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Think of it as Blue Apron for food stamp recipients.

That’s how Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described the Trump administration’s proposal to replace nearly half of poor Americans’ monthly cash benefits with a box of food. It would affect households that receive at least $90 a month in food stamps, or roughly 38 million people.

“USDA America’s Harvest Box is a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families — and all of it is homegrown by American farmers and producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. “It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] participants currently receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers.”

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Parents boycott ‘Peter Rabbit’ movie over food allergy scene:

“Peter Rabbit” has found itself in the middle of a food allergy controversy that has prompted some parents to boycott the animated children’s film and Sony Pictures to issue an apology.

The uproar began with a bundle of blackberries.
One scene shows the rabbit Peter and his forest friendsattacking their archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, by throwing blackberries at him. Mr. McGregor is allergic to blackberries and starts choking, having to inject himself with an epinephrine injector.

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African-American portrait artist: Can’t ignore Obamas’ choice of artists like us:

The artist who painted former President Barack Obama‘s official presidential portrait hailed the former first couple’s choice of black artists for both paintings, calling it a signal that it was now OK for the work of artists who look like them to hang in the halls of the world’s great institutions.

“We can’t not recognize the important significance of representation in art and the decision that this president and first lady have made in choosing artists like ourselves,” said Kehinde Wiley, a Yale University-trained painter who was the first African-American artist to execute an official presidential portrait for the National Portrait Gallery.
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Shaun White seeks Olympic redemption in Pyeongchang:

He’s an icon in his sport and one of the most recognizable and talked about figures at the Winter Olympics, but Shaun White has a score to settle at the Games.

The US snowboarder, 31, is chasing Olympic redemption and a chance to soothe the gnawing disappointment of four years ago.
He’s begun on the right track, too, leading the his favorite halfpipe event after two qualifying runs in Pyeongchang.
White has been in front most of his life. He went to Sochi looking for a “three-peat” — a third straight Olympic halfpipe gold medal to take his stock stratospheric.

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ICE grants 1-year stay to father of 5-year-old battling leukemia:

An undocumented immigrant who took refuge in a Phoenix church and whose son has leukemia was relieved Monday after finding out that he won’t be deported.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement granted Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas a one-year stay of deportation on a humanitarian basis.
Berrones, 30, told CNN’s Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” that he felt “happy” upon hearing the news that he would be able to stay in the United States and obtain a work permit.
His lawyer, Garrett Wilkes told Lemon that Berrones had regular check-ins with ICE every six months until December, when he was told that he would be deported in January.

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