Chelsea Clinton: Climate change connects to child marriage

(DAILY WIRE) — “Climate change” and “child marriage” are “interconnected” issues, said Chelsea Clinton on Monday. Participating in a left-wing discussion panel framed as a meeting for “social justice,” she was introduced as an “activist, thought leader, and change agent.”

Using “climate change” as a euphemism for the narrative of anthropogenic global warming, Clinton framed the burning of fossil fuels as exacerbating other perceived social and political issues (emphasis added):

“[We] carry multiple concerns in both our head and our heart. Just listening to the concerns around education and climate change, women’s health, child marriage, access to technology, all of those are of course interconnected. We have to focus on each of them in their interconnectedness.”


Report: Trump budget signals administration support for Big Pharma

President Donald Trump vowed to take on pharmaceutical companies by enacting policy changes that would ensure that Americans receiving prescriptions through government-funded healthcare programs are getting the drugs at a reasonable price. Many observers believed the first sign of those changes would come via the presidential budget proposal.

In his first press conference as president, Trump complained that drug companies in the U.S. are “getting away with murder” by gouging patients on drug prices because they’re confident the government will pay.

Part of the problem, the president said, is a federal law which prohibits Medicare from negotiating with drug companies to get a better price.

“We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world, and yet we don’t bid properly,” Trump said at the time.

Axios health and business reporter Ben Herman related Tuesday that health industry insiders are taking a lack of any mention of drug negotiations in the Trump budget as a sign that the administration isn’t all that interested in the policy change.

He wrote: “The budget is usually just a political wish list, which makes it surprising that Trump didn’t include ideas he mentioned on the campaign trail, like allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. There’s also no mention of mandating Medicaid-type rebates for low-income people on Medicare.”

A healthcare policy analyst Herman spoke to said the lack of drug-related policy in the proposal “makes us question whether this is truly an issue of importance to the administration.”

That’s a big departure from the mood within the pharmaceutical industry back in January, when Trump’s comments caused a modest stock slide and had industry insiders admitting that its time to rethink the drug pricing structure. If you’d like to go back in time, read more on that via The Washington Post. 

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‘Lock him up!’ as unruly man in Trump hat yanked off flight

(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) — The removal of a belligerent man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat from a United Airlines flight was met with cheers from passengers chanting “lock him up.”

The flight to New Jersey from Shanghai, China was delayed for several hours before takeoff as the man hurled insults at the flight crew and fellow passengers.

According to a passenger on the flight, the man called female passengers “moron,” “lesbian” and “Hillary.” At one point the man became so unruly that staff asked passengers exit the plane so that they could remove him before leaving Shanghai.


Trump delivers balanced budget to Congress

(WASHINGTON TIMES) The White House sent Congress a $4.1 trillion budget Tuesday that balances in 10 years with deep cuts to non-defense spending, but doesn’t touch Medicare or Social Security retirement programs.

The spending blueprint puts numbers to President Trump’s priorities, boosting military spending by 10 percent and slashing a slew of social welfare programs that the administration deemed a waste of money.

The budget racked up an estimated $440 billion deficit in the first year. But the overspending steadily shrinks over a decade before reaching a projected $16 billion surplus in 2027.


No whites allowed in all-minority orchestra

(CBC) — When Chi-chi Nwanoku was a teenager, she had a dream: to represent Great Britain in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

She was one of the fastest 100-metre sprinters in England, despite being only five feet tall and weighing a little over 100 pounds. But at 18, a serious knee injury ended her competitive running days forever. She shifted gears.

She had always loved classical music, and decided to learn to play the double bass. She had the chops. She received scholarships. And for the past 30 years, Chi-chi Nwanoku has made her living as a soloist and member of prestigious orchestras.

A few years ago, she started chasing another dream: to change the face and colour of classical music.


Occupy Silicon Valley: Tech titans fear populist revolt

(CNBC) — Standout gains in large technology stocks like Amazon.com and Apple show just how much the sector is disconnected from the sluggish growth on the rest of Main Street, one notable strategist said in a report titled “Occupy Silicon Valley.”

The tech stock rally “could ultimately lead to populist calls for redistribution of the increasingly concentrated wealth of Silicon Valley,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s chief investment strategist, Michael Hartnett, said in a report released Monday.

The report’s title draws parallels to the 2011 “Occupy Wall Street” protest against the wealth of the largest U.S. financial institutions which arose out of the financial crisis. Today, more and more people feel left behind economically despite the massive expansion of global business, especially for digital technology firms, the report implies.


Judge Andrew Napolitano explains in two words why governments can’t stop terror

Government officials use terror attack on the U.S. and other western nations as a rallying cry for increased authority to invade citizen privacy. But following the terror attack on a pop concert in Manchester, U.K., Monday night, Judge Andrew Napolitano argued that the problem governments have certainly isn’t a lack of information.

Just as American officials have after recent terror attacks on U.S. soil, British intelligence officials were able to garner information about the perpetrators of the U.K. attack after the fact.

But it isn’t because they didn’t have the information prior to the bombing, Napolitano noted Tuesday on Fox News.

Like the National Security Agency in the U.S., British intelligence officers had access to the digital communications of the Manchester bomb perpetrators long before the attack occurred. Unfortunately, thanks to liberalized spying laws they also have the digital communications data of millions of innocent people. There’s simply too much data for intelligence agencies to sort through to recognize potential bad actors before they carry out mass killings.

Napolitano called it “information overload.”

The Fox contributor said:

It keeps happening over and over again. I don’t want to sound callous, I’m not. I’m sympathetic and empathetic.

But the fact that British law enforcement is able to go through cell phones and text messages now means they should have gone through cell phones and text messages earlier. Just like our NSA, they had all this information. They suffer, just like we do here, from information overload. It’s impossible for them to examine all the data we had. San Bernardino, Orlando, and even the Boston marathon, we had all their text messages, we didn’t know about it until those tragedies occurred.

If agencies don’t better target surveillance activities, Napolitano concluded, they’ll continue to miss major warning signs ahead of terror attacks.

“There almost always are some warning signs,” he said.

Information overload as it pertains to the surveliance state’s inability to recognize credible threats is something we’ve covered in the past. Read More: Dragnet surveillance to blame for FBI’s inability to identify Orlando shooter

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