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Republicans were incensed that Obama saluted a Marine while holding a cup of coffee.

Then they elect a fool who salutes the military leaders of foreign, and still hostile, powers.
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Trump is the best Russian President in history.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Around [summer 2017], Mr. Trump had an idea about how to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, which he got after speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin: If the U.S. stopped joint military exercises with the South Koreans, it could help moderate Kim Jong Un’s behavior.
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Racism is alive and well in America, but you already knew that.

White teen hits and kills a black man with his truck. Calls the victim a "n***er" and complains on Snapchat about the bumper damage.

It's unclear if he can be charged with anything without the cops proving that it was intentional.

Thread here: https://twitter.com/shaunking/status/1002182711723855873

Lots of racists posting replies with links to replacement and upgrade bumpers.

News article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/06/01/a-teen-killed-a-black-man-with-his-truck-then-called-him-a-racist-slur-online-police-say/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a6a750daab5e
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“Just tell us what Vladimir has on you. Maybe we can help.”
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When you admire authoritarians, what else would you expect? Praising authoritarian countries and slandering democracies.
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Lead is a nasty neurotoxin, folks. You can’t tell you’re poisoned; you just can’t think straight, or you have a short temper, or any of a hundred other things.

It was used in paint way back when because lead oxides give a brilliant white. And that’s why you have to assume it’s in any paint pre-1978, since paint typically uses white as a base color.
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Wow, this isn't going to look good on his record.

I wonder if this would have made national news if he wasn't an FBI agent and was simply one of the millions of open/concealed-carry citizens in the nation.
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From a scientist who’s been in the drug-development trenches for decades...

“The “right-to-try” legislation I wrote about the other day has indeed been signed into law. And I will again publicly predict that it will do virtually nothing for critically ill patients, while opening the door even wider to abusing them for profit (now under the cover of law). But what I wanted to note was an incident yesterday.

“The FDA itself issued a press release on the signing of the bill, saying that “Our implementation of the Right to Try Act will build on our long-standing efforts to help patients and families who are facing life-threatening diseases or conditions, in a way that seeks to protect their autonomy, their safety, and the safety of others following in their paths.” Gottlieb himself has mentioned that new policies might have to be written to deal with the law as written. But Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin (an author of the bill) detects a hidden agenda in that sort of language. He has sent an open letter to Scott Gottlieb and the agency, making his intent as clear as possible:

“This law intends to diminish the FDA’s power over people’s lives, not increase it. It is designed to work within existing FDA regulations, definitions, and approval processes. It is not meant to grant FDA more power or enable the FDA to write new guidance, rules, or regulations that would limit the ability of an individual facing a life-threatening disease from accessing treatments.”

“Just in case you were wondering. He’s also asking to meet personally with Gottlieb as soon as possible so he can hammer these points home a bit more, which sounds like fun. But I find Senator Johnson’s faith in our drug-discovery abilities touching and a bit embarrassing. He really does seem to believe that there are all sorts of cures that are just being stifled by masses of regulation, and that he’s really connecting desperately ill people with the medicines that they just haven’t been able to get until now. That isn’t true, but it’s pretty to think so, isn’t it? At the signing ceremony, the President made his own views quite clear:

“Thousands of terminally ill Americans will finally have hope, and the fighting chance, and I think it’s going to better than a chance, that they will be cured, they will be helped. . .”

“Of all the concepts and facts I would like to see the President grasp, I will admit that those relating to drug discovery and development are rather far down the list. But still. What are people going to do when this law has been on the books for a while with no real effects? Or no real effects but bad ones? Does Scott Gottlieb (or his successor) get hauled in to explain why? Or (a more likely outcome), does no one ever bother to go back and check on anything after having taken their victory laps?”

I’ve seen the conspiracy mongering that the FDA is somehow suppressing a plethora of treatments from both sides of the spectrum. It’s not true. Proving a treatment is real takes forever because there’s no way to accelerate disease progression (or lack thereof) in a trial. If you’re testing an Alzheimer’s drug, there’s no way to run the Phase III trials in less than a decade because the disease is that damn slow.
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