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 President Trump Means for College Students

A four year forecast for millennials.

Well, this is absolutely bizarre. Donald Trump is going to be your next President.

There were very few people who saw this coming. In fact, many people thought Hillary Clinton would run away with this election. And yet, Clinton suffered a precipitous fall in the minds and hearts of the American people, and it shows.

Not only did Trump defeat Clinton in what was an incredibly improbable victory, but the Republican party now has almost a monopoly on American politics.

Everything Obama did will be undone.
The last time there was something this shocking to happen to the Democrats was when incumbent President Jimmy Carter lost in an absolute landslide to challenger Ronald Reagan. I will not compare Trump to Reagan in temperament, behavior, or national defense strength. To be honest, I will not compare him to Reagan in any respect other than what I've discussed above.

The Republicans will hold power in the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch after Trump's Supreme Court nominee is pushed through. Additionally, Republicans lead in state governments, with the Republicans holding more governor offices and more state legislatures.

In the first 100 days, the Republicans will probably look to build upon the proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare. That will be only the beginning.

Millennials will become young professionals during a time of Republican Revolution.
I think this is going to be interesting. There are portions of this that young people exiting college will enjoy and portions they will absolutely hate. On the one hand, when Republicans have led previously, taxes have gone down and job creators have had more incentives to create jobs.

If Trump follows that pathway, educated young people will likely see more job opportunities and will be able to keep more of their salaries than they would be able to currently.

On the flip side, people have already begun projecting the bursting of the student loan bubble. Forgiving student loans of making college tuition-free isn't going to even be a consideration.

We will return to the days where Americans won't have the ability to rely on government to solve problems, but they may, collectively, have more at their disposals to solve their problems on their own, particularly within the younger generation.

A vastly different Republican Party for the 21st Century
Change in the Republican party was inevitable. Some changes you'll probably see sooner rather than later will be who remains as Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader.

Furthermore, we will see populist ideology continue to gain prominence in the party while the Republicans will likely move away from small-government solutions, and from the brand of true conservatism popularized during the Reagan era.

We will see more divisiveness, particularly among millennials. This is what scares me most. Our country has already been divided, with minorities feeling as though their voices are being shrouded.

I can't imagine what this result will make them feel like and you can be sure, the blowback won't be conducive toward mending the divide.

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Trump and Clinton Dominate In New York

Bernie berns out.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both gained huge wins in the Empire State in the New York primaries on April 19 to move them closer to the their respective nominations.

It was always going to be a tall order for Bernie Sanders to win in his home state, with Hillary Clinton holding considerable support due to her time spent as Senator of New York.

Clinton enjoyed a double digit win over her counterpart, winning nearly 58 percent of the vote and 139 delegates in total. Poor Bernie only managed 42 percent, winning 106 delegates.

Over on the Republican side, the Trump juggernaut continues to roll on. Trump secured 60.5 percent of the votes in NY, to Kasich's 25 percent and Cruz' lowly 14.5 percent.

What does this mean for the respective parties? Hillary Clinton's nomination as the candidate for the Democrats must surely be seen as a foregone conclusion. Her lead in the pledged delegate count is underpinned by her huge lead in the number of Superdelegates available.

Senator Sanders had been building up some momentum, winning eight of the last nine primaries, but that momentum seems to have been stopped dead in its tracks with this body blow of a defeat in the Vermont Senator's home state.

Trump's dominant victory suddenly re-opens the door to winning the nomination outright before heading to the Republican National Convention in June. Trump has been whining recently about the possibility of a contested convention, calling the system "crooked" and "corrupt". With heap of delegates he secured in N.Y., he is now a step closer to that magic number of 1237 delegates to secure the nomination.

It seems like NY has restored the status quo in the race for the presidential nomination. The last few weeks had seen the Trump train slow down with Cruz staging a comeback. Bernie Sanders was also turning the tables on Clinton, but it appears as if the favorites are turning to the fore at just the right time. The next few weeks take the candidates further along the East coast and we'll have more of an idea of who the nominees will be come the General Elections later this year.

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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.