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Trump, Anak Krakatau, Navy Seals in Iraq: 3 Stories You Should Read 12/27/2018

Trump, Anak Krakatau, Navy Seals in Iraq: 3 Stories You Should Read 12/27/2018
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In the category of: Reckless endangerment.

Trump ‘accidentally reveals location and identities of US Navy Seals in Iraq’

  • Video posted on Twitter appears to show covert special ops team
  • Typically such images would be blurred to protect members

Trump’s video shows him with service members who appear to be part of Seal Team Five, whose faces are not covered or blurred, Newsweek reported.

Defense department officials told the magazine that information about where Seal teams are deployed is almost always classified. Trump, as commander in chief, has the authority to declassify the information, but typically the faces of individual special operations service members are blurred in official photos and videos to shield their identities.

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In the category of:  Most dangerous place on the planet at the moment.

Indonesia tsunami: Flights rerouted as Anak Krakatau volcano continues to erupt

Thousands of people are being evacuated and flights rerouted as authorities raised the alert level for the volcano which triggered a deadly tsunami in Indonesia on Saturday.

On Thursday, Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management raised the warning level for Anak Krakatau to 3, the second-highest rank. It earlier appeared to be calming down following Saturday’s eruption, which caused a 3-meter (10 foot) high tsunami to sweep through the Sunda Strait, killing more than 430 people and displacing tens of thousands.
Aulia Ariani, a spokeswoman for the Indonesian Red Cross, told CNN that thousands of people had been removed from islands in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra over fears of further tsunamis.

 
 

In the category of:  Fundamentally, you’ve got one job…

Trump’s approval rating drops to Charlottesville levels during the shutdown

Trump’s fight for the border wall is tanking his approval rating.

President Donald Trump is getting blamed for the government shutdown, a new poll shows.

The president’s popularity has dropped below 40 percent amid what is now a six-day partial government shutdown over funding for Trump’s southern border wall, according to a poll from Morning Consult conducted from December 21 to 23. The last time Trump’s approval rating was this low was when he refused to condemn neo-Nazis after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.

Only 39 percent of registered voters approve of the president’s job performance during this shutdown, while 56 percent disapprove. However, Trump’s approval rating is split on party lines. Among Republicans, 80 percent approve of Trump; 90 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents disapprove of his performance, according to the survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters. Another poll from HuffPost and YouGov found only 36 percent of Americans approved of Trump’s handling of the government shutdown.

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