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Trump Blames SEALs Death On Military: They Lost Ryan

(Huffington Post) President Donald Trump on Tuesday dodged responsibility for a botched mission he ordered in Yemen last month, placing the onus on the military and Barack Obama’s administration instead.

Bill Owens, the father of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy SEAL who died in the operation, demanded an investigation into his son’s death over the weekend. Owens further revealed he couldn’t bear to meet Trump at the airport as Ryan’s casket was carried off the military plane last month.

Asked about the matter during an interview with Fox News’ “Fox ‘n’ Friends,” Trump repeatedly said “they” were responsible for the outcome of the mission, in reference to the military.

“This was a mission that was started before I got here. This was something they wanted to do,” he said. “They came to me, they explained what they wanted to do ― the generals ― who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan.”

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Raid on Yemen that left Navy SEAL dead yielded NO significant intelligence, U.S. officials tell NBC

(NBC News) Last month's deadly commando raid in Yemen, which cost the lives of a U.S. Navy SEAL and a number of children, has so far yielded no significant intelligence, U.S. officials told NBC News.Although Pentagon officials have said the raid produced "actionable intelligence," senior officials who spoke to NBC News said they were unaware of any, even as the father of the dead SEAL questioned the premise of the raid in an interview with the Miami Herald published Sunday.

DonViejo

McConnell: Republican Agenda 'Is Exactly The Same As The Trump Agenda'

(TPM) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Monday that congressional Republicans’ agenda "is exactly the same as the Trump agenda." McConnell, addressing reporters alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) outside of the White House on Monday afternoon, made reference to Trump’s planned address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday. That is a bold commitment, given the parts of Trump’s professed agenda that run against Republican orthodoxy.

Miles Archer

GOP frontrunner in Louisiana House race caught posing in racist Tiger Woods blackface costume

(Raw Story) Robbie Gatti, the frontrunner candidate in the 8th District race is seen in the photo with his face and neck completely covered in black paint. The photo was revealed by a conservative Louisiana politics outlet, The Hayride. In a statement on his Facebook page, Gatti confirmed the photo was real, though he did not issue a formal apology.

demmiblue

Insane Betsy DeVos Press Release Celebrates Jim Crow Education System as Pioneer of School Choice

(Slate) Donald Trump met Monday at the White House with the leaders of a number of historically black colleges and universities. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos commemorated the meeting with one of the more bonkers statements you will ever see a 21st century politician make, somehow twisting an attempt to bring up her pet issue of school choice into praise for the segregated higher education system of the Jim Crow South.

DonViejo

Pentagon reporter: I don't know any military commander who thinks Trump's plan is going to work

(Raw Story) On the heels of President Donald Trump's declaration that the United States must "start winning wars again," CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr revealed military leaders have a different opinion. "There are a lot of questions about what the president means," Starr told Wolf Blitzer.

DonViejo

Trump: 'Nobody Knew That Health Care Could Be So Complicated'

(TPM) President Donald Trump told a bipartisan group of governors at a White House reception Monday morning that GOP tax reform would have to wait for lawmakers to move on repealing Obamacare, cautioning that, "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated."

"I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject," Trump said.

For health policy experts and Democrats who spent the last eight years overhauling the nation's health care system in the face of GOP intransigence, Trump's admission that health care is hard dripped with irony. Republicans, in the mean time, voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but made little progress on settling on what their replacement would look like, a conundrum that is haunting them now.

hexola

George W. Bush opens up on Trump's war with the media, Russia and travel ban

(Today) In a wide-ranging interview that shied away from directly criticizing the current commander in chief, former President George W. Bush said it's critical for the media to hold accountable “people who abuse their power." He also rejected the current administration’s controversial immigration policy.

"I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We needed the media to hold people like me to account," Bush told TODAY in an exclusive interview. "Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power."

deminks

Exclusive: Spicer arranged CIA, GOP intelligence push-back

(Axios) White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone and connected outside officials with reporters to try to discredit a New York Times article about Trump campaign aides' contact with Russia, then remained on the line for the brief conversations, Axios has learned. Ten key points:

Why it matters: The new details show how determined the West Wing was to rebut a front-page Times report on Feb. 15 that Trump campaign aides "had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election."

Who was involved: The officials reached by Spicer were CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-N.C), according to a senior administration official. The reporters were from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, the official said. Spicer provided reporters' phone numbers to House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who offered to make the calls himself, according to the official: "He was in and out of an event."

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