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Paul Krugman shreds Trump for claiming ‘war on poverty is over’ as more Americans struggle to survive

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]New York Times columnist Paul Krugman went on a tweetstorm Saturday morning about an easily-overlooked economic report the Trump White House released earlier in the week.

Krugman pointed out that “with everything else” going on in Trumpworld — a reference to the newly-submitted report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian collusion — many may have missed the Economic Report from the President that included apparent joke references to “interns” like Jabba the Hutt and Spider-Man.

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The report “says that we basically have no policy in America,” Krugman wrote, noting that a few years prior, former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued his own report “claiming that the War on Poverty should be [canceled] because it completely failed to reduce poverty.”

Donald Trump’s administration, the columnist wrote, now says the “War on Poverty” should be canceled because it was won by America.

“Let’s focus on the absurdity and cruelty of the no-poverty claim,” Krugman mused, writing that the US Census found that 5.7 percent of the American population lives on less than half the total annual income of the official poverty line.

“For a single parent with two children, the poverty threshold is $19,749,” he noted. “So the White House is basically saying that a single mother with 2 kids and an income of $10K, that is, half the poverty line is … not poor.”

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“Does anyone who has ever stepped outside a gated suburban community believe that?” the columnist wondered.

Krugman noted nine percent of Americans are still uninsured and questioned the government’s numbers.

“Do you really believe that the number of poor people is only a quarter as large as the number of uninsured?” he wrote.

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“I know that complete lack of empathy or understanding of other people’s hardship is basically a required qualification to serve in the Trump admin,” Krugman concluded. “Still, this really beggars belief.”

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House Judiciary Committee considering vote to hold Corey Lewandowski in contempt of Congress: report

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On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that the House Judiciary Committee is considering a vote to hold President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in contempt of Congress, after a lengthy hearing on Wednesday in which Lewandowski aggressively attacked members of the committee and admitted that he routinely lies to media outlets.

This development comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told members of her caucus that she supports holding Lewandowski in contempt.

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Georgia substitute teacher fired for allegedly putting students on racist list of ‘angels’ and ‘devils’

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On Thursday, the Daily Mail reported that a substitute teacher at Awtrey Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia has been fired after children complained that he was branding "black children as devils and white children as angels."

Students took pictures of the note and sent it to their parents, causing outrage.

"A substitute teacher was fired after school administration was made aware that the substitute composed two lists, one titled 'angels' and the other titled 'devils,'" said one school administrator. "The names of black and white students appeared in both columns."

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Public school employee pawned school-issued gun because he needed gas money: report

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A Florida man's need for gas money has landed him in jail.

"A former Pinellas County school guardian was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of false verification of ownership for pawning a handgun and other items issued to him by the Sheriff’s Office," the Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday.

It allegedly occurred multiple times.

"Detectives started looking into Erick Russell, 37, after he was arrested Sept. 5 on charges of domestic battery and false imprisonment," the newspaper reported. "They discovered Russell had pawned his sheriff’s-issued Glock 17 9 mm firearm and two magazines on three occasions during a one-month period from July 2 to Aug. 1."

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