Monday August 3, 2015

Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

$1.3 billion in improper hospital claims paid out

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services secretly paid out over a billion dollars in improper hospital claims earlier last month, despite auditors labeling them unnecessary previously. The payments, which were quietly announced on June 1 by CMS, totaled $1.3 billion and involved 1,900 hospitals and 300,000 claims.  More…

Iwo Jima Marines, gay pride and a photo adaptation that spawns fury

Photographer Ed Freeman set out to capture the gay rights struggle in a photograph for the cover of Frontiers, a gay magazine. To do so, he relied on an image — the flag-raising at Iwo Jima — that has created outrage and death threats in recent weeks.  More…

Oregon launches program to tax drivers by the mile

Oregon’s Department of Transportation has been working on OReGO – the first pay-by-the-mile program in the U.S. – for 15 years as a way to eventually replace the gas tax, which has been flat due to an influx of high mileage vehicles and people driving less.  More…

Country’s First Gay Divorce Firm Opens In Philadelphia

Philadelphia lawyer Conor Corcoran, who bills himself as the nation’s first gay divorce attorney, says he is ready to serve gays and lesbians that will need divorces following the Supreme Court’s ruling last week legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.  More…

Microsoft Lays Off Thousands While Demanding More Immigrant Workers

Tech giant Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will be laying off approximately 7,800 employees worldwide, while lobbying for more foreign immigrant workers. Microsoft endorses the I-Squared Act of 2015, which would triple the number of work visas from 65,000 to over 195,000. Microsoft claims it’s unable to fill all its job openings unless the H-1B immigration visa program is expanded.  More…

Paula Deen posts, deletes ‘I Love Lucy’ photo that commenters claim shows son in ‘brownface’

Following widespread criticism, former Food Network star Paula Deen quickly removed a tweet she posted Tuesday showing herself dressed as Lucy Ricardo from "I Love Lucy" and her son Bobby in brownface as Lucy’s Cuban husband, Ricky Ricardo. Proclaiming one of Ricky’s most memorable lines – "Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin’ to do!"  More… 

Suspect in deadly shooting had been deported five times

The man arrested in connection with the seemingly random killing of a woman who was out for a stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront is an illegal immigrant who previously had been deported five times, federal immigration officials say. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says San Francisco had him in their custody earlier this year but failed to notify ICE when he was released.  More…

Supreme Court: 10 Commandments statue must be removed from Oklahoma state Capitol

Oklahoma’s Supreme Court says the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state’s constitution.  More…

Tax dollars at work: Globe-trotting Michelle Obama announces more foreign trips

Michelle Obama says she’ll do more foreign travel on taxpayer’s dime to promote education for girls in developing countries. She since has traveled to Japan, Cambodia and London to promote the initiative and stopped to have tea with Prince Harry.  More…

Gay slur carved into Utah man’s arm was staged

A man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm because he’s gay staged the attacks, authorities in rural Utah said.  More…

Transgender illegals may be housed by gender they identify with

Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism. Detention staff should consider transgender detainees’ preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in new guidelines for the treatment of transgender detainees.  More…

Struggling ‘View’ may fire two hosts in latest shakeups

ABC executives are finalizing a plan to reboot “The View” next fall, for the second consecutive year, with a flurry of changes that could include the departure of at least one of its regular hosts, Variety has learned. While moderator Whoopi Goldberg will remain as the face of the struggling daytime talker, the future of two of her co-hosts, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, is in doubt.  More…