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Prioritizing Patient Centered Care in Today's Healthcare System

Posted by DanikaK on October 4, 2018 at 11:06 AM

It's no secret that a majority of people don't enjoy visiting the hospital. In fact, there are multiple studies that back that up.


A 2012 Harvard School of Public Health poll recently found that only half of people who spent any amount of time in a hospital over the course of the year were satisfied with their quality of care. The remaining 50 percent of respondents felt discomfort about mistakes made by staff, poor communication between staff and patients, and feeling that their healthcare provider was unresponsive to their worries and their needs.

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Health Literacy Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs Annually

Posted by DanikaK on September 20, 2018 at 4:15 PM

For years, physicians and healthcare providers have been emphasizing the importance of health literacy for their patients. But new studies indicate that the majority of Americans lack an adequate literacy when it comes to their health.

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To Solve the Healthcare Staff Challenge, We Need More Educators

Posted by DanikaK on July 3, 2018 at 1:35 PM

America has been facing a shortage of healthcare professionals for some time now. The problem will likely become exacerbated in years to come, as it is expected that nearly 33 percent of working nurses in the country are expected to retire in years to come. At the same time, the nation's population is aging quickly and has far more health problems than the system can currently handle.

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​Why American Healthcare Needs to Focus on Staff Diversity

Posted by DanikaK on March 20, 2018 at 8:01 PM

The United States has long boasted a reputation for being a melting pot of culture and diversity. But in the healthcare workforce, there is a severe lack of minority representation amongst staff that has the potential to be detrimental to the 40 percent of Americans who are members of an ethnic or racial minority group.

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​Cities Band Together to Take On Big Pharma Over The Opioid Crisis

Posted by DanikaK on January 24, 2018 at 6:55 PM

In recent years, rural areas of the United States have been ravaged by the use of opioids in their communities. Recent studies show that throughout the course of a decade, opioid usage has increased by over 2 percent among U.S. adults. These studies also indicate the change was largely driven by an increase in the long-term use and subsequent abuse of prescription opioids.

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Educators Argue That Repealing Net Neutrality Could Hurt the American Education System​

Posted by DanikaK on December 18, 2017 at 5:27 PM

Over the past few weeks, individuals across the country have been wondering about what the future holds for the Obama-era regulations that protect access to an open internet, more commonly referred to as "net neutrality." Last week, in a partisan split, conservative members of the FCC voted to repeal these protections.

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Democrats win some Elections

Posted by Warren Porter on November 8, 2017 at 12:03 PM

I think there was an election yesterday?

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​After Trump Ends DACA, Dreamers Left to Wonder What Comes Next

Posted by DanikaK on November 3, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Last month, the Trump administration announced that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, early next year if Congress doesn't find a "more permanent solution."

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Radical Islamist Terrorism Returns to Manhattan

Posted by Warren Porter on October 31, 2017 at 5:44 PM

At least 8 are dead and at least a dozen are injured.

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The Most Egregious Leak Yet

Posted by Warren Porter on October 28, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Last night, CNN's Evan Perez, Pamela Brown & Shimon Prokupecz dropped a bombshell of a story. Anonymous sources briefed on the matter revealed to these three journalists that charges have been filed relating to the Robert Mueller's investigation of matters relating to Russia's unlawful influence of the 2016 election including any conspiracy to undermine American Democracy between foreign agents and American political actors. The charges remain sealed and the identities of those charged remain unknown.

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Physicians Come Out In Support of Democratic Single-Payer Plan​

Posted by DanikaK on September 26, 2017 at 4:16 PM

As of September 13, 2017, at least 16 Democratic senators have come out in support of the single-payer health bill proposed on Wednesday by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The bill aims to expand access to Medicare to all Americans. Some argue that the proposed legislation signals that many Democrats can be convinced to shift further left when it comes to expanding health care rights for their U.S. constituents.

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North Korea detonates 6th nuclear weapon

Posted by Warren Porter on September 3, 2017 at 8:50 AM

Seismometers across East Asia and the rest of the world lit up this morning. A tremor radiating out from Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in the rugged Hamgyong Mountains has shaken the world. According to the United States Geological Service, the explosion had a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter Scale.

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The Right Unites in Charlottesville

Posted by Warren Porter on August 13, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Trump supporters from across the nation gathered in droves this weekend to participate to celebrate our President's "America First" platform. The rally was held in Charlottesville to protest the recent renaming of Robert E. Lee Park to Emancipation field by the Charlottesville City Council. Ironically, these people believe protecting the honor and legacy of one of America's most infamous traitors is essential to American patriotism, but minutiae such as this will not deter American conservatives and their mission to safeguard white privilege in the United States. Ongoing litigation also seeks to remove statues erected in the early 20th century to honor General Lee and his treasonous bretheren.

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Democratic Party Chooses to Back Pro Life Candidates, Stirring Controversy

Posted by DanikaK on August 8, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Earlier this week, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Representative Ben Ray Luján sent shockwaves as he announced that the DCCC would not withhold financial support from candidates who operate under a pro-lifee platform.

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As U.S. Life Expectancy Wavers, Experts Call for Greater Emphasis on Public Health

Posted by DanikaK on July 20, 2017 at 2:27 PM

In 2016, life expectancy for Americans declined for the first time in nearly 25 years. The last time American life expectancy declined was due to the HIV epidemic in 1993, where many Americans were oblivious to their illness due to a lack of immediate symptoms.

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Let's Agree On The Terms, At Least.

Posted by Weary_Willie on October 13, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Is this an argument?

https://youtu.be/4JWw8cTEN14

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The Chinese Chip That Could Steal Your Data

Posted by AllardK on October 11, 2018 at 10:44 PM

How safe are your servers? The ones up in "The Cloud" that is. Of course, the cloud is a bunch of servers warehoused in some secure facility usually near fairly cheap power sources, like hydroelectric facilities in Washington State, for example. They're designed to be more efficient and safer than your humble laptop which you would never safeguard the way Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon safeguard your data, right?

That depends apparently.

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Trump & Rosenstein - The Unbloody Flight to Orlando

Posted by AllardK on October 9, 2018 at 4:22 PM

There must be a bit of frustration at The Hill. At the Hill. I didn't write ON the Hill. At the venerable DC institution that provides one of the more wonky and detailed looks at the innards of government - albeit from a firmly left-of-center perspective - John T. Bennett had it all lined up. A breathless report on a conversation between President Trump and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein that was to be held on the President's flight to Orlando.

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The Flake Elevator Ambush was Well-Planned and Well-Financed

Posted by AllardK on October 3, 2018 at 3:42 PM

Ana Maria Archila was one of the two women who confronted Senator Jeff Flake in a Capitol Hill elevator in what has quickly become a viral video. But according to the now rather famous Archila - an apparent survivor of sexual assault - it was not about confrontation when she demanded that the senator look her in the eye, it was about connecting. Here's Archila on Monday on CBS News speaking about the event:

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NAFTA Becomes MCA And Fake News Takes A Trump

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 1, 2018 at 12:33 PM

President Trump held a news conference on the steps of the WH on a beautiful fall day. The conference was to address the trade deal he achieved with Canada culminating last evening.

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Nothing is Political - Everything Can Be Politicized

Posted by AllardK on September 27, 2018 at 9:56 PM

If everything is political, then nothing really is. Because if the fact that your cat hissed at a friend's 4-year old kid who wanted to play with her is political, then the word becomes meaningless. So, perhaps the better phrase would be...Nothing is political, but everything can be politicized.

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Kavanaugh Should Be Delayed Until After Midterms

Posted by Roy Ellis on September 23, 2018 at 8:57 PM

Tonight Stormy Daniels lawyer is saying he has a client who claims that Kavanaugh assaulted her and she wants the JC to hear her story..

Another woman, Ramirez, is saying she got drunk and kavanaugh pointed his penis in her direction, causing her to touch him against her will and she would like to be heard.

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Obama Admin Full Out To Git Trump

Posted by Roy Ellis on September 19, 2018 at 11:39 AM

Astounding that John Kerry, ex-DOS, has visited Iran several times since President Trump was elected. We can assume he has retained a security clearance like other retired VIP's. Would be understandable if he were making these visits at the behest of the President, but he is not.

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I've Burned It To The Ground.

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 16, 2018 at 8:57 PM

...and now the ashes are mine!

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Are we going to surrender the battlefield now that we've won it?

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 15, 2018 at 12:04 AM

Remember when the joke was, "There ought to be a law!"?
Remember that?

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Boredom

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 12, 2018 at 10:31 PM

Is that what they're calling it now?

Disband The dim Party - NOW

Posted by Roy Ellis on September 12, 2018 at 8:51 PM

I've watched politics as a general matter for something like 50 years. Any rational person with some modicum of common sense knows when politicians are lying, SOME of the time.

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Julia Salazar's Crazed & Desperate Story Telling - Part 2

Posted by AllardK on September 12, 2018 at 1:45 PM

Julia Salazar's attempted reconstruction of her life story - as described in Part One - is one that cheapens the older, deeper and far more real narratives that weave together to make up America's astonishing history. The candidate for New York State Senator is perhaps familiar with some of these older narratives and perhaps even saw them as a perfect opportunity.

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Julia Salazar's Crazed & Desperate Story Telling - Part 1

Posted by AllardK on September 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Tablet magazine - the online "unorthodox" site that delves into all sorts of subjects, often but hardly exclusively, from a left-wing and Jewish perspective - has a couple of stories out that offer an unsettling contrast on America and the construction of narratives.

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No it's Not OK - Zina Bash & Generation Jones

Posted by AllardK on September 6, 2018 at 1:03 PM

White Supremacists - who are a toxic presence in any political debate - are increasingly multiracial. Yes, you read that right. In an article in The Daily Beast - a fairly hard left website that delves into and aggressively celebrates identity politics - there was a piece a few days ago by Arun Gupta that takes a pretty granular look at white supremacists, mostly on the West Coast. Here's Gupta:

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Khashoggi's Disapperance - Stuck between a Shiek and an Autocrat

Posted by Keeley on October 12, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been - and more or less still are - key allies of America in the tangled and torn world of Middle Eastern politics. But they have shifted in relative importance over the past year or so. Turkey's relationship has steadily deteriorated under Erdogan who has been behaving like a more cautious Muslim version of Hugo Chavez, manipulating the (reasonably) democratic institutions of Turkey in order to assume an increasingly authoritarian control of his country. That has meant going against any sector he has deemed inconvenient.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Andrew Jackson's Ghost

Posted by Keeley on October 10, 2018 at 5:56 PM

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to abolish the electoral college. Abolish is exactly the word she wants to use, seeing she's resurrected ghosts of elections past as well as America's original sin in her cut and paste criticism of how the nation elects its presidents.

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If Kavanaugh Is/Isn't Confirmed - What Next?

Posted by Keeley on October 5, 2018 at 9:50 AM

Nathan Gonzalez at The Hill was recently predicting that the House mid-terms are shaping up to definitely be a binary situation: either great or good; for Democrats that is. So, what to make of the suddenly closing intensity gap between GOP voters and Democrat voters? The NPR, PBS, and Marist University poll reduced the gap from around 8 points down to 2 points as voter intensity on both sides has increased over the last few weeks. But much moreso for GOP voters.

Why?

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USMCA - Don't go Girly-Men on Trade Just Yet

Posted by Keeley on October 2, 2018 at 4:26 PM

If Senator Chuck Schumer thinks that President Trump is praiseworthy for his actions with regards the new USMCA trade agreement that went down to the final wire due to Canada's fussiness over protecting its dairy farmers (and a few other issues as well), then will the senator hold off on impeachment hearings until after President Trump signs the deal?

Just wondering.

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Kavanaugh Hearings - Senator Grassley Needs to Resign

Posted by Keeley on September 28, 2018 at 1:17 PM

Chuck Grassley wouldn't know how to handle a narrative if you had Spielberg directing him with every lawyer in the DC area advising him on what to say. And. How. To. Say. It.

Diane Feinstein played the afternoon perfectly and one cannot see Jim Geraghty's column in National Review (where he wondered if Senator Feinstein was getting a little forgetful to put it politely) as anything but wishful thinking from all of us who feel Judge Kavanaugh is being treated very poorly by the Democratic Senators and much of the media as these hearings come crashing to some sort of a conclusion.

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The Obstruction Zombie vs The Confirmation Swamp Creature

Posted by Keeley on September 26, 2018 at 1:38 PM

It seems Democrats have yet another tactic as part of their sink-Kavanaugh strategy. Use any story no matter how thin the sources as an excuse to call for a delay and a full FBI investigation. Deborah Ramirez's Yale Tale seems to be the perfect excuse for opposition Senators to call for either a long delay and a very, very, very complete investigation or just to demand that Kavanaugh withdraw immediately, as Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley demanded.

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The Post-Truth Counter-Insurgency is Upon Us

Posted by Keeley on September 25, 2018 at 12:46 PM

President Trump has been assailed as a post-truth president since the presidential election campaign two years ago. We now have soon-to-be New York State Senator (unless somehow a Republican manages to win in deep-blue New York) Julia Salazar who has unashamedly lied about her past, her faith, her very identity. And we have commentators in much of the mainstream media insisting that Professor Ford's story of the attempted assault must be true because it feels true, because it's representative of other women's experiences regarding sexual assault.

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Judge Kavanaugh Has Become a Title IX Target

Posted by Keeley on September 21, 2018 at 1:01 PM

I deleted this because it served its purpose.

Cristina King Miranda's profile photo shows an elegant woman somewhere in Europe on some sort of jaunt perhaps. Who is she and why did she say the words quoted above? She's a former schoolmate of Christine Blasey Ford who very recently posted in Facebook that quite a few people at their school - The Holton-Arms School in the DC area - knew of the alleged party and the supposed assault. Here's the relevant part:

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Judge Kavanaugh Professor Ford & a Party Long Ago

Posted by Keeley on September 18, 2018 at 2:19 PM

There's this photograph in the Washington Times of AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein seated together on some stage somewhere, one presumes, at some meeting of legal minds, one presumes. It's delightfully conspiratorial, with Rosenstein whispering at Sessions whose eyes are narrowed in a flinty smirk, as both men avoid each other's gaze to focus instead on the whispered words they are exchanging.

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The Scars on The Souls of Senators Harris & Booker

Posted by Keeley on September 7, 2018 at 2:52 PM

Why were Cory Booker and Kamala Harris elected? To even ask that is controversial, of course. They're smart and tough and ambitious, true. And they were able to do what it took to get elected to the Senate at a relatively young age. So, to suggest that their identities had anything to do with their rapid ascent would be seen as a "racist dog whistle" right?

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Kavanaugh v Yates - Documents & the Administrative State

Posted by Keeley on September 4, 2018 at 6:08 PM

And the race is on! Labor Day cookouts are barely over and we're already racing towards midterms, desperately trying to defend the most important man in America right now.

Yes, Judge Kavanaugh is that important to both sides.

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Barbara L'Italien & The Unending Effort to End Trump's Presidency

Posted by Keeley on August 31, 2018 at 12:45 PM

Now we're all getting to know who Barbara L'Italien is. A Massachusetts State Senator who's facing a Democratic Party primary in a few days on September 4th to represent the state's 3rd district, she's claimed that if elected she will launch impeachment proceedings against Justice Clarence Thomas.

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John McCain - What a Maverick Means to American Politics

Posted by Keeley on August 27, 2018 at 6:07 PM

The tributes to Senator McCain - although most prefer to use his unadorned name, John McCain, as signifying how his life was larger than his political role by several degrees - are pouring in, even if President Trump apparently tamped down the original White House response which was far more effusive in its praise of the senator.

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Why Should We Get Preachy About Corruption?

Posted by Keeley on August 24, 2018 at 2:36 PM

Amid the air-raid sirens going off around DC as the Trump-Sessions divide widens into a fairly sizable gorge and Impeachment with a capital I is on everyone's lips - including the President's - it might be helpful to read Mollie Hemingway's piece in The Federalist. But there's a warning: there will be upsetting language you will have to wade through.

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Was This Tuesday Bloody Tuesday for Trump?

Posted by Keeley on August 22, 2018 at 4:29 PM

Yesterday, August 21st, a day that will live in infamy. Ok, that's a little exaggerated, but it was a rough day for the Trump administration. The headlines are shouting out several stories, but what happened was two-fold:

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