Friday, September 7, 2018

Trump's no good, very bad day

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Trump's No Good, Very Bad Day
The call is coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE!
That's the White House, and the call was the New York Times op-ed piece, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," written by an anonymous "senior official" and blasting President Trump:
"The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. I would know. I am one of them."
Trump exploded at the op-ed—which came a day after damaging revelations in Bob Woodward's upcoming book, "Fear"—questioning its legitimacy and suggesting it is treasonous:
Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Washington insiders immediately engaged in a new game—trying to guess the identity of the author based on his or her phraseology—while others questioned the propriety of the Times' publishing the piece and critics challenged the author to come forward. (So far, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Intelligence Director Daniel Coats and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have denied writing it.)
One thing is clear, according to The Washington Post: "Trump already felt that he had a dwindling circle of people whom he could trust, a senior administration official said. According to one Trump friend, he fretted after Wednesday's op-ed that he could trust only his children."
U.S. Charges North Korean in Studio Hack

President Trump praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the same day that his Justice Department charged one of Kim's countrymen in the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A criminal complaint alleges that computer programmer Park Jin Hyok worked for the North Korean government to attack the computers of Sony, wipe data and expose personal information and emails to retaliate for the release of "The Interview," a movie that made fun of Kim Jong Un.
Trump's administration has previously blamed North Korea for launching a ransomware attack in 2017 that crippled an estimated 300,000 of the 2 billion Windows computers worldwide.
The news broke on the same day Trump praised North Korea's Kim on Twitter:
Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims "unwavering faith in President Trump." Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2018

VA Considers Unproven PTSD Treatments
President Trump tapped Jake Leinenkugel, a Wisconsin beer mogul, to advise the White House on veterans' issues, and he made mental health a priority. Leinenkugel has no training or experience in mental health issues.
That disconnect has left an opening for private companies to tout questionable or unproven treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new report by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.
PTSD has become a serious issue among veterans, with the number of vets receiving treatment growing more than 50 percent in the last eight years, Reveal reports. And the VA has not been able to hire or retain enough mental health professionals to keep up with demand.

This has led some private companies to try to cash in on the VA's predicament, taking money away from cheaper, proven treatment methods, Reveal reports:
"Some VA officials and veterans advocates are pushing for wider adoption of experimental treatments, arguing that no veteran should be denied therapy that could potentially help treat mental illness or lessen trauma.
"Yet others see these private interests as profit seekers, snake-oil salesmen or pill peddlers eager to bring veterans into a private system in which oversight is lax, PTSD expertise is thin and familiarity with military culture is limited."
Infowars' Alex Jones Crashes Sen. Rubio's Press Gaggle
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones had a contentious interaction on Capitol Hill in a video that quickly went viral.
Rubio warned Jones not to touch him after Jones patted Rubio's shoulder, prompting Jones to call the senator "a little gangster thug."
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