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Food stamp cuts key to farm bill’s fate in House
House passage of a massive farm bill could turn on the level of food stamp cuts as key backers scrambled Wednesday to secure support for the five-year, half-trillion dollar measure. The House planned to begin voting on 103 amendments to the bill, including a Democratic proposal to eliminate $2 billion in annual cuts in the almost $80 billion-a-year food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The bill would make it more difficult for some to qualify for food stamps while expanding some agriculture subsidies and setting policy for rural development programs. Many conservatives have said the food stamp cuts do not go far enough since the program has doubled in cost in the last five years and now feeds one in seven Americans. Liberals have argued against any reductions, contending the House plan could take as many as 2 million needy recipients off the rolls. The White House has threatened a veto over the food stamp cuts, which are about 3 percent of the program. The amendment by Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., and other Democrats would eliminate the SNAP cuts and take the money from farm subsidies instead. “It’s too big, it’s too harsh and it’s going to hurt so many people,” McGovern said of the food aid cuts. Farm-state lawmakers are trying to win bipartisan backing for the measure, but are facing defections from both parties over the SNAP cuts. It was unclear whether Republican leaders would have the votes needed to pass the massive bill, and a final vote may not come until next week.
House rejects farm bill, 62 Republicans vote no
The House rejected a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Thursday that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them. Those cuts weren’t deep enough for many Republicans who objected to the cost of the nearly $80 billion-a-year food stamp program, which has doubled in the past five years. The vote was 234-195 against the bill, with 62 Republicans voting against it. The bill also suffered from lack of Democratic support necessary for the traditionally bipartisan farm bill to pass. Only 24 Democrats voted in favor of the legislation after many said the food stamp cuts could remove as many as 2 million needy recipients from the rolls. The addition of the optional state work requirements by Republican amendment just before final passage turned away many remaining Democratic votes.
Why Does GM Have So Much Cash?
General Motors maintains a huge cash reserve, over $20 billion worth. That has led many observers to ask: Why doesn’t GM return that cash to shareholders with a big dividend, or invest it in something, or pay back the federal government for its bailout? It turns out there are very good reasons for GM to be holding a huge cash position. In this video, Fool.com contributor John Rosevear takes a closer look at what GM is thinking — and at why the company’s fans and shareholders should cheer GM’s newfound financial discipline.
Chrysler expected to formally refuse Jeep recall
In one of the biggest-ever showdowns between an automaker and the government, Chrysler on Tuesday is expected to file papers explaining its refusal to recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs that are at risk of catching fire in rear-end collisions. The government says 51 people have suffered fiery deaths in Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys that were hit from behind. Regulators claim that the position of the gas tank, behind the rear axle, makes the Jeeps more susceptible to a fiery crash than similar models. Chrysler is expected to stick to its contention that the SUVs are as safe as other vehicles on the road from that era. The Jeeps, it says, met all federal safety standards when they were built, some more than two decades ago. Regulators are unfairly holding the vehicles to a new standard for fuel tank strength, Chrysler claims. Chrysler has successfully used that argument in the past to resist a recall. But that stance carries some substantial financial and public-relations risks. Car companies rarely spar publicly with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency that monitors auto safety. Both sides in the Jeep case say they prefer negotiations, but neither is backing down. Once Chrysler formally rejects the recall, the next step would be for NHTSA to find that the Jeeps are defective and schedule a hearing. Ultimately, though, NHTSA would need a federal court order to impose the recall. In the meantime, owners of the Jeeps are left in limbo and have to decide themselves if the SUVs are safe enough to transport their families.
TWA Flight 800 crash not due to gas tank explosion, former investigators say
The producers of an upcoming documentary on TWA Flight 800—which exploded and crashed into the waters off Long Island, N.Y., on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 people on board—claim to have proof that a missile caused the Paris-bound flight to crash. And six former investigators who took part in the film say there was a cover-up and want the case reopened. “There was a lack of coordination and willful denial of information,” Hank Hughes, a senior accident investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said on Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. “There were 755 witnesses. At no time was information provided by the witnesses shared by the FBI.” Jim Speer, an accident investigator at the time of the crash for the Airline Pilots Association, who sifted through the recovered wreckage in a hangar, said he discovered holes consistent with those that would be formed by a high-energy blast in the right wing. He requested it be tested for explosives. When the test came back positive, he said, he was “physically removed” from a room by two CIA agents. The investigators would not speculate on the reasons for the alleged coverup or who would have fired the missile that they believe took down the plane. After a four-year investigation, the NTSB concluded the plane was destroyed by a center fuel tank explosion likely caused by a spark from faulty wiring. But according to Tom Stalcup, a co-producer of the documentary, the film presents new “radar and forensic evidence proving that one or more ordnance explosions outside the aircraft caused the crash.” The film will premiere on EPIX on July 17, the 17th anniversary of the disaster. “These investigators were not allowed to speak to the public or refute any comments made by their superiors and/or NTSB and FBI officials about their work at the time of the official investigation,” a news release announcing the documentary said. “They waited until after retirement to reveal how the official conclusion by the (NTSB) was falsified and lay out their case.”
The Government Is Spying on America with Drones, Too
FBI director Robert Mueller said the government has used surveillance drones in the U.S. — though “in a very, very minimal way, very seldom” — at a Senate hearing on Wednesday. “It’s very seldom used and generally used in a particular incident when you need the capability,” Mueller said before the judiciary committee. “It is very narrowly focused on particularized cases and particularized needs.” He said he did not know what happens to the images the drones capture. Mueller’s answer came following questioning from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who said drones were the “biggest threat to privacy” in America today. This is funny, because Feinstein had just given a rousing defense of the National Security Agency’s program to collect the metadata on all phone calls made by all Americans. Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and since Edward Snowden leaked the NSA programs, has dismissed concerns that the government is spying on Americans. At Wednesday’s hearing, Feinstein said the NSA collects “not the names, but the data. Not the content, but the data.” A drone wouldn’t collect the content of your conversation, either. It would only show exactly where you are and when. Which is what your phone call metadata says, too. Nevertheless, Dianne Feinstein is anti-NSA paranoia but pro-drone paranoia.
Obama defends ‘just’ drone strikes
Congress surprised by drone use on U.S. soil? It shouldn’t be
When it comes to domestic surveillance, sometimes Congress seems like it’s expressing shock and outrage about something it already knows—or should have known. Take the use of drones on U.S. soil. FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted at a hearing this week that his agency uses unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance on U.S. soil. Mueller insisted the FBI used drones “in a very, very minimal way”—but his comments did nothing to quiet the raging debate over privacy rights in the aftermath of National Security Agency spying revelations. Mueller didn’t help himself when, asked by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, whether the FBI had set limits on when drone use on U.S. soil is OK, he replied: “I will tell you that our footprint is very small. We have very few and have limited use, and we’re exploring not only the use but also the necessary guidelines for that use.” It sounded like the drone equivalent of shooting first and then asking questions. “If there’s a legitimate law-enforcement reason for using them, they ought to say what that law-enforcement reason is,” Grassley later told CNN. “The right of privacy is at stake.”
Obama does not feel Americans’ privacy violated
President Barack Obama does not believe the recently disclosed top-secret National Security Agency surveillance of phone records and Internet data has violated Americans’ privacy rights, his chief of staff said on Sunday.
The Supreme Court Decided Your Silence Can Be Used Against You
A nation continues to wait for final word on the Supreme Court’s Big Four cases this term — voting rights, affirmative action, DOMA, and Proposition 8 — but the justices’ closest decision arrived first on Monday, in a 5-4 ruling on Salinas v. Texas in which the conservative members of the Court and Anthony Kennedy determined that if you remain silent before police read your Miranda rights, that silence can and will be held against you. Here’s what that means. Basically, if you’re ever in any trouble with police (no, we don’t condone breaking laws) and want to keep your mouth shut, you will need to announce that you’re invoking your Fifth Amendment right instead of, you know, just keeping your mouth shut. “Petitioner’s Fifth Amendment claim fails because he did not expressly invoke the privilege against self-incrimination in response to the officer’s question,” reads the opinion from Justice Samuel Alito, which Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts backed. Justices Thomas and Scalia had a concurring opinion while the remaining four Supremes dissented.
Supreme Court issues two big decisions on Monday
The Supreme Court handed down decisions on Monday that could affect voter identification in elections and the possible price of generic drugs at your pharmacy.
U.S. Supreme Court bars lawyers from accessing drivers’ database
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that lawyers cannot gather personal information about drivers from state databases when seeking plaintiffs for potential lawsuits.
IRS draws new criticism over $70M employee bonuses
Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses. The Obama administration has ordered agencies to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts, but the IRS says it’s merely following legal obligations under a union contract. The agency is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses, said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the IRS. Grassley says his office has learned that the IRS was to execute an agreement with the employees’ union Wednesday to pay the bonuses. Grassley says the bonuses should be canceled under an April directive from the White House budget office. The directive was written by Danny Werfel, a former budget official who has since been appointed acting IRS commissioner. “The IRS always claims to be short on resources,” Grassley said. “But it appears to have $70 million for union bonuses. And it appears to be making an extra effort to give the bonuses despite opportunities to renegotiate with the union and federal instruction to cease discretionary bonuses during sequestration.” On Wednesday, the IRS said it was still negotiating with the union over the matter. Under the union contract, employees can get individual performance bonuses of up to $3,500 a year.
Bank of America Paid Bonuses to Foreclose: Lawsuit
Bank of America routinely denied qualified borrowers a chance to modify their loans to more affordable terms and paid cash bonuses to bank staffers for pushing homeowners into foreclosure, according to affidavits filed last week in a Massachusetts lawsuit. “We were told to lie to customers,” said Simone Gordon, who worked in the bank’s loss mitigation department until February 2012. “Site leaders regularly told us that the more we delayed the HAMP [loan] modification process, the more fees Bank of America would collect.” In sworn testimony, six former employees describe what they saw behind the scenes of an often opaque process that has frustrated homeowners, their attorneys and housing counselors. They describe systematic efforts to undermine the program by routinely denying loan modifications to qualified applicants, withholding reviews of completed applications, steering applicants to costlier “in-house” loans and paying bonuses to employees based on the number of new foreclosures they initiated. The employees’ sworn testimony goes a long way to explain why the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program, launched in 2008 during the depths of the housing collapse, has fallen so far short of the original targets to save millions of Americans from being tossed from their homes. Bank of America denied the allegations in the affidavits, which were filed in a Massachusetts lawsuit on behalf of dozens of BofA borrowers in 26 states.
Black 14yr Old Carrying Puppy TACKLED & CHOKED by Police for staring
New cell phone footage shows Miami-Dade Police officers aggressively pinning an unarmed teen to the ground while choking him. His alleged crime: giving the officers “dehumanizing stares” and “clenching his fists.” Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillan says he was feeding his puppy and playing on the beach with some friends when cops riding ATVs approached him and asked what he was doing. The “peacekeeping” officers say they saw McMillan roughhousing with another teenager, told him it was “unacceptable behavior,” and asked where his mother was. When McMillan walked away, they chased him on ATVs, jumped out, pinned him to the ground and arrested him. According to police reports, McMillan “attempted to pull his arm away, stating, ‘Man, don’t touch me like I did something.’” ew cell phone footage shows Miami-Dade Police officers aggressively pinning an unarmed teen to the ground while choking him. His alleged crime: giving the officers “dehumanizing stares” and “clenching his fists.” See footage of the incident, captured by McMillan’s mother
Both Sides Can Agree: America’s Top Spy Lied About Data Mining
Public officials are rarely called liars these days, even when they lie blatantly, but the ideological odd couple of Slate’s Fred Kaplan and Charles Cooke of the National Review are both using that word to call out Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for deceiving the public about the extent of the NSA’s data gathering. Only Kaplan calls for Clapper’s job — though others are not far behind — but the implication in both writers is clear: If you’re going to be Director of National Intelligence, you should at least have a better poker face.
Stocks Tumble as Fed Outlines Criteria for Reducing Stimulus
Major U.S. stock markets turned sharply lower on Wednesday despite the Federal Reserve saying it will maintain its current stimulus program of buying $85 billion per month to help sustain the country’s economic recovery. The Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee voted to maintain its current policy by a vote of 10 in favor and 2 against but outlined criteria which will determine when the bank begins to reduce the size and scope of its bond buying program. The S&P 500 tumbled 1.39% to 1,628.93 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.34% to 15,112.27. The Nasdaq dropped 1.12% to 3,443.20. “On a day like today you have so many traders taking positions out there, and one possible explanation is that you had traders who thought they would give more dovish language around keeping the current policy in place,” said David Roda, regional chief investment officer for the southeast at Wells Fargo Private Bank. But while the bank said policy would be unchanged for the present, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said that as economic conditions improve, the bank will look to reduce its stimulus measures.
Stocks Extend Slide as China Adds to Worries
For investors, there was no place to go on Thursday. A day after the Federal Reserve roiled Wall Street when it said it could reduce its aggressive economic stimulus program later this year, financial markets around the world plunged. A slowdown in Chinese manufacturing and reports of a squeeze in the world’s second-biggest economy heightened worries. The global selloff began in Asia and quickly spread to Europe and then the U.S., where the Dow Jones industrial average fell 353 points, wiping out six weeks of gains. But the damage wasn’t just in stocks. Bond prices fell, and the yield on the benchmark 10-year note rose to 2.42 percent, its highest level since August 2011, although still low by historical standards. Oil and gold also slid. “People are worried about higher interest rates,” said Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners. “Higher rates have the ability to cut across all sectors of the economy.”
Civil rights groups sue NYPD over Muslim spying
The New York Police Department’s widespread spying programs directed at Muslims have undermined free worship by innocent people and should be declared unconstitutional, religious leaders and civil rights advocates said Tuesday after the filing of a federal lawsuit. “Our mosque should be an open, religious and spiritual sanctuary, but NYPD spying has turned it into a place of suspicion and censorship,” Hamid Hassan Raza, an imam named as a plaintiff, told a rally outside police headquarters shortly after the suit was filed in federal court in Brooklyn. The city’s legal department responded with a statement calling the intelligence-gathering an appropriate and legal tactic that helps keep the city safe from terrorism. The suit asks a judge to order the nation’s largest police department to stop their surveillance and destroy any related records. It’s the third significant legal action filed against the NYPD Muslim surveillance program since details of the spy program were revealed in a series of Associated Press reports starting in 2011.
Dark Sheen on Lake Michigan a ‘Strange Phenomenon,’ Said Officials
Officials remain baffled as to how a dark, slick substance that forced dozens of swimmers out of the water at a northwest Indiana beach mysteriously vanished. “They checked the beach, and they can’t find any evidence of it,” Indiana Department of Environmental Management spokesman Barry Sneed told ABCNews.com. “[Authorities] figure it may have sunk, or moved farther north. It’s a strange phenomenon.” Swimmers notified law enforcement authorities that a dark-colored residue stretching nearly a mile long on Lake Michigan had appeared on the surface of the water at Porter Beach in Porter, Ind., Monday afternoon, Sneed said. Porter Fire Department Deputy Chief Jay Craig told ABCNews.com that when he arrived at the lake the water looked slick with what appeared to be oil. Upon further inspection, the substance was a gun-metal gray with metal flakes in it. Craig said you could tell how deep someone had been in the water depending on where their bodies were stained with the dark residue. “They were worried when they saw two kids come out of the water and the one was, his head and half his body was covered a bit in black,” Porter resident Carl Dahlin told ABC’s Chicago station WLS-TV. “We are completely baffled as to what it truly is, whether it came from one of the steel mills or something out of the smokestacks or possibly washed off one of the big barges as they came into the harbor,” Gene Davis, Indiana conservation officer, told WLS-TV. Officials shut down the beach as the Coast Guard, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service were called in to help identify the slime.
The military is literally throwing away $7 billion in Afghanistan
The U.S. is simply abandoning tons of equipment because shipping it home would cost too much. The decade-long Afghan war has cost the U.S. a fortune. And withdrawing from the country, which still faces regular insurgent attacks, won’t be a bargain, either. Military planners have decided to leave behind $7 billion worth of equipment, , The Washington Post reports, because it is no longer needed or simply is not worth the cost of shipping home. The military, rushing to clear out on schedule at the end of 2014, has destroyed more than 170 million pounds of vehicles and other military equipment — including 2,000 of the Pentagon’s 11,000 million-dollar Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected personnel carriers, which were rushed into service in 2007 to protect troops from roadside bombs. The news was promptly branded as a shocking sign of waste in a flurry of angry tweets.
Congress Asked to Approve $4 Billion Upgrade of Saudi National Guard
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress [link opens in PDF] Thursday of plans to sell a miscellaneous assortment of military support services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Valued at $4 billion in total, the line items to be “sold” as part of the U.S. supported project to modernize the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) range from:
*operational support and equipment, to
*personnel training and training equipment, to
*transportation, and the repair and return of spares and repair parts,
*”SANG Health Affairs Program support”
*construction, communication, and support equipment
*and other items too numerous to detail.
According to the DSCA, this proposed sale “will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by making a key regional ally and partner in the international fight against terrorism more capable of defeating those who would threaten regional stability and less reliant on the deployment of U.S. combat forces to maintain or restore stability in the Middle East.”
Russia Lands $572.2 Million Pentagon Contract to Boost Afghan Air Forces
The Department of Defense issued eight separate contract awards Monday, totaling just over $1.5 billion in combined value. One of the biggest contracts awarded didn’t go to an American defense contractor at all. A monster $572.2 firm-fixed-price contract to supply 30 Mi-17 “Hip” helicopters to the Afghan National Securities Forces Special Mission Wing was awarded to Russia’s Rosoboronexport (literally, “Russian Defense Export”). According to DoD, these transport helicopters will be used on counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, and special operations missions.
Work completion is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2014.
Obama Serves 14-State Governors With Warnings of Arrest: And why is this not front page news?
Barack Hussein Obama had served 14-State Governors in the United States, National Security Letters (NSLs) warning that the Governor’s actions in attempting to form “State Defense Forces” needs to be halted “immediately” or they will face arrest for the crime of treason. The employment of NSLs was authorized by the Patriot Act introduced by George W. Bush. Contained within the section related to these letters, it is forbidden for anyone receiving a NSL warning to even acknowledge the existence of said communication. Obama is angered by the several State Governors who have reestablished “State Defense Forces.” These forces are described as: “State Defense Forces (also known as State Guards, State Military Reserves, State Militias) in the United States are military units that operate under the sole authority of a state government; they are not regulated by the National Guard Bureau nor are they part of the Army National Guard of the United States. State Defense Forces are authorized by state and federal law and are under the command of the governor of each state. State Defense Forces are distinct from their state’s National Guard in that they cannot become federal entities.” Mr. Obama is fearful of these State Defense Forces, in that he does not have control of said forces, and with the U.S. Military stretched to near breaking from multiple deployments and theatre actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, these State military forces would be under the direct command and authority of the Governors in which states have said forces. In essence, the Governors would have “de facto control” of the United States.