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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Forbes: Donald Trump has charged his own reelection campaign $1.3 million for rent, food, lodging and other expenses since taking office, according to a Forbes analysis of the latest campaign filings. And although outsiders have contributed more than $50 million to the campaign, the billionaire president hasn't handed over any of his own cash. The net effect: $1.3 million of donor money has turned into $1.3 million of Trump money.


It is becoming obvious that Trump and his enablers are gearing up their efforts to respond to the Mueller report. Their overall two-pronged strategy has been clear for a while now: assume that the special counsel will abide by Justice Department guidelines that a sitting president shouldn't be indicted, and (2) claim that the president has been exonerated because he hasn't been indicted. read more


President Trump on Thursday said the U.S. should recognize Israeli control of the disputed Golan Heights territory, delivering a diplomatic win for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of a tough reelection race. read more


Millions of Americans are waiting for Robert Mueller to give them the final word on whether the Trump campaign conspired with the 2016 Russian election interference effort -- and whether their president is under the influence of a foreign adversary. Millions of Americans may be sorely disappointed.


Migraine headaches, fatigue and dizziness were sidelining Bert Henriksen several times a week. Evenings were the worst, after his 30-mile commute home in his 2017 Ford Explorer. His behavior grew erratic. He'd get angry over minor things. "We were getting scared that he had some kind of a brain problem," said his wife, Megan. An answer came last March in a phone call from his doctor: A blood test revealed that Henriksen had been exposed to toxic levels of carbon monoxide gas. read more


An off-duty pilot in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet jumped in to help crew disable a malfunctioning flight-control system as it experienced difficulties in October, according to Bloomberg. The next day, with a different crew, the same plane crashed into the sea off Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. read more


The concertina wire installed under the Trump administration to reinforce the U.S.-Mexico border - by U.S. soldiers who missed holidays with their families - is now being stolen and used to protect Tijuana residences as the city grapples with a surge in crime, officials confirmed Monday.


A judge has struck down the laws Wisconsin Republicans passed in December's lame-duck session of the Legislature, restoring powers to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, if only temporarily. Dane County Judge Richard Niess ruled Thursday that all of the laws and appointments passed by legislators were unlawful because they met in what's known as an "extraordinary session," which isn't explicitly allowed under the state constitution. read more


US companies are moving tech jobs to Canada rather than deal with Trump's immigration policies. Recent immigration data shows the US is issuing fewer total visas to these types of workers than in previous years. This is a result of an executive order Trump issued in 2017 to review the H-1B process and make good on his pledge to "Hire American." It's also made the whole process of sourcing these workers much more difficult, which in turn makes the hiring process more expensive. Some 60 percent of applications required additional paperwork in the last quarter of 2018, twice as much as two years earlier. read more


President Donald Trump told aides that he wants Patriots owner Robert Kraft to come with the team on the celebratory White House visit, despite the bad optics of a President cozying up to a man allegedly caught in a high-profile prostitution sting. read more


Can two versions of reality exist at the same time? Physicists say they can -- at the quantum level, that is. Researchers recently conducted experiments to answer a decades-old theoretical physics question about dueling realities. This tricky thought experiment proposed that two individuals observing the same photon could arrive at different conclusions about that photon's state -- and yet both of their observations would be correct. For the first time, scientists have replicated conditions described in the thought experiment.


In an indignant rant, former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) railed against President Donald Trump for calling soldiers "suckers" for going to Vietnam when Trump managed to avoid it. This is the guy that showed up and said, 'I don't want to go to Vietnam, like [McCain] did,'" Kerrey explained. "He said, 'I wasn't eligible to go to Vietnam because I had bone spurs.' You don't grow out of bone spurs. I call on the president, get your feet x-rayed. Let's see those x-rays. I want to see. While John McCain was flying combat operations in Vietnam, you were, I think, falsifying that you had bone spurs in order not to go to Vietnam. Now, I know lots of people who avoided the draft, but this isn't what he's saying. He said I physically couldn't go. Well, Mr. President, get your feet x-rayed and let's see those bone spurs. I don't think he has them."


The bill requires a carrier to reduce the cost sharing a covered person is required to pay for prescription insulin drugs by an amount equal to the greater of 51% of the total rebates received by the carrier per prescription insulin drug including price protection rebates or an amount that ensures cost sharing will not exceed 125% of the carrier's cost for the prescription insulin drug, subject to a maximum out-of-pocket cost of $100 per one-month supply of insulin. The bill requires the department of law to investigate the pricing of prescription insulin drugs and submit a report of its findings to the governor, the commissioner of insurance, and the judiciary committees of the senate and house of representatives. read more


According to a study led by Michigan State University professor Mark Skidmore, some $21 trillion in Pentagon accounting transactions, made over a 17-year period, lack supporting data. This doesn't mean the money is gone -- the Pentagon only received roughly $9.2 trillion in budget money during that time -- but it does mean the system is so choked with bad numbers, we have little idea of what mischief might be taking place at the Department of Defense. Here's a brief list of some of the problems likely lurking in the Pentagon's books.


Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is under investigation by the Pentagon's internal watchdog for allegedly boosting his former company, Boeing, while on the job. In a Wednesday statement, the Department of Defense inspector general said it "decided to investigate complaints we recently received," which might show that Shanahan acted "in violation of ethics rules." read more


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