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Trump still hasn’t filled 26 positions that help prevent and respond to bioterrorism threats: report

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Despite biological hazards like Zika, Ebola and anthrax continuing to threaten Americans and people worldwide, President Donald Trump still hasn’t filled key positions that would prevent or respond to these and a plethora of other “bioterrorist” threats.

According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration still hasn’t filled 26 jobs across multiple government agencies “that are vital for national decision-making about how to prevent, detect and respond to bioterrorism threats.” Many of these positions include those that fund and plan medical “countermeasures” to both natural threats like Ebola and chemical ones likes anthrax.

The positions could also help prevent deaths like the “hantavirus” that killed three people in Washington state this week.

As a report from earlier this week reveals, lab made chemical agents like those found in North Korea have increased worries about what America’s enemies may use against them — and with the Trump administration dragging its’ feel on these essential anti-bioterrorism positions, those dangers increase exponentially.

The rank and agencies of these positions range from the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (which doesn’t even have a nominee) to the unconfirmed surgeon general, multiple assistant State Department positions and others in the departments of defense and Homeland Security.

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Trump has also failed to fill a single position in the White House’s science division.

 

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Trump asked right-wing conspiracy theorist congressman to help him pick his next Director of National Intelligence

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On Monday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump is consulting with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) about who he should consider to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Nunes has led the Republican side of the House Intelligence Committee since 2015 and chaired the committee for four years, despite having no professional qualifications of any kind for that role. Since 2017, he has been known for his stunts and conspiracy theories intended to discredit the Russia investigation and throw suspicion on anyone who looks into Trump's conduct.

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Conservative newspaper hilariously trolls Trump about his failure to build any new border wall

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The conservative Washington Examiner trolled President Donald Trump for his failure to construct any new border barricade during his 30 months in office.

On Monday, Trump lashed out at the media on Twitter for not giving him positive coverage for his wall, which he erroneously claimed would be paid for by Mexico.

The Examiner replied to Trump on Twitter, posting an article headlined, "Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office."

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Here’s how a new study implies the Supreme Court has killed 16,000 people since 2012

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A new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research looked into the effects of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion to people below 138 percent of the poverty line, which has seen nearly 15 million people enrolled in participating states. The results were encouraging: the mortality rate for near-elderly adults has dropped over 9 percent in the four years for which data is available.

But while this is cause for celebration, The Atlantic staff writer Annie Lowrey offered a darker take on the implications of these numbers:

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