USDA Analysis Shows How Proposed SNAP Changes Would Affect Students

Watch Video On Tuesday, the USDA released a new analysis of the Trump administration’s proposal to revise the food stamp program. It says the proposed rule could cut free school lunches for about 500,000 children. The USDA initially proposed the changes to SNAP in July. But the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Bobby Scott, criticized the proposal and said the USDA was hiding data on how students would be affected. The chairman asked the agency to revise its proposal and restart the comment period. Tuesday’s analysis is the USDA’s response, with new information added for “the interest of public transparency.” It also opened up a… Read More

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The FCC Votes To Approve Merger Between T-Mobile And Sprint

Watch Video The Federal Communications Commission reportedly voted on Wednesday to approve the proposed $26 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, two of the nation’s largest wireless carriers. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who had previously signaled his support for the merger, and two Republican commissioners moved to follow the lead of the Justice Department, which approved the deal in July. The two Democratic commissioners voted against it. The merger has not quite reached the finish line yet, though. The deal still faces a lawsuit from a team of state attorneys general, who argue that its approval could potentially lead to higher prices for consumers. A trial is set for December.… Read More

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U.S. Airstrikes Destroy Weapons Storage Site In Syria

Watch Video The U.S. has conducted an airstrike on its own munitions storage bunker in Syria to prevent any remaining cache from falling into the wrong hands. A military spokesperson tweeted Wednesday that two F-15E fighter jets “successfully conducted a pre-planned precision airstrike at the Lafarge Cement Factory to destroy an ammunition cache and reduce the facility’s military usefulness.” A U.S. defense official told CNN that no other forces were around the area at the time of the airstrike. The factory had served as the headquarters for the U.S.-led coalition and Kurdish forces in their fight against ISIS. The strike follows President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from… Read More

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A British family has been deported after a wrong turn led to nearly 2 weeks in ICE detention. Here’s how they got entangled in a US immigration nightmare.

A British family was deported on Wednesday following nearly two weeks in US immigration detention, after they apparently crossed the US-Canada border by accident and drove down an unmarked road. The Connors family has called their detention “the scariest experience of our entire lives,” and bemoaned the conditions they and their three-month-old infant endured in custody. But immigration lawyers have pointed out that spending weeks on end in Border Patrol or ICE facilities is an all-too-common experience for immigrants and non-citizens in recent years. The Connors’ experience shows how just one intentional or unintentional violation of US immigration law can land a family in weeks of detention with little information… Read More

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Edibles Legalized In Canada On Oct. 17, A Year After Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis edibles . “I encourage adult Canadians who choose to consume cannabis to remember to store it safely out of the reach of children and youth, and to consult the new evidence-based resources on Health Canada’s website that can support you in making informed decisions,” Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said in a June press release about the legalization of edibles. That month, the Canadian Paediatric Society said it found 16 cases of serious “adverse events” involving kids and recreational cannabis between September and December 2018. Six of the incidents saw kids younger than 18 accidentally eating edibles; in each case, the cannabis belonged to a parent or caregiver. It… Read More

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