Senator Bernie Sanders has just three words for President Trump’s proposed replacement for Obamacare:
What a disgrace.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 24, 2017
The senator tweeted his statement on Wednesday just moments after the Congressional Budget Office revealed that the American Health Care Act, which would undo much of Obama’s Affordable Care Act legislation, would cause 23 million more Americans to become uninsured than the status quo.
Sanders later made an MSNBC appearance in which he said, “That budget that Trump has presented is a grotesquely immoral budget. It is a horrific budget.”
NEW YORK (JTA) — An Orthodox Jewish paramedic is suing a New York hospital for discrimination for not allowing her to wear skirts.
In the civil suit filed Tuesday, Hadas Goldfarb says she was offered a job as a paramedic at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2015, but was terminated amid orientation after refusing to comply with the dress code, which stipulates that paramedics wear pants. The 26-year-old Brooklyn resident alleges in a complaint that her “termination was unlawful retaliation for her refusing to compromise her religious principles.”
Goldfarb only wears skirts, a practice common among Orthodox Jewish women who follow strict rules dictating personal dress. She says she has done so while working as a paramedic for other employers.
The lawsuit alleges that the hospital failed to provide her with reasonable accommodation for her religious observance and that doing so is discriminatory and illegal.
Goldfarb said she was surprised by the hospital’s response to her request to wear a skirt.
“I’ve been an EMS for a while and I haven’t had a problem — I just wasn’t expecting it to be an issue,” she told JTA.
Israel altered how it shares intelligence with the United States after President Trump shared highly-classified Israeli information to Russia officials, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman revealed Wednesday.
“I can confirm that we did a spot repair and that there’s unprecedented intelligence cooperation with the United States,” Liberman said in an interview with Army Radio.
Liberman went on to say that he would not go into details about the nature of the information that Trump shared.
“We looked into it and cleared the air on the entire issue, and there is no need to continue to focus on it,” he said, adding that “what we had to clarify with our friends in the United States, we did. We did our checks.”
Israeli officials were reportedly “furious” that Trump gave the information, which concerned an ISIS terror plot, to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during a White House meeting earlier this month.
Trump apparently tried to defend himself during a joint appearance in Jerusalem on Tuesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling reporters that he “never mentioned the word or the name Israel” during the Russia meeting.
“Intelligence cooperation is terrific, never been better,” Netanyahu added.
The editor-in-chief of the newspaper owned by presidential adviser/son-in-law Jared Kushner is resigning to take a job at a consulting firm with ties to the Clinton family.
Ken Kurson announced in a memo to staff on Wednesday that he was leaving The New York Observer to join TENEO as a senior managing director, CNN.com reported.
Kushner “never received the credit he deserves for supporting independent journalism and contributing to the cultural fabric of our city,” Kurson wrote.
The publications was criticized for what some saw as favorable coverage of Trump. CNN’s Dylan Byers noted that “At least one reporter resigned [during the presidential campaign] citing his concerns with the paper’s coverage.”
Kurson himself was accused of violating journalistic ethics after he gave “input” to Trump’s speech at the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference.
TENEO, Kurson’s new home, was co-founded by Douglas Band, President Bill Clinton’s former “body man,” and Declan Kelly, whom Hillary Clinton named as U.S. Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland when she served as Secretary of State.
President Trump calls her “third-rate,” “sad” and “totally in the Hillary circle of bias,” but New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman is still the commander-in-chief’s go-to journalist when he needs to share, vent, or complain.
An extensive Elle magazine profile of Haberman crowned the 43-year-old reporter as the must-read source for anyone interested in “what Donald Trump is really thinking.”
Haberman grew up in New York’s Upper West Side breathing journalism at home, with her father Clyde, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, and her mother Nancy, a publicist at the prominent Rubinstein communications firm.
Covering New York local politics, a beat that included figures like Hillary Clinton and Trump, gave Haberman a leg up as she moved to national political coverage with Politico and then the Times.
And as a seasoned, fearless reporter who is deeply respected by her colleagues, Haberman has a message to all those still trying to overcome Trump’s election victory. “I think people have to move past that, because otherwise you’re just never going to be able to cover him,” she said. “Every moment cannot be, ‘Wow! Can you believe what he just did?’ Yes, I can! Because he is the same person he was during the campaign.”
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