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Trump’s VA director cut a program that housed homeless veterans despite president’s pledge to take care of them

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A mere two days after Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin renewed President Donald Trump’s promise to house the tens of thousands of homeless veterans in the US, he reneged on the promise and announced the department is scaling back a program that does exactly that.

As Politico reports, Shulkin and the VA are “essentially ending a special $460 million program that has dramatically reduced homelessness among chronically sick and vulnerable veterans.” Instead, they’re allocating those funds to VA hospitals to use as they please, as long as they provide “evidence of dealing with homelessness.” The move comes after a joint program announced with the Housing and Urban Development Department toured at the end of November.

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On the December 1 call explaining the move to interested parties, “anger exploded” among veterans’ advocates and even HUD officials, five people who were on the call told Politico.

“I don’t understand why you are pulling the rug out,” National League of Cities housing official Elisha Harig-Blaine, who was on the call, told Politico. “You’re putting at risk the lives of men and women who’ve served this country.”

The report notes that earlier on Wednesday, HUD’s annual survey showed a 1.5 percent increase in the homeless veteran population, the first time it’s risen since 2010.

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Subcomittee member Patty Murray (D-WA) called the move “a new low,” that was “especially callous and perplexing” given the rise in veteran homelessness.

In 2016, HUD data showed that there were almost 40,000 homeless veterans living in the US.

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‘As bad as it gets’: GOP consultants have a secret admission about Trump — and a have a word of warning to ‘Lincoln Project’ Republicans

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Fox News and AM talk radio are full of GOP strategists and consultants who are happy to go on the air and recite pro-Trump talking points, but it’s often the anonymous quotes in outlets outside the right-wing bubble that offer insights on what Republicans are really thinking about President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Never Trump conservative Tim Miller interviewed nine different GOP consultants for a Rolling Stone article published this week, and they candidly discussed Trump’s chances of winning a second term.

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper exposes Trump’s lies on COVID deaths: He ‘doesn’t want you to know the whole story’

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On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper laid into President Donald Trump for his false narratives about the coronavirus pandemic.

"New modeling from the University of Washington today forecasts 208,000 people in this country may be dead of COVID-19 by Election Day," said Cooper. "Which the president still does not seem to think is all that bad. Because he is still repeating the same falsehoods as ever about testing and mortality, which fell for a while, but is once again sadly, sickeningly, ticking up."

"We have more cases because we're doing more testing," said Trump in the clip. "We have more cases. If we did half the testing, we'd have far fewer cases but people don't view it that way. What they have to view, though, is if you look at the chart, and maybe Mike has it, but we looked at it before, if you look at the chart of deaths, deaths are way down. What we want to do is get our schools open. We want to get them open quickly, beautifully in the fall."

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‘The lifetime of lies and hideous behavior is finally catching up’: Trump ghostwriter Tony Schwartz

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Art of the Deal ghostwriter/co-author Tony Schwartz isn't surprised by the facts included in the book about President Donald Trump by his niece. In fact, it only confirms what Schwartz said he discovered about Trump since they met.

While Schwartz said that he met Fred Trump Sr. in the late stages of Alzheimer's, he said that he learned about the elder Trump from his son, who "often acknowledged to me that [Fred Trump] was rough and tough and abusive and difficult. He wouldn't have used the word abusive because he wouldn't have been comfortable saying that, but it was the impression that I certainly took away."

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