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

UN Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

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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.

“If you look at our budget it is focused on where we think the most appropriate assistance level should be based on where our security needs are,” Hari Sastry, the director of the Office of US Foreign Assistance Resources, told reporters at the State Department.

When pressed about whether any assistance was cut due to the vote at the UN, Sastry said “there’s nothing specific just tied to that because that is only one factor.”

Trump’s apparent lack of interest in following through on his own threat could cause foreign powers to doubt his sincerity when issuing ultimatums in the future, and the same goes for his ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.

In the run up to the December vote, Haley warned that she would be “taking names” of the nearly 200 member states voting on the resolution addressing Trump’s move to upend US policy.

“As you consider your vote, I want you to know that the president and US take this vote personally.” she said. “The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us.”

Only nine countries voted with the US, while 128 voted against it. iAnd yet, the budget proposal specifically requests hundreds of millions of dollars for countries that voted against the US, including Nigeria, to support democratic governance and agriculture sector productivity, Somalia, to support “critical state-building processes” and “reduce corruption,” and Zimbabwe, for “promoting good governance” and “respect for human rights.”

Still, advocates of foreign aid aren’t breathing a sigh of relief.

The proposal allocates $41.17 billion for the International Affairs Budget, a bucket that includes the State Department and the US Agency for International Development. Advocates say that request amounts to a 30 percent cut to foreign assistance.

“That’s where our heads at. Not an overt mention of the UN vote,” said Christy Delafield, a spokeswoman for Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian aid agency.

In any event, the main battle for funding will reside in the halls of Congress which will merely view the Trump budget as a political messaging document rather than the outlines of an action plan.

Trump acknowledged Congress’s authority over the purse in his State of the Union speech, when he asked lawmakers to pass legislation limiting US aid to America’s “friends.”

But just like last year, Congress is already showing a desire to forge a budget that bears little resemblance to his request.

“A strong, bipartisan coalition in Congress has already acted once to stop deep cuts to the State Department and Agency for International Development that would have undermined our national security. This year, we will act again,” Republican Rep. Ed Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement.

Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the committee, promised that the proposal was “dead on arrival.”

Bachelor Winter Games Is Shaking Up the Rose Ceremony with a Vote: 'Who's Not Here for Love?'

Chris Harrison will be bringing the fire to The Bachelor Winter Games.

On Tuesday, the latest Bachelor spin-off will premiere when 14 international bachelors and bachelorettes from around the world compete to find love with 12 alums from the U.S. While it’s set in a wintry backdrop, things will definitely be heating up when they go head-to-head in Olympic-themed challenges.

In a PEOPLE exclusive sneak peek ahead of the first rose ceremony, Harrison, 46, presents a plot twist.

“Welcome to your first Bachelor Winter Games rose ceremony,” the longtime host says to the contestants, who sit in the fireplace-lit living room.

“Here’s how this is going to go. Five people are going home: three women, two men. You will decide who’s going home tonight,” Harrison explains. “You are all going to take part in a vote-off.”

Harrison continues: “Gentlemen, you’ll be voting for one woman. Ladies, you’re voting for one man. The name you write down will be who you want to leave. You’re going to decide: who’s not serious about this? Who’s not here for love? Who’s not here for a relationship? Once you’ve made up your mind who that is, you’ll go into a voting room and you’ll write that name down and cast your vote. The three women, the two men who get the most votes at the end of the night will be going home.”

Judging by the looks on the faces of numerous contestants — including Ashley Iaconetti and Eric Bigger, who says, “Aww, that’s harsh” — the ladies and gents are feeling the pressure.

“The good news: you have this evening to have some serious conversations, plead your case,” says Harrison, who reminds them: “This is your last chance.”

The Bachelor Winter Games premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Internet firms back congressional vote to restore net neutrality rules

Technology companies including Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc on Thursday threw their weight behind a congressional bid to reverse the Trump administration’s plan to repeal Obama-era rules designed to protect an open internet.

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Omarosa Says She Would 'Never in a Million Years' Vote For Donald Trump Again

Omarosa Manigault Newman is making it clear to her fellow Celebrity Big Brother houseguests that she no longer stands by Donald Trump.

After asking questions about her stint in the White House during Thursday night’s episode, Ross Matthews asked Manigault Newman, 44, if she would vote for Trump again.

“God no,” she said. “Never in a million years, never.”

Earlier in the conversation, Manigault Newman told Matthews, a comedian and television personality, that the “personal toll” she paid by supporting Trump “was pretty significant.”

“I see pain when people talk to me about it, about how afraid they are,” she continued. “I made choices, I just have to live with them.”

When asked why she went to the White House with Trump by Ross, who called his probing of Manigault Newman in a confessional “investigative journalism” for the greater good, she said it was because she felt “it was a call to duty.”

“I felt like I was serving my country by serving him,” Manigault Newman said. “It was always about the country. Like, I was haunted by tweets every single day. What is he gonna tweet next?”

“Does anybody say to him, ‘What are you doing?’ ” Matthews asked.

“I mean, I tried to be that person, and then all of the people around him attacked me,” she said, breaking down into tears and claiming she got iced out by the administration.

“Who has that power to say what’s going on?” Matthews asked.

“I don’t know. I’m not there. It’s not my circus, not my monkeys,” she said. “I’d like to say not my problem but I can’t say that because, it’s bad.”

“Should we be worried?” Matthews asked, begging her to tell him everything will “be okay” because it’s what we want to hear.

She nodded: “No, it’s not gonna be okay. It’s not. So bad.”

In an earlier conversation in the show with Shannon Elizabeth, Manigault Newman said “it was so incredibly hard to shoulder what I shouldered in these two years because I was so loyal to a person. I didn’t realize by being loyal to him, it was going to be me losing a hundred other friends.”

She later added: “I’m there fighting, fighting, fighting, getting my head bashed in and nobody coming out publicly to say, ‘We support her.’”

When Keshia Knight Pulliam joined the two women and talked about the hate that the Trump campaign incited, Manigault Newman brought up Pulliam’s relationship with her former co-star Bill Cosby, who she supported during his sexual assault trial.

“When you’re in the middle of the hurricane, it’s hard to see the destruction on the outer bands,” Manigault Newman said. “I can say you stood by somebody that you have known and have been loyal to and have known for a long time who has supported you and people judged you for that. But only you know the inner workings of your relationship with Mr. Cosby. That’s the same thing with me and Mr. Trump. It’s not something that can be minimized.”

Pulliam, who noted in a confessional that she and Manigault Newman couldn’t be “further from polar opposites in terms of our political views,” pointed out that comparing the two is like “comparing apples to oranges.”

“It’s a different situation because this man is running our country and being a voice of a whole country of people,” she said.

But Manigault Newman didn’t back down and pointed out that the black community looked up to the Cosbys. “I will stand firm by that,” she said.

“Please, girl, you see it and the world sees how very similar those two relationships are so I’m certainly not going to sit while you pass judgment on me because I know exactly who I am,” Manigualt Newman expressed in a confessional. “I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”

Manigault Newman appeared on The Apprentice with Trump before becoming his director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison. One of the president’s most prominent black supporters, she announced her resignation in December.

Big Brother airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, and the three-night premiere event continues with a two-hour live eviction show Friday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

The A-Z Of How To Vote In Malaysia’s Upcoming General Elections

  • This list includes: How to register. 
  • How to check if registration was successful. 
  • How to register for overseas voters. 
  • What to bring during an election.
  • The actual voting process (both via mail and going in physically).

Malaysian youths between 21–30 years old make up the largest possible voting population as of 2017.

Yet, 2.5 million of us weren’t registered yet as of last year.

If you’re a first-time voter who has no idea how to go about voting, fret not! We’ve come up with a convenient masterlist of all the things you’ll need to know about the voting process in Malaysia, from registration all the way to voting day.

Basic requirements before you can vote.

  • A Malaysian citizen
  • At least 21 years old
  • Currently living in the area you’re registering to vote for
  • Never barred/disqualified by any laws in force

Where to register.

To register, you’ll have to head to SPR-approved counters during office hours along with your IC.

SPR approved counters include:

  • Post offices across the nation
  • The SPR headquarters
  • State election offices
  • Malaysian embassies, Malaysian High Commission and General consulates (for Malaysians living overseas)
  • Penolong Pendaftar Pemilih (voter registration helpers)

Get yourself registered.

  • Head to any registration counter with your IC.
  • Hand over your IC to the staff who will fill up your registration form—Borang A.
  • Check and confirm the details on your form—make sure everything is as per your IC before signing.
  • Keep a copy of your registration form as proof.

Changing information for those already registered.

Making sure that any changes are updated before elections can be tricky, because SPR only updates its database 4 times a year. The best advice is to get it done as soon as possible.

If you want to change your voting address:

  • Change the address in your IC with JPN, then bring the receipt of that change to any SPR counter to request an address change.

If you want to change your legal name, race or religion:

  • Head to any State Election Office across the nation, bringing your IC and further documents for proof.

It’s important to remember that SPR won’t update its system unless your information matches your IC.

Once you make your change at the State Election Office, give it two weeks or so. Then, check the SPR website in case you need to make any claims or objections. Submit these objections before SPR updates its database (March, June, September, December)—otherwise, any wrong information will bring you to the State Election Office counter again.

How to check your registration information.

You can head over to this website and key in your IC details, without spaces or dashes.

Press ‘SEMAK’.

It’s important to check this website as soon as possible, in case there are any issues about your voting location, mistakes in your name, or other errors that might stop you from voting on the day.

Register to vote from overseas.

Those who want to vote from overseas needs to have spent at least 30 days in Malaysia (not necessarily consecutively) in the past five years to qualify for postal votes.

There are two types of voters here: Pengundi Tidak Hadir (PTH) and a regular voter.

PTHs are:

  • Military personnel
  • Government staff
  • Full-time students
  • Their spouses

Once someone registers as a PTH, they’re automatically considered a postal voter. You have until the day that parliament is dissolved to register. Others need to fill up this form.

How registrations are done varies depending on the location. Some only open up windows for registrations during very specific times, so pay attention to any announcements.

You’ll need: your passport and borang A serial number (from when you register as a voter). Students need to bring a document of proof showing institution, course, and duration of study.

  • Find the Malaysian Embassy or the Malaysian High Commission.
  • Hand over your passport to the SPR staff who will help fill up your form.
  • State your overseas address, occupation and the serial number of borang A.
  • Check the form for errors before signing.
  • Get a copy of the form as proof in case you need to make any claims.

Locals who are unable to make it on voting day.

Image Credit: Melvister

For those living in Malaysia who are unable to make it to voting day, you have the option to register to vote with post.

Only open for:

  • Members of the police
  • Members of the military
  • SPR election officers
  • Members of SPR appointed under Perkara 114 Perlembagaan Persekutuan
  • Members of the media covering the elections

How to register:

  • Print out and fill up this form.
  • Get validation from your employer.
  • Send the form over to Pejabat Pegawai Pengurus. The address can be obtained off the SPR website.
  • Sometimes, employers help to handle the sending part.

What you need to bring on voting day.

Make sure to have your MyKad or other identifying documents (if there was an issue with your MyKad).

The voting process.

  • Hand over your MyKad to the first election staffer, and show them your hand so that they can check for the indelible ink.
  • Move to the second election staffer who will give you indelible ink to put on your finger.
  • Wait for your name to be called
  • Then get your ballot from the third election staffer.

Now, it’s your time to step towards the voting box and mark X next to your preferred candidate.

An example of a ballot paper / Image Credit: tulis2blog

You’ll be getting two ballot papers. One is to elect a member of the parliament, and one to elect a member of Dewan Undangan Negara (DUN).

  • Members of the Parliament will represent your area in the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara.
  • Ahli DUNs are responsible for running things on a state level, controlled by our Sultans and Yang Di-Pertua Negeri.

The process will look a little something like:

Image Credit: SPR

Important things to remember about voting on the day:

  • You can’t wear clothes with any political logos or symbols on it.
  • Don’t bring any ballot papers out of the venue, and don’t bring any ballot papers in.
  • Try not to loiter around the voting area, and only wait for someone at least 50 meters away.
  • A company that fails to provide sufficient time for employees to vote could be subject to prison time and a fine.

You can read up more about the above facts here.

The voting process (mail votes).

Ballots will be sent to the Malaysian Missions before the election date, and the Malaysian Missions will disseminate it to voters based on their registered residence. You can make your votes either in your homes, or at the Malaysian Missions.

Then, you can choose to either Express Post it using the envelope given by SPR (at your own expense) or return the paper to the Malaysian Missions who will forward them to SPR.

Please note that all ballot papers must be returned to SPR before 5pm on the voting day.

Feature Image Credit: MyKuasa

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Paul Ryan to Republicans: Vote for this deal so we can get to cutting entitlements

House Speaker Paul Ryan is getting a lot of pushback from his caucus and from the media on just how big the spending bill he’s going to bring the floor is. Particularly the big hike in defense spending.

You’ll not be at all surprised by his response.

“The military is not the reason we’ve got fiscal problems. It is entitlements.”

He says “entitlement reform” is necessary to deal with the debt.

We all knew that the minute the tax cuts—the $1.8 trillion deficit buster Ryan championed—passed that he would immediately start screaming for cuts to the social safety net. Because he told us so even before the bill passed.

Now he’s telling his deficit peacock caucus—all of whom giddily voted for the tax cuts—that they’ll have even more reasons to get to cutting Social Security and Medicaid and Medicare. Because that’s his whole fucking reason for being.