Monday, February 27, 2017

Revealed: Leaked 106-Page Draft Shows How Republicans Will Propose to Replace Obamacare
Revealed: Leaked 106-Page Draft Shows How Republicans Will Propose to Replace Obamacare Earlier in the month, House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that Republicans would soon introduce tangible legislation to uproot the failing Obamacare status quo and replace it with a better system. GOP leadership released an outline in mid-February that hinted at the approach they were planning to adopt -- and now a more detailed draft proposal has leaked into the press. With all the necessary caveats in place about how the document is by no means a finalized piece of legislation, it provides the most comprehensive and specific glimpse to date at Republicans' long-awaited Obamacare alternative. Writing at CommentaryNoah Rothman sees a lot to like for conservatives:
[This would-be] bill eliminates most of the onerous, market-distorting provisions contained within the Leviathan ACA. It eliminates many of the subsidies that reduce the incentives for those who are currently outside the labor force to remain there, and it kills the individual mandate to purchase insurance. Based on age, not income, the plan would establish tax credits to help uninsured patients afford private insurance plans. The plan scales back or eliminates some of ObamaCare’s most burdensome tax provisions, including Medicare surtax on wages and self-employment income. It eliminates federal Medicaid expansion by 2020, but preserves capped payments to states based on the number of enrollees in states that expanded Medicaid already. Most encouragingly, the plan includes grants to states that would allow them to experiment with programs designed to increase coverage rates or reduce premiums.
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Who decides when Iran has gone nuclear enough to attack?

A SATELLITE view of the Fordow nuclear plant Would it be the Mossad or IDF Intelligence? Trying to find the answer through conversations with former top-ranking officials on one of the most sensitive topics (that is still) on the table.

Perhaps the most important task over the next decade when it comes to Israel’s survival will be evaluating intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program.

Will Iran keep observing the nuclear deal – as most say it essentially has since signing it a year-and-a-half ago – or will it eventually cheat and try to break out toward a nuclear capability?

Before we can answer those questions, one issue needs to be resolved: which Israeli intelligence agency is responsible for providing the government with intelligence on Iran? Both are responsible for giving intel on Iran – the question is who is the lead intelligence agency? Who gives the decisive word?

Former IDF Military Intelligence chief retired general Amos Yadlin told The Jerusalem Post Magazine that he thinks that when it comes to Iran, the IDF should be the central intelligence authority.
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Iran’s former President Ahmadinejad to Trump: “The contemporary U.S. belongs to all nations”

By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch


To whom does the Islamic Republic of Iran belong? “Ahmadinejad Writes Open Letter to Trump,” VOA News, February 26, 2017: Iran’s former hardline president Mahmud Ahmadinejad has published an open letter in both English and Farsi to U.S. President Donald Trump, lauding the American leader for what he said was “truthfully describing the U.S. political […]
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Poll: Majority of Americans Say 'Media Too Critical' of Trump 
By Eric Mack / NEWSMAX
The poll revealed:
  • 51 percent: Media has been too critical.
  • 41 percent: Mostly fair and objective.
  • 6 percent: Media has not been critical enough.
  • 2 percent: Not sure.
The poll also revealed that 53 percent of Americans believe the media has exaggerated the problems in the Trump administration. That included 79 percent of those who consider Fox News as their primary news source, and even 40 percent of those who consider the liberal MSNBC their primary news source.

Th reporting of the poll on NBC News showed some measure of bias as the NBC News headline read: "Trump’s Job Approval Stands at Just 44 Percent as Partisan Splits Reign."

But, deeper in the survey's results, The Hill found a majority of support for Trump in his ongoing campaign against critical media, which he has attacked various times as "fake news."
NBC News' story did not reference the majority believing the media has been too critical. The Wall Street Journal report Sunday, meanwhile, led with the angle of media being too critical.

Muslim Reform Group Reached Out to 3,000 US Mosques, Got Only 40 Responses

This is not new. My colleague and President of  Former Muslims United civil rights group, Nonie Darwish, reached to Muslim leaders in 2009 and 2012. We asked them to repudiate the Shariah legal doctrine that requires the punishment – and in most cases, the execution – of former Muslims who choose to exercise their rights to religious freedom and freedom of speech.
The “Muslim Pledge for Religious Freedom and Safety from Harm for Former Muslims” – “The Freedom Pledge” – was sent out to Muslim leaders nationwide, on a rolling basis. A list of the recipients is posted and updated regularly, with the date the letter was sent.
The first set of letters was received by Muslim leaders on September 25, 2009, with a second set sent October 20, 2009.  Over 125 letters were sent to Muslim leaders nationwide in 2009.  Click here to view the list of 2009 recipients.
Another set of letters was sent on July 4, 2012.  This time it was sent to 234 Muslim leaders.  Check here to view the list of 2012 recipients
How many leaders responded? Two. To date, only two Muslims have signed the pledge: Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and Dr. Ali Alyami of the Center for Democracy & Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. Prominent Muslim leaders lauded as “moderates” such as Muslim Brotherhood-tied Dalia Mogahed have been criticized for not showing support for the pledge.

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