Thursday News: Deplorables

"SPORTSWRITER" WHO POSTED RACIST AND SEXIST TWEETS DURING DUKE GAME HAD EXPIRED CREDENTIALS: Jeffery D. Ugino, an attorney representing College Insider, said in an email Wednesday that Stansberry was last paid by the publication in March 2014. “College Insider has had no contact with Ms. Stansberry in years,” Ugino wrote. “His tweets are deplorable and reprehensible. He should never be credentialed by any school again. College Insider stands with the Duke community in condemning Mr. Stansberry's actions. There is no place for this type of behavior at Duke, college basketball or any place else.” One tweet read, “The Asian chick Cameron Crazies behind me are openly swooning over Grayson Allen the way their moms swooned over Cheap Trick.” he other tweet was a photo of Chen and her friends accompanied by the text, “I haven’t been this scrunched up with Asian chicks since I came out of my Korean mother’s womb.”

CORPS OF ENGINEERS REJECTS GOP'S "MAGIC CHEMICAL" FIX FOR JORDAN LAKE: The Corps of Engineers, which has dominion over the lake, said a proposal to dump chemicals in the water to kill algae and bind with phosphorous, which algae blooms feed upon, "is not considered feasible" based on a proposal with a number of details and impacts that "are unknown or cannot be quantified." Among other things, the corps said a chemical in the treatment called lanthanum would likely build up in fish, with unknown results. This proposal was the legislature's second attempt in recent years to find a silver bullet for the lake's algae and pollution problems. Republican leaders dropped language into the budget this year that would have steered $1.3 million to a company called SePRO, which produces various water treatments. This followed a previous failed attempt to clean the water with SolarBees, floating platforms that churned the lake water to prevent algal blooms and other problems.

I'D RATHER HAVE A HOLE DRILLED RIGHT BETWEEN MY EYES THAN READ ANOTHER BRAD/DALLAS ARGUMENT, BUT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED, SO: Republicans celebrated passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Wednesday, with members of Congress joining President Donald Trump for a joyous event at the White House. But for one pair of brothers, it was just another occasion to argue about politics. Obamacare died today. No mandate, no punishment it’s just a matter of time. We cut taxes today and killed Obamacare,” Woodhouse replied to a New York Times tweet. “The two most unpopular bills in American history are Republican health care repeal and this tax cut. Republicans are going to get wiped out in November and you are going to be looking for a job. Fortunately the ACA, which is still strong, will be there for you brother,” Brad Woodhouse wrote.

THOSE WHO FILE WORKER'S COMPENSATION FOR ON-THE-JOB INJURIES MAY JUST HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE PAIN: The North Carolina Industrial Commission is joining the state's battle against opioid addiction, proposing rules to make it harder to get a prescription for pain-killers when filing a workers compensation claim. The commission, which handles workers comp claims, is considering nine rules that would limit the number of opioid prescriptions and encourage alternative treatments for pain, such as physical therapy and massage. The rules focus on dosage and duration of a prescription, as well as dangerous drug combinations, and they set up a system to help someone get help for an opioid addiction. Commission Chairman Charlton Allen said he believes the rules are necessary, based on the results of a recent study that found a huge overlap between workers comp claims and opioid-related deaths. "These guidelines establish what an insurance company will pay for, and if it's not going to be paid for by an insurance company, there's a good chance there will be exploration of other alternatives," Allen said.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LOOMING WHILE REPUBLICANS WHINE ABOUT HURRICANE RELIEF: Republicans who control Congress are struggling to come up with a must-pass measure to avoid a government shutdown this weekend. House GOP leaders are short of votes, and have scrapped plans to combine a short-term spending bill with $81 billion worth of disaster aid and a $658 billion Pentagon funding measure. Conservatives are upset with the price tag for hurricane aid, and their pressure has sent GOP leaders back to the drawing board. Democrats are pressing for a two- or three-week temporary spending bill that pushes a number of unresolved issues — including disaster aid — into the new year. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders haven’t announced a course of action.