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Trump’s Decision to Leave the Iran Deal is Making Gas Prices Rise

The $.40 per gallon jump in gas prices over the past three months can be credited to one person, according to U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

“Thanks Trump!” Pallone says.

Senior energy analyst: “A lot of the reason for higher prices is the president’s policy on Iran…You’re going to see prices spike.”

The ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce committee traces a line that leads not straight, but up — as in the price of gas — to Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of a plan to help monitor Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

The so-called “Iran deal” also eased previous sanctions in order to encourage Iran to be a world partner.

Pallone is not the only one to make the connection.
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Do You Have Your Three Orange Outfits Lined Up?

Today is #WearOrange Day, but according to Every Town for Gun Safety, if you already missed wearing the color associated with staying safe in the great outdoors during hunting season, you can try again Saturday and Sunday.

There are also Wear Orange events across the country to try to reverse the tide of American gun proliferation. They will call for gun regulations to help decrease the uncontrolled gun violence our country has experienced since stand your ground, open carry, and other gun lobby-written laws have been rubber-stamped by pro-NRA legislators. Search for a Wear Orange event near you.

Can’t attend an event but still want to show your support? You can upload a photo of yourself wearing orange and apply a shareable social media-friendly frame to help get the word out.

Few Actually Read Trump’s Tweets on Twitter

The number nerds over at Five Thirty-Eight have an interesting breakdown of how many Twitter users actually read Donald Trump’s tweets on Twitter. Though he has 52 million followers, the number of actual Trump tweet readers is likely less than 10 million, or less than 16 percent of the 63 million Americans who voted for him. Check out the weekly “Pollapalooza.”

New Figures Now Reveal More Than 5,000 Were Killed When Maria Hit Puerto Rico

As we debate whether the numbers of people who were killed when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September, 2017 were deliberately under-reported or just badly counted, there’s one thing Trump knew. It was nothing compared to a “real catastrophe like Katrina.”

Even as Trump made that insulting comment the following month, average Puerto Ricans were certain that many more than the 16 people he touted had been lost.

A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine estimates the actual death toll to be closer to 5,000. Even worse, “one third of the deaths were attributed to delayed or interrupted health care.”

Hurricane Katrina, which hit South Florida and Louisiana in August, 2005, resulted in 1,833 fatalities.

Trump made no secret he considered money spent in Puerto Rico to be both unnecessary (since he believed it to be full of non-citizens) and an annoyance. Could his attitude have led to a tightening of the purse strings that contributed to the death toll?

Trump Tweet Acknowledges Dereliction of Presidential Duties Because of His Mueller Probe Obsession

Yes, please start focusing (as Ronald Klain pointed out, it’s Day 397 of his administration) on anything but Mueller.

The 1,475 Children Who Are Missing Agree

Yeah, we’re clear.

Max Boot Adds to the List – Five Trump Atrocities against Democracy in One Week

Amy Siskind tracks the crimes committed by Trump, his family and his administration on a weekly basis at her site, “The Weekly List.” Now Max Boot, one of the thousands (millions?) of Republicans who have left the party in disgust since Trump was elected, has an op-ed up at the Washington Post in which he lists five criminal outrages committed by the so-called president in just the past week.

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Trump Can’t Do Irony and This Tweet Proves It

So as president he’s going to demand that the Department of Justice investigate whether the last president demanded that the Department of Justice investigate something?

Wannabe Dictator Trump Pressured Post Office to Hike Rates on Amazon As Political Retribution against Its Owner

Trump has been lying to his base for months about Amazon – saying it doesn’t pay taxes, that its rate structure causes a loss to the US Postal Service, and on and on. He has also made it clear that he hates Amazon because it is owned by Jeff Bezos, an actual billionaire, who also owns the Washington Post. Trump hates the Post for the obvious reason that it reports the truth about him and his racist, autocratic agenda.

Now we learn that, in a move that mimics Pres. Richard Nixon’s pressuring the IRS to go after his enemies, Trump he has been demanding that the US Postmaster General double shipping rates for Amazon — a move that would raise costs for millions of Amazon’s American users. The story was broken by the Washington Post, but it has even gotten coverage in the New York Post, which is part of the Rupert Murdoch-owned pro-Trump propaganda empire:

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Suspicious Timing: China Loans Trump-Related Project $500 Mil Days after Trump Orders Sanctions Lifted on Chinese Telecom Giant

According to a report in the National Review, just 72 hours after Donald Trump ordered his government to reverse sanctions on Chinese telecom giant ZTE, the Chinese government announced it would lend half a billion dollars to a Trump-related project in Indonesia.

The Chinese government is extending a $500 million loan to a state-owned construction company to build an Indonesian theme park that will feature a Trump-branded golf course and hotels…

While the $500 million loan will not be directly allocated to any of the Trump-branded features, Beijing’s contribution of half the project’s total operating budget ensures the success of the broader theme-park venture.

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted out the news that he had ordered the Commerce Department to lift severe sanctions on ZTE because, he said, “Too many jobs in China lost.”

Just last month the Trump administration had accused ZTE of espionage and of doing business with Iran and North Korea.

Trump’s reversal even shocked a Republican.

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