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Monday, February 18, 2019

Ultra-Stingy: Ivanka Touts $1 Plan To Advance Global Women’s ‘Prosperity’

The Trump administration’s much-hyped initiative to help 50 million women in the developing world has allocated only $1 toward each woman.

Ivanka Trump is the public face of the “Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative,” announced to much fanfare during the same week as the State of the Union address.

But so far, the initiative has only had $50 million allocated to it from the budget of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

“That’s just a dollar a year each!” said Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.

The funds are extremely small in comparison to efforts by previous administrations.…

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In Virginia, Democrats Form Their Circular Firing Squad

Politics is not brain surgery; it’s not that complicated. Politics is about addition, not subtraction. Show me a political party that is openly seeking and welcoming “converts” to its side and is finding common ground and I’ll show you a growing, healthy and, yes, winning political party. By contrast, a political party that is dedicated to hunting down and banishing from its ranks to the outer darkness any “heretics” who dare to deviate in the slightest from revealed dogma is guaranteeing for itself two results: ideological purity and electoral defeat. In February 2019, the Democratic Party, especially in the commonwealth of Virginia, has politically organized a firing squad by first forming a circle.…

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GOP Senator Nails Trump Judicial Nominee On Women’s Equality

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

When Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a contentious battle in the U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump needed a replacement to take over Kavanuagh’s seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals—and he nominated attorney/law professor Neomi Rao. Trump’s nominee was questioned by Sen. Joni Ernst during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on February 5, and the Iowa Republican asserted that she was troubled by Rao’s previous statements on sexual assault.

Ernst (a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence) told the 45-year-old Rao, “I’m not going to mince words….…

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