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On Wednesday while meeting with reporters at the White House, President Donald Trump repeatedly insisted that Republicans "have the votes for healthcare," despite the fact that Mitch McConnell had withdrawn voting on Graham-Cassidy due in fact to a lack of votes. Trump seemed to be improvising when he stated "We have one senator that's in the hospital," a statement which was easily proven false. It was one of several times that Trump made the false assertion, later going on twitter to report "we have the HCare Vote."
Trump’s pick to head up the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is Jon Adler who previously was president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. Adler also sat on the advisory board for a controversial detoxification program based on pseudoscience invented by L. Ron Hubbard and pushed by the Scientology cult under various names over the years. This current incarnation of the detox program once known as Narcanon is called Heroes Health Fund (HHF). The group purports to offer support for “firefighters, police, EMTs, veterans, and others harmed by toxic exposures in the line of duty.” That program has existed under a variety of names over the years, including Purif, the Purification Rundown, Narconon, and the Hubbard Method. It posits that bodies and spirits can be “purified” through a combination of extensive sauna-induced sweat sessions, a niacin-heavy multivitamin, light exercise, and the consumption of pure vegetable oil. Hubbard, of course, had no medical training of any kind, and his detoxification method has been denounced by countless institutions and medical professionals.
Donald Trump Tweeted Wednesday morning upset about the NBC story which reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, may have been prompted to call Trump a "moron" in a private meeting in July because Trump had told his top officials he wanted a tenfold increase in the US nuclear arsenal. Trumps tweet is a question to challenge the license of the network saying it's "bad for country". This however, is an empty threat as Trump does not have the power to shut down a network due to the policies of the FCC as well as the constraints of the first amendment.
Despite what Donald Trump implied in a Tweet Wednesday about NBC, FCC officials and experts say pulling the network's license as punishment for 'fake news' is highly unlikely to happen. In his tweet Trump wrote, "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” FCC officials, who have pointed out the threat is empty, says that the commission doesn’t give broadcasting licenses to networks like Comcast-owned NBC. While a process exists for challenging a station's license renewal after an eight-year term, successful challenges are very rare.
Legal Group Files FOIA Requests on Whether Trump Is a Moron
On Thursday, a legal group filed three separate Freedom of Information Act requests to learn if President Donald Trump is a “moron” and must be removed under the 25th Amendment. Seriously, that’s how they titled their statement, obtained by Law Newz: “Legal Advocacy Group Files Urgent Freedom Of Information Act Request Of Government Information On Whether President Trump Is A ‘Moron.'”
Free Speech for People said:
Free Speech for People, a nonprofit that describes itself as nonpartisan, was started in opposition to the controversial ruling in Citizens United, and has previously opposed Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.Under Trump’s command, Cabinet members and even high-ranking Republicans have reportedly questioned whether Trump has the mental capacity to serve as President. Americans have a right to know whether the President is mentally fit for office, and the Cabinet and Congress have a responsibility to protect the country if he is not.
On Thursday, the group asked for documents and the like regarding whether the president’s mental capacity was ever questioned by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, and former Security of Homeland Security John E. Kelly. Accordingly, FOIA requests were filed separately with State, Defense, and DHS. Law Newz reached out to all three agencies for a response.
The “moron” reference is in regard to a NBC report, in which three anonymous officials claimed Tillerson called the president a “moron” after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon. It’s unclear what specifically sparked the comment, though NBC later reported that according to three anonymous officials, Trump said in the meeting that he wanted to increase the United State nuclear arsenal by ten times.
Top officials have done their best to put on a friendly face, and dismiss reports. Mattis called the news about the nuclear arsenal “absolutely false.” Kelly himself, now Chief of Staff, has said he has no plans on leaving. Tillerson has denied reports that he wanted to resign, though he did not deny calling the president a moron.
Trump is idiosyncratic. That much is clear. It’s an oft-cited reason why his supporters voted for him. But a recurring criticism of his administration is whether his personal behavior could be a sign of some sort of mental deterioration, and whether cabinet members would need to remove him under the 25th Amendment. This has never happened to a president. Law Newz columnist Robert Barnes argued in February that incapacity under the law is a very narrow concept. For example, one must be in a coma, or otherwise incapable of providing for their own basic need.
“To be incompetent or incapacitated, as any lawyer knows, compels a very high standard of proof of completely inability to function,” he wrote.
Henry Kissinger’s ‘sage wisdom’ is estimated to have caused 4 million deaths worldwide – and Trump wants his advice on foreign policy
LeVar Burton bombarded with angry tweets from Trump fans who think he’s LaVar Ball
You might have read a little something about LaVar Ball and Donald Trump having a feud going on lately. It turns out most Trump supporters have as well and they are not happy with LaVar. The problem is, they are taking it out on the wrong one.
It all started when LaVar’s UCLA basketball player son LiAngelo was busted in China for shoplifting. Trump was over there for other reasons and spoke to President Xi about the situation and the three players who stole some sunglasses were allowed to return to the US.
Then, LaVar didn’t thank Trump, though his son did. Nevertheless, true to form, the president got angry and started tweeting, saying, “I should have left them in jail!”
Next, LaVar does an interview with CNN that went completely wild. Host Chris Cuomo couldn’t get over the fact that LaVar refused to thank Trump but Ball was steadfast in his position.
Now, poor LeVar Burton, of Reading Rainbow and Star Trek fame, has gotten roped into this mess because angry Trump supporters are mistaking him for LaVar Ball.
Burton brought the situation to light on Twitter after receiving multiple angry tweets.
Read some of the mad tweets he has been getting below.
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