HomeUncategorized6/13 News Roundup – Sanders Grills HHS Secretary Over High Drug Prices, Berniecrat Called ‘Russian Plant’ For Attending Bylaws Meetings & More
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humphrey

Now about that NAFTA negotiations. LOL!

jcitybone

This endorsement could help in what seems to be a close race

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-0613-jealous-endorsement-20180612-story.html

Maryland voters deserve a real choice in November’s election for governor, and we believe Democrat Ben Jealous provides the clearest alternative to Gov. Larry Hogan. It’s not just that the former NAACP president and CEO has the stature or political skills to run a competitive campaign against the popular and extremely well funded Republican incumbent (though he does), it’s that he presents the strongest contrast to the governor in his vision for the state. We give him our endorsement in the Democratic primary.

Voters may think of Mr. Jealous as the Bernie Sanders candidate in this race. Mr. Jealous was a prominent supporter of Senator Sanders’ presidential candidacy. He’s brought Bernie into the state, has gotten endorsements from other prominent national Democrats such as Sens. Corey Booker and Kamala Harris, and promises state versions of Senator Sanders’ best known policy proposals: a single-payer, Medicare for all health care system and free college tuition.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/06/13/dark-moment-shame-explicit-us-backing-saudi-attack-yemens-humanitarian-lifeline

With a “green light” from the Trump administration and essential military support from the U.S. government, Saudi-led forces plowed ahead with an assault on the Yemeni port city of Hodeida on Wednesday, brushing aside dire warnings from international humanitarian organizations and a small group of American lawmakers that an attack on the key aid harbor could spark a full-blown famine and endanger millions of lives.

Responding to the early stages of the attack—which began with an estimated 30 Saudi airstrikes within half an hour, guided by U.S. military intelligence—Win Without War wrote on Twitter that the attack is “a dark moment of shame for the United States. We could have stopped this.”

humphrey

WARNING! Do not follow the link as it shows disturbing images of starving Yemeni children

Horrifying images of starving children reveal the ongoing toll of Yemen’s forgotten war

Air strikes and a Saudi imposed naval, land and air blockade on Yemen, which imports over 90% of its staple foods, have caused food prices to soar, making it impossible for Yemenis to afford food to feed themselves and their families. According to recent figures from the United Nations, more than 14 million Yemenis (about half of the country’s population) are going hungry and urgently need food and medication.

The food crisis is particularly harsh for children – at least 370,000 suffer from severe malnutrition. “We’re talking about a 50% increase compared to the number we had earlier this year,” Mohammed al-Asaadi, a spokesman for the UN children’s agency in Yemen told Al Jazeera. Acute malnutrition, as evidenced in the frail children recorded in these photographs, has become a major cause of death for children under five in the country.

The US is complicit in the conflict, according to an editorial in The New York Times in August 2016, because it sells arms to Saudi Arabia.

humphrey

I’ll bet that there were no White Helmets present.

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/6/12/headlines/yemen_us_backed_saudi_coalition_bombs_doctors_without_borders_cholera_clinic

In Yemen, the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition bombed a new Doctors Without Borders cholera clinic in Yemen’s northwestern Abs region. Doctors Without Borders said that before the strike the group had provided the coordinates of the clinic to the Saudi-led coalition and that the roof of the building clearly identified it as a medical site. The ongoing U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen has sparked the world’s worst cholera epidemic, with more than 1 million people affected.

This comes as the United Nations is warning an impending Saudi-led offensive on the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah could have catastrophic humanitarian consequences. This is Mark Lowcock, the U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.

polarbear4

journalists and medical centers are increasingly becoming targets. utterly unbelievable and why i can only take a few days a week, at most, of this anymore. i mean, what does it take to knowingly do these things? and these are our supposed leaders.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/06/13/a-minimum-wage-worker-cant-afford-a-2-bedroom-apartment-anywhere-in-the-u-s/?utm_term=.7e45182b4bab

The economy’s booming. Some states have raised minimum wages. But even with recent wage growth for the lowest-paid workers, there is still nowhere in the country where someone working a full-time minimum wage job could afford to rent a modest two-bedroom apartment, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Not even in Arkansas, the state with the cheapest housing in the country. One would need to earn $13.84 an hour — about $29,000 a year — to afford a two-bedroom apartment there. The minimum wage in Arkansas is $8.50 an hour.

Even the $15 living wage championed by Democrats would not make a dent in the vast majority of states.

jcitybone

I’m sure Trump would prefer North Korea’s state media. Well there’s always Fox

http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/13/media/trump-tweet-media/index.html

Hours after returning from a trip where he lavished praise on one of the world’s worst dictators, President Trump declared that America’s biggest enemy is… “fake news.”

He singled out NBC and CNN in his angry tweet on Wednesday.

Trump frequently portrays the news media as one of his enemies, but rarely has he been this blunt about it. Wednesday’s tweet harkens back to February 2017, when he called several news outlets “the enemy of the American People!”

He was roundly criticized back then. This time, there’s been a somewhat more muted reaction, perhaps because he is repeating himself. But it’s important to recognize just how extreme this rhetoric is.

orlbucfan

Some don’t call it P-O-X for nothing!?! What a plague/curse! 🙁

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