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Trump Jr.’s wife Vanessa hospitalized after opening package with suspicious white powder

…from the NY Daily News….

Donal Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa Trump on Jan. 20, 2017.

President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law was taken to a hospital Monday morning after she opened a piece of mail containing an unknown white powder, polices sources said.

Vanessa Trump, who is married to Donald Trump Jr., did not suffer any complications but was decontaminated at the scene, and then taken as a precaution to Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Sources said authorities were called at about 10 a.m. to the E. 54th St., home of Vanessa Trump’s mother, who was also taken to the hospital for observation. The mother had handled the package before handing it to her daughter. . A third person was also taken to the hospital….

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Florida won’t have offshore drilling in what appears to be a Trump Admin poltical decision…

Anybody who thinks that politics isn’t what the Trump Admin is about should have their head examined…

I guess this ain’t gonna be what goes for California , eh?

After meeting with Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday in Tallahassee, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he was withdrawing Florida from consideration for new oil and gas drilling leases.

Zinke had created a political uproar in Florida last week when he announced his department was proposing opening waters off the Atlantic Coast and Florida Keys to new drilling leases as part of a five-year plan. The eastern Gulf of Mexico would have been opened to drilling after a moratorium expires in 2022.

Scott said he opposed the plan and requested a meeting with Zinke to ask that Florida be removed from consideration.

In making the announcement Tuesday with Scott at the Tallahassee airport, Zinke said seismic testing still would be allowed but there would be no new oil drilling or platforms.

A compromise was always in the works that would allow Scott to claim victory in a likely bid later this year for the Senate, said one Republican who spoke with Zinke prior to the announcement last week….

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Trump counters ‘Sane and Fitness’ questions…I’m a ‘very stable genius’

After increasingly public questions about his capacity to handle his job as President of the United States?

Donald Trump gives his view of himself….

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A LOT of us are  NOT convinced….

President Donald Trump slammed reports questioning his mental stability in a series of tweets Saturday morning, writing he’s a “very stable genius.”

“Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence … ” Trump wrote.
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” the President continued. “Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star … to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius … and a very stable genius at that!”
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Trump administration will allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters…

The ban put in effect after the disastrous Deep Water Horizon /BP Oil spill seems to be a distant memory…

Republican have always been about today…

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Not about conservation and not about tomorrow…

Several Governor’s are vowing to fight this action…

The Trump administration said Thursday it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, giving energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard.

The proposal lifts a ban on such drilling imposed by President Barack Obama near the end of his term and would deal a serious blow to his environmental legacy. It would also signal that the Trump administration is not done unraveling environmental restrictions in an effort to promote energy production.

While the plan puts the administration squarely on the side of the energy industry and against environmental groups, it also puts the White House at odds with a number of coastal states that oppose offshore drilling. Some of those states are led by Republicans, like Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, where the tourism industry was hit hard by the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster in 2010 that killed 11 people and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Governor Scott vowed on Thursday to protect his state’s coast from drilling, saying he would raise the issue with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke….

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Update….

A little more on the ‘i’m NOT happy with the drilling ban lifting’ from Republican lawmakers….

Republicans governors from the coastal states of Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and even South Carolina publicly expressed concerns about the drilling news, as did many members of their House and Senate delegations.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), a likely candidate for Senate this fall, noted that beach tourism is crucial for his state. “I have already asked to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration,” he said. “My top priority is to ensure that Florida’s natural resources are protected.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R) called on Zinke “to recognize the Florida Congressional delegation’s bipartisan efforts to maintain and extend the moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), where Trump lost by 26 points, said he will oppose the drilling plan “to the fullest extent that is legally possible” and plans to work with the Democratic attorney general to do so. “Protecting our environment and precious natural resources is a top priority for Governor Hogan and exactly why he has made clear that he opposes this kind of exploration off our coastline,” said Hogan spokesman Douglass Mayer….

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Lawmakers got a two-day briefing in December from a psychiatrist about Trump’s mental state—TWO DAYS

By Kerry Eleveld  @ Daily Kos…..

Capitol Hill lawmakers are reportedly harboring a “growing obsession” with the 25th Amendment following Donald Trump’s “nuclear button” meltdown this week. The renewed interest comes after a bipartisan cohort sought out advice last month from a Yale psychiatrist, Dr. Bandy X. Lee, who has been sounding the alarm bells about Donald Trump’s mental state for months. Politico’s Annie Karni writes:

In private meetings with more than a dozen members of Congress held on Dec. 5 and 6, Lee briefed lawmakers – all Democrats except for one Republican senator, who Lee declined to identify. Her professional warning to Capitol Hill: “He’s going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs.”….

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Obamacare continues to grow and get MORE popular…

The more the Republicans threaten and work to do away with the Obama signature healthcare program?

The Bigger and STRONGER it gets…(And the MORE the government assumes in costs).

The idea of trying to repeal it seems illogical and actually a bit ridiculous ….

Republicans are actually diggingb themselves in hole on this….

Americans have now begun to worry MORE about their ability to secure healthcare than anything else…

The GOPer’s need to quietly stop talking about getting rid of the program because it has President Obama’s name on it and work to stablize the program which even Republican Governors want to keep…

The Affordable Care Act was conceived as a mix of publicly funded health care and privately purchased insurance, but Republican attacks, culminating this month in the death of a mandate that most Americans have insurance, are shifting the balance, giving the government a larger role than Democrats ever anticipated.

And while President Trump insisted again on Tuesday that the health law was “essentially” being repealed, what remains of it appears relatively stable and increasingly government-funded.

In short, President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement is becoming more like what conservatives despise — government-run health care — thanks in part to Republican efforts that are raising premiums for people without government assistance and allowing them to skirt coverage.

By ending the tax penalty for people who do not have coverage, beginning in 2019, Republicans may hasten the flight of customers who now pay the full cost of their insurance. Among those left behind under the umbrella of the Affordable Care Act would be people of modest means who qualify for Medicaid or receive sizable subsidies for private insurance.

“Republicans have inadvertently strengthened the hand of Democrats like me who prefer richer subsidies to a mandate and welcome the expanded federal role that will come with those subsidies,” said Joel S. Ario, a former insurance commissioner from Pennsylvania who worked in the Obama administration….

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AG Session may get his way on coming down on the Marijuana business in America…

Politico does a pice on the a little noticed  legislative leg that that has kept the Department of Justice from going after state sponsored matijuana businesses…

While Attorney Gnereal Jeff Session has been quiet about the increased licnesing and law relaxing about grass smoking…The product is still considered a dangerous drug  on the feeder books….

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Some reform people think a media pushback would stop Sessions from sending the DEA after state sponsered businesses…

But they haven’t been paying attention to the Trump admin moves on immigration…

NOBODY though Trumpo and his guy Kelly could slow the illegal and legal flow of people into the US….They HAVE…

If Session’s releases the full might of the federal law enforcement on the marijuana business?

There are gonna be a LOT of people losing their money, and some could be going to jail despite empty promises form state lawmakers….Those lawmakers could also be out a LOT of money from the business if it crashes….

……“I won’t commit to never enforcing federal law, Senator Leahy,” Sessions replied, suppressing a slight smirk. That double negative tightened the knot in every drug policy reformer’s gut. Exactly how vulnerable were the nascent marijuana industries in the 29 states where it was now legal? Would Sessions, who rarely misses an opportunity to bemoan the scourge of marijuana, sweep aside the paper-thin order imposed by the Obama administration that had stayed the enforcement hand of the Department of Justice? Would SWAT teams arrest wheelchair-bound medical marijuana patients, raid marijuana dispensaries and shut down the high-tech growhouses that supplied them?

The dreaded crackdown never materialized. Sessions, perhaps preoccupied with other priorities like keeping his volatile boss from firing him, remained largely inactive on the subject. Meanwhile, a series of incremental advancements on the pro-marijuana front helped to further enmesh the $9.7 billion industry into the commercial fabric of the nation, 60 percent of whose residents support some form of legal pot. California opened the doors to recreational marijuana and issued regulations for outdoor marijuana festivals; Florida began its implementation of a medical marijuana program; and Denver and Las Vegas are vying to become the first city in America to legalize “marijuana consumption lounges” (think high-end bars with expensive weed choices instead of booze). Sessions, for his part, has spent his time in testy exchanges with DOJ interns and convening meetings with small groups of like-minded anti-pot activists determined to roll back state-level momentum. “I do believe … that the public is not properly educated on some of the issues related to marijuana,” he told one such group on Friday.

But things are suddenly looking rosier for Sessions. Thanks to Congress’ fumbling over the spending bill, the AG’s yearning to battle legal marijuana may get a major boost without him having to lift a finger. That’s because Rohrabacher-Farr, a little-known and even less discussed amendment that protects state-legal medical marijuana programs from federal interference, is close to expiring. If the government shuts down at the expiration of the current continuous resolution on December 22, or if negotiations in an upcoming appropriations conference committee fail to insert it in the final draft of the spending bill—entirely possible given House Republicans’ hostility to marijuana—Sessions would be free to unleash federal drug agents on a drug, which according to federal drug law, is considered the equal of heroin and LSD.

The politics on this issue has shifted so dramatically that reform advocates, instead of quaking in their boots at Sessions’ saber rattling, are actually itching for the fight….

Morgan Fox, communications manager of the Marijuana Policy Project, agreed with Blumenauer: “There’s no way that Sessions can start rolling back medical marijuana policies or attacking patients and providers without looking like the bad guy.”

Still, with the legislative barrier gone, there would be plenty of ways for Sessions to make life difficult for marijuana businesses without creating dramatic footage for the nightly news. Fox worries less about SWAT team raids than the possibility the Department of Justice would quietly send letters to landlords who rented to legal marijuana businesses to threaten them with asset forfeiture.

People would be forgiven for thinking that state-legal medical marijuana was a settled issue, but in fact it is hanging by a thread, and Congress is poised to hand Jeff Sessions the scissors…..

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Small pipe bomb goes of by Port Auth Bus Term in NYC…Minor injuries…Suspect caught ..

A small pipe bomb went off near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Monday, and the suspect was immediately taken into custody, police sources said.

The blast happened in an underground subway passage just 200 feet from the terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., the sources said.

Port Authority cops immediately arrested the suspect, who was injured in the explosion. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive, sources said.

Four people in total were wounded at the scene, the FDNY confirmed, all of whom have non-life-threatening injuries. …

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CVS to buy Aetna for $69 billion in deal to let it into the healthcare insurance industry…

CVS Health Corp. plans to buy Aetna Inc. for $69 billion in a blockbuster deal that would further consolidate the U.S. healthcare industry by merging the nation’s largest pharmacy chain with a major healthcare insurer, the companies announced Sunday.

CVS, which operates 9,700 drugstores and 1,100 walk-in healthcare clinics, agreed to pay $207 a share — $145 in cash and $62 in CVS stock — for Aetna, which has 22 million medical members. Both firms’ boards of directors approved the deal, the companies said

For consumers, the merger would be the latest example of how the sale of drugs and other healthcare supplies, patient treatment and medical insurance are being consolidated under one roof…..

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Congress could force state’s to stop offering healthcare to low income families

The inability of the countries lawmakers in Washington DC to have feelings about the nations, poor, sick , people of color or even middle class is almost criminal….

It could cause people to lose their lives…

It seems like Republicans, who are the majority party for a country of over 300 MILLION people are deliberately disenfranchising whole groups of people…In taxes, immigration, and now healthcare?

Officials in nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families that a crucial health insurance program for low-income children is running out of money for the first time since its creation two decades ago, putting coverage for many at risk by the end of the year.

Congress missed a Sept. 30 deadline to extend funding for CHIP, as the Children’s Health Insurance Program is known. Nearly 9 million youngsters and 370,000 pregnant women nationwide receive care because of it.

Many states have enough money to keep their individual programs afloat for at least a few months, but five could run out in late December if lawmakers do not act. Others will start to exhaust resources the following month.

The looming crunch, which comes despite CHIP’s enduring popularity and bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, has dismayed children’s health advocates.

“We are very concerned, and the reason is that Congress hasn’t shown a strong ability to get stuff done,” said Bruce Lesley, president of Washington-based First Focus, a child and family advocacy organization. “And the administration is completely out, has not even uttered a syllable on the issue. How this gets resolved is really unclear, and states are beginning to hit deadlines.”…

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Federal court overturns Texas ban on abortion procedure…

The battle to curtail abortions on the state level in Americxa has contiunes way after the US Supreme Court ruled that the procedure must be availabe to women…

A federal judge on Wednesday overturned Texas’ ban of a common second trimester abortion procedure, setting back the state’s latest effort to limit abortion.

U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel said that the ban on “dilation and evacuation” abortions, approved by the Texas Legislature in May, would force women seeking second trimester abortions to resort to riskier, invasive alternatives.

The Texas ban, part of a sweeping abortion law known as Senate Bill 8, “intervenes in the medical process of abortion prior to viability in an unduly burdensome manner,” wrote Yeakel, a George W. Bush appointee, in his decision.

The ruling comes a year after the Supreme Court struck down a set of previous abortion restrictions in Texas and a decade after the Supreme Court upheld a ban on so-called partial birth abortions, another second trimester procedure. In his opinion, Yeakel pointed out the Supreme Court cited the availability of “D&E” abortions as evidence the partial birth restriction would not place an undue burden on women seeking the procedure.

Texas said it will appeal the decision to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has typically upheld the state’s previous attempts to restrict abortion. The ruling was issued on the same day an injunction blocking the law was set to expire….

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Meanwhile in Kentucky?

There is one last abortion clinic….

Kentucky is down to only one clinic that performs abortions: the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville. A trial kicking off Wednesday morning in federal court in Louisville will decide whether Kentucky will become the only state without a single such clinic.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin tried to shut down the EMW center earlier this year after his administration told the clinic that it was failing to meet state health regulations requiring clinics that provide abortions to have transfer agreements with local hospitals and ambulance services in case of medical emergencies.

Bevin’s administration notified the clinic in March that its agreement had been deemed insufficient. In response, lawyers for the EMW center filed a federal lawsuitclaiming the administration’s complaint had come “out of the blue.” The clinic at one point came within days of closing, but the administration and clinic later reached an agreement allowing it to stay open while litigation is underway.

The center has been the site of several recent protests by anti-abortion-rights groups seeing the potential for both a real and symbolic victory for their cause….

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Thanksgiving….What Are You Thankful For?

Take a minute….

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Thanksgiving is so close, you may already be able to smell your neighbor’s cooking.

Deep inhale. (Ah, that’s nice.)

We asked New York Today readers what they’re thankful for this holiday, but let us start by saying this: Thank you.

For your enthusiasm and energy in exploring the city with us. For waking up with us every morning. For writing in, day in and day out, with your poignant reflections, imaginative ideas and constructive criticism. For sharing in our love of New York.

And now, in your own words:

“I am very thankful for my son’s happiness, and proud of his courage to transition.”

— Jeff Carey, 62, Montclair, N.J.

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