as the poorest 50%. The critics of poor Americans should be informed that even after transfers, income for the working-age bottom 50% has not improved since 1979. And they should be reminded that the cost of the entire Safety Net is only about ONE-SIXTH of the $2.2 trillion in tax breaks and tax avoidance that primarily benefit the rich.

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Trump-Russia collusion is being investigated by FBI, Comey confirms


FBI director James Comey has said there was no basis for Donald Trump’s claims to have been wiretapped by Barack Obama, but confirmed for the first time that the agency is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow to influence the outcome of the presidential election. Russia hearing: Comey says no information to confirm Trump's wiretap claims – as it happened James Comey and Mike Rogers appear before the House intelligence panel while Trump’s supreme court pick Neil Gorsuch has a confirmation hearing Read more Comey had previously refused to comment on the existence of any such investigation but addressing the House intelligence committee, Comey reversed course and said he had been authorised to depart from that policy and give some basic details. Comey’s appearance, flanked by the NSA director, Adm Michael Rogers, marked a remarkable and unprecedented threshold in US political history, putting beyond doubt that a sitting’s president’s entourage was under investigation for possibly conniving with a foreign adversary to put that president in power.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Johns Hopkins' Top Psychotherapist Releases Terrifying Diagnosis Of President Trump

Johns Hopkins' Top Psychotherapist Releases Terrifying Diagnosis Of President Trump

However, John D. Gartner, a registered psychotherapist from the renowned Johns Hopkins University Medical School seems to think Trump may, in fact, be the one with the problem. Gartner, who teaches psychiatric residents at Hopkins, decided to break the ethical code known as the “Goldwater Rule” in order to warn the American public about the dangerousness of our new commander-in-chief’s mental state.

The “Goldwater Rule” is defined as “the informal term for part of the ethics code of the American Psychiatric Association saying it is wrong to provide a professional opinion of a public figure without examining that person and gaining consent to discuss the evaluation.”

Trump’s Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton called it first. She said Trump is “temperamentally unfit” to serve as president, following his numerous sexist remarks about women, mocking of a disabled reporter, and blatantly racist statements about basically every single human being who isn’t white.

  

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The Texas AG sued to keep a Bible quote in school. Now he’s troubled by Muslim prayers. - The Washington Post

The Texas AG sued to keep a Bible quote in school. Now he’s troubled by Muslim prayers. - The Washington Post

The Texas attorney general’s office — famous for once suing a middle school principal to keep a Bible quote on a door — sent the Frisco school district superintendent a letter Friday raising “concerns.”

“It appears that the prayer room is ‘dedicated to the religious needs of some students,’” a deputy attorney general wrote in the letter, quoting an article written by an 11th grade student, “namely, those who practice Islam.”

In a news release the same day, the attorney general’s office went further: “Recent news reports have indicated that the high school’s prayer room is … apparently excluding students of other faiths,” the release said.

That would be a constitutional violation, the Texas AG’s office noted.

And totally untrue, according to Frisco Independent School District officials, who say state officials didn’t even ask them about the prayers before the letter ended up in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s tweet.

  

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When Did Christians Become Comfortable with the Loss of Truth? | Sojourners

When Did Christians Become Comfortable with the Loss of Truth? | Sojourners

In the wake of Michael Flynn’s resignation from national security adviser and inconsistent timelines of the Trump team’s interaction with Russian officials, many are rightly asking questions about national security and election integrity. The administration’s reaction has been outrage over leaks within the intelligence community — even though Trump himself celebrated Wikileaks releasing the DNC’s hacked emails during the campaign season, even going as far as to egg Russia on to find Hillary Clinton’s emails. This all points to a clear lack of transparency and culture of dishonesty from the Trump administration.

Truth is an essential part of Christianity: the Ten Commandments told Moses and his people not to bear false witness; in the Gospel of John, Jesus calls himself the way, the truth, and the light. And in Revelation 21:8, we read a very serious condemnation of liars: “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” It is fair to say that a value for truth is completely woven into our theology. So it’s curious that in our culture of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” so many Christians seem comfortable with a loss of truth.

  

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This West Virginia newspaper front page should scare Republicans - The Washington Post

This West Virginia newspaper front page should scare Republicans - The Washington Post

The Charleston Gazette-Mail is the largest newspaper in West Virginia. So when the front page of the biggest newspaper in the state goes with “Trump's budget slams West Virginia” as its lead headline, it should raise some eyebrows in the White House.

Now. Trump won West Virginia with 69 percent of the vote, a margin of more than 42 percentage points over Hillary Clinton. It was one of his best state performances. And a president's budget is a wish list that hardly ever comes anywhere near becoming law. (Congress, as members of Congress like to remind the executive branch, decides how money in the federal budget gets spent.)

Still, headlines such as this shouldn't be ignored. Remember that Trump won — in large part — because he represented change at a time when that's what people really, really wanted. But “change” means very different things to different people. The central question for Trump as president is whether the change he delivers is the sort of change people want.

Headlines such as this one raise questions about whether Trump's vision of change will gibe with the change that people — even in states that went heavily for him — actually crave. Change is a hell of a powerful campaign message. But it's much trickier as a governing principle. Just ask Barack Obama.

  

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Things Can Only Get Worse


So how will Mr. Trump handle the bad news of rising unemployment, plunging health coverage, and little if any crime reduction? That’s obvious: He’ll deny reality, the way he always does when it threatens his narcissism. But will his supporters go along with his fantasy? They might. After all, they blocked out the good news from the Obama era. Two-thirds of Trump voters believe, falsely, that the unemployment rate rose under Obama. (Three-quarters believe George Soros is paying people to protest Mr. Trump.) Only 17 percent of self-identified Republicans are aware that the number of uninsured is at a historic low. Most people thought crime was rising even when it was falling. So maybe they will block out bad news in the Trump years.

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Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job


rnulfo Solorio’s desperate mission to recruit farmworkers for the Napa Valley took him far from the pastoral vineyards to a raggedy parking lot in Stockton, in the heart of the Central Valley. Carrying a fat stack of business cards for his company, Silverado Farming, Solorio approached one prospect, a man with only his bottom set of teeth. He told Solorio that farm work in Stockton pays $11 to $12 an hour. Solorio countered: “Look, we are paying $14.50 now, but we are going up to $16.” The man nodded skeptically.

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