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HUD instructed landlords to use reserve funds during shutdown – not knowing federal program had expired

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Secretary Ben Carson’s Dept. of Housing and Urban Development on Friday tried to contain the damage caused by President Trump’s shutdown of the federal government. HUD sent letters to 1500 landlords that were part of a federal program, instructing them to use reserve funds from a federal program to avoid evicting tenants.
HUD officials, according to The Washington Post, were unaware the program they directed landlords to use had already expired.

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Calling it “a last-minute effort to prevent the eviction of thousands of tenants,” the Post notes a “lot of those tenants live in units covered by a HUD program that many agency officials didn’t realize had expired on Jan. 1,” and adds that “they are now unable to renew.”

This ignorance of its own programs is just another example of the Trump administration’s apparent lack of understanding of what the government does and how it works.

On Friday the Post reported that White House officials had not previously understood “the breadth of the potential impact,” of the government shutdown.

“The officials said they were focused now on understanding the scope of the consequences and determining whether there is anything they can do to intervene.”

One conservative commentator put it more succinctly. “Team Trump was so ready to shut down” the government, David Frum tweeted, because “they had no idea” what the government does.

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Black man adopted by white Alabama family fights for Confederate symbols: ‘I’m not going to take my flag down’

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A Black Alabama man this week said that he was fighting to save Confederate monuments because members of his adopted white family fought in the U.S. Civil War.

WHNT spoke to Daniel Sims outside the courthouse in Marshall County, where activists are calling for the removal of Confederate monuments. Sims said that he opposed the effort to take down the monuments.

"Regardless of how the next person feels, I'm not going to take my flag down," Sims said. "If I've got anything to do with it, ain't no monument going to come down."

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Viewers reject Sarah Palin’s advice to Kamala Harris

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Sarah Palin offered advice to Sen. Kamala Harris on running for vice president, but social media users didn't want to hear it.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee and one-time half-term governor of Alaska appeared Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America," where she complained about the media coverage of her failed 2008 campaign alongside Sen. John McCain.

"A lot of the coverage of me was quite unfair," Palin said. "I hope that they will treat her fairly, but at the same time, no kid gloves ... the American voter wants to know that we have the most capable people running and who will be elected, regardless of gender, regardless of race."

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CNN fact-checker debunks Pence’s ‘bonkers’ lie about Obama and job creation

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Speaking to Fox News, Vice President Mike Pence tried to put a positive spin on the economy — by taking the economic rebound of the past 3 months, and claiming that the raw number of jobs created during that period beats the entirety of job growth in President Barack Obama's 8-year administration.

We’ve created more jobs in the last 3 months than Joe Biden and Barack Obama created in their 8 years in office. pic.twitter.com/kwk5YhL3TJ

— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) August 13, 2020

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