Hope Brown can make $60 donating plasma from her blood cells twice in one week, and a little more if she sells some of her clothes at a consignment store. It's usually just enough to cover an electric bill or a car payment. This financial juggling is now a part of her everyday life -- something she never expected almost two decades ago when she earned a master's degree in secondary education and became a high school history teacher. Brown often works from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. at her school in Versailles, Ky., then goes to a second job manning the metal detectors and wrangling rowdy guests at Lexington's Rupp Arena. With her husband, she also runs a historical tour company for extra money. "I truly love teaching," says the 52-year-old. "But we are not paid for the work that we do."
The Department of Homeland Security transferred $169 million from other agencies to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the detention and removal of migrants this year, according to a document sent to Congress by DHS. Many of the transfers came from key national security programs, including $1.8 million from the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, $9.8 million from FEMA, $29 million from the U.S. Coast Guard and more than $34 million from several TSA programs. DHS also transferred $33 million from other ICE programs to pay for detention and removal, making the total amount of money transferred $202 million. read more
Florida's Republican nominee for governor is already under fire for using dog-whistlecampaign rhetoric against his black opponent -- and now it's been revealed that he spoke frequently at a racist right-wing conference. In 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) appeared at the David Horowitz Freedom Center's annual Restoration Weekend conferences, the Washington Post reports. There, the Trump-backed Republican spoke alongside speakers who espoused aggressively racist and Islamophobic views. "I just want to say what an honor it's been to be here to speak," DeSantis told attendees during his nearly 30-minute speech in 2015. read more
"We respect individuals' rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share," the company said on Monday. "That's part of what makes America great." The company's remarks come amid a dispute between the league and Trump, who has lashed out at players who choose to take a knee during the national anthem as a sign of silent protest over racial and social injustice. Trump said on Friday that NFL owners should fire players who refused to stand during the National Anthem. In response, players across the country knelt during the anthem before Sunday's games. Some violated the NFL's policy by staying off the field completely during the playing of the "The Star-Spangled Banner." read more
The U.S. trade deficit increased to a five-month high in July. Exports of soybeans and civilian aircraft declined and imports hit a record high, suggesting that trade could be a drag on economic growth in the third quarter. The Commerce Department said the trade gap jumped 9.5 percent to $50.1 billion, widening for a second straight month. The U.S. trade deficit increased to a five-month high in July as exports of soybeans and civilian aircraft declined and imports hit a record high, suggesting that trade could be a drag on economic growth in the third quarter. The increase was the biggest monthly widening since 2015.