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Tuesday Toon Roundup 1- Incurable

US teens often forced to trade sex work for food, study finds

Teenagers in America are resorting to sex work because they cannot afford food, according to a study that suggests widespread hunger in the world’s wealthiest country.

Focus groups in all 10 communities analysed by the Urban Institute, a Washington-based thinktank, described girls “selling their body” or “sex for money” as a strategy to make ends meet. Boys desperate for food were said to go to extremes such as shoplifting and selling drugs.

The findings raise questions over the legacy of Bill Clinton’s landmark welfare-reform legislation 20 years ago as well as the spending priorities of Congress and the impact of slow wage growth. Evidence of teenage girls turning to “transactional dating” with older men is likely to cause particular alarm.

“I’ve been doing research in low-income communities for a long time, and I’ve written extensively about the experiences of women in high poverty communities and the risk of sexual exploitation, but this was new,” said Susan Popkin, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and lead author of the report, Impossible Choices.



Report: Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan cost almost $5 trillion so far

By: Leo Shane III, Military Times, September 12, 2016

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $5 trillion so far, and that total could rise even higher in the years to come, according to new calculations released by independent researchers late last week.

That total includes not only the costs of equipment and personnel in those countries, but also State Department spending to help local populations, Department of Homeland Security spending linked to the wars and Department of Veterans Affairs services that expanded as troops returned home.

In a report for Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, study author Neta Crawford called the total “so large as to be almost incomprehensible,” but noted the dollar figures are only one part of the costs of war.

“A full accounting of any war’s burdens cannot be places in columns on a ledger,” she wrote in the report. “From the civilians harmed or displaced by violence, to the soldiers killed and wounded, to the children who play years later on roads and fields sown with improvised explosive devices and cluster bombs, no set of numbers can convey the human toll of the wars.”


Monday Toon Roundup 2- The Rest



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Monday Toon Roundup 1- Basket Case

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli waits outside apartment, heckles Hillary Clinton after health scare

"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli took his online Twitter rage to the streets of New York, where he was among the crowds waiting for Hillary Clinton after her medical episode at a 9/11 memorial service Sunday.

Standing outside Chelsea Clinton's New York City apartment, Shkreli heckled Hillary Clinton and yelled, "Go Trump!" and "Why are you so sick?" as she exited the building. according to Mediate.

And since the ex-Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO can never do anything without seeking publicity, Shkreli posted a Periscope video of the debacle and later tweeted, "I enjoyed screaming 'why are you sick' and 'go trump @HillaryClinton. Get well soon babe!"


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9 11 toons- We never forget, but will we ever learn?

Sunday's Doonesbury- Briefing

Iran Begins Building Second Nuclear Plant — With Russian Help


Iran began building its second nuclear power plant with Russian help Saturday, the first such project since last year's landmark nuclear deal with world powers, state TV reported.

The project will eventually include two power plants expected to go online in 10 years. Construction on the second plant is set to begin in 2018. The project will cost more than $8.5 billion and produce 1,057 megawatts of electricity.

"Construction of the power plant is a symbol of Iran enjoying the results of the nuclear deal," Senior Vice-President Ishaq Jahangiri said at a ceremony marking the start of the project.


Gov. LePage to 'privatize' Maine's $62.5M welfare program

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage wants to turn over the administration of Maine's $62.5 million welfare program to a New York City-based nonprofit that's been the subject of a dozen state and federal lawsuits since 2013.

Fedcap Rehabilitation Services acknowledges its recent history of litigation in its bid proposal to Maine officials while also describing its accomplishments.

Chris Hastedt of Maine Equal Justice Partners, a legal aid service, says she's concerned a contract with Fedcap could mean Maine's welfare program will see higher administrative costs and diminished quality.

Maine officials are in the process of finalizing the contract with Fedcap and declined to comment on the organization. Fedcap also didn't respond to a request for comment.

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