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Senator Capito, do you approve of the president’s actions?

Bounties in Afghanistan

From The New York Times:

Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says

It begins:

American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants . . .

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June 27, 2020

Because that’s what they do in the middle of a pandemic

Last evening, the Trump administration (with the help of Republican state attorney generals) filed to overturn and invalidate Obamacare

What happened?

From NPR earlier today:

In a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court, the Trump administration has reaffirmed its position that the Affordable Care Act in its entirety is illegal because Congress eliminated the individual tax penalty for failing to purchase medical insurance.

Solicitor General Noel . . .

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June 26, 2020

“What About The Next Time?”

A Wheeling News-Register editorial defends Trump’s coronavirus policies without once mentioning his name (with Update)

Yesterday’s lead editorial in the Wheeling News-Register defended President Trump by rewriting America’s short history of dealing with the coronavirus. (Like good propaganda, it rewrites the past in order to explain the present.) The editorial begins:

By the time we knew the enemy at our gates was a viciously specialized foe, it . . .

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June 24, 2020

How to lie with statistics

Trump/McKinley Paycheck Protection Program edition

On Tuesday, our local congressman, David McKinley, retweeted the following from the GOP and the White House:

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April 30, 2020

Hey, maybe no one will notice!

Trump fires chief watchdog on a Friday night in the middle of a pandemic

From Politico last night:

President Donald Trump has fired the intelligence community’s chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson, who was the first to sound the alarm to Congress last September about an “urgent” complaint he received from an intelligence official involving Trump’s communications with Ukraine’s president.

. . .

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April 04, 2020

“I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair a little mussed.”

Rationalizing the unthinkable to save Trump’s properties, economy, and election chances

The quote is from "Dr. Strangelove,"Stanley Kubrick's 1964 dark comedy about nuclear war. In the movie, a crazy general has given the "go" codes to a squadron of nuclear-armed B-52s to attack the Soviet Union. In the clip below, the president and his advisers are trying to prevent the planes from reaching their targets . . .

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March 24, 2020

As the pandemic gets worse and U.S. unemployment grows daily, the Trump administration will fight to force food stamp recipients to find work

Last December, I blogged about how 10,000 West Virginian’s (and 700,000 nationwide) would lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits due to new work requirements from the Trump administration.

Last week, that action was blocked by a federal judge. From the Associated Press:

A federal judge has . . .

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March 19, 2020

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