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Linda Cartwright
Washington, DC
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Companies in the hospice business can expect some of the biggest returns for the least effort of any sector in American health care, says an article co-published by ProPublica and The New Yorker magazine. Medicare pays providers a set rate per patient per day, regardless of how much help they provide. Since most hospice care takes place at home and nurses aren’t required to visit more than twice a month, it’s not difficult to keep overhead low and to outsource the bulk of the labor to unpaid family members, the article says. Up to a point, the way Medicare has... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Citizen Cartwright
World Health Organization to rename monkeypox as 'mpox' after complaints the current name was racist, stigmatizing House GOP’s new committee leaders preparing blitz of investigations Lawsuits likely after a handful of counties refuse to certify midterm results Banks plan to begin reimbursing some victims of Zelle scams Cryptocurrency leader BlockFi files for bankruptcy, the latest crypto company to fail Hawaii's Mauna Loa, world's largest active volcano, erupting for first time in nearly 40 years Coronavirus variant XBB increasing among Americans; health officials say it doesn’t seem more severe than predecessors KHN: When malpractice occurs at community health centers, taxpayers cover... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Citizen Cartwright
While there were some reports of unruly poll watchers disrupting voting, they were scattered, says The Associated Press. And there’ve been only scattered complaints of voter fraud in the weeks since the elections, says a separate AP article. Disruptions: It may take months to know the full impact of GOP-backed voting laws enacted after the 2020 election, but they didn't appear to cause major disruptions, AP says. “The entire ecosystem in a lot of ways has become more resilient in the aftermath of 2020,” says Amber McReynolds, a former Denver elections director who advises a number of voting rights organizations.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Citizen Cartwright
Brazil’s Bolsonaro contests election loss, wants votes voided International wildlife conference increases protections for sharks, turtles World's longest-serving president elected in Equatorial Guinea to continue 43-year authoritarian regime Why other rich countries have passed U.S. in protecting pedestrians, cyclists, motorists from roadway deaths Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who voted to impeach Trump last year, wins reelection Mary Peltola, first Alaska Native in Congress, wins full term, defeating challengers including Sarah Palin Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become House speaker has high political cost Supreme Court clears the way for handover of Trump tax returns to Congress Some top business schools... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Citizen Cartwright
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, Citizen Cartwright will publish next on Monday, Nov. 28. Warm wishes to you all — I’m grateful for you! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Travel travails, preachy politics and tedious traditions may have led you to change, or want to change, your approach to the holidays. Here are ideas on updating traditions while being sensitive to the emotions that may be involved, from Vox. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
New Zealand Supreme Court rules voting age of 18 is discriminatory, government is moving to reduce it to 16 David Valadao becomes second of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump to win another term Politico: Moderate House Republicans 'plot their leverage' in next year’s small House majority Progressive activists launch new group Courage for America, to address coming House GOP agenda NYTimes: Since Supreme Court opened door to widespread sports betting in 2018, consumer protections have been few NYTimes: What Elon Musk is doing at Twitter is what he did at Tesla and SpaceX An alternative to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Expectations were low at the beginning of the summit; it was intended to implement agreements made last year but not to do anything new, says BBC News. But — after a 30-year effort — a deal was reached for rich countries to pay poorer countries for damage and economic losses caused by climate change. On the other hand, developed nations left dissatisfied over progress on fossil fuels, BBC News says. Compensation (also known as reparations or the loss and damage deal): The United States and other wealthy countries had blocked the compensation idea out of concern that they could be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
AP: Saudi prince’s new title was key to dodging lawsuit over killing Lawmakers urge action after report of other Supreme Court leak Justice Department names war crimes expert Jack Smith as special counsel for Trump investigations Frisch concedes to Boebert; AP says it will await results of potential recount before calling the race Election conspiracists win some races for local offices AP: Republicans sees slight Latino vote gains, painful candidate losses Dan Balz in WPost: 'A weakened Trump tries again. Can a challenger take him down in 2024?’ Musk reinstates Trump to Twitter; Trump says he isn’t interested in returning... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
The "dominant political operator, legislative tactician and face of House Democrats for two decades, and the first woman to serve as speaker" announced on Thursday that she would leave the leadership ranks in January, says The New York Times. "The California Democrat, a pivotal figure in U.S. history and perhaps the most powerful speaker in modern times, said she would remain in Congress as the representative from San Francisco, a position she has held for 35 years, when the new Congress convenes in January,” says The Associated Press. With her in a leadership role, Democrats challenged President George W. Bush... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
EU shakes up UN climate summit with surprise compensation offer, proposal to phase down all fossil fuels California Democratic Rep. Katie Porter reelected after tough race Tight race of Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert likely headed to recount AP explainer of the way a Boebert-Frisch recount would work Kari Lake refusing to concede after losing Arizona governor’s race AP: Lengthy vote counts can be frustrating but don’t signal problems Federal regulators advance largest dam demolition in world history, on lower Klamath River in California Executive who cleaned up Enron calls FTX situation ‘unprecedented’ James Webb Space Telescope spots galaxy shining... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
By John Dineen Mainstream pollsters across America this week can look at themselves in the mirror without cringing. Unlike some other recent elections, pollsters were able to point out that a lot of their numbers looked pretty good compared to actual outcomes. The commentariat, on the other hand, believing the political “fundamentals” over polling, were caught by surprise. The conventional wisdom was that Republicans were in for a big win: a mid-term election with a Democratic president, pessimism — appropriate or not — about the economy and the direction of the country, low approval ratings for President Biden, to name... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
G-20 leaders end summit with declaration condemning Russia UN secretary general says Ukraine grain export deal is extended Poland, NATO say missile strike in Polish farmland wasn’t a Russian attack Republicans win slim majority in House Same-sex marriage legislation leaps major Senate hurdle Arizona voters reject effort to enact a stricter voter ID law Democratic Rep. Karen Bass becomes first woman elected mayor of Los Angeles Leading Republican officials try to ignore Trump campaign launch AP Interview: Mike Pence says voters are looking for new leadership NASA capsule on its way to the moon after launch by giant new rocket... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
On Nov. 3, the Times began a series of editorials on the danger of extremist violence and possible solutions. “Political violence is as old as the nation itself; right-wing frustrations with democratic outcomes have birthed militia movements throughout American history. Most notably, the Ku Klux Klan has spent over a century and a half, from Reconstruction to the present day, terrorizing Black Americans and others in service of political ends,” the initial editorial says. "There are four interrelated trends that the country needs to address, the impunity of organized paramilitary groups, the presence of extremists in law enforcement and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
ProPublica/ICIJ: 'The global threat of rogue diplomacy’ As climate warms, a planner in China advocates absorptive 'sponge cities' U.S., China climate envoys hold meeting at climate summit in Egypt House Republicans keep Kevin McCarthy as their leader, on 188-31 vote Florida’s Rick Scott takes on Mitch McConnell in bid for Senate GOP leader Ballot measures on affordable housing, rent control did well in midterms NYTimes: Voters who trust elections are more likely to vote Politico: Trump’s hour-long speech announcing he’s running for president again Federal judge orders end to Trump-era asylum restrictions at border KHN: Some insulin users on Medicare... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
Private equity is rapidly moving to reshape health care in America, KHN says. It’s an issue of the corporatization of medicine, according to a KHN video. Seeking quick returns, private equity is buying into eye care clinics, dental management chains, physician practices, hospices, pet care providers, and thousands of other companies that provide medical care nearly from cradle to grave, KHN says. These deals have been made on top of well-publicized takeovers of hospital emergency room staffing firms that led to “surprise” medical bills, as well as the buying up of entire rural hospital systems, KHN says. Private equity firms... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
UN projects global population to hit 8 billion on Tuesday UN General Assembly calls for Russian reparations to Ukraine in 94-14 vote, with 73 abstentions CIA director warns Russia spy chief against using nuclear weapons Reuters: Top takeaways from Biden-Xi 3-hour meeting in Indonesia Federal appeals court issues nationwide injunction temporarily blocking Biden student debt relief program Transportation Department fines airlines $7 million for failing to provide timely refunds for cancellations, delays Katie Hobbs wins Arizona governor’s race, flipping state for Democrats Documents show big foreign government spending at Trump hotel in D.C., House Oversight Committee says Fentanyl vaccine seen... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
Happiness comes down to how grateful we are for positive developments and how we avoid catastrophizing over disaster fantasies of the future, researchers have said for years. And right now, I’m grateful to be reading this Associated Press article, which begins: “There was no violence. Many candidates who denied the legitimacy of previous elections lost and quietly conceded. And few listened when former President Donald Trump tried to stoke baseless allegations of electoral fraud. "For a moment, at least, there’s a sense of normalcy in the U.S. The extremism that has consumed political discourse for much of the last two... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
BBC News: Kherson is Russia’s biggest loss since its withdrawal from outside Kyiv BBC News: What people in Russia now see when they search the web Biden, China's Xi seek to ‘manage our differences’ in meeting at G-20 summit in Indonesia What’s on the to-do list as Congress returns Monday for lame-duck session Democrats retain Senate majority with victory of Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto Rupert Murdoch’s news outlets attack Trump Trump wanted IRS investigations of perceived enemies, says former chief of staff Kelly Farmland values hit record highs, with small farmers priced out by private equity, real estate developers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
Because of the Veterans Day holiday, Citizen Cartwright will publish next on Monday, Nov. 14. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
The Senate majority comes down to three battleground states. If one party wins in both Arizona and Nevada — where Sen. Mark Kelly, D, and Republican challenger Adam Laxalt are leading, respectively — it will control the Senate. Mail-in ballots in Nevada can be counted until Saturday afternoon, says The Washington Post. In Arizona, officials in Maricopa County, home to more than half the state's voters, warned weeks ago that ballot tallying could take up to 12 days, the Post says. And an automatic recount is triggered in the state if a candidate loses by less than or equal to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
Russia announces withdrawal from Kherson in major setback; Ukraine still skeptical of Moscow’s intentions U.S. envoy John Kerry launches carbon offset plan at UN climate summit Al Gore announces fossil fuel emissions inventory at climate summit Reuters: Democrats' risky midterm strategy to elevate some far-right GOP candidates appears to pay off Trump urged to delay 2024 campaign launch after GOP’s uneven election results Supreme Court justices appear divided in hearing over race-based challenge to Native American adoption law ProPublica: FCC shields cellphone companies from safety concerns Binance backs out of FTX rescue, leaving the crypto exchange on brink of collapse... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
That’s the headline of Dan Balz’s analysis of the midterm election results, in The Washington Post. Other headlines: Fox News: "Sen. Graham expresses disappointment about the midterms: ‘Definitely not a Republican wave’" New York Times: "No signs of ‘red wave’ as race for Congress remains tight” Associated Press: "No sweep for the Republicans after all” With votes still being counted across the country, it isn’t known yet which party will be in control of Congress. But "Democrats showed surprising strength, defeating Republicans in a series of competitive races and defying expectations that high inflation and President Joe Biden’s low approval... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
At climate talks, vulnerable nations push for more action as big polluters remain divided over who should pay Holocaust survivors mark Germany/Austria Kristallnacht 84 years ago with warnings about reemergence of antisemitism NYTimes: Voting was largely free of major incidents of intimidation, disruption AP: Conspiracists seeking key state election posts fall short Roll Call: Here’s who won the most competitive Senate races Roll Call: How vulnerable House incumbents fared Roll Call: Who won the open House seats Politico: Results of governor’s races Voters approve ballot measures protecting abortion rights in Michigan, California, Vermont Slavery rejected in 3 of 5 states... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright
Nearly 44.5 million people across the country already have cast their ballots as Election Day dawns on Tuesday. And no major problems were reported during the early voting period, says The Associated Press. Republicans need to pick up five seats to take the majority in the House and just one to control the Senate. Nonpartisan election forecasters and opinion polls suggest that Republicans have a "very strong chance" of winning a House majority — a result that could become clear Tuesday evening, with control of the Senate likely to be closer and to take longer to be resolved, Reuters reports.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2022 at Citizen Cartwright