MoM+DaD

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My parents have passed away, but I am blessed and grateful that they brought me to this great country and allow me to live with a better levelof freedom and opportunity.

But since this about Mother's Day and the ladies always go first ... My mother was more exciting than a couple of Margaritas. She managed to encourage, inspire, love and care for us. Dad was a truly refined man with strength, intelligence, wisdom, knowledge and integrity.

Spinmeister-in-Chief

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President @realDonaldTrump @POTUS has honed spin into a new and improved art form. It’s amazing that he doesn’t hesitate in saying the things that he says. Trump dismisses Yates and Clapper testimonies: "Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax" http://hill.cm/qgoTYKZ

The hearing was called to allow former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to testify to a Senate panel that she warned the White House that Michael Flynn could be blackmailed by the Russians. Former DNI Director James Clapper also warned that Russian meddling in U.S. elections will continue.

Ride Sally Ride

Announcement

Sally Caroline Yates served as a US Deputy Attorney General, appointed by President Barack Obama and then fired by President Trump. Today she is scheduled to appear before Congress to verbally write her political epitaph.

Will Sally Yates drop a Flynn bombshell? http://politi.co/2pqo7t6 via @politico

Sally Yates to offer first public account of Flynn's Russia contacts https://usat.ly/2pmpMz0 via @usatoday

After being fired by Trump, Sally Yates to testify on Russia http://apne.ws/2qhmLVL

Trump challenges Sally Yates ahead of Senate testimony | http://fxn.ws/2pq0mBp

News = Noticias

Issue

Latinos are mostly interested in immigration and get what they need while watching the news on Univision and Telemundo, the two Spanish-language broadcast networks which inform nearly 57 million US Hispanics. http://www.telemundo.com/noticias http://www.univision.com/noticias

As a crossover journalist, who worked as a news executive for both media giants as well as in general market English-language media, the comparison between the two formats offers parallel worlds with different viewpoints. http://abcnews.go.com/US http://www.cbsnews.com/

Living Longer

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There are basic rules to help us live longer from my point of view.

Be Inquisitive:
Trying to learn something new every day can be problem-solving: digging into a book, scientific research or news articles or asking questions and actually listening to the answers requires cognitive muscles.

Eat Plants and Vegetables:
Replacing meats with fruits and vegetables can go a long way toward slashing calories in a more satisfying way to stay alive longer.

Keep A Positive Attitude:

Eating Cable?

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In Spanish, we have a saying "Comerse Un Cable" and for those who read the language of romance, here's a link: http://www.asihablamos.com/word/palabra/Comerse%20un%20cable.php

It means eating cable, or having problems and experiencing economic difficulties. The term is appropriate when referring to the cable industry, which is apparently eating cable.

Cable TV Alternatives - A Guide to Cutting the Cord https://shar.es/1FzL1Y

Kentucky Derby

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As a young boy, I have fond memories of visiting the racetrack with my late dad Antonio and his youngest brother and my Godfather, Osvaldo. These two giants were men who I looked up to in more ways that one. They were also sports fans and racing aficionados.

GOP Replacement Bill

Solution

TRUMPCARE Premiums will be higher for older Americans. Under Obamacare, insurers were able to charge a 64-year-old three times more for a policy than a 21-year-old. The AHCA will allow insurers to charge the older population five times more than younger people. States will be able to obtain waivers to charge even more than five times the amount.

American Healthscare

Problem

It's beginning to look like the USA will have a long hot wait while more American voters begin exercising their political muscles. The US House of Representatives has approved a new plan, which government officials at CBO have yet to vet.

This has a long way to go before it becomes law, but in the coming months, once it is reviewed by The Congressional budget office and tweaked by members of The US Senate, it can then become the law of the land to replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

House repeal of 'Obamacare' hands' hot potato to wary Senate http://apne.ws/2q6DaMQ

War and the Death of News

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With his long-awaited book expected to be released next month, WAR AND THE DEATH OF NEWS Author Martin Bell, who is my journalism brother from a different mother kindly sent me a preview copy.

Martin Bell served in the colonial army, and as a BBC war correspondent was embedded with British forces, participated in missions with the American military, crossed the Suez Canal with the Israelis and covered the civil war in El Salvador with yours truly serving as his producer among his extensive and impressive list of credits. If that is not enough, Martin also served as a member of Parliament and as a United Nations ambassador and served as a key reference before I was hired to run the New York TV Bureau for AP.

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