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Monday, January 01, 2018

President Trump has fired the entire council that advises his administration about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. Patrick Sullivan, an epidemiologist at Emory University in Atlanta who works on HIV testing programs, told the newspaper the members were informed by letter this week that their terminations were effective immediately. The Washington Post said the council, which was set up in 1995, makes national HIV/AIDS strategy recommendations -- a five-year plan which sets out how health officials should respond to the epidemic. ... The mass dismissal follows the resignation in June of six other representatives of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, who said at the time they were frustrated with Trump's health care policies. read more


Sunday, December 31, 2017

During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia's top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton. About three weeks earlier, Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign. ... The information that Mr. Papadopoulos gave to the Australians answers one of the lingering mysteries of the past year: What so alarmed American officials to provoke the F.B.I. to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign months before the presidential election? It was not, as Trump and other politicians have alleged, a dossier compiled by a former British spy hired by a rival campaign. read more


Saturday, December 30, 2017

President Donald Trump appeared to know little, if anything, about international trade deals during an exchange with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March this year. White House officials reportedly characterized the talk as "humiliating." The Republican Trump asked Merkel about creating a new, bilateral trade deal between Germany and the U.S., even though, as a member of the European Union, Germany cannot strike such a deal without the other 27 members of the union, according to The New York Times. Merkel was afraid to fully correct Trump since White House aides told German officials the four-term chancellor had been condescending to Trump during one of their first phone calls.


U.S. President Donald Trump sat down Thursday for a rare interview with a media outlet other than Fox News, holding an impromptu 30-minute session with New York Times reported Michael Schmidt at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Fla. He made nearly one false claim per minute -- 25 false claims in all. The Star is keeping track of every false claim Trump makes as president. As of Dec. 22, Trump had already made 978 false claims; adding the Times interview, the tally will pass the 1,000 mark in the next update. Here's every false claim Trump made in the interview.


Friday, December 29, 2017

President Donald Trump has now golfed for three consecutive days, despite the fact that he vowed to get back to work on the day after Christmas. While there's nothing inherently wrong with the president golfing, it does make things awkward for Trump given his past relentless criticism of former President Barack Obama's golfing habits. Given this, Trump has repeatedly downplayed or tried to conceal his own golfing exploits, despite the fact that he has hit the links in his first year more times than Obama did during his first year in the White House in 2009. Now Washington Post data reporter Christopher Ingraham has spotted some code in Trump's website that shows it will display an error message in the event of an internal server error that bashes Obama's golfing. "Oops! Something went wrong," the message begins. "Unlike Obama, we are working on fixing the problem ... and not on the golf course."


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