Trudy Rubin: Trump tax return shock: Massive personal debt makes him a national security threat
Donald Trump is a security risk to this nation.His massive personal debts, as revealed by the stunning New York Times expose of his long-hidden tax records, make him vulnerable to manipulation by foreign governments or shysters. According to the Times, “he appears to be responsible for loans totaling $421 million, most of which is coming due within four years.”Trump will need cash infusions at a time when reputable banks have long since written him off as a bad risk.If a debt-ridden Trump were facing confirmation for a senior government post, he would be denied a security clearance. “From a na...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Trump's silence continues on how many refugees can enter the US this fiscal year
The Trump administration has yet to announce how many refugees will be admitted into the United States during the upcoming fiscal year, which starts Thursday.Without a “presidential determination,” which dictates how many refugees can come to the United States each fiscal year, refugees cannot be resettled in the country, except for a few exceptions.The silence from President Donald Trump’s administration about the 2020-2021 fiscal year refugee ceiling has parallels to last year’s announcement, which was made shortly before the fiscal year began on Oct. 1. Trump announced then that he would sl...
Brad Biggs' Week 4 NFL rankings
Brad Biggs’ NFL power rankings for Week 4 of the 2020 season. Last week’s ranking in parentheses.———1. Chiefs 3-0 (1)In the battle of the NFL’s last two MVPs, Patrick Mahomes dominated the show Monday night, completing 31 of 42 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-20 blowout victory in Baltimore. One touchdown pass went to left tackle Eric Fisher, a former No. 1 draft pick.2. Packers 3-0 (4)As dominant as Aaron Rodgers has been in a hot start, don’t overlook the fact Aaron Jones is second in the NFL with 303 rushing yards, averaging 6.1 per carry.3. Seahawks 3-0 (3)The Seahawks hav...
KC's largest healthcare insurance provider will return to Obamacare exchange in 2021
KANSAS CITY — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the area’s largest healthcare insurance provider, will return to the Affordable Care Act marketplace next year after leaving it in 2018.The insurer lost more than $100 million on its exchange plans from 2014 to 2017, calling the losses “unsustainable” when it announced in May 2017 that it was dropping out of the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare.Blue KC had struggled to make more money on the exchange than it paid in claims. But the marketplace is more stable in 2020 and there is new need in the scores of people who have lost their jobs a...
The Kansas City Star
Regeneron says early trials promising for Covid-19 treatment
Washington (AFP) - The US biotech firm Regeneron said Tuesday its antibody cocktail against the coronavirus reduced viral load and recovery time in non-hospitalized Covid-19 patients during an early-stage clinical trial."We are highly encouraged by the robust and consistent nature of these initial data," said George Yancopoulos, the company's president and chief scientific officer."We have begun discussing our findings with regulatory authorities while continuing our ongoing trial," he added.The results related to the first 275 patients recruited into Regeneron's Phase 1 trial. The patients we...
Review: Offbeat biopic has four different actors portray feminist Steinem in 'The Glorias'
“The Glorias” is an offbeat biographical tribute that feels like it wants to be offbeater.It’s about Gloria Steinem and, as the title hints, we get multiple versions of her. One appears to be about 9. One is closer to 14. One is around 30 and played by Alicia Vikander, with a wobbly accent and aviator glasses that overwhelm her performance. And another, the most interesting one, takes Steinem from about 40 to the present. She’s played by Julianne Moore, and the movie could use a lot more of her.The script by director Julie Taymor and co-writer Sarah Ruhl skips around in time, peeking in on vig...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
For Joe Biden, debate with Trump offers moment of truth
Washington (AFP) - Democrat Joe Biden's cautious US presidential campaign faces its most unpredictable challenge yet in Tuesday's debate against Donald Trump -- a setting with potential for explosive exchanges and one the ex-vice president has struggled with before.Biden, who leads in polling barely five weeks before the November 3 election, is expected to aim for calm confidence while presenting himself as an empathetic unifier to a polarized nation.But he also signalled last week his fists will be up, saying: "The people know the president's a liar.""I'm prepared to go out and make my case a...
Atlanta's violent summer coincides with officer exodus
ATLANTA — Lakea Gaither had known only one job in her adult life. She joined the Atlanta Police Department as a 22-year-old recruit, and in the 18 years since, she was repeatedly recognized for her standout work as part of the gangs unit. Officer of the Year in 2013. Investigator of the Year in 2015.Back in May, just before Atlanta’s summer of unrest began, Gaither took a break that lasted through much of the summer, a time when violent crime in Atlanta skyrocketed.Yet during her absence, “not one white shirt called,” said Gaither, using the nickname reserved for police higher-ups. “It was ver...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Confederate monuments are falling across the nation, but in Philly a memorial to Southern troops still stands
PHILADELPHIA — Confederate monuments and statues are coming down across America, scores of them gone in just the last few months.But not in Philadelphia, where a memorial to Southern war dead has stood for more than a century in the National Cemetery in West Oak Lane.Its dedication in 1912 — on the 42nd anniversary of the passing of Gen. Robert E. Lee — aimed to obscure the pro-slavery cause of the Confederacy, and to recast the fight of the Southerners who lay nearby as true to the ideals of the Founding Fathers.The thick granite block stands 9 feet, 6 inches tall, and bears the names of 184 ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Crowd-control weapons at Seattle protests have caused injuries, heightened tensions with police
SEATTLE — In a summer of skirmishes between protesters and police, July 25 stands out for the volume of its brutality.Tensions had been primed in days prior. Video of agents seizing a protester in Portland sparked anger among some demonstrators. Then, federal agents traveled to Seattle, against local politicians’ wishes. And in an emergency hearing the night before, a federal judge blocked a Seattle City Council ban on tear gas, blast balls and similar weapons.Protesters that day came away bloodied with bruises, cuts and burns after police used crowd-control weapons, according to court filings...
The Seattle Times