Obama signed into law on Thursday the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The bill expands means testing for Medicare and establishes a new payment system in which doctors will be rewarded for cutting costs while being punished for the volume and frequency of the health care services they provide.
The US state of Georgia became the 24th US state to legalize medical marijuana on Thursday, underscoring the increasing acceptance of the drug across America despite remaining an illegal substance under federal law. Georgia law decriminalizes marijuana possession in oil form used to alleviate suffering from diseases such as Parkinson's, cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
The FBI head agent in charge of the anthrax investigation ? Richard Lambert ? has just filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit calling the entire FBI investigation bulls**t:
Frustrated with the growing popularity of international media outlets, such as RT and Sputnik, the US Congress held the latest in a long list of hearings, trying to figure out why more and more Americans – and people around the world – turn to alternative news sources and abandon the mainstream media.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has expressed its “special concern” after Finland and Sweden stated they want closer cooperation with NATO. Both Nordic countries are not members of the alliance and Moscow says the move could destabilize the region. Russia said it is not opposed to the countries trying to solve issues concerning security and defense saying it is “undoubtedly a sovereign right of every state.” However, Moscow sees their decision as a threat aimed against Russia.
Civil asset forfeiture: police can seize your property and keep it even if they don’t convict or charge you with a crime. You must go through difficult,often unsuccessful process to get your property–whether it’s a vehicle, cash or your home–back from the police. New law: police can still take property from you for a short period, would need a conviction or a guilty plea to keep it. If police do get a guilty verdict and your property is forfeited, it goes to the state’s general fund rather than the police department’s budget, adds a layer of bureaucracy and oversight between police and the funds they seize.
Survey found that over 80% of people in all states supported medical marijuana, with over 50% also supporting full legalized recreational marijuana.
New Obama policy for illegal alien children whose parents want them to come to the United States. As long as the parent maintains legal status can apply to have their child picked up in central America, flown to the U.S. Millions of children qualify, can apply for tax-payer funded “family reunification benefits, education, food stamps, medical care, living expenses. When asked about cost White House spokesperson said they don’t know.
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni believes that without Russia Europe will be unable to neutralize the threat to European security posed by Islamist militants in Mali, Pakistan and Libya. Also believes the EU is too fixated on Ukrainian crisis and ignores other, equally important, problems; Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten newspaper reported Tuesday.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis: country’s relations with Germany over its latest bailout have declined into a state of “open hostility.”“This toxic game only benefits Europe’s enemies. It has to stop.” Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis to fly to Moscow March 30 to negotiate lower gas prices for his country and find ways of increasing Greek exports to the Russian Federation, despite EU sanctions
Greece’s energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis is visiting Moscow on Monday in a bid to arrange more favourable terms for imports of Russian gas, according to a report in Germany’s Spiegel Online.
The visit comes at a time when Athens is scrambling to strike a deal with its creditors for the release of the next tranche of bailout funds
John Boehner Calls Barack Obama An ‘Anti-War President’ Who Won’t Lead
“The world is starving for American leadership. But America has an anti-war president,” the Ohio Republican told reporters. “We have no strategy, overarching strategy, to deal with the growing terrorist threat. And it’s not just ISIS or Al-Qaeda or all of their affiliates. We’ve got a serious problem facing the world and America, by and large, is sitting on the sidelines.”
The top financial contributors to Congress during the 2013-2014 session, according to OpenSecrets.org, include Pfizer Inc., Amgen Inc., Merck & Co., Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca PLC, Eli Lilly & Co., Sanofi, AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, United Therapeutics, Novartis AG, Genentech Inc., Novo Nordisk and Allergan Inc. — all companies that produce drugs and vaccines.
"We are united by our shared task to liberate Georgia from the government which destroys our country," Saakashvili. Saakashvili's UNM won't be able to repeat the "success" of the Euromaidan. Key reason why Saakashvili's Maidan is doomed to fail is that the U.S. and the EU don't support his plans. Washington and Brussels have no reason to topple the Georgian government - for now.
County officials in Seattle can prohibit an advertisement criticizing Israeli policies toward Palestinians from appearing on local buses without violating constitutional protections on free speech, a U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory after a closely contested national election in Israel. According to unofficial figures released by the Israeli election committee, Netanyahu’s Likud Party won at least 29 seats in the 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, putting it in a strong position to form a ruling coalition.
Increasingly worried that he could lose Tuesday’s elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel lashed out at the country’s Arab voters, expressing alarm that a large turnout by them could determine the outcome. Opponents accused him of baldfaced racism.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu :“There is a real danger of a leftwing government, even though most of the public doesn’t want Tzipi and Buji as prime minister and want to see me continue,” warned that the gap between Zionist Union and Likud votes will determine who forms the next government.
Obama claimed, “As long as you can go on into some neighborhoods, and it’s easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable,” Obama continued. “As long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence.”
The three top US national security officials appeared together before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday to press the case for a broadly worded resolution authorizing the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Iceland has dropped its bid to join the European Union, the Foreign Ministry in Reykjavik says. The announcement follows pledges made by the country’s euro-skeptic government since winning the 2013 election.
Greece threatening to seize property, land and businesses belonging to Germany if Berlin does not agree to compensate it for Nazi occupation of the Second World War. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras demanded Germany pay £112billion in reparations, said previous payments did not cover destroyed infrastructure, compensation for war crimes, return of a forced loan to the Nazis.
Unspecified classified information demonstrating Moscow's violation of international agreements in Ukraine has resulted in the latest US round of sanctions against Russia, US Democratic Senator Ben Cardin told Sputnik on Wednesday.
Introduced by Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview), House Bill 2165 (HB2165) repeals current provisions under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the Health and Safety Code, and Tax Code to end the state-level prohibition on marijuana. Since FBI statistics show that approximately 99 of 100 arrests for marijuana are done under state and not federal law.
The United States government is applying pressure to European countries that oppose sanctions against Russia, US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland said at a US Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Netanyahu:“It is a very tight race,” “Nothing is guaranteed because there is a huge, worldwide effort to topple the Likud government.” Political parties in Israel not allowed to accept money from foreign donors, nonprofit organizations can accept money from overseas. US consultants advised candidates in Israeli elections for years.
A bipartisan trio of senators will introduce historic legislation to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY) are set to file the bill today.
Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the agency in charge of setting conservation policy and enforcing environmental laws in the state, issued directives in 2011 barring thousands of employees from using the phrases "climate change" and "global warming," according to a bombshell report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR).
President Barack Obama issued executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat, sanctioning seven individuals, expressing concern about Venezuelan government’s treatment of political opponents. “We are deeply concerned by Venezuelan government efforts to escalate intimidation of its political opponents.
European Commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker: European Union should establish its own army to counter Russia. Mike Hookam, Defense spokesman for UK Independence Party: “A European army would be a tragedy for the UK,” Mike Hookam,“We have seen the mess the EU has made of the Eurozone economy, how can we think of trusting them with this island’s defense?”
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis: Eurozone ministers must accept Greece’s proposal of seven major reforms to secure the country’s next tranche of bailout or “there could be problems,” warns the country may hold early elections or a referendum if the eurozone does not agree to its bailout plans.
The German government is alarmed, False claims and exaggerated accounts, warned a top German official during a recent meeting on Ukraine, have put NATO -- and by extension, the entire West -- in danger of losing its credibility.
A small town in southern Washington on Saturday opened the state’s first recreational marijuana store that is both owned and operated by the local government. Cannabis Corner in North Bonneville, home to about 1,000 people on the Columbia River Gorge, will sell a range of marijuana products with all profits going back to the local community.
EU foreign ministers showed little appetite on Saturday for stepping up pressure on Russia over Ukraine, preferring to give a fragile ceasefire a chance before deciding whether to apply more sanctions or even to extend existing ones.
Directs the Attorney General to issue final order that removes marijuana in any form from all schedules of controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act.; revise the definition of "felony drug offense" to exclude conduct relating to marijuana; and (4) eliminate marijuana from provisions setting forth penalties applicable to prohibited conduct under such Act.
Visit of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Moscow indicates significance Italian government attaches to relations with Russia. Trade between the two countries very high:(approximately $52 billion) per year. Italy second largest consumer of Russian exports.
Jacob Rothschild, banker and chairman of RIT Capital Partners :on top of a "difficult economic background" investors face "a geopolitical situation perhaps as dangerous as any we have faced since World WarII".result of "chaos and extremism in the Middle East, Russian aggression and expansion, weakened Europe threatened by unemployment, caused by failure to tackle structural reforms in the European Union".
US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) this week filed legislation she calls the "Internet Freedom Act" to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's new network neutrality rules. , Blackburn received $25,000 from an AT&T political action committee (PAC), $20,000 from a Comcast PAC, $20,000 from a cable industry association PAC, and $15,000 from a Verizon PAC, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday, those who were leaving the venue for the night were greeted by dozens of chanting protesters. Some of the protesters said they were of Palestinian descent, but others were Jewish.
Qu Xing, China’s ambassador to Belgium, was quoted as blaming competition between Russia and the West for the Ukraine crisis, urging Western powers to “abandon the zero-sum mentality” with Russia, said that Western powers should take into consideration Russia’s legitimate security concerns over Ukraine.
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