Compassionate program that feeds schoolchildren is again at risk

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The Great Educationalist Donald Trump’s failed try at dumping at-risk schoolchildren into his astounding sinkhole of uninformed ignorance won’t go down in history as a signature failure of his decaying dynasty, but perhaps it should.

His intended victim last year was a $1.2 billion program called 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a very modest government venture to fund after-school treats and simple education programs for kids who would inevitably be exposed otherwise to the cruelest aspect of poverty.

Unable or unwilling to recognize thuggish behavior, Trump sent out his paternal pit bull, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, with a message slyly revealing Herr Trump intended to use his unearned and undeserved bully pulpit to kiss little babies while he stole their lollipops.

“When we took your money from you, to say, ‘Look, we’re going to go spend it on an after-school program,’ the way we justified it was, ‘These programs are…

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How the Pentagon wages war even when it says it is broke

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Allied weaponry lights up the sky over Damascus. — ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO

April 13, 2018, 8:09 p.m. (Damascus Time) Damascus Radio: Explosions are being heard around Damascus. We also have good information that fighter aircraft are involved, launching air-launched cruise missiles from over the Eastern Mediterranean with the help of tanker support. French SCALP-EG, the UK’s Storm Shadow, and the American JASSM are likely to have been used, as well as Tomahawk cruise missiles from U.S. and U.K. submarines, as well as from U.S. Navy destroyers. Those fighters may also be providing air cover for American and allied ships in the region.

April 13, United States, 0800: A reporter learned the U.S. Air Force has fired Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missile in combat for the first time. Nineteen missiles were launched from two B-1B Lancer bombers at Syrian chemical weapons research and…

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