Julia Cohen – May 23, 2018
The federal government will spend $685 billion subsidizing health care for people under 65 in 2018, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday.
The funds are expected to equal 3.4 percent of gross domestic product in 2018, creeping up to 3.9 percent by 2028. The majority of this money will go towards Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan, which covers about a quarter of Americans under the age of 65.
Over the next ten years, the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion is set to cost the federal government an additional $842 billion in addition to what they would have had to pay for without the Obama-era health care reform, according to the report.
Bob Unruh – May 21, 2018
The Boy Scouts have decided to accept people who identify as gay and lesbian among their ranks. And girls are welcome now, too, into the iconic organization, which has renamed itself Scouts BSA.
So what’s next?
A mandate that condoms be made available to “all participants” of its global gathering.
It’s among the demands of the World Scout Committee for any host country of a World Scout Jamboree.
That would include the 24th World Scout Jamboree, scheduled July 21-Aug. 1, 2019, in West Virginia.
Micheal Snyder – May 22, 2018
In 2017 we absolutely shattered the all-time record for retail store closings in a single year, and this year it looks like we are going to shatter the record once again. In fact, there are some that are projecting that up to 9,000 retail stores could close by the time that we get to the end of this calendar year. Already, the amount of retail space that has shut down is simply jaw-dropping. If you total up all of the retail store closings that have been announced so far in 2018, it accounts for 77 million square feet of retail space. Let that number sink in for a bit. Many shopping centers and strip malls around the country already have a post-apocalyptic feel to them, and more “space available” signs are going up with each passing day. And in case you are tempted to think that I am making this figure up, here it is straight from Bloomberg…
At last count, U.S. store closures announced this year reached a staggering 77 million square feet, according to data on national and regional chains compiled by CoStar Group Inc. That means retailers are well on their way to surpassing the record 105 million square feet announced for closure in all of 2017.
In the end, we could shatter the all-time record that was established just last year by 20 or 30 million square feet.
Christian Institute – May 15, 2018
Wales has become the first part of the UK to introduce a new technique for screening unborn babies for Down’s syndrome on the NHS.
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT), a type of blood test, is claimed to be 99 per cent accurate in diagnosing the condition.
Critics have repeatedly argued that it is likely to lead to more abortions, and even to Down’s children being eradicated altogether.
Campaign group Don’t Screen Us Out warned that this move “will have a profoundly negative impact on the community of people with Down’s syndrome” in Wales.
Kate Harris, whose twelve-year-son has Down’s syndrome, said that women are currently advised to seek advice from doctors who favour abortion for those with the condition.
She went on to discuss the importance of parents getting an informed opinion from those who have a child with Down’s syndrome.
Pam Key – May 20, 2018
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick said the uptick in school shootings in America could be traced to culture devaluing life.
Patrick said, “Should we be surprised in this nation? We have devalued life. Whether it’s through abortion, the breakup of families, through violent movies, and particularly violent video games now outsell movies and music.”
He added, “Psychologists and psychiatrists will tell you that students are desensitized to violence. Many have lost empathy for their victims by watching hours and hours of violent video games.”
Newsmax – May 18, 2018
Ten people were killed and 10 were injured in a school shooting roughly 30 miles from Houston Friday morning, officials said.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick confirmed that nine of the dead were students and one was a teacher.
Authorities arrested a person, reportedly 17-year-old male who is believed to be a student at the school, and took two other individuals into custody as persons of interest.
The Associated Press and other media outlets, citing law-enforcement sources, identifed the suspect as 17-year old Dimitrios Pagourtzis.
Santa Fe Independent School District (ISD) Police Chief Walter Braun said police discovered explosive devices in the school and in the surrounding area. He urged the public to keep watch for other suspicious items as the bomb squad dealt with the threats.
Jeffrey Rodack – May 6, 2018
A new study reveals more than 40 percent of U.S. households can’t afford middle-class basics like rent, child care and cellphones, Axios is reporting.
The study was conducted by United Way and reported by Axios. It is scheduled for release on Thursday.
According to Axios, the study found 34.7 million people in the U.S. who live above the poverty line, but cannot pay ordinary expenses. The number is twice as high as the 16.3 million who are in actual poverty, project director Stephanie Hoopes said.
And she said the number of those just above poverty appears to be growing larger despite the improving economy.
“It’s a magnitude of financial hardship that we can’t been able to capture until now,” Hoopes said.
Julia Nista – May 16, 2018
Hamas claimed that 50 of the more than 60 killed along the border between Gaza and Israel during an outbreak of violent protests following the U.S. Embassy’s opening in Jerusalem Monday were part of its terror organization Wednesday.
An outbreak in violence on the Gaza border followed the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem Monday.
In a video with a Hamas official, Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil claims 50 of those killed on the border were Hamas members.
Around 40,000 Palestinians participated in violent protest along the Gaza border, with around 60 dead and 2,2000 injured.
Debkafiles – May 14, 2018
Hamas is satisfied with having orchestrated the deadliest day of Palestinian violence in Gaza since 2014 – although it cost more than 50 Palestinian lives and 1,000 injured. The terrorist group’s declared goal was to overshadow the inauguration of the first US embassy in Jerusalem occurring that day, but equally to grab the Palestinian torch from Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party in Ramallah and put the Palestinians back on the pressing international agenda. Meanwhile, some 40,000 Palestinians held out for 12 hours Monday against the IDF, and at least 35 fires set by flaming kites incinerated Israel farm crops. The Hamas perspective does not recognize its fiascoes. In fact, despite a cash flow from Iran and detailed organization, they failed to reach their targeted goal of 100,000 demonstrators. And the massed rioters, although constantly urged to smash their way across, failed even once to break through the Gaza-Israel border fence or breach any of the IDF positions lined up to secure the border.
Neither were substantial protests whipped up in other Palestinian areas, especially in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Hamas strategists are therefore in a quandary about how to proceed next with their eight-week “March of Return.”
Henry Holloway – May 11, 2018
Tehran and Jerusalem have exchanged fire in Syria as the Middle Eastern powers square up to one another.
Israel believes Iran is plotting to attack them through Syria, while Iran has warned it will “destroy Israel” within 25 years.
US officials have also dubbed an open war between Israel and Iran the “most likely” for “live hostility”.
And now Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-times theorist who has penned 50 books, has predicted a conflict is on the brink.
He eluded to prophecy predicted by 13th century scholar which said Iran would spark an apocalyptic war.
“Things are about to get Biblical,” Rabbi Winston told Breaking Israel news.