No More Free Press for You, America!

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Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

As our leader likes to say—“enjoy!”

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • It’s one of those days where the president is reportedly “unraveling” and “consumed by dark moods,” so we’ve got a big week ahead of us, I guess—or maybe no week ahead of us at all, ha ha! A real quote attributed to the president in this Gabriel Sherman report, according to two unnamed sources, is: “I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!” Same, babe! [Vanity Fair]
  • So, speaking of unraveling, here we go: according to NBC News, on July 20, Trump, according to three officials who were in the room, pushed for a “nearly tenfold increase in the US nuclear arsenal” which is what reportedly drove his Secretary of State to refer to him as a “moron.” Following this NBC report, Trump evidently decided that reporters can no longer do news, declaring at an Oval Office meeting with Justin Trudeau that it is “frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write.” Then he tweeted: “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!” Hm, no, I would say that precisely this is Bad for country, and also—not to make it about me!—for my stomach biome, which is currently brimming with acid. [NBC, Washington Post]
  • He also threatened to terminate NAFTA again. [The Hill]
  • Trump has nominated Kirstjen Nielson, John Kelly’s former chief of staff, as Homeland Security Secretary. [ABC]
  • The White House is piling even more loans on Puerto Rico. [The Intercept]
  • Mitch McConnell is eroding more Senate traditions in an attempt to create a conservative Judiciary. [Politico]
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Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:

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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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DISCUSSION

Just in case this didn’t crop up here before now.

Last week, four American soldiers were ambushed and killed by terrorists in Niger. The NYT reports that they received no support from American helicopters. The command had previously asked for more resources from Congress.

Trump was notified almost immediately of the deaths. He has not tweeted once about the attack nor made any official statement. The dead soldiers returned home on Monday. Neither Trump nor anyone from the White House attended their arrival. Instead the President spent the day playing golf.

The right-wing media who made so much play about Benghazi haven’t pointed out the rank hypocrisy of a man who claims black football players quietly protesting police brutality are disrespecting the armed forces; but who cannot meet the dead, their relatives or even explain what those men were doing in West Africa.

This deserves to be a huge story and it’s not getting much traction.

Lots more detail here:

https://www.salon.com/2017/10/11/trumps-benghazi-ambush-of-u-s-soldiers-in-niger-goes-unnoticed