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May 23, 2017 Safety Net Budget Cuts

On May 22, 2017 The New Republic’s Alex Shephard reported “While the media was lavishing Trump with praise, he was preparing to shred the social safety net.”

“While Trump’s budget won’t include cuts to Medicare, there will be massive cuts to other programs that help moderate- and low-income voters. The budget slashes funding for Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), food stamps, and disability insurance, while increasing work requirements for people receiving benefits. The people who will be targeted in these cuts are mostly the elderly, children, the poor, and the disabled.”

“But this budget is another signal of what has become abundantly clear since Trump entered office: that his administration will cut the social safety net at every opportunity. Far from being focused on moderate-income voters, Trump is instead carrying water for a Republican elite that wants to transfer wealth up the income ladder.”

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May 18, 2017 Justice Dept. Names Robert Mueller Special Counsel

On May 18, 2017, CNN reported that Justice Department Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named Mueller Special prosecutor,  “The Justice Department is appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the growing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to associates of President Trump.”

According to NPR’s Jessica Taylor “As special counsel, Mueller will have full authorization to direct the Russia investigation, including any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with Trump’s campaign and any other matters. He can only be fired by Rosenstein, only with cause, and with notice to Congress. He is authorized to prosecute federal crimes that may arise from the probe.”

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May 8, 2017 The New Yorker

May 8, 2017 The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos wrote “Endgames” about removing President Trump from office using theTwenty-fifth Amendment. It is a little vague but can be done if he is judged to be mentally unfit. “He is the first president with no prior experience in government or the military, the first to retain ownership of a business empire, and the oldest person ever to assume the Presidency.”

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Sep. 19, 2016 The New Yorker

On Sep. 19, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Thick Blue Line” about how police unions protect their members. It is an example for other workers.

Nick Paumgarten wrote “Wild Man” about Patagonia co-founder Yvon Chouinard’s efforts to build a sustainable company and planet. He said “Trump is the perfect person to take us to the Apocalypse.”

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