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South Africa cannibalism ring

5 arrested in alleged South Africa cannibalism ring after man tells police he’s ‘tired of eating human flesh’
More than a week ago, a South African man walked into a police station with a morbid confession. He was “tired of eating human flesh,” he told police. The officers questioned the man’s bizarre claim and noticed he gave off a rancid smell, local media reported. Then, the man revealed the source of the stench, showing the officers a bloodied human hand and leg, a police spokeswoman told The Washington Post.

The man, who said he was a “traditional healer,” led officers to a small, beige home in the farming town of Estcourt, in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Inside the house, police found a collection of other body parts, Col. Thembeka Mbhele, a spokeswoman for the South African Police Service, told The Post. The discovery touched off a criminal case that has attracted global attention, and led police to uncover what they suspect is a cannibalism ring. A total of five men, ages 30 to 32, have been arrested for possessing human body parts — two of them claim to be traditional healers.

'Art of the Deal' Ghostwriter Thinks President Trump Will Resign Before the End of the Year

The ghostwriter of Donald Trump's famous memoir The Art of the Deal doubled down on his prediction that Trump will resign the presidency before the end of the year.
"The snowball is beginning to gather momentum as it comes down the mountain," Tony Schwartz told Anderson Cooper on CNN Thursday. "It reminds me a lot of Watergate and the last days of Nixon... He's put himself in an isolated, no-win position. The level of his destructiveness is staggering."

Congress Says, Let the Mentally Ill Buy Guns

For all their dysfunction, the Republican Senate and House have managed to act with lightning speed in striking down a sensible Obama administration rule designed to stop people with severe mental problems from buying guns.

Here it is! 58% of Americans support this Medicare for All legislation

This bill establishes the Medicare for All Program to provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, dietary and nutritional therapies, prescription drugs, emergency care, long-term care, mental health services, dental services, and vision care.

Only public or nonprofit institutions may participate. Nonprofit health maintenance organizations (HMOs) that deliver care in their own facilities may participate.

Patients may choose from participating physicians and institutions.

Health insurers may not sell health insurance that duplicates the benefits provided under this bill. Insurers may sell benefits that are not medically necessary, such as cosmetic surgery benefits.

The bill sets forth methods to pay institutional providers and health professionals for services. Financial incentives between HMOs and physicians based on utilization are prohibited.

The program is funded: (1) from existing sources of government revenues for health care, (2) by increasing personal income taxes on the top 5% of income earners, (3) by instituting a progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment income, (4) by instituting a tax on unearned income, and (5) by instituting a tax on stock and bond transactions. Amounts that would have been appropriated for federal public health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), are transferred and appropriated to carry out this bill.

The program must give employment transition benefits and first priority in retraining and job placement to individuals whose jobs are eliminated due to reduced clerical and administrative work under this bill.

The Department of Health and Human Services must create a confidential electronic patient record system.

The bill establishes a National Board of Universal Quality and Access to provide advice on quality, access, and affordability.

The Indian Health Service must be integrated into the program after five years. Congress must evaluate the continued independence of Department of Veterans Affairs health programs.

Trump threatens House Freedom Caucus

WASHINGTON — President Trump is threatening the conservative group that opposed him on health care, raising the specter of intraparty opposition in next year's midterm elections.

"The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast," Trump tweeted. "We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!"

Obamacare revision would reduce insured numbers by 24 million, CBO projects

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s proposal to revise the Affordable Care Act would lower the number of Americans with health insurance by 24 million while reducing the federal deficit by $337 billion by 2026, congressional budget analysts said Monday.

Trump Adviser Admits to Private Communication With Account Linked to Russian Election Hackers

On Wednesday, the Smoking Gun published a story asserting that longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone had exchanged private direct messages via Twitter with "Guccifer 2.0," an account that's believed by U.S. officials and other analysts to be a front for the allegedly Russian-affiliated group that hacked Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee. Stone told the Gun that he did not remember having done so. He now tells the Washington Times, however, that he did indeed DM with the Guccifer 2.0 account—though he claims the contact was "innocuous" and provided the publication with copies of what he says are the only three messages he sent.

Trump on ACA/AHCA

“As far as single-payer, it works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland,” he said in August, 2015, during the first Republican debate. A month later, he told “60 Minutes,” “I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”

Was he kidding then or is he kidding now?

Walsh affirms Bostons role as sanctuary city

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh offered a passionate defense of immigration and religious diversity at the city’s largest mosque Friday night during a forum to hear the fears and concerns raised by the Trump administration’s executive orders regarding immigration and refugees.

Fact-checking President Trumps CPAC speech

President Trump’s speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Maryland was littered with some of the president’s favorite and frequently cited falsehoods. Here’s a roundup of 13 of his more dubious claims, listed in the order in which he made them:
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