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Trump’s doctor now says it’s no big deal if his health is bad: ‘That’s why we have a vice president’

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Dr. Harold Bornstein drew a lot of criticism when he wrote a typo-riddled medical evaluation of then-candidate Donald Trump last year that declared Trump to be in “astonishingly excellent” health.

Now The Hill reports that Bornstein has only just realized that Trump will be the oldest person to ever take the office of the presidency — but he says it’s not a big deal because Vice President-elect Mike Pence can quickly take on the job if Trump happens to keel over.

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“If something happens to him, then it happens to him,” Bornstein said in an interview with STAT News. “It’s like all the rest of us, no? That’s why we have a vice president and a Speaker of the House and a whole line of people. They can just keep dying.”

Bornstein also pointed out that President Ronald Reagan suffered from “pre-senile dementia” during his time in office, but he said that it didn’t matter because no one ever brought it up.

“I mean, seriously, did they share that one with you, or did Nancy just cover it up?” he asked STAT News rhetorically.

Bornstein this past summer admitted that his original medical evaluation of Trump — in which he said that “if elected, Mr. Trump… will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency” — was scrawled down in just five minutes.

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Catholic peaders promised transparency about child abuse — but they haven’t delivered

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It took 40 years and three bouts of cancer for Larry Giacalone to report his claim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a Boston priest named Richard Donahue.

Giacalone sued Donahue in 2017, alleging the priest molested him in 1976, when Giacalone was 12 and Donahue was serving at Sacred Heart Parish. The lawsuit never went to trial, but a compensation program set up by the archdiocese concluded that Giacalone “suffered physical injuries and emotional injuries as a result of physical abuse” and directed the archdiocese to pay him $73,000.

Even after the claim was settled and the compensation paid in February 2019, however, the archdiocese didn’t publish Donahue’s name on its list of accused priests. Nor did it three months later when Giacalone’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, criticized the church publicly for not adding Donahue’s name to the list.

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Mike Pompeo’s behavior is straight out of Nixon VP’s playbook: historians

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s expletive-laden dust-up with NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly is on message for the Trump-led Republican Party. Complaining that Kelly’s question about Ukraine was “another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration,” Pompeo has rallied the Republican base by slamming a journalist doing her job.

Whether he knows it or not, Pompeo is drawing from a playbook written a half century ago and perfected by a politician once voted the worst vice president in American history. Secretary Mike Pompeo, meet Vice President Spiro Agnew.

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‘Our chances of ever exiting the nightmare are shrinking’: Paul Krugman explains how the GOP is getting worse

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It is a great detriment to civil discourse that the divide between left and right in the United States is often depicted as being purely cultural — as if one’s politics were solely mediated by aesthetics, such as whether one prefers shooting guns or drinking lattes. This fabulist understanding of politics is harmful inasmuch as it masks the real social effects of the policy agendas pushed by left versus right. Seeing politics as aesthetic transforms what should be a quantitative debate — with statistics and numbers about taxation and public policy, questions of who benefits more or less from policy changes — and devolves it into a rhetorical debate over values.

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