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Brett McGurk said Turkey firing on US troops wasn't a mistake

https://twitter.com/brett_mcgurk/status/1182756792675139584


Turkish forces have fired on a declared U.S. military outpost in northern Syria. Turkey knows all of our locations down to the precise grid coordinate as confirmed by SECDEF and CJCS only two hours ago. This was not a mistake.


Secretary Mnuchin today briefed from the WH podium that Trump signed an authorization to impose sanctions but that no sanctions have been imposed. This is meaningless nonsense. 100k people are already displaced and US soldiers are being fired upon. Whatís the bar for sanctions?


Hard truth: Erdogan knows that Trump wants U.S. forces to leave Syria. Putin knows that Trump wants U.S. forces to leave Syria. Khamenei and Assad know the same thing. Trump himself yesterday (incredibly) said we no longer have forces in Syria. We do, and today they were shot at.

Shep Smith is leaving Fox News

https://twitter.com/yashar/status/1182746538784759808?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet



MSNBC has a Trump campaign commercial which spreads lies about Biden in heavy rotation

It also shows a picture of Maddow and calls her a media lapdog. They must have aired it 10 times last night and I've seen it a couple times this morning already. MSNBC should have done the right thing, like CNN, and refused to air it.

The Donfather trailer by Eleven Films. This is not a movie . This is America

https://twitter.com/Eleven_Films/status/1181539774353424385

The Donfather trailer is out! This is not a movie. This is America - Eleven Films

https://twitter.com/Eleven_Films/status/1181539774353424385

Treasury inspector general to review handling of Trump's tax returns

Treasury inspector general to review handling of Trumpís tax returns


The Treasury Departmentís acting inspector general has opened a review into whether the Trump administration acted improperly during its ongoing fight with House Democrats over releasing President Trumpís tax returns.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has refused to comply with a request from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) for six years of the presidentís business and financial returns. Democrats have said a 1924 law explicitly gives them the authority to request the documents, but Mnuchin has denied the request, and now the matter is pending in federal court.

A focus of the fight is the mandatory audit program that the Internal Revenue Service conducts on the presidentís and vice presidentís tax returns.

As the fight has intensified, an IRS whistleblower in July filed a complaint with lawmakers and relayed concerns that at least one Treasury Department official attempted to interfere in that audit process.

On Monday, Neal sent a letter to Richard Delmar, Treasuryís acting inspector general, and asked for a review.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/10/04/treasury-inspector-general-opens-investigation-into-handling-trumps-tax-returns/

Bernie had a heart attack earlier this week

A heart attack caused Sen. Bernie Sanders to be hospitalized earlier this week, doctors say


Sanders, 78, who was released Friday from a Las Vegas hospital, experienced chest pains at a Tuesday campaign event. Doctors found a blockage in one artery and performed a stent procedure to clear it. ďSen. Sanders was diagnosed with a myocardial infarction,Ē his doctors said in a statement released by his campaign.
Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. His wife, Jane, said earlier this week that he would rest at home for several days before returning to the campaign trail.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2019/10/04/a-heart-attack-caused-sen-bernie-sanders-to-be-hospitalized-earlier-this-week-doctors-say/

Iranian Hackers Targeted Trump's Re-election Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO ó Iranian hackers targeted President Trumpís re-election campaign, two people with knowledge of the attacks said on Friday, in a sign of how cyberattacks could become a fixture of the 2020 presidential election.

Microsoft said in a report earlier Friday that hackers, with apparent backing from Iranís government, had made more than 2,700 attempts to identify the email accounts of current and former United States government officials, journalists covering political campaigns and accounts associated with a presidential campaign.

It was not clear what information ó if any ó had been taken in the attack on the Trump campaign, according to the two people, who were not allowed to publicly discuss the investigation. While the Microsoft report did not name Iranís targets, it found evidence that hackers had infiltrated email inboxes in at least four cases. But the four successful hacks tracked by Microsoft did not belong to a presidential campaign.

Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaignís communications director, said in a statement that ďwe have no indication that any of our campaign infrastructure was targeted.Ē

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/04/technology/iranian-campaign-hackers-microsoft.html

Trump's executive order has some stealth provisions that would blow up Medicare as we know it

https://twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/1179850904318742528



This provision would spike the cost of Medicare. Because premiums are linked to cost, premiums would skyrocket for seniors.

(b) The Secretary, in consultation with the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, shall submit to the President, through the Assistants to the President for Domestic and Economic Policy, a report within 180 days from the date of this order that identifies approaches to modify Medicare FFS payments to more closely reflect the prices paid for services in MA and the commercial insurance market, to encourage more robust price competition, and otherwise to inject market pricing into Medicare FFS reimbursement.


This provision is a fancy way of saying Medicare privatization. This is Paul Ryan's old plan. Learn more here: https://americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/reports/2011/12/16/10822/the-inherent-flaws-in-medicare-premium-support/


(b) The Secretary shall study and, within 180 days of the date of this order, recommend approaches to transition toward true market-based pricing in the FFS Medicare program. The Secretary shall submit the results of this study to the President through the Assistants to the President for Domestic and Economic Policy.

Note this stuff can probably be done under existing statutory authorities, if they decide to proceed. Scary stuff.

https://twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/1179882376488521729


If Democrats can't focus and weaponize this, god help us. We eviscerated Romney when he proposed Medicare privatization.

Ali Velshi said about 15 minutes ago that Trump is going to sign an EO on Medicare

Can he privatize it with an executive order?
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