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Trump tried to cut COVID-19 funding to state Guard everywhere but Texas and Florida — now lawmakers are demanding answers

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President Donald Trump is cutting COVID-19 funding to 47 state National Guards, refusing to fund everyone except Florida and Texas.

According to Politico, 36 lawmakers are demanding answers as to why the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security will no longer fully cover the cost of National Guard deployments in 47 states and territories.

After complaints, a decision was made to cover 75 percent of the coronavirus deployments, which is the minimum allowed by law.

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“For months, the federal government has covered all the costs for these crucial deployments, but now the Administration reverted to the statutory minimum, demanding that states contribute 25%,” said a letter from lawmakers to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.

“This is not consistent with the treatment of these costs during previous disasters and undermines the overall response to the virus,” the letter added.

State leaders and the National Guard Association told Politico that they’re unaware of another time in history that states have been forced to handle their own state military. The Trump White House, however, says it happens all the time.

“In order to help states respond to the pandemic, the Federal Government took the unprecedented step to fully fund National Guard deployments,” a senior administration official claimed. “Now, as conditions warrant, it should be common sense that States will resume normal cost-sharing.”

The difference appears to be because FEMA is covering 100 percent of the National Guard deployments, but it is the first time in history FEMA has been responsible for that.

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Lawmakers want an explanation.

“Why, for god’s sake, are Florida and Texas set aside?” Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) said. “It’s not like those are the only two states in the nation with hot spots. And if you call any governor in the nation, they’ll tell you they can’t, all of a sudden, take on 25 percent of the cost.”

Read the full report from Politico.


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Scientists alarmed as first ever nest of giant ‘murder hornets’ is found in the United States

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After months of meticulous tracking, authorities in the western US state of Washington on Friday said they had uncovered the first ever nest of the deadly Asian giant hornet in the country.

The nest was found on Thursday by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists on a property in Blaine, near the border with Canada, the agency said in a statement.

It added that an attempt to eradicate the nest of wasps -- the world's largest hornet species also known as the "murder hornet" -- would take place on Saturday.

"The successful detection of a nest comes after a WSDA trapper collected two live Asian giant hornets on October 21 (Wednesday), caught in a new type of trap the agency had placed in the area," the statement said.

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Mormons fed up with Trump’s vulgar rhetoric and behavior are flocking to the Democratic Party

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Mormons in the United States have traditionally been reliable Republican voters, but some members of the conservative church put off by President Donald Trump are switching sides and backing veteran Democrat Joe Biden.

Support for Trump among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which emphasizes family values and morals, is especially lagging among women.

Experts say that could have a significant impact in some key battleground states -- notably Arizona and Nevada, where Mormons represent six percent of the population.

"There are things about Biden that I don't agree with, but I think it's more important not to vote for Trump," said Melarie Wheat, a 36-year-old mother of five who lives in the western state of Utah, where the LDS Church is headquartered.

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‘Nuts!’ The Lincoln Project mocks Jared and Ivanka for their ‘comical’ threat to sue over Times Square billboards

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The Lincoln Project on Friday night fired back at White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump for threatening to sue over billboards in Times Square attacking their response to the coronavirus crisis.

The ads show the couple smiling alongside coronavirus death tolls for New Yorkers and Americans.

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Kushner and Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, on Friday sent a letter to the Lincoln Project warning that the billboards were defamatory. “Those ads show Ms. Trump smiling and gesturing toward a death count of Americans and New Yorkers, and attribute to Mr. Kushner the statement that “[New Yorkers] are going to suffer and that’s their problem” (alteration in original), with body bags underneath,” the letter read.

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