US President Donald Trump will meet individually with the leaders of Russia, India, China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Germany at this weekend’s G20 economic summit in Osaka, Japan, senior White House officials have confirmed. Read Full Article at RT.com
Given that student loan debt is a crisis, it tends to be the focus of conversation when it comes to debt relief in education. Rep. Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, however, has highlighted another debt problem in education: school lunch debt. Last Wednesday, Omar and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, also of Minnesota, introduced a bill known as the No Shame at School Act to eliminate the school lunch debt shaming practices that continue to terrorize kids and teenagers. “Across this country, students whose families are struggling to afford school meals are being singled out and humiliated at lunchtime,” said Omar. Not all families can afford the cost of school meals for their children. Schools have reacted in some traumatizing ways: Whether it’s identifying kids who are in “lunch debt” with a wristband or separate lunch line, or using actual debt collectors to get money from parents, these practices embarrass kids and cause strain on families. Mind you, for many kids, these lunches are the only meals they can consistently rely on. The last thing low-income kids and their families need is more stress or shame surrounding food. «Everyone knows you can't learn or perform well when you are hungry. We need to support students in Minnesota and across the country by ensuring that kids are not humiliated because of an inability to pay for lunch,» Smith said in a statement. Studies back this up. «Just take a look at Trump's budget, which would cut $1.7 billion from the child nutrition program and eliminate food assistance to millions,» Rep. Omar said.
After a delay of 15 years, Republicans finally launched the site that’s supposed to level the playing field with progressive fundraising powerhouse ActBlue, only … it’s really just a landing page. There’s no directory of candidates, no ability to sign up for an account, no way to create a fundraising page, nothing. Just an animated GIF and a contact form. As of Monday at noon, its Twitter account hadn’t even tweeted. WinRed (Donald Trump named it himself and tweeted a link to its lone functional page) has a long, long way to go to catch up with the $3.5 billion-with-a-b raised through ActBlue since its founding in June of 2004, and there’s good reason to doubt it ever will. For starters, there’s the grifty fee structure: While ActBlue charges a flat 3.95% per contribution, WinRed takes a 3.8% cut plus 30 cents per transaction. That might not sound like a big difference, but it’s huge. On a $5 contribution, ActBlue will net 20 cents. WinRed, however, will take 49 cents, which in percentage terms is a giant 9.8%. What’s more, on a contribution page that lists multiple campaigns, it sounds like WinRed will get 30 cents per donation. (From the site itself: “There is a 3.8% + 30 cents per transaction fee with each donation made.”) In other words, if you split $25 across five candidates, that’s a cool $2.45 for WinRed. ActBlue would take less than a buck. These high fees will make Republican campaigns want to look elsewhere, but the real obstacle for WinRed isn’t uptake from the consulting class. Republicans have long imagined that what they have is a technology problem—“Build a better website and we can take on ActBlue”—but what they really have is a culture problem.
Blaming Iran for all the problems of the Middle East is just bad policy, Moscow has said as the national security advisers from Russia, Israel and the US meet in Jerusalem to discuss escalating tensions in the region. Read Full Article at RT.com
On Monday, Republican state Rep. Jonathan Stickland announced that he would not seek re-election to Texas' state House next year, but the news has implications well beyond his seat. Not only could Stickland’s retirement point to a path for Democrats to retake the chamber for the first time since 2002, but doing so could spell an end to GOP gerrymandering in the second-largest state in the country. A conservative hardliner, Stickland only won re-election by a 50-47 margin last year over Democrat Steve Riddell as GOP Sen. Ted Cruz carried his Fort Worth-area 92nd District by a similar 51-48 spread. That makes Stickland’s seat a top pickup target next year for Democrats, who need to flip nine seats to win the 150-member Texas House, and Riddell has already said he’ll run again. And this district is emblematic of many others. The Texas Legislative Council has calculated that Democrat Beto O'Rourke won a majority of seats in the House—76 in total—meaning, coincidentally, that exactly nine Republicans hold districts that voted blue in 2018's Senate race. That’s a huge improvement from 2016, when Hillary Clinton carried just 65 seats. What’s more, another eight Republicans sit in districts where, as in Stickland’s, Cruz only won by 4 points or less. These are the seats that offer Democrats a roadmap to a majority. Stickland's near-loss was a result of the tidal wave that hit Texas in 2018, which saw Democrats gain 12 seats in the state House: After a series of easy victories, Stickland ran into the reality that diversifying and highly educated suburban districts such as his had veered sharply to the left in reaction to Donald Trump and would no longer reflexively tolerate his extreme views. With demographics continuing to shift, resulting in people of color and college-educated white voters making up an increasing share of the electorate, Texas’ once-red suburbs will be fiercely contested in 2020. Lone Star Democrats will go all-in on the House next year, both because the state Senate is safely red and because if they can win the lower chamber, they’ll be able to block all the diabolical legislation the GOP can currently pass with no resistance. That includes everything from bills to strip abortion rights to another Republican gerrymander of Texas’ congressional map. Redistricting is particularly consequential: If Democrats can force a deadlock, a court would step in to draw new lines, which would be guaranteed to be fairer than anything the GOP would come up with and would likely see Democrats and Latinos win several more seats. (Republicans would, however, still retain control over legislative redistricting under the state constitution.) Of course, Republicans know they’re finally vulnerable, and fighting across a battleground as big as Texas is an expensive proposition. But the demographics—and the data—should give Texas Democrats a reason for optimism they haven’t enjoyed in quite some time.
Student loan debt relief is quickly becoming a standard policy among Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination. That's a recognition of just how crippling the $1.6 trillion in debt is not just to the borrowers, but to the entire domestic economy. Now Bernie Sanders has joined Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro with a plan to relieve the burden on 45 million Americans and provide tuition-free education at public universities, community colleges, and trade schools. Sanders' plan would wipe clean all debt for attendance at public and private universities and for graduate school. He'd pay for it with a Wall Street tax on financial transactions with a 0.5% levy on stock transactions and a 0.1% tax on bonds. «This is truly a revolutionary proposal,» said Sanders in announcing the plan. «In a generation hard hit by the Wall Street crash of 2008, it forgives all student debt and ends the absurdity of sentencing an entire generation to a lifetime of debt for the 'crime' of getting a college education.» In comparison, Warren's proposal would cancel up to $50,000 in debt for people with annual incomes of less than $100,000 and create a sliding scale of debt forgiveness for people with higher incomes, capping out at $250,000 and above in annual income. She'd pay for it, and her tuition-free plan, with a «wealth tax.» Ninety-five percent of borrowers would see their debt forgiven under her plan. Castro's would provide partial loan forgiveness for people receiving public assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or Medicaid. His plan would also eliminate tuition at public universities and community colleges, and includes proposals critical to many vulnerable immigrant students, ensuring access to federal funding and eliminating citizenship status in admissions decisions. Sanders' plan, with its blanket debt forgiveness regardless of income, would offer assistance to people who don't really need it, but that could make it more politically viable. Like Social Security and Medicare, which are available to everyone at all incomes, a universal proposal could be more popular. The benefit would absolutely go to those most in need, because the ratio of debt to income for the bottom 50% of borrowers is so high, and disproportionately a burden to people of color. Sanders' and Warren's plans particularly would unleash trillions in economic growth and economic freedom for a couple of generations of Americans now tethered to their loans. With tuition-free education, they'd free future generations.
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As a misanthrope living in a vibrant city, I'm never short of things to complain about. And in particular the problem of people crowding into my photos, whatever I happen to shoot, is a persistent one. That won't be an issue any more with Bye Bye Camera, an app that simply removes any humans from photos you take. Finally!
The enterprise drone space has been heating up over the past couple years, but a startup in the entertainment drone space is raising the big cash now. The Drone Racing League is in the process of raising up to $50 million from investors in a Series C round according to SEC docs published today. The […]
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SEATTLE (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board has published its final report on a deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state in 2017, with the agency's vice chairman blasting what he described as a «Titanic-like complacency» among those charged with ensuring train operations were safe. The train was on its ...
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The mouse that roared was heard. Months after workers who play Mickey Mouse and Goofy at Walt Disney World threatened to leave the Teamsters union because of what they called «horrible misrepresentation,» General President James Hoffa has appointed two associates to take over the local union ...
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One of my biggest criticisms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the uncaring way the machinery chews up and spits out the actual artists who make the movies in the first place. Anyone […] The post Taika Waititi Is Making a ‘Flash Gordon’ Cartoon Now, Too appeared first on Geek.com.
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