US budget deficit approaches $600bn, public debt to reach 77% of GDP

Slower revenue growth and large spending will expand the US budget deficit to $590 billion in the fiscal year ending September 30, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
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The deficit is expected to be $152 billion more than last year and $56 billion larger than CBO’s forecast in March and will equal 3.2 percent of the country’s economic output.

Such a budget deficit is more than the GDP of Sweden, Poland or Iran. In July, the US posted a $113 billion budget gap, bigger than the economies of Ukraine or Slovakia.

The largest deficit America has seen is $1.4 trillion in 2009, which dropped to $485 billion in 2014. US public debt will continue to grow and is projected at 77 percent of the country’s GDP by year-end.

On Wednesday, US public debt was more than $19.4 trillion, or almost $60,000 per citizen and $164,432 per taxpayer. Federal spending was approaching $4 trillion with Medicare/Medicaid, social security and the military being the largest budget items.

American revenues have grown by less than one percent in 2016 instead of the expected five percent. The reasons are mandatory spending for Social Security and Medicare, the federal retirement and healthcare programs for the elderly, CBO said.

The economy grew only one percent in the first half of the year, but the last months of the year will see a boost, according to CBO, bringing a two percent growth this year and 2.4 percent in 2017. This will add to hiring, putting pressure on inflation and interest rates.

One dead, 25 injured, as gunmen attack American University in Kabul

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Militants set off a car bomb and burst into the American University campus in Kabul on Wednesday evening, trapping hundreds of students and staff inside for several hours, as special forces attempted to retake control.

At least one person is dead, and 25 are injured, according to a statement from the country’s health ministry officials.

The initial explosion – now assumed to be from a car rigged with explosives – was heard at about 7.30 pm local time.

“At the moment of the explosion, I was at the university – it was during class time,” Ali Altae, one of the students, told RT by phone from his home.

“They hit the front door, and through the hole that they made, they managed to get inside the campus. There were emergency exits, through which we managed to get out. But there are still people.”

“Help we are stuck inside,” tweeted Massoud Hossaini, an AP photographer. “These may be my last tweets.”

Hossaini, who injured his hands on glass from a shattered window, after being shot at by a gunman, later managed to escape.

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It appears that the attackers did not manage to get inside several of the key buildings, and were eventually forced into a next-door hospital for the blind.

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There is a heavy police presence around the district, which has been cordoned off, with armored vehicles and ambulances streaming in and out.

Afghan officials say US counter-terrorism advisers were on the scene, helping to resolve the standoff.

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The American University of Afghanistan was established in 2006 with the help of US funds and remains the country’s leading private university. All classes are taught in English, and there are currently over 2,000 students enrolled.

Earlier this month, two professors, an American and an Australian citizen, were kidnapped from its campus.

While no one has claimed responsibility, the Islamist Taliban group is the likeliest suspect. It has led a widespread insurgency since the mass departure of US forces in 2014, and is currently engaged in fighting government forces in about half of the country’s provinces.

University Offers ‘Stop White People’ Training…

BY: PARDES SELEH

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton is now offering a course called “#StopWhitePeople2K16” as part of routine training for residential assistants.

The university’s residential assistant training schedule lists “#StopWhitePeople2016” on its roster, with the mission of giving RA’s an “overview of disabilities in Higher Education.”

The presenters of the course, Ciaran Slattery, Nicholas Pulakos, and Urenna Nwogwugwu, are all RAs at the state-funded college, which describes itself as New York’s highest-ranking public college. They state their purpose is to “help others take the next step in understanding diversity, privilege, and the society we function within,” presumably the “white” society they plan to “stop” at the event.

The three RAs claim they will give “#StopWhitePeople2K16” course attendees the “tools” to respond to “uneducated people” with “‘good’ arguments.” You know, the people who preach mutual respect, equality under God, and constitutional freedoms. Those people.

They also state they will help other RAs at the state-funded college “hopefully expand upon what they may already know”: that white people are cancer, of course.

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College RAs hold important roles in college residential and dormitory life, serving as mentors, counselors, and peers to the student residents they oversee. “These people should be sensitive to the issues of their residents, and to be prejudiced against someone on the basis of his or her skin color would seem, just like the hashtag itself, petty,” student Howard Hecht noted.

Binghamton Review, the university’s conservative student paper, publicized the course schedule, noting the university “seems to endorse it as a proper part of a RA training.” It was added:

At a public, state funded university, to potentially see racism endorsed is a frightening prospect for the future of higher education.

Clinton to be questioned under oath on origins of email server

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By SARAH WESTWOOD

Hillary Clinton will soon face questions under oath about the reasons she set up and maintained a private email server during her four years as secretary of state.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told the Washington Examiner that his group is preparing a set of written questions for Clinton as part of the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that has already extracted hundreds of documents from the State Department.

Fitton said the questionnaire, which Clinton will be forced to complete within 30 days of receipt, will drill down on the Democratic nominee’s shifting stories about why she relied on an unauthorized email network.

Clinton once said she set up the server system for convenience, in order to carry just one device for both personal and work-related communications.

After the FBI discovered she used multiple servers and devices, Clinton told investigators she had used private email at the behest of Colin Powell, after the former secretary of state advised her to do so at a 2009 dinner party.

But Powell has since rejected that statement, and said he has no recollection of the conversation with Clinton. The controversial email system was already in place at the time Clinton said she spoke with Powell.

Media giving Clinton a pass on Louisiana response?

Published on Aug 24, 2016

Bias Bash: Ellen Ratner on how the media is continuing to show their blindspot when it comes to reporting on Hillary Clinton’s campaign mistakes

den-den smith

I NEVER HAD SEX WITH THAT WOMAN….I NEVER SENT OR RECEIVED ANYTHING CLASSIFIED….I TURNED OVER EVERYTHING
Jada Thomas

she doesn’t get a pass if she’s gonna be a presidential candidate.. lair lair pants on fire
Rosanne Crosby

Of course they are. People have lost everything they own and some have lost their life. Get off your wallet Clinton and so some good with the money you get for your needy people.
James Eads

Hillary for Prison along with Soros 2016
tango alpha

Louisiana did not give $$$$$$$ to the clinton foundation , so they don’t matter .
Shay Houk

Well considering the media gives Hillary a pass on every other of her many scandals and issues why would this case be any different ?

Paul Begala flips out on CNN while trying to defend Clinton Foundation

flutiexxx

If you want to tell how guilty a Democrat is, just look at how frenzied and deranged their underlings get trying to defend their actions.
Eye's WideOpen

the democrats says “17,000,000 million people in the whole world get life saving drugs”. that number is small compared to the world population of 7,404,976,783. Again my point is made that the left is acutely obtuse. I’m sure their numbers are inflated just like the quarterly jobs numbers.
Eye's WideOpen

the same guy continues to say “11.5 million of those who get those life saving drugs get them through the Clinton foundation”….ummm bullshit alert everyone. the Clinton Foundation should be called the Clinton fraudation
Lynette C.

Ask the people of Haiti about the Foundation’s “good” works.
Dee Dee Moore

Trump wasn’t a career politician like the Clintons and wasn’t running for office when he donated that money. The Clintons have become millionaires because of their positions they’ve held in our government. NO MORE CORRUPT CLINTONS!
BonnieBlue2A

It is a different standard for the Clintons.  No one else can get away with the crimes as they have.   The Clinton Foundation gives less than 15% of the donations it receives to charitable purposes.  So, if this Foundation does such wonderful work, how much better would it be if it were run like a reputable charity and 80% of the donations it received went to charitable purposes the donors intended rather than to support the luxurious lifestyle of the Clintons.
Scarlett O'hara

One of the emails stated that one of her rich donors couldn’t get an appointment with the Secretary of State, so the donor got in touch with the Clinton Foundation and had an appointment the next day. Democrats are such liars!
Bravo Delta

That was some bad acting, even for a pro like Begala.

Clinton Campaign: ‘Flawed Nature’ In Report On Clinton Foundation Donors

Published on Aug 24, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s campaign secretary, Brian Fallon, joins NBC’s Andrea Mitchell to responds to the reports that are blasting the Clinton Foundation and the special access given to donors of the foundation.
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leon singleton

The Clinton Foundation was more important to Hillary then America.
M A

Yes because when Bill Clinton goes to the middle east and gives speeches for money to Saudi Arabia and then all sudden the state department approves weapon sales to Saudi Arabia…yea there is no pay to play going on. Crooked Hilary is letting dumbass Donald win.. Indict her.
Brooke Rousseau

Seriously. He’s frantic.😄
Phineas Starter

Good thing Trump is going to win so the Clintons can continue their good work at the foundation without any distractions. Happy? Happy🙂
carrie holder

Come on, Hillary is working so hard. Right now she’s in California begging Millionaires for more money so she can pay Diebold to rig the General election.
Josh G

Brian Fallon makes me want to puke. AP is a trusted source that is certainly not a right-wing media outlet.