close Video Trump to nominate Patrick Shanahan as defense secretary Shanahan has been acting defense secretary since the resignation of Gen. James Mattis. The Pentagon has approved a plan to spend an additional $1.5 billion to build 80 more miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News Friday. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the re-allocation of funds, which were originally earmarked for support of Afghan security forces and other projects, to help pay for the wall along the southern border. TRUMP TO NOMINATE PATRICK M. SHANAHAN AS DEFENSE SECRETARY, WHITE HOUSE SAYS "Today, I authorized the transfer of $1.5 billion toward the construction of more than 80 miles of border barrier," he said. "The funds were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes, and revised requirements, and therefore will have minimal impact on force readiness." In March, Shanahan approved the … [Read more...] about Pentagon approves plan to shift $1.5B for wall along US-Mexico border
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Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyObstacles remain for deal on surprise medical bills Key House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills GOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements MORE (R-La.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) just introduced the first bipartisan bill for a federal program supporting paid parental leave. Their plan would offer new parents an advance of up to $5,000 against their future Child Tax Credits, the cost of which would be offset by partially reduced tax credits over the next 10 to 15 years.This proposal is a promising step forward in the effort to enact federal paid leave legislation. Many paid leave proponents, however, were quick to criticize. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Gabbard calls for congressional inquiry over Afghanistan war report Overnight Defense: Bombshell report reveals officials misled public … [Read more...] about This bipartisan plan is the most progressive approach to paid parental leave
White House hopeful Andrew YangAndrew YangYang to launch ad on climate change in Iowa Poll: Buttigieg slips into fourth place as Biden widens lead Yang qualifies for December Democratic debate MORE on Wednesday unveiled two plans to invest in mental health coverage and expand telehealth services.Yang’s plan to invest in mental health revolves around prioritizing mental health checkups and increasing access to resources patients may need, and his plan to boost the use of telehealth is intended to boost accessibility to doctors for patients in remote areas of the country.ADVERTISEMENT“Comprehensive care in the 21st century means including crucial aspects of wellbeing and we should be integrating regular mental health checkups into primary care,” Yang said in a statement.“Telehealth is an especially effective approach in rural areas and for mental health services, and it will allow licensed physicians to administer medical services and medication with ease and … [Read more...] about Yang announces plans to expand mental health coverage, telehealth services
Candidate Michael Bloomberg? Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images Donald Trump’s romp through the primaries so far has been positively gleeful. On his way to winning seven more states on Super Tuesday, the New York billionaire said of this year’s election: “It’s tough, it’s nasty, it’s mean, it’s vicious. It’s beautiful.” But if there is anyone as despairing as Trump is gleeful, it’s another New York billionaire: Michael Bloomberg. From his open desk at the headquarters of Bloomberg LP, the financial-data company he founded and returned to as CEO in September 2014, Bloomberg has been watching the primaries unfold with outrage and frustration. Rarely a day goes by when Bloomberg doesn’t hear Trump say something—such as his declaration that “we’re going to build a wall” on the Mexican border or that climate change is “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. … [Read more...] about Trump Goaded Bloomberg Into Planning a Presidential Campaign. Here’s Why He Probably Won’t Run.
In ancient Babylon, a newly enthroned king would declare a jubilee, wiping out the population’s debts. In modern America, a faint echo of that idea — call it jubilee-lite — is catching on.Support for write-offs has been driven by Democratic presidential candidates. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts says she’d cancel most of the $1.6 trillion in U.S. student loans. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont would go further — erasing the whole lot, as well as $81 billion in medical debt.But it’s coming from other directions too. In October, one of the Trump administration’s senior student-loan officials resigned, calling for wholesale write-offs and describing the American way of paying for higher education as “nuts.”Real-estate firm Zillow cites medical and college liabilities as major hurdles for would-be renters and home buyers. Moody’s Investors Service listed the headwinds from student debt — less consumption and … [Read more...] about An ancient plan to erase consumer debts is now a hot topic in America