Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Who Wins From Anti-Poverty Programs? : A recent analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) helps in understanding who benefits from government anti-poverty programs. As the CBPP reports, “poverty reduction programs play a much more critical role in the economic security of working-age adults who lack a bachelor’s degree, including working-class whites, than they play for adults with a college degree.” This is true both nationally and in Wisconsin, although there are differences between the state and national picture.

Trump adviser Flynn paid by multiple Russia-related entities, new records show : Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign as national security adviser amid controversy over his contacts with Russia’s ambassador, collected nearly $68,000 in fees and expenses from Russia-related entities in 2015, a higher amount than was previously known, according to newly released documents. The records show that the bulk of the money, more than $45,000, came from the Russian government-backed television network RT, in connection to a December 2015 trip Flynn took to Moscow.

America First A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again [the official White House version]

Federal judge in Hawaii freezes President Trump’s new entry ban : A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued a sweeping freeze of President Trump’s new executive order hours before it would have temporarily barred the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspended the admission of new refugees.

In a blistering 43-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson pointed to Trump’s own comments and those of his close advisers as evidence that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims and declared there was a “strong likelihood of success” that those suing would prove the directive violated the Constitution.

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