Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: TANF Misuse   Rewatch 
March 14, 2023 1:52 AM - Season 10, Episode 4 - Subscribe

This week... News on Dominion Voting System's defamation case against Fox News indicating that neither Fox's hosts nor Rupert Murdoch believed Trump's claims of election fraud, with Tucker Carlson being captured in a text as saying, "I hate him passionately." Tennessee passes a drag show ban, because that's the biggest problem facing the state? The anti-LGBT bills come by way of Lt. Governor Randy McNally, who as it turns out has been commenting on social media about racy photos from a gay male influencer. And Now: Happy International Women's Day, From The Men Of Local News. It's as awkward as you think it is. Main story: TANF (on Youtube, 23 minutes), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. A lot of athletic (for some reason) celebrities are involved, but that obscures the fact hat the $77 million dollars that were misspent in Mississippi caused real harm. But Mississippi is far from alone in abusing the federal TANF program, with states ranging from using it for scolarships to well-to-do families to crisis pregnancy centers to literally nothing at all. Ugh. And Now: The Humble Beginnings of Rachael Ray.

Fox News: "The network that answers the question, 'What was on TV when grandpa died?'"
America's official slogan: "Ronald Reagan made it worse!"

The full contents of the taxpayer-funded album "Work Makes The Difference," from the welfare department of Riverside, California, is available on the Marketplace web site.

F.37: "D I V," JUDY HEUMANN, a disability rights activist that sadly passed away on March 4th. Wikipedia.
posted by JHarris (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What does DIV mean in this context?
posted by Paul Slade at 3:03 AM on March 14, 2023

DIV is 504 in Roman numerals. Section 504 is the US disability anti-discrimination law that Heumann protested for.
posted by fizzitt at 3:48 AM on March 14, 2023 [6 favorites]

Thank you for that Marketplace link. My wife really wants to hear the entire album.
posted by Servo5678 at 5:40 AM on March 14, 2023

I have since found that the album is also on Youtube. It's only 13 minutes long, but 10 songs in that!
posted by JHarris at 12:54 PM on March 14, 2023

That TANF misuse pairs well with that homeless thread. Government for the people, my ass.
posted by Marticus at 2:45 PM on March 14, 2023 [1 favorite]

posted by porpoise at 5:35 PM on March 14, 2023

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