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This word from the anonymous New York Times op-ed may prove Mike Pence wrote it

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As the media world (and the White House) scrambles to figure out the identity of the anonymous senior Trump administration official who wrote a scathing New York Times op-ed rebuking the president, one producer thinks he may have figured it out.

Panoply audio producer Dan Bloom tweeted that the use of the word “lodestar” to laud the late John McCain not only ruled out people like Stephen Miller — it also stuck out because he’d heard it before.

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“‘Lodestar’ just seems like an unusual word to use in general, not to mention in an op-ed that’s going to be widely read,” Bloom wrote. He added that he researched whether White House chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis had ever used it, but it doesn’t appear that they had.

He then ran across the word in a speech Vice President Mike Pence made to the United Nations in 2017, saying that the NGO “must again be our lodestar, our ideal, and our aspiration.”

The term came up again two months later at a dinner, Bloom noted.

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Pence used it again in February 2018, the producer wrote — but he also was documented using it in 2011 as well.

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In subsequent tweets, Bloom noted that it couldn’t simply be attributed to Pence’s speechwriter Stephen Ford because he began working for the vice president in 2001, but the first usage that anyone had found was in 2001.

“The Times piece begins with a disclaimer that describes the author as: ‘a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure,'” Bloom wrote. “Pence is basically the only WH employee that cannot be fired, but as [I] read it, the language ‘job would be jeopardized’ is rather broad.”

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“Even if Vice President Mike Pence can’t be fired, if this were to go public, Pence’s influence and effectiveness would certainly be jeopardized,” he added.

“I could be totally wrong,” Bloom acknowledged, adding that his is a “speculative, unconfirmed theory” that is “based on words that came out of Vice President Mike Pence’s mouth.”

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Trump’s economic ‘brain trust’ ridiculed as America braces for a trade war recession: report

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President Donald Trump appears unprepared to deal with a potential recession, the Associated Press reported Friday.

"Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office," the AP reported. "The assembled brain trust for Friday’s urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV commentator; a trade adviser whose pro-tariff views are outside the economic mainstream; and a treasury secretary (joining by phone on his way back from vacation) who made millions off the housing crisis and then turned to financing Hollywood movies."

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Multiple federal departments have been pushing far-right propaganda to federal employees.

"An arm of the Justice Department regularly sent summaries and links to articles from an online white nationalist publication over the last year, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found. In addition, similar newsletters sent to the Labor Department, ICE, HUD and the Department of Homeland Security, included links and content from hyperpartisan and conspiracy-oriented publishers," BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

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The upcoming G7 summit meeting in Bairritz, France will have one more issue to grapple with after North Korea reportedly conducted missile tests.

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"North Korea has now conducted nine rounds of launches since early May. But this one's notable because it comes after Trump says Kim promised "this testing would stop when the exercises end." They did end Tuesday. And yet..." he noted.

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