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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, an outspoken Obamacare opponent, has resigned over his private plane trips. The trips were seen by many as an extravagance and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

With the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare, many saw Price as the last, best option to administratively unravel the controversial healthcare insurance law. With his resignation, the future of efforts to undo some of the damage done by the Democrat-only enacted law remains in doubt.

Acceptance of Price’s resignation seems like a wise move by Trump, as his Administration is already inundated with a plethora of distractions and real crisis such as multiple hurricanes and potential military conflict with North Korea. It does, however, add to an already long list of departures of cabinet and staff position from The young Administration.

What led to this?

Besides a withering, long-term attack from the left-wing press? The remark below is probably what did him in. Now, it’s obvious to anyone that from the context, Price meant “to make sure I am above board” or “in compliance with the law,” or both. But he said what he said and the press gives no grace nor a hall pass for people on their “we don’t like you” list.

Very poor choice of words by HHS Secretary Tom Price

The takeaway

To work for President Trump, qualifications include: being able to withstand being called an idiot in an open meeting, in the Oval Office; being able to afford at least $500,000 to reimburse the government for things that Democrats take for granted; being perfect in all that you say or do, because the press is always watching. And finally, you must never, ever become a bigger story than the boss. Even if it’s not your fault.

Tom Price Resigns As HHS Secretary | The Daily Caller

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/29/tom-price-resigns-as-hhs-secretaryDon Wright will serve as Acting Health and Human Services Secretary. Wright was previously serving as deputy assistant secretary for health and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

“He’s a very fine man. We’re going to make a decision sometime tonight,” Trump told reporters before Price’s resignation about the man’s fate. “I certainly don’t like the optics. I’m not happy, I can tell you that. I’m not happy.”

From this morning, before it was too late…Liberal media goes in for the kill on Tom Price. Trump should resist

https://noqreport.com/2017/09/29/liberal-media-goes-kill-tom-price-trump-resist/This is so obviously a coordinated smear attempt. The same tactics were used in the early 2000s to get rid of another favorite target of the media: John Ashcroft. His religious faith, conservative credentials, and decades in politics simply caused too much headache for the Bush administration, that was fighting three wars. Two wars against terrorist enemies, and one against the media.

 

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

Two Russian jets carrying troops and equipment landed in Caracas, Venezuela, as part of a mission to “fullfil technical military contracts,” according to Russian media. But it’s almost certain this is part of Russia’s play on Venezuela to prop up socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro just as they did with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, most Americans who follow the news cycle were bombarded with perspectives on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Robert Mueller investigation report. In it, President Trump and his 2016 campaign were found to not have colluded with the Russians in their election hacking endeavors.

My Take

While most were focused on fake Russian collusion, the real thing was happening in one of the world’s hottest spots, Venezuela.

Russia’s play here is simple: keep Maduro in power at all costs. They got the drop on any actions the United States may have been planning, though it’s unlikely those plans included military intervention. Still, Russia isn’t taking any chances. By getting troops and equipment on the ground, they’ll be able help Maduro by offering cover from outside actions while bolstering his support internally.

Any defections or coup attempts will be much less likely with Russia directly involved.

The opposition leader who America and over 50 other nations consider to be the rightful interim president, Juan Guaido, has been trying to get international support while maintaining domestic support, but Maduro’s move may have prevented that from happening.

In essence, the battle over Venezuela is now over. It’s unfathomable to conceive of action by the United States or any other’s who support Guaido other than diplomatic efforts that will accomplish nothing. Venezuela is doomed to retain their socialist dictator now.

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Israel suffers another rocket attack from Hamas

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Israel suffers another rocket attack from Hamas

A confirmed rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on Israeli homes near the border in the Kfar Saba area outside Tel Aviv. Sirens were heard prior to the rocket explosion and posted by the IDF Twitter account.

Six people were injured in the attack.

My Take

The conflict between Hamas and Israel has been getting old for years, but now is not the time to blow off the news. Hamas is having internal strife as its citizens protest living and economic conditions in the Gaza Strip. To garner international support and save face for failing to help their own people, Hamas is trying to start another war.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is caught between a contentious election at home and the need to get his own international support, particularly from the United States. He’s in Washington DC now to meet with President Trump, who has offered his support and endorsement for the long-time Prime Minister.

Hamas would love nothing more than for Netanyahu to be gone, replaced by a leftist who will wheel and deal for “peace” with the Palestinians regardless of the cost. If that happens, the toll will be great on Israel and the world.

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Here’s hoping there’s a plan we don’t know about with North Korea

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Heres hoping theres a plan we dont know about with North Korea

In a move that many, including supporters on the right, are calling a move of weakness, the President reversed the Treasury Department’s additional sanctions on North Korea.

My Take

I’m just not sure what to make of this. I understand many have been concerned about how nicely the President has treated Kim Jong un, but I’ve always felt there was some sort of plan happening behind the scenes that would justify it. Now, I’m not so sure.

This move emboldens Kim to continue avoiding any compromise on his nuclear weapons program. It tells him and the rest of the world President Trump isn’t going to be playing hardball and intends to coax the North Korean dictator into signing some sort of agreement before the 2020 elections.

Dare I say, this seems very Obamaesque? Where’s the hardball? Where’s the threats against Rocketman? If there’s some sort of 4D chess being played in the background, I seriously hope we see it in play soon. This is a strange move.

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