If the Trump administration gets its way, former Georgia governor and current Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue could oversee the transformation of the nation’s food stamp program — away from redeemable coupons to a system in which boxes of American-grown food are shipped directly to poor families.The change, contained in the Trump budget pitch released Monday, would be the biggest shake-up in the food program’s 50 year history.
On Wednesday night, in the midst of wall-to-wall coverage of yet another horrific bloody massacre of American children by a violent misfit with a semiautomatic weapon, NBC news reported that more than 130 political appointees working in the Executive Office of the President did not have permanent security clearances as of November 2017. It’s understandable that this news didn’t get much play, considering the nightmare taking place in Florida, but it’s pretty astonishing in any case.
(Bloomberg) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three companies with a sophisticated, years-long conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election. Working through a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency, they set up social media pages, stole Americans’ identities, bought political ads, staged rallies and worked to “sow discord in the U.S. political system.” None of the individuals are in custody.
It’s not enough that 90 percent of public lands are open to oil and gas exploitation. The fossil fuel industry wants more from the Trump administration. They just got it.In the latest insult to America’s public lands, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a directive last week that guts environmental review and public scrutiny to speed oil and gas development. This effort, part of President Trump’s effort to ramp up fracking and drilling across America, is intended to remove any “burdens” to the fossil fuel industry.In the process, Trump and Zinke are taking the public out of public lands, ceding control of millions of acres to industry while keeping the title in the hands of Americans, who have less and less say over how these lands are managed.
Trump refuses to read written intelligence reports and instead insists that the information is told him in an oral briefing. Intelligence experts note that Trump will be unprepared to respond to a crisis because he has not read vital information.The Washington Post reported:For much of the past year, President Trump has declined to participate in a practice followed by the past seven of his predecessors: He rarely if ever reads the President’s Daily Brief, a document that lays out the most pressing information collected by U.S. intelligence agencies from hot spots around the world.Trump has opted to rely on an oral briefing of select intelligence issues in the Oval Office rather than getting the full written document delivered to review separately each day, according to three people familiar with his briefings.Reading the traditionally dense intelligence book is not Trump’s preferred “style of learning,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Tucked away in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, somewhere along the winding roads that hug Great Lakes shores, is an idyllic town named Bay View. For more than a century, generations of “Bay Viewers” have congregated here to share in summer activities.What started out as a modest camping ground for Methodist families 140 years ago has quietly developed into a stunning vacation spot for people who can afford the upkeep of a second home. Streets named Moss, Fern and Maple are dotted with impeccably maintained century-old gingerbread cottages. Over the horizon, residents can watch lifelong friends sail their boats across the water.But this paradise is not open to all.In Bay View, only practicing Christians are allowed to buy houses, or even inherit them.Prospective homeowners, according to a bylaw introduced in 1947 and strengthened in 1986, are required to produce evidence of their faith by providing among other things a letter from a Christian minister testifying to their active participation in a church.
Last Friday, at the end of one of those frenetic weeks of news that now happen every week, President Trump boarded Air Force One. The wind whipped across the tarmac with unusual force. Trump, who normally has a MAGA hat for such occasions, was unusually unprepared. As he ascended the stairs, cameras had a rear-facing view of the president’s scalp as the howling gusts lifted his combed-over strands straight into the air, and the long-concealed bare scalp below was briefly exposed to the daytime cable audience and to Ashley Feinberg, who spotted the big reveal. It was horrific: