Monday, June 26, 2017

White House Issues Strong Warning to Assad

Statement from Sean Spicer

The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.  The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.

As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

President Trump Gives Joint Statements with Prime Minister Modi

Professor Fired After Defending Blacks-Only Event During Explosive Fox News Debate

Source: Roland Martin

White House Statement on CBO Healthcare Report

The CBO has consistently proven it cannot accurately predict how healthcare legislation will impact insurance coverage. This history of inaccuracy, as demonstrated by its flawed report on coverage, premiums, and predicted deficit arising out of Obamacare, reminds us that its analysis must not be trusted blindly.  In 2013, the CBO estimated that 24 million people would have coverage under Obamacare by 2016.  It was off by an astounding 13 million people – more than half—as less than 11 million were actually covered.  Then, CBO estimated that 30 million fewer people would be uninsured in 2016, but then it had to reduce its estimate to 22 million, further illustrating its inability to present reliable healthcare predictions.

We know the facts.  To date, we have seen average individual market premiums more than double and insurers across the country opting out of healthcare exchanges.  As more and more people continue to lose coverage and face fewer healthcare choices, President Trump is committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare, which has failed the American people for far too long. 
Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

Statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo

"The Congressional Budget Office score of the Senate health care bill confirms what we already knew. Republicans in the Senate are choosing to put millionaires over the middle class, cutting taxes for the rich at the expense of the health care of millions of Americans. This bill will leave 22 million more Americans without health care coverage, including 15 million more Americans by next year alone.
"Just like the House bill, this legislation is a death trap for New Yorkers. The Senate bill will jeopardize health care coverage for millions of New Yorkers, raise premiums on the poor and the elderly, and eliminate more than $7 billion for New York's health care system, including life-saving funding for the fight against the opioid crisis. It also specifically targets New York, threatening to withhold federal tax credits for New Yorkers because of our support for women's reproductive rights. 
"And by including the reckless Faso-Collins amendment, this bill will force every resident of this state to pay a "Faso-Collins Federal Tax" added onto local property taxes to make up the $2.3 billion shortfall created by their proposal. 
"Earlier today, I called on our Congressional delegation to do everything within their means to protect this state. With the CBO report confirming the intolerable consequences of this bill, I call on all New Yorkers to make their voices heard and join me in opposing this terrible legislation." 
Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

President Trump Signs the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

This video was published on YouTube on June 23, 2017.

Mumia Abu Jamal: 'The Second Death of Philando'

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Source: Prison Radio

Gov. Cuomo: "This Heartless Republican Senate Bill Cannot and Should Not Pass'


With the vote for the Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act scheduled for this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo today denounced the bill for cutting Medicaid funding used to combat the opioid epidemic. By cutting federal funding for Medicaid expansion and capping Medicaid spending, the Senate bill will reduce New York’s  ability to deliver critical services and will impact access to treatment at a time when the opioid epidemic is reaching a crisis level.

Governor Cuomo’s full statement is below:

"Criticism of the Republican House and Senate bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act has largely focused on the plan to strip coverage for essential benefits or preexisting conditions.  This focus has obscured another devastating consequence imposed by the destructive bill: cutting Medicaid funding used to combat the opioid crisis.  At a time when drugs have become the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, resulting in the first decline in American life expectancy since 1993, Congress wants to cut critical Medicaid dollars for treatment services.

"In New York alone, cuts to Medicaid would mean two thirds of the budget that goes to fund Substance Use Disorder treatment could be at risk. The bill would also cut a two year, $50 million federal grant to combat the opioid epidemic by maximizing federal Medicaid dollars, undermining the State’s ability to sustain life-saving programs beyond the grant period.  While the bill sets aside $2 billion for opioid treatment, that is nowhere near enough, and cuts to Medicaid funding for substance use will have a devastating effect.  The real life impact would be felt across the state; consider that, in 2015, more than 2,300 people died of an opioid overdose in New York State, causing more deaths than motor vehicle accidents. 

"This heartless Republican Senate bill cannot and should not pass.  Every member of the New York delegation should be held accountable for doing everything within their means to stop this reprehensible bill from threatening our ability to combat the opioid crisis and stop the ever-rising death toll."    ​

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the new and improved NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at or through the Access Treatment page on the NYS OASAS website. Visit the #CombatAddiction website at to learn more about how you can help to #CombatAddiction in your community.

Visit for more information on addressing heroin and prescription opioid abuse, including a Kitchen Table Tool Kit to help start the conversation about the warning signs of addiction and where to get help. For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the State’s Talk2Prevent website. 
Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Roland Martin To Democratic Party: Stop Treating Blacks As 'Sidepieces'

This video was published on YouTube on June 23, 2017. 

Roland Martin appeared on MSNBC with host Ali Velshi to discuss Democrats attempt to usurp senior Democratic leadership in the wake of special election losses. 

Source: Roland Martin

George W. Bush and Laura Bush Speak at Veterans Transition Summit

Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin spoke at a summit focusing on veteran issues. The former president and first lady discussed transition programs for veterans and their families, and Secretary Shulkin took questions on veterans' health care, including post traumatic stress and suicide.

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Source: C-SPAN

Projected Increases in Military Pay

Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione discusses the projected 2.1 percent increase in military pay in the 2018 federal budget. 

Source: C-SPAN

Jason Riley on 'False Black Power?'

The author of False Black Power? discusses his view that “black political power” has failed to produce significant results for African Americans.

Source: C-SPAN

Shackles and Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America's Elite Colleges

This video was published YouTube on October 30, 2013. 

Source: Democracy Now!

Milton Friedman: Responsibility to the Poor

In 1978, Milton Friedman spoke to students at Stanford University about poverty in America and the factors responsible for creating it.

Frederick Douglass: Reconstruction

Audiobook - Reconstruction by Frederick Douglass

The article/essay was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly 18 (1866): 761-765

No. 2 in Collected Articles of Frederick Douglass read by Lee Smalley.

Source: ChapterVox

Hollywood & Race: 'Putney Swope' (1969)

Warning! This clip contains content that may be considered offensive. 

When its chairman dies, an advertising firm's executive board must elect someone to fill the position. Each member, unable to vote for himself, casts a secret ballot for Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson), the firm's only black executive, assuming he wouldn't receive any votes from the other members. But once in power, Swope makes radical changes to the firm -- like keeping only one white employee and refusing to advertise harmful products -- all under the firm's new moniker, "Truth and Soul, Inc." 

Trailblazers in Black History: MC Lyte