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Missouri spends foreclosure settlement money on budget gaps

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) announced last week that his state would use some of the money from the bank foreclosure fraud settlement for purposes other instead of helping struggling homeowners in the state.

According to The Kansas City Star, Nixon said that $40 million of the $196 million that Missouri will receive as part of the settlement will fund education shortfalls created by the state’s recent budget cuts.

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The move was approved by the state’s attorney general, Chris Koster (D), who signed onto the agreement with the banks.

Although the $26 billion foreclosure settlement signed last week was designed to help struggling homeowners, there is no mandate requiring states who’ve received money from the settlement to use it solely for those purposes.

Last week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) said he would use some of his state’s settlement money to cover a budget gap his policies help create instead of helping homeowners.

(h/t Think Progress)

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NYC mayor Bill de Blasio ending his Democratic presidential campaign

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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has ended his Democratic presidential campaign.

De Blasio made the announcement Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he explained his decision.

"I feel like I've contributed all I can to this primary election," he said, "and it's clearly not my time."

The mayor said he was optimistic about the Democratic Party's chances in the 2020 election, no matter who was nominated to face President Donald Trump.

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CNN lays out damning timeline of Trump and Giuliani’s calls to Ukraine seeking dirt on Biden

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Following Rudy Giuliani's extraordinary appearance on CNN on Thursday night, where he may have admitted the commission of a crime, the hosts of CNN's "New Day" compiled a timeline linking the approximate date of Trump's phone call that was flagged by a whistleblower to subsequent events involving Ukraine.

According to the timeline, presented by hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Trump spoke with the president of Ukraine on July 25, with Giuliani meeting with him later that month.

What followed was the August 12 whistleblower complaint and then Trump blocking aide to Ukraine by the end of the month.

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Is Trump a master of ‘3-D chess’? Expert says nope

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Politics is often conceived as a type of game. To win, a person or group must amass more power than the other players in order to advance their own goals. Victory can be achieved through cooperation with the other players, domination over them or some combination of the two.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Alternatively, a person or group can decide not to participate in this current version of politics, while they seek to invent their own game with different rules.

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