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San Juan mayor: Trump living in ‘alternative reality world’

“President Trump is living in an “alternative reality world” after he gave his administration a 10 out of 10 rating for its hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, the mayor of San Juan said” writes Kara Zupkus for washingtonexaminer.com. In an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said Friday she would give the administration “a 1” out of 10 rating, adding “the administration has been unresponsive.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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A former diplomat says Trump officials wouldn’t let her talk about Obama’s foreign policies

“A former US diplomat who resigned earlier this year in protest of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s leadership said Trump administration officials wouldn’t let her teach new Foreign Service workers about foreign polices under former President Barack Obama” writes Brennan Weiss for businessinsider.com. She was also told to stop distributing materials as part of the Foreign Service education curriculum that made any mention to Obama-era policy. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Trump: Russia Uranium Deal Biggest Story “Fake Media” Won’t Follow

“Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow!”” reports thehill.com. President Trump on Thursday blasted the media, saying it doesn’t want to cover an Obama-era uranium deal with Russia.Trump frequently targets the media, blasting networks for their coverage of his administration. Source: thehill.com Share This:

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Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility, and spousal abuse

“His documents alarmed other White House officials, who worried that such unverified information could end up steering White House policy, the two administration officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the internal documents, which were not released publicly” writes Damian Paletta for sun-sentinel.com. Two administration officials gave differing accounts of Navarro’s memo, which was prepared and shared last month. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Trump just made a huge move that could blow up Obamacare

“Some health-policy experts have said that without the payments, the individual insurance exchanges could be devastated as insurers leave and premiums skyrocket” writes Bob Bryan for businessinsider.sg. After multiple failures by Republicans to pass legislation to overhaul the US healthcare system, Trump has pursued measures to undermine the stability of the ACA, the landmark healthcare law also known as Obamacare.The Trump administration has kicked the can down the road on the appeal and appropriated the payments on a monthly basis, attempting to use them as leverage in multiple negotiations with…

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T-Mobile and Sprint may be getting close to a merger. Here’s what you need to know.

“As recently as last week, staff members at the Justice Department were said to be skeptical of a Sprint/T-Mobile deal” reports washingtonpost.com. On the one hand, a merger with Sprint might give T-Mobile enough scale to take on the bigger dogs.In a deep dive on a hypothetical Sprint/T-Mobile merger earlier this summer, industry analyst Craig Moffett estimated that Sprint and T-Mobile would together close as many as 3,000 retail stores.This logic could help push the Trump administration to block a Sprint/T-Mobile merger.Not only would the administration be seen protecting American…

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Harvard demonstrates what’s wrong with universities in one single-minded panel

“The four panelists are: Obama administration Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Obama administration U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, Obama administration Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Obama administration Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz” writes Michael Rubin for washingtonexaminer.com. There are real and serious foreign policy debates out there: Congress will soon renew its debate as to the merits of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the so-called Iran nuclear deal.It seems at Harvard that racial and gender diversity are the end-all and be-all defining perspectives, but there is no quarter given to ideological…

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If Senate can pass budget resolution, tax cuts have good chance: Zoellick

“Robert Zoellick, the longtime Bush administration official and Republican foreign policy hand, says tax reform has a surprisingly good chance if the Senate is able to pass a budget resolution” writes D C for marketwatch.com. Speaking to the Institute of International Finance’s annual conference, Zoellick said the chances for tax reform are between 50% and 60% if Senate Republicans can pass a budget bill.The former World Bank president, U.S. trade representative and deputy secretary of state was less sanguine on the Trump administration.The House of Representatives already has passed a…

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Trump celebrates healthcare stocks tanking after executive order ending key Obamacare subsidies

“Trump, who announced ending the payments Thursday night, celebrated that stocks related to the healthcare industry took a sharp dive on Friday after the news” writes Harrison Jacobs for businessinsider.com. “Health Insurance stocks, which have gone through the roof during the ObamaCare years, plunged yesterday after I ended their Dems windfall!”. Centene and Molina Healthcare, which both have significant Medicaid business and offer some individual insurance plans, dropped 3.33% and 3.37% respectively.”Obamacare has proven itself to be a fatally flawed law, and the House will continue to work with Trump administration…

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White House unveils ‘new strategy’ for Iran

“The Trump administration announced a “new strategy” for dealing with Iran that involves issues falling outside of the “myopic” nuclear agreement, the White House said Friday ahead of Trump’s announcement of his plan for the deal” reports tehrantimes.com. Trump is expected to decline to certify the Iran nuclear deal during a speech on Friday, although he is not expected to scrap the deal altogether.”The Trump administration’s Iran policy will address the totality of these threats from and malign activities by the Government of Iran and will seek to bring about…

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