Federal agencies won’t hold up money amid NC anti-trans law battle


 | LGBTQNation | May 12, 2016

FILE - In this May 9, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C. Four years ago, North Carolina was the one that got away for Democrats, the only battleground state President Barack Obama didn’t carry in his resounding re-election triumph. Now, with Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket and state GOP officials embroiled in a contentious fight over transgender rights, Democrats see a ripe opportunity for likely nominee Hillary Clinton to grab North Carolina back in November, as well as boost her party’s prospects in competitive races for Senate and governor.

FILE – In this May 9, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C. Four years ago, North Carolina was the one that got away for Democrats, the only battleground state President Barack Obama didn’t carry in his resounding re-election triumph. Now, with Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket and state GOP officials embroiled in a contentious fight over transgender rights, Democrats see a ripe opportunity for likely nominee Hillary Clinton to grab North Carolina back in November, as well as boost her party’s prospects in competitive races for Senate and governor. ( AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

WASHINGTON — The White House says federal agencies won’t withhold money for North Carolina while a legal fight plays out over the state’s law on gay, lesbian and transgender rights.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says an administration review is now on hold about whether the law could force federal agencies to freeze money for health, education or housing programs. He says the agencies will wait for the courts to determine whether the law violates the Civil Rights Act.

The Justice Department and North Carolina’s governor sued each other on Monday. At issue is a state law that says transgender people must use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.

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Donald Trump and the politics of bullying


D | Bilerico Report | LGBTQNation | May 12, 2016

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I find Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican candidate for the presidency disconcerting for many reasons, the most important being that his popularity stems not from the substance of this policy initiatives – of which he has generated very few – but, rather, from the style and tone of his arguments. Trump has conducted a campaign of attack, innuendo, name-calling, and incessant racist, Islamophobic, and misogynistic bullying and scapegoating.

I would not find this so concerning if it had not resonated with a significant majority of the Republican electorate.

While some others in contention for the White House on the Republican side understood that their chances hinged on attracting a more diverse electorate in addition to older white people, Trump figuratively spit in the faces of minoritized racial groups, in particular Latinos, during his off-scripted rambling announcement speech last summer.

“The US has become a dumping ground for everyone else’s problems,” he said. “[Mexico is] sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and they’re rapists.”

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State Department: International Treaties Do Not Demand Monopoly On Marijuana Production


NORML | May 12, 2016

Washington, DC: United States treaty obligations do not mandate the federal government to limit marijuana production to a single licensed facility, according to written statements provided by the State Department to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

The Department’s statements run counter to opinions expressed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which has long alleged that there can only be one federally licensed cultivator of marijuana for research purposes – the University of Mississippi, as overseen by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2011, the DEA rejected an order from its own administrative law judge calling on the agency to issue additional cultivation licenses. The agency claimed that allowing such activity would be “inconsistent with United States obligations under the Single Convention (treaty).”

But in response to an inquiry from Sen. Gillibrand, representatives from the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement have now denied the DEA’s claim, stating, “If a party to the Single Convention issued multiple licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes, that fact alone would not be a sufficient basis to conclude that the party was acting in contravention of the Convention.”

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Tennessee: Hemp Production Measure Signed Into Law


NORML | May 12, 2016

Legislation, HB 2032, permitting the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp has become law.

The measure permits  for the licensed cultivation of industrial hemp when “grown by an institution of higher education in this state that offers a baccalaureate or post-graduate level program of study in agricultural sciences.”

Over 20 states have enacted similar legislation, which is compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 federal farm bill.

The law also establishes a process for licensure for persons who wish to process or distribute industrial hemp within the state.

People over government: RT America hosts Libertarian Party debate


 

RT America | May 12, 2016

“Absolutely no good or service should be provided at the barrel of a gun.” – Darryl Perry on social safety nets.

“We don’t need to reform the campaign finance system, we need to take back our public broadcast systems.”- Kevin McCormick on Citizens United.

“And then I will pardon him and offer him a position in my Cabinet.” Marc Allen Feldman on Edward Snowden.

All this and more in RT America’s highlights of the Libertarian Party presidential debate.

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DNC hires Wall Street-funded politician to oversee convention


 

RT America | May 12, 2016

The Democratic National Committee has hired former Congressman Barney Frank to oversee the convention in Philadelphia, reportedly to counter Bernie Sanders on Wall Street related issues. For more on this, Larry Cohen, former President of the Communications Workers of America and Bernie Sanders supporter joins ‘News With Ed’.

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Protesters amass as Trump holds meeting with GOP leaders


 

RT America | May 12, 2016

Protesters gathered outside the Republican National Committee in Washington DC, Thursday, to protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who was holding a meeting with GOP leaders in an attempt to unify the party.

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Immigrants: We Were Denied Vital Medical Care While in ICE Detention Center


Immigrants in ICE detention center. (photo: AP)
Immigrants in ICE detention center. (photo: AP)

 

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee | ThinkProgress |Reader Supported News | May 12, 2016

elson De Jesus Fernandez takes blood thinners to control Behcet’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissues, resulting in damage to blood vessels and veins. But when Fernandez — who’s originally from the Dominican Republic — was placed in an immigrant detention center in Hudson County, New Jersey, he wasn’t given the right medication. The facility gave him an unknown drug that caused him to bleed internally for approximately three days before he was taken to a local hospital.

Fernandez wasn’t the only immigrant whose symptoms were neglected at the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Another detainee was denied ongoing care after an initial hospital appointment even though he was a cancer survivor. Yet another was denied physical therapy and additional surgery to repair an internal issue with his leg, which he broke before he was detained by immigration agents, because “the injury occurred prior to ICE custody.”

These are just a few of the five dozen immigrants held in at Hudson who received inadequate medical care, according to a complaint filed by the immigrant rights organizations Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) and First Friends of NJ NY.

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Poor Wages Send a Third of US Manufacturing Workers to Welfare Lines in Order to Pay for Food, Healthcare, Data Show


A welder works in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, May 3, 2010. (photo: Sean Gardner/Reuters)
A welder works in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, May 3, 2010. (photo: Sean Gardner/Reuters)

 

Angelo Young | International Business Times | Reader Supported News | May 12, 2016

.S. manufacturing jobs used to be a path to the middle class for Americans who couldn’t or didn’t dive into the comfort provided by higher education degrees. But now many skilled, working Americans need some form of public assistance because their wages don’t pay for basic living expenses.

Just over 2 million supervised manufacturing workers, or about a third of the total, need food stamps, Medicaid, tax credits for the poor or other forms of publicly subsided assistance while they work on goods that can carry the tag “Made in the U.S.A.,” according to research of official government wage and welfare data relased Tuesday by the University of California, Berkeley.

The cost of these benefits to the U.S. taxpayer? From 2009 to 2013, federal and state governments subsidized the low manufacturing wages paid by the private sector to the tune of $10.2 million per year.

Oregon led the nation on the number of manufacturing workers – 1 in 4 – that needed food stamps during that period of time, while 1 in 5 factory workers in Mississippi and Illinois needed healthcare assistance for both adults (Medicaid) and children (CHIP). Taking into account all major social welfare, including the earned income tax credit and temporary assistance to needy families (TANF), Mississippi topped the list, followed by Georgia, California and Texas.

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Texas Republicans Inch Closer to Secession


 | Mother Jones | May 11, 2016

If the nationalists get their way, this November might be the last time Texans vote for a US president.

On Wednesday, the Platform Committee of the Texas Republican Party voted to put a Texas independence resolution up for a vote at this week’s GOP convention, according to a press release from the pro-secession Texas Nationalist Movement. The resolution calls for allowing voters to decide whether the Lone Star State should become an independent nation.

Texas was, in fact, its own country for nine years before joining the United States in 1845, and while the idea of returning to independence has never been taken seriously by most people, it remains popular as a romantic notion and marketing hook. Lone Star beer is the “national beer of Texas.” Texas Monthly is the “national magazine of Texas.” In a 2009 rally, then-Gov. Rick Perry hinted that the state could secede if “Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people.” He later backed off the idea. (Representatives of the state GOP and Texas Nationalist Movement could not be reached for comment.)

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