White House to Hold “Making Health Care Better” Event on Substance Use Disorders

Tomorrow morning, on Wednesday, November 30, the White House will hold the fifth event in its “Making Health Care Better” series, which will focus on advancements over the last eight years in prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use disorders. The program will feature government officials, nonprofit and academic leaders, advocates working to address substance use disorders, and people personally affected by this disease. 
As part of tomorrow’s event, the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) is releasing a new progress report on addressing substance use disorders, noting progress in prevention, treatment, recovery and research. The full report will be distributed in the morning.

The event will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live/ on Wednesday, November 30 at 8:30am ET.

The White House launched the “Making Health Care Better” series in spring 2016 to highlight the significant progress made in improving health and the health system over the past seven years, and to discuss current activities both inside and outside the Administration as well as the work that is left to do. Previous events included discussions on diabetesmental healthcardiovascular health, and suicide prevention.

Tomorrow’s agenda follows:

Welcome Remarks
Michael Botticelli, Director, National Drug Control Policy

Panel Discussion: Health Care in America: Making Progress for People with Substance Use Disorder
Moderator: Dr. Wilson Compton | Deputy Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Dr. Carolyn Clancy | Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence, Veteran’s Health Administration (VA)
Dr. Deborah Dowell | Senior Medical Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Kana Enomoto | Principal Deputy Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Dr. Chris Jones | Director, Division of Science Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (HHS)
Dr. Carlos Blanco | Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Panel Discussion: Solutions for Improving Care and Recovery Support
Moderator: Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck | Executive Director, National Association of County and City Health Officials
Timothy Rabolt | Young Person in Recovery and Recovery Advocate
Don Flattery | Chair, Advocacy Committee, Fed Up Coalition
Nadine Parker | Executive Director, National Capital Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking
Dr. Leana Wen | Health Commissioner, Baltimore, MD

Panel Discussion: Advancing a Public Health and Public Safety Approach 
Moderator: Cynthia Reilly | Director, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative, Pew Charitable Trusts
Sheriff Peter Koutoujian | Sheriff, Middlesex County, MA
Daniel Raymond | Policy Director, Harm Reduction Coalition
Gabrielle de la Gueronniere | Director of Policy, Legal Action Center
Dr. Stephen Patrick| Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Closing Remarks
Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

For more information about the Office of National Drug Control Policy visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp 

Teacher compares Trump To Rise Of Hitler

listen to the story from KQED

Frank Navarro has taught history and special education at Mountain View High School for 40 years.

Navarro said it all started about three weeks before the Nov. 8 election when he gave a historical lesson on Hitler’s rise to power in Germany from 1930 to 1933 and compared it to Donald Trump’s platform. “Adolf Hitler said he’d make Germany great again. Donald Trump said he’s going to make America great again,” Navarro said. “Hitler focused on the Jews as the great peril of Germany, and Trump focused on the Muslims and talk about a registry and keeping Muslims out of the country.” Navarro is an expert on the Holocaust and has studied at the International Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Jerusalem. The 65-year-old was also named a Mandel Fellow for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. After the lesson, Navarro said the principal came to him and said the parent of a student sent an email and was put off with his Trump/Hitler comparison. “I told him it would be beneficial to all involved if we sat down and kicked around the history,” Navarro said. “We could do it over coffee. I offered to do it with the parent, and I was greeted with silence.” Then, two days after the election, Navarro said he was asked to come to the principal’s office with a union representative. At that point Navarro said the assistant superintendent read him the parent’s email but wouldn’t let him see it. “The parent said in the email that I said Donald Trump is Hitler and that Trump hates Jews, Mexicans and African-Americans,” Navarro said. “And I countered I would never say that because it was sloppy historical thinking.” Navarro said there were also other accusations that he had never heard anything about. “I was also accused of feeding propaganda to my students and real bias, and then I was quickly informed I was on leave. I was to leave the campus immediately,” Navarro said. Navarro said he was told he would likely be returning to campus the following Wednesday after an investigation, including interviews with students. At this point, Navarro doesn’t believe there was an investigation because the students left school an hour after he left campus and they had Friday off for Veterans Day. He was back on the job Monday after the superintendent called him over the weekend. Navarro had been considering retiring at one point, but said he was planning to put it off for a couple of years because he loves the exchange with students. Since the election of Trump, Navarro admits these are perilous times for teachers in the classroom. “I would hope that no teacher self-censors, and I would hope that the administration looks carefully at what is being said before they move on somebody,” Navarro said. It’s clear Navarro still loves being in a classroom, and will be a reluctant retiree in June. But he said it’s hard for him to accept the lack of respect for his job as a teacher. “After 40 years, don’t I deserve a little more?” Navarro said. 

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Get to Know Your New President and Watch this Documentary Trump Blocked a Few Years Back

“Donald Trump: A True Narcissistic Sociopath (Full)” put Trump under a microscope LONG BEFORE there was a political point of view about him. This is just about a man… Trump tried to stop this movie from ever being seen. Now– years later– it is out. It is about the president-elect of the United States. Now the subject soon will have the nuclear codes because of white Evangelical voters who call him God’s own. You need to see this movie in order to understand what has just happened to America… and who the white evangelicals just made president… and it ends with a spine-chilling bizarrely prophetic pronouncement… 16 years BEFORE Trump is about to be inaugurated!

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Was Our Election Hacked By The Russians

David Corn writes in Mother Jones,
There already is much smoke in the public realm: the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Also, Russian hackers reportedly targeted state election systems in Arizona and Illinois. Coincidentally or not, the Russian deputy foreign minister said after the election that Russian government officials had conferred with members of Trump’s campaign squad. (A former senior counterintelligence officer for a Western service sent memos to the FBI claiming that he had found evidence of a Russian intelligence operation to coopt and cultivate Trump.) And the DNC found evidence suggesting its Washington headquarters had been bugged—but there was no indication of who was the culprit. In his recent book, The Plot to Hack America, national security expert Malcolm Nance wrote, “Russia has perfected political warfare by using cyber assets to personally attack and neutralize political opponents…At some point Russia apparently decided to apply these tactics against the United States and so American democracy itself was hacked.”

Trump's conflicts of interest

President-elect Trump controls more than 500 businesses, with assets valued at over $1.5 billion. There are simply too many opportunities for Trump to use the powers of his office to increase his personal wealth. The only solution is to sell these assets off and set up a blind trust.
Just one example: The Trump Organization just opened a new hotel in the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington DC. The property is leased from the federal government through the U.S. General Services Administration, the head of which will be appointed by President-elect Trump.
That'd make Donald Trump both landlord and tenant -- and any questions or disputes regarding the terms of the lease or maintenance costs of the property will directly impact President-elect Trump's personal finances AND U.S. taxpayers' finances. We cannot tolerate this massive conflict of interest.
Voters deserve better -- Donald Trump must sell all of the Trump Organization's assets, and set up a blind, independent trust to manage his wealth while he serves as President. Add your name today to demand that President-elect Trump put his assets into a blind trust.