The 5 Worst Foods for Arthritis and Joint Pain

By Dr. Brian Paris of Natural Health Reports –

Most people have no idea that eating the wrong foods can cause arthritis pain flare-ups.

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis or if you just have occasional achy joints, you’ll know how to steer clear of the 5 biggest “food landmines” that can sabotage your health and make your joint pain worse.

What you’re about to discover will probably be quite surprising.

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Posted in Food, Healthcare, Thought-Provoking Analysis

Shutdown could cost U.S. economy $13 billion a month

By Daniel B. Kline of the Motley Fool –

The partial shutdown of the United States government affects far more than the 800,000 federal workers who are either furloughed or working without pay. The impact of the shutdown is radiating throughout the economy, and some areas of government that remain open will soon run out of funds.

For the American people, the cost of this impasse is enormous — and growing by the day. The ongoing shutdown could cost as much as $13 billion a month, or $430 million a day.

The next major hit could come in February when the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) runs out of money. SNAP, which falls under the Department of Agriculture, provides food assistance for low- and no-income Americans (mostly families with children). If it can’t meet its obligations in February, many of the 40 million people it serves will go hungry.

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Posted in Controversial, Democrats, Donald Trump, Food, House of Representatives, Hunger, Political parties, Politics, Republicans, Senate

Maybe Trump can’t win in 2020, but Democrats can lose

By Jonah Goldberg, Tribune Content Agency

Donald Trump probably can’t win the 2020 presidential election, but the Democrats can lose it.

Trump would almost surely lose if the current political climate holds through 2020. According to a Fox News poll, 38 percent of respondents said they would “definitely” or “probably” vote for Trump, while 55 percent said they would “definitely” or “probably” vote for someone else.

Most presidents work assiduously to build on the coalition that brought them to power. President Trump has done almost the opposite, catering to his base while doing almost everything he can to alienate suburban Republicans and independents, which is why the GOP got shellacked in the midterms.

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Posted in 2020 election, Democrats, Donald Trump, Elections, polls, Republicans

Gun deaths in US reach highest level in nearly 40 years, CDC data reveal

By Jacqueline Howard, CNN

Gun deaths in America have reached a record high.

Nearly 40,000 people in the United States died by guns last year, marking the highest number of gun deaths in decades.

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Posted in Controversial, Guns and gun control, United States

The Senate Seems More Willing To Push Back Against Trump Than The House — Why?

By Perry Bacon Jr. of FiveThirtyEight

The openness and intensity of the opposition to President Trump among Republicans in Washington seem to have jumped up a level, at least anecdotally:

  • Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and others have criticized him for suggesting that he would fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions;
  • Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and others have openly said that the Senate won’t keep pushing to pass an Obamacare repeal even if Trump wants them to;
  • and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona sharply attacks the president in his new book.

But did you notice a pattern in the examples above? They all involve senators, not House members.

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Posted in Congress, Donald Trump, FiveThirtyEight, House of Representatives, Senate