<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas State Political News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usWed, 28 Jun 2017 17:29:17 -0500Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:29:17 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Destroys Ten Commandments Monument 24 Hours After Unveiling]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:14:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+10+Commandments+Vandal+THUMB.jpg

A man yelled “freedom” as he rammed his car into a monument depicting the Ten Commandments outside the Arkansas State Capitol, less than 24 hours after it was unveiled. Michael Tate Reed posted videos to his Facebook page of the collision and his justification for doing so, authorities said. This wasn’t the first time Reed was arrested for destroying a Ten Commandments monument. Reed was also booked in 2014 for vandalizing a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma. He apologized the following year and said he suffered mental health issues.

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<![CDATA[Trump Takes Swipe at Amazon Over 'Internet Taxes']]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:11:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jeffbezos_120-0x675.jpg

In a new Twitter tirade, President Donald Trump went after The Washington Post and its owner, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, after the newspaper published a story about several of Trump's clubs displaying a fake Time magazine cover, CNBC reported. 

The Post reported that the cover, featuring Trump, was hanging in some of the president's golf clubs. A spokeswoman with Time confirmed to the newspaper that the cover was not real.

"The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!" Trump wrote Wednesday. 

On the campaign trail, Trump called Amazon a monopoly with an unfair tax shelter, saying in February 2016, "If I become president, oh [does Amazon] have problems. They're going to have such problems."




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<![CDATA[McConnell: ‘We’re Not Quite There’ on Health Care Bill]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:47:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_MCCONELL_SOUND_WHITE_HOSUE_062717-149860333826600001.jpg

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke briefly with reporters after a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Republican senators.

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Care Bill Could Raise Premiums 74 Percent: Study]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:44:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/699666664-Mitch-McConnell.jpg

Health care premiums could rise 74 percent for the average customer under the Republican Senate health care bill, according to a new report.

Older and low-income Americans could face the highest increases for coverage, with Americans between ages 55 and 64 with lower incomes seeing a 294 percent increase in premiums. NBC News reported that the study by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation factored in the price of insurance and the amount of subsidies people would receive. 

The Senate bill, supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., encourages customers to purchase plans with higher deductibles. The subsidies would cover an average of 58 percent of costs, compared to Obamacare’s 70 percent.

In its analysis on Monday, the Congressional Budget Office said that premiums and deductibles could be too high for many low-income customers to buy coverage.



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<![CDATA[Sanders Vs. Reporters Over Latest Fake News Tirade]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:44:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Huckabee_Sanders_Argues_With_WH_Reporters_Over_Latest_Fake_News_Tirade-149859458713000001.jpg

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders displayed the administrations's antagonism against the media in heated exchanges with members of the White House press corp during the daily press briefing on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Sanders pointed to a retracted CNN story as basis of the White House's "frustration" and skepticism with ongoing coverage, while one reporter accused the White House of "inflammatory rhetoric."

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<![CDATA[Dave Lieber Talks About the Irving Mayoral Election]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:59:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000340.jpg

A mayoral election gets nasty and Dave Leiber, The Dallas Morning news watchdog uncovered who was behind an Irving political mailer that suggested one candidate was a drug addict and thief not to be trusted.



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<![CDATA[WH Warns Syria Against Chemical Attack 'Preparations']]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:51:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TrumpAssad.jpg

The United States is warning that Syria would "pay a heavy price" for undertaking another chemical weapons attack, the White House said Monday night, saying it's spotted "potential preparations" for one, NBC News reported.

Activity at an airfield struck in the American cruise missile attack in April is "strongly suggestive" of the Assad regime intending to use chemical weapons, with the activity becoming more compelling in the last day, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

Five U.S. defense, military and intelligence officials told NBC News the statement caught them off guard.

A Syrian minister dismissed the statement, insisting Damascus does not have and will not use chemical weapons. Russian officials responded to the statements Tuesday, accusing the U.S. of "readying a new attack on Syrian forces" and preparing an "unprecedented provocation... presented as a chemical attack" to prompt a U.S.-led strike on Assad's forces.



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<![CDATA[Here's What Happens if the GOP Health Care Bill Becomes Law]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:12:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mcconnellhealthfeuerherd.jpg

The Senate Republican health care bill would insure 22 million fewer people after a decade than current law, according to an analysis Monday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. 

The GOP bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would save $321 billion in the same period by spending $1 trillion less on health care and using the savings to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s taxes, which primarily benefit wealthy individuals and medical companies, NBC News reported.

In addition to increasing the number of uninsured Americans, the plan also would raise deductibles by large amounts and reduce Medicaid spending by 26 percent by 2026 versus current law.

On the other hand, it would achieve traditional conservative goals of spending less on social services, lowering tax rates on high earners and businesses, and reducing regulations on what kind of plans insurers must provide and on how much they’re allowed to profit off consumers.



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<![CDATA[Who's Affected by the Supreme Court’s Travel Ban Ruling?]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:34:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17135611381402-Travel-Ban-Protest-Seattle-Court.jpg

The Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate parts of the Trump administration’s travel ban is potentially good news for many who want entry into the United States, but it may be a blow for refugees, experts told NBC News.

Uncertainty surrounded the impact of the high court's action. Several federal agencies must now decide how they will implement it, and advocates warned the confusion itself is harmful, given the delicacy of the refugee process.

While the court ruled the ban could partly take effect while it makes a final decision later this year, it said the ban could not apply at this time to anyone with "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." The picture is potentially very different for refugees, though it’s unclear at the moment.

"We know that people are going to be hurt by this, and there will be a lot of disruption and dislocation," said Lavinia Limón, president and chief executive of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.



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<![CDATA[Trump Declares Victory on Travel Ban]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:06:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trumponhealthcarefeuerherd.jpg

After multiple rulings against President Trump's executive orders on travel, he is declaring victory. The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to enforce the travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries, and they will hear arguments in October.



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<![CDATA[Rich Getting Richer: Poverty Gap Reaches Crisis in Dallas]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:27:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Poverty_Gap.jpg

Statistics released by the Dallas Poverty Task Force reveal the poverty rate in Dallas has reached a crisis point.

The Dallas economy has proven to work well for millionaires, but has neglected to provide opportunities and positive growth for the poor and working class, the report shows.

According to the recent data, more than half of Dallas households make less than $50,000 per year. 28.4 percent of households make less than $25,000 per year, and 27.1 percent make less than $25,000-$50,000 per year.

City Manager TC Broadnax spoke at a meeting recently and outlined a new agenda focused on collaboration.

“I want to lead with four expectations: empathy, ethics, excellence, and equity,” said Broadnax.

Members of the task force are using data and collaboration with the investors and the nonprofit sector to attack the problem.

Within the last year poverty within the city has grown throughout the southern region of Dallas to northeast and West Dallas. Every district in the city is touched by this epidemic.

In the past, the poverty task force has compared the poverty rate in Dallas to Philadelphia and Baltimore. City leaders recognize the problem has not suddenly gotten worse; systems in place have, for decades, denied portions of the city’s poor and working class the opportunities for advancement.

Broadnax met with community leaders and nonprofit organizations to discuss the new agenda. Members of the task force will meet with residents to discuss their specific needs.

Currently, members of the task force are working on solutions within these communities to increase transportation access, improve educational opportunities, increase development and affordable housing, and job opportunities.

According to recent data, 90 percent of Dallas jobs are north of I-30. 

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<![CDATA[Seniors Concerned Health Care Plan is 'Age Tax']]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:22:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/senior-health-care.jpg

A Senate Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act aims to reduce funding for Medicaid, the single largest source of health care coverage in the United States.

Organizations like AARP are concerned that the cuts unfairly target senior citizens.

AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond said in a statement that the Senate bill imposes an “age tax” on older adults.

“AARP is adamantly opposed to the Age Tax, which would allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more for coverage than everyone else while reducing tax credits that help make insurance more affordable,” LeaMond noted.

The advocacy organization notes on its website that the current law keeps insurers from charging older adults more than three times as much for premiums as they charge those who are younger for the same coverage. Both the Republican House and Senate legislation would "allow insurers to charge older adults five times as much, and states could receive waivers to remove even that limit."

Jerome Mosman agrees with the “age tax” characterization.

Mosman is the CEO of Sixty & Better, a nonprofit that provides nutrition and socialization services to senior citizens at 25 activity centers across Tarrant County in Texas.

“I think it is an Age Tax because there is a presumption that all older people are sicker, and this is not true,” Mosman said.

“To lose that [Medicaid] safety net is frightening. States are ultimately going to have to ration [their allotment] and say, ‘Well, we only get so much from Medicaid, therefore we cannot insure more disabled people, more elderly people.’ It is frightening for those on low income,” Mosman said.

At the age of 71, Anita Strange — a retired school teacher and lifelong Fort Worth resident — was dropped by her health insurance company, Aetna, which Strange believes was a direct result of her age.

Since then, Strange, now 74, has been enrolled in Medicare.

“I’m watching [the developments] but I’m just going to wait and see [before I pass judgment],” Strange said. “There’s got to be a better plan out there for us because we have to have insurance.”

Republicans have been said to be considering a vote this week, though the bill has a narrow path to victory with Democrats united against it and some moderates and conservatives calling for changes. 

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the number of people likely to keep coverage under the bill is due out this week. Twenty-three million people would lose insurance under the House version of the legislation, the CBO said last month. 

"Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!"



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