Tuesday, October 16, 2018


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Voters in Georgia: if you are one of the people who has been removed from the rolls (your status says “pending” on the SOS site), you can still vote if you bring your ID and the name matches. Media! Please include this in your stories and ensure your headlines are not misleading
6:02 AM - 12 Oct 2018

If you live in Georgia, you can check your voter status, your voting location, sample ballot at

Oct. 25, 2018
Democratic attack ad falsely knocks Republican Brian Fitzpatrick on preexisting conditions
A key issue in the debate over the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the failed House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, was Obamacare’s popular provisions barring insurance companies from refusing people with preexisting health conditions — or charging them more. As we have documented, the GOP bill would have weakened those protections, with states having the option to make changes that could have left people with preexisting conditions vulnerable to large increases in premiums, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Democratic ad-makers appear to be looking for the cleanest hit possible — an actual vote against protecting preexisting conditions during the debate over the AHCA. But they get there in Rube Goldberg fashion — and it’s an especially unfair attack against Fitzpatrick.

Oct. 15, 2018
Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning waterways into raging torrents that killed at least 13 people, nine of them in just one town, authorities said Monday. People had to be helicoptered to safety from the roofs of their homes as overnight storms dumped the equivalent of several months of rain in just a few hours.

Oct. 15, 2018
Without captions, warnings about Hurricane Michael failed to reach disabled

Some 240,029 homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Monday in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, according to local power companies.
Some customers in the hardest hit parts of Florida may have to wait weeks for power to be restored, the utilities said.
In total, Michael caused over 2.6 million outages after hitting the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour).

[If we had been giving effective foreign aid, and been fighting climate disruption, we would not have so many immigrants. People aren't coming here because they WANT to leave their homes and families.]
Oct. 12, 2018
A tent city in the west Texas desert set up to hold immigrant children has expanded its capacity by nearly 10 times to 3,800 beds since it opened in June, officials said on Friday.

Oct. 13, 2018
Florida wild cat sanctuary caught in hurricane's path
the couple's main concern was how to care for the animals, whose daily food and medical costs are about $600.
The center is a TripAdvisor Panama City top attraction and tours help cover its costs, but the hurricane has driven away visitors and access to the butcher shop that supplies meat for the animals has been impeded.
On Wednesday night, as Hurricane Michael raged through the area, Bertie said that she and her husband repeatedly checked on the cats outside.
"If I could have I would have evacuated, but I couldn’t leave the animals," she said. "We had to hunker down and make sure they were OK for the safety of the community."

Oct. 11, 2018
Joey Morrison, a 30-year-old glass worker, said Michael beat so hard on his apartment door in Panama City Beach with its 155 mile-per-hour (250 km-per-hour) winds that he had to reinforce it by drilling in screws - and still had to sit against the door to keep it shut.
“I got scared enough that I was thinking, ‘I should have left.’ Because this isn’t like anything that ever happened here,” Morrison recounted.

Oct. 12, 2018
The nation’s 67.6 million Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 2.8 percent cost of living increase next year, the Social Security Administration announced Thursday. That translates to an monthly boost of $39 to a total of $1,461 for the average beneficiary.
But as economics correspondent Paul Solman has reported, that increase could largely be offset by an increase in health care costs.

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