New Trump Budget Wants To Cut Meals On Wheels, The Arts
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New Trump Budget Wants To Cut Meals On Wheels, The Arts


President Trump released his new budget proposal which includes funding cuts to the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and steep cuts to the EPA and State Department.

Trump wants to completely eliminate funding for the NEA, NEH, and the CPB which is a huge blow to the arts community. Trump also wants to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services. All of these organizations support art organizations, museums, libraries and public broadcasting affiliates.

Not only cutting the arts, Trump wants to slash the EPA's budget, notably stopping funding for the Clean Power Plan, international climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs and related climate change efforts.

The worst part of the budget proposal however, is the elimination of federal funding of Meals on Wheels programs, which provide meals to the elderly, poor, veterans, disabled and others that can't leave their homes.

Meals on Wheels uses funding from several sources so eliminating federal funding wouldn't kill it, but it certainly doesn't help.

On Twitter, #MealsonWheels and #SavetheNEA are currently trending.

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What to Know About Trump's Congressional Address Tonight

It's going to be interesting.

On Tuesday night, Donald Trump will be giving an address to the joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. ET. This address will be his first to Congress, and will definitely be one to watch.

Here's some things to know and watch for as you follow along.

It Technically Isn't a State of the Union Address
This address is not a State of the Union address, but it's like one. A State of the Union address traditionally happens after the first year in office when the President can reflect back on things he's done so far in office. This address will be about President Trump's plans going forward into his first year as president.

Trump Will Talk More About His Plans
This address will happen after President Trump released his budget proposal, one that wants to increase the military budget and cut funding for the EPA and the State Department. According to CNN, Trump will most likely talk about his policies, policies that include the travel ban, repealing Obamacare, and his foreign policy.

Address Theme is "Renewal of the American Spirit"
Yes, this will be the theme of the address, according to a White House senior administration official. This theme points to perhaps an optimistic speech from President Trump, one that focuses on the future of America and how President Trump aims to "Make America Great Again", especially after these first few months and polls that report 53 percent of Americans are unhappy with President Trump so far.

Democrats Won't Boycott, But Plan On Bringing Guests
According to The Hill, Democrats won't be boycotting this address to the joint session, but instead plan on bringing guests that are or will be affected by President Trump's policies. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) plans on being a Muslim doctor from Pakistan and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) is bringing an immigration attorney who works with mostly Middle Eastern clients. Three other Democrats are planning on bringing undocumented immigrants with work permits a protecting them from deportation under an Obama-era program.

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Trump Signs Bills To Support Women In STEM

Something Democrats and Republicans can agree on.

On February 28, Trump signed his first two bills into law, "INSPIRE" (HR321) and "The Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act" (HR255).

The INSPIRE bill directs NASA to encourage women to study STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and math) and pursue careers in aerospace. This is supposed to be achieved through some of NASA's outreach initiatives such as Aspire to Inspire and its summer institutes.

NASA also must submit to congress a specific plan on how it can best encourage the next generation of women to consider participating in STEM fields. An idea for this is to have successful women astronauts and scientists go speak to girls at elementary schools.

The "Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act" authorizes the National Science Foundation to motivate its entrepreneurial programs to recruit and aid women in expanding their focus beyond the lab and into the commercial sector.

President Trump signing these bills into law is consistent with his rhetoric from the campaign trail. It should be noted though, that the bills passed with almost unanimous support from both sides of the aisle.

In the Oval Office, Trump stated the importance of passing laws that support women in their careers.

"That's really going to be addressed by my administration over the years with more and more of these bills coming out and address the barriers faced by female entrepreneurs and by those in STEM fields," he said.

Women are a significant minority in STEM fields, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting in 2015 that in the field of software developers women make up only 20 percent.

Lack of women in lucrative fields such as tech and engineering are partially the problem for the gap in average wage pay. Passing these bills is a small step in equalling out the disparity in STEM fields, but it shows that our government isn't necessarily going to go up in flames, and congress can actually get things done every once in awhile.

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Politicians: Please Get Off Twitter

Actually do something productive please.

Twitter is a wonderful thing. It allows us to say whatever pops up into our heads at that moment in time.

Whether we post about our favorite song lyric, the dumb thing our best friends just said, or a 140 character rant, twitter gives us a space to say whatever we please. As seen in the recent and current political arena I think we can all agree regardless of our party, twitter should not be used by our politicians

Both democrats and republicans have seen their candidates duke it out online in a very unprofessional manor. It is literally down right embarrassing that the people who are running our country are getting into twitter argument for all of America and the world to see.

I fully understand everyone's first amendment rights, and they are entitled to freedom of speech and all, but come on. Calling people out, making fun of how a person looks, or belittling a person on a social media platform should be left to the middle schoolers.

Yes I like the transparency of getting to see and hear exactly what is going on in our political system, but if this is going to continue with Trumps presidency I'm a little worried. I can respect his unwillingness to apologize to his haters, but when the haters happen to be an entire country, he needs to keep the tweets to a zero. For instance calling the Mexican president out online is not the way to start off the presidency.

Right now we live in a world that appears ready for a war at any given moment. It seems that all around us violence is taking place. Foreign relations need to be stronger than ever and Trumps intensity could either harm or help these relationships.

Even though President Trump and I do not see eye to eye on most issues I do believe he is a smart man. And he needs to use his smarts in the oval office not on the internet.

I get we all like to see a little drama happening every now and then, but when it comes to the head of our state, he really need to cut that sh** out. I understand that Twitter is a place where politicians can spread their ideas and tell us all about what we can expect from their reign but after seeing this past campaign and the way politicians across all parties behaved something needs to change. Twitter should be left to the college students who just want to get brain farts out in the world, not the people running our nation.

So politicians and specifically President Trump please stop tweeting and run our country instead.

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Why Attorney General Pick Jeff Sessions Is So Controversial

He doesn't support the Voting Rights Act, for one.

Today marks the day that confirmation hearings begin for President-Elect Trump's attorney general pick, Jeff Sessions. This is a big deal, with sitting senators Cory Booker and John Lewis testifying against him. With their testimony, it is the first time in history sitting senators will testify against another sitting senator for a Cabinet position.

This is why Jeff Sessions is so controversial and why senators are creating history to stop him from getting confirmed.

He called the Voting Rights Act a piece of "intrusive legislation".
This is a big deal. All the Voting Rights Act does is protect an American's right to vote, specifically a minority American's right to vote. In calling it "intrusive legislation", he showed that he does not believe that all Americans deserve the right to vote, especially minority Americans.

The right to vote is a constitutional right protected by the Fifteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. It's very telling that Jeff Sessions doesn't really support the Voting Act, which, in a way, turns into him not really supporting the Fifteenth Amendment of the US Constitution either.

He prosecuted civil rights activists for registering black voters.
This is another big deal. Albert Turner was a civil rights activist that, after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, became known as "Mr. Voter Registration" for all his work in helping African Americans get registered to vote.

In 1985, when Jeff Sessions was the US attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, he charged Turner, his wife and a fellow activist Spencer Hogue with 29 counts of mail fraud, altering absentee ballots, and conspiracy to vote more than once.

This case and Turner and Hogue are known as the Marion Three. A not guilty verdict was the outcome of this case, but the fact that Jeff Sessions willing tried to convict civil rights activists for registering voters is concerning for obvious reasons.

Voted to defund Planned Parenthood and against the "Violence Against Women Act".
As a college student, Planned Parenthood is one of the best resources for health screenings, birth control and STD testing. Jeff Sessions voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

Voting to defund Planned Parenthood isn't too controversial, as numerous politicians voted with him, however it isn't a good thing that he treats women's health with such little regard.

In another strike against women, Sessions voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which was changed to include gay men, lesbians, and undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic abuse.

Even if Sessions disagreed with the LGBT and immigrant inclusion included in this bill, the entire bill is to protect domestic abuse victims, which Sessions voted against.

He doesn't think Stop-and-Frisk is racist.
Stop and frisk was controversial because of the disproportionate number of blacks and latinos being targeted - 87 percent of stop and frisk targets were blacks or latinos. A federal judge acknowledged that when she ruled it unconstitutional in 2013.

Jeff Sessions - along with Donald Trump - still believes that stop and frisk is not unconstitutional, that it is in fact constitutional. This is troubling because stop and frisk was racial profiling. It targeted blacks and latinos considerably more than whites.

It doesn't bode well when the nominee for attorney general stands and supports a racist procedure that was ruled unconstitutional.

Jeff Sessions is a very controversial pick for Trump's attorney general. His record, his views, and his standings are very conservative and troubling for the whole of America. The fact that sitting senators will create history in order to testify against him speaks volumes.

And all of this culminates into why Jeff Sessions isn't the best pick for attorney general and why it is so controversial that he is.

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Confessions of a Girl Who Wants to Say 'I DO' Sooner Rather Than Later

If you are confident in your SO, it's normal to want that ring.

If you've been in a long term relationship and feel confident you know who you want to spend the rest of your life with, it's likely that you're a tad bit anxious to get married and finally be a big girl. If you're anything like me, you've probably had some of the same thoughts regarding a proposal.

1. My nails better be done.

Even though I want it to be a surprise, I'm going to need some type of hint to get my nails done. A pretty ring on an ugly hand is not ideal.


2. Will he remember to hire somebody to take pictures?

I'm not super high maintenance, but this is the moment every girl dreams of - who wouldn't want that moment captured? Am I right ladies?

3. Am I an ugly crier?

When it comes to love, I'm emotional af. I need a tutorial on how to cry cute (for the pictures, of course.)


4. Do I want my family and friends to be there?

Even though it's not exactly up to me, I'm nervous they won't be there and I will be sad. But I'm also nervous they will be there and it will be awkward. Choose wisely, boys.

5. Please catch me on a day I actually get my life together.

Even though he knows what I look like at my worst, every girl deserves to feel good about herself when looking down at the love of your life on one knee.

6. I'm actually a little bit scared to look at the ring.

Ladies, even if you hate it, you 100 percent can't tell him that because it WILL ruin the moment--and you're probably stuck with it for the rest of your life. Gentlemen, bring one of her friends or sisters to help pick it out.


7. Am I too young?

I'm so in love, but am I too young to be engaged in my early twenties? When I was in high school, I said I wanted to be engaged the summer before senior year. Now that the time is almost here, I'm a little freaked out. I don't want to feel guilty for getting engaged in college.

8. Do my friends actually approve?

Girl friends are a huge part of a girl's life, it's who they have done everything with and told everything to. But what if they feel like I can do better? Or if they think low key actually think he is a prick?

9. Will my parents give their blessing?

Even though we are clearly in love and my parents adore him, there is way more to a marriage than that. We are both seniors in college without guaranteed careers - aka NOT financially stable. But like, clearly we are both going to have decent jobs within the year. I can only hope my parents see our financial potential.

10. I'm NOT pregnant, bro.

The first question people typically ask when people get married young is, "Is she pregnant?" I don't want a single soul to question why I am engaged at age twenty-one.

I constantly have to remind myself that he is probably just as nervous about the proposal - so let's cut the boys some slack and give them a chance to impress us.