The Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday began soliciting public input on restoring work requirements for food stamp recipients in high-unemployment areas where rules were waived in recent years.
"Long-term dependency has never been part of the American dream," said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. "USDA's goal is to move individuals and families [using food stamps] back to the workforce as the best long-term solution to poverty."
Able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) are eligible for only three months of food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) unless they spend at least 80 hours per month working or at a qualified training. In five states — Alaska, California, Louisiana, Nevada, and New Mexico — and economically struggling localities in 28 other states, that rule is currently suspended.
No changes have been formally proposed at this time, but the USDA estimates about 2.9 million ABAWDs are currently unemployed and would therefore be affected if the waiver were rescinded. They make up about 7 percent of the 43.6 million people who used food stamps in 2017. Bonnie Kristian
Nancy Pelosi reportedly asked the roomful of men at the White House dinner: 'Do the women get to talk around here?'
Women of the world: Next time you find yourself being interrupted by a man, try House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) brilliant tactic. With just one pointed question, Pelosi startled her interrupting dinner companions into silence at Wednesday's White House dinner, The Washington Post reported:
At one point, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asked, "What exactly does the president get out of this deal?" As Pelosi, the only woman at the table of 11, tried to make her point — that the president gets the cooperation of the Democrats, which he will likely need on a host of issues — the men in the room began talking over her and one another.
"Do the women get to talk around here?" Pelosi interjected, according to two people familiar with the exchange.
There was, at last, silence, and she was not interrupted again. [The Washington Post]
Well played, Pelosi. Becca Stanek
Marine Le Pen, France's far-right presidential candidate, pulled out a snappy line against centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron in a head-to-head presidential debate Wednesday evening. Le Pen, claiming Macron will cave to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's will if he is elected, argued the contest was really a choice between which of two women would lead France: Either her or Merkel.
Macron was incensed by the remark. The debate, which The New York Times described as "vicious," also touched on France's 20th-century history and on Islamic extremism. Le Pen painted Macron as a "candidate of savage globalization," while Macron cast Le Pen as "the heir to an ugly far-right tradition in France," the Times reported.
In just six letters, Kellyanne Conway expertly burned Hillary Clinton for her tweet trolling President Trump. On Thursday night, Clinton simply tweeted "3-0," referencing the 3-0 ruling issued by a federal appeals court Thursday against reinstating Trump's executive order that bans people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
Conway's response wasn't much longer, but was equally biting:
PA, WI, MI. https://t.co/wqhYCU2qe2
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) February 10, 2017
For those who haven't been keeping count like Trump's former campaign manager obviously has, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin are three critical states Clinton lost to Trump in the presidential election. Becca Stanek
Not long after a federal appeals court ruled 3-0 on Thursday against reinstating President Trump's travel ban, Hillary Clinton came onto Trump's most sacred space, Twitter, for some good old-fashioned trash talk.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 10, 2017
Clinton didn't even need any letters to mock her campaign foe, who has suffered several court setbacks since signing his executive order two weeks ago. She tweeted her disappointment with the order in late January, saying, "I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values and our Constitution. This is not who we are." She took a different approach Thursday, jumping from "civil" to "straight savage." Catherine Garcia
Donald Trump might have his doubts, but President Obama is positive he knows his own place of birth. "I was pretty confident about where I was born," Obama, who was born in Hawaii, said in an interview Friday. "I think most people were as well." Trump, who has long promoted the theory that Obama was not born in the U.S., released a campaign statement Thursday night announcing he now believes Obama was born in America.
All jokes aside, Obama said he's a little disappointed that there is still so much focus on his birthplace when there are so many other topics to be discussed. "Well, I'm not that shocked actually. It's fairly typical," Obama said, adding that his "hope would be that the presidential election reflects more serious issues than that."
Watch Obama's reaction to Trump's potential change of heart, below. Becca Stanek
— POLITICO (@politico) September 16, 2016
With her sights set on the general election, Hillary Clinton sent out a series of Snapchat attacks on Donald Trump on Thursday, using the app's face-swap feature to overlay Trump's orange visage with the features of presidents past.
— Emma Grundhauser (@emgrundy) April 29, 2016
As Politico explains — and it seems like some explanation might be needed, given the nature of Clinton's references and the age of the average Snapchat user — each one pairs a relevant president with a comment or policy of Trump's which Clinton wanted to critique. These combos range from the obvious (Lincoln plus Trump's KKK gaffe) to the more obscure (the first President Bush, who signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, plus Trump's mocking of a disabled reporter). Bonnie Kristian
If you're short on friends who will tolerate your drunken selfies, good news: Snapchatting the White House is now an option. They launched an official story account Monday, just a few short years after the app became widely popular.
The White House's first snap story is exactly what you'd expect from your dad pic.twitter.com/zQwD9rZm3r
— Rebecca Nelson (@rebeccarnelson) January 11, 2016
Add the username WhiteHouse or scan the code below:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 11, 2016
We can only hope a joint Snapchat account for Bo and Sunny Obama is coming next. Julie Kliegman