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Set aside how stupid it is for a minute. How much would arming teachers cost?

Set aside how stupid it is for a minute. How much would arming teachers cost?

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Set aside all the ways arming teachers is stupid. Let’s talk about something Donald Trump at least pretends to be able to understand (even if that too is debatable): money. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump estimates the cost of arming teachers, starting with Trump’s goal of 20 percent of teachers, something he notes would mean that “We’d essentially be adding 50 percent to the size of the military by mandating that three-quarters of a million people be trained and prepared to take up arms to defend civilians.” A bare minimum training would run $100 per teacher, for a total of $71.8 million. But bare minimum training is not what Trump says he’s talking about. A more extensive training would total $718 million. Trump has mentioned people who are already trained, like those with military ex
Did Russia's Social Media Campaign To Discourage African-American Voters Cost Clinton The Election?

Did Russia's Social Media Campaign To Discourage African-American Voters Cost Clinton The Election?

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Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images Russia’s effort to discourage minorities from voting for Hillary Clinton — described in a federal indictment released Friday — revives the mystery of why turnout among African-American voters declined so substantially from 2012 to 2016.The indictment of 13 Russian trolls lays out a surprisingly sophisticated social-media campaign to turn minorities, and African-Americans, in particular, against Clinton. Details of the campaign show that Russians understood both the significance of those voters in the election and the language of black social media.“Russians understood how important minority voters were to Hillary Clinton’s chances in this election. They were able to read the situation and say, 'If we demo...
Trump administration’s latest attack on Obamacare would cost taxpayers millions

Trump administration’s latest attack on Obamacare would cost taxpayers millions

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The Trump administration announced a sizable change to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Monday — winding back Obama-era rules on skimpier health insurance. The administration is proposing to expand access to short-term health plans, which is intended to fill temporary gaps in coverage and provide some consumers with cheaper options because the plan’s coverage is limited. This is just the latest move to undermine the ACA, and it’ll cost the federal government anywhere between $96 to $168 million more every year. “We need to be opening up more affordable alternatives,” the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Alex Azar told reporters Monday. The plans are only cheaper because they skirt federal consumer protections. Short-term plans are often medically under
Turns Out That UN Vote Against The US On Jerusalem Cost Nations Nothing

Turns Out That UN Vote Against The US On Jerusalem Cost Nations Nothing

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UN Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP / Getty Images Donald Trump swore in December to withhold “billions” of dollars of US aid from countries that supported a United Nations resolution condemning the administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.“Let them vote against us,” he said. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”On Monday the Trump administration made public its proposed 2019 budget, and here's the news: not a single country lost funding on the basis of voting against the US at the UN.In fact, the budget specifically carves out money for many of the countries that voted against the US in the UN General Assembly, such as Zimbabwe, Somalia and Nigeria.“I...
Revealed: The staggering cost for Chelsea to sack Antonio Conte

Revealed: The staggering cost for Chelsea to sack Antonio Conte

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would be forced to shell out a staggering £26.7m severance pay to sack manager Antonio Conte, according to the Daily Mirror. The former Juventus coach has come under fire in recent weeks with results leaving the Blues’ title defence in tatters. Only last summer, the 48-year-old was rewarded for guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title with a new contract until 2021; nine months on and his side look a shadow of their former selves. Poor results On Monday evening, Chelsea host West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge as they look to avoid a third consecutive defeat in the league. The West Londoners find themselves trailing league leaders Manchester City by a substantial gap of 19 points, having lost to both Bournemouth and Watford in the space of the la
White House policy could cost Planned Parenthood $100 million in international funding

White House policy could cost Planned Parenthood $100 million in international funding

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A rule revived by the Trump administration gutting funding for organizations that perform or promote abortions abroad could cost Planned Parenthood around $100 million in funding, according to analysis by the New York Times. It’s the latest indication that White House efforts to hinder reproductive justice work are hitting the well-known non-profit health organization. According to a State Department report on Tuesday, four organizations working internationally (along with dozens of their regional partners) have rejected rules reintroduced by the Trump administration requiring health care funding recipients to eschew any connection to abortion. The White House argues that number is relatively small — of the 733 organizations with funding up for renewal, the government says 729