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Maine Asks Feds To Allow Ban On Food Stamps For Candy, Soda

Maine Asks Feds To Allow Ban On Food Stamps For Candy, Soda
Maine Asks Feds To Allow Ban On Food Stamps For Candy, Soda

Most redditors are probably too young to remember that 'food stamps' or EBT/SNAP used to be state level programs back in the 70's-90s. And almost every state DID have these kind of restrictions. Food stamps in many states could only be used to purchase meats, veggies, dairy, eggs, dry staples, peanut butter, jams, bread, etc. Things that were used to make meals. You couldn't even buy frozen pizza, hot pockets, ice cream, soda, etc.

The Federal Government basically took over the administration of the benefits programs by disbursing more $$ to the states - but only if they comply with certain "minimum standards". Which initially was easy since they mirrored the most restrictive state requirements. But a couple years into this they began expanding the allowable purchases, and they states had to comply or lose the Federal money. This is how we got to the (essentially) unrestricted use of food stamps.

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Three news organisations have asked a US judge to force the government to reveal the amount it paid for technology to unlock an iPhone used by the San Bernardino gunman.

Three news organisations have asked a US judge to force the government to reveal the amount it paid for technology to unlock an iPhone used by the San Bernardino gunman.
Three news organisations have asked a US judge to force the government to reveal the amount it pa...

TLDR: After suing Apple in January, the FBI unlocked the phone last March without Apple's help using an unknown method (assumed to be tech from Israeli company Cellebrite). The FBI refused to disclose the price of the tech but it is assumed to be more than $1,300,000. Now news organizations are trying to force the FBI to disclose the true amount.

Interesting anecdote: The figure $1,300,000 was reached after FBI director Comey said that the cost of the unlocking was more than his salary for the following 7 years at FBI (FBI director salary is ~$200,000 per year)

Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants

Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants
Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants

JOURNALISM COMMENT:

I just want to say, I am really impressed that USA Today actually embedded the source documents mentioned directly into the article itself.

I think that's a fantastic practice, and not something I think I've seen done before. At least, not on any regular basis. You don't even need to click a link (although a link to the .gov site it is hosted on would be nice) - you can just scroll through and read it yourself right there.

I wish more news articles more directly sourced their information like that.

Also, regardless of anyone's stance on the matter, I am impressed with the neutral tone and "just-the-facts" way the article is written. It gives you the relevant information up-front, with source documentation, and lets readers ingest it without any opinion pieces, soundbites, or reaction statements from special-interest folks on any side. That is fucking refreshing.

Simon & Schuster is canceling the publication of 'Dangerous' by Milo Yiannopoulos

Simon & Schuster is canceling the publication of 'Dangerous' by Milo Yiannopoulos

The only tried and true way to kill any career: defend sexual relations with children. In the words of Always Sunny in Philadelphia; "No one comes back from banging kids except the Catholic church"

Colorado town getting a drive-through marijuana shop.

Colorado town getting a drive-through marijuana shop.
Colorado town getting a drive-through marijuana shop.

I’ll have two number 9s, a number 9 large, a number 6 with extra dip, a number 7, two number 45s, one with cheese, and a large soda.

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