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Trump Administration Updated picks as of Jan. 3, 2017

List revised and updated to 8 p.m. Tuesday 3 January 2017:

Department of State 
Secretary – Rex Tillerson
Ambassador to the United Nations – Nikki Haley
Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China – Terry Branstad
Ambassador to the State of Israel – David Friedman
Special Trade Representative – Robert Lightizer
Special Representative for International Negotiatons – Jason Greenblatt

Department of the Treasury 
Secretary – Steven Mnuchin

 Department of Defense 
Secretary of Defense – Gen. James Mattis
Secretary of the Army – Vincent Viola
Secretary of the Navy – ??
Secretary of the Air Force – ??

Department of Justice 
Attorney-General of the U.S. – Jeff Sessions
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (fixed-term) – James Comey
Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration – ??

 Department of the Interior 
Secretary – Ryan Zinke
National Park Service – ??
Bureau of Indian Affairs – ??
Bureau of Land Management – ??

Department of Agriculture 

 Department of Commerce 
Secretary – Wilbur Ross
Deputy Secretary – Todd Ricketts

Department of Labor 
Secretary – Andy Puzder

 Department of Health & Human Services 
Secretary – Tom Price
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Seema Verma
Commissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA) – ??
Surgeon-General of the U.S. – ??

 Department of Housing & Urban Development 
Secretary – Dr Ben Carson

 Department of Transportation 
Secretary – Elaine Chao

 Department of Energy 
Secretary – Rick Perry

 Department of Education 
Secretary – Betsy DeVos

Department of Veterans’ Affairs 

 Department of Homeland Security 
Secretary – Gen. James Kelley
Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – ??

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Office of the President 
Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus
Chief Strategist – Steve Bannon
Counsel to the President – Donald F. McGahn II
Counselor to the President – Kellyanne Conway
Special Advisor on Regulatory Reform – Carl Icahn

Presidential communications staff 
Press Secretary – Sean Spicer
Director of Strategic Communicatons – Hope Hicks
Director of Communications – Jason Miller
Director of Social Media – Dan Scavino

 National Security Council 
National Security Advisor – Gen. Michael Flynn
Deputy National Security Advisor – Kathleen T. McFarland
Chief of Staff – Lt Gen. Keith Kellogg
Senior Director of Strategic Communications – Monica Crowley

 Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor
Special Assistant to the President – Thomas Bossert

Director of National Intelligence 
Director – ??
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – Mike Pompeo

 Office of Management & Budget 
Director – Mick Mulvaney

 National Economic Council 
Chairman – Gary Cohn

National Trade Council (new)
Chairman – Peter Navarro

 Council of Economic Advisors 
Chairman – ??

 Environmental Protection Agency 
Administrator – Scott Pruitt

 Small Business Administration 
Administrator – Linda McMahon


Cabinet Secretaries and some others will need US Senate confirmation …..

Courtesy of DSD…..

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Update on Legal Marijuana in Colorado and Washington State…

The studies on use are similar…

But do NOT come to same conclusions…

The nation’s first recreational marijuana shop opened nearly three years ago in Colorado. Since then, a growing body of research has shown that the availability of recreational marijuana — in Colorado and elsewhere — is having little to no effect on teens’ propensity to smoke weed.

That’s the conclusion, at least, of the official statistics out of Colorado through 2015. It’s what federal data shows nationwide through this year. And it’s also backed up by other federal surveys of drug use in the states where marijuana is legal.

The data on this point has been consistent enough that longtime skeptics of the merits of marijuana legalization, like Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, are expressing surprise at the findings. “We had predicted based on the changes in legalization, culture in the U.S. as well as decreasing perceptions among teenagers that marijuana was harmful that [accessibility and use] would go up,” Volkow told U.S. News and World Report earlier this month. “But it hasn’t gone up.”

However, a study out Tuesday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics flies somewhat in the face of the new conventional marijuana wisdom. Examining marijuana use among high school students in Washington state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012, it finds that rates of marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period.

The authors posit that reduced stigma about marijuana use is one factor leading to the results that they observed.

“Our study suggests that legalization of marijuana in Washington reduced stigma and perceived risk of use,” said lead author Magdalena Cerdá of the University of California in Davis in a news release, “which could explain why younger adolescents are using more marijuana after legalization.”

The findings are something of a puzzle….


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Originally posted in 2010 and that’s good enough for 2016!….


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First American Earth Orbit Astronaut John Gleenn has is gone….

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He was 95 and had also been a US Senator from Ohio….

John Glenn, who became an American hero as the first U.S. citizen to orbit the Earth and then relived that glory 36 years later as the oldest man to go into space, has died. He was 95.

Glenn, who also served for 24 years as a U.S. senator from Ohio, died after being hospitalized in Ohio on Wednesday.

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake confirmed his death, releasing a statement Thursday.

“The Ohio State University community deeply mourns the loss of John Glenn, Ohio’s consummate public servant and a true American hero. He leaves an undiminished legacy as one of the great people of our time,” he wrote.

In his first historic flight, Glenn circled the Earth for nearly five hours in a tiny spaceship on Feb. 20, 1962. To return to space on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1998, he had sold himself as a human guinea pig who — at 77 — would demonstrate the effects of space travel on the elderly…..


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Next!…Trump complains about Drug prices….

Trump turns his ‘jawboning’ arrow at Drug prices….

Biotech and pharmaceutical stocks rose after the election, reflecting investor optimism that a Trump presidency would mean less focus on drug prices. Not so fast, president-elect Trump said in his interview for Time ‘Person of the Year.’

“I’m going to bring down drug prices,” Trump told Time in an interview in his dining room after the election. “I don’t like what has happened with drug prices.”

No additional detail about what Trump would do to lower drug prices was available, and his transition team did not immediately respond to requests for more information.

But Adam Fein, president of Pembroke Consulting, a firm focused on pharmaceutical economics, said that what Trump may be doing is sending a signal to the industry.

“Historically, a lot of manufacturers have increased the prices of their products at the beginning of the year,” Fein said. “I think that president-elect Trump is trying to send a message to sort of encourage manufacturers to not take their usual price increases. . . . He may be trying to use his bully pulpit to signal, ‘you should change the system’ — without necessarily saying how he’s going to change the system, or what should be done.”…


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People are smoking cigarettes less…

…from the NY Times…

For the first time since record keeping began 50 years ago, the number of Americans who smoke cigarettes has dropped below 40 million.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that between 2005 and 2015, the percentage of cigarette smokers declined to 15 percent from 21 percent. There were significant reductions in smoking across all ages, races and ethnicities, socioeconomic levels and regions of the country.

In 2005, there were 45.1 million smokers in the country. By 2015 there were 36.5 million.

Sixteen percent of men and 14 percent of women smoked in 2015, down from 24 percent and 17 percent in 2005.

Smoking declined most sharply in the youngest age groups. But 13 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds, 18 percent of 25- to 44-year-olds, 17 percent of 45- to 64-year-olds, and 9 percent of those over 65 were still smoking….


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Judge’s ruling in Texas free’s hundreds of Immigrants Mother’s with Children in Texas….

The Texas State judge cited overcrowded facilities and resources as the reason for the actions as the Government is unable to handle the number of mothers and children detained humanely….

There are numerous feeder suits in the works against the conditions in holding facilities also….

Hundreds of women and children were released from two family detention centers over the weekend, after a Texas state judge sided with critics who say the facilities more closely resemble jails than child care centers.

The mass releases were a victory for immigrant rights advocates, who argue that it’s unnecessary and inhumane to lock up undocumented mothers and kids seeking asylum in the U.S.

The state lawsuit focused narrowly on emergency rules designed to allow the detention facilities to meet Texas’ child care licensing standards. But the state case arises out of ongoing federal litigation, which has put Immigration and Customs Enforcement on notice that these facilities are not acceptable places to house kids.

“This may not be the end of our legal battles,” said Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership, which brought the state lawsuit. “But for now, if these facilities want to apply to operate as child care facilities, they have to do it like any other child care facility ― rather than the state designing a rule that fits prisons.”

Mothers and kids, most of them from Central American countries, can languish at the detention centers for months while their cases move forward in immigration court. The lucky ones are released to sponsors, often family members, so ICE knows where they are.

But they usually trickle out just a few at a time….



Even while Trump & Co. gear up to tramp down in illegal Immigration?

They will become responsible to HOW people are treated in the  system….

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Apple watch Sales keep dropping….

Apple needs to concentrate more on fixing it’s iPhones and upgrading it’s computers….

And stop with the watches and driverless cars…..

While the Apple Watch remains the world’s best selling smartwatch, the latest data from market research firm IDC reveals basic wearables “reign supreme” as consumers gravitate towards simple, dedicated fitness devices—which also typically cost less than the Apple Watch and other smartwatches.


Shipments in millions (Source: IDC)

Basic wearables accounted for 85% of the market and experienced double-digit growth in the third quarter, according to IDC. Fitbit remained the leader with 23% market share, up from 21.4% a year ago, on the strength of its new Charge 2 fitness tracker. Fitbit shipped an estimated 5.3 million wearables in the quarter.

Xiaomi trailed in second as its $14.99 Mi Band is priced well below any competing wearables, allowing the Chinese company to capture 16.5% market share based on an estimated 3.8 million shipments in the quarter. Xiaomi’s market share remained virtually unchanged from 16.4% a year ago.

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch captured just a 4.9% share of the broader wearables market in the quarter based on an estimated 1.1 million shipments, according to IDC. Comparatively, in the year-ago quarter, Apple had an estimated 3.9 million Apple Watch shipments for a much higher 17.5% market share….


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Trump makes fun of Hillary Clinton having pneumonia….

Proving that he has NO sense of class?

Trump wallows in the gutter….

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump mocked Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s recent bout with pneumonia by swaying and stumbling on stage during a late-night campaign rally Saturday in Pennsylvania.

“Here’s a woman she’s supposed to fight all of these different things and she can’t make it 15 feet to her car,” Trump told supporters in Manhiem, Pennsylvania.

The real estate mogul, then swayed side to side, and took a few stumbling steps away from his podium — an attempt at mimicking Clinton’s recent departure from a Sept. 11 memorial event in lower Manhattan, where aides helped escort her into a van after she fell ill at the ceremony.

Clinton, who had been diagnosed with pneumonia two days before the memorial, took three days off from campaigning to recover. Trump at the time sent his regards to Clinton, telling Fox News “I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail.”

Saturday night Trump questioned Clinton’s “stamina”, five days after making similar comments during their Sept. 26 debate at Hofstra University….


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The new African-American Museum….


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Washington’s National Museum of African American History and Culture that opens Sept. 24……

Tanzanian-born architect David Adjaye designed the museum’s tiered exterior to look like a bronze, filigreed crown, a shiny counterpart to the chalky marble behemoths that make up the bulk of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums on the Mall and beyond. Inside, the exhibit areas are bifurcated, with several subterranean levels offering a haunting history of slavery, segregation and African Americans’ fight for civil rights. Sweeping staircases and ramps zigzag throughout these lower levels, a move partly aimed at preventing crowds from clogging around elevator banks or getting lost in what still might feel like a cavernous expanse. Upstairs, cheerier galleries showcase the artistic, pop-culture and military accomplishments of black Americans.

In terms of scale, everything about this 400,000 square-foot museum feels outsize: Director Lonnie Bunch said the museum is bracing for 10,000 visitors a day; by contrast, New York’s Met Breuer museum got 1,600 daily visitors during its first four months earlier this year. Some of the highlights in the Smithsonian museum’s permanent collection can be touted in tonnage—from a segregated, 1920s railway car (80 tons) to a Depression-era Angola Prison watchtower (18 tons). There are two cabins in the history galleries to show how people lived before and after emancipation. And dangling over it all like a mobile is a blue-and-yellow airplane used by the Tuskegee Institute to train black pilots during World War II…

The museum can trace its roots to 1914 when black Civil War veterans first asked Congress to build a museum to chronicle the saga of African Americans. The request languished for decades until historians took up the cause in the late 1980s. In 2003, an act of Congress ordered the Smithsonian to establish the country’s only national museum dedicated to documenting African-American history and culture. It now joins the Smithsonian’s national museums for American history, Native American history, air and space and modern and contemporary art on the Mall.

Mr. Bunch said time will tell if the result measures up to global expectations. “A lot of Americans understand our history first in terms of African-American culture,” he said, “so how can we take their experiences and help everyone better understand what it means to be American?”



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Political Roundup For Thursday, September 15, 2016…Trump’s mediacl saga…RRH Elections…

As I was out last night, I noticed that the sun was completely set by around 7:30pm. It was a stark reminder that the summer is ending, and that autumn is quickly approaching. Today, we are 54 days from the election. A lot is going to happen between today and November 8.

Presidential News:

Trump: The Trump story about medical records has become impossible to follow. Trump’s folks–who include Mike Huckabee’s daughter–continue to insist that Trump will release the results of last Friday’s physical “this week.” That could be today, tomorrow, or Saturday even I suppose. But Trump did release another letter from his gastroenterologist on the Dr. Oz. taping yesterday.

Hillary: Hillary’s physician released a letter, unsurprisingly stating that Hillary is healthy and “fit to serve” as U.S. President. Hillary is taking Levaquin for her current pneumonia.

Israel: Trump supporters have opened a campaign office in the West Bank town of Karnei Shomron.

Powell: In yet another hack, Colin Powell’s emails were released in which he heavily criticized the Clintons and Donald Trump. I realize the material is great, but the fact that Powell was also hacked basically means that no public figure is safe.

Polling (No Link): Someone pointed something out to me yesterday that is bad news for Trump. You can give Trump the electoral votes of every state in which he’s led any poll in the last two months–favorable pollsters and outliers included–and still Trump would only get to 266 EVs. In short, let’s not kid ourselves. Clinton is still a heavy favorite….


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Trump and Clinton release some medical info…

The medical reports show NO problems with either candidate….

Just days after it took Clinton’s team 48 hours to disclose a case of pneumonia and a debate about the candidates’ transparency erupted, both the Democrat and the Republican took steps toward providing the public with more medical information — Clinton going bounds further than Trump in an effort to reassure voters.
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While the Republican filmed an appearance on the Dr. Oz show — a safe environment — to discuss select details of his health, his opponent’s campaign released updated letters from both Clinton’s and running mate Tim Kaine’s physicians depicting a relatively healthy pair.

Not to be outdone, it took less than an hour before Trump’s campaign said his running mate Mike Pence would soon release health information of his own.

The back-and-forth was not only about the two candidates’ health, however. It was just as much about secrecy — an issue that has dogged both campaigns from Day One.

As Clinton’s campaign released the ticket’s information on Wednesday evening, it sought to go on offense: a pop-up message on the campaign’s landing page for the medical information declared, “It’s outrageous that Donald Trump hasn’t met basic transparency standards with his medical records and tax returns.”

Clinton’s new records released on Wednesday painted the picture of a candidate with low cholesterol (without taking a statin) and seasonal allergies. She also takes a thyroid medication, and as the campaign has previously disclosed, she takes a blood thinner, Coumadin. As far as the pneumonia, Clinton’s strain was non-contagious and bacterial, and she was instructed to stay on antibiotics for 10 days.

The latest letter from Bardack declares that Clinton “continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as President of the United States.”


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So she has Pneumonia…She showed Up….’Let the Screamers Scream’…..

 By Laurence Lewis   @ Daily Kos….
Scranton, PA - AUGUST 15:  Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a rally with Vice President Joe Biden at Riverfront Sports athletic facility on August 15, 2016 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton focused her speech on the economy and bringing jobs to the key swing state of Pennsylvania.   (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Presidents get sick. Presidential candidates get sick. President George H.W. Bush vomited and fainted at a state dinner in Japan. George W. Bush the Lesser fainted after choking on a pretzel. Presidents also don’t announce every minor illness they have. Serious, debilitating, or life-threatening conditions should be disclosed—but not every flu or pneumonia or normal passing bug.

Hillary Clinton either fainted or at least wobbled and needed help getting into a car, but she didn’t need to be hospitalized, and an hour later walked out of her daughter’s apartment, waved, briefly spoke, hugged a small admirer, and overall looked fine. But some in the media are caterwauling. Of course.

We now know that Clinton has pneumonia. And despite that, she showed up at the September 11 memorial, on a hot, humid day, and stood in a packed group for a long ceremony. Given her pneumonia, it was too much. Not life-threatening, not bad enough to require hospitalization, and something from which she quickly recovered, but more than she could handle. Let the screamers scream.

Hillary Clinton shows up. She showed up on September 11, 2001, and unlike her opponent, she didn’t use those horrors as cause to gloat or for dishonest self-aggrandizement. And despite having pneumonia, and despite the heat and humidity, she showed up at the memorial. It doesn’t look good for a world leader to wobble and need help to avoid falling down, but it speaks to her strength and dedication that despite her temporary illness, and despite the weather, she still showed up. It’s what she’s done her entire adult life…..

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German Nutritionists doubt a vegan diet is enough to live good on…

As more and more people switch to meat-less diets ?

Some begin to question how the absence  of certain foods will effect one’s health….

Perhaps nowhere is the embrace of a vegetarian diet more on display than in Berlin, Germany, dubbed a global vegan mecca for its growing array of restaurants (think: vegan kebabs, pizza and ice cream) as well as vegan street festivals — and even a vegan butcher. One pro-vegan group estimates about 80,000 people in Berlin are following a vegan diet.

If you listen to my story, you’ll hear Berlin resident Moza Kabbar, who says there’s a huge boom in enthusiasm for veganism in the city.

But not everyone in Germany is on board. In a new paper, the German Nutrition Society says a vegan diet can’t provide everything your body needs.

“With a pure plant-based diet, it is difficult or impossible to attain an adequate supply of some nutrients,” states the German Nutrition Society’s new position on the vegan diet. “The most critical nutrient is B-12,” which is found in eggs and meat. The group says if you follow a vegan diet, you should take supplements to protect against deficiencies.

According to the German nutritionists, other “potentially critical nutrients” that may be a challenge to get in a vegan diet include omega-3s — found in fatty fish — as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, iodine, zinc and selenium. So the group recommends that vegans get advice from a nutrition counselor and be “regularly checked by a physician.” In addition, the society recommends against a vegan diet for pregnant women, women who are breast-feeding, children and adolescents.

Advocates for veganism say the new position from German nutritionists goes too far….


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Both Clinton and Trump will release more medical data….

With Hillary Clinton’s delay in letting the media know about her pneumonia diagnosis there has been pressue by the media for both candiadtes medical redcords to be released to the public….

Trump is 70, Clinton is 68….

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump plans to announce the results of his physical this week on “The Dr. Oz Show,” Fox News is reporting.

Trump, whose appearance on the program was announced last week, will reveal his physical on the show Thursday, according to Fox News correspondent John Roberts.

A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately return an inquiry about the Thursday appearance.

Trump announced on “Fox and Friends” that he took a physical last week and would reveal the results of it sometime this week.

“I did pretty much the whole deal, because I think we should, I think we should do that,” Trump added on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Trump predicted his physical would show “large numbers” and “hopefully very good statistics.”…


Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will release additional medical records this week, a spokesman said Monday, after a health-related stumble exiting a 9/11 ceremony put her well-being into the spotlight and reanimated critics’ complaints about secretiveness.

Press secretary Brian Fallon also said the campaign made mistakes handling the situation on Sunday, specifically by not responding to questions for 90 minutes about Mrs. Clinton’s exit from the memorial event in Manhattan.

Last year, Mrs. Clinton released a summary of her health, including the results of some medical testing. Until now, her campaign said that was sufficient, and pointed out her release was more detailed that opponent Donald Trump’s. But after Sunday’s events, she decided to release more information, Mr. Fallon said….


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Political Roundup For September 12, 2016…“The Deplorables,” Pepe The Frog …RRH Elections…

Well, that was quite a weekend. Unfortunately, the Hillary health scandal took the focus off of the brave Americans and first responders who lost their lives 15 years ago. Our hearts go out to their families, and our determination to never forget their loss continues.

Presidential News:

Clinton: As you know by know, Clinton had what appeared to be a fainting spell yesterday morning after leaving the 9/11 memorial ceremony early. The video looks awful for her. Clinton’s health now becomes a central issue in the campaign. Worse for her, it appears her campaign directly lied to the public about it being merely an “overheating” incident. Instead, Clinton has full-blown pneumonia, but obviously wasn’t going to tell *that* to the public until she absolutely had to. Clinton has since cancelled a West Coast fundraising trip and will be in bed for a few days.

Polling (no link): The polls over the weekend showed a mixed picture, with NBC/WSJ/Marist polls showing a rosy picture for Trump in battleground states, but with national polls showing Trump down 5 to 8 points among likely voters. Throw these polls away. It is impossible to determine right now how Hillary’s fainting spell will affect the voting population. My guesses? Some Johnson voters come home. A sliver of indies move toward Trump. Two to three points of movement in Trump’s direction.

Contagious?: If Hillary really does have pneumonia, here she is possibly infecting a little girl who ran up to her in front of Chelsea’s apartment. As Ben Shapiro put it on Twitter, Hillary’s campaign is frantically looking to explain how her pneumonia might not be contagious.

Trump: Hand it to Trump for staying on message yesterday, posting only about 9/11, and nothing about Hillary. Trump is probably realizing he can go without Tweeting if it means he gets to be President.

Pepe the Frog: Try to follow this if you can. There’s an internet character named Pepe the Frog. He used to be innocuous, and was referenced by Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry. But lately he’s become a white nationalist mascot. And in a separate meme, called “The Deplorables,” Pepe The Frog is included, along with Trump and some of his sons. Donald Trump Jr. retweeted the image, saying he’s proud to be among the deplorables–an obvious reference to Hillary’s comment–but now the “scandal” is that Trump Jr. is retweeting white nationalist memes. Clearly this will move a lot of swing voters. /Snark.

Stein: Jill Stein says Obama broke international law by killing Bin Laden, and that she would have made the decision to apprehend and try him, as opposed to killing him in Pakistan. I wouldn’t mind if Stein carved out more of a niche for herself as a centrist, as Gary Johnson is doing on the other side of the aisle. With this comment, she further narrows her base….


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