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‘Incompetent idiots or liars’: Trump administration slammed for hushing up Russian military bounty plot

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In an extended rant on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” national security expert Malcolm Nance ripped into Donald Trump and his advisors over the report that Russia has been paying terrorists bounties for killing U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan, saying it is an affront to all who serve overseas.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, Nance was unsparing in his criticism of the president and his national security advisors.

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“The statements by Kayleigh McEnany, the press secretary, [John] Ratcliffe, the DNI and now coming out of Donald Trump himself, I can tell you personally that these are lies,” Nance excitedly explained. “There is a special reporting communications system that we have set aside for very imminent, very critical threat intelligence when it is recognized and identified which gets these reports to the desk of the president or into the president’s hands 24/7, 365, in no more than ten minutes for the initial report.”

“I have actually generated reports like this,” he continued. “These reports are not normal.”

“They are dancing around the word ‘briefed,’ and we have lost 20 service members in Afghanistan — that’s five Benghazis according to the way they count,” he elaborated. “So what we need to do is we need to determine through other sources whether it’s the House or the Senate intelligence community to determine if this type of communication went through that network or whether this was, you know, some sort of reporting that came from another source and that was bought into the PDB [presidential daily briefing] or not. They are dancing around the word briefing and it’s disgraceful. Whether it happened or didn’t happen should have been confirmed before this report went to the New York Times and if they’re denying it, then they’re either incompetent idiots or they’re liars — both could be true.”

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Trump ripped as a ‘traitor’ by veterans for his mask photo-op at Walter Reed Hospital

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The veteran advocacy organization Vote Vets on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump for holding a photo-op at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

After a round of golf on Saturday, Trump traveled to the hospital to be photographed by the press pool wearing a mask, which was a first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vote Vets, which says it has raised over $120 million since being founded in 2006 and made over 50 million voter contacts, released a new video on Trump's visit.

The ad says it shows "what wounded warriors see when Trump comes for a photo-op."

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Trump’s push to reopen schools prematurely is an assault on states’ rights that may prove deadly

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It’s hard to avoid a sense of déjà vu as the Trump regime threatens to withhold federal education funding from states that refuse to re-open their schools this fall. The contours of the “debate,” such as it is, perfectly align with the one we had a couple of months ago about re-opening businesses in the midst of a pandemic.

Then, as now, conservatives tried to frame the issue as a choice between re-opening and staying stuck in quarantine indefinitely. Those less moored to reality, including the President, insisted that proponents of quarantines were only motivated by a desire to undermine Trump’s prospects for re-election. The real divide at the time was between those of us who wanted to follow the science, build up adequate testing and contact-tracing capacity and re-open safely once the rate of infection had declined, and those, mostly on the right, who wanted to re-open prematurely either because they believed we’d achieve herd immunity if we let the outbreak run its course or because they thought Covid-19 was a “hoax” that was no more serious than the seasonal flu.

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How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months

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Diana Berrent was one of the first people in her hometown of Port Washington, New York, to get COVID-19. Back then, in early March 2020, only immunocompromised and seniors were believed to be high-risk; hence, as a 46-year-old yoga practitioner and runner, Berrent was "shocked" when she woke up with a 103-degree fever and respiratory infection — symptoms that strongly suggested she had coronavirus, which was later confirmed by a test.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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