Excerpted from - Carrier Plant Workers are Livid - in Truthout, Bruce Covert, 1/16/18.

Even before he officially took office, President-elect Donald Trump flew to Indianapolis in December of 2016 to trumpet a deal he had reached with air conditioning and heating furnace manufacturer Carrier.

Legal perspective on Medicaid work requirement from Indiana Legal Services

Last Thursday,[1/11/18] Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Jennifer Wathall indicated that Indiana expects to get federal approval any day now on a rule change that will require Hoosiers receiving Medicaid to work. Under the proposal, Medicaid recipients would have to work or volunteer an average of 20 hours per week or qualify for a waiver based on disability, educational status, or other factors. 

The Decline of the Midwest's Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies, Joe Marcus, 10/15/17

[...] But university research is in trouble, and so is an economy more dependent on it than many people understand. Federal funding for basic research—more than half of it conducted on university campuses like this one—has effectively declined since 2008, failing to keep pace with inflation. This is before taking into account Trump administration proposals to slash the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) budgets by billions of dollars more.Trump’s cuts would affect all research universities, but not equally.

Puerto Rico, An Update From Senator Elizabeth Warren

Puerto Rico is a beautiful island that is still struggling with the destruction left by terrible storms and a weak response from our federal government.

I saw it myself on a Massachusetts delegation trip to Puerto Rico on Friday.

Nearly four months after Hurricane Maria hit, we were concerned that attention to the island had dropped off, and we wanted to see first-hand what was going on now. It was a day of extremes – resilience and hope were side-by-side with indifference and incompetence.

"THIS MADNESS MUST CEASE;"a repost from January 15, 2010

At a critical juncture in the escalation of the Vietnam War, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 describing the fundamental connections between war overseas and poverty at home:

6 Euphemisms for Conduct Unbecoming a President

by Robert Reich

Now that Trump has been president for almost a year, it’s time the media called his behavior for what it is rather than try to normalize it. Here are the six most misleading media euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president: 

1. Calling Trump’s tweets “presidential “statements” or “press releases.” Wrong. Trump’s tweets are mostly rants off the top of his head – many of them wild, inconsistent, rude, crude, and bizarre.

Dahr Jamail | It's Colder in Florida Than Alaska: Climate Disruption Hits Home With a Chill

On January 2, it was colder in Jacksonville, Florida (38 degrees) than it was in Anchorage, Alaska (44 degrees, which tied a record high for that city).

What is wrong with this picture, in addition to the obvious?

Compelling Honesty

Crisis Pregancy Centers

It’s interesting how many people indignantly wrap themselves in the Free Speech provisions of the First Amendment in order to justify behaviors that–properly understood–aren’t really speech at all.

In all fairness, it can be difficult to distinguish between actions that are intended to communicate a message (protected) from actions that are committed through speech (not protected).

Review Pans Graphics-Laden Brief on Design of State School Finance Systems

Key Review Takeaway: Report lacks any understanding of education costs or the provision of equal educational opportunity.

Indiana Ranks 38th in the Nation in Overall Health

Tippecanoe County ranks 37th out of Indiana’s 92 counties in overall health. Eighteen percent of Tippecanoe County adults smoke and more than 13 percent of births involve prenatal smoking.

Institutional Arson

As I have noted previously, Michael Gerson is one of the very few principled conservative Republicans who have not traded in their ethics (to the extent they had them) for partisanship advantage in the Trump era.

I have become a semi-regular reader of Gerson’s columns, not because I necessarily agree with his policy preferences (in many, if not most cases, I don’t), but because he is intellectually  consistent and honest, and his opinions are for that reason worth considering.

Why do so many Republicans hate college?

[…] A June Pew Research Center survey found that a majority of Republicans believe colleges and universities have a “negative effect on the way things are going in the country.” Democrats overwhelmingly said the opposite. In an August Gallup survey

Some White American Fear Bias

 

December 28, 2017 - Veronica Carter, Public News Service (IN) There are seven active white-nationalist groups in Indiana, and just as many chapters of the Ku Klux Klan in the state, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. (in.gov)

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR December 12, 2017

December 12 Capitol Press Briefing: Advocates, Members of Congress Respond to Trump DOL’s Rule Allowing Employers to Take Ownership of Workers' Tips

Washington, DC--Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, together with the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and the National Employment Law Project (NELP) will host a press briefing at Senate Dirksen Building about the Department of Labor's recently proposed rule to make tips the property of employers, and the impact of the rule on restaurant workers’ wages and rights.

Why Doesn't the Corporate Media Say Roy Moore Is Accused of Teen Sexual Abuse in Their Headlines?

What he did was child abuse, and it's time for the press to admit it.

By Adam Johnson /  FAIR December 6, 2017, 1:09 PM GMT

Trump's Jerusalem Pronouncement Is a Return to Classic American Colonialism

From Bears Ears to Jerusalem, Trump's policy is all about disenfranchising people of color.

By Jefferson Morley /  AlterNet December 6, 2017, 12:59 PM GMT

AG Hill Joins Effort for National Reciprocity 

Fairfax, Va.—  Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, Jr. joins 22 other states in urging Congress to enact national concealed-carry reciprocity legislation.

Indiana CBD Users Flock to Care2 Petition Demanding Indiana Legalize CBD Oil

The Care2 petition author, who says she and family members have been helped by CBD, says Attorney General Curtis Hill’s announcement that CBD is illegal is “outraging” and “unlawful”

400 Millionaires Tell Congress Not to Cut Their Taxes

Dear Member of Congress:

We are high net worth individuals, many in the top 1%, who care deeply about our nation and its people, and we write with a simple request: Do not cut our taxes. 

The Real Budget-Buster: The United States has spent an estimated $6 trillion on war since 2001

By Jen Hayden  Wednesday Nov 08, 2017 · 12:28 PM EST Republicans want to debate and slash every single penny that goes to help the poor, the elderly, the sick and our children’s education, but why can’t we have a grown-up, legitimate discussion about the cost of war and the drain on our collective coffers? You never hear a peep when it comes to the budge-busting cost of war.

Beating That Dead Horse….

Last night, I spoke at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, addressing–what else?–the Constitution and our current governmental dysfunctions… Regular readers have seen the following arguments before…

by Sheila Kennedy | October 25, 2017

Indiana County Receives Assistance for Targeted Opioid Reduction

Memphis, Tenn. – Clinton County, Indiana, will soon receive a boost in its ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic. The atom Alliance, a partnership between Memphis-based Qsource in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana; Information & Quality Healthcare (IQH) in Mississippi; and AQAF in Alabama was recently named the recipient of a Special Innovation Project (SIP), awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The purpose of the project is to work collaboratively with IU Hospital Frankfort and physicians in Clinton County to decrease opioid use.

I THOUGHT I HAD HEARD IT ALL…

by Harry Targ

"But in Indiana, our Indiana National Guard is the state partner with the Nigerien military. So we send Indiana guardsmen and women to Niger. They send their military leaders to Indiana for training. So it’s no secret-it hasn’t been a secret to me that-of what is occurring in Niger with the threat of ISIS and other cells of terrorist groups as well.” (Jim Banks, Congressman from Indiana, “Indiana Congressman on the Attack in Niger that Killed 4 U.S. Soldiers,” NPR, October 23, 2017).

Indiana and Niger

An open letter to Mr. Mitchell E. Daniels, president of Purdue University

I bring my whole Jewish self to work at Purdue University. During the weekend of Sept. 16, a giant swastika was constructed in a classroom across from my office on campus.Given my Jewish appearance, the mezuzah on the doorpost of my office, and the small menorah I have on the window sill facing the street — the location chosen for the swastika was not a coincidence. It was not a prank. It was directed at me personally (yet not solely at me). I saw it, and it petrified me.

Indiana Legal Services

Every Hoosier is entitled to equal justic under law. Unfortunately, the legal playing field is not always level—especially for low-income residents who cannot afford legal representation. When a landlord evicts, a credit card company collects, or a splitting couple contests custody or child support, often one party is represented by a lawyer and the other is left to defend himself against someone fully educated in the law.Free civil legal aid levels the playing field. Indiana Legal Services represented more than 11,000 clients across the state in 2016.

Robert Reich: Crony Capitalism Is Rotting the Country from the Inside Out

Democrats are still in denial about money's insidious influence on our politics.

By Robert Reich /  RobertReich.org October 23, 2017, 6:36 AM GMT

The largest corporations and richest people in America – who donated billions of dollars to Republican candidates the House and Senate in the 2016 election – appear on the way to getting what they paid for: a giant tax cut.

GOOGLE IS SO BIG THAT IT IS NOW SHAPING POLICY TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. AND IT'S SCREWING IT UP.

David Dayen | October 17 2017

A SNAP DECISION by Google has begun to reshape the drug treatment industry, tilting the playing field toward large conglomerates — the precise opposite outcome Google had hoped to achieve.

Under The Radar

Shelia Kennedy October 15, 2017

The Trump administration’s daily assaults to American laws and norms have produced a sort of outrage fatigue in many of us. That can be dangerous.

Despite Suicides, Jails Replace In-Person Visitation With Video Screens

The Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, Louisiana replaced in-person visitation through a glass partition with video calls this week. Three suicides have occurred at the jail since August, raising concerns about the mental health of its prisoners. (Photo: Mike Ludwig; Edited: LW / TO)

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This stunning statement from General Motors will keep Big Oil up at night

by Joe Romm OCT 5, 2017, 8:00 AM

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” Mark Reuss, GM’s head of global product development, announced in a corporate press release Monday.

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