Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Posted by Steve Bartin at 8:32 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Jews are 'adept at working the American political system' aided by 'the memory of the Holocaust' - extraordinary claim made by journal where Huma Abedin was assistant editor
The Daily Mail reports:
An Islamic journal where Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's top aide, was assistant editor published an article accusing Jews of 'working the American political system' – and being aided by the 'memory of the Holocaust'.Eat your heart out Donald Trump aides. Being a Democrat means you can get away with almost anything.
Abedin, who is vice-chair of Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, spent 12 years as an assistant editor for Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs.
Her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is the journal's editor-in-chief and has been accused of espousing the views of the Muslim Brotherhood through the publication.
Huma Abedin's brother, Hassan, is an associate editor and her sister, Heba, is an assistant editor.
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Crain's Chicago Business reports:
The business of health care is getting a lot harder on providers. Profit margins of Chicago area hospitals declined significantly in 2015, with a handful of health care systems losing money from operations. Meantime, health insurance plans in Illinois swung to a loss last year, dragged under by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Land of Lincoln.The great moments of cartelized medicine.
These are among the findings of a comprehensive report of the state's health care marketplace to be released generally later this week.
At the 82 hospitals in metro Chicago, average margins fell to 5.2 percent of revenue in 2015 from 9.3 percent in 2014, according to Illinois Health Market Review 2016, published by Allan Baumgarten, an independent analyst in Minneapolis. Thanks to philanthropy and government grants, the industry still made money.
Illinois health plans weren't even that fortunate. Collectively, they lost $104.2 million in 2015, 1 percent of revenue, compared to a profit of $407.9 million, or 5.7 percent of revenue in 2014. HMO Illinois, an insurance plan of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, lost $12.4 million in 2015, a decline of more than $400 million year over year. Land of Lincoln, an Obamacare co-op that recently shut down, lost $90.8 million.
“As Blue Cross goes, so goes the industry,” Baumgarten said in an interview.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 8:25 AM
Facebook reveals every creepy bit of information that it stores on its users. There are 98 different things – including some of the most personal information there can be about a person.
The Independent reports:
Facebook has revealed the huge number of things it knows about people – and uses to send them ads.Just a reminder.
Most people might presume that Facebook knows almost everything about their lives. But it has been quiet about exactly what information it has, how it does it and how the data is stored.
Now it has opened up slightly by launching a special page intended to educate its users about what exactly it is collecting.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 8:21 AM
Trump's stamina attack on Clinton draws charges of gender bias. Republican nominee and his GOP backers have been leaning on stereotypes throughout the campaign.
The AP reports:
Donald Trump and his Republican allies say Hillary Clinton is weak, lacks stamina and doesn't look presidential.The AP (Democrats-Hillary Clinton) is upset that people question the health of an elderly out of shape woman with health issues.
Intent on undermining his Democratic rival, Trump and GOP backers are increasingly relying on rhetoric that academics and even some Republican strategists say has an undeniable edge focused on gender. His criticism of Clinton goes beyond "Crooked Hillary," and complaints about her use of a private email server as secretary of state and her foreign policy decisions.
Clinton, Trump said in a speech last week, "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS and all the many adversaries we face."
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Millennials are often described as prioritizing leisure and entertainment, but many are going into debt to fund them.Right here, right now.
Most financial planners caution homeowners against using home-equity loans to fund short-term expenses, including vacations. Yet that is the most popular use of the money for the more than half of U.S. homeowners between the ages of 30 and 34 who have owned a home for three years or more and have taken out a home-equity loan, according to results of a Discover Home Equity Loans survey, released on Wednesday.
“It mystifies me that they’re taking out additional debt,” said Jackson Mueller, deputy director of the FinTech Program for the Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that aims to increase global prosperity. “But it doesn’t really surprise me that they’re using alternative financing to fund certain things.”
Many millennials are shunning credit cards, looking for less expensive ways to borrow, he said.
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Hillary Clinton’s run-out-the-clock strategy. The Democrat aims to ignore the email and Foundation controversies, seeing a shrinking calendar as her friend.
She is not planning on sitting for another televised armchair confessional to rehash regrets about a private email server. Nor is the campaign setting up the kind of war room employed last year to discredit a book that aimed to expose a quid-pro-quo relationship between Clinton Foundation donors and State Department officials.The charmed life of the liberal media's Hillary Clinton.
With 75 days until Election Day and new emails once again casting a pall over her campaign, Hillary Clinton aims to “run out the clock,” confidants say, on the latest chapters of the overlapping controversies that have dogged her campaign since the start.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 8:04 AM
The Boston Globe reports:
A lawsuit from former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros details a rash of sexual harassment incidents at the network and accuses ex-Sen. Scott Brown of making “sexually inappropriate comments” to her and grabbing her waist from behind.Will Fox News hire less women in the future to avoid certain appearances??? Stay tuned.
The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan and obtained by ThinkProgress, charges that Tantaros was subject to sexual harassment by a number of Fox News executives, including founder Roger Ailes and host Bill O’Reilly. Ailes resigned from Fox News last month amid a sexual harassment investigation sparked by a lawsuit from another female host, Gretchen Carlson.
Further, Tantaros’s suit alleges that when she took her harassment complaints to higher-ups, she was punished and taken off the air.
“Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,” the suit says.
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