New Details Emerge About Attack That Killed US Soldiers in Niger

New details are emerging about the attack that left four U.S. soldiers dead in Niger as U.S. congressional leaders are demanding answers from the Pentagon. The U.S. Green Berets (special forces), along with four Nigerian soldiers, were killed on October 4 in an ambush in Tongo-Tongo, a village near the border with Mali.

WHO director general rescinds Robert Mugabe's appointment as ‘ambassador' post

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The new head of the World Health Organization has rescinded an invitation to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the global health agency, saying he has heard the criticism the appointment generated.

Ex-presidents get the band together

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"The five living former presidents ... appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands," AP's Will Weissert reports:
  • "Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush gathered in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University, to try to unite the country after the storms."
  • "Texas A&M is home to the presidential library of the elder Bush. At 93, he has a form of Parkinson's disease and appeared in a wheelchair at the event. His wife, Barbara, and George W. Bush's wife, Laura, were in the audience."
  • "Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance."
  • "The appeal backed by the ex-presidents has raised $31 million since it began on Sept. 7, said Jim McGrath, spokesman for George H.W. Bush."
  • President Trump "offered a video greeting that avoided his past criticism of the former presidents and called them 'some of America's finest public servants.'"
  • "Four of the five former presidents — Obama, George W. Bush, Carter and Clinton — made brief remarks that did not mention Trump. The elder Bush did not speak but smiled and waved to the crowd."
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Trump Lied About Contacting Gold Star Families

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Documents reveal that Trump lied about contacting nearly every Gold Star family, and the White House was forced into scramble mode because they knew that Trump’s statement was not true.
Roll Call obtained the documents showing that the White House is scrambling to cover Trump’s lie, “The email exchange, which has not been previously reported, shows that senior White House aides were aware on the day the president made the statement that it was not accurate — but that they should try to make it accurate as soon as possible, given the gathering controversy. Not only had the president not contacted virtually all the families of military personnel killed this year, the White House did not even have an up-to-date list of those who had been killed. The exchange between the White House and the Defense secretary’s office occurred about 5 p.m. on Oct. 17. The White House asked the Pentagon for information about surviving family members of all servicemembers killed after Trump’s inauguration so that the president could be sure to contact all of them.”
The Trump administration cares so little about those who die serving their country that they didn’t have an accurate casualty list. The White House knew that Trump didn’t call all of the Gold Star families, but they never corrected him, or the public record. The Trump White House is astonishingly incompetent, and they cover their incompetence with arrogance and lies. Trump never contacted the Gold Star families because he didn’t even know who died.
You better believe that George W. Bush and Barack Obama knew and felt sadness and grief with a member of the US military lost their life. Donald Trump isn’t fulfilling the minimum duties of the presidency. If it wasn’t for his corruption, conflict, and frivolous waste of taxpayer funds, it would be the country had no president at all.


5 things from this week that didn’t involve Trump’s condolence calls

Here are five stories from the Trump administration you may have missed this week.
  1. D.C. Court weighs undocumented teen seeking an abortion must wait for a sponsor: Judges with the Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services has untilOct. 31 to find a sponsor for an undocumented teenage girl in order for the abortion she is seeking to move forward, the Washington Post reported.
  2. Women’s rights group sues DeVos over campus sexual assault changes: The women’s rights group Equal Means Equal is suing the Department of Education over its decision to rescind Obama-era rules about the way that campuses must handle sexual assault allegations.
  3. Trump’s pick to head White House environment council once called belief in climate change “paganism”: Trump’s new selection to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality once called belief in climate change a “kind of paganism” for “secular elites,” according to CNN. Kathleen Hartnett White, the former head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, was on a conservative online radio program in 2016 when she made the comments to the host.
  4. Fired New York U.S. attorney says Trump is vetting his replacement:According to former United States Attorney Preet Bharara, Trump has beenpersonally interviewing candidates for the position of U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Washington, D.C. The decision to personally vet U.S. attorneys in those two jurisdictions creates a potential conflict of interest for a president who may one day be investigated by those same attorneys for his New York-based businesses.
  5. EPA to restrict settlements with environmentalists: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has vowed to end the agency’s practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups. “We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the agency by special interest groups,” Pruitt said while announcing the new policy.


President Trump keeps flip-flopping on whether he supports a bipartisan bill to stabilize health care markets

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President Trump keeps flip-flopping on whether he supports a bipartisan bill to stabilize health care markets. And it has created a weird dichotomy in the Senate: No one's taking his position on the bill very seriously at any given moment, even though it needs his support to pass and become law.
Trump has shifted from sounding supportive of Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray's bill, to calling it a "bailout" for insurance companies, and back again, and back again. But Alexander and Murray — and a lot of their colleagues — are simply pushing ahead. And support for their bill seems to be growing, at least in the Senate, irrespective of what Trump says.
What they're saying: Axios's Caitlin Owens caught up with a few Republican senators to ask them how much Trump's vacillations are affecting things:
  • "Which one's he on now?" Sen. Johnny Isakson quipped as Caitlin began her question. Even with the president's shifting support of the bill, "I'm moving it ahead to try to get it in a position where if it's signed, it's a good law for Georgia," he said.
  • When asked if Trump changing his mind so much made it hard to predict where he'll land on the bill, Sen. Jeff Flake said, "I think that's rather obvious."
  • "They just need to pass it during the 5 minutes he is supportive," one GOP lobbyist said.
Be smart: It's awfully early in the administration for Trump's own party to be so securely on its own, independent trajectory. But Trump's opinion will likely hold more sway in the House — meaning, if he wants to pick a side, he could probably exercise some real leverage over the final product.


Russia-sponsored troll networks still operating, targeting America

WASHINGTON — The number of networks of Russian-sponsored trolls spreading propaganda to the United States and Europe may number in the hundreds, including the one team drawing wide attention for blitzing American social media outlets last year with divisive information in a bid to tip voter sympathies to Donald Trump, according to an Obama administration Pentagon official.

Were The Clintons Paid By Russia?

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Fact-Check: Were The Clintons Paid By Russia?

President Donald Trump kicked off Thursday with a series of tweets that all but accused Hillary and Bill Clinton of corruption and accepting of millions of dollars from Russia. He also slammed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for knowing about a deal that gave a Russian state-run company control of 20 percent of the uranium in the United States, but not shutting it down. “.

Putin Tells U.S. to Stop Making Fun of Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on U.S. citizens to stop disrespecting President Donald Trump, a trend that the Russian leader called a symptom of a poor political system in the U.S. Putin, who U.S. officials have accused of swaying the 2016 U.S. presidential race in Trump's favor, broke a streak of hostile diplomatic exchanges between…

Army Reserve green card ban “sends chilling message” to immigrants, veterans group says

U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Krzysztof Misiura (left) and Army Reserve Specialist Christian Joy Tecson, formerly of the Philippines, are sworn in as U.S. citizens in 2008. Source: M. Spencer Green/AP
The head of a group supporting immigrant veterans is condemning the Army Reserve’s temporary ban on green card holders as a “chilling” signal to permanent residents that they are not welcome in the U.S. military.
“I think it’s inconsistent with our military values and inconsistent with what America stands for,” Nathan Fletcher, chairman of the Honorably Discharged, Dishonorably Deported Coalition, said in a phone interview Thursday.
Mic reported Wednesday that the U.S. Army Reserve will not allow green card holders to enlist “for the time being” because of new background screening measures announced Friday. Under the new policy, which is effective immediately, permanent residents must complete a background check before entering basic training.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the move “ridiculous” in a recent interview with Mic. “It would cut down on a very valuable sector of men and women who are willing to serve our country,” he said.