“GOP’s new scheme to destroy welfare: Spend the money on other stuff”


SALON

“Maine’s Trumpian governor, Paul LePage, has redirected $1.7 million of funds meant to ease the burdens of families living in poverty to after-school programs, the Bangor Daily News reported last week. The money is coming from a program called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), established in 1996 for the purpose of alleviating poverty and helping low-income people find employment. It seems like an odd choice to use that money instead on programs like My Place Teen Center, which has lots of fun movie nights and vaguely defined team-building exercises, but is not in the business of making sure families living in poverty can pay rent or get enough clothes to hold down a job.” MORE

“Chris Collins digs in against the Trump-haters”


POLITICO

“There is no one, absolutely no one, in Congress who is more of a champion” for Trump, said former GOP Rep. Tom Reynolds, who, like Collins, represented suburban Buffalo and rural areas stretching east to Rochester. “It’s not just the state: I’ve known of members of Congress from other states who look to him for advice in trying to work through some issues.” MORE

“How will tax cuts affect 2018 midterms?”


“The Papadopoulos paradox: Could “coffee boy” be key to the whole conspiracy?”


SALON

“What a shame. Just as the Trump troops had finally come up with what they thought was a put-away shot of the Russia investigation (or at least a nice shiny distraction) with their “Clinton’s phony dossier started it all” plot, the damn thing blew up in their face. And during Christmas week too.” MORE

“When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients”


SALON

“She had until midnight to decide.

Willis’ Medicaid managed-care plan had told the home that it was cutting off payment because she no longer qualified for such a high level of care. If Willis, 58, stayed and paid the daily rate, her Social Security disability money would run out in three days. But if she left, she had nowhere to go. She’d recently become homeless after a breakup and said she couldn’t even afford a room-and-board setting.” MORE

“Top GOP Races To Watch In 2018”


HUFFINGTON POST

“Even though Democrats are defending a historically high number of Senate seats, including many seats in traditionally red states, Republicans have had substantial difficulty persuading quality candidates to run against Democratic incumbents next year. And given large Democratic statewide gains in local elections in Virginia and New Jersey last month, the chances of Democrats retaking the House have shot up ― a scenario many thought unthinkable just a year ago.” MORE

“Singer Joy Villa alleges Corey Lewandowski sexually assaulted her: report”


SALON

Singer Joy Villa has filed a police report against Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, for alleged sexual assault, according to Newsweek and CNN reports. MORE

CARTOON


SERMON FOR 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT: “When leaders fail”


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SERMON:  “WHEN LEADERS FAIL”

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“The GOP Gives America’s Neediest Millionaires a Tax Break: The Daily Show”