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  • Biden administration launches environmental justice office

    09/24/2022 3:10:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 24, 2022 | By HANNAH SCHOENBAUM
    WARRENTON, N.C. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s top environment official visited what is widely considered the birthplace of the environmental justice movement Saturday to unveil a national office that will distribute $3 billion in block grants to underserved communities burdened by pollution. Forty years after a predominantly Black community in Warren County, North Carolina, rallied against hosting a hazardous waste landfill, Michael Regan, the first Black administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced he is dedicating a new senior level of leadership to the environmental justice movement they ignited. The Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights — comprised...
  • Why I support a Ukraine aid package before it's too late

    05/19/2022 3:49:55 AM PDT · by McGruff · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2022 | Sen. Lindsey Graham
    There is an ongoing, vicious effort by a maniacal dictator to rewrite the map of Europe. Some American voices are saying "stay out – what happens there doesn’t matter to us." It all sounds too familiar. The last time this happened, it led to World War II. This time, the brave people of Ukraine and their incredible military are more than holding their own against Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to destroy Ukraine as an independent, sovereign democratic nation. The brutal invasion of Russia has devastated the Ukrainian economy, and Ukraine is unable to continue this fight without military aid....
  • Ukraine Threatens Those Who Sell Stolen Grain

    05/12/2022 4:52:13 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5-12-2022
    Ukraine’s foreign minister said Thursday that everyone involved in the transportation and sales of grain seized by Russia in occupied areas of the country will face legal consequences. “Russia is a criminal three times over: it bombed Syria to ruins, occupied part of Ukraine, and is now selling stolen Ukrainian grain to Syria,” the ministry’s press service cited Dmytro Kuleba as saying. “I want to remind the participants in this deal: what is stolen has never brought happiness to anyone. Everyone involved in the sale, transportation or purchase of stolen grain is an accomplice to the crime,” Kuleba said. “Your...
  • House Democrats urge social media platforms to preserve potential evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

    05/12/2022 4:42:31 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 9 replies
    The hill ^ | 05/12/2022 | Caroline Vakil
    Top House Democrats wrote letters to the chief executives of four major social media platforms on Wednesday, urging them to preserve and archive content related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that could be potential evidence of war crimes. The lawmakers asked Meta, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok to preserve and archive posts related to the conflict “that may provide evidence of war crimes or human rights violations,” establish a mechanism with human rights-specific organizations to share that content and create a way for content depicting a possible war crime to be flagged by the platforms’ users.
  • Senator Rand Paul Blocks Fast-Track Senate Vote for $40 Billion Additional Ukraine Funding

    05/12/2022 4:47:31 PM PDT · by Macho MAGA Man · 35 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 12, 2022 | Sundance
    Senator Rand Paul has blocked a fast-track senate vote on the additional $40 billion funding package created by Joe Biden and House Democrats. Both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell approved a fast-track vote; however, senator Rand Paul (KY) stood defiant against their effort. Despite the high-profile pressure from the two Senate leaders, Rand Paul refused to move and that means the Senate will have to take procedural steps to overcome his objection, which could take several days. “My oath of office is the US constitution not to any foreign nation and no matter how...
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) calls $40 billion military aid package to Ukraine a "gift” and blocks it from passing.

    05/12/2022 7:32:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/12/2022
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked the passage of the $39.8 billion House-passed Ukraine aid after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) presented a unanimous consent on behalf of himself and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell today. Schumer urged Paul to pass the bill and claimed that the Senator from Kentucky wanted to add certain changes directly to the bill, which have been opposed by members of both parties. “He is not even asking for an amendment. He is simply saying my way or the highway,” Schumer said. Paul asserted that the aid amount will almost equal the entire military budget of Russia...
  • Biden to ask Congress for Ukraine aid tailored to brutal fight

    04/23/2022 1:57:38 PM PDT · by RandFan · 17 replies
    rollcall ^ | April 21, 2022 | By John M. Donnelly
    President Joe Biden on Thursday said he will ask Congress next week for supplemental appropriations to bankroll more military and economic aid for Ukraine. Biden, speaking at the White House, also announced he has approved spending another $800 million already provided by Congress to send more weapons to Ukraine, including dozens of additional howitzers and drones. That $800 million package will bring to $4 billion the total amount the Biden administration has spent arming Ukraine. But the president said he is running out of appropriations to help Ukraine and is poised to ask Congress for more. “Next week. I’m going...
  • Zelensky’s autographed baseball up for auction, proceeds help Ukraine

    04/23/2022 10:33:55 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 32 replies
    Nypost ^ | 04/23/2022 | Nika Shakhnazarova
    An MLB baseball signed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in New York has gone up for auction, according to a report. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the ball will help relief efforts in Ukraine amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country.
  • Black Lives Matter will not confirm who controls its $60 Million slush fund and hasn’t reported to IRS

    01/28/2022 9:52:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Republic Brief ^ | 01/28/2022 | Jeff Miller
    Several charity auditors have expressed concern over how Black Lives Matter’s $60 million in donations was managed after it emerged that some people announced as the organization’s leaders never actually took on the position, and no one seemed to know who handled the finances. Tax documents for the BLM charity, from 2019, mention an address in Los Angeles that does not exist, and the remaining two directors were unable to provide information – with one even removing BLM associations from his social media accounts after being approached by the Washington Examiner. BLM has yet to submit its 2020 tax return,...
  • Vermont to use COVID money to move vulnerable mobile homes

    10/11/2021 10:41:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 11, 2021
    BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is hoping to use $5 million in COVID-19 relief funds to help buy out and move mobile homes in areas at risk of flooding. The plan builds on lessons learned during flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, and aims to assist mobile home residents with finding a new place to live if they accept the buyout, said Vermont Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Officer Stephanie Smith. The task is made more complicated because many mobile home residents own their homes, but rent the land where they are located. Many older homes can’t...
  • Senate Democrats to introduce measure taxing major polluter

    08/05/2021 12:30:52 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/04/21 02:13 PM EDT | Zak Budryk
    Senate Democrats are set to unveil legislation that would tax energy companies responsible for major greenhouse gas emissions to pay for the costs of climate disasters. The Polluters Pay Climate Fund Act, sponsored by Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), would require between 25 to 30 of the U.S. corporations responsible for the most greenhouse gas pollution to pay $300 billion into a fund over 10 years. The legislation would require companies to pay into the fund if they were responsible for at least .05 percent of global carbon dioxide and methane emissions between 2000 and 2019 based on data from...
  • The 'Endless Frontier Act' Slush Fund Is a Bad Idea

    06/23/2021 5:36:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | June 23, 2021 | Horace Cooper
    Do we have to become China to beat China? Apparently, some Republicans think so. Dozens in the House and Senate recently joined with Democrats to push a plan to use the byzantine protocols of government bureaucracies as a way to give the U.S. a leg up in industrial competition with China. Without irony the bill is named the “Endless Frontier Act." It proposes the creation of a $110 billion slush fund, much of which will be distributed by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose: promote new technologies to make America more competitive against China. The practice: the NSF will...
  • George Soros gives $500 million to tiny college

    05/24/2021 7:47:48 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 43 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | May 22, 2021 | Ben Zeisloft
    Billionaire philanthropist and left-wing megadonor George Soros is donating $500 million to Bard College a small liberal arts college in New York. According to a Bard College press release, the grant — “which is among the largest ever made to higher education in the United States” — will facilitate “Bard’s exemplary educational and social initiatives, establish the College’s most substantial endowment ever, and set the stage for a $1 billion endowment drive.” The college announced that it raised $250 million for its endowment and is seeking to raise another $250 million going forward. Bard College President Leon Botstein stated that...
  • House COVID bill creates $50M 'slush fund' for Planned Parenthood, eliminates Hyde Amendment protections: Susan B. Anthony List

    03/03/2021 8:15:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/03/2021 | Ryan Foley
    The head of a pro-life group is slamming the coronavirus relief bill passed by the United States House last week, contending that it amounts to a "slush fund" for the major abortion provider Planned Parenthood. Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the pro-life group the Susan B. Anthony List, issued a statement Saturday in response to the House's passage of the "American Rescue Plan," a $1.9 relief bill purportedly crafted to address the economic impacts of the coronavirus. If passed, the American Rescue Plan will be the first coronavirus relief package passed since Democrats gained control of Legislative and Executive Branches...
  • Biden To Look Into Reinstating Obama-Era ‘Slush Fund’ Settlement Payouts Via Executive Order

    01/20/2021 11:31:18 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/20/2021 | Andrew Kerr
    President Joe Biden will order the Justice Department to review a Trump administration rule that banned prosecutors from issuing settlement agreements that allowed defendants to pay outside special interest groups instead of their victims or the government. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions put an end to the Obama-era practice in a 2017 memo, according to Fox News.
  • Biden gives DOJ green light to resume Obama-era 'slush fund' payouts to liberal groups

    01/20/2021 5:20:10 PM PST · by bitt · 16 replies
    foxnews ^ | 1/20/2021 | By Ronn Blitzer
    Justice Department had ceased the practice early in President Trump's administration President-elect Joe Biden is calling for the Justice Department to look into reinstating a controversial Obama-era practice that allowed prosecutors to make settlement agreements that resulted in defendants paying outside groups instead of victims or the government. The Trump administration had put an end to these payments following a 2017 memo from then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions which was reflected in the Justice Department's manual. "When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American...
  • House Democrats Argue Against Diverting Ebola Funding to Coronavirus Response

    02/26/2020 10:39:28 AM PST · by datura · 30 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 26 Feb 2020 | Zachary Stieber
    House Democrats argued against diverting funding for the new coronavirus from preparing for the Ebola virus as they said that the $2.5 billion the White House wants for combating the new virus isn’t adequate. The White House submitted an emergency request to Congress on Feb. 24, asking for $2.5 billion to combat the new coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. The money was meant to help research vaccines, boost the surveillance network, and other efforts, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told a congressional committee in Washington on Wednesday. Part of the proposal featured moving $535 million from...
  • Trump Calls For Obama Book Deal, Netflix Deal and “Congressional Slush Fund” be Investigated

    09/16/2019 9:39:30 AM PDT · by mplc51 · 54 replies
    GP ^ | 09/16/2019 | Cristina Laila
    Trump (and the American people) still have not forgotten about the Congressional slush fund used to pay off sexual harassment claims against lawmakers, and on Monday the president called for the slush fund to be investigated.
  • Joe diGenova: John Huber Investigation of Clinton Foundation is a Farce – Never Even Started

    05/28/2019 7:30:03 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 420 replies ^ | May 28 2019 | J Hoft
    Former US Attorney Joe diGenova says that the Huber investigation into the Clinton Foundation is a farce. Huber hasn’t even interviewed the top witness in the case whom diGenova represents! John Huber is the special prosecutor tapped by former AG Jeff Sessions to investigate FISA abuses by Obama’s DOJ/FBI. Sessions nominated Huber to perform this investigation after numerous calls for a special investigation into the Clinton Foundation and the Deep State. But months ago we reported that nothing was getting done. Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee say John Huber still has not interviewed key witnesses and they want answers....
  • Michael Avenatti Appears to Have Used PAC as Personal Slush Fund

    03/26/2019 8:26:46 AM PDT · by ptsal · 11 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 26 March 2019 | Joe Schoffstall
    Embattled Democratic lawyer Michael Avenatti, who on Monday was arrested for an extortion plot involving Nike and was separately alleged to embezzle client money while falsifying tax returns, appears to have used a political action committee that he established to help liberal candidates as a personal slush fund, Federal Election Commission filings show. Avenatti launched his PAC, the Fight PAC, last summer as he was contemplating a presidential run to help Democratic candidates with "the size and presence to really fight back and advocate for a position of strength as opposed to weakness."