Fake Concern for Victims in Iran by Administration

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Trump, his administration and other powerful Washington figures pretend to be concerned for protesters and the the liberation of oppressed people while aligning with savage dictators and being funded by tyrants. Americas history of foreign policy LIES.

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Daily With Marquis Ealy – DSA Candidate, Climate Change, and Ben Carson

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Woman Of Color And DSA Endorsed Candidate Sworn In, In Charlottesville VA: The Government Doesn’t Stand With Standing Rock: Today In This Idiot Is Still the President: Climate Change Is Real And So Are It’s Consequences: Ben Carson Forced To Do His Job: And More on Gun Control

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Daily With Marquis Ealy – Minimum Wage, Democrats, and Shootings

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Marquis Ealy does the first of many daily streams to come where he goes over stories to be covered. Today he goes over the raising of the minimum wage, the Democratic Party, and a relatively unknown shooting.

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Anti Bears Ears Intimidation Tactics Overview

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Theresa Joy goes over updates at the Protests at Bears Ears and gives more positive looks on what’s happening. She also goes over why this is a landmark to begin with and what is already going wrong.

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Candlelight Vigil for Protection of Tribal Cemetery

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From guest contributor Ryan Heather.

 

NYE candlelight vigil at Trinidad Lighthouse occupation in defense of a Northern California Yurok Tsurai cemetery & village site last occupied in 1915.
Tribal and community members were invited to participate in a candlelight vigil at the site of the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse New Years Eve.
This event is about protecting the Village of Tsurai. Supporters are in support of finding a new, permanent location for the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse away from Yurok burial grounds and the fragile bluff surrounding the Village of Tsurai.

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CHIP Funding Remains Uncertain, GOP Demands Medicare and ACA Cuts as Ransom

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Picture: Open Source from James Gathany
Picture: Open Source from James Gathany

If you aren’t familiar with the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and how it has been defunded, you can follow this link to my last article explaining the situation.

If time is an issue, here is a very short recap: CHIP is a vital health insurance program that covers 8.9 million children in families that fall into the coverage gap between Medicaid and private insurance. It was signed into law in 1997 and has historically enjoyed bipartisan support, as it helps children and pregnant mothers access healthcare in all 50 states and has more than cut the number of uninsured children in half since it was enacted. On September 30th, 2017, the GOP-controlled Congress failed to re-authorize funding for CHIP, putting each state CHIP fund on a clock to run out of funding as early as this month.

Numerous states have announced this week that they are taking steps to prepare to scale back or freeze their state CHIP programs due to the lack of federal action on this issue. For example, Connecticut has announced its intent to close the CHIP program if funding is not restored by January 31, 2018; Alabama is preparing a similar plan, and will freeze enrollment to the program on January 1st, then end it on February 1st, if funding is not restored. Other states, like Iowa, are scrambling to create plans that would partially fund or scale back the state CHIP program without ending it, but this is only a short-term stopgap in the absence of state funds.

A Hobbesian Bargain for CHIP Funding

Rather than simply reauthorize the funding for CHIP in a clean bill, protecting this vital and proven health insurance program, the Republican leadership of the Congress is demanding that the Democrats strike a deal to restore funding. While the details of this deal are still up in the air—it is currently being negotiated behind closed doors in the House Energy and Commerce Committee—those involved have discussed its basic structure.

In exchange for a two-year reauthorization of CHIP funding, the GOP demands that the Democrats accept three concessions: 1) Significant cuts to disease prevention programs included in Obamacare; 2) Means-testing Medicare so that wealthy seniors pay higher cost-sharing; and 3) Reducing the time a person can lapse their premiums for ACA plans before they lose coverage.

Put simply, the GOP leadership in the House is using the plight of CHIP children as a political lever to force Democrats to accept policies that damage Obamacare and Medicaid. Not only this, these policies are, in and of themselves, damaging to the overall health of the American people.

First, the cuts to disease prevention programs in the ACA are an extremely bad idea that will result in more people getting sick, thus will cause worse health outcomes and higher long-term costs. Preventative care is one of the most efficient ways to reduce the prevalence of costly and debilitating chronic conditions that we, as a society, must pay for. While the exact cuts the GOP is demanding are currently unknown, the ACA funds a wide variety of prevention programs, including ones aimed at promoting immunization, preventing lead poisoning, combatting type II diabetes, and preventing youth suicides.

Using cuts in disease prevention to pay for the healthcare of children is simply bad policy and an unnecessary jab at the ACA. Both prevention and CHIP are vital and there is no justification for requiring these cuts, particularly given the large and unfunded increase to the military that the GOP just authorized.  

Second, means-testing Medicare and forcing higher income recipients ($500,000) to pay higher premiums may sound like a good idea, but it creates a fundamental political trap in Medicaid in the long-term. Medicaid is a universal program that you pay into while working and get back once you reach the eligibility age—this contrasts it with a welfare program, which are means-tested, and makes it extremely hard to attack politically, as every American knows that they will one day receive benefits. Inserting means-testing into Medicare makes it easier to attack, as many Americans have the mistaken assumption that they will be wealthy enough to be affected when they retire, thus they have less of a stake in protecting the program.

Third, making it easier for insurers to kick people off of their health plans if they are unable to pay premiums runs counter to the ideal of universal health coverage. It will increase the number of Americans who are uninsured, and thus unable to access healthcare or forced to rely on uncompensated care at emergency rooms. It will increase the profits of the insurers by letting them deny care to people who are behind on their premiums, but will increase costs borne by hospitals and the public, who have to pick up the slack.

If the insurance industry were struggling and at risk of failure due to unpaid premiums, this proposal would arguably be justified. However, in reality, the major insurance companies are astonishingly profitable—with the top 6 insurers earning $6 billion in PROFIT during the last financial quarter alone—and can easily absorb the minimal losses that come from late premium payments.

The current obstruction in CHIP funding is an unnecessary crisis precipitated by extreme elements in the Congressional GOP. The Senate Finance Committee reached bipartisan agreement on a 5-year extension of CHIP funding in September, thus calling this a fully partisan fight is unfair to the GOP Senators who have already agreed on a deal.

Here is a list of the GOP representatives on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, with a color-coded chart of when their state runs out of funding (red = 2017; orange = first quarter of 2018; green = second quarter of 2018) and how many children are covered by CHIP in their state:

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Lawyers for Standing Rock’s Red Fawn File Final Motion for Discovery Evidence

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Lawyers for Red Fawn Fallis, the Standing Rock water protector arrested over a year ago for allegedly shooting at a police officer, filed a final Motion to Compel Discovery on Dec. 29 and a Motion for Continuance of Trial on Dec. 27, seeking to force the prosecution in her case to hand over discovery evidence including surveillance and other records of the private military contractors that were coordinating with law enforcement on October 27, 2016—the day of her arrest—and during the time leading up to that.

To date, the prosecution—the U.S. government—has resisted providing this evidence, claiming it’s not relevant.

In specific, lawyers for Fallis are requesting that the prosecution to hand over more information on an FBI informant, Heith Harmon—that Fallis had a romantic relationship with during the #NoDAPL demonstrations. During the time, Fallis was unaware that Harmon was working for the federal government, who as The Intercept first reported, was working side by side with TigerSwan, a private contractor compared to Blackwater.  

Screenshot from Motion for Continuance of Trial, page 6 paragraph 11.
Screenshot from Motion for Continuance of Trial, page 6 paragraph 11.

Fallis allegedly had a gun wrested away from her left hand after three gunshots went off while she was pinned down by multiple officers and in the process of being handcuffed. As TATM founder Jordan Chariton previously reported, Fallis was pinned down by upward of five police officers at the time the alleged gun shots were fired, making it visually hard to find evidence she fired shots at officers. The gun’s legal owner is Harmon, Fallis’ romantic interest—and the FBI informant—leading up to the alleged shooting on October 27, 2016.

Screenshot from Motion for Continuance of Trial, page 7 paragraph 11.
Screenshot from Motion for Continuance of Trial, page 7 paragraph 11.

Fallis’ trial date is set for January 29, 2018. Over 400 criminal cases have concluded, with over 300 remaining. Falli’s is the first of six federal trials. However, there are some issues.

With the trial being less than a month away, both parties must provide all documents that were requested. The defendant, Fallis, has provided all the documents needed, but the prosecution, U.S. government, has not provided any requested documents and evidence.

Screenshot from Motion for Continuance of Trial, page 10 paragraph 13.
Screenshot from Motion for Continuance of Trial, page 10 paragraph 13.

Fallis issued a motion to suppress all evidence seized and statements allegedly made by her from the prosecution since the evidence was constitutionally unlawful and violated her rights under the First and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution—especially since it was done without a warrant—but the judge denied the motion.

On December 13, 2017, Fallis’ lawyer filed their first Motion to Compel Discovery. It’s the end of the month, the defendant has turned in all her requested documents, but U.S. government hasn’t lifted a finger. They have turned in the evidence and statements that they gathered from Fallis—unlawfully under the First and Fourth Amendments without warrant—but they have not turned in requested documents.

Not only have Fallis’ lawyers issued another Motion to Compel Discovery, they also filed for a continuation, to get the trial postponed past January 29 to ensure all documents are attained and Fallis’ lawyer have enough time to read them and prepare.

One of Red Fawn’s charges carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison. If convicted on all charges, she faces life in prison. The #FreeRedFawn Facebook page has nearly 27,000 likes. Fallis is currently waiting for trial at a Halfway House in North Dakota.

TATM will continue reporting on developments in Fallis’ case.

Reagan-Appointed Judge Denies Houston’s Homeless Constitutional Rights

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Kenneth Hoyt, picture from: http://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/honorable-kenneth-m-hoyt
Kenneth Hoyt, picture from: http://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/honorable-kenneth-m-hoyt

Yesterday, Kenneth Michael Hoyt, Senior United States District Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, ruled in favor of the City of Houston’s anti-homelessness ordinance violating people’s constitutional rights enacted by Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Hoyt was appointed to this position in 1987 by Ronald Reagan.

Earlier this year, Houston passed an ordinance that bans tents and other habitation structures on public property, and requires that personal belongings kept on public property fit inside a three-foot cube. On May 16, 2017 ACLU filed a lawsuit citing that the ordinance violates the people’s the First, Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

Specifically, yesterday’s decision permits the police to ticket or arrest homeless people who live in a tent on public property.

“Our clients are now at risk of being arrested just for being homeless. They have nowhere else to go,” said Trisha Trigilio, senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Texas.

“Sheltering yourself is not a crime, it is a basic human need, and our clients will continue to fight for the dignity and the rights of Houston’s homeless population. In the meantime, and in the spirit of the season, we have called on the City to delay enforcement until they seriously explore humane alternatives to arrest—like building more affordable housing.”

Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner — who is a Democrat — enacted this ordinance and is likely calling this a victory. In essence, both Republicans and Democrats will be calling this a “win” in stripping the homeless from their constitutional rights.

[UPDATE, 2:14pm, Dec. 29: The ruling was for the temporary restraining order issued. Lawyers requested that a temporary restraining order be put on the ordinance and Hoyt denied it, continuing the violation of constitutional rights; the lawsuit continues.]

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Trump’s Removal of Sacred Lands

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Bears Ears, Grand Staircase Escalante. OIL GREED over SACRED LAND. Racisim & Destruction for Money. Economic LIES.

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Courthouse Update on DACA Protesters

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Rhys Baker is reporting from the DC Courthouse where a group of DACA recipients who were arrested before the weekend have just seen a judge. He interviews several people about the events

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