Weekly Address: It’s Time to Give Families Access to Paid Sick Leave

In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the importance of ensuring that American families have access to paid leave. Today, millions of Americans do not have access to paid sick leave and have to face tough choices when their families face illness – choices that could risk their jobs or their health. The President has repeatedly called on Republicans in Congress to pass a law guaranteeing most workers the chance to earn seven days of paid sick leave each year. To this day, no action has been taken in the Republican Congress. But, that hasn’t stopped the President from taking action where he can to help more Americans access paid sick time, and starting January 1st, federal contractors will be required to give their employees working on new federal contracts up to seven paid sick days each year. That’s because paid leave isn’t something that just nice to have – it’s a must have.

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Former Mayor Suing Townspeople For Failing to Welcome Migrants

Jean-Jacques Lacoste is suing residents of the town he once served as mayor for “incitement to racial hatred” after spotting posters complaining that the resettlement of migrants squatting in Calais to the commune will bring crime and antisocial behaviour. The Socialist former mayor said he was “shocked” to see the flyers in the Normandy commune of Bretteville-sur-Laize. Titled “No to the reception centre”, the notices appear in several shop windows. Underneath reads: “migrants with nothing to do in Bretteville = incivility, theft, assault, rape, loss of value to our businesses and our property”. Mr Lacoste was “appalled” to discover the posters, which call on residents to sign a petition to stop migrants from being moved from the so-called “jungle” camp at Calais to the Normandy commune. The former mayor took photographs of the offending notices and declared that he intends to sue their authors for discrimination and incitement to racial hatred. “I was shocked”, the socialist said of his reaction to the posters. “Together we will show our brotherhood to the migrants when they come. I am sorry that such excesses occur in this town where I choose to live”, Lacoste added. Francetv reported that locals at the Val de Laize café were
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Maher Rips Trump Sons — Calls Them ‘Uday and Qusay’

On the Friday airing of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher slammed the two sons of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump. Maher partially cited a Trump quote from his 2008 book, “Think Big,” which he used as a segue to attack the Trump children. “Donald Trump also once said, ’Sometimes people will come into my office and they will be great. They will look great, they’ll sound great, they dress beautifully. Everything is great. Then after you hire them they turn out to be morons,’ which explains his sons Uday and Qusay.” “I mean Trump, Sr. at the what House is bad enough without these two American psychos putting plastic over the furniture so that they can axe murder prostitutes while discussing Phil Collins,” he continued. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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Bill Maher: Kaepernick Is ‘a F*cking Idiot’

Friday on his HBO program, host Bill Maher followed up on a tweet in which he called San Francisco 49ers back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick an “idiot.” #colinkapernick is an idiot.I support his protest,but stick to what u know: kneeling and interceptions, and then look up “false equivalency” — Bill Maher (@billmaher) September 28, 2016 During the “Real Time” segment, Maher said Kaepernick was a “fucking idiot,” but not for his protests. Instead he said it was due to his series of “false equivalencies” he had made about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “Let’s go to the point of false equivalency,” Maher said. “Because I think it’s very relevant to what you’re talking about. And I have one more fucking idiot I want to get to. I tweeted he is a fucking idiot, and he is – Colin Kaepernick.” “He is, he is,” Maher continued. “He’s a fucking idiot. I’m for his protest. I’m for him taking the knee.” Maher went through a list of false equivalencies, all of which Maher had said Kaepernick was incorrect to suggest Clinton was as bad as Trump. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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Trump Campaigns on Jobs, Against TPP in Michigan: ‘We’re Going to Rebuild Detroit’

DIMONDALE, MI - AUGUST 19: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump makes his way to the podium to speak at a campaign rally August 19, 2016 in Dimondale, Michigan.  Earlier in the day, Trump toured flood-ravaged Louisiana. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) *** TRUMP ***
Donald Trump campaigned against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal during a rally in Michigan on Friday, vowing to rebuild Detroit. “I’m going to bring back the jobs that have been stripped away from you and from our country,” Trump told thousands of people packed into the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. “We’re going to rebuild Detroit.” Trump attacked his rival, Hillary Clinton, for calling the TPP the gold standard and charged that she will pass it because her donors want the deal. The Republican nominee alleged that Clinton praised TPP on 45 separate occasions and alleged that one in three companies, which lobbied for the TPP, donated to the Clinton Foundation. “She doesn’t believe in protecting American jobs or American sovereignty,” Trump charged about Clinton, saying she “only believes in protecting her special interests and her donors.” “On Nov. 8, we are going to end Clinton corruption. We’ve had enough,” he declared. “We are going to put America first.” Thousands of people waited in the rain for hours to get into Trump’s rally. Thousands waiting in rain to get into @realDonaldTrump Michigan rally. Line wraps around exposition center. @ABCPolitics pic.twitter.com/i696H1gZXP — Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) September 30, 2016
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