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George Takei Destroys Anti-Trans Arguments In Just 11 Words

“Star Trek” actor and activist George Takei shared a tweet on Thursday that shows why the battle for equal protection for transgender people is about more than just restrooms.

And in only 11 words, this simple message shows why people who are opposed to trans rights are on the wrong side of history: 

The message in the tweet is similar to a sentiment shared in signs at rallies held in support of equal rights for trans people. 

The 79-year-old also sent a followup tweet: 

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This Guy’s Post-Breakup Weight Loss Transformation Is #FitnessGoals

Getting healthy and fit for your own well-being is is a huge deal regardless of who notices ― but having your weight loss journey go viral makes it extra sweet. Just ask Abrahiem Sarwar.

Earlier this week, the the full-time student from San Antonio, Texas watched as a before-and-after photo got more than 300K likes on the popular Instagram account WorldstarHipHop. 

It didn’t hurt that there’s a great story behind the 21-year-old’s weight loss transformation: Part of the reason his girlfriend left him two years ago was because of his weight. 

At his heaviest, Sarwar was 380 pounds. Today, he’s 205 pounds. 

“I got heavier throughout the four-and-a-half-year relationship,” he told The Huffington Post. “I just got comfortable with her and myself when we were together and really didn’t notice myself getting bigger.”

When his then-girlfriend made a remark about his weight ― and none of the clothes he tried on at the mall fit anymore ― Sarwar decided it was time to get back in shape. 

“I knew I had to get myself together, not for her but for myself,” he said. “It was really depressing to me where I was in my life.”

Sarwar admits that heading to the gym regularly was rough going at first.

“I would go to the gym here and there throughout high school but just stopped going altogether eventually,” he said. “I didn’t have any motivation for a while. Then I found my motivation in trying to prove to myself and everyone else that I could change my whole life around.”

YouTube fitness videos ― especially those posted by vlogger Christian Guzman ― helped Sarwar learn proper form and small hacks to maximize his gym visits. Cutting back on trips to fast food restaurants throughout the week made a huge difference, too. 

“I started to cook the recipes I saw bodybuilders eat on YouTube,” he said. “It was a lot better for me and way cheaper than what I was spending daily to eat out.” 

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Today, Sarwar aspires to be a fitness vlogger ― and he absolutely loves hearing how his two-year weight loss journey inspires others to prioritize their health.

“I know how it feels to have no hope, to have no guidance, just being down all the time about yourself,” he said. “But only you can change that. You have to know that no one else can put in the hard work but you.”

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A Girl Named Ehlena And A Dog Named Wonder Win At U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a disabled Michigan girl whose school refused to let her bring her service dog to class, making it easier for students like her to seek redress for discrimination in federal court.

The justices ruled 8-0 that Ehlena Fry, 13, and her parents may not be obligated to go through time-consuming administrative appeals with the local school board before suing for damages for the emotional distress she said she suffered by being denied the assistance of her dog, a goldendoodle named Wonder.

Ehlena was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that severely limited her mobility. Wonder was trained to help her balance, retrieve dropped items, open and close doors, turn on lights, take off her coat and other tasks.

“I saw with my own eyes how Wonder helped my daughter grow more self-reliant and confident,” Stacy Fry, Ehlena’s mother, said in a statement. “We are thankful that the Supreme Court has clarified that schools cannot treat children with disabilities differently or stand in the way of their desired independence.”

The justices sent the case back to a lower appeals court to determine whether Ehlena’s complaint involves the impermissible denial of a proper special education.

The dispute arose in 2009 when Ehlena’s elementary school in Napoleon, Michigan refused to allow her to attend school with Wonder. The school said she already had a one-on-one human aide, as part of her individualized special education program.

The family eventually moved to a different school district where Wonder was welcomed. They filed suit in 2012 in federal court, claiming discrimination under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which permits service dogs in public institutions.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the family, said the ruling will remove unfair legal hurdles for victims of discrimination that prevent students from seeking justice guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Napoleon Community Schools Superintendent Jim Graham said he had no comment.

Ehlena and her parents sued the school district seeking money damages for emotional harm, claiming the school deprived Ehlena of her independence, including in intimate settings such as the bathroom.

Wednesday’s ruling overturned a 2015 decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio upholding a dismissal of the lawsuit. The appeals court had said that under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal law governing special education, the family had to exhaust all of the administrative hearings in its service dog dispute with local and state officials before filing suit.

Writing for the court on Wednesday, Justice Elena Kagan said that if the substance of a lawsuit does not claim the denial of a proper special education under IDEA, then exhausting the administrative remedies is not required.

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Angry Constituents Hammer Tom Cotton At Town Hall: ‘Do Your Job’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) faced hundreds of angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night who grilled him for two hours on the Affordable Care Act, immigration, President Donald Trump’s administration and other issues. 

The town hall, held at a high school in Springdale, Arkansas, was raucous throughout. About 2,000 people packed the auditorium and frequently drowned Cotton out with cheers, boos and jeers. Some attendees waved red cards when the senator said something they didn’t agree with. 

The uproar hit a peak when a 25-year-old constituent pressed the senator on whether he intends to preserve the Affordable Care Act’s treatment protections for people with preexisting conditions. (Congressional Republicans, including Cotton, have vowed to repeal Obamacare but have yet to lay out a comprehensive plan for replacing it.) She kicked off her remarks by asking who in the auditorium was affected by the Affordable Care Act: 

She then explained she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that affects the body’s connective tissues and blood vessels.

“Without coverage for preexisting conditions, I will die,” she said. “Will you commit today to replacement protections for those Arkansans like me who will die or lose their quality of life or otherwise be unable to be participating citizens, trying to get their part of the American dream? Will you commit to replacement in the same way that you’ve committed to repeal?”

The auditorium erupted in cheers as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. Cotton then attempted to dodge the question and asked for others in the audience to offer comments before he gave an answer.

That didn’t go over well with the bulk of the crowd, which began booing and chanting, “Do your job.” Cotton eventually returned to her question but largely evaded her request for specifics on how he intends to preserve coverage for preexisting conditions.

Watch part of their exchange:

Another woman then confronted Cotton on his support for Obamacare repeal. She said her husband is dying, and she challenged Cotton to sit down with her and her family and hear about their experiences with public health care. 

“You want to stand there … and expect us to be calm, cool and collected,” she said. “Well, what kind of insurance do you have?” 

Cotton faced many other questions on his support for Trump ― one attendee asked how he could support a president who “wants to grab women by the pussy” ― and his congressional record. He was pressed on his opposition to gun control measures, his proposed immigration policies and the president’s tax returns. Almost every answer was met with boos. 

The last question went to a 7-year-old boy concerned about Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and his reported plan to cut funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“Donald Trump makes Mexicans not important to people who are in Arkansas who like Mexicans, like me,” said the boy. “He’s deleting all the parts in PBS Kids just to make a wall. He’s going to do that. He shouldn’t. He shouldn’t do all that stuff just for a wall.”

Cotton attempted to answer by praising America as a “melting pot,” a comment met with jeers.

“You should listen to the next generation,” yelled one attendee. 

“We want Mexico to be a healthy, strong partner,” Cotton said. “We also have to protect our own citizens … and that’s where the wall comes in.”

You can watch the full town hall meeting here.

Other Republicans have faced similarly tense crowds at town halls across the country during the congressional recess. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was berated by a woman who was upset with Republican accountability on jobs and health care. Republican Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, and Reps. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Dave Brat of Virginia have been confronted in recent days.

And some Republicans are avoiding the meetings altogether, turning to conference calls. Some are threatening to cancel public appearances if people disrupt them. 

Trump, meanwhile, has attempted to dismiss the town hall demonstrations as “planned out by liberal activists.

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The Movement Resisting Donald Trump Has A Name: The (Local) Democratic Party

Local Democratic parties are confronting a problem in the Trump era that is as confounding as it is unexpected: space.

All across the country, party meetings that had once been sleepy affairs, dominated by Robert’s Rules of Order and a handful of graying activists, have become standing room only. The overflowing crowds have sent stunned party regulars scrambling to find new venues, while the surge in interest, and the coinciding fundraising boost, is enabling local chapters to hire staff and build infrastructure in previously unthinkable ways. On the national level, Democratic politicians have been rushing to respond to the sudden outpouring.

“I’m as busy this year as I was at any time last year in the heat of a huge election,” said Mark Fraley, chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party in Indiana. 

Fraley said he received 65 emails in a single weekend from people requesting to become precinct chairs, a thankless job that normally requires begging and pleading to get someone to fill. The county party has restructured and added five deputy chairs to channel all the energy, and created six new committees.

“What’s very different is that it’s made the party younger. Young people never really wanted to have as much of a meaningful part in the Democratic Party infrastructure. Now that doesn’t seem true anymore,” he said.

The resistance to President Donald Trump has taken a variety of forms, all of them well chronicled by the media. The Women’s March, which saw some 5 million people take to the streets in a single day, helped fuel the growth of Indivisible chapters around the country, and has itself continued organizing meetings and protests since. The groups Swing Left, Flippable and Sister Sister are routing people to swing districts in an effort to flip the House, and groups are forming to challenge Democrats in primaries. Amid it all, observers and participants alike have wondered what the name is for this nascent movement. The Resistance? The Opposition?

But if the swelling ranks of county-level meetings are an indication of things to come, the grassroots movement underway already has a name. It’s called the Democratic Party.

Interviews with activists in 24 states ― red, blue and purple ― reveal a strikingly similar pattern: Shocked by the outcome of the election and fearful for the future of the country, people of all ages, some of them Democrats, some independents, some Greens, found the time and location of a local party meeting and showed up. Here are a few of their stories:

COLORADO

Carol Cure had been an active member of the Democratic Party more than two decades ago in Arizona ― even running unsuccessfully for Congress ― but she thought those days were behind her. She’s now back in the game.

Just recently, Cure found her way to the local La Plata County Democratic Party organizational meeting and was named a “bonus member” of the Colorado House District 59 committee.

“I really thought, until now, that I had done my part and was content to enjoy my retirement and all of the great activities available to us here in Southwest Colorado,” she said. “Many new people are getting in the game, many of them young, recent college graduates. We just had our two-year reorganizational meeting last Saturday, and two recent graduates were elected to the County Executive Committee. Now that the Dems are fired up and involved, it has become apparent that many of us are Progressives and may have been when no one noticed.”  

GEORGIA

Ilene Johnson, a veteran party member, said a recent meeting in Greensboro was standing room only. And at a breakfast meeting there, 70 people showed up. “Fulton County, Cobb County and Dekalb County Democratic meetings are packed. But Dekalb and Fulton are majority Dem. [Greensboro is] not, neither is Cobb. My mailbox is full. I have more volunteers. I’m swamped,” she said.

ILLINOIS

Oak Park Democrats usually get maybe 80 people at a meeting. But at their most recent gathering, they had more than 120.

“Our meetings are bursting at the seams these days,” Oak Park Democratic Party Executive Director Karen Fischer said. “We literally couldn’t get them in the door. There were people out on the street who actually couldn’t get in.” 

Fischer emphasized that so far, the party hasn’t yet increased its advertising in the new year; all these new folks are finding their way on their own. People are walking in off the street every day and asking how to get involved.

“We’re planning to [step up outreach], in part because organizations are popping up all over the place,” she said. We’re kind of looking at it and going, ‘Wait a minute! We’re here! You don’t need to invent the wheel!’”

INDIANA

At the last meeting of the women’s caucus of the Monroe County Democratic Party ― normally a sparsely attended affair ― people spilled out the door onto the street. For the party’s upcoming reorganization meeting, county chairman Mark Fraley said they’re looking for a new venue, because the courthouse room that had always been more than sufficient is now too small. If they can’t find a new room, he said, they’ll put speakers outside the door so the spillover crowd can still hear. Democrats here have seen such an outpouring of new members, they’re on track to raise enough money to hire an executive director for the first time.

“Right after the election, we were just inundated with emails [asking], ‘What can I do?’” said Fraley, 37, who works at Indiana Bloomington University. 

Fraley said the county party has restructured and added five deputy chairs and created six new committees. The influx of new people is making the party younger, he said: About two-thirds of them came through Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) campaign, many of them encouraged by his organization Our Revolution to do so.

“If we can maintain 30 percent of this energy, that’s a huge increase in our local Democratic capacity,” he added, arguing that Republican House seats that were 9-point wins in the past could soon become competitive.

IOWA

The Winneshiek County Democratic Party had its largest central committee meeting ever in January, with a third of the 40 attendees being people who had never attended a meeting, according to the county correspondence secretary.

Polk County, which includes Des Moines, is bursting too. Tamyra Harrison, the county party’s executive director, said that over the last decade, around 50-60 people have shown up for central committee meetings. On Nov. 14, however, they had 177. The committee has 359 elected positions and at this time two years ago had 120 open seats. That number will soon be 80, now a record low, and is falling fast.

“Every post-election meeting I have attended has been crowded and humid,” Thomas Henderson, the party’s county chair, said.

Down in Page County, in rural Southwest Iowa, party member Christine Adcock said that four times the normal crowd showed up to the first county meeting after the election ― “a whopping 20 people!!” Adcock followed up a week later with an update: The February meeting drew 30.

MARYLAND

In Montgomery County, a standing-room-only crowd showed up to hear freshman Rep. Jamie Raskin talk about “threats to democracy in the Trump era.”

“Just since this past election, a number of friends have quite suddenly expressed interest in becoming more involved in the party ― many of them have been activists with local environmental groups and in some cases the Green Party,” said Sylvia Tognetti.

Raskin told HuffPost there were some 900 people at the Trump event. It was one of eight events he did that day and all of them, he said, were bursting.

MASSACHUSETTS

A group affiliated with Sanders’ Our Revolution ran a slate of eight people to be delegates to the June state party convention, and all eight won, said Jordan Weinstein, one of the eight. Several are also moving to become members of the town Democratic Party committee in Arlington. Weinstein said he’s running for a seat on the town council, known as the Arlington Town Meeting. The ages range from 30s to 60s, he said.  

“Most of us have been registered Democrats forever but just so we could vote in the primaries. Since Trump, we all see the need to get involved with the goal of trying to move the Dems toward more progressive positions,” he said.

Alice Trexler, a veteran member of the Arlington Town Democratic Committee, witnessed the same bursting attendance at the convention meeting, but did so with the perspective of somebody who’s been to many of them.

“It was roughly triple the size of the past three to four I have attended. There were many new folks who were, on balance, younger than many of us on the Town Committee,” she said, adding that a later Indivisible meeting downstairs “was overfilled with people backed up in the hallway and into the lobby.”

“Our town is hopping with resistance. I know, it’s Massachusetts, but it’s still extraordinary to see the number of young parents and those new to protest and to politics,” she added. “Believe me, I haven’t seen this before.”

MICHIGAN

The spring conventions of the Michigan Democratic Party don’t usually attract too much notice, described by the Detroit Free Press as “sleepy affairs filled with party regulars giving speeches and calls to action.”

This year, however, was different.

Nearly 5,000 people came to the convention, with longtime attendees saying they had never seen anything like it.

“That blew the doors off previous conventions, especially considering it’s an off-year,” said Herb Helzer, a member of the Northville Democratic Club. “Sure, plenty of people showed up for the midterms in 2014 or 2012. … But this is winter 2017 after the biggest trouncing we’ve gotten.”

Helzer said the meeting of the progressive caucus was especially popular at the convention, with about 600 people showing up.

Chris Savage, chair of the Washtenaw County Democrats, said he usually gets about 50-60 people at a meeting, if he’s lucky. But at their last meeting, on Super Bowl Sunday, 225 people showed up.

“I could not believe it,” he said. “Our email list since Election Day has grown by about 20 percent, and I’m getting new people signing up every day.”

People are particularly interested in pushing their legislators on policy. He used to have a “legislative programs” team, which mostly consisted of one staffer from a congressional office who would help be a liaison between the party and government officials. Now, that team has 120 people who signed up to do twice-weekly phone banks and engage people in other counties.

OHIO

Martha Viehmann, of Anderson Township near Cincinnati, said the state, after falling badly to Trump, has come alive. Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of the stronger progressives in the Senate, faces a critical re-election bid in 2018.

“The January meeting had a phenomenal turnout,” said Viehmann, a precinct executive in Anderson. “The resurgence of the Democratic Party is very clear here in my eastern suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. Lots of new people are not only turning out to protests. They are also learning about our local and state elections and swamping our elected officials in D.C. with postcards and phone calls.”

One of those is Aileen Peters, 72, who joined a Dayton Democratic club in the wake of the election.

“I have always voted, but not been active politically” with the party, she said. “I was a fellow in Hillary’s campaign. Volunteered in the local office, phone banks, etc. Now I’m a member of the South of Dayton Democratic Club, I’m organizing a No Hate group, I have a group I email to keep them informed of opportunities to be involved. The first thing I do every morning is send emails to Congressmen and make phone calls to [Sen. Rob] Portman and [Rep. Mike] Turner.”

SOUTH CAROLINA

Greenville is “the reddest part of a very red state,” according to Kate Howard Franch, the chair of the local Democratic Party. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who led the Benghazi committee, is their congressman, if that gives any indication of the area’s leanings.

Franch usually gets about 20 people at her monthly meetings ― 40 on a good day. But at the end of January, she had 120.

Franch said that in her nine years there, she’s never seen this sort of engagement. They had a gathering at Furman University after the Women’s March to build upon the momentum and figure out next steps. Even though the meeting took place on Super Bowl Sunday, there were about 1,000 people in the audience.

Over in Charleston, the local party had 130 people show up at its January meeting, a big jump from the 20 or so they usually see. Chair Brady Quirk-Garvan said they’ve also tripled the number of monthly donors to the party.

TENNESSEE

The Davidson County Democratic Party in Tennessee maybe gets 10 people at its executive committee meetings. But in January, it had nearly 200 people show up, and 180 people filled out forms to start volunteering.

“We had so many people we had to leave the conference room that we were supposed to be in and move out to the lobby of the building because there was no room to fit everybody,” said Whitney Pastorek, a member of the executive committee.

“They’re self-identifying and self-gathering,” Pastorek added, stressing that all this energy is organic. “They’re not waiting for the Democratic Party to tell them what to do. They’re doing it themselves, and it’s great.”

TEXAS

Typically after an election, Carisa Lopez notices that people just want to take a deep breath and relax before mobilizing again. But not this time.

“We put together an event that was kind of an open mic type of event, less than two weeks after the election,” Lopez, executive director of the Travis County Democratic Party, said. “We had about 400 people in attendance, and that was right before Thanksgiving. So even around the holidays, when … people usually aren’t paying attention, they definitely were.”

Her organization also had a training in early February that they expected about 100 people to attend. But they ended up having nearly 500 people and had to change venues three times just to keep up with the demand. They also streamed it on Facebook Live because there was so much extra interest.

UTAH

The state party is hosting a candidate training in March. When officials opened up registration, they sold out 50 tickets in the first day. A week later, the party expanded it to 200 spots ― and again immediately sold out.

VIRGINIA

Democrats have already won two special elections in Virginia since November, and the state House and governor’s mansion will be up for grabs this fall. (More on that below.) Mike Freeland, co-chair of the local Democratic party in Manassas and Manassas Park, said the party is being flooded with new members.

We had our largest attendance ever at our regular monthly meeting last week,” he said. “We are averaging 4-5 signups per week on our website and are having events like new member breakfasts in an attempt to capture the momentum and find a place for these new folks to help out.”

The same, he added, is true for other local officials he’s talked to recently.

WASHINGTON

Alison Dennis, 30, just started going to her local Democratic Party meetings in Wenatchee. At her first meeting last month, the hosts were overwhelmed, with about 85 people overflowing the room that was supposed to hold only 53 people.

“Folks consider the area I’m in to be a deeply red area, but I think it’s more purple than folks give it credit. I think there’s a lot of potential here, but we need to ramp up the leadership quickly,” she said.

David Turnoy has been involved with the San Juan County Democratic Party for the last five years and was recently elected chair. He said turnout was huge for their meeting in December, and their email list has grown significantly.

“People are energized in ways that they have never been before,” he said. “And our Democrats group normally only meets once a quarter, but we have been meeting monthly since December and look to continue that for the foreseeable future.”

SHIFTING TO THE BALLOT BOX

None of it means anything if the energy doesn’t become power, if it doesn’t translate into electoral success. One major test of how potent the new movement is will come on Saturday, when Delaware holds a special election for a vacated state Senate seat. Whichever party wins will control the state Senate. The district leans slightly Democratic, but special elections with low turnouts are often the party’s Achilles’ heel, just as midterms are. But if the grassroots energy is real, turnout won’t be a problem.  

Sonia Sloan, 88, has been a First State Democratic activist all her life and said she hasn’t seen this much excitement in a race since Eugene McCarthy, whose presidential bid she chaired in Delaware in 1968. This year, she’s co-hosting a fundraiser for the Democrat in the race, environmental attorney Stephanie Hansen.

“Our field operation is off the charts, as is volunteer activity. Organizers and volunteers have already knocked on over 30,000 doors, and they’ve made over 28,000 phone calls as of” Wednesday, said Carolyn Fiddler of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, adding that they’d knock on another 30,000 doors before the campaign is over.

With only about 31,000 registered voters in the district, that means they’ll be hitting voters repeatedly.

The Republican in the race, a retired cop, John Marino, is running as a Trump-esque candidate. “We deserve to be ‘First’ again,” he says.

If special elections are a sign of things to come ― and they may or may not be ― signs are good for Democrats so far. In two specials in Iowa, in December and January, on the eastern border in Davenport, Democrats won by larger-than-expected margins. Iowa allows absentee balloting, which allows organizers to go door to door to make sure those ballots are being filled out and mailed in. In the state Senate race in December, Democrats collected 2,163 ballots. On Election Day, the Democrat won only 1,640 votes, meaning more people voted absentee than in person, suggesting an extraordinarily high level of organization and energy on the ground. The same pattern held for the House race.

In mid February, Republicans won their only special election since November in a district outside Minneapolis. But Trump had carried it by a 61-32 margin, DailyKos reported, and the Republican winning by just 6 points was a huge collapse.

The question, then, is whether the momentum can carry into 2018. Along the way will be the November 2017 elections in Virginia and New Jersey. The Garden State should be easy to pick off for Democrats, given their statewide advantage and the cellar-level popularity of Gov. Chris Christie (R).

But Virginia will be interesting to watch. If populist-progressive Tom Perriello can channel the new grassroots energy into his candidacy, there’s every reason to believe he can knock off the establishment candidate, Ralph Northam, who is lieutenant governor and was Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) hand-picked successor. If Perriello can get past Northam in the June primary, he’ll likely face GOP lobbyist and operative Ed Gillespie, who is perfectly ill-suited for the moment ― particularly with Trump regularly attacking federal workers, who make up a significant chunk of the Virginia electorate. Democratic committee meetings in Virginia, Perriello told HuffPost, “are absolutely bursting out of the room in the hallways with crowds.”  

Governor and state House races like the one in Virginia are more critical than ever because the redistricting process follows the 2020 Census. If Democrats can ride a new wave into power, the gerrymandering of 2010 can be rolled back.

Local officials nationwide say they’re focused on creating a positive vision and a constant stream of activities to keep these new activists engaged.

“If we stop giving them things to do, I’m worried that people will get apathetic,” said Lopez, the executive director of the Travis County Democratic Party in Texas. “It’s only February, but typically after an election, this is the time when people are apathetic.”

Savage, who runs the Washtenaw County Democratic Party in Michigan, said he’s been making a point of reaching out not only to his new members, but to many of the people in the outside activist groups, to let them know that the party has resources that can help them organize.

“We’re going to be here whether they’re here or not,” he said. “But if we can activate them, help them have some successes ― you’ve got to have a success now and then, otherwise it becomes too demoralizing.” 

Next year is key for Michigan as well; every state legislator and every single statewide office holder is up for re-election. 

Even without a to-do list from local party leaders, Trump is managing to be liberals’ greatest organizer, with one extraordinary move after another drawing public outrage. With his Muslim ban on hold, his popularity plummeting, national security adviser Mike Flynn fired, Obamacare repeal looking less and less likely and Labor Department nominee Andy Puzder defeated, Democrats can start to point to wins that keep newly engaged activists fighting.

And they’re hoping to pick up one more in Delaware this week. Even if they don’t, Republican John Marino, making a bid for the seat, appears to have his finger on the new public pulse. Theresa Kudlick, a district voter, said Marino came by her neighbor’s house and she was left with the impression he was the Democrat in the race. None of his material mentioned what is becoming an inconvenient fact: He’s a Republican.

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Same-Sex Marriage Laws Linked To Powerful Drop In Teen Suicide Rate

Living in a community that recognizes gay marriage can improve the mental health of all teens, according to a new study.

State marriage equality laws enacted in the years before the 2015 Supreme Court ruling were linked to lower rates of suicide attempts among all high school students but especially among teens who identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual or unsure. Ultimately, the researchers found, for every year that same-sex marriage laws were in place, 134,000 fewer teens attempted suicide. 

This is noteworthy because queer teens are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers. 

While the study doesn’t demonstrate that these laws actually caused a reduction in suicide attempts, lead study author Julia Raifman theorized that having equal protection under the law may account for much of the change.

“These are high school students so they aren’t getting married any time soon, for the most part,” said Raifman, a post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a statement about her research

“Still, permitting same-sex marriage reduces structural stigma associated with sexual orientation. There may be something about having equal rights ― even if they have no immediate plans to take advantage of them ― that makes students feel less stigmatized and more hopeful for the future.”

Raifman’s theory is an important measure in this new political climate. Same-sex marriage is now federal law, thanks to the 2015 Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, but there are worrying signs that Republican politicians may start to undermine the right to marriage and LGBTG protections in general, both at the state and federal levels.

Studies like this one show that equal marriage rights benefit those who want to marry someone of the same gender but also improve mental health for everyone, especially queer teens. 

“Policymakers need to be aware that policies on sexual minority rights can have a real effect on the mental health of adolescents,” she concluded. “The policies at the top can dictate in ways both positive and negative what happens further down.”

The link between equal marriage and teen suicide attempts

Before 2015, only 35 states had legalized same-sex marriage. During this era, Raifman surveyed nearly 800,000 students of all sexual orientations from 1999 to 2015 about suicide attempts both before and after 32 states had legalized same-sex marriage. She also compared teen suicide attempts in states that legalized marriage to those in states that didn’t. 

Before the passage of same-sex legislation, nearly 9 percent of all teens and nearly 29 percent of queer-identifying teens had attempted suicide. After states enacted same-sex marriage laws, suicide attempts dropped to 8 percent among all teens and 25 percent among queer teens.

That might not seem like a lot, but based on these reductions, Raifman estimates that every year of same-sex marriage policies was linked to about 134,000 fewer teens attempting suicide. 

How the right to marry affects mental health

Raifman’s study adds to a body of research demonstrating links between same-sex marriage laws and mental health in the queer community. For instance, a 2010 study suggested that psychiatric disorder diagnoses among queer people increased significantly in states that banned same-sex marriage in 2004 and 2005, and that spending on mental health services decreased among gay men in Massachusetts after the state legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, no matter their relationship status. 

Laws that speak to the core of a person’s identity can have the effect of making someone feel included in wider society, says Dan Reidenberg, director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education in Minnesota.

The right to marriage also signals a right to experience love, to be a part of a romantic relationship and the right to a certain social status and benefits. This makes people feel more included and lessens shame about their status as a sexual minority, he said. 

Reidenberg wasn’t involved in Raifman’s analysis, but he praised it for emphasizing a reduction in the number of suicide attempts.  

“Any time we lessen the potential for death by taking away the number of attempts, we’re literally saving people’s lives.”

The more that people feel that they are accepted and that people are not going to ostracize them or stigmatize them or put them in a separate category and make them feel different and uncared for, the better off we’re going to be in terms of keeping people alive,” Reidenberg continued. We’re not just talking about reducing suicide, as you can see in this study, but we’re talking about general mental health and well being.”

On the other hand, laws that bar same-sex couples from legal marriage can have negative psychosocial effects, both on the couples themselves and the children they are raising together. A 2006 article written by members of the American Academy of Pediatrics (and published the same year the anti-LGBT Defense of Marriage Act went into effect) argued for more inclusive public policies for LGBT relationships because of their potential to strengthen family ties between parents and children, and also to protect the children legally, financially and emotionally from the insecurity of an uncertain legal status.

Raifman’s study was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics

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Rocky Starts In Presidential History

Since it is Presidents’ Day (or whatever else you call today, apostrophized or not), I thought I’d take it easy on our current president, and take a break from the regular ridicule I’ve been heaping upon him since he was sworn in. Today’s supposed to be a noble holiday, after all, so I thought I’d make an extra effort at evenhandedness, and take a look back through history at some of the rocky starts various American presidents have had on the job.

Donald Trump has unquestionably had a rocky start. But he certainly hasn’t faced the worst rocky start of any president in history, not by a long shot. Abraham Lincoln wins this honor hands-down, since the crisis started before he was even sworn in. Between Lincoln’s Election Day and his Inauguration Day, seven Southern states seceded from the Union. Lincoln was sworn in on March 4, 1861, and five weeks later Fort Sumter happened, officially kicking off the Civil War. One certainly hopes that no other United States president ever has such a rocky start to his or her term, that’s for sure.

The worst presidential start in history (on a more personal level) is also a fate I’d wish on no other. William Henry Harrison, America’s ninth president, died 31 days after being sworn into office. Harrison holds two notable records in the field of American presidential history, as his was not only the shortest term in office (unless you count the strange case of “President for a day” David Rice Atchison, which most do not), he also gave the longest inauguration speech in American history ― almost 8,500 words long ― which took him roughly two hours to orate. Also, Harrison delivered this monstrously-long speech wearing neither overcoat nor hat, even though it was a cold and wet day ― which might just have contributed to his death from pneumonia a month later.

Less-tragic (but still shocking), Ronald Reagan didn’t die while in office, but he did survive an assassination attempt only 69 days after being sworn in ― which pushed his approval rating to a high point, as the country rallied around their wounded leader.

Other tragic deaths in office have led to vice presidents being thrust into the presidency unexpectedly, and some of them have had rather noteworthy beginnings to their presidencies. The most stressful new presidency of this type we’ve ever seen was quite likely Harry Truman’s. The nation was in shock over the unexpected death of the beloved F.D.R. in April of 1945, and Truman got an early boost from the victory over the Nazis in Europe (V.E. Day happened on May 8, 1945). But by the beginning of August, Truman had to make one of the toughest decisions a president has ever had to ― whether to drop atomic bombs on Japan or not. Truman had been kept in the dark about even the existence of the Manhattan Project while he was vice president, it’s also worth noting.

Sometimes the first days of a new president didn’t hinge on external events, but from deliberate bold actions. Roughly a month after Teddy Roosevelt assumed office (after the assassination of William McKinley), he invited Booker T. Washington to the White House. This was the first time a sitting president had invited an African-American in such a fashion, so it was a provocative action to many. Roosevelt went on to grasp the reins of the presidency with vigor, and when he was done he had issued 1,081 executive orders ― almost matching the combined total (1,262) of every president who had come before him. The most prolific president previously had been Grover Cleveland, who issued 253 executive orders of his own.

Dwight D. Eisenhower spent much of the time during his early days in office ending the Korean War. He took a trip to the war zone in November of 1952, while still only president-elect. By July of 1953, an armistice was in place. When Ike left office, he also left a planned invasion of Cuba on the drawing board, which turned out to be a disaster for J.F.K.’s first days in office. The Bay of Pigs happened in April of Kennedy’s first year in office.

Trump likes to compare himself to Andrew Jackson, who faced a personal tragedy of his own before assuming office. Between his election and his inauguration, Jackson’s wife died. The election of 1828 was one of the most vicious in all of American history, complete with charges that Jackson married her before she was divorced from her previous husband. Jackson took such things personally, and he bitterly charged his political opponents with the responsibility for her death. As a result of Rachel Jackson’s death, his extended family became very important to him while in office.

This isn’t a direct parallel with Trump’s son-in-law or his daughter, but the historical comparison is interesting. Andrew Jackson relied heavily upon the advice of an unofficial “kitchen cabinet” during his presidency, which included not only members of the partisan media (pro-Jackson newspaper editors), but also one of his closest and most-trusted advisors ― his adopted son Andrew Jackson Donelson, who was also his nephew by marriage (Donelson was Jackson’s wife’s sister’s son ― who, after his father died and his mother remarried, moved in with and was adopted by the Jacksons). Donelson also moved into the White House when Jackson did, and Donelson’s wife then served as the White House’s hostess (since Rachel Jackson had died, there was no First Lady).

Jackson went on to fire his entire official cabinet, in what became known as the “Petticoat Affair,” because their wives (led by John C. Calhoun’s wife Floride) were socially snubbing the wife of his War Secretary ― the only time (so far) that an entire cabinet has been dismissed en masse by any president. Having the shortest National Security Advisor in history doesn’t even really come close. Of course, I wouldn’t put it past Trump to fire his whole cabinet at some point over some petty issue ― and I wouldn’t even be surprised if it was because a member of his family was treated badly on the social scene; but then I’m supposed to be giving Trump a break today, so I’ll just stop speculating about historical parallels altogether.

Presidents often stumble during their first few months in office, and a lot of these stumbles are later either forgiven or almost completely forgotten, especially if the rest of the president’s term works out well. For instance, Bill Clinton had the “Travelgate” scandal in May, 1993 (during his first year in office), but few remember it now. Clinton had other stumbles right out of the gate as well. He had made a campaign promise to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military if elected, and did consider immediately implementing it but was counseled to take things much slower. By December of his first year in office, he unveiled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue” (later shortened by one “don’t,” to make it easier to say). For the time it was a fairly bold move towards full acceptance, but it was also nothing short of a stop-gap compromise ― not what he had initially promised at all.

Barack Obama took office during the second-worst economic crisis in the last 100 years, and due to winning such large majorities in Congress, he was able to get both his stimulus bill and the Lily Ledbetter Act signed during his first month in office. The public’s sense of panic and fear cannot be overstated before Obama took office, as America was losing 750,000 jobs per month. But by the end of his first year in office, the economic tide had begun to turn, although the recovery took much longer than anyone had anticipated. Obama’s first six months in office were some of the most productive he’d ever see, though, as Republican resistance to his agenda began to solidify harder than cement. To give just one example, Obama boldly issued an order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during his first days in office, but he never actually achieved this goal in his two full terms. Not all of those early decisive moves work out all the time, in other words.

Of course, the whole notion that the “first 100 days” in office should be a new president’s most meaningful comes from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first few months as president. This was the first time the “100 days” term was used in American politics ― it previously had referred to Napoleon’s last days of glory, from the time he escaped exile on Elba to his ultimate defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.

F.D.R. inherited the Great Depression, which had already dragged on for years. He also entered office with sky-high expectations from the public. Two days after being sworn in, he closed the entire U.S. banking system. Three days later, Congress acted to pass federal deposit insurance, to restore confidence in banks. The night before the banks would reopen, F.D.R. gave the first of his “fireside chat” radio addresses. Within two weeks, half the money people had been stuffing in their mattresses (to avoid their savings being wiped out in all the bank failures which had been happening) was re-deposited in the banking system, averting total collapse. Roosevelt went on to enact as much of his “New Deal” as fast as he possibly could. He created many of his “alphabet soup” of new federal agencies in his first 100 days, including the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Hopefully, no other president will ever match the frenetic pace of F.D.R.’s first 100 days. I say “hopefully” because I do sincerely hope no other president will ever have to. The only president to take office in a worse situation for the country was Lincoln, after all. Roosevelt certainly didn’t solve all the nation’s problems overnight (or as fast as the banking crisis), but he sure tried his hardest to do so, in as many ways as he could possibly think up.

I guess my conclusion here would be that while nobody’s ever going to live up to F.D.R.’s first 100 days, a lot of the focus on the first days any president spends in office isn’t really reflective of their overall performance. Sometimes it is, but oftentimes it just doesn’t work out that way ― for better or for worse. Sometimes a president stumbles early, but then later recovers. Sometimes nothing much happens at the start, but then a president proves his mettle later on. I have no idea how the rest of the Trump presidency is going to play out, but it’s something to keep in mind after his first month in office, at least.

 

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David Cassidy Reveals He’s Living With Dementia

Former “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy says he’s living with dementia. 

The 66-year-old opened up to People magazine about his diagnosis, telling the magazine the disease runs in his family, as his grandfather and mother had also been diagnosed with dementia

“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he told People.

Cassidy’s decision to go public with his diagnosis follows a performance on Saturday night in Agoura, California, where he slurred his words, forgot the lyrics to his songs, hit himself in the face with a microphone and fell backwards off stage. 

Cassidy announced earlier this month that he was retiring after 50 years in show business. He explained to People that he made the decision to retire so he could concentrate on himself and his health. 

“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he said. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

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‘Pray For Sweden,’ Tweeters Giggle After Trump’s Latest Stumble

Another day, another false alarm from the president — and then a welcome stretch of comic relief on Twitter.

Donald Trump’s incredulousness at a rally Saturday that something had happened the previous night in Sweden as he was referring to European terrorist attacks had everyone scratching their heads.

“You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” he said passionately but mysteriously. “Sweden! Who would believe this?” No one could believe it — not even Sweden, whose officials contacted the White House to find out what he was talking about. Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt asked what Trump had been smoking.

Which led to this:

Trump clarified Sunday that he was referring to something he had seen on Fox News, apparently an interview with conservative filmmaker Ami Horowitz who linked a purported rising crime rate to thousands of refugees Sweden has welcomed to its country. The nation took in more refugees per capita than any other country in Europe in 2015.

 It was all great fuel for the Twitter fire that erupted with snarky rejoinders at #LastNightinSweden, #PrayForSweden#SwedishIncident and #IStandWithSweden. Critics especially enjoyed juxtaposing Trump’s implied terror attack against the reality of a pretty, tranquil, sometimes even downright dull Sweden. 

J.K. Rowling got in on the fun after Swedish news reported that the big story in the country on “terror day” was the rescue from a well of a horse named Biscuit. “Make Biscuit dry!” Rowling rallied with a new hashtag.

There were the inevitable quips (including one from Chesea Clinton referring to Trump aide KellyAnne Conway’s mention earlier this month of the nonexistent “Bowling Green Massacre” and White House spokesman Sean Spicer’s reference to a nonexistent terror attack in Atlanta. The man the president spoke so glowingly of earlier this month, the late Frederick Douglass, appeared to resurrect again vowing to save Sweden.

There had to be some comments about Ikea of course.

And, inevitably, Stockholm syndrome raised its frightening head.

 

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9 Signs You’re Dealing With An Emotional Manipulator

We all know what it feels like to be emotionally manipulated. It can be extremely effective, which is why some unscrupulous individuals do it so much.

A few years ago, Facebook, in conjunction with researchers from Cornell and the University of California, conducted an experiment in which they intentionally played with the emotions of 689,000 users by manipulating their feeds so that some users only saw negative stories while others only saw positive stories. Sure enough, when these people posted their own updates, they were greatly influenced by the mood of the posts they’d been shown.

Facebook caught a lot of flak over the experiment, primarily because none of the “participants” gave their consent to join the study. Perhaps more frightening than Facebook’s faux pas was just how easily people’s emotions were manipulated. After all, if Facebook can manipulate your emotions just by tweaking your newsfeed, imagine how much easier this is for a real, live person who knows your weaknesses and triggers. A skilled emotional manipulator can destroy your self-esteem and even make you question your sanity.

It’s precisely because emotional manipulation can be so destructive that it’s important for you to recognize it in your own life. It’s not as easy as you might think, because emotional manipulators are typically very skillful. They start out with subtle manipulation and raise the stakes over time, so slowly that you don’t even realize it’s happening. Fortunately, emotional manipulators are easy enough to spot if you know what to look for.

1. They undermine your faith in your grasp of reality. Emotional manipulators are incredibly skilled liars. They insist an incident didn’t happen when it did, and they insist they did or said something when they didn’t. The trouble is they’re so good at it that you end up questioning your own sanity. To insist that whatever caused the problem is a figment of your imagination is an extremely powerful way of getting out of trouble.

2. Their actions don’t match their words. Emotional manipulators will tell you what you want to hear, but their actions are another story. They pledge their support, but, when it comes time to follow through, they act as though your requests are entirely unreasonable. They tell you how lucky they are to know you, and then act as though you’re a burden. This is just another way of undermining your belief in your own sanity. They make you question reality as you see it and mold your perception according to what is convenient to them.

3. They are experts at doling out guilt. Emotional manipulators are masters at leveraging your guilt to their advantage. If you bring up something that’s bothering you, they make you feel guilty for mentioning it. If you don’t, they make you feel guilty for keeping it to yourself and stewing on it. When you’re dealing with emotional manipulators, whatever you do is wrong, and, no matter what problems the two of you are having, they’re your fault.

4. They claim the role of the victim. When it comes to emotional manipulators, nothing is ever their fault. No matter what they do—or fail to do —it’s someone else’s fault. Someone else made them do it—and, usually, it’s you. If you get mad or upset, it’s your fault for having unreasonable expectations; if they get mad, it’s your fault for upsetting them. Emotional manipulators don’t take accountability for anything.

5. They are too much, too soon. Whether it’s a personal relationship or a business relationship, emotional manipulators always seem to skip a few steps. They share too much too soon—and expect the same from you. They portray vulnerability and sensitivity, but it’s a ruse. The charade is intended to make you feel “special” for being let into their inner circle, but it’s also intended to make you feel not just sorry for them but also responsible for their feelings.

6. They are an emotional black hole. Whatever emotional manipulators are feeling, they’re geniuses at sucking everyone around them into those emotions. If they’re in a bad mood, everyone around them knows it. But that’s not the worst part: they’re so skillful that, not only is everyone aware of their mood, they feel it too. This creates a tendency for people to feel responsible for the manipulator’s moods and obliged to fix them.

7. They eagerly agree to helpand maybe even volunteerthen act like a martyr. An initial eagerness to help swiftly morphs into sighs, groans, and suggestions that whatever they agreed to do is a huge burden. And, if you shine a spotlight on that reluctance, they’ll turn it around on you, assuring you that, of course, they want to help and that you’re just being paranoid. The goal? To make you feel guilty, indebted, and maybe even crazy.

8. They always one-up you. No matter what problems you may have, emotional manipulators have it worse. They undermine the legitimacy of your complaints by reminding you that their problems are more serious. The message? You have no reason to complain, so shut the heck up.

9. They know all your buttons and don’t hesitate to push them. Emotional manipulators know your weak spots, and they’re quick to use that knowledge against you. If you’re insecure about your weight, they comment on what you eat or the way your clothes fit; if you’re worried about an upcoming presentation, they point out how intimidating and judgmental the attendees are. Their awareness of your emotions is off the charts, but they use it to manipulate you, not to make you feel better.

Overcoming Manipulation

Emotional manipulators drive you crazy because their behavior is so irrational. Make no mistake about it—their behavior truly goes against reason, so why do you allow yourself to respond to them emotionally and get sucked into the mix?

The more irrational and off-base someone is, the easier it should be for you to remove yourself from their traps. Quit trying to beat them at their own game. Distance yourself from them emotionally, and approach your interactions with them like they’re a science project (or you’re their shrink if you prefer that analogy). You don’t need to respond to the emotional chaos—only the facts.

Maintaining an emotional distance requires awareness. You can’t stop someone from pushing your buttons if you don’t recognize when it’s happening. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in situations where you’ll need to regroup and choose the best way forward. This is fine, and you shouldn’t be afraid to buy yourself some time to do so.

Most people feel as though because they work or live with someone, they have no way to control the chaos. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Once you’ve identified a manipulator, you’ll begin to find their behavior more predictable and easier to understand. This will equip you to think rationally about when and where you have to put up with them and when and where you don’t. You can establish boundaries, but you’ll have to do so consciously and proactively. If you let things happen naturally, you’re bound to find yourself constantly embroiled in difficult conversations. If you set boundaries and decide when and where you’ll engage a difficult person, you can control much of the chaos. The only trick is to stick to your guns and keep boundaries in place when the person tries to cross them, which they will.

Bringing It All Together

Emotional manipulators can undermine your sense of who you are and even make you doubt your own sanity. Remember: nobody can manipulate you without your consent and cooperation.

What are some other signs of emotional manipulation? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

If you’d like to learn more about overcoming emotional manipulation, my book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 can help.

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Donald Trump Appears To Make Up Sweden Terror Attack

President Donald Trump falsely suggested at a Florida rally Saturday that Sweden had suffered a terror attack the previous night.

After announcing that the White House planned to renew its efforts to restrict immigration, Trump cited several European countries and cities that he said showed the dangers of admitting immigrants, particularly refugees. 

“You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump told a large crowd of supporters in a hangar at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. “Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden,” he added. “They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”

Trump’s subsequent remarks made clear he was referring to European locales that had endured terrorist attacks in the past two years.

“You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world,” he said. “Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris.” 

Observers on Twitter pointed out that no such attack took place on Friday night.

Others concluded that Trump had been referring to a segment on the Fox News show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which explored an alleged rise in crime following Sweden’s admission of a large number of refugees from Africa and the Middle East.

Sweden, which has a population of around 9.5 million, has let in nearly 200,000 refugees in response to the wave of asylum seekers arriving in Europe that peaked during the summer of 2015. The generous policy, which has proved controversial, means the Scandinavian country has taken in more refugees per capita than any other European nation.

The people Sweden has allowed to enter come mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, countries undergoing devastating conflicts.

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THOUSAND OAKS, California ― Maryann Hammers is likely to die from ovarian cancer someday. But she hopes someday won’t come anytime soon.

Hammers, 61, received the diagnosis in late 2013, and doctors told her that it was stage 3-C, which meant that she could live for many years with the right treatment and a little luck. So far, she’s had both. She’s in remission for the second time, and her last course of chemotherapy ended a year and a half ago. But recent blood tests detected elevated levels of a protein associated with tumors, she explained when we met a few weeks ago. “Maybe it’s a fluke,” she said. “I hope so. I kinda feel like the clock is ticking.”

If the cancer is back, Hammers said, she may need surgery similar to her two previous operations — “gigantic surgeries, gutted like a fish and hospitalized for many days.” Chemotherapy would likely come next, plus medication, hospitalization, and home care. But Hammers considers herself lucky because she’s been able to get treatment at City of Hope, a highly respected Southern California cancer research and treatment center, and luckier still that she’s been able to pay for the treatment with insurance — an Anthem Blue Cross policy she bought through Covered California, the exchange her state created under the Affordable Care Act.

To hear President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans tell it, Obamacare has been a disaster, even for those who obtained coverage through the law. Hammers has a very different perspective. She’s a freelance writer and editor, which means she has no employer-provided insurance. In the old days, if she’d gone shopping for a policy with her cancer diagnosis, she would have struggled to find a carrier willing to sell her one.

I’m terrified. … Do you know how easy it is to use a million dollars when you’re getting cancer treatment?
Maryann Hammers, Thousand Oaks, California

And it’s not just the pre-existing condition guarantee, which even critics like Trump say they support, that Hammers has found so valuable. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover a wide range of services and treatments — which, in her case, has included multiple shots of Neulasta, a medication that boosts white blood cell counts and typically costs several thousand dollars per injection. The law also prohibits annual or lifetime limits on benefits, which, as a long-term cancer patient, she would be a prime candidate to exceed. 

Policies with such robust coverage inevitably cost thousands of dollars a year, more than Hammers could afford on her own — particularly since battling the disease has cut into her work hours. But the law’s generous tax credits discount the premiums and help with the out-of-pocket costs, too. “Without the Affordable Care Act, I honestly do not know what I would have done,” she said.

The coverage Hammers has today still isn’t as good as what she had years ago, when she worked for a company that provided benefits. But it’s better than what she had in the years right before the cancer diagnosis, when she was buying insurance on her own. The latter plan covered fewer services and came with out-of-pocket costs high enough to discourage her from getting checkups. Obamacare’s introduction of free preventive screenings led her to schedule a long-overdue colonoscopy. During routine preparation for that procedure, a physician first felt a lump in her abdomen.  

Sometimes Hammers wonders whether, with less sporadic doctor visits, the cancer might have been caught a little sooner. “But I couldn’t afford a fat doctor’s bill. And I thought I was super healthy.”

These days, something else looms even larger in her mind — the possibility that Trump and the Republican Congress will repeal the health care law without an adequate replacement, or maybe with no replacement at all.  

“I’m terrified — isn’t that crazy?” Hammers said. “My biggest source of stress right now isn’t the fact that I have incurable cancer. It’s the prospect of losing my insurance.”

What American Health Care Used To Look Like

To appreciate the significance of stories like Hammers’ and what they say about the Affordable Care Act, it helps to remember what used to happen to people like her before the law took effect. By 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, roughly 1 in 6 Americans had no health care insurance, and even the insured could still face crippling medical bills. As a reporter covering health care during those years, I met these people. Some of their stories stand out, even now, because they capture the old system at its callous, capricious worst.

Gary Rotzler, a quality engineer at a defense contractor in upstate New York, lost his family coverage in the early 1990s when he lost his job. He ended up uninsured for two years, while he juggled stints as an independent contractor. His wife, Betsy, made do without doctor visits even after she started feeling some strange pains. By the time she got a checkup, she had advanced breast cancer. Desperate efforts at treatment failed. After she died, Gary, a father of three, had to declare bankruptcy because of all the unpaid medical bills.

Jacqueline Ruess, a widow in south Florida, thought she was insured. But then she needed expensive tests when her physicians suspected she had cancer. Although the tests were negative, the insurer refused to pay the bills because, it said, a brief episode of a routine gynecological problem in her past qualified as a pre-existing condition.

Tony Montenegro, an immigrant from El Salvador living in Los Angeles, was uninsured and working as a security guard, until untreated diabetes left him legally blind.

Marijon Binder, an impoverished former nun in Chicago, was sued by a Catholic hospital over medical expenses she couldn’t pay.

And Russ Doren, a schoolteacher in a Denver suburb, believed he had good insurance until the bills for his wife’s inpatient treatment at a psychiatric hospital hit the limit for mental health coverage. The hospital released her, despite worries that she was not ready. A few days later, she took her own life.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 was an effort to address these kinds of problems — to carry on the crusade for universal coverage that Harry Truman had launched some 60 years before. But precisely because Obama and his allies were determined to succeed where predecessors had failed, they made a series of concessions that necessarily limited the law’s ambition.

They expanded Medicaid and regulated private insurance rather than start a whole new government-run program. They dialed back demands for lower prices from drugmakers, hospitals and other health care industries. And they agreed to tight budget constraints for the program as a whole, rather than risk a revolt among more conservative Democrats. These decisions meant that health insurance would ultimately be more expensive and the new system’s financial assistance would be less generous.

Still, projections showed that the law would bring coverage to millions while giving policymakers tools they could use to reduce medical costs over time. When the Senate passed its version of the legislation in December 2009, then-Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) described the program as a “starter home” with a solid foundation and room for expansion.

Where Obamacare Failed And Where It Succeeded

Seven years later, Trump and the Affordable Care Act’s other critics insist that the program has been a boondoggle — that the Obamacare starter home needs demolition. Some of their objections are philosophical, and some, like the persistent belief that the law set up “death panels,” are fantastical. But others focus on the law’s actual consequences.

High on that list of consequences are the higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs that some people face. The new rules, like coverage of pre-existing conditions, have made policies more expensive, and Obamacare’s financial aid frequently doesn’t offset the increases. A “rate shock” wave hit suddenly in the fall of 2013, when insurers unveiled their newly upgraded plans and in many cases canceled old ones — infuriating customers who remembered Obama’s promise that “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” while alienating even some of those sympathetic to what Obama and the Democrats were trying to do.

I’ve interviewed plenty of these people, too. A few weeks ago, I spoke with Faisuly Scheurer, a real estate agent from Blowing Rock, North Carolina. She and her husband, who works in the restaurant business, were excited about the health care law because they’d struggled to find decent, affordable insurance. They make about $ 60,000 a year, before taxes, with two kids and college tuition looming in the not-distant future, she said.

In late 2013, they checked out their options and learned that, after tax credits, coverage would cost $ 360 a month. Scheurer said she remembers thinking, “OK, that is really tight. But if the benefits are good, we are going to have to skimp on other things to make it work.” Then she learned about the out-of-pocket costs, which could reach $ 13,000 over the course of a year depending on her family’s medical needs. “My disappointment was indescribable.”

The Scheurer family ultimately decided to remain uninsured. They’re not the only ones, and that has weakened the system as a whole. The people eschewing coverage tend to be relatively healthy, since they’re most willing to take the risk of no coverage. That’s created big problems for insurers, which need the premiums from healthy folks to offset the high medical bills of people with serious conditions.

Many insurers have reacted by raising premiums or pulling out of some places entirely, leaving dysfunctional markets in North Carolina and a handful of other states. Just this week, Humana, which had already scaled back its offerings, announced that it was pulling out of the Affordable Care Act exchanges altogether. At least for the moment, 16 counties in Tennessee don’t have a single insurer committed to offering coverage in 2018.

Trump, Ryan and other Republicans pounced on the Humana news, citing it as more proof of a “failed system” and the need for repeal. That’s pretty typical of how the political conversation about the Affordable Care Act has proceeded for the last seven years. The focus is on everything that’s gone wrong with Obamacare, with scant attention to what’s gone right.

And yet the list of what’s gone right is long.

  • In states like California and Michigan, the newly regulated markets appear to be working as the law’s architects intended, except for some rural areas that insurers have never served that well. Middle-class people in those states have better, more affordable options.

  • It looks like more insurers are figuring out how to make their products work and how to successfully compete for business. Customers have turned out to be more price-sensitive than insurers originally anticipated. In general, the carriers that struggle are large national companies without much experience selling directly to consumers, rather than through employers.

  • Last year’s big premium increases followed two years in which average premiums were far below projections, a sign that carriers simply started their pricing too low. Even now, on average, the premiums people pay for exchange insurance are on a par with, or even a bit cheaper than, equivalent employer policies — and that’s before the tax credits.

  • The majority of people who are buying insurance on their own or get their coverage through Medicaid are satisfied with it, according to separate surveys by the Commonwealth Fund and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The level of satisfaction with the new coverage still trails that involving employer-provided insurance, and it has declined over time. But it’s clearly in positive territory 

And then there’s the fact that the number of people without health insurance is the lowest that government or private surveys have ever recorded. When confronted with questions about the people who gained coverage because of the law, Republicans often say something about sparing those people from disruption ― and then argue that even those who obtained insurance through the law are suffering and no better off. This claim is wildly inconsistent with the experience of people like Maryann Hammers ― and, more important, it’s wildly inconsistent with the best available research.

People are struggling less with medical bills, have easier access to primary care and medication, and report that they’re in better health, according to a study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015. The number of people forgoing care because of costs or being “very worried” about paying for a catastrophic medical bill dropped substantially among the newly insured, Kaiser Foundation researchers found last year when they focused on people in California.

A bunch of other studies have turned up similar evidence, All of them concur with a landmark report on the effects of Massachusetts’ 2006 insurance expansion, which was a prototype for the national legislation. Residents of that state experienced better health outcomes and less financial stress, according to the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Though it’s had no shortage of controversies and stumbles, there’s really no denying that the ACA has created historic gains in insurance coverage,” said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Foundation. “With better coverage that has fewer holes, access to health care has improved and many have better protection from crushing medical bills.”

What Repeal Would Really Mean

Reasonable people can disagree about whether these achievements justify Obamacare’s costs, which include not only higher premiums for the young and healthy but also hefty new taxes on the wealthiest Americans. That’s a debate about values and priorities as much as facts.

What’s not in dispute, or shouldn’t be, is the stark choice on the political agenda right now.

Democratic lawmakers still argue for the principle that Truman laid out in 1948: “health security for all, regardless of residence, station, or race.” They think the Affordable Care Act means the U.S. is closer to that goal and that the next step should be to bolster the law ― by using government power to force down the price of drugs, hospital services and other forms of medical care, while providing more generous government assistance to people who still find premiums and out-of-pocket costs too onerous. Basically, they want people like Faisuly Scheurer to end up with the same security that people like Maryann Hammers already have.

Some Republicans talk as if they share these goals. Trump has probably been the most outspoken on this point, promising to deliver “great health care at lower cost” and vowing that “everybody would be covered.” But other Republicans reject the whole concept of health care as a right. Although it’s theoretically possible to draw up a conservative health plan that would improve access and affordability, these aren’t the kinds of plans that Republicans have in mind. 

There’s a face to this law, there’s a face to people that are going to be affected by it.
Angela Eilers, Yorba Linda, California

Their schemes envision substantially less government spending on health care, which would mean lower taxes for the wealthy but also less financial assistance for everybody else. Republicans would make insurance cheaper, but only by allowing it to cover fewer services and saddling beneficiaries with even higher out-of-pocket costs. The result would be some mix of more exposure to medical bills and more people without coverage. If Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it ― a real possibility, given profound divisions within the GOP over how to craft a plan ― 32 million more people could go uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

That would mean real suffering, primarily among those Americans who benefit most from the law now ― the ones with serious medical problems, or too little income to pay for insurance on their own, or both.

Jay Stout, a 20-year-old in Wilmington, North Carolina, is one of those people. He was in good health until a head-on car collision nearly severed his arm and landed him in the hospital for more than a month. Surgeries and rehabilitation would have cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars that, as a community college student working part-time as a busboy, he could never have paid — if not for the Blue Cross plan that his mother had bought through the Affordable Care Act. When we spoke a few weeks ago, he told me the insurance has been “irreplaceable” and that losing it “would be totally devastating.”

Meenakshi Bewtra had never had a serious health problem until her first year at the University of Pennsylvania medical school, when she developed severe gastrointestinal problems — the kind that forced her into the hospital for two months and drove her to drop out of school. Her insurance lapsed, which meant that her GI issues became a pre-existing condition. She eventually found coverage and today she’s a professor of medicine at Penn, where she moonlights as an advocate for universal health insurance.

“For the first time, I truly understood what comprehensive health insurance meant,” Bewtra said, remembering what it was like to become fully covered. “I did not have to worry about how many times I saw a doctor, or how many lab tests I had to get, or having to ration out medications.”

Angela Eilers, who lives in Yorba Linda, California, isn’t worrying about her own health. It’s her daughter Myka who has a congenital heart condition called pulmonary stenosis, which makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood to the lungs. The little girl has required multiple surgeries and will need intensive medical treatment throughout her childhood.

In 2012, Angela’s husband, Todd, was laid off from his job at an investment firm. Since going without insurance was not an option, they took advantage of COBRA to stay on his old company’s health plan. It was expensive, and Eilers recalled panicking over the possibility they might not be able to pay the premiums. “I remember sitting at the table, thinking of plans. What would be our plan? One of them was … giving up our parents rights to my mom, because she has really good health insurance.”

Eventually her husband started his own consulting business, and that gave them the income to keep up with premiums until 2014 — when they were able to obtain coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Today they have a gold plan, one of the most generous available, for which they pay around $ 20,000 a year. Even though they make too much to qualify for financial assistance, they’re grateful for the coverage. Seven-year-old Myka has already run up more than a half-million dollars in medical bills. In the old days, before Obamacare, they would have worried about hitting their plan’s lifetime limit on benefits. 

The family’s coverage has become more expensive over the years. They wish the price were lower, but they’re also not complaining about that. “I’m thankful that the letter was a premium hike, rather than ‘Sorry, we are not going to cover your daughter anymore,’” Angela Eilers said.

When she thinks about the possibility of Obamacare repeal, she wonders if Trump and the Republicans understand what that would really mean. “There’s a face to this law, there’s a face to people that are going to be affected by it,” Eilers said. “It’s not me, it’s not him, it’s her. She’s only 7. And through no fault of her own, why should she suffer? And she’s not the only one.”

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Outdoor Gear Show Folds Its Tents Over Utah’s Attacks On Public Lands

The state of Utah just let a very big fish off its hook.

After months of sparring with Utah politicians over their repeated attacks on public land protections, including the creation of Bears Ears National Monument, the world’s largest outdoor retail show has decided to part ways with Salt Lake City and find a new home.

The decision was announced Thursday after officials of Outdoor Retailer, the Outdoor Industry Association, Patagonia, The North Face and REI participated in what clearly proved to be a fruitless teleconference with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. 

“Salt Lake City has been hospitable to Outdoor Retailer and our industry for the past 20 years, but we are in lockstep with the outdoor community and are working on finding our new home,” Marisa Nicholson, show director for Outdoor Retailer, said in a statement. 

In its own announcement, the Outdoor Industry Association, one of several sponsors of the biannual event in Salt Lake, said it is clear the Republican governor has a different perspective ― one it feels is “bad for our American heritage” and the 1,200 businesses it represents.

“It is important to our membership, and to our bottom line that we partner with states and elected officials who share our views on the truly unique American value of public lands for the people and conserving our outdoor heritage for the next generation,” Amy Roberts, executive director of Outdoor Industry Association, said in a statement. 

The biannual outdoor gear show has been held in Salt Lake for more than two decades. Each year, it draws hundreds of brands and suppliers, and roughly 40,000 visitors. It generates $ 45 million for the Salt Lake economy.

In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, a spokesman for Herbert said Outdoor Retailer’s decision is “offensive” and “reflects a gross ingratitude” for the city of Salt Lake. 

“It perpetuates the false narrative that Utah — a state that derives much of its inspiration and identity from its iconic public lands, a state that invests tens of millions of dollars into the protection of and access to its public lands — is somehow hostile to those public lands,” Edwards said in an email to the newspaper. “It shows how a political agenda, rather than reason or merit, seems to have captured the decision-making at the Outdoor Industry Association.”

The association, however, says Utah has “a long history of anti-public land sentiment and action,” including supporting the transfer of public lands to the state and overturning a newly established monument.

In December, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes (R) moved to sue the White House after President Barack Obama set aside nearly 1.4 million acres, including sacred tribal lands, to create Bears Ears National Monument. The Navajo Nation and conservationists, who pushed Obama to designate the monument before President Donald Trump took office, hailed it as a victory. But Reyes, later joined by Herbert and the state’s Republican lawmakers in Washington, blasted the move as a federal land grab and urged Trump to undo it.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told The Washington Post last month that Trump is “eager” to work with Republicans to undo the Bears Ears protections and that the new interior secretary has pledged to quickly address “this travesty.”

Major outdoor retailers vowed to take action if the Republican leaders refused to stop challenging the designation. Patagonia, the upscale outdoor apparel giant known for its environmental activism, pledged to boycott the state. Peter Metcalf, co-founder of the gear chain Black Diamond Equipment, urged the Outdoor Retailer show, which he helped bring to Utah 20 years ago, to leave the state. Patagonia pulled out of the event earlier this month.

“It would be totally unprecedented to rescind a national monument and designated public lands,” Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario told The Huffington Post at the time. “That, to me, is frankly a horror that anyone would be considering that.”

The White House is not explicitly barred from altering a previous president’s designation, but such a move would be a first. Legal analysis by the Congressional Research Service suggests that presidents may adjust, but not completely abolish, a prior designation.  

The Utah fight comes as Republicans, emboldened by their November election sweep, and environmentalists stand at odds over the future of public lands. House Republicans made it easier to sell off public lands by voting to change how the government calculates the cost of transferring those parcels to states or private developers on the very first day the 115th Congress convened.

In January, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) reintroduced a bill aimed at selling off 3.3 million acres of national public land in 10 states ― an area nearly the size of Connecticut. Less than two weeks later, however, facing a wave of public backlash, he withdrew the measure, saying “groups I support and care about fear it sends the wrong message.”

Unsurprisingly Chaffetz’s decision has been hailed as a victory by conservationists. But it clearly wasn’t enough to convince Outdoor Retail to stick around. 

And neighboring Colorado already has its sights set on becoming the next host.

In a newspaper advertisement published this week, Conservation Colorado touted the state’s “stronger beer,” “taller peaks” and love of public lands.

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Ever hear the expression, “May you live in interesting times”…? I think there’s little doubt that we are doing so. I hope this video will help you not only survive but also thrive, no matter the challenges.

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Doctors Have Been Treating Lower Back Pain All Wrong

When Julie Price threw out her back for the second time in December, she knew she needed help. 

“It was immobilizing and intense,” Price, a 37-year-old New York City-based accountant, told The Huffington Post.

Price, a former athlete, felt she had lost a lot of strength after two pregnancies. She also has flat feet, alignment issues and “bad knees,” so she realized she couldn’t take care of everything alone.

Although the pain started to lessen on its own, Price went to see Allen Chen, director of physiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian/The Spine Hospital, who specializes in treating spine injuries.

Chen, after ruling out structural problems with her spine, prescribed physical therapy once a week and home exercises. She doesn’t have any pain now, and she feels stronger, not just in her back but also in her core and legs, she said.

“Last week I was able to squat without anything hurting, which I never thought would happen,” she said. The physical therapy “has made a world of difference.”

The American College of Physicians, in new guidelines released this week, says a lot more patients should receive the type of treatment Chen prescribed for Price.

Doctors need to educate their patients that lower back pain is like a common cold ― unpleasant but hard to treat and likely to go away on its own. And chances are painkillers won’t do much to help.

“Low back pain is very common, and most [of it] improves over time regardless of treatment,” Nitin Damle, president of the American College of Physicians and a practicing internist, told HuffPost.

That’s a significant task considering that estimates suggest up to a fourth of all adults in the U.S. have had some back pain for at least one day in the past three months. It’s one of the most common reasons Americans go to a doctor.  

The new guidelines: Don’t even bother with Tylenol

The new ACP guidelines recommend non-drug treatments, such as massage, yoga, tai chi and acupuncture, as the first line of defense against back pain. Only if those are not effective, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs, like aspirin and ibuprofen) should be used. Then, if those are ineffective, prescription drugs can be tried.

Another significant change to the guidelines is that acetaminophens (such as Tylenol and the combination drugs Excedrin and Sudafed) should not be used at all for back pain, since recent evidence shows that those over-the-counter painkillers do not actually help back pain. 

The guidelines also recommend that doctors prescribe opioids only as a last resort, after other drug and non-drug therapies did not work, and after the doctor has explained the risks and benefits to the patient.

Overuse of over-the-counter painkillers, common among people with lower back pain, can lead to health risks, including heart and gastrointestinal problems. And the serious risks associated with opioid misuse ― including addiction, overdose and death ― have led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue its own guidelines for reducing prescription opioid use across all medical disciplines.

A big benefit of the new guidelines is that they will help patients avoid the risks associated with NSAIDs, Tylenol and, most significantly, opioids, Chen said. Many of the recommended non-drug therapies included in the guidelines ― yoga, tai chi, massage, heat and acupuncture therapy, among others ― are very low risk, he added.

It’s also important to note that the guidelines apply only to low back pain that stays in the back (not the kind that radiates down the leg or to other areas).

Massage, yoga, acupuncture first

“There’s been a push over the past few years in my practice and in many others to push away from medications ― particularly opioids,” Chen told HuffPost in a phone interview.

Previous treatment guidelines for low back pain from 2007 had recommended NSAIDs be used along with a non-drug treatment. “But I think the focus on non-pharmacological treatments for low back pain, opposed to medications ― particularly opioids ― is long overdue,” Chen said.

(ACP considers any guidelines out of date after five years and subsequently subject to review.)

Accessible alternative therapy is more important than ever

The guidelines themselves do not make recommendations for what treatments insurance companies should cover ― and just because the guidelines recommend a certain treatment does not mean your policy will cover it.

“Those may end up being out-of-pocket costs,” Chen said.

Plus, not all of the treatments in the guidelines are even available to all patients depending on where they live. For example, estimates suggest that in the U.S. there will be shortages of physical therapists in as many as 48 states by 2030 (based on current trends in needs for physical therapy and projected numbers of therapists). 

For Price, getting to physical therapy once a week is accessible and is covered by her employer’s health insurance. But there are limits on how many sessions the plan will cover, she said.

“It does factor into my thoughts of how long do I need to continue” the therapy, she said.

But she’s more than happy that she’s pain-free without drugs. She did take a few doses of Aleve or Advil when her pain first started, but in general she tries to avoid medication, she said.

“The goal now is to get [my back] strong ― and better aligned ― so I don’t throw it out again.” 

“I knew losing the strength I used to have before kids was most likely the biggest issue ― and that learning how to get that done right and fit it back into my new mommy lifestyle would be what I really needed,” Price said.

This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com 

Sarah DiGiulio is The Huffington Post’s sleep reporter. You can contact her at sarah.digiulio@huffingtonpost.com. 

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Trump’s Pick For National Security Adviser Rejects Job Offer After Erratic Press Conference

President Donald Trump’s pick to replace ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn turned down an offer to join the administration after the president’s bizarre news conference on Thursday, several news outlets reported.

Vice Adm. Robert Harward, a retired Navy SEAL and former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, reportedly was offered the job heading the White House National Security Council after Flynn was forced to step down for lying about Russian contacts. Harward is a senior executive at the defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

Harward rejected the job because of family commitments and financial concerns, according to a senior administration official.

“It’s purely a personal issue,” Harward told The Associated Press, adding that the Trump administration was “very accommodating to my needs, both professionally and personally.”

Harward took notice of Trump’s White House news conference on Thursday, a source told The Huffington Post. The president lashed out at the media, fiercely defended his administration’s performance during its chaotic first month and said Flynn had done nothing wrong in discussions with Russian officials before the inauguration. 

Trump also told reporters he had an “outstanding” replacement in mind for national security adviser.

Harward and the White House may have disagreed on key issues, like staffing at the National Security Council. A source close to the situation told The Huffington Post that Harward wanted more freedom to bring in his own staff. Flynn’s former deputy, K.T. McFarland, had been expected to leave the administration after Flynn’s resignation, but it became clear on Thursday that Trump wanted her to stay. 

Flynn resigned on Monday, following a Washington Post report that revealed he had spoken with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. about American sanctions prior to Trump’s inauguration, despite repeated assurances by administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, that he hadn’t done so. The Post later reported Trump had learned about Flynn’s call weeks earlier from the Department of Justice, but didn’t act until Flynn’s dishonesty with administration officials leaked. Flynn also lied about the Russian contact to FBI agents. 

“He was doing his job and his counterparts, so it certainly would have been okay with me if he did it,” Trump said during his 77-minute press conference Thursday, referring to Flynn’s call with the Russian ambassador. “I would have directed him to do it if I thought he wasn’t doing it. I didn’t direct him, but I would’ve directed him because that’s his job.” 

CNN reported the FBI was unlikely to pursue charges against Flynn.  

Nick Visser contributed reporting.  

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How to Embrace the Gift of Criticism

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This past October, I received the news from my literary agent that the novel I’d been laboring over and believed was finished, needed more work before she could take it out to market.

It was hard enough to accept this judgment, let alone share my disappointment with anyone–particularly my readers, in spite of the fact they’ve always remained remarkably loyal. Perhaps I was simply embarrassed to admit it. After all, I had made a few declarations that the manuscript was complete, and that I was on my way to finding a publisher.

The process of writing this book had already been somewhat painstaking, beginning back in October of 2015, when–after two years of writing–I received the advice of an established writer and editor: pitch the first 350 pages and begin again. After much contemplation, I decided to follow her suggestion.

That brings me to October 2016, a year later, when I found myself with 450 brand-new pages of completed manuscript. I sent it on to my agent, and this time she was the one to tell me that I had once again failed to reach my goal, although in an entirely different way this time around.

Initially, I couldn’t hear or process her evaluation: she felt that the novel should not be abandoned–but instead further revised. Significantly. Even though I had polished every page until my brain ached, I nevertheless needed to accept that I still had a lot of work to do. I trust my agent and value her experience, so I listened to all she had to say and resolved I would try to push myself through one last draft. This acquiescence, however, came with a steep emotional price tag.

THE NECESSARY EVIL OF CRITIQUE

Depression saturated the following days. One that was dark and deep, though I carried on with my life anyway. But, on a morning not so long afterward, as I brushed my teeth, the novel’s protagonist began to whisper in my ear. From her came a new idea. And then another. By the time five o’clock rolled around, I had scribbled down forty-one revisions I planned to make. And now, some four months after I’d submitted the manuscript to my agent originally, I am happy to say I’ve almost finished those numerous and significant changes. With great satisfaction, I can see how much I’ve improved and transformed the novel. I have to admit that, in so many ways, she was right.

I suppose the point in exposing my failures and regenerations in this writing process is to share with you the value of accepting criticism, enduring the agony of starting over, and learning to revise and adapt to changes in our plans–be they large or small–in order to achieve our dreams. Sometimes we have to let go of old ideas in order to reveal a new direction. In a novel, beginnings and endings change, as do titles, characters, points of view, scenes, and plot lines. The only constant is in knowing what you want to say–rather than knowing how you want to say it.

Going back to the starting gate in order to get to the finish line can be a harsh reality that requires both perseverance and fortitude–two qualities every writer must possess in abundance.

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YOU ARE ALL THAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

My mother, the late poet, Anne Sexton, wore a medallion around her neck–which I inherited and still wear–that is inscribed with the Latin phrase: “Illegitimi Non Carborundum.” This means, in rough English (if you will excuse the expletive): “Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down.” I reminded myself of that sentiment as I soldiered on with countless revisions and rewrites. While no specific person was “grinding me down” back in October, it did feel, at the time, as if life itself was trying to squash my desire to see this through.

But now, sitting here at my computer in February, I no longer feel overwhelmed with self-doubt and defeat. Once again, I have regained a firm grasp of where my novel is going and how I’m going to get it to the finish line. And this time I’m certain that no one is going to get in my way. Not even myself.

Of course, there are no guarantees in the publishing industry. My agent may still feel uncertain about the novel despite all the hard work I’ve put into it since her last critique. Or, perhaps her response will be the opposite, and she’ll now see it as a blockbuster destined for the best-seller lists. But who’s to say my publisher will agree. The difficult work of four years could be stashed in a banker’s box, consigned to my storage shed, lined up side by side with the discarded drafts of other work and years of old tax returns. This is the risk I accept as one who makes her living as a writer.

Many of us go through similar experiences: a chef dumps a batch of curdled hollandaise sauce, and begins to whip up a new one; a surfer wipes out, and has to paddle in a hurry to catch the next wave; brothers and sisters, or parents and children, sit down together to work out a disagreement and strengthen their emotional bond.

The ability to listen to criticism, and to begin again, is a gift. And it can spark one of life’s most important challenges. If such insights should come to you–be open and take them to heart. It is absolutely possible to improve on a part of your life that is closest to your soul, be it in an intimate relationship or in the work-a-day world, so long as you allow it. Give starting over a chance, and discover the rewards you can reap.

Copyright 2017 Linda Gray Sexton

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Florida Law Banning Doctors From Asking Patients About Guns

Doctors in Florida can legally counsel patients about gun risks under a federal appeals court ruling that strikes down the state’s controversial “Docs vs. Glocks” gun law. 

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled Thursday that Florida’s National Rifle Association-backed law violated doctors’ First Amendment rights. 

Read the full ruling below. 

The Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act, signed in 2011 by Gov. Rick Scott (R), broadly prohibited doctors, emergency room workers and other health care professionals from asking patients whether they had guns, except in vaguely defined circumstances “relevant to the patient’s medical care or safety.”

The law said doctors “should refrain from unnecessarily harassing a patient about firearm ownership during an examination” and prohibited discrimination against firearms owners by refusing care or counseling against firearm ownership. Violators faced huge fines and revocation of their medical license.

The law was immediately challenged by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which sued the state on behalf of several doctors and more than 11,000 health care organizations. 

Doctors routinely ask patients about potential hazards in the home, including drugs, chemicals, firearms and swimming pools. The American Medical Association for nearly 30 years has encouraged members to ask about guns in particular “as a part of childproofing the home and to educate patients to the dangers of firearms to children.” 

The NRA and other gun advocates cited six anecdotes of patients who complained questions about firearms ownership invaded their privacy. In one instance, a pediatrician advised a mother who wouldn’t reveal whether she kept a gun in her home to find another doctor.  

Florida’s gun laws are weaker than all but a handful of other states, according to rankings by the non-profit group Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 

Jonathan Lowy, co-counsel in the case and director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, praised the court’s decision. 

Today’s ruling is an important victory for public safety and free speech rights, and a crushing defeat for the corporate gun lobby and the politicians who do its bidding,” Lowy said in a statement. “Politicians and special interest lobbies have no business standing between doctors and their patients, or keeping doctors from telling people the truth about the risks of guns or other products.” 

The ruling can be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Trump’s Health Nominee Thinks The Poor Should Pay More For Health Care

Seema Verma is about to become the most powerful woman in Washington you’ve never heard of.

On inauguration day, President Donald Trump nominated Verma to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the sprawling Baltimore-based agency that runs those two health care programs along with the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. She will appear before the Senate Finance Committee for a confirmation hearing Thursday morning.

CMS, as the organization is known, manages health benefits for 140 million Americans and spends over $ 1 trillion each year, which is more than the Defense Department. The agency wields enormous influence over the U.S. health care system not only through regulations but also because Medicare is the single-largest purchaser of health care and its policies commonly are adopted by private health care companies.

As such, the CMS administrator makes decisions that have ramifications across the multitrillion-dollar health care system that reach beyond just the programs she runs.

And Verma’s track record suggests her decisions could result in poor people paying more for their health care.

Verma, a close adviser to Vice President Mike Pence when he was Indiana governor, enters the world of federal health policy at an especially consequential time.

At CMS, she will be tasked with the Trump administration’s handling of Affordable Care Act programs like the insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion at a time when the White House and Congress are scrambling to devise a strategy to repeal that law and “replace” it with a different set of reforms.

Republicans in Congress also are considering overhauls of Medicare and Medicaid that would significantly reduce federal funding for the programs. If confirmed, Verma will be working under Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Together, they would be responsible for implementing new health care reforms if Congress enacts any.

Medicaid is the area in which Verma could make the biggest changes without congressional action. In Indiana, she has been running a consulting firm called SVC Inc., which advises states on Medicaid policy.

They’ve had experience stretching a dollar.
Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services nominee, on the poor

As of November, Medicaid covered 69 million Americans ― at least 13 million more than Medicare. More than 40 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries are children. The elderly and blind make up more than 20 percent of enrollment, and the program pays for almost half of all childbirths in the country because it covers low-income pregnant women. Medicaid is jointly financed and managed by the federal government and the states.

Notably, Verma is the self-identified “architect” of the Healthy Indiana Plan, a privatized, conservative version of Medicaid established by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) in 2007 that Pence expanded using Affordable Care Act funding eight years later when he was governor. Verma also consulted on Medicaid expansions implemented by Republican governors in Michigan and Ohio, and on a proposal from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky modeled on the Indiana program.

Ideological Conservative

What all these Medicaid reform plans have in common is they require people living just above the poverty line to pay more for the health care they receive than they would under traditional Medicaid.

In Indiana, for instance, enrollees must make monthly payments into “POWER Accounts” modeled after health savings accounts, which they use to pay out-of-pocket costs. But enrollees can be locked out of the program if they fail to make the payments or if they don’t fulfill its other requirements meant to encourage healthful behavior.

The ideological basis for these policies is to give beneficiaries “skin in the game” so they value their health care more. Critics counter that requiring very poor people to pay even a few dollars discourages them from enrolling in health coverage or using their benefits and that programs like Indiana’s are needlessly complicated when ordinary Medicaid could be used instead.

In an article published in the journal Health Affairs in 2008, Verma and Mitchell Roob, then head of Indiana’s Medicaid program, framed the philosophy behind the Healthy Indiana Plan in moral and religious terms. “This structure melds two themes of American society that typically collide in our healthcare system, rugged individualism and the Judeo Christian ethic,” Verma and Roob wrote.

Poor people, Verma testified before a House subcommittee in 2013, are well-suited for programs like the Healthy Indiana Plan, also called HIP, that force them to scrape together the money they need to keep their health coverage.

“They are perhaps the best consumers of a dollar. They’ve had experience stretching a dollar,” Verma said.

The CMS administrator has broad authority to approve “waivers” from Medicaid rules requested by states. This is the process Indiana and other states employed to obtain federal permission to remake their Medicaid programs.

President Barack Obama’s administration, eager to expand coverage to as many people as possible, accepted most of what states like Indiana wanted, including the financial requirements for beneficiaries.

But there were lines Obama’s CMS wouldn’t cross, such as mandates that Medicaid enrollees work or prove they are job hunting, a policy the Obama administration maintained is not permitted under Medicaid law.

Pence and Verma’s Healthy Indiana Plan initially called for a work requirement.

Verma is a believer is letting states dictate much more of what their Medicaid programs do and what hoops beneficiaries must jump through to gain and keep benefits.

“States are burdened by federal policy and endure lengthy permission processes to make routine changes,” Verma told Congress in 2013. “Some changes shouldn’t require permission from the federal government.”

For example, Verma testified to the House subcommittee four years ago, people with incomes below the federal poverty level ― which is $ 12,060 for a single person ― should be subject to monthly premiums for their Medicaid benefits and higher out-of-pocket costs for medical services. She also said states that copy another state’s Medicaid waiver should be fast-tracked through the approval process.

“It speaks to a different vision of what health coverage should look like, and from my perspective, it’s a very troubling vision because it’s erecting more barriers to coverage and potentially very punitive barriers for people who need it the most,” said Joan Alker, executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University.

Healthy Indiana Plan

Verma can point to positive evidence of the effects of the Healthy Indiana Plan, however. As of December, more than 420,000 Hoosiers were enrolled in the program, or about three-quarters of the number projected to be eligible. The majority of them were uninsured before the Medicaid expansion.

And a study the consulting firm the Lewin Group published last July found that Healthy Indiana Plan enrollees reported they liked the program. Eighty percent said they were very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their coverage and 90 percent of those in the more generous HIP Plus program had made the required payments into their POWER Accounts.

“You can’t argue with the numbers. They’re fantastic,” said Susan Jo Thomas, executive director of Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, an organization that assists Hoosiers seeking health coverage.

Thomas supports the Affordable Care Act and would have preferred Indiana adopt a standard Medicaid expansion, but she is pleased that so many people got covered. “It’s made a difference for Hoosiers ― Hoosiers that I know and love, Hoosiers that I serve ― and it’s a good program. I never thought I would say this, but if it becomes a national model, it won’t be all bad,” said Thomas, who previously worked for Verma at the Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County, Indiana.

Backers of the Healthy Indiana Plan credit its structure for the results illustrated in the Lewin Group report, but skeptics note that traditional Medicaid also scores highly on similar measures and argue that the complexity of Indiana’s program is a disadvantage for beneficiaries.

“It is certainly an approach that I would say is not really based on evidence of what works and what is likely to improve health outcomes for people in the Medicaid program, but a very ideological approach,” said Judy Solomon, vice president for health policy at the progressive Center on Budget and Policy Priorities think tank.

It’s made a difference for Hoosiers ― Hoosiers that I know and love, Hoosiers that I serve.
Susan Jo Thomas, Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, on the Healthy Indiana Plan

Kentucky could prove an early test of Verma’s priorities and the Trump administration’s willingness to test the Medicaid laws their predecessors said held them back.

Bevin submitted a waiver request to the Obama administration last June based on the Healthy Indiana Plan. Kentucky undertook an expansion of traditional Medicaid using Affordable Care Act money under then-Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, in 2014, but Bevin wants to replace it with a new model. Bevin, borrowing from the Indiana plan, wants to implement a work requirement, higher premiums and other mandates the Obama administration wouldn’t have approved but that Verma may.

“The thing we really need to watch for is the things that have not been allowed to go forward in Indiana that are on the table in Kentucky,” Solomon said.

A ‘Fair,’ ‘Hands-On’ Manager

Thomas has known Verma since the early 2000s, when they both worked on their hospital’s charity care program, and has collaborated with her on health policy issues since Verma opened her consulting shop. She favorably describes Verma’s professionalism and intelligence despite their philosophical differences.

“‘Fair’ is a word that I would use. I think that’s a core principle that she adheres to,” Thomas said. “She brings people to the table.”

Verma, who has a bachelor’s in life sciences from the University of Maryland and a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University, is an “ideas person” who knows how to delegate, Thomas said.

“In the creation time, I think she’s more hands-on, but when it comes to execution, she’s more stand-off,” Thomas said. “She hires people to execute, but she does give guidance on, basically, the lane that you need to stay in.”

That management style will prove useful if Verma is confirmed and takes over at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said Tom Scully, who was CMS administrator during President George W. Bush’s first term. Verma has never run an organization as vast as CMS, which employs thousands and contracts with thousands more, and her professional experience is heavily weighted toward Medicaid, not the other programs for which she’ll be responsible.

“You’ve just got to know your weaknesses. Obviously, her strength is Medicaid,” said Scully, who isn’t acquainted with Verma. “I would assume she’ll find a good deputy who knows Medicare and probably one who’s very good at managing the day-to-day operations,” he said.

“It’s a big operation, and I would say not having experience managing a big operation is not necessarily a huge problem as long as you know that you need to bring somebody in who knows what they’re doing,” Scully said.

Conflicts Of Interest

In addition to quizzing Verma on her policy views and her take on what should happen next to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, Senate Democrats have fodder to tie Verma to the ethics issues plaguing Trump and a number of his other nominees and members of his administration, including Price.

The Indianapolis Star reported in 2014 that Verma’s consulting firm had made $ 3.5 million advising the Indiana government during the same time she won lucrative contracts from Medicaid vendors including Hewlett-Packard.

That meant Verma effectively was writing Medicaid policy that could enrich her corporate clients, creating a potential conflict with the state of Indiana’s interests. “Those responsibilities put Verma in the position of making decisions about a state contractor that is also paying her hundreds of thousands of dollars,” the newspaper reported.

Nothing in Indiana law, however, prohibits or restricts consultants like Verma from working for both the government and its vendors.

Such a scenario wouldn’t be possible at CMS under federal law, and Verma notified the Department of Health and Human Services’ ethics office last month that she has a buyer lined up for her company and will seek permission from the department before she takes any action that would affect former clients, including states like Indiana and Kentucky.

Watch Seema Verma testify about Medicaid before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee on June 12, 2013:

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What are the secrets to staying motivated during emotionally difficult times? originally appeared on Quorathe place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world..

Answer by Ronald Fry, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Author of Hammerhead Six, on Quora:

What are the secrets to staying motivated during emotionally difficult times? This is a great question and one that others are more qualified to answer, but I will take a shot at it. Physical, mental, and emotionally difficult times are a normal part of life and can either break us or be used to forge our character. I have had emotionally difficult times as an individual, as a son, as a husband, father, and as a soldier. These are the times when I have had to lean on my God, my family, my friends, and focus on the big picture to get through.

In the last chapters of Hammerhead Six, I share a very personal, painful situation that occurred during our mission to the Pech Valley. I caused collateral damage that affected a local family, the village, and the Afghan soldiers on my camp. It was a situation that pushed my emotions and grief to the limit. I was humbled and accountable. I reflected on the best way to navigate the situation and continued to think about the big picture and why we were there in the first place. The desire to make things right and accomplish our mission forced me to focus on a solution instead of my own emotions. I chose to face it head on regardless of the consequences. The family and I were reconciled, the villagers appreciated that we acknowledged our mistake, and the mission continued successfully.

In retrospect, the personal growth that I attained from navigating the tragedy and not losing perspective was tremendous. I feel that my character, empathy, and emotional spectrum was stretched. It has become a bitter sweet memory for myself and others that experienced it with me.

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If Trump Really Wants To ‘Do Something’ About Autism, Here Are 3 Suggestions

It’s clear that President Donald Trump is interested in the subject of autism spectrum disorder, repeatedly expressing an interest in doing “something” about the condition. To autism advocates, his enthusiasm is exciting; the issue could always use more funding for research and services to improve quality of life and social integration. 

Unfortunately, anti-vaccine activists like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have seized upon this interest as an opportunity to insert themselves into a conversation about vaccine safety at the highest policy levels. Last month, Kennedy claimed Trump had selected him to lead a panel on “vaccine safety” (the administration later denied this and said they were in fact exploring a commission on autism).

And on Wednesday, Kennedy and actor Robert De Niro, who has his own history of vaccine skepticism, appeared at a press conference in Washington, D.C., to again push the notion that a panel on vaccine safety would eventually move forward under Trump’s administration. (The nation already has an independent, expert advisory panel on vaccines whose meetings are open to the public and viewable online.) 

And though most Americans agree that vaccinations should be mandatory if a child wants to attend school, public health experts are bracing themselves for a resurgence of preventable childhood diseases if an anti-vaccine base sways Trump’s policy decisions. 

Trump has expressed skepticism about vaccinations in the past, despite large-scale studies that demonstrate their safety, although in his most recent remarks he’s discussed only autism. If the president really is interested in advancing autism research and care for the autism community, there are real, concrete things he could be doing instead of legitimizing dangerous anti-vaccine voices. We asked three autism research experts to weigh in on the most pressing needs in the autism community in the U.S. 

1. Focus on services for adults with autism 

Thanks to the advocacy and activism of parents, children who have autism are entitled to a free public education, early intervention services and special education services. But when these children become adults, these services and programs dry up, leaving many of them adrift and their aging parents scared about what will happen to their grown children when they die. 

“The most important areas of service needs are for the adult community,” said Helen Tager-Flusberg, director of the Center for Autism Research Excellence at Boston University. “We need to expand access to employment, housing, support services and vocational training.”

So far, employment training programs for adults with autism are scarce, as are housing options for people who may want to live and work independently but still need some support with everyday living. Even research on services for adults with autism is “underdeveloped” and “unformed,” according to a 2012 study published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

A 2011 report on the state of services for adults with autism, published by the parent-led Organization for Autism Research, found that most adults with autism are either unemployed or underemployed, and live with their parents or other relatives, and their access to residential and employment programs is severely restricted due to a lack of funding for these services.

In addition, this report notes, the public perception that adults with autism are unemployable is a major impediment to their full integration into society. Another 2011 analysis of young adults with autism found that those without an intellectual disability were three times more likely to have no daytime activities, compared with those who did have an intellectual disability. This suggests that a lack of services, not a lack of abilities, keeps adults with autism out of the workforce and segregated from society.

Lynn Koegel, clinical director of the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, also put adult services and adult integration at the forefront of the community’s concerns.

“Individuals with autism and their families face daily challenges ranging from difficulties including their children in mainstream settings to gaining meaningful employment,” Koegel said. “Research focused on training professionals and improving community support so that parents and individuals with autism don’t experience significant stress and anxiety on a daily basis is critical.”

2. Make access to education and autism services more equal

By law, all children with autism in the U.S. are entitled to a free and appropriate education and special services such as speech and language instruction, occupational therapy, physical therapy and psychological evaluation. But in practice, children are more likely to gain access to these services if they are white and wealthy

“Services are not equally provided to all children, with Hispanic and African-American children getting the short end of the deal,” Koegel explained. “This hurts everyone in the long run and needs to be corrected.” 

While autism affects all racial, ethnic and economic groups, black and Latino children are more likely to be diagnosed with autism later than their white peers, which means they get treatment and therapy services later, too. There are also cultural barriers that could explain why minority children receive fewer speciality services. A 2014 series of focus groups and qualitative interviews conducted at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland found that Latino parents whose children were eventually diagnosed with autism couldn’t communicate well with their doctor because of language barriers, while some health care providers dismissed their concerns about their children’s early behavior

In addition to services, black families affected by autism are also underrepresented in genetic and biomedical research on autism, despite their willingness to be a part of these studies. This research disparity can translate into major knowledge gaps in untangling the many causes of autism and other genetic disorders, especially for certain racial and ethnic groups.

3. Support research projects that are already in place 

Currently, the U.S. has an autism research agenda, agreed upon by a federal advisory committee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, or IACC, brought together scientists, families and people with autism to come up with a set of priorities for autism research. Federal funding for the plan was signed into law in 2006 under President George W. Bush and renewed in 2011 and 2014 under President Barack Obama. This funding for autism research also includes money for services, training and monitoring, and it is expected to exceed $ 3 billion by 2019, according to Autism Speaks. 

Tager-Flusberg hopes that the Trump administration will continue to support this federal funding for autism research and services, and perhaps even accelerate its reach. 

“There is an urgent need to address a wide range of questions, from underlying risk factors and causes to the development of novel interventions and treatments capitalizing on many recent scientific and technological advances,” said Tager-Flusberg. “We have seen how the past two decades of accelerated research funding has led to significant advance already. Now it the time to continue the momentum of progress.”

Robert Koegel, director of the Koegel Autism Center, also emphasized a dire need for the kind of research that will help people with autism immediately. 

“There needs to be more applied research that will result in improvements in the condition of autism and in reductions in stress for the families,” he said. “The emphasis here is on two words: ‘applied,’ meaning that the research needs to have direct, immediately available benefit for the children and their families; and ‘research,’ meaning that new advances need to be made and not just rely on the status quo.”

It’s clear that Trump is troubled by what he perceives to be a rise in autism (that point is debatable, as experts agree the rise in diagnoses is largely due to an expanded definition of the disorder), but hopefully he’ll engage autism researchers and the autism community about their greatest needs instead of entertaining the ideas of vaccination skeptics and encouraging parents to be wary of the evidence-based childhood vaccination schedule.

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Just to say Thank You for checking out this Book I want to give you a copy of my upcoming special report “The Prepper’s Supplies Guide for When Disaster Strikes”. While a storeroom packed with number 10 cans might be the dream of every prepper family, it is not a reality for most of us. Between budgetary constraints and space limitations, many families simply don’t have the extra cash available to invest large amounts of money in pre-packaged shelf-stable food that may never be used. This means we need to be creative and self-sufficient in order to meet our long term food storage goals. One of the best ways to cut the cost of meeting those goals is to grow, raise, and hunt your own food and then preserve it yourself. While you may not be able to can and dehydrate your way to a 20-year food supply, you can make real progress on building your food stores without spending a fortune. All you need is a little extra time, a little effort, and the right know how. In”The Preppers Guide to Drying, Canning and Preserving Your Own Survival Food”How home food preservation benefits prepping families both financially and from a food quality standpointHow to decipher canning terminology and be sure you’re taking all safety precautions when canningThe basic steps used in canning whether you’re using a water bath or pressure canner, and why each one is crucial to successRecipes for canning strawberry preserves, salsa, pickles, carrots, and ground meatThe basics of dehydrating food including standard processes and tips for successful dehydratingHow to store dehydrated food safely and for maximum storage timeHow to make jerky that doesn’t taste like shoe leatherFrom understanding the difference between boiling water canning and pressure canning to learning how to prevent food borne illness when making jerky, this book provides you with the information you need so you can safely and inexpensively begin building your long term food supply today, so you will be ready when disaster stri

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House Democrats Demand Michael Flynn Probe In Yet Another Committee

The Democratic members on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are calling for a separate investigation into President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, over revelations that Flynn discussed sanctions relief with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. prior to the inauguration.

In a letter circulated Tuesday night, the signatories say that it falls under the committee’s purview to investigate the Flynn matter and that there’s an urgent and profound public interest to do so. They call on Flynn to appear before the committee “under oath as soon as possible.”

“Our country’s national security, independence, and democratic institutions are at stake,” the letter reads. “As the body within the House with jurisdiction over U.S. foreign policy, we would be negligent if we left the questions about this incident unanswered. We must investigate who from the Trump transition team was aware of contacts between General Flynn and Ambassador Kislyak, what was discussed, and what President Trump and Vice President Pence knew about this conversation and when they knew it.”

The letter, which was sent to Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), reflects the desire of Democrats to find a way around what to this point has been uniform resistance among House Republicans to investigate the Flynn matter (Senate Republicans have been more open). But it seems likely to run into roadblocks.

A committee spokesman noted that Royce has held hearings on Russian aggression in the past and will again. But in a statement to The Huffington Post, the chairman suggested that on the specific matter of Flynn he would be deferring to others

“An intelligence committee will be looking into the issue involving Gen. Flynn, as it should, as part of the investigation of Russian meddling in our democratic process,” he said.

An aide clarified that he was referring to the Senate Intelligence Committee and not the House committee, whose chairman, Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), suggested Tuesday that the leaking of Flynn’s call to the Russian ambassador was more egregious than the substance of the call itself.

Though his name is not on the letter, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the committee’s ranking member, said through a spokesman that he supported the call from his fellow Democrats. Engel, his spokesman added, would encourage Royce to consider opening an investigation in the days ahead. 

“Mr. Engel has called for an investigation himself, and he supports the members’ request to Chairman Royce,” said his spokesman Tim Mulvey. “He’ll take it up with the chairman tomorrow. The ranking member prefers dealing with his counterpart directly on matters like this but encourages all the committee’s members to remain vocal on this issue.” 

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Answer by Wm Paul Young, Author of New York Times Best Seller, The Shack, on Quora:

What words of wisdom do you have for people who are going through grief or hardship? Thank you for the tenderness of this question. Here are a few, I hope helpful thoughts.

First, you are not alone, even though every one puts their best face forward on social media and even in human interactions, everyone knows about loss. There is a huge benefit in the element of faith, in a God who is good all the time and present to my losses.

Second, simplify. We get overwhelmed by the complexity of our losses, all the questions, and are tempted to start ‘future tripping’ – imagining a future that is dominated by loss and things never change. It is not real but seems real to us. Simplify and reduce the world to only today and stay inside the grace of this one day. Tomorrow you will get grace for whatever it actually holds and not what you have imagined.

Third, let people in. We are not designed to try and make our way alone through loss. Healing comes through community and relationship.

Fourth, be willing to let the loss go. This is a cost that some are not willing to pay. The loss becomes an identity and sometimes a prison that we begin to call a sanctuary.

Fifth, but (in light of the last suggestion), grieve and lament well. Throw the apples against the barn door with all your might and scream. Don’t suppress the presence of the wounds of loss. The way out is in and through.

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Obamacare Repeal Could Cripple Efforts To Combat The Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON ― Repealing the Affordable Care Act would deal a major blow to efforts to fight addiction in one of the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School and New York University.

Across the country, some four million Americans with addictions or mental health disorders could lose their health insurance, greatly diminishing access to life-saving treatments, the researchers found. In Kentucky, the effects of ACA repeal would be especially devastating.

The end of Obamacare could cost Kentucky more than 44 percent of its funding for medication-assisted treatment using buprenorphine to help those with opioid addiction, according to the study. 

Medication-assisted treatment combines addiction counseling with the use of medications such as methadone or buprenorphine (commonly sold as Suboxone). By consensus of the medical community, it is the standard of care for people with opioid use disorder. But Kentucky and other states have only recently started expanding access to such treatment with the help of federal funds.

According to the study, more than 40,000 Kentucky residents who gained Medicaid coverage under the ACA have a mental illness and/or are being treated for a substance use disorder. 

The researchers looked at several states struggling with the opioid crisis, including Kentucky and New York, in their latest study. They’ve previously found similar results for other states like West Virginia and Ohio, where the epidemic is also tearing at too many families and communities.

Yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not address how the loss of the ACA would impact his state and its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in an op-ed published last month. He argued that the health care law has actually done more harm than good.

“Obamacare isn’t truly solving problems or making our country healthier — it’s a box-checking regime devoid of true compassion or empathy, a green-eyeshade exercise that misses something important: the lives of real people,” McConnell wrote.

Perhaps McConnell hasn’t consulted enough state health officials out there on addiction’s front lines. According to the new analysis, New York could face a 37 percent cut in funds paying for medication-assisted treatment, while Oregon could be looking at a 24 percent cut. In Vice President Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana, ACA repeal could mean an 18 percent slash to such life-saving treatment. During Pence’s time as governor, Indiana’s HIV rate spiked due to the opioid epidemic.

Pence still declared in early January that repealing Obamacare would be a top priority for the Trump administration.

“The first order of business is to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Pence said. “The American people voted decisively for a better future for health care in this country and we are determined to give them that.”

He added that he didn’t want to cause any hardship to families that receive insurance through the ACA.

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Conservatives Take Hard Line On Obamacare Repeal, Putting GOP In A Bind

WASHINGTON ― Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus voted among themselves Monday night to band together and only support an Obamacare repeal that, at a minimum, is as aggressive as the bill that the House and Senate passed in 2015, putting GOP leaders in a bind with their conference and perhaps even threatening the possibility of passing a repeal.

The group of roughly 35 to 40 House conservatives voted to take this official position ― meaning it received the support of at least 80 percent of the members and is therefore supposed to be the position of all lawmakers in the group ― amid some GOP consternation that Republicans ought to focus more on repairing the law rather than repealing it, as well as heavy voter pressure in many districts to leave the law intact.

“If it’s less than the 2015 [bill], we will oppose it,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told a small group of reporters Monday night.

Meadows added that the Freedom Caucus would encourage replacing Obamacare at the same time as Congress repeals it, but that if GOP leaders put the same 2015 reconciliation bill gutting major parts of Obamacare on the floor, conservatives would support it.

By insisting that the repeal bill be as forceful as that 2015 measure ― which technically got to President Barack Obama’s desk at the beginning of 2016 ― conservatives have staked out a hard line that some GOP moderates may now have a problem following.

The 2015 repeal bill removed the Medicaid expansion that is popular in many red states ― including among many Republican governors ― and repealed the individual and employer mandates. The bill also removed a number of taxes and the government’s authority to run health care exchanges. In short, it would disassemble Obamacare.

The position that the repeal needs to be as forceful as that previous bill could put moderates in a tough spot, as many Republicans seemed apt to now support parts of the law. If conservatives really can stick to this position, they could be endangering the ability to get 218 Republicans in the House and 50 in the Senate ― to say nothing of the ongoing disagreements among Republicans about what a replacement should look like.

The current Republican gambit seems to rely on repealing the 2010 health care law as quickly as possible, and then trying to pressure some Democrats in the Senate to support a replacement, potentially by offering a health care alternative in pieces, such as one bill to establish health savings accounts, and another bill to allow people to buy insurance plans across state lines.

A plan like that would have the benefit of not allowing lawmakers or the public to truly evaluate what the GOP alternative is when Republicans repeal the law. But some Republicans are concerned by that plan, noting the instability they would cause by repealing the law may demand clarity for voters and health insurance providers.

Which is to say a repeal was already in some degree of trouble, as Republicans struggle to come up with a replacement. Now that conservatives are demanding the repeal meet that 2015 standard, it could be even more difficult for GOP leaders to find a coalition in the House and Senate.

But conservatives don’t see it that way.

They noted Monday night that Republicans had already voted on the 2015 repeal ― at least the ones who were here last Congress ― and they believe it would be hypocritical for Republicans to now balk at the same bill they supported a year ago.

“They voted for it already, so, be consistent,” Freedom Caucus member Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said.

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
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ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Love Takes Action: An Astrological View

For the past two years, my HuffPost blogs have focused on astrology and the myriad ways this ancient art is helpful and meaningful for life today. I was galvanized by HuffPost’s call for articles under the heading #LoveTakesAction. It is an antidote to the swirling hate around us in these fractious and difficult times and I am happy to contribute. Personally, and in my astrology practice, I am encouraging people to focus on what they can do without becoming overwhelmed by the fray, the double talk, and polarization we find all around us.

The first category HuffPost suggested is ways people take action to show and even mobilize love. Each astrological sign takes action in different ways and hewing to your own resonant talents and ability will maximize your effectiveness and keep your energy balanced.

Aries: Leads the campaign and marches. He is a natural warrior for justice.

Taurus: Raises money for organizations that matter and promotes concrete goals towards tolerance and peace.

Gemini: Disseminates real information that encourages people to think and take action.

Cancer: Nurtures those who come across their path whether in a soup kitchen, shelter, or random encounters.

Leo: Dramatizes with very public and heartfelt performances which portray the world you want to live in.

Virgo: Analyzes and categorizes information to discern the actual facts and communicates this information clearly.

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Libra: Engages with tact and diplomacy in relationships, action and dialogue that try to balance love and hate while taking a middle course.

Scorpio: Transforms him or herself with radical, personal actions that serve as a model for passionate tolerance of all the forms love can take.

Sagittarius: Teaches through conversation and ideas that laughter and good humor can overcome obstacles.

Capricorn: Organizes business structures based on responsible solutions and ecological solutions for all people.

Aquarius: Creates a circle of friends and common-minded people who act together on social projects.

Pisces: Works with charitable and religious organizations that reach out with compassion to the neediest.

These suggestions are calls to love action for each sign. I hope they resonate with you and enhance your quest for a more harmonious world.

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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Not Just Any Day

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The evening before the National Cancer Prevention Day Workshop is Less Cancer board member Donna Eacho, Less Cancer Founder Bill Couzens, Ambassador Bill Eacho, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan and Less Cancer Chairman Tom Sherman, M.D.

February 4th marked the 2017 resolution for National Cancer Prevention Day. Activities around “National Cancer Prevention Day” included the United States Congressional Cancer Prevention Caucus. This years caucus met on February 1st. Caucus chair speakers included Representatives Debbie Dingell and Barbara Comstock. The following day, February 2nd was the National Cancer Prevention Day Workshop.

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U.S. Representatives Barbara Comstock (VA-10) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12), co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Cancer Prevention Caucus with Less Cancer board member Larry Fisher
Photo by Vincent Ricardel

Less Cancer raised the bar on programming for the 2017 workshop providing evidenced based continuing education credits for both professionals and students in medicine, nursing, and public health. Collaborations with both the University of Virginia and American University helped to facilitate credits.

Legislators speaking at the National Cancer Prevention Day Workshop included Debbie Dingell, Charlie Dent, and Don Beyer.

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U.S. Representative Don Beyer Photo by Vincent Ricardel

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U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell
Photo by Vincent Ricardel

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U.S. Representative Charlie Dent Photo by Vincent Ricardel

Returning speakers included John Groopman, Ph.D. from the Bloomberg School of Health at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Groopman was the 2016 Recipient of Less Cancer’s Ronald B. Herberman Speakers Award. Also returning was Janie Heath, the Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing from the University of Kentucky.

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John D. Groopman, Ph.D.
Photo by Vincent Ricardel

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Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN Photo by Vincent Ricardel

Joining us by SKPE this year, was the Ronald B Herberman Speaker Awardee, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha a pediatrician and public health advocate who brought attention for the Flint Water Crisis; a tragedy that exposed children to dangerous levels of lead in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Hanna-Attisha was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.

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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Ronald B Herberman Speaker Awardee
Photo by Vincent Ricardel

New speakers included Jann Balmer Ph.D., RN, FACEHP, Chair, Tobacco Free Alliance of Virginia.

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Jann Balmer Ph.D., RN, FACEHP Photo by Vincent Ricardel

Less Cancer Leadership Awards went to Katie Horvath, JD, Manager of Cowell Family Cancer Center, Traverse City Michigan and Mindi Messmer, State Representative from New Hampshire.

Others included Suzi Tobias, Advocate and Founder, Less Cancer Bike Ride; J. Kim Penberthy, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia; Dyan Aretakis, FNP, MSN, PNP, Project Director, University of Virginia Teen Health Center; Linda Reinstein, Co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness; Kathleen Haden, MSN, RN, ANP, Adult Nurse Practitioner of Surgical Oncology, University of Virginia.

Less Cancer Chairman Tom Sherman, M.D. presented on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster in his home state of New Hampshire.

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Less Cancer Chairman Tom Sherman, M.D. Photo by Vincent Ricardel

Emmy Award Winning Journalist Miles O’Brien moderated the panel on drinking water. Panelists included Mae Wu from the Nation Resource Defense Council and John Scully, Ph.D. Interim Department Chair, Charles Henderson, who is the Chaired Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Co-Director of Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia and Jesse Meiller, PhD, Senior Professorial Lecturer, Environmental Science, American University. Rob Bilott, Less Cancer board member also on the panel, gained fame for his work in PFOAS Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C8, a synthetic perfluorinated carboxylic acid, and fluorosurfactant. PFOA persists indefinitely in the environment. It is a toxicant and carcinogen.

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Miles O’Brien (far right) and panelists (from left) Mae Wu, Rob Bilott, Jesse Meiller, PhD and John Scully, Ph.D., Photo by Vincent Ricardel

Here is this 2017 take away.

As founder of Less Cancer, it has become increasingly and exceedingly clear that the focus for Cancer Prevention must call immediate attention, an urgent 911, to our polluted and sometimes cancer-causing drinking water.

We as citizens need all resources shifted to this purpose— to guarantee that (at the very least) our drinking water is safe. Having safe, clean water speaks to the most basic of human needs. It’s a no-brainer. And yet, this isn’t fully understood or appreciated in its urgency.

It is precisely such concerns that called and continue to call on our work at Less Cancer.

The Less Cancer work started when it was founded in 2004 under the name of Next Generation Choices Foundation. At the time the idea of cancer prevention was thought to be more of a crap shoot than the evidenced based science that more mainstream audiences now understand. Leading experts globally agree that over 50% of all cancers are preventable. Today we know that the evidenced based science indicates the best way to end cancer is to prevent it. Our goal with Less Cancer is to reduce all incidences of cancer— particularly regarding populations with increasing rates of cancer.

Current leadership suggests that any protections that would come with the legislation may soon be an effort of the past and that non- government organizations must work harder and smarter to garner support for work that assures safe drinking water for all.

While individuals can help protect themselves with water testing and filters, organizations must fight for the policy and legislation that will help protect all Americans from cancers related to drinking water. This is a priority on which we all must be steadfastly focused.

Remember when you didn’t think twice about using a drinking fountain?

If we are to prioritize preventing any cancers, we must at the very least address the carcinogens in drinking water. This also requires we remain stealthily focused. It involves information, details, and action.

While policy, legislation or regulation may not be a solution for every problem —for the case of safe drinking water, it is the pressing priority.

Personal action is not enough. Leadership from a government, non-government organizations and private entities must do all they can to provide creative solutions for ensuring that there will be safe drinking water for all.

For agenda of there National Cancer Prevention Day Workshop, bios, speaker disclosures, instructions on claiming CE credit, and additional resources, please visit link.

For the live stream please see click on link

Viewers may claim CE credit by watching and completing an evaluation by March 3, 2017.

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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

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Katy Perry Makes A Political Statement With A ‘Persist’ Armband At The Grammys

Katy Perry has always spoken her mind.

On Sunday night, she took the opportunity to make a political statement while performing her new song “Chained to the Rhythm” at the Grammy Awards

The singer, who was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton, wore a white pantsuit with an armband that read “PERSIST” during her performance with Ziggy Marley, finishing out the act by yelling out “No hate!” while standing against a backdrop that showed the beginning of the Constitution.

While the statement wasn’t explicitly about President Donald Trump’s administration, we can read between the lines. Her armband seems like a nod to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s quote about Elizabeth Warren’s attempt to read a letter criticizing Jeff Sessions, which soon became a feminist rallying cry: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Perry released the song on Friday and tweeted that we are now in the era of “purposeful pop.”

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
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ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

WATCH: “Finding” the Time to Do Things

Do you have things you’d like to do, but keep putting them off until you “find the time”…? And in today’s busy world, where we are constantly bombarded with different things to give our attention to, how often does that strategy actually work out? Here’s a video to help you stop kidding yourself, and start enhancing your chances of success.

If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the “Tap Out Your Fears” series — which explains the basics of EFT — click here.

As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!

For a picture of the tapping points — and more info on EFT — click here.

Tapping can sometimes bring up long-buried emotions, which is why I state that, before tapping along, folks must take full responsibility for their own well-being. For more information about that, please read this disclaimer.

Until next time, feel free to tap along with any of the many videos I have on YouTube or the many recordings I have at www.TapWithBrad.com.

For EFT with kids, please visit: www.TheWizardsWish.com.

For more by Brad Yates, click here.

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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Watch Constituents Flip Out On GOP Official For Claiming Obamacare Has Death Panels

Constituents at a Florida town hall that Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) hosted erupted when another Republican official made the long-debunked claim that Americans are subject to so-called death panels under the Affordable Care Act.

Bill Akins, the secretary of the Republican Party of Pasco County, made the claim during the town hall on Saturday.

“Here’s the problem I have with the affordable healthcare act. Number one, there is a provision in there that anyone over the age of 74 has to go before what is effectively a death panel,” he said, prompting immediate screams and boos from the audience. “Yes they do, yes they do, it’s in there folks.”

Akins went on to label the audience childish for calling him out on the lie. “OK children, all right children,” he said.

“Death panels,” which former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made popular in 2009, earned the honor of being PolitiFact’s “lie of the year.” There are no such panels in the law.

“The truth is that the health bill allows Medicare, for the first time, to pay for doctors’ appointments for patients to discuss living wills and other end-of-life issues with their physicians,” PolitiFact wrote in 2009. “These types of appointments are completely optional, and AARP supports the measure.” 

Later during the town hall, Akins got into a back-and-forth with a constituent and took offense at being called a liar.

The Saturday confrontation was the latest of several heated moments at Republican town halls across the country as the GOP looks to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

At least two Republicans, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) and Rep. Dave Brat (Va.), have insisted that upset constituents are paid protestors. They’ve offered no evidence of the claim.

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Angry Veterans Use ‘SNL’ To Send Pres. Trump A Serious Message

President Donald Trump is not shy about his scathing hate for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” or the golden-wigged Alec Baldwin. And one veterans advocacy group is using that famed feud to send POTUS a very serious message.

VoteVets, a political action committee that claims the support of more than 500,000 veterans, troops and supporters, announced Friday that they will be airing an ad during tonight’s “SNL” telling President Trump to act like a “legitimate president.”

The 30-second spot features a veteran, who lost his leg during the Afghanistan war, doing weighted squats as his voiceover addresses the Commander in Chief.

President Trump, I hear you watch the morning shows. Here’s what I do every morning. Look, you lost the popular vote, you’re having trouble drawing a crowd, and your approval rating keeps sinking.

But kicking thousands of my fellow veterans off their health insurance by killing the Affordable Care Act and banning Muslims won’t help.

And that’s not the America I sacrificed for. You want to be a legitimate president, sir? Then act like one. 

Watch the full ad below:

The commercial first aired during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” another show which, like “SNL,” Trump hate-obsesses over.

Peter Kauffmann, a Navy veteran and vice chair of VoteVets, said in a Monday press release that the organization chose to air the message on TV because “the White House comment line is down and Donald Trump hasn’t set up that veterans hotline he promised.” The point of the ad, the release explains, was “to get in front of [Trump’s] face.”

If VoteVets wanted to get Trump’s attention, “SNL” might be their best bet. POTUS has tweeted about the variety show three times in the past three months, mostly recently whining over Baldwin’s pursed-lip impression of him

Even if Trump doesn’t watch Saturday’s episode, rest assured that a lot of America will be tuning in.

“SNL’s” viewership is now up 22 percent, compared to this time last season, and the show is seeing its highest ratings in more than 20 years, according to NBC.

So when the rest of the country tunes in on Saturday night, one question remains: Will Trump?

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
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ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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10 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

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True confidence–as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities–has a look all its own. One thing is certain: truly confident people always have the upper hand over the doubtful and the skittish because they inspire others and they make things happen.


“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
- Henry Ford

Ford’s notion that your mentality has a powerful effect on your ability to succeed is seen in the results of a recent study at the University of Melbourne that showed that confident people earn higher wages and get promoted more quickly than anyone else.

Indeed, confident people have a profound impact on everyone they encounter. Yet, they achieve this only because they exert so much influence inside, on themselves.

We see only their outside. We see them innovate, speak their mind, and propel themselves forward toward bigger and better things.

And, yet, we’re missing the best part.

We don’t see the habits they develop to become so confident. It’s a labor of love that they pursue behind the scenes, every single day.

And while what people are influenced by changes with the season, the unique habits of truly confident people remain constant. Their focused pursuit is driven by these habits that you can emulate and absorb:

1. They speak with certainty. It’s rare to hear the truly confident utter phrases such as “Um,” “I’m not sure,” and “I think.” Confident people speak assertively because they know that it’s difficult to get people to listen to you if you can’t deliver your ideas with conviction.

2. They seek out small victories. Confident people like to challenge themselves and compete, even when their efforts yield small victories. Small victories build new androgen receptors in the areas of the brain responsible for reward and motivation. The increase in androgen receptors increases the influence of testosterone, which further increases their confidence and eagerness to tackle future challenges. When you have a series of small victories, the boost in your confidence can last for months.

3. They exercise. A study conducted at the Eastern Ontario Research Institute found that people who exercised twice a week for 10 weeks felt more competent socially, academically, and athletically. They also rated their body image and self-esteem higher. Best of all, rather than the physical changes in their bodies being responsible for the uptick in confidence, it was the immediate, endorphin-fueled positivity from exercise that made all the difference.

4. They don’t seek attention. People are turned off by those who are desperate for attention. Confident people know that being yourself is much more effective than trying to prove that you’re important. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are more attracted to the right attitude than what, or how many, people you know. Confident people always seem to bring the right attitude.

Confident people are masters of attention diffusion. When they’re receiving attention for an accomplishment, they quickly shift the focus to all the people who worked hard to help get them there. They don’t crave approval or praise because they draw their self-worth from within.

5. They don’t pass judgment.
Confident people don’t pass judgment on others because they know that everyone has something to offer, and they don’t need to take other people down a notch in order to feel good about themselves. Comparing yourself to other people is limiting. Confident people don’t waste time sizing people up and worrying about whether or not they measure up to everyone they meet.

6. They get their happiness from within. Happiness is a critical element of confidence, because in order to be confident in what you do, you have to be happy with who you are. People who brim with confidence derive their sense of pleasure and satisfaction from their own accomplishments, as opposed to what other people think of their accomplishments.

7. They listen more than they speak.
People with confidence listen more than they speak because they don’t feel as though they have anything to prove. Confident people know that by actively listening and paying attention to others, they are much more likely to learn and grow. Instead of seeing interactions as opportunities to prove themselves to others, they focus on the interaction itself, because they know that this is a far more enjoyable and productive approach to people. If you struggle with this, emotional intelligence training can help.

8. They take risks. When confident people see an opportunity, they take it. Instead of worrying about what could go wrong, they ask themselves, “What’s stopping me? Why can’t I do that?” and they go for it. Fear doesn’t hold them back because they know that if they never try, they will never succeed.

9. They aren’t afraid to be wrong. Confident people aren’t afraid to be proven wrong. They like putting their opinions out there to see if they hold up because they learn a lot from the times they are wrong and other people learn from them when they’re right. Self-assured people know what they are capable of and don’t treat being wrong as a personal slight.

10. They celebrate other people’s successes.
Insecure people constantly doubt their relevance, and because of this, they try to steal the spotlight and criticize others in order to prove their worth. Confident people, on the other hand, aren’t worried about their relevance because they draw their self-worth from within. Instead of insecurely focusing inward, confident people focus outward, which allows them to see all the wonderful things that other people bring to the table. Praising people for their contributions is a natural result of this.

Bringing It All Together

Building confidence is a journey, not a destination. To become more confident you must be passionate in your pursuit of a greater future.

Please share your thoughts on confidence in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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Love Needs To Be Remembered, Restored and Renewed

It’s that time of the year and love is in the air! Everywhere we see red hearts beaming from cards and boxes of chocolates, while a dozen roses just doesn’t have quite the right impact if they are yellow.

Every day we can read about the importance of love, how to get more of it, how to be the best at it, how to make it work, how to keep it alive, how to let go if it doesn’t work, and how to trust it and start the process all over again. Love appears to be the most important topic on our minds (along with elections, immigrants and teenage acne, to name but a few).

Learning to open the heart, to listen to, respect and trust what we feel, is one of life’s most powerful teachings. For the heart is more than just the center of love, it is also the center of our being, the place we point to when we talk about ourselves. When we say, “you have touched my heart” we are really saying “you have touched the deepest part of my being.”

We don’t have to go in search of love, or fear giving away so much that we have none left. We can never lose love; we can only lose sight of it. Love could not happen if it was not already an integral part of who we are. How can we lose what is our nature? How can we be left with nothing when love is the source of all life?

However, love rarely flows smoothly. We all experience conflicts, hurt or loss, and if the pain is too big to deal with we lock it away inside. This serves to lock us out of our heart. And when we become isolated from love we become mistrustful, uncaring, shallow, hateful, prejudiced and fearful.

Fear closes the heart so we can’t feel love, as when we close our arms and pull back in defense. Love comes from the open heart, when we open our arms wide to embrace another.

All this means that love needs to be remembered, restored and renewed. We remember by holding love close and feeling its presence; we restore those places where love has been forgotten or ignored; and we renew it by being aware of love in every moment.

The Indian government invited us to speak at a yoga conference being held in Pondicherry, in southern India.
When it was Ed’s turn to speak he talked about the beauty and awesome power of unconditional love. A man in the audience raised his hand.
“Please sir,” he said. “What is this love that you speak of? How do I get this love? Where can I find it?”
Ed replied: “You awake in love, you bathe in love, you eat in love, you walk in love, and you live in love. Love is within you; it is your true nature; it is who you really are.”
“Oh sir,” the man said, “You have all the right answers!”

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Ed & Deb are authors of many books. Deb is the author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind, now in 19 languages. They have three meditation CDs. See more at EdandDebShapiro.com

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