January 4th, 2018

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One more campaign promise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to fulfill a campaign promise, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed regulations to facilitate the interstate sale of health insurance policies that cost less but may not cover as much.

The complex proposal from the Labor Department aims to deliver on President Donald Trump’s long-standing pledge to increase competition and lower costs by promoting the sale of health plans across state lines. Yet its success depends on the actions of insurers, state consumer protection regulators, plan sponsors and customers themselves. Some already have concerns.
 
 

Big fucking deal, как говаривал предыдущий вице-президент. Текст по ссылке, естественно, чуть менее чем полностью посвящен тому, как это будет плохо, глупо и опасно.

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Корея

В ленте два текста - вчера Скотт Адамс про пресловутую трамповскую Большую Кнопку:

A recent statement out of North Korea said, in effect, that they need their nuclear weapons as a deterrent because the United States is performing war games along its border. The way I interpret North Korea’s statement is that they are getting flexible. This is the first time I’ve heard North Korea speak of their nukes as conditional on what we do. In other words, they are open to denuclearizing if we reduce their perceived military risk. They haven’t said that directly. But that’s how I read it.

А сегодня Вокс, про то, что Трамп наконец делает что-то серьезное на северокорейском фронте:
 

Some news broke about North Korea on Thursday morning — and, for once, it’s actually kind of reassuring.

The US and South Korea just announced that they would delay annual military exercises that were scheduled to take place during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyongyang. These exercises, which involve simulating operations that would likely be used in the event of war with North Korea, generally anger the North and could have provoked it to do something dangerous in response.

Вместе эти два текста производят довольно мощное впечатление. Если не рассматривать возможность того, что Адамс вчера знал про сегодняшние новости, то приходится признать (опять), что он понимает положение вещей куда лучше, чем воксовские эксперты. И заодно большинство прочих экспертов.

UPD: SEOUL — North and South Korea will hold official talks on Jan. 9, South Korea's unification ministry said on Friday, after Pyongyang sent a statement accepting Seoul's offer for talks next week.



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