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Malala Turned 18 Yesterday and Opened a School for Syrian Refugee Girls

The fund’s blog quotes Yousafzai:

“I am honored to mark my 18th birthday with the brave and inspiring girls of Syria. I am here on behalf of the 28 million children who are kept from the classroom because of armed conflict. Their courage and dedication to continue their schooling in difficult conditions inspires people around the world and it is our duty to stand by them,” Malala said. “On this day, I have a message for the leaders of this country, this region and the world — you are failing the Syrian people, especially Syria’s children. This is a heartbreaking tragedy — the world’s worst refugee crisis in decades.”

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Congress to rent Secret Service space at Trump Tower as part of security spending bill

  • Later this week, Congress is expected to approve a spending measure to provide $120 million to protect Trump and his family — that reportedly includes money for the Secret Service to rent space at Trump Tower.
  • According to the New York Times, an additional $23 million is earmarked for the costs of outfitting Trump Tower, the office and residential building owned by the president, with “the necessary equipment and personnel, as well as to rent space inside the building for agency personnel.”
  • The cash Congress is devoting to renting Secret Service space in Trump Tower also fans the flames of concern that Trump is profiting off the presidency. Read more (5/2/17)
Trump is 'eliminating arts funding programs'. It will save him 0.0625% of the federal budget
'It’s sad in a way because those programs aren’t causing the deficit. These programs don’t amount to a hill of beans'

It emerged over the weekend that Donald Trump is moving forward with his plans to axe the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities (which partially funds NPR and PBS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other programs as he looks to prune public spending.

The White House budget office has drafted a “hit list” of programs, according to The New York Times, all of which cost under $500 million a year to run. In fact, they total approximately $2.5 billion - just 0.0625% of the projected $4 trillion budget.

“It’s sad in a way because those programs aren’t causing the deficit,” Steve Bell of the Bipartisan Policy Center told the Times. “These programs don’t amount to a hill of beans.”

Administration officials are apparently aware of the comparatively minuscule cuts, but want to make examples of the programs as ‘wastes of taxpayer money’.

Robert L. Lynch, head of Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit, sees it differently.

“The public wants to see agencies like the N.E.A. continue,” he added to the Times.

“There is always a debate, but there has been agreement among Republicans and Democrats that funding for the arts is a good thing, and it has been kept in place.”

Concurrently, Trump’s weekend Mar-a-Lago getaways are costing taxpayers an estimated $3 million.

Federal judge blocks Texas attempt to defund Planned Parenthood

  • On Tuesday, a federal judge blocked Texas from withholding Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood.
  • The judged ruled that the state had not provided sufficient evidence in support of its claim that the health care provider traffics in baby parts.
  • According to the AP, U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks of Austin, Texas, reasoned that, in continuing to lean on those doctored 2015 sting videos as proof that Planned Parenthood is operating nefariously and illegally, Texas failed to offer credible evidence that the health care provider had actually done anything wrong. Read more (2/22/17 8:22 AM)

Betsy DeVos wouldn’t rule out giving federal money to schools that discriminate

  • Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday refused to say whether the Department of Education would deny federal funding to charter or other private schools that discriminate against students.
  • DeVos’ comments came at a hearing before the House Appropriations Committee on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which calls for giving $1 billion in funding to school districts that bolster school choice while at the same time cutting other education spending.
  • DeVos’ refusal to unequivocally say the Department of Education would deny federal funding to private schools that discriminated against students occurred during an exchange with Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.). Read more (5/24/17)
BREAKING: CNN Exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation
Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the matter.
By Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown, CNN

Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown at CNN:

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.

The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI’s broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

The subpoenas issued in recent weeks by the US Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia, were received by associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was forced out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, according to the people familiar with the investigation.

Robert Kelner, an attorney for Flynn, declined to comment. The US Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, the Justice Department and the FBI also declined to comment.

The Flynn inquiry is one piece of the broader investigation, which FBI Director James Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week is led jointly by the Alexandria US Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

Flynn was forced to resign as Trump’s national security advisor in February after failing to disclose the nature of phone discussions with Russia’s ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak.

Congressional investigators have also accused Flynn of possibly breaking the law by not properly disclosing a $45,000 payment for an appearance he made at an event in Moscow to celebrate Russia Today. The Russian government-funded news outlet that US intelligence agencies say played a key role in disseminating stolen emails intended to damage the candidacy of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, has said that Flynn was not hiding anything, noting that he briefed the DIA on his trip to Russia.“

As has previously been reported, General Flynn briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency, a component agency of DoD, extensively regarding the RT speaking event trip both before and after the trip, and he answered any questions that were posed by DIA concerning the trip during those briefings,” Kelner said in a statement.

In March, Flynn’s lobbying firm registered as a foreign agent for the Turkish government, under a $500,000 contract.

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, emerged in 2015 as a strident critic of the Obama administration, which fired him. He built a close relationship last year with then-candidate Trump and became a frequent Trump campaign surrogate before assuming a brief tenure as national security advisor.

US Attorney Dana Boente, whose office issued the subpoenas, is also leading the investigation into WikiLeaks and the effort to bring possible charges against the group’s founder, Julian Assange. Boente is also acting as head of the Justice Department’s national security section.The FBI interviewed Flynn about the December calls with Kislyak and determined that he wasn’t intentionally trying to be deceptive about the nature of what was discussed, according to US officials briefed on the investigation. But investigators have been investigating Flynn’s business ties after he left the government and before he joined the Trump administration.

Flynn and his henchmen could be in big doo-doo. #TrumpRussia


Hey guys remember this? This fan-made series has completed its pilot episode and it looks absolutely a m a z i n g.

The production team have literally *just* put up their new kickstarter campaign to try and produce a second episode or even more!

Please consider funding and sharing the news with the rest of the Fallout community, projects like these keep this fandom alive and thriving, and this project has similar potential to Nuka Break!

Trump’s border wall would be 1,900 miles long. DHS has enough funding for one mile.

  • Trump has so far only scraped together less than 0.1% of the wall’s expected $21.6 billion budget, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
  • That’s according to an internal Department of Homeland Security report on what funding the agency has available to re-direct towards the wall, Reuters reported. 
  • According to the report, while the $20 million is enough to begin prototyping the project, DHS estimates each mile of fencing will cost $9.3 million and each mile of actual wall would run as high as $17.8 million.
  • Thus the president has shifted enough funding to erect approximately one whole mile of wall. Read more (3/1/17 7:10 PM)
The public’s inability to grasp the pathology of our oligarchic corporate elite makes it difficult to organize effective resistance. Compliant politicians, entertainers, and our vapid, corporate-funded popular culture and news media hold up the elites as leaders to emulate. We are repeatedly assured that through diligence and hard work we can join them. We are taught to equate wealth with success. This narrative keeps us from seeing the truth.
—  Chris Hedges, Wages of Rebellion The Moral Imperative of Revolt 

anonymous asked:

Why are Republican lobbyists like Buddy Roemer funding "Left" alt-news organizations like The Young Turks? Could they see them as useful in enacting the Trump agenda? Is there 'hidden' right wing media pretending to be Progressive and capitalizing off this? What does the right get out of financing TYT by the millions?

Well it’s a common right wing tactic to pit the left against each other, coz that’s how they stay winning. Also, alt-right and alt-left overlap a lot, especially in their attacks on mainstream/establishment democrats.

Republicans investing in right wing news is in a way is preaching to the choir, while investing in alt-left news, which a lot of left leaning folks listen to esp progressives who are new to politics, they can influence them to be against democrats. So even if they don’t vote republican, they can sway them to not vote democrat either, which worked during the last elections. 

GOP has been crossing party lines to bolster their own agenda. Like they would support and run their own candidates in blue districts as Democrats to win elections, like with Sheriff David Clarke. Because they have open primaries in Milwaukee, GOP votes in Dem primaries. 

Obama transferred $500 million to a climate fund three days before Trump takes office

  • With just three days left in his term Obama is taking steps to safeguard the historic Paris climate agreement — to the tune of $500 million.
  • On Tuesday, Obama transferred the sum to the Green Climate Fund, a trust created in 2010 to allow wealthy countries to financially assist developing nations in reducing emissions.
  • The United States has pledged a total of $3 billion to the fund. Combined with an earlier $500 million payment made in March 2016, the U.S. still owes $2B — a debt of which President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to pay none. Read more

The US and their most powerful ally benefit from the slaughter of Shia Muslims. The USA goes out of their way to protect human rights abuses against Shia populations. You will never get unbiased news about anti-Shiism and sectarianism from news sources funded by USA and Saudi Arabia


Just as we were boarding our flight back to the U.S. I noticed these TV screens. They’re showing RT, the English language news channel funded by the Russian government. They definitely know how to catch an American’s attention! “Missed a plane? Lost an election? Blame it on us!”

While we were in Moscow, we spoke with the Editor-in-Chief of RT. She told us she’s sick of how Russia is portrayed in western media and she sees RT’s mission as countering that “mainstream media” narrative.

-Natalie Winston

Photos: Natalie Winston/NPR
This group was fighting white supremacy in the US. Donald Trump just cut its funding
Donald Trump has reportedly frozen $10 million (£7.7m) of grants destined to counter violent extremism in the US. More than 30 organisations were pegged by former President Barack Obama’s office to receive funding, although the White House has since put the grants on hold pending review. Among those approved were local governments, city police departments, universities and non-profit organisations fighting all forms of violent extremism in the US.