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Arpaio and Gorka and North Korea, oh my

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When you want news to make a brief appearance before fading away, you dump it on a Friday. When that Friday happens to include a major natural disaster hitting the United States, the political damage can be mitigated even easier.

That was the case for Friday evening and into Saturday morning as three pieces of major news, each worthy of full discussion, were launched by the White House. Meanwhile, North Korea failed their launch, so I guess that evens it all out.

In case you missed it:

Sebastian Gorka is resigning his post as Deputy Assistant to President Trump. Gorka was considered to be under the protection of Steve Bannon. With Bannon out, it came as no surprise that Gorka wouldn’t stick around without cover. What’s noteworthy is the scorn expressed in his resignation letter.

Shortly after, the President Tweeted that he had granted a full pardon to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Strangely, the White House release calls him a “worthy candidate” for a presidential pardon.

The last portion of the White House’s Friday dump was news that President Trump signed a presidential memo instructing the Defense Department to stop accepting transgender people who want to enlist in the military. This was timed to draw the smallest amount of ire from left-wing journalists who would rather spend their time on the previous two reports. Of the three, this is the one the White House would want discussed the least since it’s the one that will stick during reelection season.

As for North Korea, they apparently launched ballistic missiles but the missiles failed. Lucky for Kim Jong-un that the failure will receive the least possible coverage from U.S. media given the abundance of other stories.

A weekend with a major hurricane hitting Texas will benefit President Trump and Chairman Kim, at least politically. It’s burying news they don’t want others to hear.

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Nancy Pelosi blames misogyny for Democrats opposing her as Speaker

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Nancy Pelosi blames misogyny for Democrats opposing her as Speaker

Nancy Pelosi believes she’ll be Speaker of the House again. Her caucus controls the vote. She was Speaker before. Most Democrats support her. Most.

A vocal group of 17 (and counting) Democrats in Congress have declared they will not support her for Speaker of the House. Though no official challenge has stepped up, there are speculations that a younger, more progressive Democrat will emerge. Given the state of the party and the shift to the left, it’s very possible her path to the gavel will be bumpy.

Predictably, Pelosi is blaming her challenges on misogyny. It’s the patriarchy WITHIN the Democratic Party that is allegedly keeping her down. Because, well, of course that’s the reason. It’s always the reason.

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The best thing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has ever said

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The best thing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has ever said

The freshman congressional sensation from New York, Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has made some pretty awful remarks about the economy. She was so proud of answering, “You just pay for it,” when asked how to pay for the $32 trillion price tag on her proposed healthcare plan that she posted it on social media.

For someone with a degree in economics, her ideas seem to be fueled by something other than economic logic. That didn’t stop her from making a short but incredible statement about the economy.

“I don’t think most of Congress understands how economics works.”

I agree. I also think her presence in Congress isn’t going to raise the level of economic understanding any time soon. Welcome to Washington DC, Congresswoman!

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Israel appoints first Christian ambassador

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Israel appoints first Christian ambassador

Most appointed bureaucrats and representatives in Israel are Jewish. Cultural diversity has been on the rise in the Jewish state and is starting to be reflected in government as they appointed their first Christian Arab ambassador.

George Deek will soon be Israel’s ambassador to Azerbaijan. It is an important relationship for Israel as the Muslim majority nation is one of Israel’s largest arms markets. They also supply about 40% of Israel’s oil.

“We are proud of his appointment, which perfectly symbolizes the integration of Israelis from different backgrounds in the representation of the state,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon.

Deek is currently a senior adviser to Director-General Yuval Rotem. His diplomatic experience is wide with stints serving the ministry in Norway and Nigeria.

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