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trump presidency: State of the Union Fact-Check

SubscribeLog In SubscribeLog InAdvertisementPoliticstrump presidencyState of the Union Fact-CheckImagePresident Trump at The State of the Union on Tuesday night.CreditGabriella Demczuk for The New York TimesBy Linda Qiu Jan. 30, 2018Reporters from The New York Times checked the facts, falsehoods and statements in need of context from President Trump’s first State of the Union address. Watch a replay along with real time analysis here and an annotated transcript of the speech.economy“Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone.”The math is correct, but context matters.The economy has added about 169,000 jobs a month since the 2016 election, but that is somewhat slower than the 185,000 jobs per month that the economy added over the previous seven years.—Binyamin Appelbaumeconomy“African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded.”True, but needs context.It’s true that the black unemployment was the lowest recorded, 6.8 percent in December. But also the culmination of a longer-term trend. Moreover, it’s an open question how much credit a president, especially in his first year, can take for the economy.—Linda Qiueconomy”After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.”False.Wages are, in fact, rising — but at a slower rate than they were at the end of President Obama’s second term.— Jim Tankersleyhealth care“We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year — forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they couldn’t afford government-ordered health plans. We repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare — the individual mandate is now gone.’’True, but needs context.In the newly-passed tax law, Congress eliminated penalties for people who go without health insurance, starting in 2019. An estimated 4.5 percent of taxpayers paid the penalty in 2015, and nearly 60 percent of those who did earned less than $50,000 in 2015 — though the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a sizable amount of low-income Americans paying the penalty could find coverage for less.People could, in many cases, obtain exemptions from the penalties that were indeed a major element of the Affordable Care Act. Other elements of the health care law remain intact.—Robert Peareconomy”Apple has just announced its plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers.”This needs context […]

Full Transcript and Video: Trump’s News Conference in New York

Just blocks away is the Empire State Building. It took 11 months to build the Empire State Building. But today it can take as long as a decade, and much more than that. Many, many stories where it takes 20 and 25 years just to get approvals to start construction of a fairly routine highway. Highway builders must get up to 16 different approvals involving nine different federal agencies governed by 29 different statutes. One agency alone can stall a project for many, many years and even decades. Not only does this cost our economy billions of dollars, but it also denies our citizens the safe and modern infrastructure they deserve.This overregulated permitting process is a massive, self-inflicted wound on our country. It’s disgraceful. Denying our people much needed investments in their community. […]

Alexander & Rebecca (Royals of Valleria #1) – Marianne Knightly

Alexander & Rebecca (Royals of Valleria #1) Marianne Knightly Genre: Contemporary Publish Date: April 12, 2015 Publisher: Marianne Knightly Seller: Marianne Knightly Meet the Royals of Valleria, a country as old as the fall of the Roman Empire. The reigning king and patriarch rules with his beloved queen. Nine children, now grown, ranging from the eldest twins to the youngest son, watch over the country they love and care for. Bound by honor, duty, and each other, follow their lives as they fall in love, face tragedies, and triumph against the evils facing them. *** A future king claiming the woman he loves.  A commoner falling in love with a prince.  An unexpected threat that can destroy them both. Rebecca Campo loves her work. Chief of Staff to Princess Catharine, her best friend and Prince Alexander’s twin sister, she travels all over the world, meets with other royalty, and lives a life she could never have dreamt possible. Having grown up alongside the royal family, she can almost forget they’re royalty; well, all except one. Prince Alexander is every woman's dream, and he seems to want her. Even after their passions overtake them, Rebecca still doesn’t believe they’re meant for forever because she’s only a commoner, not a future queen.  Prince Alexander, heir to the throne of Valleria, takes his duties very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that he’s followed duty over pursuing the woman he’s loved for years. However, now it’s time for him to marry, and he’s tired of waiting. He’ll pursue her despite royal objections, and despite her own. Unexpectedly, a death threat is made against the Prince and the whole family goes on alert. What no one counted on, however, was Rebecca getting caught in the crossfire.  *Please note: this novel contains content suitable for mature audiences only. *This is a standalone book in the series, with no cliffhanger.  *** Want more Royals? Book 1: Alexander & Rebecca  Book 2: Marcello & Grace Book 3: Arianna & Finn Book 4: Charlotte & Nate Book 5: A Royal Holiday (Novella) Book 6: Catharine & Edward Book 7: Royally Ever After Book 8: Lorenzo & Lily Book 9: (coming late 2017) Box Set: Books 1-3 Box Set: Books 4-6 Box Set: Books 7-9 (coming late 2017) Coming in 2017! The first three books in the Seaside Valleria series, a spin-off series set on Valleria’s shores, centering around the folks at the local pub, the Seashell, where royals have been known to pop in from time-to-time! […]

Star Wars: Ahsoka (Unabridged) – E. K. Johnston

Star Wars: Ahsoka (Unabridged)
E. K. Johnston
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy
Price: $29.95
Publish Date: October 11, 2016 © ℗ © 2016 Listening Library […]

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Quiet Green Revolution

Andrew Cuomo’s highest priority as New York’s governor has, by necessity, been the revitalization of the Empire State’s upstate economy. But slowly and surely he has been trying to accomplish that goal without sacrificing environmental quality. A clear signal of his approach was last year’s continued moratorium on fracking for natural gas. An even earlier sign was his response to Hurricane Sandy and his focus on building more resilient energy and transportation infrastructure. In mid-November he blocked a large offshore natural gas facility opposed by Long Island’s environmental community. Moreover, last week he took the most significant green step of his governorship when he directed his Department of Public Service to enact a new clean energy standard requiring that by 2030 at least 50% of the state’s electricity be generated from renewable resources. This is a demanding but feasible effort, and is a clear indicator of the governor’s priorities. The state has also invested significant resources to attract a Solar City factory to western New York. The factory will be three times larger than any other solar cell factory in the United States and will employ 3,000 people. New York State invested $750 million in the factory and Solar City estimates its expenditures will be about $5 billion over ten years. In addition to the investment in the solar cell factory, New York’s nanotechnology college, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, is focused on applying nanotechnology to the development of solar cells. The potential for shrinking solar arrays and making them more efficient in transforming solar energy into electricity could result in the transformative technology needed to help drive fossil fuels from the marketplace. In many respects, Cuomo’s approach to sustainability mirrors the approach taken by Mike Bloomberg when he was New York City’s mayor. Sustainability is viewed as a tool of economic development and environmental goals are integrated into the goals of economic development. The green economy is growing and New York’s depressed upstate economy can benefit from building critical mass in the renewable energy business. Basil Seggos, Cuomo’s new commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, has deep environmental credentials and experience having worked for both Riverkeeper and the Natural Resources Defense Council. However, the Cuomo team’s approach is to pursue environmental and economic goals in tandem. In a piece in Politico New York this past October, Scott Waldman reported that: Seggos was instrumental in shepherding brownfield legislation through the last few budgets, said Darren Suarez, director of government affairs at the Business Council of New York. He showed a willingness to find a compromise that both sides could live with, Suarez said. “What came out of it was pretty good, the environmental community embraced it and the business community found it agreeable,” he said. Seggos has represented the Cuomo administration’s approach to environmental issues, Suarez said, which includes a focus on the economy that previous governors have rejected. “The governor has set the tone that the environment and the economy don’t have to be at loggerheads,” he said. “Some environmentalists haven’t gotten that message, but this administration has.” The integration of environment and economic development is what sustainability management is all about: It recognizes that water, air and food are essential to human existence and that production processes in the economy must be designed to ensure that ecological resources are maintained and not destroyed. As China is learning right now, economic development that attempts to ignore environmental factors may save money in the short term, but before long the costs of cleaning a toxic environment must be paid. The renewable energy standard announced by Governor Cuomo is a real, operational and meaningful step. The New York State Public Service Commission regulates the generation and transmission of electricity in New York State along with similar responsibilities for natural gas, steam, telecommunications and water. The utilities they regulate are “natural monopolies” due to limits of access to space for power lines and similar infrastructure. In other words, we don’t want five sets of power lines under the streets of Manhattan and therefore a free and open market for electricity cannot develop. In exchange for giving one private firm the ability to provide a service, the state regulates its composition and price. When Andrew Cuomo directs the Public Service Commission to switch to renewable energy, the force of that order should not be underestimated. It is a meaningful, real-world step that will have a dramatic impact on power generation in New York over the next decade and a half. As Governor Cuomo observed in his letter directing the Department of Public Service to move toward renewables: “By mandating a Clean Energy Standard we ensure that this goal is converted from aspirational to actionable. Talking about goals and achieving them are two different things.” Governor Cuomo’s move received notice, but few headlines, and while his political antenna certainly affected the timing and direction of this move, what I find most noteworthy is the muscle he places behind it. He is directing the regulatory body that determines how much money the electric utilities can charge to push the utilities toward renewable energy. This is clearly a move based more on conviction than politics. We see many other indications of Cuomo’s quiet commitment to sustainability. From my perspective, one the most significant indicators was his ability to attract and retain Richard L. Kauffman as his “Energy Czar,” or chief advisor on energy development and finance. Kauffman is one of the most talented energy policy and management analysts in the world, and New York’s creative and innovative energy initiatives over the past several years reflect his brilliance and the governor’s support. The news coming out of the COP21 talks in Paris provide a clear signal of the difficulty the world will face in transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy. One of the critical components of this transition would be a place that can demonstrate “proof of concept.” New York State’s electric utilities will have the motivation to facilitate this transition. All of the operational and financial issues of moving off of fossil fuels will be exposed here in New York. What are the costs to utilities of distributed generation of energy as more households and businesses go solar? How does declining volume impact the rate base and the ability to upgrade and maintain the electrical grid? These and dozens of similar questions will be addressed as utilities and the state learn together how to operate in a fossil fuel-free environment. Rene Dubos once famously admonished us to think globally but act locally. All of the grand macro policies discussed over negotiating tables in world and national capitals are only given meaning when state and local officials, business leaders and workers do the heavy lifting of making policy real. There are many reasons to believe that environmental sustainability has moved from the fringe to the center of the global political agenda. The fact that New York’s politically savvy and management-oriented governor is providing leadership in this arena is yet another clear sign of the centrality of sustainability. Cuomo is quietly but methodically implementing a green revolution in New York State. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

New York Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Face Local Opposition

New York’s Governor signed a medical marijuana legalization bill into law in 2014. The law created one of the most strict medical marijuana laws in the country, and allocated business licenses to only a handful of entities. Those applying for licenses, and especially the winners, seemed to all brag at the time that this was […]

New York State Department Of Health Announces Five Medical Marijuana Producers

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced the following five companies would be awarded one of the coveted licenses to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York: PharmaCann LLC, Empire State Health Solutions LLC, Columbia Care NY LLC, Etain, LLC, Bloomfield Industries Inc. The announcement came after a competitive bidding process through […]