The Trump administration, unable to get Congress to go along with slashing the safety net for poor people, has announced a new rule that will throw 3.1 million people off the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), aka Food Stamps. The new rule will end the ability of people to automatically qualify for SNAP if they receive other federal and state benefits, eliminating a provision that states have used to streamline the application process and ensure families in need get food they need. Ah, but Trump’s USDA is framing the new regulation as a huge money saver, and even more important, a way to eliminate fraud by one guy who made wingnuts angry when he was featured by Fox News. Yes, really.//Wonkette
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 10, 2019 Updated: May 10, 2019
WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said on May 10 that trade talks between China and the United States were continuing in a “very congenial manner” despite new tariffs Washington imposed on Friday on $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing’s vow to retaliate.
In a series of blustering morning tweets, Trump also claimed the new tariffs will help rather than hurt the United States and bring “FAR MORE wealth.” He offered a proposal he said would ease any negative impact on U.S. farmers from lost sales to China.
U.S. and Chinese negotiators planned to continue talks on Friday in an effort to resolve the standoff after the United States raised tariffs on Chinese imports, escalating tensions between the world’s two biggest economies and rattling stock markets around the world.
“Tariffs will make our Country MUCH STRONGER, not weaker. Just sit back and watch!” Trump tweeted.
The talks in Washington were thrown into disarray this week after top U.S. trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused the Chinese of reneging on commitments they’d made earlier.
“China should not renegotiate deals with the U.S. at the last minute,” Trump tweeted. “There is no need to rush through negotiations because ‘massive payments’ the Chinese are now paying go directly into the Treasury of the U.S.”
The Trump administration wants up to two years to find potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border before a judge halted the practice.
Conservative lawmakers and commentators spent Sunday downplaying the dire warnings in a much-anticipated climate assessment — released Friday by the Trump administration — going as far to accuse the scientists who worked on the report of perpetuating climate “alarmism” in order to keep their jobs.
The scientists who helped draft the fourth National Climate Assessment, according to former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), were attracted to the money that comes with producing a report that highlights the terrible dangers of climate change.
|AIWA! NO!|Arrogant, reckless and brutal, these are words that human rights activists, trustworthy journalists and informed intellectuals have used to describe the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). He toots his own horn and derisively lambasts his opponents like a schoolyard bully. He is cocky, obnoxious and in-your-face. His speeches are littered with positive buzzwords, all of which are demonstrably devoid of substance.
Still, emptiness aside, his strategy to pass himself off as a great modernizing force has failed. He may have intended to bring Saudi Arabia to the modern world, but, instead he has forever tarnished it in irreparable ways. This, however, is not what is so shocking. Rather, it’s how he seemed to have won the hearts of so many in the West, which is bewildering. Absurdly, he was championed as an ambitious, young leader, a great visionary and sincere advocate of women’s rights. Instead, he has murdered critics, imprisoned several women, curbed any form of healthy debate and scoffed at moral restraints. Welcome to the bizarre world of MBS.