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Trump, Poison in UK, Venezuela: 3 News Stories You Should Read Today – 7/4/2018

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In the category of:  I wonder if this says anything about 1/2 the country…

Half the country thinks Donald Trump is a racist. HALF.

A new Quinnipiac University poll has a striking result: 49% of people said they believe President Donald Trump to be a racist while 47% believe he is not.

Pause and digest that: Half the country — HALF — thinks the elected President of the United States harbors racist views.
That’s a remarkable finding. Full stop.


In the category of:  So many reasons why not…


The president repeatedly asked why he couldn’t overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, according to the Associated Press.

Stepping into the White House as an avowed isolationist, Donald Trump has nonetheless found himself tempted by the virtually limitless powers of the U.S. presidency to wage peace around the world. He reveled in launching missile strikes in Syria, threatened the nuclear annihilation of North Korea, and, in his first year in office, roughly doubled the bombardment of enemy targets in the Middle East, often indiscriminately and with catastrophic human consequences. The military cudgel, as Trump has discovered, is deliciously unencumbered by Congress, which has repeatedly abdicated its constitutional authority in matters of war. So it is not altogether surprising to learn that last summer Trump seriously floated the idea of invading Venezuela, as the Associated Press reports:

As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, President Donald Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can’t the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country?




In the category of: Things that will become a much bigger story

UK counterterrorism police probing ‘unknown substance’ incident

Two people critically ill after exposure near Salisbury where ex-spy Skripal and daughter were poisoned by nerve agent.

“Wiltshire Police and partners have declared this evening a major incident after it is suspected that two people might have been exposed to an unknown substance in Amesbury,” the police said in a statement on Tuesday.

The police said emergency services were called to Amesbury on Saturday evening after a man and woman, both in their 40s, were found unconscious in a property.

Citing medical sources, The Sun newspaper reported on Wednesday that the duo was showing “very similar” symptoms to those suffered by Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.




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