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USAID: $10.4 Million to ‘Empower’ Girls in Malawi to Use Birth Control CNS
July 14, 2014
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to spend up to $10.4 million in taxpayer dollars to “empower” young girls in Malawi to use birth control to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HIV - which disproportionately affects young females - even though such efforts have failed in the past.
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Jackson Lee Tweets Approval of Health Insurance Subsidies for Congress and StaffersCNS
Aug 8th, 2013
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) tweeted her approval Wednesday for the Obama administration’s decision that members of Congress will not have to join health care exchanges and their health care coverage will be subsidized by American taxpayers.
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$346K in 'Emergency' Benefits Paid To Workers Laid Off at Solo Cup Plant... in 2011CNS
Aug 8th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $346,531 of a nearly $1 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) to 180 workers who were laid off from their jobs at a Solo Cup factory in North Andover, Massachusetts that closed over two years ago.
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$1M NIH Grant To Reduce HIV, Domestic Violence in Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaCNS
Aug 7th, 2013
A $1 million study to reduce gender-based violence and the risk of contracting the HIV virus among Tanzanian men is being funded by The National Institutes of Health.
Smithsonian
$78K Fed Study: Did 'Climate Change' Cause Decline of the Mayan Civilization?CNS
Aug 7th, 2013
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is giving nearly $78,000 of taxpayer funds to the Trustees of Boston University to study whether "climate change" had anything to do with the decline of the Maya civilization in Guatemala between 1000 BC and 900 AD.
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USDA Paid 'Improper' Subsidies to 1,799 Dead Farmers and Proper Ones to 28,613 Dead FarmersCNS
Aug 6th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency erroneously made $3.3 million in crop subsidy payments to 1,799 dead farmers, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
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$2M Labor Dept. Grant to Improve Labor Laws in Georgia...The Republic, Not the StateCNS
Aug 1st, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking at least one partner for a $2 million federal grant intended to improve compliance with labor laws in Georgia...as in The Democratic Republic of Georgia, located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, not the U.S. state.
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NIH to Spend $200K Studying Teenage Drinking Binges on Social MediaCNS
Aug 1st, 2013
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking researchers to investigate the impact of social media use on underage drinking, and to determine whether Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other popular social networking sites can be used for “preventive interventions.”
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NEA Awards $35,000 For 'Grow-Sculpture'CNS
Aug 1st, 2013
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded $35,000 for a series of artist-designed grow-sculptures in Buffalo, New York - but may end up with just one.
Aug 1st, 2013
ARTFARMS Concept Gallery
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EPA to Spend $6 Million for ‘Sustainable and Healthy Tribes’CNS
Jul 31st, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency is spending $6 million to “develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems that affect tribes.”
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Feds Devote $2.25 Million to Study Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumor DiseaseCNS
Jul 30th, 2013
The National Science Foundation will spend $2.25 million to study the emergence, transmission and evolution of facial tumor disease in Tasmanian devils.
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GAO: Only Half of Workers Trained by Labor Dept. Got ‘Green Jobs'CNS
Jul 26th, 2013
Despite training “slightly more individuals than they had projected,” and counting “any job that could be linked, directly or indirectly, to a beneficial environmental outcome,” the Labor Department’s job placements “were at 55 percent of the target,” according to a June report by the Government Accountability Office.
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$500K to See How Oil Industry Impacts Domestic Violence, Rape in Dakotas, MontanaCNS
Jul 25th, 2013
The National Institute of Justice is planning to spend $500,000 in federal funds to see if the booming oil industry has impacted domestic violence, dating violence, rape, and stalking in North Dakota and South Dakota and Montana.
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Gov't Spending $544,188 to Promote HPV VaccineCNS
Jul 24th, 2013
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $544,188 to the University of California for a study on increasing HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine uptake in Los Angeles County through phone interventions.
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$299K Grant To Help Pacific Islanders Understand Their Own LanguageCNS
Jul 23rd, 2013
A team from the University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC) will spend nearly $300,000 of U.S. taxpayer money to study a rare language spoken by just 45,000 people in the Mariana Islands, which include the North Mariana Islands in Micronesia, a United States commonwealth, and Guam, a U.S. territory located in the northwestern Pacific.
AP
IG: FEMA Spending $76M More on Trailers That Disaster Victims Don’t WantCNS
Jul 19th, 2013
Changes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made to its temporary housing program last year “will increase program costs by an estimated $76 million and place a greater burden on future displaced survivors,” according to a June 2013 report by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general.
AP
After 4 Years, No Results Yet On $3.2M Study of Underage Drinking in NYCCNS
Jul 19th, 2013
U.S. taxpayers have shelled out over $3.2 million since 2009 to New York University (NYU) researchers to study underage drinking among New York Latinos in grades 7 through 9, but the four-year-old project has not yet produced a single academic article.
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Feds to Spend $500K for Job Creation – in BelizeCNS
Jul 19th, 2013
The State Department through the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan is planning to spend $500,000 to create jobs for youth in Belize.
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USDA Funds $25K Study on Whether Kids’ Preference for Fat, Sugar Leads to ObesityCNS
Jul 19th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding a study to determine if “preference for fat and sugar may have a role in overweight and obesity development” among African-American adolescents in Alabama.
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American Taxpayers Pay $240K to Help Improve Air Quality In MongoliaCNS
Jul 19th, 2013
The Mongolian government - in partnership with the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles - will spend $240,000 of American tax dollars to improve the eastern Asian country’s worsening air quality.