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Monday, February 18, 2019

Alaska governor Mike Dunleavy, whose state faces a $1.6 billion deficit, is proposing to cut $310 million from the state's education system -- including a jaw-dropping 41 percent cut to the University of Alaska System. The planned reduction represents the largest of any state agency. Dunleavy's plan comes alongside a proposed $20 million funding increase for the state's 13 public community colleges, known in Alaska as "community campuses." The plan includes cutting nearly one-fifth of the budget of the state Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, which includes the university system. University of Alaska president Jim Johnsen told the Anchorage Daily News that the proposed cut is the largest in the university system's 100-year history and could force its campuses to fire about 1,300 faculty and staff members. Johnsen said several research efforts would also be in jeopardy. read more


Businesses and government agencies in the United States have been targeted in aggressive attacks by Iranian and Chinese hackers who security experts believe have been energized by President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year and his trade conflicts with China. Recent Iranian attacks on American banks, businesses and government agencies have been more extensive than previously reported. Dozens of corporations and multiple United States agencies have been hit, according to seven people briefed on the episodes who were not authorized to discuss them publicly. read more


"I didn't need to do this," Trump said about the emergency declaration on Friday. The morning after declaring a national emergency, President Donald Trump was spotted at the omelette bar of his West Palm Beach golf club. Trump has no publicly scheduled events this weekend. Trump owns the venue and tax payers pay him exorbitant rates for him to not work there. read more


Sunday, February 17, 2019

State Dept. spokeswoman Heather Nauert, President Donald Trump's pick to be Washington's next U.N. ambassador, has withdrawn from consideration for the job, after a background check revealed that she failed to pay taxes on time and hired a nanny who didn't have proper work authorization. "I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations," Nauert said in a statement late Saturday. "However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration," she said. read more


On Sunday morning [Trump] tweeted: Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion! read more


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