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FEMA chief Brock Long used $151,000 in unauthorized taxpayer cash for people to chauffeur him around

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The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that an internal investigation into authorized government funds being used to chauffeur FEMA chair Brock Long around found he spent $151,000 in taxpayer dollars.

The money was used while Long was in his home in North Carolina and his family was in Hawaii during a business trip that happened to be the same week as his family’s spring break.

The funds were never authorized by anyone, and the use of the staffers totaled $94,000 in salary and $55,000 in travel costs. There was an additional $2,000 in maintenance as well.

The aide, Keith LaFoucade, then destroyed the evidence detailing the trip in efforts to cover for Long during the investigation. That aide has since been suspended, according to someone familiar with the matter and he refused to comment.

The Journal obtained part of the Department of Homeland Security’s report, and Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen has ordered him to repay the money. Her spokesperson said, however, she and Long haven’t agreed on the amount he would pay back.

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Conservative columnist tells Trump make good on his threats with Iran or ‘shut up’

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President Donald Trump appeared to back down last week when it came to an attack on Iran after an oil tanker was allegedly fired upon and the country shot down a U.S. drone during surveillance.

Republicans and even Trump himself has mocked former President Barack Obama for drawing a "red line" for Syria but being unwilling to act further. In Obama's case, the president saw the country cross the red line and asked Congress to give him a declaration of war. Republicans refused at the time.

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Social network for knitting banned Trump talk and white supremacists — making other sites look cowardly

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Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers, the website says. It is, however, no longer a place where commentary about President Donald Trump is welcome. While other websites struggle to navigate fake accounts, Russian bots and troll accounts, Ravelry simply drew a line.

"We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry," the social media site posted Sunday.

"This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content," the post continued. "Note that your project data will never be deleted. We will never delete your Ravelry project data for any reason and if a project needs to be removed from the site, we will make sure that you have access to your data. If you are permanently banned from Ravelry, you will still be able to access any patterns that you purchased. Also, we will make sure that you receive a copy of your data."

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If Trump wants to go after Iran he’ll need allies — but he doesn’t have many left

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President Donald Trump's style of politics and "deals" has been more about fighting, creating animosity or publicly attacking international partners. Now that there is a conflict with Iran, Trump is short on allies who can join forces.

In a Politico piece, reporter Anita Kumar harkened back to Trump's tired phrase "America First," noting that now it has become synonymous with "America alone."

After violating the Iran nuclear treaty, things have gotten worse in the relations between the two countries. Meanwhile, Trump cozying up to Kim Jong Un has only resulted in a short pause of weapons tests before beginning again. Trump is in a trade war with China, and the two have reached an impasse in the negotiations. Most of Europe can't stand Trump.

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