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Trump’s budget would cut funding for Appalachia — and his allies in coal country are livid

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>So it’s striking that President Trump’s first budget proposal would slash and burn several key programs aimed at promoting economic development in coal regions — most notably, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Economic Development Administration. In recent years, these programs have focused on aiding communities that have been left behind as mining jobs vanished.

>First, Trump’s proposing to eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), an independent agency set up in 1965 “to address the persistent poverty and growing economic despair of the Appalachian Region.” Since October 2015, the ARC has invested $175.7 million in 662 projects around the region, with a disproportionate focus on “distressed” counties and coal towns. In some places, that means new highways or broadband infrastructure. In others, it means grants to help former coal communities develop, say, outdoor recreation industries instead.

>A government review estimated that, last year, the ARC created or saved at least 23,000 jobs and provided 25,500 households with infrastructure services such as water or broadband. There have been criticisms of the program over the years — it’s odd to have a standalone agency for this one region, and the ARC often focuses on bigger towns and neglects rural areas — but it’s also broadly popular with Democrats and Republicans alike in Appalachia.
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Teen who starved to death found in diaper on linoleum floor, records show

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>DES MOINES — Natalie Finn, the West Des Moines teenager who starved to death in October, was wearing an adult diaper and lying on the linoleum floor of her bare bedroom when police and medics discovered her, according to newly unsealed court documents.

>The 16-year-old "appeared to have been laying on the floor ... in her own waste for some time," West Des Moines police Det. Chris Morgan wrote in an affidavit. She died a short time later at a hospital.

>The home reeked of both human and animal waste. Blankets that were "heavily soaked" in what officers believed was urine covered the floor of the room Natalie shared with two of her siblings, according to the documents. The room had no beds or furniture.

>"Many animals roamed freely, including well over a dozen kittens and cats," Morgan wrote. "There were numerous kennels with dogs scattered inside the residence."

>Details into Finn's death became public Tuesday when a judge's order to keep search warrant documents under seal expired. The search warrant application filed by Morgan describes investigators' interviews with three surviving Finn children, two of whom were found to be underweight and suffering from bedsores after medics took their sister to a hospital.

>Nicole Finn, 42, is facing a charge of first-degree murder for Natalie's death and several other felonies for her treatment of two of Natalie's siblings, a 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl. All three children were adopted. Finn's ex-husband, Joseph Finn, 46, is facing several charges of kidnapping, neglect or abandonment and child endangerment.

>Natalie Finn died from emaciation because of the denial of critical care, according to the Polk County medical examiner's office.

>Both parents have remained in the Polk County Jail since their arrests in December and are awaiting a trial scheduled for October.
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Trump's re-election and Republican gains in 2018 and 2020

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Remember the date of March 13, 2017. It was the day President Trump was guaranteed his re-election and Republican congressional gains in 2018 and 2020.

It's not complicated. Follow along.

The Congressional Budget Office released its study of Trump and Paul Ryan's plan to repeal Obamacare and begin to reform our healthcare system. It had many numbers. Only two mattered: taxes and spending.

CBO announced that the repeal bill reduces taxes by almost $900 billion and reduces federal spending by $1.2 trillion over the next decade. This reduces deficit spending by $300 billion over the next 10 years. Thus the CBO, as official umpire, announced that the GOP Obamacare repeal plan may be enacted through "reconciliation," the process that requires a simple majority in the House and only 51 votes in the Senate. No filibuster allowed.

Perhaps equally important, the $300 billion in deficit reduction gives Republicans a great deal of wiggle room to amend their basic plan to win votes in the House and Senate to win those 218 congressmen and 51 senators. Tax cuts can be added into the mix. Thanks to the CBO score and the underlying power of the legislation, Obamacare repeal will now pass. The path is clear.

Yes, Democrats tried to focus on the CBO's guestimate as to how many Americans would choose to buy Obamacare insurance without the threat of fines and taxes. Answer: very few. This speaks to how unattractive Obamacare insurance products were and are.

The GOP legislation empowers, strengthens, and expands Health Savings Accounts and other consumer-directed tools such as Flexible Spending Accounts, and creates high-risk pools to take are of those with pre-existing conditions without burdening all other insurance buyers with those costs. Tax credits will help lower-income Americans afford the insurance they want.
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NYT Attacks Gorsuch’s Ties to Billionaire Ignores Dem Senator’s Links to Same Person

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The New York Times published a front-page story Wednesday on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and his ties to a "secretive billionaire," despite never devoting equal coverage on a Democratic senator who had even more direct ties to the same tycoon.

The billionaire is Philip F. Anschutz, who built an empire out of an oil and gas firm. Anschutz and Gorsuch both share Colorado as a home state, and Gorsuch, whose father was a well-known Colorado Republican, was "drawn into [Anschutz's] orbit," according to the Times.

The Times reports that Gorsuch represented Anschutz in several federal court cases while working for a private law firm in Washington, D.C. starting in 2004. In 2006, Anschutz sent a letter to the Bush administration recommending Gorsuch–who was then in the Justice Department–for an open federal judgeship. Gorsuch also co-owns a log cabin retreat with two Anschutz executives.

But Gorsuch was never a direct employee of Anschutz or a key executive in his empire, unlike Democratic Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet. From 1997 to 2003, Bennet served as managing director of Anschutz Investment Co.

Bennet's ties to Anschutz were highlighted in 2010 by The Denver Post, which reported that "Colorado billionaire Phil Anschutz is famous for embracing conservative causes, but he also is a friend and former boss of Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s."

The Times may be concerned over Gorsuch's "web of ties" to Anschutz, but The Denver Post noted that "executives and family members associated with Anschutz Co., Anschutz Group or Anschutz Investments donated more to Bennet… than to any other federal candidate."

Bennet also has connections to The New York Times: His brother James Bennet serves as the publication's editorial director.
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A Jacket Made From Electronic Thread Goes on Sale This Year

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We have been trying to update our clothing for quite some time now. From clothing that can help us with our work out to something that can change to a new design on command, the concept of “smart clothing” isn’t entirely new. But when the biggest names in tech and fashion come together to sponsor a product, heads inevitably begin to turn.

Google and Levi have come together to unveil a simpler way to interface with technology through Project Jacquard. With conductive yarn, interactive textiles, and embedded electronics, this revolutionary jacket features a Bluetooth system that controls your device through gestures directed at the cufflinks.

Whether it’s changing songs, adjusting the volume, or figuring the best route to your destination — the gesture controls provide the wearer with a simper way to stay connected on the go while no one watching is any the wiser. The inconspicuous design is modeled after Levi’s trucker jacket, the Commuter Trucker, only underscoring the duality of comfort and control for the user. To top it off, the jacket also comes with its own app.

After 18 months of development, the jacquard project has gained some traction. The jacket has impressed many, but there’s no guarantee that it will be a success.

Wearable smart technology has had a difficult debut since google glass. Even today investors look at the apple watch the same anxiety, and it easy to understand why — consumers just don’t see the need for them yet.

However, unlike other forms of wearable technology where hardware takes heavy precedence, project jacquard was made without “blinking” on the jacket — rather, the textiles and intuitive interface is expected to speak for itself.

The smart jacket will release this fall at a retail price of $350.
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60 Minutes to delve into H-1B Visa Abuse

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Tomorrow's episode will feature Americans screwed out of their jobs by lower-cost H-1B Visa workers.

The ultimate kick in the ass? The American workers have to train them before they go through a "Knowledge Transfer".

This story has been gaining steam over the past year as more and more companies continue to Abuse the H-1B Visa. This has also spilled over to Colleges:

UCSF - A college charging over $32,000 dollars for in-state tuition - just laid off it's tech staff to hire cheaper replacements.

I worked in the tech industry from 2004-2008 and it was a shit show after the recession began at the end of 2007. Multiple companies gutting all their tech departments to hire outsourced or in-sourced cheaper, shittier, foreign labor.

But hey, let's quote the old South Park episode "DEY TOOK ER JERBS" because fuck Americans who want to keep their jobs right?
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Media hysteria over supposed Meals On Wheels cuts debunked from Left and Right

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The internet exploded this week with the “news” that President Trump’s budget proposal included cutting and/or completely eliminating the Meals on Wheels program. The headlines were outrageous clickbait that had little to do with the actual budget proposal.

For example, New York Magazine has an article entitled, “White House Says Cutting Meals on Wheels is ‘Compassionate’,” Rolling Stone has one entitled “Meals on Wheels Seniors Respond to Trump: Cut Something Else,” the BBC writes that “Meals on Wheels cut back prompts backlash,” and Slate declares that “Trump’s budget director says Meals on Wheels sounds great but doesn’t work.”

The problem with these and the many other such headlines is that Trump is not cutting, and is certainly not eliminating, Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels receives the majority of its funding from private donations, donations that surged following the release of President Trump’s proposed budget.

Additionally, the bulk of the federal funding that does go to Meals on Wheels comes from HHS and remains unaffected by the proposed cuts to Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The media, however, doesn’t let facts get in the way of their faux outrage, fear-mongering, and fake news.
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Trump Just Announced Plan To End ‘Meals On Wheels’ For Seniors

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>Throughout his campaign for president and since his election, Donald Trump has promised to reduce the size of government, cut taxes, eliminate regulations and slash numerous social programs, even as he boosts defense spending by billions.

>One popular program facing elimination is “Meals On Wheels,” which uses federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to mobilize volunteers, businesses and donors to provide nutrition to thousands of senior citizens on a daily basis. It supports over 5,000 community-based organizations across America, reaching people in both urban and rural areas.
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polak speaks the truth

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