The Hill–Bannon: Trump’s Strategy Is ‘Let the Warfighters Fight the War’


In contrast to the prior administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, according to the president’s Chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, Donald Trump prefers to leave tactical military decisions up to the military. Max Greenwood writes at The Hill: White House chief strategist Steve Bannon cast President Trump’s defense policy as one that puts military power into the hands of the “warfighters.” “The President believes the best thing to do is to let the warfighters fight the war,” Bannon told CNN. But the chief strategist also said that Trump has ultimately held onto his ability to oversee “anything important on the warfighting side,” according to CNN, adding that he has remained deeply involved in developing military strategy. “He hasn’t given up any of the strategic decisions,” Bannon said. Trump has increasingly empowered the Pentagon and military leaders to make tactical military decisions, breaking from the precedent of White House oversight carried out by both Republican and Democratic administrations in the past, CNN reported. Read the rest of the story here:
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Harvard Poll: Two-Thirds Say Russia Investigations ‘Hurting Country’


A Harvard University poll has found that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the FBI’s Russia investigations are “hurting the country” and a majority believe it is time for Congress and the establishment media to “move on to other issues.” The poll comes on the heels of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey that found that half of Americans believe the media’s Russia coverage has been “irresponsible/overdramatized.”
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WaPo’s Rucker: Democrats ‘Can’t Run Just as the Resistance Party’ – ‘They Need an Agenda, Some Ideas’

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On Friday’s broadcast of PBS’ “Washington Week,” Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker said Democrats lack a strong leader at the national level and can’t just be the resistance party if they want to win. Rucker commented on former President Obama’s statement against the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill by saying Obama is “trying to help galvanize Democrats, who don’t really have a strong national party leader right now.” He later stated, “[T]he bigger problem for the Democratic Party right now, is they need fresh faces, and they need a fresh message. They can’t run just as the resistance party. That’s what we learned in Georgia. That’s what we learned in all these other special elections. They need a vision for the future. They need a message. They need an agenda, some ideas, some policy ideas. Go out in the country. Try to figure out what a movement could look like. And they’re not there yet. They might get there by 2018, but they’ve got a lot of work to do as a party.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Very Fake News: After Breitbart Investigation, CNN Retracts Conspiracy Theory Hit Piece Attacking Trump, Associates Over Russian Fund


CNN has admitted it printed what President Donald Trump calls “very fake news” and retracted a demonstrably inaccurate hit piece on the President and his allies after a Breitbart News investigation uncovered significant inaccuracies and flaws in CNN’s work.
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Very Fake News: After Breitbart Investigation, CNN Retracts Conspiracy Theory Hit Piece Attacking Trump, Associates Over Russian Fund


CNN has admitted it printed what President Donald Trump calls “very fake news” and retracted a demonstrably inaccurate hit piece on the President and his allies after a Breitbart News investigation uncovered significant inaccuracies and flaws in CNN’s work.
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Maher: Trump ‘The Worst Person Ever’ – Healthcare Bill ‘More Like a Manifesto from the Zodiac Killer’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated President Trump is the worst person of all-time and compared the Senate healthcare bill to a manifesto by the Zodiac Killer. Maher began by saying Trump is “the worst person ever.” He added, “Democrats have to stop losing elections, because — sorry Republican viewers, I love you, but the wrong people are in power. And they are not afraid to use that power. And let me tell you, they are full of good ideas. This week, a Republican Congressman introduced a bill to make it legal for senators and representatives to carry firearms at work, there at the Capitol. Which sounds like a good plan, until [Senator] John McCain’s (R-AZ) cell phone rings and he answers his gun.” Maher later said that the Senate healthcare bill is “More like a manifesto from the Zodiac Killer. They should’ve published this by cutting out letters from the newspaper.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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