Wednesday, March 22, 2017

PM Theresa May Responds to Westminster Terror Attack


Former Inmate Becomes One of the Most Influential African-Americans in Wisconsin

The G-Man Interviews



Minister Caliph Muab-El was sent to a prison for adults at age 15. At the age of 19, he spent 10 out of 15 years in solitary confinement at a super-maximum facility. While incarcerated, he turned his cell into a classroom to expand his education.

At one point, he was precluded from getting his degree as a result of the Department of Correction’s policy of not allowing inmates to go to college. However, he remained determined in his effort and went on to receive a paralegal license from Blackstone College after being released. He also studied business administration and law at Murray State University through correspondence courses.

He was ordained through the Universal Church of Christ and Now Faith International and has been the subject of numerous news profiles in the state of Wisconsin and other sections of the country.

As a motivational speaker, he frequently travels the U.S. to give lectures on mass incarceration, racial injustice, police brutality and inequality. 

In 2016, he was voted in by the Gamaliel Network as the Liaison for Mass-Incarceration for the African-American Leadership Commission.

Most recently, he was honored as one of the 44 Most Influential African-Americans in the State of Wisconsin (the 44 Black Power Class of 2016) and given an award by the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. 

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Attention: Counselors, teachers and concerned citizens

If you work with young people or know of some that are headed down the wrong path, I urge you to share this episode with them. It could make a difference. Thank you.  

President Trump Meets with the Congressional Black Caucus Executive Committee

Date of event: March 22, 2017

President Trump Drops By the Women in Healthcare Panel Hosted by Seema Verma

Date of event: March 22, 2017

White House Press Briefing

Statement by President Trump on Nowruz

This week, I would like to send my best wishes to all those around the world celebrating the wonderful ancient holiday of Nowruz.  Many millions of people of Iranian, Iraqi, Turkish, South Asian, and Central Asian heritage will come together with their families during this time to commemorate the arrival of spring.

Nowruz means “new day” in Persian.  It is an occasion to celebrate new beginnings, a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land.

For many years, I have greatly enjoyed wonderful friendships with Iranian-Americans, one of the most successful immigrant groups in our country’s contemporary history. They come from diverse religious backgrounds—including Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, and Baha’i—but all share an affection for their ancestral heritage.

Cyrus the Great, a leader of the ancient Persian Empire, famously said that “[f]reedom, dignity, and wealth together constitute the greatest happiness of humanity. If you bequeath all three to your people, their love for you will never die.”

To the Iranian people and all those around the world celebrating Nowruz: On behalf of the American people, I wish you freedom, dignity, and wealth. 

Nowruz Pirouz (Happy Nowruz). 
Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

Oval Office Chat: Theresa May

President Donald Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and his praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders. He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice. 

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary 

Veep Meet & Greet: Federica Mogherini

The Vice President met today with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States' partnership with the European Union. The leaders underscored their commitment to work together to address transnational threats and discussed issues of mutual concern including Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, and North Korea. Building on the dialogue that began last month in Brussels, Belgium, the Vice President and High Representative and Vice President Mogherini agreed to remain in close contact as the United States and the European Union consider the way forward on these and other shared challenges.  

Source: The White House, Office of the Vice President

NYPD Steps Up Security at British Offices in NYC as Precaution After Attack


Witness Recounts Police Shooting Man in Black Clothing Near Parliament

House Intel Chairman: Trump’s Communications Possibly Picked Up By ‘Incidental’ Surveillance

President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday he feels vindicated after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' revelation that he has seen reports from the U.S. intelligence community showing communication from members of the transition team — and possibly from the president himself — were "incidentally" collected as part of a broader surveillance effort.

Nunes said he was "alarmed" by the findings and trekked to the White House Wednesday afternoon to personally brief President Trump.

"What I've read bothers me," Nunes told reporters outside the White House after sharing his findings with the president. "And I think it should bother the president himself and his team because I think some of it seems to be inappropriate."

"I appreciate him coming over," Trump said when asked by reporters about the visit.

Earlier in the week, Nunes said evidence was so far lacking for the president's claims that former President Barack Obama illegally ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower before the November election. On Monday, FBI Director James Comey, in testimony before Congress Monday, refuted Trump's claim that Obama wiretapped his communications. 

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Ex-Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Tied to Russia

House Freedom Caucus Chair: ‘Not Enough Votes to Pass’ GOP Health Care Bill

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows said Wednesday that there are enough Freedom members to kill the GOP health care bill and that a vote should be postponed.

Meadows met with members of the conservative caucus, which is staunchly opposed to the GOP health care plan, in the afternoon as Republican leaders scramble to assemble enough party line support to pass their replacement measure in a floor vote expected Thursday.

"A self imposed deadline doesn't necessarily make for good policy," Meadows told reporters after the meeting.

"We believe we need to postpone the vote and get it right," Meadows added. "We need changes to the underlying bill before we vote on it in the House. ... There's not enough votes to pass it tomorrow."

However, a senior GOP aide told NBC News that there are no plans to delay the vote beyond Thursday. 

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Cuomo: '“If the Federal Government Wants to Buy Votes, Let Them Pay For It'

Statement from Governor Cuomo on the Potential Income Tax
Impact of Congressman Collins' and Faso's Proposed AHCA Amendment

“The American Health Care Act (AHCA) as drafted by the Republican Congress and amended by Representatives Collins and Faso will devastate the New York Healthcare system. The Republican plan will leave 2.7 million New Yorkers without healthcare and cut $4.7 billion from the state’s Medicaid budget. This comes after the Republicans promised the exact opposite: That no American would lose healthcare and that no block grant would cut funding to the state.

“Life has options and the hard reality is that Collins and Faso are leaving New York State with only two unacceptable choices. Either, we could pass on the devastating cuts to our hospitals, nursing homes and the 40 percent of New Yorkers who currently receive Medicaid and health benefits. Or, we would be forced to raise state income taxes – either by increasing taxes on all New Yorkers by 10 percent, or if Collins and Faso have their way in protecting only the wealthy, on the middle class by 26 percent. Any tax increase flies in the face of New York’s success in reducing spending and taxes to record lows.

“To devastate our healthcare industry will not only affect millions of lives, but disrupt one of the state’s main economic engines. Healthcare is a pillar of the New York economy.

“Make no mistake. The Republican house members are recklessly attempting to buy votes for the AHCA with an IOU to the New York taxpayers. One nonsensical suggestion is that the state should ‘find the money.’ We have cut our spending to record low limits. Five years ago we imposed a 3 percent cap on the growth of Medicaid in New York. Our hospital sector operates on the lowest margins in the country. New York’s 3 percent rate of growth is lower than most other states.

“If the federal government wants to buy votes, let them pay for it.

“It’s absurd to ask the state to pay the cost, while the same bill provides a $150 billion tax cut to the 1 percent richest Americans and Republicans in Congress also support a record $54 billion increase for the Pentagon. If they think that $4.7 billion is merely chump change, they should factor it into their own budget – propose $145 billion tax break or a $49 billion increase to the defense budget.

“If the Republican representatives are responsible to their districts, they must provide federal revenue to pay for their actions. Isn’t it their job to help – rather than hurt – their district?

“If this bill is passed as is, our federal representatives will be responsible for massive income or sales tax increases or devastating cuts to New York’s healthcare system. That is the plain reality. No political rhetoric can change it. New Yorkers will hold them accountable for their vote. This is radical conservative ideology at work rather than real public policy to help the very people of this state who elected them.”

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Ending Child Marriage in New York

Earlier today, members from Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration and the National Organization for Women of New York joined the fight to end child marriage in New York State. Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito and NOW President Sonia Ossorio delivered remarks at the State Capitol on the Governor's legislation to raise the age of consent to marry in New York from 14 to 18-years-old. More information on the Governor's proposal is available here

Date of event: March 22, 2017 

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

NYS Medical Director: 'They've Declared War on New York Health Care'

The following statement was submitted by Jason Helgerson, New York State Medical Director. 

As New York's Medicaid Director, I couldn’t be more appalled by House Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care plan.

This bill would take health care away from 2.7 million New Yorkers, and cost state taxpayers $6.9 billion in additional costs. It’s a cynical ploy that affects all New Yorkers and will be the biggest blow to health care in our state’s history. Worse still, Congressmen Chris Collins and John Faso have proposed an amendment that hurts New Yorkers even more and is against the interest of their constituents and all New Yorkers.

If New Yorkers join together and make our voices heard we can still defeat this attack on our health care system. The House of Representatives plans to vote on this devastating legislation tomorrow -- so we need New Yorkers to speak out now.

Call (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your representative and say vote NO on the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. You can also look up your representative and find out more information on how to contact them up here.

The more we learn about repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the sicker New York gets. I’ve been crunching the numbers, and I won’t mince words: New Yorkers face dire circumstances if this bill passes. Here’s a look at the numbers:

2.7 million New Yorkers will lose coverage
New York’s total loss in funding would amount to $6.9 billion
Nursing Home Payments would be cut by $401 million
Home care payments would be cut by $360 million
Hospital payments would be cut by $355 million

With this attack on our health care, they've declared war on New York, and we need to stand up and show them New Yorkers won’t be pushed around.

Call your member of Congress now and tell them to vote NO on the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act! Call (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your representative now.

Thank you for pushing back against this dangerous piece of legislation.