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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Congressional Republicans Seek To Cut Food Stamps, Harming Trump Voters

Republicans may have failed to kick needy Americans off food stamps during Trump’s first two years in office — but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up.

Sixty-five Republican members of Congress wrote a letter to Trump Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Tuesday supporting Perdue’s plan to create work requirements for people to receive food stamps.

In the letter, Republicans peddled insulting, inaccurate myths about food stamp recipients, such as claiming they’re lazy and choose not to work because food stamps have become their “way of life” rather than a short-term fix when they’re in a financial bind.

This simply isn’t true.…

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The Calculated Cruelty Of Trump’s War On Immigrants

Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.

“Make America Cruel Again.” That’s how journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Shipler has reformulated Donald Trump’s trademark slogan. Shipler’s version is particularly apt when you think about the president’s record over the last two years on refugee resettlement and other humanitarian-related immigration issues.

President Trump’s border-wall obsession and the political uproar over it have dominated the news, while the alleged dangers of illegal immigrants — whose numbers he wildly exaggerates — have dominated his rhetoric. But the way he’s altered immigration policy affects many more people than just the migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border who are at the center of the wall debate.…

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Creating A Global ‘Lost Generation’

Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.

 

Halfway through 2018, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski hurled a mother-to-mother dagger at Ivanka Trump. How, during the very weeks when the headlines were filled with grim news of child separations and suffering at the U.S.-Mexico border, she asked, could the first daughter and presidential adviser be so tone-deaf as to show herself hugging her two-year-old son? Similarly, six months earlier, she had been photographed posing with her six-year-old daughter in the glossiest of photos. America had, in other words, found its very own Marie Antoinette, gloating while others suffered. “I wish,” Brzezinski tweeted at Ivanka, “you would speak for all mothers and take a stand for all mothers and children.”

The problem, however, wasn’t just the heartlessness and insensitivity of the first daughter, nor was it simply the grotesque disparity between those mothers on the border and her.…

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