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Trump administration plotting ‘backdoor cut’ to Social Security that will hurt people with disabilities

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The Trump administration is being accused of plotting a stealthy cut to Social Security that will make life more difficult for people with disabilities.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a proposed change to Social Security disability benefits “would result in millions of more case reviews, likely cutting off many disabled recipients, if the changes are enacted.”

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Jen Burdick, a supervising attorney with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, tells the Post-Gazette that the rule change amounts to “a backdoor cut to the program” that will cut people off benefits.

The proposed rule change would subject people receiving disability benefits to more frequent reviews, as hundreds of thousands of recipients would be subjected to reviews every two years.

“While a requirement to complete paperwork and submit documentation at the risk of losing monetary benefits and health care would be challenging for anyone, it is likely more difficult, stressful, and time-consuming for disability beneficiaries, who as a group are older, poorer, and sicker than the general population,” Barbara Silverstone, executive director of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, tells the Post-Gazette.

President Donald Trump frequently said during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would not cut Social Security benefits.

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Devin Nunes’ aide may have just gotten his big reward for being a Trump toadie

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President Donald Trump continues to make big moves at the Office of National Intelligence.

"Kash Patel, a former top National Security Council official who also played a key role as a Hill staffer in helping Republicans discredit the Russia probe, is now a senior adviser for new acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, according to four people familiar with the matter," Politico reported Thursday evening.

He reportedly began work on Thursday.

"It’s not clear what exact role Patel is playing in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the U.S. intelligence community," Politico noted.

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New intel chief Grenell burned to the ground in fiery editorial for ‘pandering’ to Trump

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The editorial board at The Washington Post issued a scathing editorial against acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell on Thursday evening.

"President Trump's campaign to purge the government of anyone not blindly loyal to him continued Wednesday with the appointment of Richard Grenell as acting director of national intelligence. Mr. Grenell, who currently serves as ambassador to Germany, is manifestly unqualified for the job, even in an acting capacity. He has no experience in intelligence or in managing large organizations — like the 17 agencies that will now report to him," the editorial board noted. "Mr. Grenell has nevertheless won the president’s favor in a familiar way: by loudly praising him and his agenda on Fox News programs and social media."

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The truth about Bernie Sanders’ medical records: They’re encouraging — but a key detail is missing

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When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) landed in the hospital at the beginning of October 2019 after suffering a heart attack, it became guaranteed that his health would be an issue in the 2020 Democratic primary. The 78-year-old is known for his passionate rallies and reveling in the rigors of the campaign, but a candidate's health condition can change the course of an election, and a serious medical crisis like a heart attack puts into question his ability to do the job.

To help allay these concerns, Sanders assured voters that he would release "comprehensive" medical records. But he hasn't, and now it seems he doesn't plan on doing it. Instead, he released three letters in December from doctors describing his health positively and vouching for his ability to handle the campaign trail and potentially, the presidency.

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