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Trump’s budget proposal slashes funding for Amtrak’s long-distance train routes — but it's not all bad

Politics : Business Insider: Politix

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal could spell the end for some, if not all, of Amtrak’s long-distance train routes. Trump wants to slash the Department of Transportation’s budget by 13%. The cuts would completely eliminate fu...

NTIA Petitions FCC to Mandate that Carriers Unlock Phones

Technology / Mobile : Phone Scoop

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today filed a formal petition with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the issue of unlocking cell phones. Specifically, the NTIA proposed that the FC...

As arts funding is ‘under attack,’ celebs and lawmakers urge support at Grammys on the Hill

Entertainment / Pop Culture : Reliable Source

While no one specifically uttered President Trump’s name at the Grammys on the Hill Awards on Wednesday evening, his proposed federal budget — specifically slashing arts funding — was a popular topic. “The National Endowment for the...

Proposed Trump Budget Slashes Medicaid, Food Stamps

LGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

The Hill reports: President Trump will propose massive cuts to the Medicaid program for fiscal 2018, according to a budget document posted by the Department of Health and Human Services. In total, the budget proposes cutting Medicai...

Pros and cons of a shrinking state department

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : Greenspace

To the editor: There is cause for alarm when the secretary of State slashes diplomatic positions while the administration calls for billions of dollars in increases to the Pentagon budget. (Re “Secretary of shrunken state dept,” Aug...

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