North Bay fire destroys home of ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz

Fire destroys home of Charles Schulz Published: October 12, 2017, 4:29 pm Updated: October 12, 2017, 4:37 pm

SANTA ROSA (KRON) — California’s deadly wildfires have claimed the home of ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz but his widow has escaped the flames.

Schulz’s son, Monte Schulz, says a fire on Monday torched the Santa Rosa homes of his stepmother, 78-year-old Jean Schulz, and his brother, Craig Schulz.

She’s staying with other relatives.

Schulz says he’s been told the home where his famous cartoonist father died and all the memorabilia in it are gone.

However, most of his father’s original artwork is in the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, and so far that’s escaped the flames.

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Prince Harry headed to Chicago to help Obama ’empower … positive change’

Chicago TribuneKim Janssen · Oct 12, 2017
Former President Barack Obama’s foundation mission is “to inspire and empower people to change their world.”

So who better to fire up his audience for democratic change than a man whose family has headed the British state by divine right for the better part of 1,000 years?

Royal heartthrob Prince Harry – fifth in line to the British throne, behind his niece, nephew, brother and father – is coming to Chicago on Oct. 31 to “empower participants with tools to create positive change in their communities,” according to the Obama Foundation, which will host Harry at its inaugural summit.

While it’s true that the U.S. fought a war to be rid of Harry’s family, bygones are bygones and Harry has in recent years shed his reputation for gaffes and playboy behavior, particularly through his work with the Invictus Games for disabled servicemen and women. Kensington Palace says he will speak in Chicago about a project he sponsors in Nottingham, England, to reduce youth violence “and about the power of youth leadership.”

His girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, attended Northwestern University and should be able to give his royal highness some tips on where to hang out in Chicago. The United Kingdom media have been rampant with speculation that the couple will soon announce their engagement, which might make the royal visit later this month even more loaded.

Other summit attendees will include former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Chobani yogurt mogul Hamdi Ulukaya, Obama Presidential Center architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Chicago artist Theaster Gates.

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This Representative Slammed Into Trump After His Tweets About Puerto Rico (Video)

This Representative Slammed Into Trump After His Tweets About …

The first Puerto Rican woman in Congress just slammed Trump for being "unpresidential."

Posted by BuzzFeed News on Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Trump to cut off key ObamaCare payments

The Trump administration has continued making the the disbursements to insurers, known as cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments, on a monthly basis. But Trump had consistently threatened to end the payments, which are worth an estimated $7 billion this year.

The payments were created as part of the Affordable Care Act, but were then the subject of a lawsuit by House Republicans during the Obama administration. A federal court ruled the payments were being made illegally, but the Obama administration appealed.

Congress could still decide to appropriate the payments, and there is bipartisan agreement that they should be made. But no action has been taken and some Republicans are hesitant to vote for what they see as a bailout of ObamaCare.

“The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system. Congress needs to repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare law and provide real relief to the American people,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The administration’s decision is likely to lead to lawsuits. It also puts enormous pressure on lawmakers to reach a deal on funding the payments, adding yet another partisan battle to an already full calendar.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a joint statement calling the decision a “spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage … now, millions of hard-working American families will suffer just because President Trump wants them to.”

Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) praised the decision to end the Obama administration’s appeal.

“Today’s decision … preserves a monumental affirmation of Congress’s authority and the separation of powers,” Ryan said in a statement. “Obamacare has proven itself to be a fatally flawed law, and the House will continue to work with Trump administration to provide the American people a better system.”

Cutting off the CSRs would likely throw the ObamaCare marketplace into chaos.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in August that about 1 million people would be uninsured in 2018 and insurance companies would raise premium prices by about 20 percent for ObamaCare plans if the payments were cut off.

The CBO also said halting the payments would increase the federal deficit by $194 billion through 2026.

The payments help low-income people afford co-pays, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs associated with health-insurance policies. Insurers have called the payments critical, saying that without them, they would have to massively increase premiums or exit the individual market.

 

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