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Pope Francis Calls For ‘Revolution Of Tenderness’ In Surprise TED Talk

Article posted April 26, 2017 at 3:54 AM

By Ed Mazza

Pope Francis delivered a stern warning to the world’s powerful, saying they need to be more humble or face ruin, and he called on the masses to join him in a “revolution of tenderness.”

In a surprise appearance via video at the TED 2017 conference in Vancouver, Canada, on Tuesday evening, the pontiff said that tenderness is “the path of choice for the strongest, most courageous men and women.”

“Tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude. It is the path of solidarity, the path of humility. Please, allow me to say it loud and clear: the more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don’t, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other.”

The Washington Post reports that Bruno Giussani, TED’s international curator, spent a year trying to snag the pope for a talk. The newspaper reports that when the pontiff appeared on screen, “the room erupted in applause.”

He spoke in Italian, with the comments translated in subtitles, from Vatican City.

Francis spoke of being from a family of migrants, urged more “equality and social inclusion” in science, decried the “culture of waste” and called on people to listen to the “silent cry of our common home, of our sick and polluted earth.”

He also said we all have the capacity to “react against evil.”

“Through the darkness of today’s conflicts, each and every one of us can become a bright candle, a reminder that light will overcome darkness, and never the other way around.”

But the pope’s unifying message for a conference themed “The Future You” was one of a revolution of tenderness … a revolution, he said, that begins with hope.

“A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you. And then there will be another ‘you,’ and another ‘you,’ and it turns into an ‘us.’ And so, does hope begin when we have an ‘us’? No. Hope began with one ‘you.’ When there is an ‘us,’ there begins a revolution.”

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White House: Trump’s Trade Call With Trudeau ‘Amicable.’ Canada: Not So Much.

Article posted April 26, 2017 at 3:48 AM

By Rebecca Shapiro

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump spoke on Tuesday amid increased trade tensions, but summaries of both sides of the conversation could make one wonder if the two world leaders were on the same phone call.

Earlier this week, the U.S. announced that it would impose a tariff of about 20 percent on softwood lumber imported from Canada, a move Trump characterized as his “tough on trade” presidential style.

Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017

“We don’t want to be taken advantage of by other countries, and that’s stopping and that’s stopping fast,” Trump said Monday before signing an executive order on an agriculture task force.

On Tuesday, Trudeau and Trump spoke on the phone about the lumber disagreement as well as complaints over dairy trade. Trudeau’s office released a 213-word statement after the call, saying the prime minister “refuted baseless claims” about Canada’s softwood lumber industry and rejected the decision to impose “unfair duties.”

The White House described the call as “amicable.”

A side-by-side comparison of the drastically different summaries made the rounds on Twitter.

Left: Prime Minister’s office readout of Trudeau’s phone call with Trump

Right: White House readout of the very same call

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— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 26, 2017

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— Mark Berman (@markberman) April 26, 2017

According to the Canadian Press, disputes over lumber pricing between the two countries typically come up once every 10 years and usually result in negotiated settlements.

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Fox News Anchor Among Group Alleging Racial Discrimination In Class-Action Suit

Article posted April 26, 2017 at 3:14 AM

By Nick Visser

A group of 11 current and former Fox News employees filed a class-action lawsuit against the television network on Tuesday, claiming years of “abhorrent, intolerable” racial discrimination.

The suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx, amends an earlier complaint filed in March by two women who, at the time, cited “top-down racial harassment,” The New York Times notes. The suit now includes Kelly Wright, who is co-anchor of “America’s News Headquarters” on Fox News, and eight others. It specifically targets the company’s lawyer, Dianne Brandi, and then-comptroller Judith Slater, and cites the behavior of former network superstar Bill O’Reilly.

“The only consistency at Fox is the abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination … more akin to plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment,” the suit reads.

The complaint says O’Reilly refused to allow Wright to discuss growing racial tension in the U.S. on “The O’Reilly Factor,” instead saying the host should call up network executives and “offer to sing the national anthem at the Fox News Town Halls.”

“Despite his outstanding performance, and because he is black, Mr. Wright has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a ‘Jim Crow’ ― the racist caricature of a black entertainer,” the suit continues. “Rather than viewing Mr. Wright as the two time Emmy Award recipient that he is, O’Reilly saw Mr. Wright as an entertainer and utility player.”

In a statement, a Fox News spokesperson rejected the allegations in the complaint, saying the network would “vigorously defend these cases.”

“Fox News and Dianne Brandi vehemently deny the race discrimination claims in both lawsuits. They are copycat complaints of the original one filed last month,” the spokesperson said in an email.

The amended complaint also says that Slater, Fox News’ comptroller, mocked and berated employees over their pronunciation of certain words, such as “mother,” “father” and “month.” When employees tried to address the behavior with company lawyers, the suit says, they were told “nothing could be done because Slater knew too much about senior executives.”

Lawyers for Slater told the Times that the lawsuit was “meritless and frivolous” and that claims against her were “completely false.”

Fox News has faced a litany of legal action over the past year, including a lawsuit by former host Gretchen Carlson that led to the ouster of Chairman Roger Ailes. A separate complaint was filed against the former executive this month by a current Fox contributor, Julie Roginsky, who accused Ailes of harassing her and the network of retaliating against her for rebuffing him.

Similar complaints led to the shocking downfall of O’Reilly earlier this month, prompting the network to make stark changes to its lineup. Rupert Murdoch, executive co-chairman of parent company 21st Century Fox, sent a memo to Fox News employees this week addressing the turmoil:

“I know the last few weeks have been tough for everyone here, but our passion for news and commitment to our viewers continue to lead us through. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work.”

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Open thread for night owls: Emergency funding to combat Zika about to run dry

Article posted April 26, 2017 at 3:00 AM

By rss@dailykos.com (Hunter)

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As Donald Trump proposes gargantuan cuts to a variety of government programs, the CDC faces another threat: Emergency funding requested by the last administration to combat the spread of the Zika virus in the United States is about to run dry.

Many previous health crises have been responded to with similar one-time bullets of funding, Wroblewski said. But unlike the 2014 Ebola outbreak or the 2009 swine flu epidemic, which came and went, Zika is likely to persist. Like its mosquito-borne cousins dengue and West Nile Virus, Zika may pop up every year.

“Zika is not something we can respond to this year and then move onto the next crisis,” she said. “It’s going to be something we pay attention to every mosquito season — and in travelers in the off season. We need more of a sustained response.”

It’s unclear whether the CDC will have much wiggle room in their budget in the coming year. The budget blueprint presented by President Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget in March proposed a 17.9 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services, which CDC falls under. The OMB did not return requests for comment.

There have been over 40,000 reported cases of the disease, which can cause catastrophic neurological defects and death in developing fetuses, in the United States and US territories since 2015. Mosquitos carrying the virus have now been identified in Florida and Texas.

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2009Two-thirds of cable’s April sequester coverage was on potential flight delays:

As you might expect, MSNBC was the channel most likely to cover things other than the potential for flight delays, but overall, the delays have gotten a disproportionate amount of coverage. Predictably, the coverage of the flight delays has caused Republicans to once again care about the sequester, and by care about the sequester I don’t mean caring about ending the sequester, I mean caring about blaming big bad Barry O’Bummer for it.

A perfect example: Yesterday, House Appropriations Chairman Mike Rogers slammed FAA for allegedly failing to warn Congress that the sequester might impact their operations. The implication: If Republicans had only known about the impacts of the sequester, they would have avoided it—instead, they were kept in the dark by the tyrannically incompetent (oxymoron intended) Obama administration. The only problem: The FAA did warn us what would happen if the sequester moved forward, and Republicans did nothing to stop it, rejecting every offer the president put forward, even when he volunteered to commit political suicide.


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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a story about extremism and complacency

Article posted April 26, 2017 at 2:30 AM

By rss@dailykos.com (Doctor RJ)

I am a man. I state this because my perspective on what it means to be a woman within our society is limited in some ways. However, from the outside looking in, it’s been my observation that most women are forced to walk a very narrow balance when it comes to public perceptions, which is fundamentally unfair and contributes to some of the glass ceilings.

For example, in almost all respects of life, confidence and strength are character traits people respond to—whether it’s a leader outlining a plan of action, or someone trying to sell their attraction in order to get a date. But for women, show too much strength and get called a bitch, or act too nice and be regarded as weak. People start talking about the right ways to talk and laugh—with no way to please the usually male judges of proper enunciation and chuckling—or deem the style of a woman’s hair as being more important than the substance of the words coming out of her mouth. Of course, we’re also a society that values a pretty face and uses images of women in various states of undress to sell almost everything. Anyone who doesn’t fit the ideal gets comments about their “cankles” in order to devalue and demean. But don’t show too much skin, or be too sexual, otherwise risk being criticized as a slut or a whore.

All of these slights and indignities are meant to keep a segment of the population in what’s thought to be their proper place. As a wise man once said, some of the most destructive weapons are just thoughts, attitudes, and prejudices which have a fallout all of their own. And God help us if those thoughts are ever considered a “normal” position, because things only get worse from there. Sort of like how xenophobia and scapegoating leads to more people expressing how they really feel about minorities, with anger and ugliness rationalized as more and more acceptable.

Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale depicts a world in the not-so-distant future where the United States has fallen—and what’s replaced it is a country where women are relegated to non-persons. In our current new iteration of America where the president talks about what he’s gonna grab, a vice president who once backed a law requiring women to hold funerals for miscarried and aborted fetuses, and is too afraid to have dinner with any woman not his wife—presumably because either he or his dinner date would somehow be unable to control themselves—Atwood’s story has been seen as taking on new relevance, with Trump supporters complaining the new adaptation by Hulu is an attack on the current administration.

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Canada And The U.S. Face Off As Trade War Heats Up

Article posted April 26, 2017 at 1:41 AM

By Eline Gordts

OTTAWA, April 25 (Reuters) – The United States and Canada faced off on Tuesday in a renewed battle over softwood lumber that threatened to spill over into multiple other sectors, though President Donald Trump said he did not fear a trade war.

Canada vowed to resist Washington’s move on Monday to impose tariffs on lumber that mostly feeds U.S. homebuilding, noting trade authorities have consistently sided with Ottawa in the long-standing dispute.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Trump on Tuesday to reject “the baseless allegations” against Canada’s industry and the “unfair decision” to impose tariffs, said a statement from Trudeau’s office.

“The Prime Minister stressed the government of Canada will vigorously defend the interests of the Canadian softwood lumber industry,” said the statement, which nevertheless added both men agreed that a negotiated settlement was important.

The heated rhetoric came amid fresh attacks from the U.S. president against Canada’s dairy industry, and just two months after the two leaders held a warm meeting where Trump said the bilateral trade relationship only needed “tweaking.”

“People don’t realize Canada’s been very rough on the United States … They’ve outsmarted our politicians for years,” Trump said during a meeting with agricultural leaders.

“We don’t want to be taken advantage of by other countries, and that’s stopping and that’s stopping fast,” he added.

Washington said Monday it will impose preliminary anti-subsidy duties averaging 20 percent on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, a move that affects some $5.66 billion worth of imports.

The affected Canadian firms are West Fraser Timber Co Ltd , Canfor Corp, Conifex Timber Inc, Western Forest Products Inc, Interfor Corp and Resolute FP Canada Ltd.

Shares in Canadian lumber companies rose as the level of the new tariffs came in at the low end of what investors were expecting. Canada’s main stock index notched a two-month high.

The two countries found themselves on a collision course over lumber ― a subject that has irritated bilateral relations for decades ― after a previous agreement had expired.

In a telephone call earlier in the day with the premiers of Canada’s 10 provinces, Trudeau said Ottawa would use litigation to press its case, a separate statement from his office said.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Canada was mulling options such as a World Trade Organization or NAFTA challenge, and would help companies and workers who lose their jobs because of the tariff.

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The tensions, which follow comments by Trump about Canada’s “unfair” dairy system, sent the Canadian dollar to a 14-month low as investors braced for tense negotiations with Canada’s largest market.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Tuesday called Canada a close ally, but said that did not mean Canadians do not have to play by the rules. Ross said that while no immediate further actions were being contemplated, the disputes point to the need to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement sooner rather than later.

Canada’s Carr rejected any suggestion that Canada was not playing by the rules.

“Independent trade panels have repeatedly found these (U.S. lumber) claims to be baseless. We have prevailed in the past, and we will do so again,” he told a news conference.

The two countries and Mexico are preparing to renegotiate the 23-year-old NAFTA.

Canada’s share of the U.S. lumber market has ranged from 26 percent to 31.5 percent since 2006, when the countries signed an agreement, down from 34 percent, before that, said Duncan Davies of lumber producer Interfor Corp.

“For us, (U.S. tariffs are) a negative effect on our Canadian business, but the real loser in all of this is the U.S. homebuilder and U.S. consumer … That’s why we think this is such a misguided effort,” Davies said.

A U.S. homebuilder group called the ruling “shortsighted.”

Canadian Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, in China to boost sales of softwood lumber, said there had never been a better time to diversify exports.

“There is enormous potential,” he said from Beijing, citing heavy Chinese demand.

(Additional reporting by Leah Schnurr in Ottawa, Alastair Sharp and Fergal Smith in Toronto, Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Allison Lampert in Montreal and Eric Walsh in Washington; Writing by Andrea Hopkins; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Sandra Maler)

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Fired Surgeon General Leaves Behind A Mixed Record On Gun Violence

Article posted April 26, 2017 at 1:15 AM

By Erin Schumaker

President Donald Trump‘s administration relieved Vivek Murthy of his surgeon general post Friday, cutting his four-year term in half. However, it’s not Murthy’s firing but his silence on gun violence that may tarnish his legacy.

In an April 21 Facebook post about his departure, Murthy highlighted his report on alcohol, drugs and health, as well as the millions of letters he mailed to doctors imploring them to join him in fighting the opioid crisis, as among his accomplishments.

“While I had hoped to do more to help our nation tackle its biggest health challenges, I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have served,” Murthy wrote. “Thank you, America, for the privilege of a lifetime.”

While Murthy will be remembered for shining a light on addiction in America, the way his predecessors highlighted AIDS and smoking as public health problems, he’ll also be remembered for his views on guns, which nearly kept him from being confirmed as surgeon general.

As co-founder of Doctors for America, initially named Doctors for Obama, Murthy had been outspoken about addressing gun violence as a public health problem. (His wife, Dr. Alice Chen, whom he married in 2015, is executive director of Doctors for America and a vocal advocate for gun violence research.)

After his 2013 nomination by President Barack Obama, Murthy quickly found himself in the crosshairs of the National Rifle Association, and his confirmation took a year. Tweets like the one below from 2012 likely contributed to the impression that he would advocate for gun control.

Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue. #debatehealth

— Vivek Murthy (@vivek_murthy) October 17, 2012

The NRA, in its effort to block Murthy, lobbied Senate leaders, alerting them to his views on ammunition limits, gun buyback programs and federally funded gun violence research.

“Murthy’s record of political activism in support of radical gun control measures raises significant concerns about the likelihood he would use the office of Surgeon General to further his preexisting campaign against gun ownership,” the NRA wrote on its website in 2014.

Murthy’s silence creates mixed legacy on gun violence

In December 2014, Murthy gained confirmation after promising senators he wouldn’t advocate for gun control as surgeon general.

“I do not intend to use my office as surgeon general as a bully pulpit on gun control,” he said.

True to his word, Murthy rarely mentioned firearms or gun violence during his time as surgeon general.

“He has been rather mum on the issue, as has everybody in his administration,” Dr. Sandro Galea, an epidemiologist and a dean at the Boston University School of Public Health, told HuffPost.

Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, sees that as a missed opportunity.

“He was a person who was brilliant,” Rosenberg told HuffPost. “He knew about the public health approach. He knew about the cost, the consequences and prevention of gun violence. And yet he made a deal to be silent about this.

“Someone that we needed more than ever made a deal to be silent. I think that was a huge mistake.”

Why calling gun violence a public health problem is controversial

Referring to gun violence as a public health concern, rather than solely a criminal justice issue, is controversial in Congress. In public health circles, it’s common sense.

“The statements I’ve made in the past about gun violence being a public health issue, I stand by those comments because they’re a fact,” Murthy told The Washington Post in 2015.

“They’re a fact that nearly every medical professional who’s ever cared for a patient can attest to.”

More than 30,000 Americans die by firearms every year, according to the CDC. That puts doctors who treat gun-related injuries on the front lines of an issue that lacks comprehensive research and data.

And although suicides make up the bulk of these deaths, gun homicides are a significant problem in the United States and far outstrip the gun violence levels in other developed nations.

The NRA spent more than $36 million toward electing Trump and Republican Congress members during the 2016 election, more money than on any election in history, according to The Trace. Trump is scheduled to speak at the NRA’s leadership forum on April 28, making him the first president in 34 years to do so.

Trump has yet to nominate a replacement for Murthy, whose deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, is now acting surgeon general.

It’s not unprecedented for an incoming administration to appoint a surgeon general whose views line up with its own. In 1961, Dr. Leroy E. Burney stepped down to allow the Kennedy administration to nominate a surgeon general. (Burney had served a full four-year term.)

It remains to be seen whether Murthy will address gun violence now that he’s no longer surgeon general.

“I got into some trouble for saying gun violence is a public health issue,” Murthy told Stat last year. “I was stating what I think is the obvious, and I think most people in the country understand, which is that far too many people die from gun violence. And in my book, every single death from gun violence is a tragedy because it was preventable.”

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Donald Trump lied about executive orders, because Donald Trump lies about everything

Article posted April 26, 2017 at 12:40 AM

By rss@dailykos.com (Hunter)

Donald Trump lies regularly, about everything, and doesn’t care whether it’s a lie or not. This is because he is a psychopath and/or a narcissist. He’s not going to get better. He’s not going to change. Yes, his team can ensure his daughter or son-in-law sits in on every meeting in order to calm and direct him; yes, we can all wink and nod as his press secretary spouts easily provable falsehoods in a daily effort to support the latest delusional fantasies of the guy who will fire him if he doesn’t, but the press needs to get it through their thick skulls that nothing Donald Trump says can be presumed to be true, there is no supposed policy or stance that he believes in for any span longer than is necessary for him to get through the discussion he’s currently in, and he does not care, at all, whether you catch him doing it.

White House aides said that Trump will have signed 32 executive orders by Friday, the most of any president in their first 100 days since World War II. That’s a far cry from Trump’s heated campaign rhetoric, in which he railed against his predecessor’s use of executive action late in his tenure as President Barack Obama sought to maneuver around a Republican Congress. Trump argued that he, the consummate deal maker, wouldn’t need to rely on the tool.

“The country wasn’t based on executive orders,” said Trump at a town hall in South Carolina in February 2016. “Right now, Obama goes around signing executive orders. He can’t even get along with the Democrats, and he goes around signing all these executive orders. It’s a basic disaster. You can’t do it.”

Yes, he was adamantly opposed to executive orders when it was useful to say so. Now he is bragging about sending out more than anybody else ever dared, because now having that contrary opinion is more useful—if anybody, anywhere is surprised by this outcome they should hang their heads in shame. Trump was also furious that Obama occasionally played golf, and publicly vowed during the campaign he would never do such a thing himself; since the inauguration he has travelled to his own private clubs regularly, and done precisely that. He lies, all the time, about everything. There is nothing Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that he will follow through with now unless, and only unless, he can find momentary gain from it.

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Children In Poorest Neighborhoods Most Vulnerable To Fatal Child Abuse

Article posted April 26, 2017 at 12:20 AM

By Erin Schumaker

(Reuters Health) – Children in America’s poorest communities have three times the risk of dying from child abuse before age 5 as children in the wealthiest neighborhoods, a new study finds.

“We think our study should inform public health leaders and local clinicians to be aware that children living in high-poverty communities are really a vulnerable group at increased risk of death due to child abuse,” lead author Dr. Caitlin Farrell, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, said in a phone interview.

Farrell and her team analyzed death certificates for young children and U.S. Census poverty data from 1999 through 2014. For children ages 4 and under, counties with the highest concentrations of poverty had more than triple the rate of child-abuse fatalities compared to counties with the lowest concentrations of poverty, the study reported in Pediatrics found.

Nearly 10 out of every 100,000 children died as a result of child abuse in the most impoverished counties, the study found.

African-American children were the most vulnerable regardless of where they lived.

Among every 100,000 young children, eight African-Americans died from assault, shaken-baby syndrome, abusive head trauma, suffocation, strangulation or another form of child abuse, compared to three white children, the study found.

The fatality rate for African-American children in the richest counties was higher than the fatality rate for white children in the poorest.

Farrell can’t explain why African-American infants and toddlers were most at risk of dying from abuse. She called for more research and for the development of policies and plans aimed specifically at protecting poor children and African-American children.

During the 15 years covered by the study, 11,149 children died of child abuse before turning 5 years old. Children under the age of 3 comprised the vast majority, or 71 percent, of the deaths, the authors wrote.

African-American children represented a disproportionate 37 percent of the nationwide child-abuse deaths.

“We hope our study can serve as a catalyst for researchers to further explore the complex relationship between community poverty and child abuse,” Farrell said. “Ultimately, this information is needed for policymakers, public health officials and clinicians to enact effective prevention strategies.”

In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Robert Block said the study’s findings should come as no surprise.

“What may be surprising is that although this fact is both intuitive and now statistically proven, given the significant percentage of children living in poverty, the United States has yet to develop a comprehensive plan to address the issue,” he wrote. Block, who was not involved with the study, is a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and emeritus professor at the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa University School of Community Medicine in Tulsa.

Poverty-related factors – such as food insecurity, unemployment and living in unsafe neighborhoods with a high prevalence of gun violence – can lead to frustrations and consequent stressors that can lead to child abuse, Block wrote.

Parenting education could help, as could educating community leaders to address the challenges of poverty in an effort to reduce frustration, drug addiction, family violence and other stresses, he wrote.

“To change the influence of poverty and race on the incidence of child-abuse deaths will not be easy,” Block said in an email. “Early identification of troubled parents as part of comprehensive pediatric evaluations might be a beginning.”

Farrell also called for more preventive measures during children’s wellness checks in pediatric clinics.

One limitation of the study is that it could not tease out pockets of poverty within affluent counties or pockets of wealth within poor counties. The study also could not detect possible bias on the part of the medical examiner in determining the cause of death.

SOURCE: bit.ly/2pYx9Bf and bit.ly/2pYLQnL Pediatrics, online April 24, 2017.

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War Hero Senator Challenges Donald Trump With Patriotic Speech

Article posted April 25, 2017 at 11:15 PM

By Daniel Marans

Many Americans have challenged President Donald Trump‘s bleak vision of the country.

But few have the credibility of Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), an Iraq War veteran who lost her legs in 2004 when a rocket-propelled grenade hit her helicopter.

Duckworth delivered her first speech from the Senate floor Tuesday, offering a nuanced but ultimately optimistic perspective on the United States’ past, present and future.

Although Duckworth never once mentioned Trump’s name, her remarks were a clear rebuke to the president and his nativist, “America first” view. It also criticizes Republican indifference to health care coverage and the GOP’s uneven record on civil rights.

Here is a key passage:

“America’s greatness has never depended on the strength of any individual person, but on all of us, working together towards a common goal. But when we’ve failed to stay true to our core values ― when we deny another person our nation’s promise of opportunity ― our national strength suffers.

“When a child can’t access the tools to succeed in school, when a woman can’t afford basic health care, when refugees fleeing terror see the door slammed in their face, when we deny civil rights on the basis of skin color or sexual orientation or religion, and when a working family can’t put food on the table, our whole nation suffers.”

Watch the whole speech above.

Contrast that with a key passage from Trump’s inaugural address:

From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

Where Trump sees newcomers and interaction with the world almost exclusively as threats to U.S. prosperity, Duckworth sees them as assets ― and views cutting them as the real threats to the fabric of the country.

Duckworth was elected to the Senate in November, defeating Republican Mark Kirk, 54 to 40 percent. She had served two terms as the congresswoman for Illinois’s 8th District, which includes Chicago’s northwestern suburbs.

Her victory returned an Illinois Senate seat to the Democrats that had once been held by former President Barack Obama.

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