Behind The Scenes, Trump Diligently Tries To Slash Social Programs

WASHINGTON ― President unprecedented stonewalling of congressional investigations, but don’t sleep on Trump’s methodical attempts to unravel the poverty threshold for inflation every year, which could result in millions welfare and back to work.” families of undocumented immigrants, but any domestic program is potentially threatened. Last year, the administration said it would allow states to add “work requirements” to Medicaid, contrary to the program’s statutory purpose of providing health benefits to people with low incomes. It and pushed to allow employers with ”″ objections to drop birth control from their health plans. And in December, the administration took a proposed food benefit cut ― one that House Republicans had drafted but the Senate rejected ― and . No Congress needed! …

The Latest: Lithuania heads to runoff vote to pick president

Voting results from Lithuania’s presidential election indicate a prominent economist and a former finance minister will advance to a runoff ballot later this month to pick a successor to incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite With 1,631 of the country’s 1,972 voting districts counted by early Monday, results provided by Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission show banker-turned-politician Gitanas Nauseda leading the nine-candidate field with 31.2% of the votes cast Sunday. Lawmaker and former finance minister Ingrida Simonyte is second with 27.2%. A candidate needed to win more than 50% of the votes to avoid a runoff. Grybauskaite has served two maximum five-year terms as Lithuania’s head of state since 2009. ___ 9:30 a.m. Voters are going to the polls in Lithuania to elect a …

Red Crescent: Drowned migrants’ bodies may take days to rise

TUNIS, Tunisia – The head of Tunisia’s Red Crescent says the bodies of dozens of migrants who drowned trying to reach Europe from Libya will take days to surface. Mongi Slim told The Associated Press Saturday that around 75 migrants left the Libyan city Zouara aboard a boat that capsized Friday. Of those, Mongi said, only 16 survived after being rescued by a Tunisian fishing boat. He said the 14 Bangladeshis, a Moroccan and an Egyptian are receiving care from the U.N. refugee agency in Medenine, a southern Tunisian city. Slim estimated that around 55 bodies are still unaccounted-for — nationals of Bangladesh, Egypt, Morocco and unspecified countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Florida agency investigates after man shoos raccoon off boat

TAMPA, Fla. – A Florida agency is investigating potential animal cruelty charges after a lawyer posted video of himself shooing a raccoon off his boat into the Gulf of Mexico. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Clearwater attorney Thomas Cope posted the video to Facebook, later issuing an apology for his actions and saying he wished he could have returned the animal to shore. Cope says the boat was about 20 miles (32 kilometers) out in the Gulf when the raccoon appeared growling and hissing. The video also includes a man’s voice yelling at the raccoon and saying, “So long, sucker.” Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

‘Dad said we were going to a dentist, but never came back’

Image copyright Hayley Kemp Image caption Hayley Kemp pictured with her siblings before she was sent to a residential care home My mum got lung cancer when I was five. One of my memories is of her with a beehive haircut and smoking a Woodbine cigarette. Image copyright Hayley Kemp He said we were going to the dentist on the bus, and I had no idea where we were because I was only seven. I was skipping down the road thinking ‘these are really nice houses and there’s a park nearby’. It was Parklands Children’s Home but I didn’t know that then. I just thought ‘this is a nice dentist’. These two women came out and he went in with …

Microsoft harnesses AI to make Word politically correct

“Beginning this fall, people working in Word Online who are in search of inspiration and insights on how to make their document better will be able to receive intelligent suggestions with Ideas – a feature that is already making people more productive in PowerPoint and Excel,” explained John Roach in Microsoft’s AI blog this week. “The Ideas in Word feature uses machine learning and intelligence from Microsoft Graph to help users write polished prose, create more professional documents and efficiently navigate documents created by others.” 5 CRAZY AI-POWERED GADGETS THAT THINK FOR YOU In addition to “familiar fixes for spelling and grammatical errors,” Ideas in Word will also offer “advice on more concise and inclusive language,” according to Microsoft. In the blog …

Pension ‘error’ led woman, 82, to suicide

“My mother felt she couldn’t discuss her finances with anyone,” he said. All payments stopped The inquest heard that in 2014 she received an inheritance, but the DWP told her it would not affect her pension. She received a state pension, as well as a pension credit top-up. However, in 2017, “action was taken to suspend her pension credit”. Rather than her state pension continuing while the credits were reviewed, all payments were stopped “due to an administrative error”. The inquest heard there was no record of any correspondence from Mrs Worrall to the DWP about the matter. Her cause of death was given as multiple major traumatic injuries due to a fall from height. MP informed Coroner John Gittins …

We both now have hope – MS sisters

NICE had initially refused to back it because of the price being asked by the manufacturer Roche. But now a deal has been reached, which means the average cost per patient will be just over £19,000 a year for twice-yearly infusions. For Vikki and Zoe it means they both have hope that the symptoms of the incurable disease, including difficulty walking, fatigue and blurred vision, can be delayed as long as possible. The treatment can delay the need for a wheelchair by seven years. ‘It was awful that Zoe had nothing’ Vikki, 52, who lives in Battersea, London, was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in January 2017. Her form of the disease comes in waves followed by periods of recovery, …

Luke Campbell set for Lomachenko showdown as WBC orders title bout

The WBC has ordered Luke Campbell and Vasyl Lomachenko to fight for their vacant lightweight title. The WBC has ordered Luke Campbell and Vasyl Lomachenko to fight for the vacant lightweight title. Campbell, 31, has been expecting to fight the worlds finest fighter since the Ukrainian stopped Anthony Crolla in four rounds last month and the latest development from the WBC means he could do so for three of the four world lightweight titles. Lomachenko defended the WBA and WBO titles against Crolla in Los Angeles, where Campbell Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors picks. A fight between mandatory challenger Luke Campbell from UK and multiple weight division champion Vasiliy Lomachenko from Ukraine with the vacant …

Mike Pompeo visits Iraq amid rising tensions with Iran

Secretary of state abruptly pulls out of Berlin meeting with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, cancelled a long-established plan to hold talks with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin on Tuesday, and instead travelled to Iraq to show US support for the Iraqi government during rising tensions with Iran. The unusual last-minute schedule change follows brief talks between Pompeo and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, on the sidelines of an Arctic Council meeting in Finland on Monday. Pompeo earlier rang the German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, to explain the decision to drop his first meeting in Berlin as secretary of state and promised to reschedule soon. Norbert Rttgen, the chair of …

Former OU president seeks sit-down with university regents

OKLAHOMA CITY – Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren has asked for an opportunity to personally address the university’s regents about allegations of sexual misconduct made against him. Boren’s attorney Clark Brewster said Wednesday that the ex-president wants to speak to regents about the “obvious and provable falsities that need to be addressed.” Brewster says he sent a letter to the university Monday requesting the meeting. The university retained the private law firm Jones Day to look into allegations made by a former student teaching aide that Boren touched him appropriately on multiple occasions in 2010. Boren has denied wrongdoing. Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Gold shines 20 years after Brown’s big sale

Mr Ash says the average price since the sales ended has been almost $1,000. In 2011 the price reached more than $1,900 an ounce, and on Monday stood at about $1,279. ‘The final blow’ Despite these headline numbers, at the time it seemed perfectly sensible to many at the Treasury. Other central banks were also selling gold. According to BullionVault, Belgium, Canada and the Netherlands had already sold 1,590 tonnes between them since 1990. In 1997 alone, Argentina and Australia sold a combined 290 tonnes. And in April 1999, Switzerland voted in a referendum to sever the Franc’s gold backing, effectively approving a plan to sell 1,300 tonnes from its 2,590-tonne hoard. Writing in his 2007 book The Ages of …

Women who belonged to Nxivm cult’s inner circle may testify against their former leader

(CNN)Keith Raniere was greatly admired by the women who joined Nxivm, the group he founded, said Raniere’s lawyer, Marc Agnifilo. Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, Kathy Russell, Lauren Salzman and Nancy Salzman are co-defendants in Raniere’s federal case and have pleaded guilty to crimes ranging from visa fraud to racketeering. As part of their plea deals, they have agreed to serve as prosecution witnesses if asked, as could other former members of Nxivm. Raniere has pleaded not guilty to all charges. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison. Recruits provided ‘collateral’ information, prosecutors say Nxivm, created by Raniere in 2003, exploited recruits “both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit,” said …

Why some health enthusiasts are drinking ginger

(CNN)You may use it to add spice to a meal or steeped in a hot tea, but ginger has become a growing area of interest when it comes to health benefits. How can you incorporate ginger into your diet? Try drinking it. Fatakhov recommended trying a certain cozy drink. Golden milk or haldi doodh — sometimes called turmeric tea or turmeric latte — has recently been called “the trendiest hot drink,” but it has actually been around for centuries. The traditional Indian drink has origins in Ayurveda, an ancient approach to medicine and wellness. Fatakhov makes his version of the drink with flaxseed milk and several spices: turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and a pinch of black pepper. Add in a …