Day: August 8, 2017


Scientists call out NY Times for incorrect claim about climate report – VIDEO: Debate over leaked climate change report released by NYT

Scientists appear to have debunked The New York Times’ claim it was leaked a secret, gloomy climate change report which it published amid fears President Trump would suppress it.

On Monday, The New York Times published a story saying there are concerns that the Trump administration could suppress what’s known as the National Climate Assessment, a project of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

The story, titled “Scientists fear Trump will dismiss blunt climate report,” said the draft report “has not yet been made public” but “a copy of it was obtained by The New York Times.”

The paper also said “those who challenge scientific data on human-caused climate change” are worried the report will be publicly released. 

But those who worked on the report are pushing back against the claims, saying the version that was obtained and posted in full by the New York Times has actually been online and available to the public for months.

“It’s not clear what the news is in this story,” Robert Kopp, a climate scientist at Rutgers University who is listed on the report as among the lead authors, said on Twitter.

The Internet Archive, a website that archives content published online, says it downloaded the report from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website in January 2017.

Kopp noted the draft was published on the site during the public comment period, but then taken down after the period. But it still remained online at the Internet Archive’s site.

“The Times’ leaked draft has been on the Internet Archive since January, during the public comment period,” Kopp said.

Another scientist who authored the report, Katharine Hayhoe, a professor at Texas Tech who leads the school’s Climate Science Center, also emphasized that the report is already publicly available.

“Important to point out that this report was already accessible to anyone who cared to read it during public review & comment time,” she tweeted. “Few did.”

Hayhoe added: “Side-by-side comparison shows that @nytimes has public review version of our new climate sci report – so, no leak. It was available to all.”

Hayhoe also said anyone who wanted access to the draft could still request a copy from the National Academy of Sciences. 

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday said the New York Times story is “disappointing, yet entirely predictable.”

“As others have pointed out – and The New York Times should have noticed – drafts of this report have been published and made widely available online months ago during the public comment period,” Sanders said. “The White House will withhold comment on any draft report before its scheduled release date.”

A spokeswoman for The New York Times did not immediately return a request for comment from Fox News on Tuesday about whether it planned to issue a correction.

Kopp, the Rutgers University scientist, said Tuesday afternoon that The Times updated the online story to post a newer draft, the Fifth Order Draft, which is currently under review. A correction, however, has not yet been added.

The New York Times story cites an anonymous scientist involved in the report as saying he and others are concerned the Trump administration would suppress the report.

“It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his Cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited,” The New York Times said.

The story said that the National Academy of Sciences has signed off on the draft, but scientists are “awaiting permission from the Trump administration to release it.”

But Kopp, one of the authors, pointed out in his tweets about the New York Times story that the White House hasn’t missed its August 18 review deadline yet.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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UCF frat member accused of raping student at party

A fraternity member at the University of Central Florida and another man are accused of raping a student during a “New Years in July” party at the on-campus frat house, police said.

Alexander Garces, 22, a member of Alpha Tau Omega, was arrested Monday and charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment, WKMG reported. The victim, whose gender and name was not released, reported the rape on Friday, though the incident allegedly happened on July 22. 

The arrest affidavit said the victim attended the party with several friends but stayed close to them because he or she was raped once before. The victim was reportedly friends with Garces and the two started chatting. The accuser agreed to go upstairs with Garces and another man joined them, police said.


When they entered the room, one of the men allegedly locked the door and began blasting music from a cellphone. Garces sat on the couch, forcefully pulled the victim’s legs toward him and started touching the person sexually, according to the report. He then grabbed the person’s hair, throwing him or her to the ground. 

The victim performed oral sex on Garces, hoping it would stop the attack, police said. But Garces continued to be aggressive, according to WKMG. 

“I’ve never seen you like this before, what’s going on?” The victim allegedly asked Garces. “I’ve been raped before, I’m not about to be in a situation like this…don’t do this to me.”


Garces eventually left the room, but the other man then allegedly raped the victim and put his hands around the individual’s throat and mouth to stop the screaming. The victim fled the party when the man abruptly left. 

The fraternity said on Tuesday that it had suspended Garces and was looking into the matter.

“Officials with the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity learned of the police investigation on Saturday, and the chapter immediately suspended the man,” the organization said in a statement. “ATO is conducting an internal investigation and will assist local authorities and university officials as requested…The party was approved by UCF and held in accordance to strict university guidelines.”

Four years ago, UCF suspended ATO over alcohol-related misconduct. It was also accused of holding an unapproved house party and serving alcohol to minors. 

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FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE Kelly: Trump's generals 'speak truth to power'

When retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly was sworn in as White House chief of staff last week, he took command of a Trump administration that now has more military commanders in top spots than any since Eisenhower’s.

The generals hand-picked by Trump — Kelly, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James Mattis — share a penchant for passing their opinions up the chain of command in the bluntest of terms. Their prominence in the administration belies the common perception the commander in chief prefers to be surounded by yes men.

“Jim Mattis defines ‘speaking truth to power’ in my view, and I like to think I do as well,” said Kelly, speaking exclusively with Fox News in his first interview since becoming chief of staff. “I observed him do it routinely — every day — as we planned the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.”

” … telling the unvarnished truth to power doesn’t mean you always get your way.”

– Gen. John Kelly

A fourth general, Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford, is a holdover from the prior administration yet shares many of the same qualities that have endeared other high-ranking military men to Trump.

Kelly had already earned Trump’s approval by serving as Homeland Security secretary during the first six months of his administration. His no-nonsense pursuit of Trump’s agenda on immigration and terrorism prompted Trump to brand him a “star,” and tap him to succeed Reince Priebus as chief of staff. The job, which has traditionally been the domain of civilian leadership, makes Kelly the president’s top adviser.

Mattis, who famously said he devises a contingency plan to kill everyone he meets, required an act of Congress to get the job, since he hadn’t been out of the military long enough when he was appointed to his role. Once he got the waiver, he breezed through confirmation by an 81-17 vote.

“He’s a humble man with very little to be humble about,” William Cohen, who served as President Clinton’s Pentagon secretary, said of Mattis.

The careers of all four men have intersected over the years. Kelly, Mattis and Dunford came up through the Marines and all are in their 60s. McMaster is younger, at 55, and came up through the Army. Yet all have made their reputations on both the battlefield and, in recent decades, the Pentagon boardroom. 

Kelly was a captain in the 4th Marine Expeditionary Unit when he first met then-Lt. Col. Mattis in the Persian Gulf War, “but really got to know him right after 9/11 when I became his assistant division commander in the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California.”

That was the summer of 2002. The two Marines then deployed to Kuwait later that year, and lived together in the desert until the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq started in March 2003. After leading a column into Baghdad, Kelly and Mattis led Marines in the intense combat over Al-Anbar province which went into full-scale revolt in 2004.

Meanwhile, then-Army Capt. McMaster earned a Silver Star from the Battle of 73 Easting in Operation Desert Storm, when his heavily outnumbered armored unit destroyed 28 Iraqi Republican Guard tanks without loss in 23 minutes. 

McMaster, once described as a “blunt-spoken bulldog of a man,” was passed over for promotion to brigadier general twice for “making too many enemies to rise past the rank of colonel” before getting his first star. He replaced another general favored by Trump, Mike Flynn, as national security adviser and has continued to ruffle feathers – on the right and left.

“Regarding H.R., I heard of him first when I read his superb book ‘Dereliction of Duty,’” said Kelly, referring to McMaster’s seminal work in which he argued that the Vietnam War was lost because military leaders should have more openly voiced their opposition to the Johnson administration’s policy of gradualism.

“Never really got to know him very well until he joined the administration,” Kelly said. “[But] every day I see him speak truth to power to me in my current position.”

As the generals have taken command of the West Wing, including reportedly limiting who the President can see and what he can read, all three have come under intense scrutiny by both right and left.

Michele Flournoy, said to be in the running for Secretary of Defense had Hillary Clinton won the election, worried that “putting too many former senior general officers into civilian positions can be cause for concern in a democracy where we pride ourselves on civilian control.”

A top-level Washington government executive said recently about the widely-respected members of President Trump’s administration, “why would they risk their careers to be around such a man?”

That criticism was echoed by Cohen in an interview with Politico.

“The larger point is, whether it’s Kelly, Mattis or McMaster, you can spend a lifetime building credibility, and lose it overnight,” Cohen said.

McMaster, meanwhile, has come under fire from right-wing allies of White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon — himself a former Navy lieutenant — for working for a think-tank that was funded by George Soros, the billionaire financier of leftist causes.

With a president caught between a Bannon wing focused on domestic priorities and a military wing focused on winning wars, Kelly said he’s aware that the responsibility of the three generals is to advise, not command, inside the White House.

“Remember, telling the unvarnished truth to power doesn’t mean you always get your way,” Kelly told Fox News. “The principal ultimately decides and it is our way that so long as that decision is legal, moral, and ethical, one salutes and executes. Sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t.”

A close examination of the three generals closest to Trump shows each brings a slightly different toolkit to addressing the same problems they see in generally the same frame: years of neglect of the military and America’s national security obligations, as well as an awareness that as American culture proceeds down a path of progressivism military culture, in their views, must remain deeply conservative to stay effective in a world of rapidly evolving threats, not to mention the longest run conflicts in American history.

Both Mattis and Kelly worried that social changes during the Obama administration, such as allowing transgender people to serve and bringing women into combat roles, were hurting so-called battlefield lethality, or the ability of America’s military to win wars with the fewest number of casualties, on both sides.

“That’s the only filter we should ever look through,” Kelly told Fox News in a prior interview late last year. “Whether it’s buying a new jet fighter, a new tool — or any of the social changes. The only thing we should do is ask, ‘does it make us more lethal  on the battlefield?’”

Kelly said “many of the changes” undertaken by the Obama administration, “particularly the social changes, are not very wise.”

Mattis, who rarely does interviews, was reportedly pushed out during the Obama administration because his abrasive nature rubbed some Pentagon insiders the wrong way.

In a book co-authored with former Bush national security official Kori Schake, ‘Warriors & Citizens,’ Mattis wrote that as for “the inclusion of women in the infantry, and allowing homosexuals and transgender people to serve openly in America’s military forces… the public may perceive them as civil rights issues; the military by and large does not.”

That’s because, as Schake explained in an interview with Fox News, that while America’s civilian society values diversity and inclusion, “lightning strikes of great ideas are not the metric of success of a military unit. Unit cohesion and battlefield lethality are the measures of success of military units. And that is a perspective many civilians lose sight of.”

McMaster has been criticized for working for a think-tank that supported President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. But McMaster’s comments when he was active duty with a top strategic planning unit in the Army show he’s anything but an apologist for America’s enemies – including Iran.

“What is required is forward deterrence,” McMaster said last year. “Convincing your enemy that your enemy is unable to accomplish his objectives at a reasonable cost — rather than sort of an offshore balancing approach… which we know obviously from recent experience confirms is inadequate.”

In fact, McMaster, Kelly and Mattis all seem united in their criticism of civilian encroachment on military affairs.

In a celebrated Veteran’s Day address to Georgetown University in 2014, McMaster told students that the “warrior ethos” is at “risk” for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to a “coarsening” popular culture, fewer Americans are “connected” to the military, and “fewer and fewer Americans understand what is at stake in the wars in which we are engaged.”

“It’s all the more important today that we hold to our precious legacy of ferocious, ethical combat performance,” said Mattis in a 2014 speech. “For in a world awash in change, Americans need to have confidence in the everlasting character of our Marines.”

Trump has said he wished he served in the military himself, and is very proud of going to the New York Military Academy, 20 minutes from West Point, for high school.

As Trump’s son Donald Jr. told Fox News last year, “my father raves about military school. He often says it’s the best thing that ever happened to him. It gave him a lotta discipline.”

Such sentiments could explain why Trump has turned to the military to bring discipline to a White House awash in leaks and palace intrigue, and to bring a reasoned focus to a world rife with threats, sensing weakness and decline in the world’s only superpower.

Trump’s generals are ready for battle.

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Millions of gallons of Mexican waste threaten Border Patrol agents

Millions of gallons of toxic chemicals and raw sewage are being dumped by Mexico into the Tijuana River, surrounding valleys and U.S. beaches at the U.S.-Mexico border, sickening border patrol agents, but those on the front lines say the U.S. has done little to force Mexico to literally clean up its act.

Some 59 Border Patrol agents have reported getting sick in the last three months after exposure to pollutants while at work along the border. One agent suffered severe chemical burns on his feet after toxic chemicals burned through his boots, according to documentation provided by the U.S. Border Patrol Local 1613 Union.

That union is threatening legal action that could result in all 300 people stationed at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol station to abandon their posts along the vast border between San Diego and Mexico. Border Patrol union leaders blame U.S. government agencies, Congress and the International Boundary and Water Commission for not aggressively addressing the continuing environmental pollution and health hazards. The organization is an independent U.S. commission directed by the State Department that oversees management of the river.

Because it oversees sanitation, water quality and flood control in the border region, the IBWC has become the focus of outrage by local government officials as well as the Border Patrol.

“It is going to get the point where they cannot patrol down there. That is a national security issue,” said Christopher Harris, secretary for the U.S. Border Patrol Local 1613 Union, which represents represent almost 2,000 US Border Patrol Bargaining Unit Employees in the San Diego Sector.

“If a judge rules that our agents cannot work in that area, we are going to cede this back to no man’s land,” Harris warned, noting that this would leave a vast area of the border open to Mexican cartel smuggling fugitives putting local residents at risk.

During a tour of the U.S.-Mexican border arranged by the union, Joel Sevilla, a U.S. Army veteran who has been a Border Patrol Agent for nine years, told Fox News that last week he had to halt his ATV patrols.

“I like doing what I do, but now it has come to a point that every night I have headaches and every day I have headaches and nasal pain and I had to stop,” Sevilla said.

Numerous agents have suffered from gas inhalation, chemical burns, lung damage and infections, said Terrance Shiggs, president of the National Board Patrol Council Local 1613.

Serge Dedina, mayor of the City of Imperial Beach, one of the beachfront communities most impacted by the pollution, said that between 30 and 40 million gallons of sewage are discharged daily onto the beach from Mexico’s Punta Banderas sewage treatment plant six miles south of the border, and during south swells and south winds, the sewage washes up on U.S. beaches. Mexican sewage also flows into the U.S. from the Tijuana River. When there is a power outage affecting the sewage plant in Mexico, it is not uncommon for raw sewage to be discharged on to the U.S. side of the border, Dedina said.

The City of Imperial Beach is planning its own legal action over Clean Water Act violations, Dedina added.

 “We can no longer tolerate our own government allowing this to happen,” he said.

Dedina said residents, small business owners, and Border Agents are frustrated that the International Boundary and Water Commission doesn’t take aggressive and immediate action to keep Mexican sewage and toxic chemicals from flowing into ocean, area canyons, the Tijuana River and a protected estuary.

“We want to make sure our residents and the Border Patrol agents … and United States Navy SEALs who live and train in our city and just North of Coronado are not harmed by this mess,” Dedina said.

Dedina said the Department of Homeland Security should include new protections in the $200 million Congress just allocated for San Diego border wall upgrades.

The trouble with Mexico’s broken sewage system came to the forefront in February, when 250 million gallons of raw sewage poured from Mexico into the Tijuana River and then into the ocean for 17 days after the City of Tijuana’s sanitation system broke down.

No Mexican official disclosed the hazard, but the 200,000 people living in South San Diego, Imperial Beach and Chula Vista could smell the eye-watering, throat-burning smell of raw sewage from a mile away. The spill was the worst in the region in a decade, and resulted in several miles of beaches being closed for six weeks. Initially, the Mexican government pledged to fix the problem, but that changed.

“We were told on Aug. 4 by highest level American officials that the Mexican federal government has abandoned its effort to support this issue,” Dedina said. “The U.S. government has to step up and help us stop this toxic waste and toxic sewage from coming across the border.”

 “I don’t think Mexico is doing this on purpose, but do I think they care – not a bit. The U-S government has to start doing some things to make Mexico care about its actions,” said Harris. “The U-S cannot solve this all alone, but we can mitigate the environmental hazards, and that is going to take the EPA and the International Boundary and Water Commission to get off the dime and start doing what they are supposed to.”

However, a spokesperson for the IBWC said the commission is taking a number of actions.

The commission is now investing $17 million into upgrading its $239.4 million sewage treatment plant built in the 1990s. Working groups have made recommendations to improve the area and some key studies are planned or ongoing. The commission established a bi-national spill notification protocol and plans new joint inspections every other month at key sites to monitor trans-boundary flows, said IBWC spokesperson Sally Spener.

“It is clear that when you look at the activities of the commission, not just since the February spill, but prior to that, there has been a long term interest and significant financial investment in improving the TJ river valley,” Spener said.

Dedina and others say the commission and federal government must take quicker and stronger action to stop the almost daily flows of raw sewage and toxic chemicals into the Imperial Beach and San Diego communities. More than 670,000 gallons of raw sewage are currently festering on Imperial Beach, attracting flies and mosquitoes, Dedina said.

“Somewhere along the way, the U.S. government has apparently decided that nothing needs to be done. That is unacceptable,” Dedina said. “This is not rocket science. … It requires funding, engineering and political will.”





Malia Zimmerman is an award-winning investigative reporter focusing on crime, homeland security, illegal immigration crime, terrorism and political corruption. Follow her on twitter at @MaliaMZimmerman

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Armless archer' wins gold at US national championships

A man born with no arms defied the odds and took home first place at a national archery competition in Westfield over the weekend.

Using his feet, Matt Stutzman earned gold in the target championship and got silver in the open compound final at the USA Archery Outdoor National Championships.

Stutzman says this weekend’s results will put him in a great position to earn a spot on the US Archery World Cup Team.

The Paralympian won the silver medal in the 2012 games in London, but this is the first year he is competing in the able-bodied division.

Stutzman says his new tagline has become “What’s your excuse?”

“If a guy without arms can get a bow and sit down and compete with the best in the world at a sport with them using their arms, what’s your excuse?” asked Stutzman. “Why aren’t you doing what you want to do? Get off the couch and get it done.”

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Taylor Swift was not assaulted, DJ testifies: 'I'm trying to clear my name'

The man accused by Taylor Swift of sexual assault took the stand Tuesday and declared he wanted to clear his name.

David Mueller is suing Swift for $3 million because he says he lost his job over the alleged incident, which he denies ever happened.

Mueller was a DJ at Denver radio station KYGO when he allegedly inappropriately touched the music superstar during a meet-and-greet photo shoot before Swift’s June 2013 concert.

In court documents, Swift says that while the photo was being taken Mueller “…took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek, and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there. It was not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life.”

Swift did not report the incident to police but her team contacted KYGO and Mueller was fired two days later. Two years after that, Mueller, claiming he had been blacklisted from the industry as a result of Swift’s allegations, sued the singer for $3 million. A month after that, Swift counter-sued for just $1.


During testimony on Tuesday, Mueller said he wanted to regain his reputation.

“I am trying to clear my name,” he said, “and I am asking for lost earnings, whatever the jury sees fit.”

During opening statements Mueller’s attorney, M. Gabriel McFarland, told the jury the incident that changed his client’s life happened very quickly. Mueller and then-girlfriend Shannon Melcher, also a KYGO on-air personality, were ushered into a room used by Swift to take photos with fans. They introduced themselves to Swift and took the photo, with Melcher on Swift’s right and Mueller on her left.

Swift later told her team Mueller touched her inappropriately.




McFarland told the jurors nothing inappropriate happened.

“David had his dream job, his girlfriend whom he loved,” the lawyer said, “and after just introducing himself to Taylor Swift…he had his hand up her skirt?”

Swift’s attorney, Doug Baldrich, told the jury that’s exactly what happened, saying during his opening statement the case could be summed up easily.

“A woman is assaulted, a woman reports it, and she gets sued,” he said.

Baldrich reminded the jurors Swift was only asking for $1 in her counter-suit, saying her purpose was to take a stand for all women.

Alicia Acuna joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 1997 and currently serves as a general assignment reporter based in the network’s Denver bureau.

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Painting of Statue of Liberty as Muslim woman in Dem congressman’s office stirs controversy

A Democratic congressman is taking heat from Sarah Palin and other conservatives for a painting hanging in his California district office that depicts the Statue of Liberty as a Muslim woman.

We the People Rising, a conservative-leaning activist group, was among the first to object to the painting in Rep. Lou Correa’s district office in Santa Ana, Calif., arguing it violates the separation of church and state.

The group, which advocates for tougher immigration laws, has asked Correa to remove the painting, which is a finalist in the Congress’ annual student art competition.

Palin entered the debate Monday with a tweet about the controversy.

“Statue of Liberty” Painting Found In Congressman’s Office, Then America Spots Something Unusual,” Palin said in the tweet that included a retweet on the issue from the Young Conservatives group.

Correa, a first-term congressman, has no plans to remove the painting, saying the Office of Legislative Counsel sees no legal issues.

“You take it in the context of a lady, probably a Muslim American — with all that’s going on, she’s a proud American,” Correa told The Orange County Register, which first reported the story.

This is not the first time a submission from the art contest has stirred controversy. In January, a painting depicting police officers as pigs, from Missouri Democratic Rep. William Lacy’s district, was removed from a Capitol Hill hallway where submissions are displayed.

We the People Rising has posted two videos on its website in which members go to Correa’s district office on July 3 to ask that the painting be removed.

“You guys have a picture out in front of your office with the Statue of Liberty wearing a hijab, which I find reprehensible and disrespectful,” one of the members tells a staffer in the first video. “I would like to request that you remove it.”

The staffer says the theme of the art contest was “Faces of America.” He also said the controversial picture is among all of the finalists hanged in the district office and that the winning submission, which is displayed on Capitol Hill, honors WWII veterans.

The second video shows the group confronting Correa on the issue outside his office, just minutes after the meeting.

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From Anthem to Aetna, major health insurers are leaving ObamaCare marketplace – Much of rural Nevada left with zero ObamaCare options

Anthem, one of the largest health insurers in the U.S., announced Monday that it will not offer plans through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace in Nevada next year.

The insurer also is expected to drastically scale back the plans it offers in Georgia, leaving only some insured in rural counties that otherwise would be left without coverage. With the removal of Anthem, there are 14 counties in Nevada that will not have health insurance for individuals, according to Fox Business.

“Planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans has become increasingly difficult due to a shrinking and deteriorating individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage,” Anthem said in a statement Monday.

The move wasn’t surprising. Analysts said four months ago that the insurance company was expected to exit a “high percentage” of its plans in the 144 regions where it participated.

President Trump — who has often railed against ObamaCare but has been so far been unsuccessful with pushing a replacement through the Republican-led Senate — retweeted the news of Anthem’s exit from the health care marketplace. Trump has often suggested letting ObamaCare “implode.”

Anthem certainly isn’t the first insurer to scale back or pull out of the marketplace completely. Read on for a look at others.


Aetna announced in May that it plans to completely leave the ObamaCare marketplace by 2018.


“Our individual Commercial products lost nearly $700 million between 2014 and 2016, and are projected to lose more than $200 million in 2017 despite a significant reduction in membership,” the company said in a statement. “Those losses are the result of marketplace structural issues that have led to co-op failures and carrier exits, and subsequent risk pool deterioration.”


Humana, which covers about 150,000 people in 11 states, announced earlier this year that it would leave the Affordable Care Act’s public insurance exchange.

Humana was the first major insurer to cast a no-confidence vote about selling individual plans on the public marketplace for 2018, according to The New York Times. Its main focus has been selling private insurance through Medicare.

Minuteman Health

A Massachusetts-based insurance co-op, Minuteman Health announced in June that it plans to withdraw from the market in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.


Due to a lack of capital, the insurer has been placed in state receivership.

Molina Healthcare

Molina Healthcare Inc., revealed this month its plans to withdraw from the marketplace in Utah and Wisconsin.

It also said it was reviewing its offerings in other states, as performance in Florida and Washington has been dismal.

Harken Health Insurance

A startup by UnitedHealth Group Inc., Harken Health Insurance announced last year that it would pull out of the marketplace in the two states where it offered insurance.

The insurer said it would no longer offer plans in Georgia or Chicago.

UnitedHealth also pulled out of the individual insurance marketplace this year.

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Daughter slams reality star

“Real Housewives of the OC” star Tamra Judge’s estranged daughter is going after her reality TV star mom.

In a Facebook post shared after Monday night’s episode of the Bravo show, Sidney, 18, addressed her relationship with her estranged mom.

In the post, Sidney accused Judge of being a neglectful parent.

“The reasons I left my mothers house are that she was neglectful (leaving us at home with no food or simply ignoring us entirely), she constantly put herself first and the biggest reason was that she was mentally and emotionally abusive. She was no mother to me,” the 18-year-old wrote.

The high school graduate, who lives solely with Judge’s ex-husband Simon, said part of the reason for the failed family relationship is her mom’s love of the limelight.

“Not even two weeks after I graduated she posted a photo of me and shared it with her one million followers knowing that it would get picked up by the press. The one thing I asked and have been asking for 4 years now has been to not talk about me because I don’t want to be in the spotlight,” the teenager continued. “But Again breaking her promises as per usual, she puts herself, her fame, her reputation, and her bank account before me. If she really wanted a relationship she would keep her promises and recognize that it is no one elses fault but hers that I do not want her in my life.”

Sidney shared a screenshot of a text conversation with her mother pleading for her not to post her graduation pictures publicly. Judge agreed she would not replying, “Okay. I don’t post pictures of you Sidney and would never do that. And I have more class then [sic] to throw a scene with your dad.”

Judge told Fox News, “No comment.”

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Beckham upset over pizza ad

Victoria Beckham’s likeness has been used to sell everything from nail kits to deodorant, but she draws the line at pizzerias — and for very good reason.

A spokesperson for Victoria Beckham has revealed that the former Spice Girl is seeking legal advice after learning of an eatery in North East England that advertises its “Victoria Beckham Thin Crust” pizzas as being thinner than the “anorexic” designer.

Sidhu Golden Fish and Chips, in Tyneside, England, has affixed the offending advertisement to the back of its delivery truck, along with an unflattering caricature of Beckham wearing a sash reading “anorexic fashion icon.”


“Our new Victoria Beckham Thin Crust only 2mm thin!!” the ad reads. Directly underneath, an arrow pointing to the caricature of Beckham insists she’s “not thin” in comparison to the shop’s new crusts.

“It is highly inappropriate to trivialize such a disorder, and defamatory to be so thoughtless with a person’s reputation in this way, therefore we are seeking legal advice,” a spokesperson for Beckham tells Fox News.

Marg Oaten, a representative from an anorexia charity organization called Seed, has also described Sidhu’s ad as “appalling,” reports The Daily Mail.

“This is a step in the wrong direction. The people responsible for this should hang their heads in shame,” said Oaten. “The advert puts people at genuine risk. Those who suffer from eating disorders are constantly battling with their feelings and thoughts. They will see the advert and start comparing themselves to the size of Victoria Beckham.”


The manager of Sidhu’s has since released a statement in response to the backlash, but asserted that his customers understood the “fun” nature of the ad, which had been on his truck for years.

“As the manager and on the behalf of all our staff and owners I would like to state we recognize how serious eating disorders are and would never make light the seriousness of people with eating disorders,” said Soni Sidhu per a statement obtained by iTV.

“It is offered as a fun way to make people smile, and to escape from the daily hustle and bustle of life. We would be genuinely horrified if anyone was genuinely offended,” he later added.

Sidhu also insisted that he’d take down the advertisement “even if one individual is upset or offended,” but did not confirm whether he would be doing so.


“If, in 2017 Britain, we are asked to take down this advert it will be a sad day for freedom of expression,” he said.

A representative for Sidhu’s was not immediately available for comment.

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