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GOP war on science: House bill slashes funding for studies on Medicare, guns, climate change

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Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee have offered a proposal that would dramatically cut the funding for social sciences and geosciences.

On Wednesday, Republicans revealed their 189-page reauthorization of the budgets for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal research institutes.

According to Science Insider, the $7.6 billion bill represents $126 million less than President Barack Obama requested in his budget. But more importantly, it reallocates NSF funds from scientific areas that Republicans find politically problematic.

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Geosciences, which includes the study of climate change, would be cut by $165 million. Social and behavioral sciences would see funding cut by $140 million, almost half of what it is now. Education would also get a $100 million cut.

Biology, computing, engineering, and math and physical sciences would get an increase of $100 million under the Republican plan.

Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out in 2013 that social sciences was a popular target for conservative lawmakers, who did not appreciate research like an NSF-funded gun study that validated Democratic talking points on the legitimacy of the “gun nut” culture.

The Boston Globe reported this week that a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study about how Medicare changes affect the political views of seniors would be on the chopping block, as would a Harvard University study about the impact of China’s one-child policy.

“We have to question spending nearly $700,000 of taxpayer dollars to fund a climate change musical or over $220,000 to study animal photos in National Geographic,” Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) insisted. “It’s the role of Congress to make sure we’re using limited federal funds for the highest priority research.”

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Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA) accused his colleagues on the committee of advancing “selective science.”

He said that Republicans had taken an “opportunistic approach to defunding or attacking certain areas of science that you either don’t agree with or that you don’t want to see what the results might actually be.”


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Trump calls Minneapolis protesters ‘thugs’ — and threatens military action

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President Donald Trump blasted protesters in Minnesota outraged over the killing of George Floyd.

“ I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” Trump tweeted after midnight.

“A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” he wrote, even though the National Guard was already deployed.

“ These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he threatened.

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Trump loyalist Lindsey Graham locked in dead heat with Democratic challenger in red South Carolina

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is locked in a dead heat in his bid to win re-election, a new online poll finds.

Graham, who has represented South Carolina in Congress since 1995 and held his Senate seat since 2003, has in recent months faced mounting pressure from Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison. A new Civiqs poll released this week finds the two rivals tied at 42%.

A deeper dive into the poll reveals more possibly unnerving developments for Graham. Fifty-six percent of South Carolina voters have an unfavorable view of the senator, while only 35% have a positive view of him.

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WATCH: Minneapolis police station burns after protesters reportedly seize the building

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On Thursday night, the Minneapolis Police Department's third precinct was destroyed.

Here are some of the images from the scene.

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