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Trump Diverts $10M From FEMA to ICE as Hurricane Looms
Talk about an ill wind.
The massive Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas as news breaks that the Trump administration seems to have moved $9.8 million to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, The Washington Post reports.
The transfer—first reported by MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show"—came from FEMA's "Preparedness and Protection" and "Response and Recovery" efforts and was earmarked for ICE's enforcement of Trump's family-separating zero-tolerance policy, specifically "Detention Beds" and "Transportation and Removal Program," according to documents obtained by the Post from Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon.
"This is a scandal," Merkley told the Post in a statement. He added: "It wasn't enough to rip thousands of children out of the arms of their parents—the administration chose to partly pay for this horrific program by taking away from the ability to respond to damage from this year's upcoming and potentially devastating hurricane season."
The Department of Homeland Security, the parent department of ICE, did not dispute the authenticity of the documents and told the Post that funds had been redirected but said the transfer did not jeopardize relief efforts, the newspaper reports.
California to Rally States Against Trump on Climate Change
Things are warming up.
California's Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown kicks off a three-day international summit today in San Francisco, hoping to galvanize other states to buck Congress and the Trump administration and cooperate with the international community to combat climate change, the Los Angeles Times reports:
"Indeed, as the Trump administration prepared this week to ease regulations on methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases, many states are looking to follow California and Colorado in pursuing policies that require energy firms to capture the methane their drilling operations release and convert it into electricity."
In addition, California this week enacted a new law that puts the state on a path to 100 percent renewable energy. It hopes the act will motivate others to make similar pledges this week, the Times reports.
The high-stakes gathering of political leaders is meant to cement the Paris benchmarks, assess progress and form new partnerships, according to the Times.
Nearly 600 Twitter accounts linked to the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency—aka the Troll Factory—posted about the Affordable Care Act and health policy from 2014 through this past May, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal:
"Researchers at Clemson University provided The Wall Street Journal with the set of about 9,800 tweets involving health policy and the ACA that the IRA posted over that period. An analysis by the Journal found that 80 percent of the tweets had conservative-leaning political messages, often disparaging the health law."
Twitter shut down the accounts, but not before congressional investigators revealed their source. Intelligence experts tell the Journal that other accounts have taken their place and continue the activity in advance of the midterm elections.
A Twitter spokesman declined the Journal's request for comment.
Report: Congress Underfunded Public Schools for Decades
Congress has underfunded America's public schools—short-changing impoverished students, students of color and students with disabilities—by hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a major new report.
The report, entitled "Confronting the Education Debt," is being released publicly today but was provided early to TYT.
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