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  • LePage policy puts squeeze on cities, immigrants; he says plan will help 'most vulnerable'

    06/26/2014 8:28:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    The Republic ^ | ALANNA DURKIN
    Gov. Paul LePage understands hardship. He was homeless for a time as a boy. But tell that to Douglas Mpay, an immigrant from Angola who is seeking asylum in the United States and whose family relies on a municipal welfare program in Maine that the governor says will get no state funding if cities and towns continue to assist residents living in the country illegally. (SNIP) But LePage, who has made reforming welfare a priority since taking office in 2011, insists the new policy will preserve assistance for the most needy and bring the state into compliance with federal law....
  • US sending helmets, other non-lethal military aid to Ukraine

    04/17/2014 10:17:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 41 replies ^ | April 17, 2014
    The U.S. is sending helmets, sleeping bags and generators to support the Ukrainian military -- but stopped short of approving other items the interim government reportedly says it needs to stand up to the might of Moscow, saber-rattling on its doorstep. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday that the U.S. will send the additional non-lethal military aid. The additional aid was announced as fighting between Ukraine's military and pro-Russian factions intensified in the eastern part of the country. Hagel, speaking at a press conference at the Pentagon with his Polish counterpart, said the approved aid would include medical supplies, helmets,...
  • Chronicling Higher Education’s Disarray

    02/10/2014 8:04:32 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 7, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A look at the latest education news seems to show that academia’s left hand doesn’t know what its far left hand is doing. From the Chronicle of Higher Education we learn that “As students confront rising college costs and a labyrinthine financial-aid process, some are turning to crowdfunding websites like Go-FundMe to cover their expenses.” “While the approach is still novel and hardly widespread, financial-aid officials say, enthusiasm for online campaigns is very much a reflection of the times,” Libby Sander wrote in the Chronicle. “Students are frustrated with the aid process, eager to avoid student-loan debt, and worried over...
  • You Can’t Save the World

    02/01/2014 4:41:40 PM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies ^ | 1-31-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    For only ten dollars a day or a month you can feed all the starving children in Africa. For only the price of a cup of coffee a year, you can make sure that no one in Kansas City ever goes hungry again. For just a third of your paycheck, you can subsidize a vast bureaucracy that will conduct studies on the best way to save the world and then come up with proposals that will only cost you half your paycheck. This misplaced philanthropic confidence is the idiot stepchild of a free enterprise society where anything can be accomplished...
  • U.S. Aid to Afghans Flows On Despite Warnings of Misuse

    01/30/2014 1:12:14 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    New York TImes ^ | JAN. 30, 2014 | MATTHEW ROSENBERG and AZAM AHMED
    With billions of dollars in American aid increasingly flowing straight into Afghan government coffers, the United States hired two global auditing firms three years ago to determine whether Afghanistan could be trusted to safeguard the money. The findings were so dire that American officials fought to keep them private. But the money has continued to flow, despite warnings from the auditors that none of the 16 Afghan ministries could be counted on to keep the funds from being stolen or wasted. The problems unearthed by the auditors are detailed in a report to be published Thursday by the Special Inspector...
  • Free money might be the best way to end poverty.

    12/31/2013 9:58:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | undated, but published: December 29 | Rutger Bregman
    In May 2009, a small experiment involving 13 homeless men took off in London. Some of them had slept in the cold for more than 40 years. The presence of these street veterans was far from cheap. Police, legal services, health care: Each cost taxpayers thousands of pounds every year. That spring, a local charity decided to make the street veterans — sometimes called rough sleepers — the beneficiaries of an innovative social experiment. No more food stamps, food-kitchen dinners or sporadic shelter stays. The 13 would get a drastic bailout, financed by taxpayers. Each would receive 3,000 pounds (about...
  • Obama Gives Somalia $1.5 Bil, Somalia Bans Christmas

    12/26/2013 5:11:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/26/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Barack Obama, right, is dressed as a Somali elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan Somalia has about 1,000 surviving Christians. And that’s a challenge in a country where everyone is either in an Islamic militia or trying to move to the United States to sponge off welfare and plot terrorist bombings.In 2009, four Christian orphanage workers were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam. Now Somalia has gotten enough of its act together to ban Christmas. The Somali Government has banned celebration of Christian festivities in the country.The Director General of the ministry, Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow Aden, and the Director...
  • EU Dangles 'Unprecedented' Aid Package for Israel-PA Deal

    12/16/2013 7:25:16 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/12/13
    The European Union on Monday pledged "unprecedented" levels of support to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the event that the two parties reach a final status agreement which would include the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state in Judea and Samaria, along with the ethnic-cleansing of at least 100,000 Jews in communities throughout the region. Commending US Secretary of State John Kerry for his efforts in launching direct talks between the two, EU foreign ministers said the 28-nation bloc would "contribute substantially" to post-conflict arrangements to ensure the sustainability of a peace deal. "The EU will provide an...
  • US Unemployment Aid Applications Surge to 368,000

    12/12/2013 3:59:13 PM PST · by Son House · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 12, 2013 | JOSH BOAK
    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year. The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday. Economists will track the next few weeks closely to see if that trend is reversing, or if the surge is a temporary blip caused by seasonal adjustments. The recent drop in layoffs has coincided with a pickup in hiring. The economy has added an average of 204,000 jobs a...
  • Africa's Aid Mess: why the philanthropy of Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, and Bono largely fails.

    12/02/2013 6:29:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Barron's ^ | 12/02/2013 | PAUL THEROUX
    The desire of distant outsiders to fix Africa may be heartfelt, but it is also age-old and even quaint. Curiously repetitive in nature, renewed and revised every decade or so, it is an impulse Charles Dickens described, in a wickedly accurate phrase, as "telescopic philanthropy." That is, a focus from afar to uplift the continent: New York squinting compassionately at Nairobi. Never have so many people, so many agencies, so many stratagems, so much money been deployed to improve Africa -- and yet the majority of the movers are part-timers, merely dropping in, setting up a scheme in the much-mocked...
  • US Gives $75M in aid to Palestine

    11/06/2013 4:04:24 AM PST · by Netz · 18 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | November 6, 2013 | Belfast Telegraph
    US Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will provide an additional $75 million (£46 million) in aid to create Palestinian jobs and help them improve roads, schools and other infrastructure. US officials say the aid is designed to boost Palestinian public support for faltering peace talks with Israel by showing them tangible benefits from the process. Kerry announced the aid in Bethlehem, where he is meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Kerry earlier met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The new aid brings the US contribution to a Palestinian infrastructure programme to $100 million (£62...
  • U.S. Lawmakers Speak Out Against Cutting Off Aid to Egypt

    10/29/2013 10:55:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/10/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged the White House to lift its suspension of military aid to Egypt, AFP reports. The lawmakers warned that freezing funds and weapons deliveries might unravel decades of cooperation with a key regional ally. Democratic Representative Eliot Engel, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he had initially supported a temporary halt to deliveries of F-16 aircraft to the Egyptian military following its ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in July. “But today I do not believe that suspending the military aid will make the Egyptian government more democratic or make it easier for the...
  • Report: U.S. to Cut Off Aid to Egypt

    10/08/2013 10:28:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    INN ^ | 10/9/2013, 4:12 AM | Elad Benari
    The United States will cut off aid to Egypt in the wake of the July coup against President Mohammed Morsi and the turmoil that has followed, a U.S. official told CNN on Tuesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the full suspension has been prompted by an “accumulation of events,” including recent violence against protesters, dozens of whom were killed over the weekend. The suspension will formally take effect in the coming days, the official said. …
  • State Department: US government shutdown could threaten military aid to Israel

    10/03/2013 8:49:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/13 | Michael Wilner
    The US federal government shutdown could have direct repercussions on the transfer of US aid to Israel, US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday. "The impact of the shutdown could threaten our ability to provide foreign military financing to Israel and other important allies," Harf said. (Snip) In 2007, the two countries agreed on a 10-year, $30-billion military aid package covering the 2009-18 fiscal years. Total US foreign military funding was about $5.5 billion for more than 80 countries in 2011, according to State Department data. Harf said the State Department had not had to
  • US aid to Syrian opposition tops $1 billion mark

    09/02/2013 10:57:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | 9/2/13 | Jordan Schachtel
    According to USAID (United States Agency For International Development), the federal agency in charge of distributing the vast majority of foreign aid monies to other countries, United States taxpayers have paid for over one billion dollars in foreign aid packages to help support the “Syrian Humanitarian Response." Despite the threat of continued chemical attacks against the Syrian people that has served as the focal point of rallying cries for advocates of US military intervention (including the Obama administration), The Daily Beast reported that gas masks were not among the items
  • Senator-obama, administration-secretly-suspended-military-aid-to-egypt.

    08/19/2013 9:24:05 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | Josh Rogin with helper
    The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if the military takeover of Egypt was a coup. After asserting this was not a coup has now decided to go with a temporarily press blitz attributing the spontaneous De-Morsification is connected directly to earlier ant-imam, video and California pure pork sausage sponsor, according to this leading U.S. senator. “The decision was we’re going to avoid saying it was a Coup, Embassy attack, Muslim fanatic rampage, Gun running grab, but to stay on the safe side of the law, we are going to act as if the , designation has been...
  • 'No Bailout': Senators look to pre-empt U.S. aid to Detroit

    07/25/2013 5:01:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/25/13 | Lisa Lambert
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the Senate want to make sure the federal government does not become involved in the financial maelstrom hitting Detroit, which filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history last week. They have proposed at least three "No Bailout" amendments to spending bills that the Senate is currently considering, all of which would limit the U.S. government's ability to help cities in fiscal crisis. Even though the amendments will likely fail in the Democrat-dominated chamber, cities and counties are alarmed by legislation they say could jeopardize funding for hundreds of local governments and are pushing...
  • F.A.Q. on U.S. aid to Egypt: Where does the money go—and who decides how it's spent?

    07/11/2013 5:11:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-11-13 | Marian Wang and Theodoric Meyer
    This article has been updated to reflect new developments. It was first published on Jan. 31, 2011. The recent military coup in Egypt has prompted a renewed debate about American aid to the country. Sens. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, and Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, have both called for cutting off aid, while the White House has said it's in no hurry to end the aid. We've taken a step back and tried to answer some basic questions, including how much the U.S. is giving Egypt, what's changed in the two years since the Arab Spring and who is...
  • White House: U.S. To Give Syria Rebels Military Aid After Chemical Attacks

    06/13/2013 3:37:49 PM PDT · by edpc · 217 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 June 2013 | Olivier Knox and Rachel Rose Hartman
    In a sharp escalation of the U.S. role in Syria's bloody civil war, the White House announced late Thursday that it will provide military aid to rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad after confirming that his government used chemical weapons on the opposition. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes told reporters on a conference call that President Barack Obama had heard pleas from Syria's rebel Supreme Military Council (SMC) for more help. "Our aim is to be responsive," Rhodes said, underlining that the new assistance would have "direct military purposes."
  • Israel exported military equipment to Pakistan, says report

    06/11/2013 1:23:59 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    The Hindu ^ | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Hasan Suroor
    London - The claim was made by the Israeli liberal newspaper “Haaretz” citing a report of the British Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which oversees security exports. Israel is reported to have exported to Pakistan a range of military equipment purchased from Britain, but Islamabad denied the claim with a spokesman for the Directorate of Inter-Services Public Relations describing it as “baseless”. “The report is misleading and not based on facts,” he said. The claim was made by the Israeli liberal newspaper Haaretz citing a report of the British Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) which...
  • Kerry Skirts Law Put in Place by Congress, Sends Muslim Brotherhood-Controlled Egypt $1.3 Billion

    06/07/2013 3:38:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    THE BLAZE ^ | June 7, 2013 | By Jason Howowerton
    Secretary of State John Kerry last month secretly sent $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid to Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt, waiving the restrictions put in place by Congress to withhold such aid unless the country could meet certain democracy standards. “Under U.S. law, for the $1.3 billion to flow the secretary of state must certify that the Egyptian government ‘is supporting the transition to civilian government, including holding free and fair elections, implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association and religion, and due process of law’,” Reuters reports. Kerry’s quiet decision came before an Egyptian court this week sentenced 43...
  • U.S. quietly allows military aid to Egypt despite rights concerns [ $1.3 billion ]

    06/07/2013 4:03:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 6, 2013
    Secretary of State John Kerry quietly acted last month to give Egypt $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid, deciding that this was in the national interest despite Egypt's failure to meet democracy standards. Kerry made the decision well before an Egyptian court this week convicted 43 democracy workers, including 16 Americans, in what the United States regards as a politically motivated case against pro-democracy non-governmental organizations. Rights groups believe Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi is retreating from democratic freedoms, notably in a new civil society law and in proposals for judicial reform that critics see as a way to purge judges...
  • The West Has an Irrevocable Duty to Help the Christians of the World

    05/12/2013 3:21:12 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 10 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 12 May 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Raymond Ibrahim’s fundamental new book Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (Amazon USA), (Amazon UK ), has been widely reported, covered and praised and does not require an introduction, but it prompts a reflection. The problem of Christian discrimination and persecution by Muslims is in fact two problems. Like unpunished crimes’ victims who suffer twice, for the crime and for the injustice of the criminal’s going scot-free, while the atrocities committed against Christians are unbearable enough on their own, the total indifference of the rest of the world adds to the pain. Floods, earthquakes, natural calamities and...
  • Bolivia, angered by Kerry, says it is ejecting U.S. aid agency [Obama & Lurch FAIL]

    05/01/2013 3:59:57 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/1/13 | Emily Alpert
    Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Wednesday he was expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from the country, accusing the aid agency of conspiring against his government. “Surely to think that you can still manipulate us economically, politically -- those times are past,” Morales said at May Day celebrations in La Paz, according to the Bolivian national news agency. The Bolivian leader asserted that USAID had sown divisions and destabilized the country and his government. Ejecting USAID was also a message to U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, “who says that Latin America is the backyard of the United...
  • Congress blocked Kerry from offering more aid to Egypt

    03/10/2013 1:31:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/09/13 | Julian Pecquet
    Secretary of State John Kerry had hoped to offer considerably more aid to Egypt than the $250 million he announced during his trip to Cairo but was blocked by Congress, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said. “This is not the aid package that the administration wanted to announce,” Royce told The Hill. The administration wanted to release a “larger sum,” but bowed to the wishes of Royce's committee as well as congressional appropriators, he said. Royce wouldn't say how much Kerry had hoped to announce, but the State Department has been pressing Congress to greenlight $450 million...
  • Obama Approves Direct Funding For Hamas

    02/11/2013 4:23:04 PM PST · by w4women · 38 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/10/2013 | L.D. Jackson
    In all of his infinite wisdom and glory, President Barack Obama has waived restrictions placed on the direct funding of the Palestinian Authority. If you remember, this is the group that is run by Hamas. Going further back in your memory, you will recall Hamas is the terrorist organization that has refused to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. In fact, their charter calls for the destruction of Israel. -snip- If you will look at the date of the press release on the White House website, you will find it was Friday. The Obama administration is so open and transparent that...
  • Federal Rule (Obamacare) Limits Aid to Families Who Can’t Afford Employers’ Health Coverage

    01/31/2013 4:46:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/30/13 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration adopted a strict definition of affordable health insurance on Wednesday that will deny federal financial assistance to millions of Americans with modest incomes who cannot afford family coverage offered by employers. In deciding whether an employer’s health plan is affordable, the Internal Revenue Service said it would look at the cost of coverage only for an individual employee, not for a family. Family coverage might be prohibitively expensive, but federal subsidies would not be available to help buy insurance for children in the family. The policy decision came in a final regulation interpreting ambiguous language...
  • Obama approves $155 million more in aid to Syrian people

    01/29/2013 6:08:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/29/13
    **SNIP** The president says that he is "under no illusions" about the situation in Syria, where government forces and rebel groups have clashed for two years. But he says Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime continues to weaken and will eventually come to an end.
  • Marines and strangers rush to aid of victimized veteran

    01/23/2013 3:37:53 AM PST · by humblegunner · 37 replies ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Miya Shay
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- There's a good news update on a home ransacked and spray painted by a pair of teen burglars in northwest Houston. While the burglars are now in custody, community members and Marines stepped in to help the homeowner -- a 93-year-old World War II veteran. The Marines quickly marched into the defaced home of WWII veteran Elbert Wood, eager to help. "It's important that he knows we're here for him and that we're always his brothers," Major Roberto Rodriguez said. The presence of these local Marines is just one example of the outpouring of support for Wood...
  • VANITY: Can anyone name the countries that sent aid to the United States after Hurricane Sandy?

    01/12/2013 8:04:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    VANITY | 01/12/2013
    Can anyone name the countries that sent aid to the United States after Hurricane Sandy? I am asking this because I got an e-mail from a friend that I am trying to fact check. Here it is ... ____________________________________ As you know, America is always the first country to send aid to other countries when they are in trouble. It is highly appropriate that we Americans, must now send our "THANKS" to all those countries that reciprocated our help with their disasters, misgivings, social turmoil, & poverty when they returned to the USA monetary and physical help after Hurricane Sandy...
  • Shackled by sanctions, Iran sends India SOS for life-saving drugs

    01/04/2013 6:08:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Saturday, January 5, 2013 | Shubhajit Roy
    New Delhi - Its healthcare system crippled by international economic sanctions, Iran has asked India for help to procure life-saving drugs for patients battling critical illnesses in that country. Tehran has put in an urgent request to New Delhi for drugs to treat lung and breast cancers; brain tumours; heart ailments; infections after kidney, heart and pancreas transplants; meningitis in HIV patients; arthritis; bronchitis and respiratory distress in newborns; and epilepsy, South Block sources told The Indian Express. On December 27, the sources said, the government forwarded the request for 28 essential medicines to Indian pharmaceutical companies. The required quantities...
  • Cats' ears (vanity)

    12/14/2012 7:47:50 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 16 replies
    Quirky ^ | 12/12/12 | self
    Greetings! I just published an invention on Quirky, and would like to get some up votes, and other positive thoughts from the FR community. Thanks in advance, FRiends.
  • White House: No Plans to Withdraw Palestinian Aid After U.N. Vote

    11/30/2012 9:22:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/30/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    There are no plans to withdraw aid to the Palestinian Authority following the United Nations vote to recognize Palestine as an independent state, a White House spokesman said Friday. Josh Earnest told reporters traveling on Air Force One that the U.S. opposed the resolution to give the Palestinian Authority nonmember observer state status because the Israel-Palestinian conflict should be resolved “only through face-to-face negotiations, not unilateral actions,” according to the White House pool report. A bipartisan group of senators had threatened to cut off millions in U.S. financial aid to the Palestinians if the vote succeeded. Earnest said there were...
  • Israel Pitches In With Disaster Relief After Hurricane Sandy

    11/08/2012 12:41:17 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 12 replies
    Israel 21c ^ | November 8, 2012 | Abigail Klein Leichman
    Israel Pitches In With Disaster Relief After Hurricane SandyMembers of various NGOs put Israeli knowhow to work, getting food, fuel and other supplies to emergency workers and victims.New York --- When ISRAEL21c spoke with Israel relief volunteer Joel Leyden in New York yesterday, he had just received a phone call from the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management on New York’s Long Island. “They confirmed that there is a police escort waiting to bring in Israel Flying Aid’s delivery of fuel, which will go to county hospitals to be dispensed to doctors and nurses so they will be able to...
  • Israel Flying Aid Gives Food, Generators, Gas To Hurricane Sandy New York, New Jersey Victims

    11/05/2012 5:57:12 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 25 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | November 4, 2012 | Karen Levy
    Israel Flying Aid Gives Food, Generators, Gas To Hurricane Sandy New York, New Jersey Victims(photo) Roger Parrott, Jacob Parrott and Joel Leyden deliver a generator and gas to a Hurricane Sandy New York victim. Photo: Rebecca McCann / INA By Karen Levy Israel News AgencyNew York, NY --- November 4, 2012 ... Israel Flying Aid, the Israeli global humanitarian organization which was first to land in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, has been distributing large supplies of gas to hospitals, food, batteries and generators to Hurricane Sandy victims. "We have many years of disaster relief experience," said Israel Flying Aid...
  • Should Sandy’s Victims Get Your Tax Money?

    11/03/2012 10:26:02 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | 02 November 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    Living near the coast in the Northeast, I see the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy firsthand. Many have been without power for days; there are long lines at gas stations; some supermarket shelves are bare; and, more to the point here, some in vulnerable areas lost their homes. And because the storm is such a horrible, high-profile disaster, government aid to rebuild is in the offing. But should it be? This question may seem heartless. And, don't worry, you won't hear a politician asking it anytime soon, as doing so might very well cost him the next election. But political...
  • She took federal Katrina relief money, but was living in Minnesota during storm

    10/26/2012 5:57:43 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-26-12 | john welbes
    Rena McCarter of Kenner, La., pleaded guilty Friday, Oct. 26, to wrongly taking $8,600 in disaster relief funds from the federal government after Hurricane Katrina. She was residing in Minnesota when the storm hit. McCarter, 62, admitted in her plea deal that in 2005, she told the Federal Emergency Management Agency that her apartment and personal property had been damaged by the disaster in Louisiana, and that she needed emergency help for housing, food and clothing. In fact, McCarter was living in housing subsidized by the Metropolitan Council from October 2004 through September 2009, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office...
  • How The GM Bailout Turned Into Foreign Aid

    10/16/2012 3:13:02 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 7 replies
    Truth About Cars ^ | October 13, 2012 | Tyler Vandermeulen
    Before the bailout of General Motors, it was well understood that the world’s largest automaker was losing huge amounts of money in the US and was staying afloat thanks to stronger performance in overseas markets. Since the bailout, however, that dynamic has been turned on its head. Thanks to a leaner manufacturing footprint, debt eliminations and steadily recovering sales, GM’s US operations have generated the lion’s share of the company’s profit since the bailout. And now, as the rest of the world economy slows, GM is spending more and more of its taxpayer-enhanced cash pile to shore up its faltering...
  • US turns a blind eye to reality [Op-Ed]

    10/10/2012 12:56:32 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Hiranmay Karlekar
    By waiving provisions of Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act to provide Pakistan full financial assistance, the Obama Administration has erred gravely According to a newspaper report, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a message to the US Congress on September 13 said she was waiving provisions of the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act 2009, also known as the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act, that would have blocked the $2 billion in US economic and military assistance to Pakistan. Disbursing the funds, she reportedly told Congress that it was “important to the national security interests of the United States”. Without the message, the State Department would...
  • Legal group comes to aid of Army instructor ousted over Muslim groups' complaints

    10/05/2012 10:30:57 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 2 replies ^ | October 5, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    An Army lieutenant colonel who was on the fast track until Muslim groups complained about a course he taught on radical Islam has a legal foundation in his foxhole. Attorneys for Lt. Col Matthew Dooley, a West Point graduate and highly-decorated combat veteran, was an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University, where by most accounts he won praise from students and faculty alike. But when Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey excoriated Dooley during a Pentagon press conference in May, characterizing his course, “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” as objectionable,...
  • Romney's Speech at the Global Initiative Conference

    09/25/2012 6:49:22 AM PDT · by w4women · 36 replies
    micsak | September 25, 2012 | micsak
    I just watched Romney's speech at the Global Initiative Conference and I was blown away. Foreign aid should be tied to getting people employment. All free enterprise - all the time. It was impressive. He even got a few digs in about Obama. It is a must see.
  • 64% Think Too Many Americans Dependent on Government Financial Aid (Mitt needs to hammer this)

    09/20/2012 8:39:43 AM PDT · by Signalman · 6 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 9/20/2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    Americans strongly believe that there is too much government dependency in the country today. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of Adults think there are too many Americans dependent on the government for financial aid. Just 10% think not enough Americans are dependent on the government, while 16% say the level of dependency is about right. The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on September 18-19, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
  • Pakistan's president facing military anger over his U.S. ties

    11/26/2009 10:23:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 400+ views
    McClatchy News ^ | 11/26/2009 | Saeed Shah
    Suspicions by Pakistan's powerful army that the country's civilian leadership is growing too close to the United States are fueling a political crisis that analysts here believe threatens the survival of the government and could divert attention from the battle against Islamic extremists. Military officials believe that secretly taped conversations between Pakistani President Asif Zardari and his ambassador in Washington, prove that it was at Zardari's insistence that a $1.5 billion U.S. aid package passed by Congress in September contained several provisions that angered the Pakistani military. The military publicly protested the aid package last month. "The reaction (from the...
  • Abbas Meets Blair, Asks for Financial Support

    08/07/2012 10:12:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/12 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas received Quartet representative Tony Blair in Ramallah on Tuesday and called to support the PA financially. The PA-based WAFA news agency reported that Abbas briefed Blair on the latest political developments and the dilemma the peace process is facing, due to what he termed the Israeli government’s intransigence and refusal to abide by the international law. The report said that Abbas insisted on the importance of providing financial support to PA, especially during the critical financial situation it is going through. .....
  • Obama exaggerates aid to Israel - Obama says '$70 billion' for Israeli missile defense program

    07/27/2012 11:13:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/27/12 | Adam Kredo
    President Barack Obama erroneously exaggerated the amount of money his administration has provided to an Israeli missile defense program Friday while signing a bill meant to boost U.S.-Israeli security ties. Obama, who has been criticized for weakening the U.S.-Israel alliance, was attempting to tout his administration’s commitment to the Jewish state when he incorrectly stated that Israel will receive “$70 billion dollars” for its missile defense program. “I’m very pleased that this week we are going to be able to announce $70 million spending…$70 billion, excuse me, in additional spending for Iron Dome,” Obama said, inflating the actual dollar amount...
  • US House votes to cut $650 million in aid to 'traitor' Pakistan

    07/19/2012 4:30:11 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 29 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Friday, July 20, 2012 - 1:40 IST | Press Trust of India
    Washington, DC - The US House of Representatives has passed an amendment unanimously that cuts down $650 million in military aid to Pakistan as Republicans sought to tamp down demands for still deeper reductions. Congressman Ted Poe had demanded a $1.3 billion cut, but later settled for the 650 million cut. "Pakistan is the 'Benedict Arnold' to America in the war on terror. They are disloyal, deceptive and a danger to the United States," Poe, who had moved the amendment, said. "This so-called ally continues to take billions in US aid, while funding the militants who attack us. And we've...
  • Of new U.S. veterans, almost half seek disability aid

    05/27/2012 2:36:53 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 63 replies
    AP ^ | 5-27-12 | Marilynn Marchione
    America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen. A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials said. What's more, these new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average, and the most recent ones...
  • Number of PhDs receiving federal aid more than tripled from 2007 to 2010

    05/07/2012 11:13:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/7/12 | Alexis Levinson
    Higher education is meant to be the path to success, but that conventional wisdom may not be entirely true. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, between 2007 and 2010, the percentage of people with a graduate degree who were on food stamps or were receiving another kind of federal aid more than doubled, reaching 360,000. In 2007, 9,776 people with PhD’s were receiving some kind of aid. In 2010, that number had more than tripled to 33,655. For people with master’s degrees, the number spiked from 101,683 to 293,029. Austin Nichols of the Urban Institute crunched those numbers for...
  • Why College Aid Makes College More Expensive

    02/25/2012 1:27:00 PM PST · by grundle · 13 replies · 2+ views ^ | FEBRUARY 24, 2012 | JACK HOUGH
    New research shows how federal spending on higher education can backfire.Federal aid for students has increased 164% over the past decade, adjusted for inflation, according to the College Board. Yet three-quarters of Americans and even a majority of college presidents see college as unaffordable for most, and that sentiment has been steadily spreading, the Pew Research Center reports. Two new studies offer clues on why. One measures the degree to which some colleges reduce their own aid in response to increased federal aid. The other suggests federal aid is helping to push college costs higher.Recipients of federal Pell Grants have,...
  • Obama OK’D Aid To Palestinians – Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert! (video)

    05/03/2012 8:49:00 AM PDT · by Signalman · 5 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 5/3/2012 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friend, In this video commentary, I discuss how Obama ordered the release of $192 million to the Palestinian Authority after Congress said NO. Tune in!