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This Is Trump's America

Exclusive: More than 100 U.S. troops diagnosed with brain injuries from Iran attack - officials

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is preparing to report a more than 50 percent jump in the number of cases of traumatic brain injury stemming from Iran’s missile attack on a base in Iraq last month, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said there were now over 100 cases of TBI, up from the 64 that had been previously reported last month.

The Pentagon declined to comment.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pentagon-tbi-exclusive/exclusive-more-than-100-u-s-troops-diagnosed-with-brain-injuries-from-iran-attack-officials-idUSKBN2041ZK?il=0


Schoolhouse Rock for the 2020's.





A Slow-Motion Looting

OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, nearly every institution of American life has taken on the unmistakable stench of moral rot. Corporate behemoths like Boeing and Wells Fargo have traded blue-chip credibility for white-collar callousness. Elite universities are selling admission spots to the highest Hollywood bidder. Silicon Valley unicorns have revealed themselves as long cons (Theranos), venture-capital cremation devices (Uber, WeWork) or straightforward comic book supervillains (Facebook). Every week unearths a cabinet-level political scandal that would have defined any other presidency. From the blackouts in California to the bloated bonuses on Wall Street to the entire biography of Jeffrey Epstein, it is impossible to look around the country and not get the feeling that elites are slowly looting it.

And why wouldn’t they? The criminal justice system has given up all pretense that the crimes of the wealthy are worth taking seriously. In January 2019, white-collar prosecutions fell to their lowest level since researchers started tracking them in 1998. Even within the dwindling number of prosecutions, most are cases against low-level con artists and small-fry financial schemes. Since 2015, criminal penalties levied by the Justice Department have fallen from $3.6 billion to roughly $110 million. Illicit profits seized by the Securities and Exchange Commission have reportedly dropped by more than half. In 2018, a year when nearly 19,000 people were sentenced in federal court for drug crimes alone, prosecutors convicted just 37 corporate criminals who worked at firms with more than 50 employees.

With few exceptions, the only rich people America prosecutes anymore are those who victimize their fellow elites. Pharma frat boy Martin Shkreli, to pick just one example, wasn’t prosecuted for hiking the price of a drug used to treat HIV from $13.50 to $750 per pill. He went to prison for scamming investors in a hedge fund scheme years before. Meanwhile, in 2016, the CEO whose company experienced the deadliest mining disaster since 1970 served less than one year in prison and paid a fine of 1.4 percent of his salary and stock bonuses the previous year. Why? Because overseeing a company that ignores warnings and causes the deaths of workers, even 29 of them, is a misdemeanor.



WARREN: Everyone thinks they know what fights are unwinnable, UNTIL we fight, persist--and win.


People are worried that the fight against Donald Trump could be unwinnable. I've been winning unwinnable fights my whole life, from fighting for the CFPB to unseating an incumbent Republican.

Everyone thinks they know what fights are unwinnable, until we fight, persist—and win.


Giant Trump rat balloon outside of Mar-a-Lago


Grisham busted by CNN host for lies about being shunned by networks: 'Tapper tried to book her'

Stephanie Grisham busted by CNN host for lies about being shunned by networks: ‘We reached out, Tapper tried to book her’

During a segment on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Brian Stelter called out seldom-seen White House press Stephanie Grisham for complaining that he has been shunned by the unidentified cable networks, saying she has been invited multiple times by his network and has avoided them.

As the CNN host explained, Grisham has been a constant presence on Fox News — but nowhere else.

“She’s on Fox a lot. She was on the Hannity show on Friday,” Stelter told his panel. “She claims she was turned down by some networks, that she wants to be on-air, she’s willing to be on air and been turned down.”
“For the record, we did reach out, we put her on our list again this weekend, she still hasn’t responded,” he continued. “Jake Tapper tried to book her on State of the Union — she was not available. I don’t know if she is lying or misinformed or if it’s strategic or not. I don’t what to make of it, but just to be clear, the invitation stands.”


Bloomberg out with another scorcher of an ad.

He really is Trump’s worst nightmare in some ways.


Senate Republicans and the Trump administration are doing the investigations Zelensky didn't

Lindsey Graham: “The Department of Justice is receiving information coming out of the Ukraine from Rudy to see -he told me -they created a process that Rudy can give information and they would see if it’s verified,” he said on CBS, adding he’s a “crime fighter, “loyal” to Trump


This picture tho...

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