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Mike Pompeo is killing US foreign policy and everyone has become numb to the routinized abuse: op-ed

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Mike Pompeo Freedomworks New Fair Deal Rally in Upper Senate Park outside the US Capitol, Washington DC on April 15 2013. (Mark Taylor/Flickr)

According to the Washington Post’s Daniel Drezner, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s leadership style regularly displays all of the flaws of a “Trumpist political appointee” which has ultimately “numbed all foreign policy observers to his necrotic effect on the State Department and U.S. foreign policy.”

Drezner writes that Pompeo has become the “21st-century avatar of Tartuffery” — believing himself to be so pious that he’s above ordinary rules and regulations, which is how he acts every time he enters into a “political gray zone.” He’s also an unrelenting partisan.

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“If politics is ostensibly supposed to stop at the water’s edge, then the secretary of state is supposed to embody that maxim by staying above the domestic political fray,” Drezner writes. “Traditionally, secretaries of state do not weigh in on domestic politics. They do not barnstorm across the country to speak to key domestic constituencies. They do not speak at political conventions.”

“This is not how Pompeo has behaved as secretary of state,” he adds.

Pompeo’s diplomatic accomplishments are meager at best, according to Drezner, and one example is his dealings with Iran.

“The United States keeps alienating allies as it tries to squeeze the theocratic regime in Tehran,” writes Drezner. “Meanwhile, Iran is closer to a nuclear program now than when Trump was inaugurated more than three years ago.”

Read the full op-ed over at The Washington Post.

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Trump supporter arrested for child abuse after striking 12-year-old girl with a flagpole: report

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A Florida man was arrested this week after he was caught on video assaulting a 12-year-old girl with a flag pole, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Norbert Eugene Logsdon Jr. was charged Wednesday with abuse of a child without great bodily harm. He was subsequently released in bail.

The incident was captured on video by the child's mother and was posted to Facebook. She and her daughter were driving past a sidewalk pro-Trump demonstration when the mother yelled something antagonistic to the Trump supporters. That's when Logsdon shoved the flagpole through the open right-front passenger window.

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Medical expert doubts Trump’s claim every American will have a COVID vaccine by April: ‘I don’t see how that’s possible’

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Speaking on CNN this Friday, professor of tropical medicine, Dr. Peter Hotez, pushed back on President Trump's claim that every American will have access to a coronavirus vaccine by April.

According to Hotez, there's "just too many unknowns right now" for Trump or any other administration official "to make such a statement.

Even if the vaccines currently in development work, "we don't have the details on the distribution," he added.

"There's going to be a lot of unknown questions," he continued. "We have to really take it in stages."

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Shocking emails document Trump administration’s scheme to muzzle the CDC — and misinform Americans

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Emails obtained by The New York Times detail how Trump administration political appointees sought to silence the Centers for Disease Control during the coronavirus pandemic.

"On June 30, as the coronavirus was cresting toward its summer peak, Dr. Paul Alexander, a new science adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services, composed a scathing two-page critique of an interview given by a revered scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," the newspaper reported. "Dr. Anne Schuchat, a 32-year veteran of the C.D.C. and its principal deputy director, had appealed to Americans to wear masks and warned, 'We have way too much virus across the country.' But Dr. Alexander, a part-time assistant professor of health research methods, appeared sure he understood the coronavirus better."

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