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Tea Party Gov. takes welfare money intended for families — and uses it to fund Christian summer camps

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Paul LePage, the Republican governor of Maine, has sparked a new controversy in his home state by taking welfare money that’s supposed to go directly to poor families and diverting it to different programs intended to help at-risk youth, including a Christian summer camp.

The Bangor Daily News reports that LePage’s administration this year is spending “$1.7 million on after-school programs that once would have gone to low-income families with children in the form of cash assistance.” This development is particularly troubling, say critics, because it’s occurring at a time when the percentage of Maine children being born into poverty is on the rise.

“After-school programs don’t pay the rent, and they don’t keep kids in underwear, they don’t keep the parents in underwear,” Luke Shaefer, an associate professor of social work at the University of Michigan, tells the publication.

LePage’s administration is diverting money given to the state as part of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant that it receives from the federal government to offer financial help to poor families.

In lieu of giving money directly to families, LePage’s administration has funded after-school programs intended to teach kids how to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancies, as well as an after-school program for local high school students run by Fair Haven Camps, which during the summer serves as a Christian summer camp.

It is technically legal for LePage to send money to Fair Haven Camps so long as the camp doesn’t use the money to fund “inherently religious activities.”

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Regardless, even Samuel Hammond — a poverty and welfare policy analyst at the libertarian Niskanen Center think tank — believes that LePage’s actions are troubling because he’s treating the program like a “slush fund.”

“To the extent that Maine has diverted money that’s earmarked for poor people and for cash assistance to other things and treated it like a slush fund, it actually harms the longer-term conservative project of federalism,” he tells the Bangor Daily News. “It signals that the state is not a credible steward of federal money.”

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Ex-prosecutor slams Congress for not jailing subpoena violators in the Trump administration: ‘It’s incomprehensible’

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House Democrats have been blocked at every turn from their lawful oversight functions as President Donald Trump's administration directs its members to ignore subpoenas for information on a variety of topics, from the Russia investigation to the census.

On Thursday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner castigated Democrats for their unwillingness to use their biggest weapon in the subpoena fight: inherent contempt.

It’s incomprehensible that Congress appears unwilling to use its lawful inherent contempt powers to force the issue of administration members ignoring properly issued subpoenas. Like a football team refusing to pass the ball, forever running up the middle, gaining zero yards. https://t.co/AaWvEsJvk2

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Trump’s campaign is a perpetual outrage machine designed to inflame ‘every f-cking deplorable’ in America

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is gambling on an unprecedented strategy by focusing entirely on his base, while making little or no effort to attract new supporters.

The president still hasn't cracked 50 percent approval in two and a half years in the White House, and his 2020 campaign was built around a perpetual outrage machine designed to inflame his core supporters -- and drive them to the polls, reported TIME.

The campaign uses Google and Facebook algorithms to make massive digital advertising purchases any time Trump stirs up controversy, and scoops up data when supporters interact with those ads or buy online merchandise from the Trump campaign website.

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Missouri man threatened to ‘kill every gay person I can’ at St. Louis PrideFest: police

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A Missouri man this week was charged with making a terrorist threat after he said he planned to "kill every gay person I can" at St. Louis's annual PrideFest.

The St. Louis Dispatch reports that court documents filed this week claim that 49-year-old Edward A. Terry of Overland, Missouri created a fake email account and sent a message to a PrideFest organizer saying that he would "come to pride fest with my guns to kill every gay person I can before I kill myself."

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