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Trump FEMA nominee withdraws after getting busted for falsifying records

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Daniel A. Craig, who was tapped by President Donald Trump to serve at the No. 2 spot at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has withdrawn from consideration after an NBC News report revealed that he allegedly falsified travel and timekeeping records during his tenure at the Bush administration in 2005.

The investigation, which was conducted by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, found that Craig falsely claimed that a trip he was taking to Louisiana in 2005 was for official government-related business, when in reality, he was seeking a job at the Shaw Group, a construction company that received a massive contract to help rebuild the state in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Even more damning, the supervisor who was in charge of signing off on FEMA employees’ travel vouchers claimed that the signature on Craig’s voucher had been forged. And finally, the investigation found that Craig regularly claimed to be doing official business at times that he was actually interviewing for other jobs.

However, NBC News notes that the investigation “concluded there was insufficient evidence that Craig had violated conflict-of-interest laws in the awarding of huge FEMA contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,” which is why he never faced charges.


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Betsy DeVos’ DOE threatens to cut university funding for positive portrayal of Islam

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The U.S Department of Education threatened to pull federal funding from a Middle East studies course jointly run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina because it portrays Islam too positively.

The DOE ordered the universities to change their program or lose its federal grant money. In a letter to UNC, the department criticized the program, arguing that topics like Iranian art and film have “little or no relevance” to the Middle East studies program. The letter also argues that the program “appears to lack balance” because its programs are not focused on the discrimination faced by “religious minorities in the Middle East," including Christians and Jews.

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Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession — here’s why

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The Federal Reserve seems a lot more concerned about the state of the economy than it’s been letting on.

The Fed lowered its target interest rate by a quarter point on Sept. 18, the second such cut since July – and the first reductions since the Great Recession more than 10 years ago.

Judging by the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, this isn’t that big a deal. In his statement following the decision, he said: “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks.”

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Elizabeth Warren accuses Congress of complicity in Trump’s continued abuses

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused the U.S. Congress of complicity in President Donald Trump's continued abuse of power late Friday, after reports surfaced of his alleged attempts to solicit foreign meddling in the 2020 presidential election, and reiterated her demand that Democrats use their majority in the House to pursue impeachment.

Warren's tweeted statement came hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's opposition to a Ukrainian prosecutor in 2016.

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