Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester’s Morrisey has the will to call it like it is

Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental.
For what…

Posted by Morrissey Official on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

And because I continue to ride out my Facebook ban of 45 days. I cannot voice my own support on the Morrisey Facebook Fan Page. However, many of the well-known conservative twitter army has made it possible for me to vent my appreciation.

Tuesday Group Chairman MacArthur Resigns Over Healthcare Fallout

Rep. Tom MacArthur on Tuesday resigned as chair of the Tuesday Group — moderate Republicans — over fallout from the healthcare legislation that bore his name, The Hill reported.

House Republicans passed the MacArthur amendment of the American Health Care Act, crafted by the New Jersey Republican along with the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows.

Moderate Republicans were not thrilled. Come Tuesday, MacArthur had had enough.

“While some embraced my efforts as co-chairman, others have bristled. Clearly, our group is divided. Many in the Tuesday Group are eager to live up to our ideal of being problem-solvers, while others seem unwilling to compromise. The recent healthcare debate was illustrative,” The Hill quoted MacArthur on Tuesday.

“It’s clear that some in the Tuesday Group have different objectives and a different sense of governing than I do,” MacArthur said.



Source: newsmax – Tuesday Group Chairman MacArthur Resigns Over Healthcare Fallout

California's Single-Payer Healthcare Would Cost $400 Billion

A single-payer healthcare system in California would cost approximately $400 billion annually, according to a legislative analysis released ahead of the proposal’s hearing in a key fiscal committee, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.

Questions about the cost have been up to now one of the largest and most important unanswered questions about the plan to overhaul the state’s healthcare coverage.

The bill would get rid of health insurance companies, include coverage for those in the country illegally and have no out-of-pocket costs for residents, the Washington Examiner reported.

The analysis found that although the price tag is $400 billion per year, the new costs would be less, in the range of between $50 billion and $100 billion annually.

This is so because some $200 billion of existing funds would be repurposed to go towards the new system and projections estimate that universal healthcare would also reduce spending by employers and employees statewide, according to the Times.

The extra funds needed for the system could be raised by a new 15 percent payroll tax on employers, the analysis proposed.

But for that to happen, two-thirds of California’s Assembly and Senate must approve it. However, even if the bill was signed into law in the state, President Donald Trump would also have to approve the waivers, because Medicare and Medicaid would be expected to pay for about half the program.

The Examiner pointed out that attempts by other states at a single-payer system have failed because of concerns about costs, such as in Colorado and Vermont.



Source: newsmax – California’s Single-Payer Healthcare Would Cost 0 Billion

Rep. McCaul: Muslims Must 'Step Up to the Plate' in Fight Against Terrorism

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said Tuesday, in response to the attack in Manchester, U.K. Monday night, that Muslims must do more to fight against radical terrorists.

Moderate Muslims “have to step up to the plate and clean up their own religion, which has been perverted by this radical Islamist terror,” McCaul said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” pointing to President Donald Trump’s Sunday speech in which he urged Middle Eastern countries to wipe out “Islamic extremism” in the region and framing it as a “battle between good and evil,” rather than between Islam and the West.

“A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive them out,” Trump said. “Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this Earth.”

The president addressed the attack on Tuesday, calling the perpetrators “losers” while in Bethlehem, according to CNN.

“So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are,” he said. “They’re losers, and we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers, just remember that.”

McCaul said that despite Trump’s attempts to build bridges between Muslims, Christians and Jews, that “This ideology’s way too strong. And we’re going to see more of these attacks in the future.”



Source: newsmax – Rep. McCaul: Muslims Must ‘Step Up to the Plate’ in Fight Against Terrorism

The Daily Beast Compares Japan PM Abe to Hitler

A new report compares Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to that of Nazi Germany’s dating back to World War II.

The Daily Beast outlines its case by listing several reasons that it believes draw comparisons between Abe and Adolf Hitler. Among those are:

Abe will replace Japan’s Democratic Constitution instituted after the war with one that takes pages from Nazi Germany’s.

Abe’s party will pass a surveillance bill this week that the Daily Beast says could punish people for speaking out against the government. A similar policy was in place from 1925-1945 during Japan’s imperial days.

Abe has brought what the Daily Beast reports were racists into his administration.

Abe’s Cabinet ministers support bringing the “Imperial Rescript on Education” back to classrooms across the country, which was used as a reason to deploy kamikaze pilots during World War II.

“The administration has demonstrated repeatedly its inclination to be more like the Nazis, at least in certain respects,” The Daily Beast’s Jake Adelstein and Mari Yamamoto wrote. “In fact, sometimes the party manifesto seems like one big throwback to those imperialist days when the superior Yamato race, descendants of the gods, ruled over Asia and used lesser Asian men for slave labor, and the women for pleasuring the soldiers.”

Japan’s new Constitution would, in part, grant the federal government the power to institute a state of emergency. That, the Beast reports, would allow Abe’s administration to circumvent certain laws and avoid having to receive Parliament approval to take certain actions.

Critics of the aforementioned surveillance bill claim it will give Japan’s government too much power.

“Abe and the [ruling Liberal Democratic Party] want to dramatically change the balance between protecting individual rights and police powers,” said Lawrence Repeta, an expert on Japan’s legal system.

Reuters contributed to this report.



Source: newsmax – The Daily Beast Compares Japan PM Abe to Hitler

NY Attorney General: $18.5 Million Settlement With Target

Target Corp. has reached an $18.5 million settlement over a massive data breach that occurred before Christmas in 2013, New York’s attorney general announced Tuesday.

The agreement involving 47 states and the District of Columbia is the largest multistate data breach settlement to date, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office said. The settlement, which stipulates some security measures the retailer must adhere to, resolves the states’ probe into the breach.

Target spokeswoman Jenna Reck said in a statement that the company has been working with state authorities for several years to address claims related to the breach.

“We’re pleased to bring this issue to a resolution for everyone involved,” she said.

Target had announced the breach on Dec. 19, 2013, saying it had occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 of that year. It affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and exposed contact information for more than 60 million customers.

The breach forced Target to overhaul its security system and the company offered free credit reports for potentially affected shoppers. Target’s sales, profit and stock price all suffered months after the disclosure as shoppers were nervous about their security of their credit cards. The breach also contributed to the departure of Target’s then-CEO, chairman and president Gregg Steinhafel, who resigned in May 2014.

An investigation by the states found that in November 2013, scammers got access to Target’s server through credentials stolen from a third-party vendor. They used those credentials to take advantage of holes in Target’s systems, accessing a customer service database and installing malware that was used to capture data, including full customer names, telephone numbers, email and mailing addresses, credit card numbers, expiration dates and encrypted debit PINs.

The settlement requires Target to maintain appropriate encryption policies and take other security steps. Reck said the costs of the settlement are already reflected in the reserves that Target has previously disclosed.



Source: newsmax – NY Attorney General: .5 Million Settlement With Target