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The Senate's $700 Billion Military Increase Leaves Health & Education Funding Dry

The bill equates to the amount spent during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. 

Money moves in Trump's administration continue to pose new worries, this time with the announcement of the Senate's passing of a $700 billion bill for increased military spending.

Reuters reports late Monday (Sept. 18) that the GOP voted 89-8 for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDDA), expected to become law by the end of the fiscal year. The funds will be divided between the Pentagon's shopping list of weapons and pay increases for troops ($640 billion), with $60 billion to cover already hazardous conflicts in places like Syria and Iraq.

The bill was far more than what Trump demanded, The Intercept reports; he asked for a $54 billion increase and was given $80 billon instead. The NDAA, which has been passed consistently for more than two decades, was met with opposition from Sen. Bernie Sanders and fellow Dems Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden (D-OR). There were also a few Republicans who were against the "overwhelming" increase, like Bob Corker (R-TN), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee of Utah.

The bill equates to the amount spent during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Senate Democrats have promised all year to combat any big increases as far as the military is concerned, since it would leave education and health funding virtually empty.

Leaders in education and health, however, have other concerns. The New York Times reports Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have put together a new plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) just months after it was rejected. Other leaders have gravitated toward the bill that would once again leave millions without coverage. The state would hold more power, allowing higher premiums for those with pre-existing conditions.

Activists took to social media to voice concerns about the looming bill with the hashtag #ACASavesLives.

A vote can come as early as next week, and the odds are still against the GOP due to the previous 49-51 vote.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal can also hurt education, Forbes adds. “As total Medicaid spending represents approximately one-third of state budgets, the fundamental changes proposed could challenge that flexibility,” Fitch Ratings analyst Eric Kim said last week. “Negative implications for entities that rely on state support, including school districts, cities, counties and public higher education institutions, could be more significant given their generally more constrained budgetary flexibility.”

Call it a ripple effect everyone saw coming. With Trump steadfast on promises like repealing Obamacare and a border wall, the outcomes have our heads spinning.

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Kid Cudi Announces Eminem Collaboration, "The Adventures Of Moon Man And Slim Shady”

Kid Cudi and Eminem are releasing a new single, "The Adventures of Moon Man and Slim Shady,” scheduled to drop this Friday (July 10).

Cudster’s daughter, Vada, announced the news in an adorable video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday (July 8).

And now a word from Princess Vada the chosen...

— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) July 8, 2020

Besides working with Eminem, Cudi collaborated with Kanye West on an upcoming Kids See Ghost animated series. Additionally, the Ohio native is gearing up to debut an animated Netflix series, Entergalactic, based off his upcoming concept album of the same name. Cudi will executive produce the series along with Kenya Barris.

The 36-year-old rapper and actor will also appear in the HBO mini-series, We Are Who We Are. The coming-of-age story centers around two teenagers living on an American military base in Italy.

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'New York Times' And FX Team For Breonna Taylor Documentary

The New York Times is producing a Breonna Taylor documentary, set to air on FX and Hulu later this year. Taylor’s story will be the focus of an installment of The New York Times Presents, a 10-episode Friday-night series, with each episode covering a different topic.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NYT writer Rukmini Callimachi and director Yoruba Richen will explore Taylor’s story, including the investigation into her death.

The 26-year-old EMT was shot and killed in March by Louisville Metro Police officers while sleeping in her apartment. LMP Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, officer Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison, have yet to be charged or arrested for killing Taylor. Hankison was fired from the police department last month.

The no-knock warrant that police claim they were executing at the time of the fatal shooting, was a part of a larger gentrification plan, lawyers for Taylor’s family argued in a legal complaint filed last week in connection with an ongoing lawsuit against the officers.

Taylor had no criminal history. According to the legal papers, narcotics investigators were “deliberately misled”  to her home by a police squad. A spokesperson for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has denied the allegations.

While it’s unclear when Taylor’s story will be featured on The New York Times Presents, the first episode in the series, premieres on Friday (July 10). The episode covers the doctors and nurses working in New York at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak. Episode two, which follows 24-year-old recording artist, Dominic Fike, premieres on Friday, August 7.


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Young Thug Blasts Pusha T For Dissing Drake On Leaked Pop Smoke Song

Young Thug isn’t mincing words when it comes to his opinion on Pusha T dissing Drake on a leaked song that was set to appear on Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.

After the song, “Paranoia,” surfaced online this past weekend, Thugger made it clear that he didn’t know King Push was going to diss Drake on the track, which features him and Gunna.

“I don’t respect the Pusha T verse on the song with me and Gunna [because] I don’t have [nothing] to do with ya’ll beef nor does Gunna, and if I knew that was about him I would’ve made changes on our behalf..the rapper s**t so gay,” Thugger wrote on his Instagram Story early Tuesday (July 7).

“Don’t feel bad, NOBODY knew what the verse was [about],” Pusha responded in one of multiple posts accusing Drake of snitching to the record label to get the song pulled from Pop Smoke's album. “The label heads that stopped it didn’t even know. They ONLY ASSUME because HE [Drake] TOLD them! The same way HE TOLD [about] the Ross ‘Maybach 6’ verse. And if HE’LL TELL record executives [about] rap verses, God only knows what else HE’LL TELL! I don’t deal in police work, police rappers or police n**gas!!!!"


— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) July 7, 2020

Thugger went back on Instagram and blasted Pusha for having a “weak” verse.

“First of all your verse is 7 days…that muthafucka’ weak,” he said. “Second of all, you already went crazy the first an’t nothing but a sucka [move]... going on double takes, triple takes, and quadruple takes. You should’ve just got all of it out when you put the first song out.

“You didn’t even have to do all that. You just felt like you wasn’t gonna get enough views on your own s**t so you came and put some bulls**t on a n**gga' who’s resting in peace’s music. Trying to f**k up a n**ga' a whole vibe. Why the f**k you ain’t do that s**t on your own song?” ”

Young Thug responds to Pusha T for Dissing Drake on Pop Smoke Song

— Kollege Kidd (@KollegeKidd) July 8, 2020

On “Paranoia,” the Virginia MC goes at Drake for making “empty threats,” and his tendency to rap in different accents.

“You know reality bites, it’s chess, not checkers,” raps Pusha. “Those empty threats only sound good on your records/If the patois is not followed by a Blocka/It’s like Marked for Death Screwface, without the choppa/Let ’em rush the stage when you made like Sinatra/Only to hide the blade flyin’ back through LaGuardia/I might even buy a home out in Mississauga [Canada].”

Pusha previously dissed Drake on 2018’s , “The Story of Adidon,” where he revealed to the world that the Toronto rapper had a son. Drake later admitted that he had a son on the track “Emotionless” off his Scorpion album.

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