#Kushner wasn't "successful" til he got a WH job. He & #Ivanka owed $1.4 BILLION on their #mortgage til foreign investors prepaid nearly a century in rent. They got a self-serving taxcut into law & raked in $90 mil from undisclosed overseas sources, most Saudi Arabian. >thread
By the time #Jared & #Ivanka became White House Senior Advisers, they were a little late on their #mortgage. The Washington Post reported that by March 1, 2018, they owed $1.4 billion on 666 5th Avenue.

That's a B. >2 washingtonpost.com/politics/jared…
2 months after WashPost reported #Kushner owed $1.4 billion, a company "swooped in & agreed to take a 99-year lease on the building, paying a near-century’s worth of rent upfront." The #Qatar Investment Authority was a leading investor in the company. >3 nytimes.com/2018/05/17/nyr…
#Kushner's bailout was surprising: a previous partner said 666 5th Ave “would be worth a lot more if it was just dirt." The family had "spent 2 years trying to get new partners or financing to no avail." >4 vanityfair.com/news/2019/02/q…
#Qatar denied a role in bailing out #Kushner & is reforming how "the gas-rich kingdom invests money abroad via its giant sovereign wealth fund."

Kushner is a close ally of #SaudiArabia's Crown Prince, key architect of a regional boycott against Qatar, >5 reuters.com/article/us-qat…
#Kushner is a close ally in #SaudiArabia's Crown Prince. The #CIA concluded the Prince ordered the killing & dismemberment of a Washington Post journalist in 2018. >6 nytimes.com/2018/11/16/us/…
1 of the companies #Kushner failed to identify for his security clearance had slow growth til he became Senior WH adviser & raked in $90 million in undisclosed foreign money, most traced to #SaudiArabia. >7 gq.com/story/kushner-…
#Ivanka, too, has become more successful since working in the Trump Administration. #China fast-tracked 18 trademarks for daughter & dad in 2 months during trade talks. >8 apnews.com/article/0a3283…
#EricTrump, #LaraTrump, & #Junior have profited from their father's presidency, taking in millions by directing government business to Trump properties (& increasing rates when they do) & from using official business to leverage cash & loans. >9 latimes.com/politics/story…
#EricTrump charged the #SecretService to stay at the family's golf course, "leading transatlantic tours for paying customers."
Presidents' kids matter when they work in government, exploit their power, vacuum in billions from foreign sources (yes, billions: remember 666?), & stuff their pockets with millions grabbed from public coffers before walking out the door. #VoteBiden gq.com/story/trump-ki…

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@mareasachs Thanks for your message! I'm rushing off now, but will check back in soon. If you're just starting to learn about #migraine, try @amfmigraine and .... americanmigrainefoundation.org
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@louisanamom In 2016, @CDCgov had NO SOLID EVIDENCE about whether rx #opioid reductions & discontinuation would help or hurt. Here's their review of evidence (table 1). Read the column "Limitations."

By 2017, they knew it didn't reduce ODs. 1/ cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/6…
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@DrTomFrieden With all due respect, Dr. Frieden, why didn't you follow science when you directed @CDCgov & you learned in 2018 that fatal overdoses went up, not down, following implementation of the 2016 #Opioid Guideline you promoted? ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…
@DrTomFrieden @CDCgov #CDC-funded research in 2018: “declines in these opioid prescribing metrics ... have not been followed by decreases in opioid overdoses. Instead, overdoses due to illegal opioids ... have increased.” Why didn't CDC retract the Guideline when it saw deaths were going UP?
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@carmenxbrook #MedicareForAll Act of 2019: Introduced in the House 2/27/19.

House members who support the bill: 118. Number of additional House members needed for passage: 100.

@carmenxbrook #MedicareForAll Act of 2019: Introduced by #Bernie 4/10/19.

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0.1% = rate of fatal #OD in the medical use of #opioids acc'g to 2019 research from Kaiser Permanente (link below).

Bwn 2006-2014, 41 of 31,142 died of OD, a rate of 5 per year. Risk stratification did not lower OD rates. Dose reductions were "inconsistent" (VonKorff). /thread
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1.7% of continued patients died of OD.

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