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FEMA emergency service contractors told to stop working during Trump’s shutdown: report

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Donald Trump’s government shutdown has led to the suspension of emergency services staffed by private contractors.

The Young Turks’ Ken Klippenstein reported Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency instructed hundreds of private contractors to cease working as the government ran out of funds to pay them.

“A full year appropriation or a continuing resolution has not been enacted for the current fiscal year,” the DHS notice sent at the end of 2018 read. “As a result, certain existing contracts will be stopped.”

The report noted that although “public disclosures are limited about the work being stopped,” many of the contracts appear to relate to emergency services and preparedness.

Earlier in the week, McClatchy reported that some wildfire services — including the training of firefighters — had been halted due to the shutdown.

Klippenstein noted that the wildfire services report emerged the same day President Trump tweeted that he’d “ordered FEMA to send no more money” to California to fight the state’s wildfires, which he claimed would never have happened with proper forest management.

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“The contracts reviewed by TYT reveal that additional emergency services have also been suspended, from support for management of hazardous materials to meals for government employees deployed to Puerto Rico,” the report noted.

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‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

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Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

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‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

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President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

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Trump: Immigrants didn’t want to come to America before I was president because ‘Obama wasn’t a cheerleader’

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President Donald Trump's strange rant about fireworks at Mt. Rushmore wasn't the only head-scratching exchange that occurred during his recent interview with reporters from The Hill.

During another part of the interview, Trump was asked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) criticism of the internment camps he's been using to house immigrant children.

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