Barack and Michelle Obama are raking in the cash, thanks to the influence of a former campaign supporter. The couple last week signed a creative production deal with Netflix that one entertainment-industry source said could be valued at more than $50 million. Ted Sarandos, a major campaign contributor for Obama and the streaming giant’s creative-content chief who oversees an $8 billion budget, helped to broker the deal, the source told The Post. Sarandos and his wife, Nicole Avant, bundled nearly $600,000 in contributions to Obama from their friends and associates during the 2012 presidential campaign. The couple is friends with the Obamas, and Avant served as the US ambassador to the Bahamas from 2009 to 2011, during the former president’s first term. Her father, Clarence, a music exec, bundled a total of nearly $450,000 for Obama’s presidential campaigns. The multiyear Netflix agreement, in the works since at least March, calls on the Obamas “to produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docuseries, documentaries and features,” which will be broadcast in 190 countries, according to a statement from the streaming service, which has 125 million subscribers around the globe. The Obamas plan to work on stories that “promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples and help them share their stories with the entire world.” #tru#trump2020 #45 #trumpisawesome #trumpismypresident #republican #republicans #ame#americack #america #americafuckyeah #trump #buildthatwall #buildthewall #MAGA #makeamericagreatagain #cantstopwinning #covfefe #dep#deplorablesunited #deplorables #potus45 #americafirst @daliadollyf @gary4trump @americanpatriot35 @zachorama @just_trump_things @trump_news_network @wannabee.Washington @thetrumphub @warriormomjohanna @retireddeputy121
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Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and six of their Senate colleagues introduced President Donald Trump’s rescission package on Thursday to slash $15 billion in wasteful government funding. The eight Republican senators introduced the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act on Thursday, which would rescind $15 billion in government spending. The list of GOP senators includes Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Ben Sasse (R-NE). Sen. Paul said on Thursday, “Unfortunately, the Senate was unable to cut one penny from every dollar through a budget bill I proposed last week. I am hopeful they will support cutting half a penny from every dollar through this rescissions package.” Perdue explained: We are past the tipping point in this debt crisis. Today, most of the money we spend on our military, our veterans, and domestic discretionary programs is borrowed money. This will get worse, and it’s time for Washington to come to grips with this reality. President Trump has. That’s why his team is proposing to cut these unused and expired government programs. These are simple cuts, arguably the easiest we could make, and they should be supported by every member in Congress. Sen. Lee said: Yes, a $15 billion spending reduction is a drop in the bucket compared to a $15 trillion debt. But we have to start cutting spending somewhere because if we don’t, if we continue to allow federal government spending to grow faster than the economy as a whole, at some point, economic reality will force us to do so in a much more painful manner later. In May, President Trump sent Congress the largest rescission package in American history, which would strip $15 billion in spending. A rescission package can pass through the Senate with only a simple majority, allowing Republicans to bypass the daunting 60-vote threshold in Congress’s upper chamber. Among the 38 proposed cuts, Trump’s rescission would eliminate a $4.3 billion vehicle technology loan program, $800 million from an Obamacare payment pilot program, and $200 million earmarked for the Ebola outbreak
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In Portland, Ore., organizers of the “Reparations Happy Hour” invited black, brown and indigenous people to a bar and handed them $10 bills as they arrived, a small but symbolic gift mostly funded by white people who were asked not to attend. Brown Hope, a local activist organization, wanted the event, which was held on Monday, to be a space for people of color in a mostly white city to meet one another, discuss policy issues and plan potential action. While it was far from the full-scale reparations sought by some as penance for the horrors of slavery and continuing racial injustice, Cameron Whitten, the 27-year-old activist who organized the event, said there was one similarity: It made attendees feel as if their pain were valued and understood. “It was only $10, but when I saw them I saw their eyes light up,” he said. “What I saw there was that people felt like they were finally seen.” Mr. Whitten said he hoped the event, in addition to building community, would call attention to reparations, the concept that black people should be financially compensated for the generations of trauma that preceded them. The subject has been the source of spirited debate but has not attracted widespread support. In 2016, an Exclusive Point Taken-Marist Pollfound 68 percent of Americans were opposed to reparations, including 81 percent of white people. Among black people, 58 percent supported it and 35 percent were opposed. In 2014, the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates made a case for reparations in The Atlantic, and The New York Times has published a variety of viewpoints on the topic. Activists are pinning hopes on H.R. 40, a bill introduced in Congress in January 2017 that would study reparations proposals. It was introduced by Representative John Conyers Jr., a Democrat from Michigan who left Congress in December amid harassment allegations. Ron Daniels, the president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, a group that supports reparations, said they would be necessary for America to “fully heal itself.” Any efforts to bring attention to the idea, including a happy hour bearing that name in Portland, could help people organize around the issue, he said.
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ua Holt, the American jailed in Venezuela for two years, is reuniting with his family and will meet President Trump in Washington Saturday night. Holt and his wife, accompanied by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, arrived at Dulles Airport Saturday evening. Holt called it a "very, very difficult two years ... not really the great vacation I was looking for." Mr. Trump welcomed Holt in the White House, saying it was a "very tough ordeal." He said Holt had been through "most people could endure." Mr. Trump said there have been 17 prisoners released since he became president. He specially mentioned Egyptian-American charity worker Aya Hijazi, calling her a "fantastic young woman," and the three men recently released from North Korea. After welcoming Holt home, Mr. Trump tweeted "WELCOME HOME JOSH!" with a video from the Oval Office. #tru#trump2020 #45 #trumpisawesome #trumpismypresident #republican #republicans #ame#americack #america #americafuckyeah #trump #buildthatwall #buildthewall #MAGA #makeamericagreatagain #cantstopwinning #covfefe #dep#deplorablesunited #deplorables #potus45 #americafirst @daliadollyf @gary4trump @americanpatriot35 @zachorama @just_trump_things @trump_news_network @wannabee.Washington @thetrumphub @warriormomjohanna @retireddeputy121
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