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Federal judge says Trump administration can’t stop funding sex-reassignment surgeries for military members

…from the Washington Post..

A second federal judge has halted the Trump administration’s proposed transgender military ban, finding that active-duty service members are “already suffering harmful consequences” because of the president’s policy.

The ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in a Maryland case comes just weeks after another judge in Washington blocked the administration’s proposal that would have stopped military recruitment of transgender men and women and possibly forced the dismissal of current service members, starting in March.

The preliminary injunction issued by the judge in Baltimore on Tuesday goes further than the earlier ruling by also preventing the administration from denying funding for sex-reassignment surgeries after the order takes effect.

In his 53-page order, Garbis said the transgender service members challenging the ban have “demonstrated that they are already suffering harmful consequences such as the cancellation and postponements of surgeries, the stigma of being set apart as inherently unfit, facing the prospect of discharge and inability to commission as an officer, the inability to move forward with long-term medical plans, and the threat to their prospects of obtaining long-term assignments.”…

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Deflying Trump…20 states, 50 cities sign pledge to abide by Paris Climate agreement…

Their efforts STILL must have some federal backing….

But is message to Trump and Republicans on the subject of Climate Change…

A coalition of U.S. cities, states, companies and universities said on Saturday that they still plan on meeting the commitments of the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s announcement earlier this year that the U.S. would withdraw from the deal.

“It is important for the world to know, the American government may have pulled out of the Paris agreement, but the American people are committed to its goals, and there is nothing Washington can do to stop us,” former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a climate conference in Bonn, Germany, according to The Associated Press.

The group, called America’s Pledge, said that many states, cities and private entities in the U.S. would continue to pursue efforts to reduce carbon emissions, including promoting renewable sources of energy.

The group consists of 20 U.S. states and more than 50 major cities.

But in a report released by America’s Pledge, the group acknowledged that any effort to meet the Paris accord’s carbon-reduction commitments by 2025 would require some level of federal action….

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Sen. Rand Paul has several broken ribs…Why?

The orginlal story was a fight with aneibor over the lawn….

That WAS the story…

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The story of Rand Paul allegedly being attacked by a neighbor — and breaking six ribs in the process — is strange on its face.

The initial explanation offered by some neighbors of both men and the attacker’s lawyer — that the episode occurred due to a dispute over leaves or grass trimmings — was even stranger.
Rene Boucher pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in a Bowling Green courtroom to misdemeanor fourth degree assault charges stemming from the Nov. 3 incident in the gated community where the two men live.
Paul’s decision on Wednesday night to tweet two stories — one from Breitbart, the other from the Washington Examiner — that call into question the flora and fauna explanation is even stranger still.
Both stories feature quotes from other neighbors insisting that the initial reporting that this attack was the result of a “landscaping dispute” (how amazing is that phrase?) is, in fact, fake news.
“The stories of a ‘landscaping dispute’ or a dispute of any sort between Rand Paul and Rene Boucher are erroneous and unfounded,” a Paul neighbor named Travis Creed told the Washington Examiner….
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Oh Snap!…Maine GOP Gov LePage will NOT expand Medicaid in defiance of voters wishes…

This guy giving his voters the finger?

Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage said on Wednesday he will not expand the state’s Medicaid program under Obamacare, ignoring a ballot initiative widely backed by voters, calling it “ruinous” for the state’s budget.

Maine looked set to become the first state in the nation to expand Medicaid by popular vote.

About 60 percent of voters in Maine approved the ballot proposal in Tuesday’s election, according to the Bangor Daily News newspaper.

House votes to fund Chidren Health plan by cutting Billions from Community Health Centers…

Republicans to cut service from those who need it the most and they move to give the rich more in tax cuts….

Oh, and they are asking American seniuors to pony up more money for their medicare coverage……

‘Steal from the poor and less fortunate to give to the rich …The GOP cry!

Makes sense, huh?????

More than a month after Congress allowed funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health centers to lapse, sending states scrambling to find emergency funding, the House of Representatives voted Friday on a bill to reauthorize the programs. Almost every Democrat voted no because the bill pays for CHIP by cutting more than $10 billion from Obamacare’s public health and prevention fund, and by raising Medicare fees for higher-income senior citizens.

The bill’s lead author, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), blasted Democrats Friday morning, accusing them of “voting against kids and their doctors.”

“We’re fully funding CHIP for five years. We’re fulling funding Community Health Centers for two years. We’re asking the wealthiest seniors in America to pay $135  more for their Medicare,” Walden said, casting withering looks at his Democratic colleagues preparing to vote against the measure. “How ironic. How cynical.”

Funding for the program, which covers about 9 million children nationwide, ran out at the end of September, as Republicans focused their energies on taking a series of unsuccessful votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Both the House and Senate had been working in a bipartisan fashion on the CHIP reauthorization for months, but those talks broke down in the House in October when Republicans chose several controversial spending cuts to offset the cost of the program.

Speaking just before the vote, Joan Alker, the executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and an expert on CHIP, called this partisan breakdown “discouraging and frustrating.”….

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It will be up to the Senate to change this….But will that after many families pull their kids out of coverage after Congressional Republicans play politics with their childrens healhcare…

Trump to order public health emergency for opioids…

The Trump Admin moves to deal with a widespread American illegal drug problem…

President Trump will order his health secretary to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency Thursday — but will stop short of declaring a more sweeping state of national emergency, aides said.

In an address from the White House, Trump will also try to rally the nation to a growing epidemic that claimed 64,000 American lives last year, and will advocate for a sustained national effort to end to the addiction crisis.

“Drug demand and opioid misuse is the crisis next door,” said Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to the president, previewing the tone of Trump’s speech Wednesday. “This is no longer someone else’s co-worker, someone else’s community, someone else’s kid. Drug use knows no geographic boundaries or demographic differences.”

To respond to that crisis, Trump will sign a presidential memorandum ordering Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan to waive regulations and give states more flexibility in how they use federal funds, said four senior officials responsible for crafting the administration’s new opioid policy…..

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Tiger Woods ok to go back to golf….

Doctors have cleared him to resume after his back aliment that kept him in constant pain….

It is unknown how good he will be able to be at his age and after his health and personal problems….

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He HAS been back to swinging the golf clubs…

A day after Tiger Woods posted a video of himself on social media hitting a driver, his manager revealed that the 14-time major champion has been cleared by his doctor to resume full golf activities with no restrictions.

Mark Steinberg told GolfChannel.com that Woods met last week with the doctor who performed his back surgery in April, and that Woods hasn’t experienced any pain in his most recent comeback.

“Tiger met with his doctor last week and got a good report saying he can proceed down the path to continue to hit golf balls with no restrictions,” said Steinberg, who added that he is unsure if Woods has played a round of golf yet. “He’s going to take that news with enthusiasm but caution as well.”

News of Woods’ clearance was first reported by ESPN.com.

The permission to proceed comes nearly six months after Woods underwent anteior lumbar fusion surgery on April 19.

Sharing glimpses of his progress, Woods has been ramping up his golf activity in a series of videos uploaded to social media. He posted a video of himself hitting a pitch shot on Aug. 31, hitting an iron shot on Oct. 7, and taking a full swing with a driver just one day ago….

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Hillary Clinton breaks a toe….

“I was running down the stairs in heels with a cup of coffee in hand, I was talking over my shoulder and my heel caught and I fell backwards,” she said. “I tried to get up and it really hurt. I’ve broken my toe. I’ve received excellent care from your excellent health service.”

Her communications director, Nick Merrill, posted a picture of Clinton on set wearing a protective boot, saying she had twisted her ankle….

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GOP Sen. Thad Cochran isn’t gonna be in Wash DC this week…

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The Senator is sick….(We hope he gets better)

The average of American Senators is over 60….Cochran is 79 years old…

Some will get sick from time to time….

Republicans have such a thin majority, that can disappaer in a second so Cochran not being around is a serious worry for them….

The Senate GOP wants to pass a budget resolution this week that would allow its tax plan to pass the chamber with a simple majority. However, not all Senate Republicans are publicly on board with the budget resolution yet, so Cochran’s absence will make the expected vote even tighter given the GOP’s slim 52-vote majority….

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FEMA: “Not our job to deliver water and food” to Puerto Ricans. Think I am making this up? Wrong!

That was the response Rachel got when FEMA was asked why it has been almost 3 weeks since the last hurricane hit Aibonito, a small town high in the mountains about an hour south of San Juan, and FEMA has yet to deliver a single bottle of water.

FEMA claims the roads aren’t passable,   For the record, when I say “about an hour south” I mean Google Maps puts the drive — right now — at 1 hour and 5 minutes if I take the autopista (highway).  BUT it also says there are portions of the road that are closed.  Soooo you have to take route 173 and that takes 1 hour and 24 minutes.  Maybe Google is wrong, right?  It would be nice if someone on the ground could actually make the trip…. oh wait… what’s that?  The MSNBC film crew already made the trip and it took them “about an hour and a half.”

As the MSNBC video shows, they got there no problem because the road was clear. No bridges out, no trees in the way, no mudslides, no raging rivers.  Not even bad hombres. I realize the last menace would be Mexicans and there shouldn’t be any Mexicans clogging up the roads in Puerto Rico right now. But we all know to the Trump Klan, Puerto Ricans are just Island Mexicans, so they probably worry about that sort of thing.

Presented with the fact of Maddow’s team having video evidence directly contradicting their claims,  FEMA then dropped this bombshell: Apparently, FEMA says it is the mayor’s job to distribute food and water. They are just there to help people fill out paperwork….

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More than half of the US Senators are over 65….

The current US Senate is the oldest….

By the way?….Trump is 71, Biden 74, Sanders 76, Pence 58, Warren 65 and Harris is 52…..

The current Congress is among the oldest in history, and more than half of the senators running for reelection in 2018 will be over 65. The average age in the House of Representatives is 57, and the average age in the Senate is 61….

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Trump Admin broadens employers exemptions to funding contraception…

It will allow almost any company or organiztion to stop funding birth control for it’s employee’s….Religous organiztions were always allowed to withhold coverage…

The Trump administration will immediately soften the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, broadening exemptions for employers who have a religious or moral objection to helping provide birth control to their employees.

What’s happening: Churches and some religious organizations have always been exempt from the contraception mandate, but the Trump administration is broadening the exemptions to all nonprofit organizations as well as for-profit companies, including publicly traded corporations…..

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