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Trump Official's Jaw-Dropping Ignorance on Saudi Arabia is Inexcusable (Video) Ted Cruz's Pants on Fire claim that health care law is nation's 'biggest job-killer' Republican plan for Medicaid could hurt opioid abusers Trump promised to help. WASHINGTON — As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump repeatedly and forcefully promised to expand access to drug treatment, strengthen prevention options and address the scourge of drug addiction after hearing about many Americans’ struggle with opiate abuse.

Republican plan for Medicaid could hurt opioid abusers Trump promised to help

Now, Trump’s rhetoric as a candidate is running headfirst into the realities of Trump the president as Republicans promote their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The current version of the Trump-backed Republican health care plan would end the Obamacare requirement that addiction services and mental health treatment be covered under Medicaid in the 31 states that expanded the health care program. The GOP plan would instead leave up to states — and their budgets — to decide whether to cover drug treatment and mental health services under Medicaid.

That’s a decision advocates say could put the most vulnerable opiate abusers in greater risk, thanks to near-constant pressure on state budgets. Dr. When Politicians Tell the Truth on Voting Restrictions. This year, voters in 14 states will go to the polls with new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election.

When Politicians Tell the Truth on Voting Restrictions

When lawmakers passed these new requirements, particularly voter ID laws, they claimed it was to safeguard against voter fraud and protect election integrity. But occasionally we have seen politicians slip — and reveal a more strategic motive for these laws. Wisconsin Congressman Admits Voter ID Will Help GOP Win in 2016 Responding to an interview question about Republican’s chance at the presidency in 2016, U.S.

Rep. Legislative Leaders “Giddy” About Preventing Minorities and Students from Voting At a May 2016 trial on Wisconsin’s voting restrictions, former Republican staffer Todd Allbaugh testified that some Wisconsin legislative leaders were “giddy” that the state’s strict photo ID law could keep minority and young voters from the polls. Conservative Leader Argues Voter ID Skews Elections Toward Conservatives Georgia State Sen. State Rep. Where Does Clinton Foundation Money Go? Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says that “so little” of the charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation “actually go to charitable works” — a figure CARLY for America later put at about 6 percent of its annual revenues — but Fiorina is simply wrong.

Where Does Clinton Foundation Money Go?

Fiorina and others are referring only to the amount donated by the Clinton Foundation to outside charities, ignoring the fact that most of the Clinton Foundation’s charitable work is performed in-house. One independent philanthropy watchdog did an analysis of Clinton Foundation funding and concluded that about 89 percent of its funding went to charity. Simply put, despite its name, the Clinton Foundation is not a private foundation — which typically acts as a pass-through for private donations to other charitable organizations.

Rather, it is a public charity. It conducts most of its charitable activities directly. Fiorina Attacks That just isn’t so. Why We Ask to See Candidates’ Tax Returns. Photo Boston — Lost in the debate over Donald J.

Why We Ask to See Candidates’ Tax Returns

Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns is the story of where the custom of disclosure comes from — and why it can be so valuable as a measure of character. It’s a tale of presidential tax shenanigans, political scandal and one of the most famous quotations in American history: Richard M. Nixon’s “I am not a crook.” Rubio exaggerates in saying it's been 80 years since a 'lame duck' made a Supreme Court nomination. The death of U.S.

Rubio exaggerates in saying it's been 80 years since a 'lame duck' made a Supreme Court nomination

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was a key topic at the start of the Republican presidential debate in South Carolina Saturday night. Some of the candidates, including Sen. Marco Rubio, called on President Barack Obama to hold back on his replacement and leave the decision to the next president. "I do not believe the president should appoint someone," said Rubio, a Florida senator. How Uninformed U.S. Politicians Help ISIS. The world has to confront an increasingly intractable problem: the growing threat from radical Christian terrorists who have slaughtered thousands of innocents.

How Uninformed U.S. Politicians Help ISIS

There’s the loose affiliation of terror groups tied to the Christian Identity movement, as well as the Orange Volunteers, the Army of God, the Phineas Priesthood and many, many others. And those are just the homegrown organizations—Christianity has inspired violent groups overseas that murder and behead people, and rape and kill young children. The Lord’s Resistance Army, a radical fundamentalist Christian group, has committed thousands of murders and kidnappings in the name of Jesus. The ludicrous myth of Republican fiscal responsibility: A history lesson for the modern GOP. Over the past three decades, the Republican party has followed a familiar strategy — get elected to executive office by preaching fiscal responsibility, make a complete mess of things fiscally, and then, when a Democrat comes in to clean up the mess, blame them endlessly for not fixing it fast enough.

The ludicrous myth of Republican fiscal responsibility: A history lesson for the modern GOP

We see this currently, with the insipid Republican candidates blaming President Obama for our current debt level, despite the fact that Republican policies, like cutting taxes for the wealthy and putting two wars on the credit card made it all possible. It is a kind of reasoning that Mitch McConnell presented when Obama first entered office, saying, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering. The GOP scored 33 more seats in the House this election even though Democrats earned a million more votes in House races.

This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering

Professor Jeremy Mayer says gerrymandering distorts democracy. (The Fold/The Washington Post) The GOP scored 33 more seats in the House this election even though Democrats earned a million more votes in House races. Professor Jeremy Mayer says gerrymandering distorts democracy. 5 things the media does to manufacture outrage. 5 things the media does to manufacture outrage.

5 things the media does to manufacture outrage.

America Has a Hidden Climate Denial Network and New Research Maps It Out. Bush administration Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Leavitt addresses members of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Seattle.

America Has a Hidden Climate Denial Network and New Research Maps It Out

Behind Leavitt is a sign for the morning’s sponsor, ExxonMobil. July 2004. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Here’s a story we all now know well: A small number of groups backed by the fossil fuel industry have for decades shed doubt on the science of climate change, even as the actual scientific community consensus on the issue — that greenhouse gas pollution posed a significant threat to our climate — remained strong and continued to grow stronger. This week, Justin Farrell, a professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, released a comprehensive report in Nature Climate Change detailing just who these people opposing climate action are, where their funding comes from, and how the groups they work through are interrelated.

GOPTranslator-full. The Second Amendment Was Never Meant to Protect an Individual’s Right to a Gun. This post originally appeared at The Nation. Gun rights activists gather at a public pavilion prior to a march to the Ferguson Police station on November 16, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) NSA Rats Out Republicans, Proves Netanyahu Bribed Them Against Iran Nuclear Deal Bipartisan Report.

Politics can certainly make for a strange bedfellow. In this spy versus spy world, longtime bosom buddies Israel and America have been spying on each other for decades, even as they help each other spy on the rest of the world. As former Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers once stated, “Intelligence professionals have a saying: There are no friendly intelligence services.” Proving that Rogers was absolutely correct in his statement, the Wall Street Journal just uncovered hard evidence that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to bribe Republicans for nay votes on America’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Politically-Challenged: Terrifying ignorance. “Utter insanity and stupidity”: Ex-Reagan adviser unloads on GOP, lobbyists and the myth of the “moderate Republican”