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Soledad O’Brien schools USA Today on why they didn’t have to publish factually inaccurate Trump op-ed

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USA Today published President Donald Trump’s op-ed on Wednesday and have been receiving criticism ever since.

The factually inaccurate piece made several claims by Trump attacking the Medicare for All plan proposed by progressives.

“Throughout the year, we have seen Democrats across the country uniting around a new legislative proposal that would end Medicare as we know it and take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives,” Trump wrote.

The plan, coined by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would actually expand Medicare to all Americans, which is why it’s called “Medicare for All.”

Trump also claimed that as a candidate he “promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums.”

That too wasn’t exactly accurate. He may have made the promise as a candidate, but he’s already broken the promise. When Republicans sought to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Trump campaigned heavily for a bill that would remove protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

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In a tweet Thursday, NPR’s Peter Sagal tweeted that he understands USA Today‘s dilemma, because, “He’s the President! Of the United States! How do you say to the President, I’m sorry, unlike every other President since we were founded, we’re not letting you print your Op-Ed in our paper because you’re a liar and these are lies?”

Journalist and humanitarian Soledad O’Brien said that such a reasoning was “bull.”

“How bout—we’re gonna run this through [our] fact checkers and get back to you with some edits, so this piece matches our standards for truthfulness,” she replied.

As of August, the majority of Americans want a single-payer healthcare system.

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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