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George Conway: Even if the White House is telling the truth — we’d have no reason to believe them

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Republican lawyer George Conway tweeted Sunday night that even if the story the White House is spinning about President Donald Trump’s trip to Walter Reed makes perfect sense, there’s no reason to believe them.

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The tweet shared a Washington Post report from Karen Tumulty who further explained the sentiment.

“It’s a good bet he White House is not telling the truth when it claims Trump was at Walter Reed ‘to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam,'” Tumulty tweeted. “We know this because — well because those people lie about pretty much everything.”

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“Who could forget the fables from his personal physician, Harold Bornstein, who released a letter in 2015 assuring the nation that an overweight 70-year-old man with a lifetime of bad eating habits and an aversion to strenuous exercise would be ‘the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency?'” she wrote for The Post. “Bornstein later said Trump himself had dictated the letter.”

She also recalled the “miraculous growth spurt” that happened between 2012 and 2018, comparing his driver’s license and the physical exam. He was then one pound away from being obese.

It’s for this reason that she’s asking for a second opinion.

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“So now the oldest president in U.S. history claims the purpose of his two-hour medical visit, which was not on his public schedule, was to conduct ‘phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year,'” she quoted from Trump’s tweet. “Phase one? What does that entail? Has anyone else ever taken a routine physical in installments spread out over months? Has he signed up for some kind of quirky flexible spending plan with his insurance?”

Read her full piece at The Washington Post.

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No let-up in French strikes as fresh turmoil hits weekend

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The most serious nationwide strike to hit France in years caused new weekend travel turmoil on Saturday, with unions warning the walkouts would last well into next week.

The challenge thrown to President Emmanuel Macron over his plans for radical pension reform has seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets and key transport services brought to a standstill.

The strikes, which began on Thursday, have recalled the winter of 1995, when three weeks of huge stoppages forced a social policy U-turn by the then-government.

Unions have vowed a second series of mass demonstrations nationwide on Tuesday after big rallies on Thursday and there is expected to be little easing of the transport freezes over the coming days.

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PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires

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California's Pacific Gas and Electric will pay $13.5 billion to settle lawsuits over its role in a series of wildfires that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes, the utility giant said Friday.

Faulty PG&E powerlines were blamed for sparking last year's so-called Camp Fire in northern California -- the deadliest in the state's history -- that left 86 people dead.

Outdated facilities including vulnerable wooden poles and failure to deforest land surrounding high-voltage transmission lines were blamed for the inferno, prompting accusations the San Francisco-based firm had put profit before safety.

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Russia likely listened to Trump when he used unsecured phone to call Giuliani: security officials

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Russia likely learned of President Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings months before they were exposed by a whistleblower report, because he used unsecured phone lines to speak with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, current and former officials told The Washington Post.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Phone records released in the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report this week showed that Giuliani made multiple calls to a blocked number listed as “-1.” Though Trump is not identified by name in the records, investigators believe the number belongs to Trump, and administration officials confirmed that Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured lines.

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