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Hillary Clinton offers advice to any Trump appointees implicated in impeachment probe: ‘Tell the truth’

Westlake Legal Group Hillary-Pompeo-Barr-Pence Hillary Clinton offers advice to any Trump appointees implicated in impeachment probe: 'Tell the truth' Joseph Wulfsohn fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/the-clintons fox-news/person/william-barr fox-news/person/mike-pence fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc article 14c74909-a2e7-5dc1-b396-7df81381033d

Hillary Clinton offered some advice Wednesday to high-ranking U.S. officials if they find themselves implicated in the Trump impeachment inquiry: “Tell the truth.”

Clinton was responding to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who suggested that figures such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and Vice President Mike Pence could find themselves swept up in any accusations that Democrats in Congress make against the president — just as Nixon administration officials were linked to the Watergate scandal.

“Well, I think what many in the Nixon White House and administration concluded was the right thing to do was tell the truth. Tell the truth,” Clinton said. “And that would be advice that should be given to anybody caught up in this [Trump inquiry]. Because it’s clear that the president has made a series of decisions to benefit himself and his political fortune at the expense of other matters in our government and the people you point to are certainly aware of that.”

HILLARY CLINTON CALLS TRUMP AN ‘ILLEGITIMATE PRESIDENT’ AND ‘CORRUPT HUMAN TORNADO’

Clinton, who served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 under former President Barack Obama, expressed hope that Republican lawmakers will “start thinking about putting country over party” instead of letting Trump “run roughshod over our Constitution, over the separation of powers, over checks and balances, over the rule of law,” which she added, “makes no sense to me.”

“It is truly distressing to see people who are in our government, using it for ideological and personal and power-related partisan interest over above the best interest of our country,” Clinton said.

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Many Republicans would argue that Clinton has her own affairs to worry about, primarily a federal investigation into her mishandling of classified information with regard to State Department emails.

The Washington Post, citing current and former U.S. officials, recently reported that as many as 130 current and former officials whose emails found their way into Clinton’s inbox have been contacted by investigators in recent months.

Fox News’ Nick Givas and Morgan Phillips contributed to this story.

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Rudy Giuliani claims unsolicited Biden info sparked his Ukraine probe on behalf of Trump: ‘They put it in my lap’

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President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani claimed Wednesday he did not go seeking information about former Vice President Joe Biden during his own investigation into Ukraine on behalf of the president.

Instead, Giuliani said Wednesday on “Hannity,” the probe was sparked by unsolicited documents, some of which he also provided to Fox News.

“All of this was done while the Mueller investigation was still pending, while I was seeking — in the best tradition of being a lawyer, a defense lawyer — to vindicate my client,” he said.

“This information was given to me, I didn’t go looking for Joe Biden. The Ukrainians brought me substantial evidence of Ukrainian collusion with Hillary Clinton, the DNC, George Soros, George Soros’ company. They put it in my lap. They came and gave me testimony. I wrote it out [and] had a professional investigator make FBI-302s of it.”

“This information was given to me, I didn’t go looking for Joe Biden. The Ukrainians brought me substantial evidence of Ukrainian collusion with Hillary Clinton, the DNC, George Soros, George Soros’ company — they put it in my lap.”

— Rudy Giuliani

Much of Giuliani’s work was done in late 2018 and early 2019, before then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his Russia investigation, the former mayor of New York City said.

“The big announcement yesterday was that the [inspector general] and State Department was going to go over and give all these secret documents to the committee and the committee was sitting there figuring out how they could do impeachment based on nothing,” he said.

EX-UKRAINE PROSECUTOR SAID HE WAS TOLD TO BACK OFF PROBE OF BIDEN-LINKED FIRM, FILES SHOW

“And, what they got shoved down their throats is a complete, total, absolutely terrific prosecutorial outline of why Joe Biden is so guilty — it’s a joke.”

Giuliani claimed his actions related to Ukraine were opposite to what the whistleblower at the center of the Trump impeachment inquiry did.

“This is as solid as it can get. I didn’t do what this phony whistleblower did,” he said. “This phony whistleblower is giving hearsay evidence. He says, ‘I’m not a direct witness’ — OK — useless, pal.”

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As Fox News previously reported, the fired prosecutor at the center of the Ukraine controversy said during a private interview with Giuliani earlier this year that he was told to back off an investigation involving a natural gas firm that was linked to Biden’s son, according to details of that interview that were handed over to Congress by the State Department’s inspector general.

Fox News obtained a copy of Giuliani’s notes from his January 2019 interview with fired Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin in which he claimed that his “investigations stopped out of fear of the United States.”

“Mr. Shokin attempted to continue the investigations but on or around June or July of 2015, the U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt told him that the investigation has to be handled with white gloves, which according to Mr. Shokin, that implied do nothing,” the notes from the interview stated. The notes also claimed Shokin was told Biden had held up U.S. aid to Ukraine over the investigation.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Eric Trump slams media ‘hypocrisy’ on Bidens’ business deals: ‘The entire media turns a blind eye’

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Trump Organization executive vice president Eric Trump claimed the media would be camped outside his New York City apartment if he acted like Hunter Biden, son of Democratic 2020 presidential frontrunner Joe Biden.

There is incredible hypocrisy in the media and on the left, and the comparison between the treatment of the Biden family and Trump family exemplifies that, Trump said Wednesday on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“The double standard — the hypocrisy is incredible,” he said, pointing to the younger Biden’s past position on the board of a Ukrainian energy giant and his work in China.

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“I spent half my life raising money for dying children at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and I get viciously attacked for it.

“Here, you have a kid who gets kicked out of the Navy for drug use, gets caught multiple times with drug paraphernalia — How many scandals do you have? — and then you have Ukraine,” Trump said of Hunter Biden, the 49-year-old son of the former vice president.

Trump said the media would be hounding him or one of his siblings if they were flying on government aircraft with their father and reportedly inking business deals.

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“The entire media turns a blind eye. Where are they camping outside [Hunter’s] house? They’d be camping outside mine.”

Trump said he and his family gave up the opportunity to grow their business while their father ran and serves as president — and noted the president does not accept his salary.

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“We’re not doing any deals overseas,” he said. “They enriched themselves off of politics. We’re probably the only people in American history that did the exact opposite.”

Trump added that, as a businessman who knows other businessmen, Chinese firms and the Chinese government are reportedly difficult to procure money or investment from.

“They go over to China — they can’t pull three cents out of China,” he said, comparing those situations to Hunter Biden’s business dealings.

In remarks Wednesday, the elder Biden rejected claims he or his son have done anything wrong.

“There is zero, zero, zero, zero evidence of any assertion being made,” Biden said. “Nobody has ever asserted that I did anything wrong except he [President Trump] and what’s that fellow’s name — Rudy Hootie.”

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump’s call with Ukraine president manifests criminal and impeachable behavior

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The House of Representatives has begun to gather evidence in an effort to determine if President Trump has committed impeachable offenses. The Constitution defines an impeachable offense as “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The president need not have committed a crime in order to be impeached, but he needs to have engaged in behavior that threatens the constitutional stability of the United States or the rule of law as we have come to know it.

Has Trump committed any impeachable offenses?

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A CIA agent formerly assigned to the White House – and presently referred to as the “whistleblower” – reported a July 25, 2019 telephone conversation that Trump had with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. That conversation manifested both criminal and impeachable behavior.

The criminal behavior to which Trump has admitted is much more grave than anything alleged or unearthed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and much of what Mueller revealed was impeachable.

What has Trump admitted?

The whistleblower’s revelation caused the White House to release a near-verbatim summary of the conversation between the two presidents. By releasing it, Trump has admitted to its accuracy. In it, Trump asked Zelensky for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, who at this writing is Trump’s likely Democratic opponent in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump also admits to holding up $391 million in aid to Ukraine – $250 million in the purchase of already approved and built military hardware and $141 million in a congressionally authorized grant. This is aid that Trump’s own secretaries of state and defense, his own director of national intelligence and director of the CIA, and his own National Security Council unanimously asked him to release.

Trump has also admitted to accusing the as-yet publicly unnamed whistleblower of treason, and suggesting that the whistleblower and those who have helped him are spies and ought to be treated as spies were in “the old days” (Trump’s phrase) – that is, by hanging.

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The president’s allusions to violence are palpably dangerous. They will give cover to crazies who crave violence, as other intemperate words of his have done. His words have already produced offers of “bounties” in return for outing and finding the whistleblower.

Trump also suggested that his impeachment would produce a second American Civil War. This language is a dog whistle to the deranged.

All of Trump’s admissions need to be taken in context. In 2014 and 2015, Russian troops invaded Crimea, then a province of Ukraine. They took over government buildings and held a sham referendum, which had been declared unconstitutional under Ukrainian law by Ukrainian courts.

The troops dispersed the courts, and the Russian government annexed Crimea. What was a part of Ukraine five years ago today houses Russian troops and Russian tanks eyeing Kiev, Ukraine’s capital.

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It is easy to see why all of the senior members of the Trump administration involved in security –  all of them – advised the president to release the military hardware, which was ready to be shipped, and the foreign aid, which Congress had appropriated.

Trump rejected that advice. Instead, in the Zelensky phone call, he told the Ukrainian president that he needed a personal “favor.” The clear unmistakable inference is that the $391 million in aid would be held up until the favor was delivered. The favor he sought was dirt on Biden.

Now, back to impeachment.

Federal law defines as criminal the solicitation of aid – anything of value – for a political campaign from a foreign national or foreign government, whether the thing of value arrives or not.

Federal law also prohibits bribery and attempted bribery, which is defined as withholding the performance of an official duty conditioned upon the personal receipt of a thing of value, whether the thing of value arrives or not.

The law further prohibits intimidating witnesses, which is defined as the use of language designed to deter witnesses from giving testimony, whether the intimidation is successful or not.

The whistleblower has also alleged that senior administration officials attempted to dissuade Trump from asking for the favor from Zelensky. The whistleblower’s sources relate – and reporting now reveals – that a debate took place in the White House before the telephone call was made.

Should the aid be held up? Should the president ask for dirt about Biden from his Ukrainian counterpart? If Biden did anything criminal, shouldn’t the Justice Department get involved? Should the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky phone call be hidden? Was the president warned in advance that asking Zelensky for a personal campaign benefit could be criminal or impeachable? Does anyone in the White House tell the president what he doesn’t want to hear?

Can the president put his own needs and wants above the nation’s? In a word: No.

The president has taken an oath to enforce federal law, not break it. He cannot lawfully impose conditions – conditions that benefit him alone – as a prerequisite to compliance with the law.

Is violating campaign finance law by involving a foreign government in an American presidential campaign an impeachable offense? Yes, it is.

The expressed intention of those who wrote the Constitution and those who wrote the campaign finance laws 200 years later – and the lesson of the post-2016 election and Mueller-investigated angst in America – was to keep foreign governments out of the American political system.

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For heaven’s sake, Trump was just investigated by Mueller for two-and-a-half tumultuous years for allegedly bringing the Russian government into the 2016 election and now he has attempted in one phone call to bring the Ukrainian government into the 2020 election! Does he understand the laws he has sworn to uphold?

It was to remedy just such reckless, constitutionally destructive behavior that impeachment was intended.

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Hannity rips ‘shifty’ Adam Schiff over new whistleblower revelation: ‘This is why Americans hate the swamp’

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Sean Hannity ripped House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Wednesday, accusing the California Democrat of lying after a New York Times report confirmed that Schiff’s office spoke with the unidentified “whistleblower” in the Trump-Ukraine controversy before filing a complaint.

“Now it’s no secret the cowardly Schiff is dishonest, deceptive, is a proven liar, nothing but a political hack, an operative,” Hannity said on his television program. “He’s been proven to lie over and over and over again.”

“Now it’s no secret the cowardly Schiff is dishonest, deceptive, is a proven liar, nothing but a political hack, an operative. He’s been proven to lie over and over and over again.”

— Sean Hannity

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A spokesman for Schiff acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that the whistleblower alleging misconduct in the White House had reached out to the intelligence panel before filing a complaint — prompting President Trump to accuse Schiff directly of helping write the document.

Schiff had previously claimed in a televised interview that “we have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.”

But Hannity wasn’t buying Schiff’s story.

“His fingerprints all over this,” Hannity said of Schiff. The host called the congressman a “sleazebag” who was “behind this ‘nonpartisan, totally legitimate whistleblower complaint’ from the very beginning.”

Hannity pointed out that the revelation about Schiff is the very reason America dislikes Washington politics.

“Keep in mind, that guy the same con artist who’s now leading the Democrats’ idiotic impeachment inquiry, which is totally based on the whistleblower complaint that the shifty Schiff himself had a hand in creating. Clearly. And offering advice to,” Hannity said. “This is why Americans hate the swamp known as Washington, D.C.

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“And sadly what we are seeing here is nothing new,” Hannity added. “It’s the same Schiff, different day.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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Government-funded group’s gene editing video touting ‘designer babies’ under fire over ethics

The National Academy of Sciences came under fire after posting a video about gene editing and “designer babies” on Monday, which it later took down.

The government-funded group leading the efforts to set standards for gene editing also linked to a quiz, which has also since been removed.

The tweet read: “Dream of being stronger? Or smarter? Do you dream of having a top student or star athlete? Or a child free of inheritable diseases? Can human [gene editing] eventually make this and more possible?” The caption included emojis of a brain, bulging muscles, a professor and an athlete.

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An image from Monday, Sept, 30, shows a tweet posted by the National Academy of Sciences that was later removed after criticism arose. (AP Photo)

The academy on Tuesday acknowledged its removal of the tweet, which came down after an Associated Press report on the controversial video.

“We have deleted an earlier post on human genome editing,” the group said. “Our 2017 report […] recommends that we should not proceed with human genome editing for purposes other than treatment or prevention of disease and disability.”

The web page that hosted the quiz said it was taken down because the academy is “concerned that the content, including a video, left the misimpression that the use of genome editing for the ‘enhancement’ of human traits is permissible or taken lightly.”

“The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has recommended that non-heritable genome editing should be limited to the treatment or prevention of disease or disability,” the organization said, also noting that gene editing “requires much more research and public discussion of the ethics and governance of its potential uses.”

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“I am disappointed by this,” said Alta Charo, an ethicist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She said the tweet and video could further peoples’ misunderstanding about the important uses of gene editing, or wrongly suggest that it’s possible to bestow traits such as intelligence.

The video gave the inaccurate impression that gene editing can give positive traits without any potential downsides —  “The definition of hubris,” Harvard Medical School Dean Dr. George Daley said, adding: “We are not there yet.”

Opponents of gene editing have said altering DNS in embryos, eggs or sperm can pass along such changes to future generations, instilling fear in what could happen. Last year, a Chinese researcher claimed to have done this in twin girls, and the announcement was widely denounced and led to new calls for oversight. The academy and the World Health Organization separately formed scientific panels to consider that.

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The new video was part of a series aimed at improving public understanding of the science behind complex issues, academy spokeswoman Molly Galvi said.

Galvin did not respond to The Associated Press’ requests for more information, such as whether public money paid for the video. The academy is a private group created by Congress to advise the federal government; about 85 percent of its funding comes from there.

The video included a clip of gene-editing pioneer Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, discussing the science.

The video showed people putting notes on a diagram of a body while saying things like: “I guess I would like to be taller,” “I would like to change body fat,” “Let’s prevent baldness” and “Take away dyslexia.”

“This type of gene editing is still in the realm of science fiction. But it might not always be,” the video said.

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One man in the video remarked, “Create the perfect human being… That’s pretty cool,” while others shook their heads no.

“You want the best qualities to be put into your offspring,” another man said. “I want my child to be the best version of not just me, but [of] him or her. So if I can control that or have some control over that, I don’t mind it. I don’t hate it.”

A woman in the video said she has Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. While some consider a disability, she does not, she said.

“If I had the chance to choose the best DNA for my child, I would definitely want her to be smart,” another woman noted.

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An image from the National Academy of Sciences website on Wednesday, Oct. 2, shows part of a video of people discussing gene editing and designer babies. (National Academy of Sciences via AP)

A man pointed out health problems that have plagued his family — including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart attacks — and said, “So I would take that out, for sure. I don’t want my kids to deal with it.”

The video and tweet suggested “a cavalier attitude toward this serious topic,” said Paul Knoepfler, a biologist from the University of California, Davis, who criticized the video on Twitter.

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University of Minnesota bioethicist Leigh Turner said the video portrayed serious issues with a “reality television feel” and “in this bubbly, superficial way.”

“I’m trying to imagine what was going on in their minds,” he said of those responsible for making the video. “It’s kind of funny and cringe-inducing at the same time.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Red-meat studies reversing previous data ‘changed my views,’ Dr. Marc Siegel says: ‘Go eat a steak’

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A new dossier of studies into red meat consumption concluded there are reportedly far fewer links to health problems than previously believed, which is stunning, according to Dr. Marc Siegel.

The studies, released in the Annals of Internal Medicine, changed Siegel’s view on the supposed dangers of eating too much red meat, he told Tucker Carlson on Wednesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“It changed my views and it made me wonder about all the Democratic attacks lately on our gaseous cattle friends that we actually rely on for red meat,” he said, noting the studies included millions of participants. “I have to re-look at red meat.”

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Siegel said beef and other meats are high in protein, B-vitamins and zinc and that the danger likely lies in what is consumed with the meat — whether it be french fries or other starchy, heavy foods.

“It’s more of a lifestyle thing,” he said. “Maybe we should be eating our steak with a salad or Brussels sprouts.”

Host Tucker Carlson noted humans began as hunter-gatherers and it therefore seemed unlikely that humans would evolve to suffer adverse effects from eating red meat.

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In response, Siegel suggested that processed meats and those with added nitrates might be the cause of some health problems.

He stressed that all such foods should still be consumed in moderation.

“Shame on you out there that are throwing out all our great hamburgers,” he remarked. “Go eat a steak.”

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Thousands of California seniors are ‘one disaster away’ from homelessness. What can the state do?

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In 2013, Madlynn Johnson had her own apartment and a steady job. A car accident changed everything.

Her job gave her months off work. She drained her savings. She couldn’t catch up on rent and other bills. Depression took hold.

In 2014, she lost her housing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nationally, Johnson was one of the 40,000 people age 65 and older who were homeless in 2017, according to a study by researchers in Los Angeles, New York and Boston. That number is expected to nearly triple by 2030. 

Homelessness experts say California’s low-income seniors are especially vulnerable because of the state’s housing affordability crisis: With fixed income and high rent prices, an illness or job loss can quickly put them on the streets. 

The state already accounts for about a quarter of the nation’s homeless population, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and 69% of the 130,000 homeless Californians were unsheltered on a single night last year. 

Even so, methods exist to prevent and reduce senior homelessness, said Sharon Cornu, executive director of St. Mary’s Center in Oakland, which provides services for adults 55 and older who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“As we get ready for generations with less retirement savings and lower incomes along the way, we need to be planning for the challenges that we’re going to face among senior populations,” Cornu said. 

‘It’s been a real godsend’  

For three years, Johnson lived in and out of her Honda Accord. She kept her wheelchair in the view of her window as she slept, or at least tried to rest when the fear of being assaulted didn’t keep her awake. 

Finally, in October 2017, she moved into transitional housing for seniors at St. Mary’s Center. Johnson, now 73, sleeps in her own room and shares a kitchen and bathroom with others around her age. 

“It’s been a real godsend,” she said. 

But no landlord has accepted any of the about 100 rental applications Johnson said she has submitted with the support of case management at the center. With Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and no pension – the mental health contract agency she worked for didn’t offer one – Johnson said it’s almost impossible to afford a place of her own in the county she has called home since 1965.

“I worked hard in life and a lot in the city of Oakland, Alameda County,” Johnson said. “I’m in crisis in terms of housing, and buildings are going up all over the city. It’s unfortunate that because of limited income resources, that I’m not able to live in one of them.” 

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Recognizing the need, Johnson advocates for additional low-income housing along with other seniors at St. Mary’s Center. Her peers in transitional housing face similar struggles: 95% of them rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of $932 each month as their only income source, Cornu said.

Those types of mostly fixed incomes don’t keep up with rising rents, said Kevin Prindiville, executive director of Justice in Aging, a California-based nonprofit focusing on senior poverty. While wages may increase for people who can work, seniors who cannot tend to struggle financially as housing markets become more expensive and strain their budgets. 

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For the one in five state residents age 65 and up who live in poverty, according to a 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation analysis, Prindiville said an emergency could jeopardize their housing when they might already be dealing with hunger or healthcare issues.

“There are many people paying a huge proportion of their income on rent who really need relief from that because they’re one disaster away from being homeless,” said Dr. Margot Kushel, professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco and director of its Center for Vulnerable Populations. “We need to get to people right after the disaster happens, so before they become homeless, and try to intervene and prevent their homelessness.”

Follow Santa Monica’s lead?  

In coastal Santa Monica, many older longtime residents can barely pay for food and basic necessities after paying rent, city employees discovered through a 2016 survey. That group faces the danger of becoming homeless every month, said Eduardo Lizarraga, housing specialist in Santa Monica’s Housing Division, because they’ll be evicted or forced to move if they can’t afford rising costs. 

The city set out to create change by creating a basic needs subsidy program that Lizarraga said is the first of its kind nationally.

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Two years ago, Santa Monica began giving cash to low-income people age 65 and up who were living in rent-controlled apartments since at least 2000. The income subsidies helped alleviate 21 participants’ rent burden, plus program coordinators helped connect them with services and benefits.

Based on initial results, the City Council voted to expand the program in August. Moving from a $300,000 allocation to $2 million, Lizarraga said, the program will support as many as 400 seniors through June 2021. Eligible participants will be enrolled on a rolling basis as the city sorts through applications.

Expanding rental subsidy programs throughout the county, however, isn’t feasible, said Heidi Marston, chief programming officer of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

The authority offers a subsidy meant to serve as a temporary intervention, so people can afford rent increases while finding ways to boost their income. But knowing more than 700,000 households in Los Angeles County pay more than half their income on rent serves as a reminder of the program’s limitations.   

“The reality is we wouldn’t have enough resources to serve all of them if they ran into that situation,” Marston said. “So targeting it to seniors has been a good way for us to start and build it out from there.” 

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Underlying the efforts is the fact rent in Los Angeles County has outpaced income increases for older adults. From 2012 to 2017, average rents in L.A. County increased at three times the rate of the cost-of-living adjustments to Social Security income, and twice the rate of median household income for seniors, according to a Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report

On the move?

To avert homelessness, some California seniors do move to lower-cost areas, said Kushel, the San Francisco college professor.

But more affordable, rural areas tend to offer fewer medical facilities and less public transportation. Finding community in an unfamiliar place, Kushel said, can also be particularly disorienting for seniors with cognitive impairments or physical disabilities.  

“They’re away from their church, they’re away from their families, they’re away from everything that they knew,” Kushel said.

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Nearby family does not guarantee a safety net for those at the risk of homelessness, either, said Prindiville of Justice in Aging. Sons and daughters might not have the means to take in an older parent, he said, especially when the racial wealth gap comes into play for people of color. 

“If you’re an older adult who was working low-wage jobs, it was hard for you to make sure that your kid was set up for an education and had all the opportunities to then be more economically secure,” Prindiville said. 

Jerome McIntosh, 59, has a brother and a sister living in Oakland, as well as sons in nearby Berkeley and Sacramento. But when he returned home to Oakland after a heart attack left him physically unable to work a construction job, McIntosh went to social services and then the winter shelter at St. Mary’s. 

“They just don’t have the room for me,” McIntosh said of his family. “I wouldn’t want to put that on anyone. I’m not made that way.” 

McIntosh, who has lived in the center’s transitional housing since 2016, said he puts out about 10 applications a month. With an income of $1,070 a month from Social Security Disability Insurance, McIntosh said he qualifies for apartment waiting lists that are sometimes years long. 

‘Seniors made this world’

Ultimately, California desperately needs more deeply affordable housing, Kushel said, or subsidized housing for people with lower incomes.

Cities and counties will gain more authority to build supportive housing and shelters under a package of bills signed in September by Gov. Gavin Newsom, but none specifically focus on seniors. 

The opportunity to develop a state strategy for senior homelessness lies in the Master Plan for Aging, Prindiville said. That plan is scheduled to be completed by October 2020, per an executive order from Newsom.

“We need to have some insurance that seniors in America can live at home,” McIntosh said. “Seniors made this world, as far as I’m concerned, and they need to be treated well.” 

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Heidi Klum talks ‘magical’ wedding to Tom Kaulitz: ‘I just found my partner finally’

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Heidi Klum is spilling details about her wedding to Tokio Hotel rocker Tom Kaulitz.

“It was so beautiful and it was the best time,” the 46-year-old supermodel told People magazine in an interview published on Wednesday. “We were in Italy for three weeks. I’m still wearing baggier clothes now because I just ate too much and had too much fun!”

The couple — they got engaged in December 2018tied the knot for the second time in August, exchanging “I Do’s” aboard the Christina O in Capri. (They initially wed in a secret ceremony back in February.)

HEIDI KLUM, 46, MARRIES TOM KAULITZ, 29, FOR A SECOND TIME

“I wish we could’ve had more people! It was more intimate, but we couldn’t fit more people,” Klum said of the pair’s nuptials. “It was great. We danced until the sun came up, and it was nice because no one’s feet were hurting. It was so magical.”

Of Kaulitz, 30, the “America’s Got Talent: Champions” judge gushed:  “He’s really game for anything. We’re very similar that way. He enjoys life and is very generous. He’s super kind. I just found my partner finally, you know?”

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Klum was previously married to Ric Pipino from 1997 to 2002, then to singer Seal —  with whom she shares four children — from 2005 to 2014. Kaulitz was married once before, to businesswoman Ria Sommerfield, from 2015 until August 2018. The Blast said that’s when they finalized their divorce after separating way back in 2016.

In July 2018 — four months after the pair first sparked dating rumors — Klum discussed her relationship with the musician and discussed their 17-year age difference.

“Lately, I’m being reminded more about my age by people other than myself,” Klum told InStyle at the time. “My boyfriend is many years younger than me, and lots of people are questioning that and asking about it. That’s really the only time when age seems to be shoved in my face and I have to give an answer for it.”

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She continued: “I don’t really think about it that much otherwise. You have to just live a happy life without worrying too much about what people think because worrying is only going to give you more wrinkles.”

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Heidi Klum talks ‘magical’ wedding to Tom Kaulitz: ‘I just found my partner finally’

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Heidi Klum is spilling details about her wedding to Tokio Hotel rocker Tom Kaulitz.

“It was so beautiful and it was the best time,” the 46-year-old supermodel told People magazine in an interview published on Wednesday. “We were in Italy for three weeks. I’m still wearing baggier clothes now because I just ate too much and had too much fun!”

The couple — they got engaged in December 2018tied the knot for the second time in August, exchanging “I Do’s” aboard the Christina O in Capri. (They initially wed in a secret ceremony back in February.)

HEIDI KLUM, 46, MARRIES TOM KAULITZ, 29, FOR A SECOND TIME

“I wish we could’ve had more people! It was more intimate, but we couldn’t fit more people,” Klum said of the pair’s nuptials. “It was great. We danced until the sun came up, and it was nice because no one’s feet were hurting. It was so magical.”

Of Kaulitz, 30, the “America’s Got Talent: Champions” judge gushed:  “He’s really game for anything. We’re very similar that way. He enjoys life and is very generous. He’s super kind. I just found my partner finally, you know?”

HEIDI KLUM SHARES SULTRY PHOTO WITH TOM KAULITZ

Klum was previously married to Ric Pipino from 1997 to 2002, then to singer Seal —  with whom she shares four children — from 2005 to 2014. Kaulitz was married once before, to businesswoman Ria Sommerfield, from 2015 until August 2018. The Blast said that’s when they finalized their divorce after separating way back in 2016.

In July 2018 — four months after the pair first sparked dating rumors — Klum discussed her relationship with the musician and discussed their 17-year age difference.

“Lately, I’m being reminded more about my age by people other than myself,” Klum told InStyle at the time. “My boyfriend is many years younger than me, and lots of people are questioning that and asking about it. That’s really the only time when age seems to be shoved in my face and I have to give an answer for it.”

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She continued: “I don’t really think about it that much otherwise. You have to just live a happy life without worrying too much about what people think because worrying is only going to give you more wrinkles.”

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