Weekly Randoms 7/24 - 7/30

- In two short days, Trump: lied, referring to "17 years of Obamacare", boasted to Boy Scouts about his Electoral College win and stated that "we could use more loyalty", confirmed a covert CIA program on Twitter. All before Wednesday.  and all to distract from the fact that his son-in-law Jared Kushner is testifying before Congress for a second day Tuesday for possible questions of collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 election.

- Also this week, Trump has publicly ridiculed his Attorney General and staunch enabler, Jeff Sessions, for apparently not going after Hillary Clinton for her emails, recusing him from the Russia investigation fiasco, calling him "beleaguered" and weak on intelligence leaks. This along with reports that Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, has considered resigning following the end of this year and the probably not-so-funny-to-him public threat to fire his Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, if he hadn't gotten his parties horrific healthcare bill to be heard for a vote later in the week. Just proving once more, he's a big man-baby with zero idea how to talk to anyone.

- Nobody cares what you're lifting, bruh. Quit throwing the weights around.

- A bill was passed Friday that forbids President Trump (that wording will never not make me throw up in my mouth a little) from independently lifting or softening any sanctions on Russia. It mandates that any attempts to do so would need to be approved by Congress. A Republican majority Congress, that is, has stripped their Republican representative in the White House of the ability to change sanctions to an adversary of ours because they can not trust that he can have our nations best interest at heart. Just wow.

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 - Dengue fever, a mosquito-born epidemic, has killed at least 300 people this year already in Sri Lanka.

- A recent study showed that 110 of 111 former football players suffering from CTE, a degenerative brain disease so debilitating that it's been infamously named after studying former football player brains, specifically. The NFL will need to evolve to a safer way for it's players if it wants to survive in the future.

-  A common misnomer of Medicaid is that it only benefits the poor: 74 million people are on Medicaid. Eliminating and repealing the individual mandate, as the 'skinny repeal' tried to do, would have taken out the taxes and charges to have to have health insurance and jump up premiums by 50%.

- Another week, another two Affordable Healthcare Act repeal failures. It was so bad that by the second attempt and vote, as early as the day before Senators were admitting that they didn't even know which terrible version they were voting for. Back at it again the GOP go next week to figure out a new strategy to ruin millions of American's lives.

- The European Commision has threatened Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic to uphold the agreement to take in the burden share agreement in 2015, as Italy is getting hit hard on migrants from mainly Nigeria seeking work, not refugees from war.

- Repeat something enough and you'll start questioning it yourself.  A 90 year old with dementia asking you every 10 minutes what day it is really makes you question after a while, what day really is it?!

- By Wednesday, our Department of Defense, that spends 6 times on Viagra ($84 million a year!), what it cost to have transgendered individuals in our military, were informed through a Trump tweet he was banning them from the military. In the tweet he stated he had consulted with his generals and military, though the Pentagon themselves released a statement stating they had no idea this decision or tweet was coming. Because, of course.

- In response, Trump's sloppy statements have received pushback from the military - stating until otherwise directed by the White House, will continue to serve all members of the armed forces with respect, as well as legislators.

- Trump's ban came on the same day as Trump Jr. and Manafort's removal from the list of witnesses for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Manafort's subpoena was removed and both did not appear before the committee. Naturally, nothing has come of it since then. It got everyone rightfully and enraged and speaking about it. But keep an eye on the big picture: this was a distraction, plain and simple.

- Also something to remember: transgenders being been banned from enlisting in the U.S. Military would be coming down from a guy that is a 5 time military draft dodger that happens to be this country's president.

- 13 senior Venezuelan officials were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury as a preventative measure and were warned of further penalties if President Maduro goes ahead and rewrites their Constitution.

- The DOJ has argued that the LGBTQ are not protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in regards of employment discrimination. Like really, that's what we're focusing on as the lead enforcer of law of the United States of America?

- Meanwhile, Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division told senators Tuesday that he once represented a Russian bank that was alleged to have a Trump Organization connection. Surprised..anyone?

- Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House Communications Director, was quoted in a New York Times interview things saying things like "Reince Priebus - if you want to leak something - he'll be asked to resign very shortly", "Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic" and I'm not Steven Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own cock." Stay classy, White House.

- Scaramucci is now the 6th member of Trump's administration to have been a Goldman Sach's guy. Draining that swamp...

- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski to deliver a warning by Thursday: His agency would punish Alaska for her opposition to the latest repeal bill. He threatened to delay energy projects key to the senator's support back home. Zinke also delivered the message to fellow Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan. Pettiness personified and not the way to run a country.

- 6 months in now and our Commander-in-chief is already backpedaling on another campaign promise: to bring rural jobs back. Telling Upstate New Yorkers to just move because he can't get jobs to them he promised. Good job, guy. It's one thing to say it because it's terribly difficult to bring jobs to some areas, but to promise and backpedal 6 months later? Fraudulent. Not to mention the terribly wasteful ideology of throwing massive state and city tax breaks to corporations just so they can open a factory and not contribute federal taxes, anyways, just proves how really dedicated he is to keeping his word halfway through a year into his presidency.

- Relations have been rocky have been particularly rock this week as Israel has removed their metal detectors from the holy site of Jerusalem after very and bloodshed and the death of two Jordanians. Tensions are still high as Israeli's object to their removal, citing safety concerns, while Palestinians argued that the detectors came as a symbol of Israel trying asserting it's claim to sovereignty there.

- Another week, another 250 estimated gun deaths, as per gunviolencearchive.org.

- Fuck it's hard to clap with a beer in your hand.

- Mass arrests were held during Trump's inaugural protests and now the seized cell phones of the arrested have been hacked by federal prosecutors and are attempting to use the vague data inside them to help their cases in securing prosecutions, setting off a potentially dangerous precedent.

- Putin has ordered the removal of 755 American diplomats, in response to the U.S.'s lack of action in removing Obama's instituted sanctions and new one's passed by Congress.

- By Friday, Reince Priebus resigned as Chief of Staff, replaced by General John Kelly.

- Trump's Treasury Department is also ending a retirement program for workers that don't have access to a private retirement plan. The program was started under Obama, so naturally it must be eliminated due to it's pure evil, allowed for Americans to access an affordable retirement plan without the multiple fees that accompanies a private plan.

- Trump told police officers in a speech this past Friday "don't be too nice" to suspects when they are "thrown into the back of a paddy wagon", before informing his crowd that he was going to cheering for the implosion of our federal healthcare system and watch Americans suffer just to push his agenda. Beyond sinister and not surprising at all.

- The spending at Mar-a-Lago, including secret service detail, comes to close to $1 million for each trip, appears to collide with the president's pledges of trimming government costs, which have already exceeded an absurd $6.6 million already.

- When being supportive of a kid's chefing aspirations leaves you with the shits. Oy...

- General O'Slaughnessy of the U.S. military has been quoted as saying the U.S. is ready to use "overwhelming force" against North Korea "at a time and place of our choosing" in response to their increasingly improved ballistic program. This could get dangerous, guys...