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Reince Priebus scrambles to stop aides from slipping internet hoaxes on Trump’s desk: report

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Aides to President Donald Trump regularly print out fake news and internet hoaxes and place them on the president’s desk in the hopes that he will read them, according to a new report from Politico.

Sources tell Politico that the situation has grown so dire that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus recently sent out a memo asking aides to not put any news stories on the president’s desk, out of fear that they may turn out to be hoaxes that he will impulsively tweet about.

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One recent incident involved Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland printing out a fake Time magazine cover purportedly from the 1970s that predicted a coming Ice Age. As Time itself has documented, the cover was doctored as part of a hoax intended to spread misinformation about climate change.

“Trump quickly got lathered up about the media’s hypocrisy,” Politico writes. “But there was a problem. The 1970s cover was fake, part of an Internet hoax that’s circulated for years. Staff chased down the truth and intervened before Trump tweeted or talked publicly about it.”

This is relevant because aides will regularly slip Trump stories to manipulate him and get him on board with their agenda — Trump’s infamous tweet about former President Barack Obama illegally wiretapping Trump Tower, for instance, reportedly came after he read an article that was placed on his desk that falsely claimed Obama had spied on him during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Additionally, Politico‘s sources say that Trump fired Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh earlier this year after someone slipped an article posted on conspiracy theorist Chuck Johnson’s website alleging that Walsh was responsible for all the damaging leaks coming out of the administration.

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US ‘lies’ slammed after Mike Pompeo blames Iran for drone attacks without proof

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi forcefully rejected Sunday unsubstantiated charges by by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) regarding the recent drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations.

“It has been around 5 years that the Saudi-led coalition has kept the flames of war alive in the region by repeatedly launching aggression against Yemen and committing different types of war crimes, and the Yemenis have also shown that they are standing up to war and aggression,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in a statement.

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Why are college students so stressed out? It’s not because they’re ‘snowflakes’

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Across the country, college classes are well underway, the excitement of the start of the year is waning and student stress is on the rise. Frantic calls home and panicked visits to student health services will start to dramatically increase. And before long, parents and observers will start wondering what is wrong with these kids. Why can’t they handle the pressures of college and just pull it together?

College student stress is nothing new. Anxieties over homesickness, social pressures, challenging course loads and more have been a common feature of the U.S. college experience for decades. But, without question, student stress levels and psychological distress are measurably worse than before. According to a national study published earlier this year in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, major depression among young adults (18-25) rose 63 percent between 2009 and 2017. They also report that the rate of young adults with suicidal thoughts or other suicide-related outcomes increased 47 percent from 2008 to 2017.

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Kaiser healthcare workers plan for nation’s largest strike since 1997

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More than 80,000 Kaiser Permanente emergency medical technicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other staffers are threatening to walk out of work next month, in what could be the nation's largest strike since 1997.

The authorization to strike, approved by 98% of the union members who voted, does not mean a walk out will happen, but it does allow union leaders to call one as early as Oct. 1, giving them leverage ahead of negotiations with the California-based health care giant. Kaiser Permanente, comprised of 39 hospitals and nearly 700 medical officers, serves more than 12 million members in seven states across the country.

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