Tuesday Open Thread | Say Her Name – Naomi Wadler

We have to support these children who have chosen to stand up. We must have their backs. We must let them know that there are millions of us who are so appreciative that they want to help improve this world.

‘Never again’: how 11-year old Naomi Wadler became a rallying voice of black protest

After making a global impact at the March for Our Lives last weekend, Naomi Wadler and her mother retreated to a beach house. They spoke to the Guardian about activism and gun deaths

by Lois Beckett in New York.

When 11-year-old Naomi Wadler gave a speech at last weekend’s March for Our Lives in Washington about the importance of remembering the lives of black women and girls lost to gun violence, the reaction was intense and immediate.

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That morning Wadler, who was the second-youngest speaker at the march – after nine-year-old Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King’s granddaughter – had been worried that she was “going to mess up”.

Wadler and an 11-year-old friend had organised a walkout at their Virginia elementary school earlier that month. While many American student protests had lasted 17 minutes – to honour the 17 victims from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland – the two elementary school pupils had decided to add an additional minute to honour Courtlin Arrington, an African American teenager shot dead at her high school in Alabama in early March.

“African American women, when they are shot and killed … their names aren’t remembered, so I thought it was important to add,” Wadler explained on the day of the walkout.
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This statement had gone viral, attracting wider media attention and leading to an invitation to speak at March for Our Lives in the capital.

To write her own speech for the DC rally, Wadler had watched – “like, 10 times” – the speech Parkland survivor Emma González had given days after the shooting at her high school. She had worked with her mother to take “all of my big bundles of feelings” and cram them into a speech.

When she went out on stage in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters, Wadler said she kept her eyes focused on just the first few rows of people.

“I am here to acknowledge the African American girls whose stories do not make the front pages of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” she said.

“It wasn’t until I said my ending ‘thank you’ that I realised how many people were looking at me,” Wadler said in a phone interview that Saturday night.

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76 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Say Her Name – Naomi Wadler

  1. ecappard says:

    It’s exciting to see young women of color standing up and letting their voices be heard. I pray she keeps a hunger for social justice issues as she grows.

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  4. Keep talking, Laura Ingraham!

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    “..NEW YORK (AP) — For more than a decade, Michael Cohen has been Donald Trump’s private attorney — and so much more. Cohen is a street-wise New Yorker with a penchant for confrontation and a cultivated reputation as Trump’s outside-the-courtroom problem-solver. He’s Trump’s image-protector.

    “I will always protect my POTUS,” Cohen tweeted on Sunday.

    A day later, the FBI raided his office and hotel room, casting a bright spotlight on the man widely regarded as Trump’s fixer.

    Cohen, 51, first caught Trump’s eye in the early 2000s when, as a member of the condo board at a Trump property, he took it upon himself to wade into a nasty dispute between Trump’s management company and some residents at a skyscraper near the United Nations.

    “So Trump said, ’Who is this guy? My lawyers that I give thousands of dollars to couldn’t do it. I’d like to meet him,’” said Dr. Morton Levine, Cohen’s uncle.

    Eager to bring on a sharp-elbowed advocate like his former lawyer, the legendary Roy Cohn, Trump turned to Cohen — who was never just an attorney for the real estate mogul and reality TV star.

    He has long been a key power center in the Trump Organization and a fixture along the edges of Trump’s nascent political life. In Cohen’s own estimation, he is Trump’s Ray Donovan, the bruising television character who takes whatever steps are needed to fix problems for the tycoon he serves.

    Cohen didn’t follow Trump to the White House after the election, instead leveraging his influence to include a partnership with a Washington law firm and a senior position with the Republican National Committee’s finance team.

    Cohen has long viewed his legal career through a pragmatic rather than high-minded lens, said former Cooley Law School classmate Greg Crockett, now an attorney in Okemos, Michigan.

    “What do you call a lawyer who graduated with a 2.0?” Cohen would jokingly ask, according to Crockett. “Counselor.”

    Cohen never worked for Trump’s campaign but aided his political efforts: He set up 2012 and 2016 “Draft Trump” endeavors, helped put together Trump’s diversity coalition and, despite his long-standing registration as a Democrat, threw himself into Republican fundraising.

    During the campaign, he was involved with a plan to help the Trump Organization build a tower in Moscow and in October 2016 brought Trump a letter of intent from a Russian developer. Later, he sent an email to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s chief spokesman seeking help to advance the stalled project. He said he did not recall receiving a response.

    He also used his contacts in the media, particularly in entertainment and gossip, to help cultivate Trump’s image.

    When Trump previously considered a White House run, Cohen worked with the National Enquirer in 2010 to promote the website ShouldTrumpRun.com and encouraged the supermarket tabloid to pursue stories questioning President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship, two former staffers of the publication told The Associated Press.

    During the 2016 campaign, Cohen served as a liaison between Trump and the Enquirer as the tabloid paid for scandalous rumors and tips about Trump that it never published. The payments included $150,000 to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who said she had a nine-month affair with the Republican nominee. The magazine never ran the story, saying it paid McDougal to write fitness columns instead.

    Stressing his loyalty, Cohen has steadfastly denied wrongdoing and defended Trump. But he has confided in associates in recent weeks that he is fearful of being a fall guy, according to a person familiar with his thinking but not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions..”

    https://apnews.com/f58d8115f2494272a05db8fd2739a8dd

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  7. eliihass says:

    “…Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional lawyer, is dining with President** Donald Trump as the ‘president’ faces new risk in a federal probe into his campaign.

    “Dershowitz has been at the White House for part of today as Trump seeks his input, and he’s supposed to have dinner with the president tonight, per White House sources,” New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman posted Tuesday evening on Twitter.

    Trump was outraged Monday after federal agents raided the properties of his personal lawyer and longtime adviser, Michael Cohen, who allegedly arranged payments to silence women accusing Trump of extramarital liaisons.

    Dershowitz, a Democrat, has said repeatedly in televised appearances that Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor investigating Trump, has overreached, and that the special counsel institution is inherently problematic and prone to abuse.

    Trump, who reportedly has had trouble keeping lawyers because he tends not to listen to their advice, in recent months has hired personalities whose television appearances have impressed him.

    Dershowitz is a prominent defender of Israel and has said he has consulted with Trump on his Israel policy…”

    https://www.jta.org/2018/04/10/news-opinion/politics/alan-dershowitz-meeting-trump-seeks-input

    P.S: Asterisks** and quotes on ‘president’ inserted by moi..

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  8. eliihass says:

    A wise person: When they have money and oil reserves, the red carpet is laid out, they are wined and dined and called ‘friends’ and ‘VIPs’, otherwise they are known as ‘terrorists’..

    “..Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman rounded off a weeks-long tour of the United States with a weekend in Texas, where he met Saturday with both former president Bushes.

    George H.W. Bush, 93, tweeted a photo of the prince with his son, George W. Bush.

    “A wonderful chance to celebrate the long-standing friendship between our two nations.”, George Bush Senior wrote, while the Saudi embassy in Washington described the meeting as a “reminder of the strength and breadth of the long-standing Saudi-U.S. partnership.”

    The prince – or MBS, as he is known – traveled with his plentiful entourage from the White House to Houston via Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, embarking on what one expert called a particularly well-planned public relations campaign.

    The Saudi regime faced little criticism along the way – although Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed “concerns about human rights and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” his office told AFP.

    But strengthening US-Saudi relations in the face of Iran was a priority for US President Donald Trump, who hailed the nations’ “great friendship” as he met with the 32-year-old prince at the Oval Office on March 20.

    The latter part of his trip saw him meet with directors of Google, Facebook and Palantir – not to mention Microsoft founder-turned-philanthropist Bill Gates and Richard Branson, with whom he talked space exploration.

    The prince also enjoyed a Hollywood dinner with Rupert Murdoch, where they were joined by studio bosses and actors including Morgan Freeman, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The meeting came ahead of the opening of Saudi Arabia’s first cinema – managed by American AMC Entertainment – in Riyadh on April 18.

    Prince Mohammed is scheduled to arrive in Paris on Sunday for an official visit on Monday and Tuesday – including dinner with President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday evening.

    A browse of the prince’s Instagram account reveals dozens of photos of him, all smiles and often dressed down without a tie, accompanied by various business leaders.

    He has overcome a challenge for a Saudi royal: to appear “an ordinary sort of person (…) by turning up in Starbucks for instance,” Henderson added, referencing the prince’s coffee run with former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Then, it was off to Houston to meet with the Bushes, having already met with Bill Clinton in New York. In fact, in terms of former presidents, only Barack Obama – whose terms in office marked strained relations with Saudi Arabia – was left off the agenda…”

    http://www.arabianbusiness.com/politics-economics/393686-saudi-crown-prince-meets-with-former-us-presidents

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    • eliihass says:

      “…LOS ANGELES — He talked about the movie business with Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Dwayne Johnson over dinner at Rupert Murdoch’s house. He discussed space travel with Richard Branson in the California desert, and philanthropy with Bill Gates and technology with Jeff Bezos in Seattle. He visited Harvard and MIT, brokered arms deals with President Trump and sat down with Wall Street financiers. He even met with Oprah Winfrey.

      For nearly three weeks, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 32-year-old heir to the Saudi throne, has crisscrossed the United States, on an ambitious, choreographed journey through modern American life, while under heavy guard because of his many enemies in the Middle East.

      Prince Mohammed’s trip began in Washington, where he met with President Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who share the prince’s antipathy for Iran and have deepened relations with the Saudis to counter Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East.

      He rose to next in line to assume the throne last year, under his father King Salman, after having helped push aside a cousin as crown prince.

      Prince Mohammed also has been sharply criticized by human rights activists for waging a bombing campaign in Yemen, where thousands of civilians have been killed, and for cracking down on dissent by jailing bloggers. And in playing to an American audience the prince has faced longstanding concerns over the efforts of Saudi Arabian clerics to export extremist Islamist ideology, beliefs that underpin terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

      Part of the prince’s rebranding of his nation — and his attempt to address the issue of religious extremism for a country that was home to 15 of the 19 hijackers in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — is a piece of revisionism, say analysts. The prince has argued, in interviews around his trip, that extremism in Saudi Arabia is traceable to the 1979 revolution in Shiite Iran, whose rivalry with Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia has inflamed sectarian tensions that divide the Middle East.

      “It’s really a rewriting of Saudi history,” said Karen E. Young, an expert on Saudi Arabia at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Ms. Young said that conservative Muslim strains had always coursed through Saudi society, but that drawing a line between before 1979 and after “plays into this rhetoric of the world against Iran.”

      It also plays to the sentiments of the Trump administration, which has taken a tougher line and has threatened to tear up the 2015 deal the Obama administration negotiated to curtail Iran’s nuclear program.

      For the most part, human rights concerns have not overshadowed the prince’s American journey. At the dinner at Mr. Murdoch’s house, for instance, where guests — but not the prince himself — drank wine from the media mogul’s vineyard, the prince spoke about empowering women in Saudi Arabia, where they will soon be able to drive for the first time in decades, and movie investments in the kingdom. He was not pressed on human rights issues, said one attendee, who described the evening as informal and the prince as “carefully candid.”

      In the cities on his itinerary, fancy hotels reserved all their room for the royal entourage, displacing other guests and disrupting local businesses because of the heavy security. In New York, a green Saudi flag was raised outside the Plaza Hotel near Central Park, and all the rooms were bought at a cost of millions. In Los Angeles, the prince’s entourage took over the Four Seasons and the prince stayed at a private mansion. The Saudis also rented the entire Four Seasons in Palo Alto, near the campuses of Google and Facebook, during the prince’s Silicon Valley stopover. “We have had a request from the State Department for a V.I.P. delegation,” said James Tattersall, the hotel’s director of marketing…”

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      • eliihass says:

        Some of the comments in the NYTimes in response to the article..

        Larry Morris County April 6, 2018
        We treat as royalty these rich yet ever coy sponsors of terrorism, who sent here 15 of the 19 who took thousands of American lives on 9/11/01. Shame on everyone who is entertaining these terror benefactors.

        Robert Roth NYC April 6, 2018
        Nothing like turning Yemen into a land of corpses and being celebrated by such a wide cross section of fools.

        rr Boston April 6, 2018
        It is amazing and heartbreaking how many of our leaders in government and industry are willing to overlook atrocities for a piece of the powerful pie. Money can buy many things but self respect, honor and peace are not for sale.

        Andrew Denver, CO April 6, 2018
        Yes, it still is just money that makes… Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Dwayne Johnson, Rupert Murdoch, Richard Branson, Sergey Brin, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Harvard and MIT, Oprah, Trump, and as ever the Bush/Clinton machine… all spin around just like tops on this boy prince’s desk.

        What a sad display from a once-great nation.

        Dosar Gaff April 6, 2018
        I wish I was present at the party where Rupert Murdock and Mike Bloomberg were raising their wine glasses for the Price Mohammed bin Salman while he was claiming that it was the Iran revolution in 1979 which caused the Saudi Hijackers of 9/11 killing innocent passengers and people on the ground. He is been going around and telling this story at every stop on his tour. This is the kind of damage Trump’s presidency has inflicted on this country and of course, greedy vultures of this society have been instrumental in that process.

        Sean Atlanta April 6, 2018
        Who says that there’s constant discord between the Trump administration and the wealthy “liberal” elite? Looks like everyone from Trump, to arms manufacturers, public relations firms, to Harvard, Oprah, Gates, and Bezos, can’t wait to rub shoulders with this murderous tyrant.

        Fawad Palo Alto, CA April 6, 2018
        What a nauseating piece about wealthy American elites sucking up to immoral oil wealth. Prince Salman’s reforms have been little more than “lipstick on a pig” to try to get out of the oil-dependency penalty box and to appease superficial western concerns to make them allies in an irrational hatred of Iran.

        There is no semblance of a rule of law (witness the extortion of other princes), zero reforms for the rights of abused immigrant laborers, steadfast support of the worst repressive regimes like Sisi, irrational targeting of Qatar for having independent policies and continued coercion of states like Pakistan to provide generals and soldiers for imposing mindless suffering on Yemenis. Even on the personal front his lavish half a billion dollar each vanity purchases of an estate in Paris, a super-luxury yacht and Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi tell me everything I need to know about the savior prince so far. Women being able to drive and using Snapchat in 2018 may impress self-interested American officials, business leaders and gullible journos but it doesn’t impress me.

        itsmildeyes philadelphia April 6, 2018
        I’m just curious. Did anybody decline an invitation? Who?

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      • eliihass says:

        More from the comments section of the NYTimes:

        itsmildeyes philadelphia April 6, 2018
        I’m just curious. Did anybody decline an invitation? Who?

        Bob R Massachusetts April 6, 2018
        The historical revisionism is really disturbing. It’s great that women will be allowed to drive (good for the auto industry) and the U.S. entertainment industry sees $$ on the horizon but what about human rights and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Martin Luther King Jr’s prophesy that militarism will ALWAYS be a losing proposition still holds true.

        Kim Murphy Upper Arlington, Ohio April 6, 2018
        Saudi women who offend conservative moral arbiters are beheaded on the streets of Ridayh. Give me a break. He’s just a smiling terrorist. Ask Yemen.

        Susan E Europe April 6, 2018
        Empowering women… by authorising them to drive a car? are you serious? They still need a man chaperone to go out of the house and their husbands approval to get a passport or open a bank account! They can be divorced by 3 text messages but cannot themselves divorce their husbands without getting religious approval. They can be jailed or killed for being alone with a non related man. They inherit half of what their brothers inherit and their word and vote is worth half a mans. They can be stoned to death if accused of adultery but must prove a rape by having 3 eye witnesses.
        What a great country so happy women can now drive a car,
        This is a brazen and transparent publicity stunt aimed at giving the West false assurances and putting them to sleep while the Saudi leader makes his power grab.

        Middleman MD New York, NY April 6, 2018
        Hey, does anyone remember when Vanity Fair published glamour shots and an interview with Asma and Bashar Al Assad, hailing them as enlightened leaders who would bring freedom and reform to Syria?

        http://gawker.com/asma-al-assad-a-rose-in-the-desert-1265002284

        Tony Fleming Chicago April 6, 2018
        So remind me why this guy, who is bombing the heck out of Yemen, gets lauded for LETTING WOMEN DRIVE, and practices the more conservative brand of Islam compared to Iran, is someone we should kiss up to?

        ancuroc is a trusted commenter rochester April 6, 2018
        For a man anxious to make business deals, such an excessive charm offensive by MBS should not be necessary except as a distraction from Saudi Arabia’s unsavory reputation and behavior.

        I cannot add to the collective wisdom expressed so far in these comments. What puzzles me why such wisdom is rare if not completely absent from our mass media.

        And, are we all really so much wiser than all those pols, celebrities and captains of business in the US and elsewhere who fall all over themselves to meet MBS? What moves them? OK, I can see the corrupt trump being eager to sell arms to Saudi Arabia with, more than likely, a hotel in Riyadh as a side deal. But Oprah? Bill Clinton? The Bush family?

        And Queen Elizabeth, for heavens sake? I know her duties are less substantive than ceremonial, but maybe she should have quietly whispered to Theresa May ahead of time that MBS should not be welcomed so expansively.

        The nations of the West are in enough of a crisis mode with the rise of authoritarianism and fascism, without allowing themselves to be sullied in a tight embrace with MBS.

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      • eliihass says:

        Tom Nevers Mass April 6, 2018
        But of course his Majesty’s bread and circuses tour ends in Texas with the Bushes. It would not be complete without seeing his BFFs.

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  10. rikyrah says:

    Except for the president’s campaign chairman, national security advisor, personal lawyer, and his son-in-law (plus some secondary figures) nobody did anything wrong. It’s a total witch hunt.

    — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 9, 2018

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  11. rikyrah says:

    Three top members of the RNC’s finance team – Wynn, Broidy, and Cohen – are embroiled in scandal. Will the party keep their money? https://t.co/in7lT5VMDj

    — Steve Benen (@stevebenen) April 10, 2018

    I repeat: COHEN HANDLED THE BOOKS AT RNC! Motherfucker knows all the dirty deals, the slush funds, the laundered Russian money.

    — Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) April 10, 2018

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  12. rikyrah says:

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    .@AprilDRyan just asked @PressSec if @realDonaldTrump has considered stepping down. Sarah said no and that it’s a ridiculous question. April replied, “it’s not ridiculous.” pic.twitter.com/uZl19cujZP

    — Tiffany Cross (@TiffanyDCross) April 10, 2018

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  13. rikyrah says:

    KAPOW

    I use the attorney-client privilege. I know the attorney-client privilege. The attorney-client privilege is a friend of mine. And the attorney-client privilege is not dead. What is dead is using the privilege to hide illegal acts. And that has been dead for a long time. #basta— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 10, 2018

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  14. rikyrah says:

    It’s too late. Complex data profiles on almost every American user are in Moscow’s hands. This data cannot be retrieved. FSBook knew your data was being stolen, misused, and weaponized against you. They only care now b/c they were caught helping our enemy attack us. https://t.co/gs3xBGG49k

    — Counterchekist (@counterchekist) April 10, 2018

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  15. I’m livid at Zuckerberg……….

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  16. rikyrah says:

    ‘He is losing his sh*t’: Insiders say Donald Trump is ‘at a different level’ after Cohen raid
    Martin Cizmar MARTIN CIZMAR
    10 APR 2018 AT 14:28 ET

    Donald Trump is angry, isolated and “more unpredictable than ever,” according to a new report in Politico sourced to four people close to the president.

    The president already canceled a trip to South America, apparently acting out after the raid of his attorney Michael Cohen’s office, and may now unilaterally fire the people he considers to be responsible for the investigation into his ties to Russia and his lawyer Michael Cohen’s activities.

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    People who know Trump say that his body language gave away his rage: “his arms crossed and his punchy rhetoric meant, to those who’ve worked with him closely, that Trump was not happy and no amount of information could change his mind.”

    Having lost close advisors like Hope Hicks and Rob Porter, Politico says Trump is now calling Fox News personalities Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro and Lou Dobbs for advice.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/losing-sht-insiders-say-donald-trump-different-level-cohen-raid/

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  20. Thank you for your service Mr Richard Overton. May God continue to bless……….

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  23. Greedy scoundrel. Hold him accountable. His “I’m sorry” is so damn offensive. Like that’s all he has to say and it’s ok. Hell no!

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  24. rikyrah says:

    Middle-Class Families Increasingly Look to Community Colleges
    With college prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, more
    middle-class families are looking for ways to spend less for quality education.

    By KYLE SPENCER
    APRIL 5, 2018

    PASADENA, Calif. — When top students from the sun-dappled suburbs that surround Pasadena, Calif., graduate from high school, they are expected to go to colleges that are prestigious, pricey and often far away. Last year, seniors from La Cañada High School, one of the highest rated in the state, fanned across the country to M.I.T., the University of Michigan and Yale.

    But 18-year-old Annie Shahverdian, the daughter of a commercial real estate agent and a nursing administrator, started her higher ed journey closer to home, 15 minutes down the road at the local community college. To save money, she is planning to spend two years at Pasadena City College, a two-year public institution, before heading to what she hopes will be a top four-year university where she will earn her bachelor’s degree.

    “My parents don’t want to just throw money around now,” Ms. Shahverdian said as she walked across Pasadena’s 53-acre campus, heading toward her English class. “I’m getting a great education at a fraction of the cost.”

    Community colleges have long catered to low-income students who dream of becoming the first in their families to earn a college degree. And for many, that remains their central mission. But as middle- and upper-middle-class families like the Shahverdians face college prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, more of them are looking for ways to spend less for their children’s quality education.

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  25. rikyrah says:

    Obamacare’s Very Stable Genius
    By Paul Krugman
    April 9, 2018

    Front pages continue, understandably, to be dominated by the roughly 130,000 scandals currently afflicting the Trump administration. But polls suggest that the reek of corruption, intense as it is, isn’t likely to dominate the midterm elections. The biggest issue on voters’ minds appears, instead, to be health care.

    And you know what? Voters are right. If Republicans retain control of both houses of Congress, we can safely predict that they’ll make another try at repealing Obamacare, taking health insurance away from 25 million or 30 million Americans. Why? Because their attempts to sabotage the program keep falling short, and time is running out.

    I’m not saying that sabotage has been a complete failure. The Trump administration has succeeded in driving insurance premiums sharply higher — and yes, I mean “succeeded,” because that was definitely the goal.

    Enrollment on the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges has also declined since 2016 — with almost all the decline taking place in Trump administration-run exchanges, rather than those run by states — and the overall number of Americans without health insurance, after declining dramatically under Obama, has risen again.

    But what Republicans were hoping and planning for was a “death spiral” of declining enrollment and soaring costs. And while constant claims that such a death spiral is underway have had their effect — a majority of the public believes that the exchanges are collapsing — it isn’t. In fact, the program has been remarkably stable when you bear in mind that it’s being administered by people trying to make it fail.

    What’s the secret of Obamacare’s stability? The answer, although nobody will believe it, is that the people who designed the program were extremely smart. Political reality forced them to build a Rube Goldberg device, a complex scheme to achieve basically simple goals; every progressive health expert I know would have been happy to extend Medicare to everyone, but that just wasn’t going to happen. But they did manage to create a system that’s pretty robust to shocks, including the shock of a White House that wants to destroy it.

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  26. Liza says:

    Unbelievable, just unbelievable.

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  28. rikyrah says:

    Today is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s! So from noon to 8:00, with no purchase necessary, get a scoop!

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  29. rikyrah says:

    Letter reportedly exposes Pruitt lie; travel to be examined

    Rachel Maddow relays a new report in The Atlantic that an internal EPA letter suggests that Scott Pruitt, contrary to his previous claims, was aware of the giant pay raise given to his aide, and the EPA IG will take a look at Pruitt’s travel.

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  30. rikyrah says:

    Jesse Hawken @ jessehawken
    Trump is like the Michael Bay remake of BEING THERE

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA AH HA AH HA HA

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  31. rikyrah says:

    Seized material from Trump attorney suggests broad investigation

    Tom Hamburger, investigative reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about what the range of material taken from Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s home, hotel, and office suggest about the scope of the investigation.
    Apr.09.2018

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  32. rikyrah says:

    Trump: If farmers get hurt in trade fights, they’ll “understand” https://t.co/l70diYOF2e pic.twitter.com/ZHVCNf4kv2

    — The Hill (@thehill) April 10, 2018

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  33. rikyrah says:

    Vice President Pence will fundraise in Boston tomorrow. The commonwealth’s Republican Governor Charlie Baker is too busy to greet him. “My calendar has other stuff on it.” https://t.co/SEthItsogb

    — David Frum (@davidfrum) April 10, 2018

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    • eliihass says:

      Hopefully, no thinking person is fooled by this slick move by Republican Charlie Baker..

      It is said that he nurses presidential ambitions..

      No more republicans..

      No matter how conniving..

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  34. rikyrah says:

    David Hogg is taking a gap year to work on registering voters. That might just cause some of these so called conservatives to lose it completely.

    — CC (@Cinmabar) April 10, 2018

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  35. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    On this day, April 10, in 1947 Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers becoming the first Black player in the Baseball Major League.

    Video: “The long influence of Jackie Robinson, on and off the field”

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  36. rikyrah says:

    Breaking: Recalls planned for two Democratic state senators don’t qualify for the ballot, via @RileySnyder. https://t.co/avO3W1Y6Dy pic.twitter.com/R1ewNRQaCq

    — Nevada Independent (@TheNVIndy) April 9, 2018

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  37. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: There is a Democrat running in 97 of 99 TN House districts and 15 of 17 Senate districts!

    Democrats are stepping up to the plate to run everywhere.

    — TN Democratic Party (@tndp) April 6, 2018

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  38. rikyrah says:

    Defending Trump, Sanders Claims ‘Large Number’ Of Reported Voter Fraud Incidents
    By Matt Shuham | April 9, 2018 3:57 pm

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday defended President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that “millions and millions of people” voted illegally by saying that “a large number of incidences” of voter fraud were “reported.”

    She also seemed to admit, months after the fact, that the White House’s “voter fraud” panel was really an attempt to find evidence for Trump’s baseless claim.

    Sanders’ assertion about the “large number” of reports of fraud came during a White House press briefing Monday after a reporter brought up the President’s frequent claim — made most recently in West Virginia last week — that millions of people have voted illegally in the past.

    Trump has never offered credible evidence to support these kinds of claims because there isn’t any. Large scale voter fraud is a myth.

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  50. vitaminlover says:

    She is so intelligent! Bless her!

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  51. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

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    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Good Morning, Rikyrah and everyone!

      Naomi Wadler is a talented, born leader! She has a bright future ahead of her.

      Bless her for advocating for stronger gun laws. She has my full support! Assault weapons need to be banned NOW.

      Thanks, Rikyrah, for your post about Naomi today. 🙂

      I am praying for a kinder and more caring society.

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    • Ametia says:

      Good Morning, 3 Chicas!

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