The Word 'Liar': Intent Is Key

Our job as journalists is to report, to find facts, and establish their authenticity and share them with everybody, it's really important that people understand that these aren't our opinions. ... These are things we've established through our journalism, through our reporting ... and I think the minute you start branding things with a word like 'lie,' you push people away from you.

Listen to the full NPR audio report here.

Sister Marches: Nice

CANCELLED! - This march has not been authorized by the local police.


Sister Marches are solidarity events inspired by the Women's March on Washington, and organized by volunteers around the world. If you can't make it to Washington, D.C. on January 21, join or host a Sister March near you.

Women's March - Manifestation pour les femmes
15h00 - 21JAN2017
15 Place Masséna, Nice, France 06000

Review the full Woman's March website for details around the globe.

Please note this event is not organized by Democrats Abroad France.

Conway: Look at Trump’s heart, not ‘what’s come out of his mouth’

“Why is everything taken at face value?” she asked. “You can’t give him the benefit of the doubt on this and he’s telling you what was in his heart, you always want to go with what’s come out of his mouth rather than look at what’s in his heart.”

Read the full post on The MaddowBlog here.

Treasury Department Slams The Door On Same Country Exemption For Americans Abroad

“The Treasury Department and the IRS have also decided that the risk of U.S. tax avoidance by a U.S. taxpayer holding an account with an FFI exists regardless of whether the U.S. taxpayer holds an account in his or her foreign country of residence or another foreign country.”  The regulations say nothing about the problem of lock-out.  They fix only on the unquantified and un-weighted risk that what must be a  relatively small population of US taxpayers residing in a foreign country and banking at their local bank might evade US tax.

Read the full American Citizens Abroad publication here.

Coal Country Picked Trump. Now, They Want Him To Keep His Promises

He is a whacko; he's never going to stop being a whacko, . . . but I mean, the things he did say — the good stuff — was good for the coal mining community. But we'll see what happens.

Read the full NPR article here.

What Those Who Studied Nazis Can Teach Us About The Strange Reaction To Donald Trump

In today’s United States, the suggestion that illegal immigration is the cause of the economic struggles of working-class whites is an American Dolchstoss. Mechanization, globalization and the decline of unions have affected working-class whites to a far greater extent than illegal immigration ― or immigration of any kind. And this is not an obscure fact or liberal talking point. Yet many who supposedly reject Trump’s scapegoating of illegal immigrants seem willing to concede it.

Read the full Huffington Post article here.

David Remnick: Why Trump’s win is ‘an American tragedy’

He sold off his equities - $22 million worth of stock sold in June. He still has no intention of showing the American people what his tax returns look like. His temperament - which is a very important thing in a president - it's completely opposite of the temperament you'd like to see in your grown children. It traffics in hatred, in petulance, in resentment. It's ruled by tweet.

Read the full BBC interview here.

Do They See What We See?

Here are a few videos that examine how others may see the current state of American affairs:

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen:

We know this because we’ve seen it before. The authors of this guide are former congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own members of Congress to reject President Obama’s agenda. Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism - and they won.

Read the full practical guide here.

Some End Of Year ACA (Obamacare) Analytics

Even though we live abroad with minimal impact from ACA, here are some insightful ACA articles to handle holiday family discussions:

The Impact of Obamacare, in Four Maps

Over all, the gains are substantial: a seven-percentage-point drop in the uninsured rate for adults. But there remain troublesome regional patterns. Many people in the South and the Southwest still don’t have a reliable way to pay for health care, according to the new, detailed numbers from a pair of groups closely tracking enrollment efforts. Those patterns aren’t an accident.

Read the full New York Times article here.

Higher health-insurance premiums don’t mean the ACA is a disaster

But here is the good news. While health-care costs and premiums are rising — the recent announcement notwithstanding — they are rising much more slowly than they did during the George W. Bush administration and, indeed, over the past 50 years. For instance, from 2001 to 2005, per-person health-care spending rose an average of more than 7 percent per year. More important, for ordinary Americans, employer-based health insurance premiums for a family increased by 54 percent between 2001 and 2005. Conversely, from 2011 to 2015, per-person costs rose an average of just 3.4 percent per year; family insurance premiums rose only 16 percent in that same time.

Read the full Washington Post article here.

The Delayed Gratification of Obamacare

Many of the economic protections and personal benefits of health insurance, like any insurance, are long-term in nature, and will probably elude detection in public opinion over the short term. Stability for families should increase, if incrementally. Unlikely catastrophic health events should become less financially catastrophic over time, the average ability of families to handle crises should improve, and the cumulative effects of better access to care should lead to much healthier people. But those effects occur over the horizon of years, and the lives of those people that coverage can affect the most are still turbulent now.

Read the full Atlantic article here.