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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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REVEALED: Bolton urged House Dems to investigate Ukraine ambassador’s firing two days before impeachment launched

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Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) blew up President Donald Trump's claims that John Bolton kept his concerns about Ukraine to himself.

The New York Democrat, who chairs the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, revealed Wednesday that Bolton urged him "unprompted" in September to look into the ousting of former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

Why didn’t John Bolton complain about this “nonsense” a long time ago, when he was very publicly terminated. He said, not that it matters, NOTHING!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020

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‘The president is afraid’: Historian tells CNN that Trump’s attempt to block Bolton’s book is an epic blunder

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Historian Timothy Naftali, a clinical associate professor of public service at New York University, told a CNN panel on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's attempt to block former national security adviser John Bolton from publishing his book would be a massive political blunder.

While discussing the news that the Trump White House sent a formal threat to Bolton warning him against publishing his book, Naftali predicted that the move would backfire and make it more likely that vulnerable Republican senators would call for Bolton to testify.

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The View’s Meghan McCain sparks instant clash over impeachment conviction votes

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain sparked an instant clash by gloating over Democratic senators signaling they were open minded on convicting President Donald Trump.

The conservative co-host cited a report that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was considering acquittal -- the senator and another reporter claimed was an inaccurate account of her remarks -- and kept on going.

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