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Fox furthers ‘death panel’ hysteria with ‘death book’ claim

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Instead of discussing the weeks’ news Sunday, Chris Wallace devoted the first segment of “Fox News Sunday” to by trying to prove President Barack Obama’s administration was encouraging veterans to choose to die. “We’re going to do something different here today. Usually we discuss the news, but today we’re going to tell you about something you may never have heard about, what critics are calling the ‘death book,’ a 52-page pamphlet the Department of Veterans Affairs is using right now in end-of-life counseling for the nation’s 24 million veterans,” explained Wallace.

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Wallace talked to Jim Towey, the Bush administrations’ Director of White House Faith Based Initiatives. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Towey claimed a end-of-life planned document in use by the Veterans Administration was steering veterans to “predetermined conclusions.”

But Towey could benefit financially if the Veteran’s Administration drops the current material “Your life, Your choices” used for end-of-life consultations. Towey sells his own materials that compete with documentation currently in use.

Wallace pointed out Towey’s financial stake. “You have written an end-of-life document yourself called “Five Wishes,” which is widely used around the country. In the course of this controversy the last couple of days, V.A. officials are suggesting you want the government to buy and use your book,” said Wallace.

“They can if they want. Millions of americans do. But that’s not what this is about,” answered Towey.

This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Aug. 23, 2009.

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Melania Trump brags her husband ‘sees potential’ in the gays

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In a bizarre moment, the first lady announced that President Donald Trump is all for gay people.

Speaking to a crowd in Atglen, Pennsylvania, Melania Trump described the president as someone “who sees potential in everyone he meets, no matter their gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.”

She didn't use the typical term LGBTQ or even mention transgender people. But mentioning LGBTQ voters likely isn't a good idea in the Trump administration because of the laundry list of things they've done to hurt the community.

“Donald loves helping people and he loves seeing those around him and his country succeed,” Mrs. Trump added, claiming he has a “very big heart and a great sense of humor.”

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‘Reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty’: House issues scathing report on Trump migrant family separation policy

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The Trump administration knew it would not be able to reunite refugee and other migrant families as it ripped children—including infants—from the arms of their parents but did so anyway, according to a congressional report released Thursday on the U.S. government's family separation policy.

"The Trump administration's family separation policy lasted far longer than is commonly known and was marked by reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty."—House Judiciary Committee reportThe House Judiciary Committee spent 21 months investigating the planning and execution of the administration's policy, which resulted in the seizure of more than 2,500 migrant children—including some with physical and mental disabilities—from their parents. Its report (pdf) is the "first complete narrative of the inhumane family separation policy in the administration's own words."

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‘Dangerously out of touch’: Ex-White House adviser slams Trump and Larry Kudlow for bragging about the economy

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President Donald Trump's top economic and trade adviser Larry Kudlow is "out of touch," according to former White House economist Austan Goolsbee.

Speaking to MSNBC's Katy Tur, Goolsbee explained that Trump's celebration of the GDP is unwarranted because it took such a significant dive. It's a lot like losing $100 and getting back $60, said Tur.

"You score five runs in one inning, that is a good inning, but if you let up ten runs in the inning before that you're still way down," Goolsbee explained. "I think the numbers look very much like what happened in the job market over the summer. Where we started with a 21 million job loss, and we made back a little over half of that. And then we kind of stalled out. We're still adding jobs, but you also saw this morning another epically bad new unemployment claims number. You still have well over 700,000 people filing for unemployment insurance newly this week. Now we're seeing this on the GDP side. Certainly, this is a positive. You would not want a smaller number, but it has to be bigger and more sustained than what we saw today before we can say that we're back to normal."

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