President Trump's approval rating has fallen to 37 percent -- the lowest of his fledgling presidency, according to Gallup. His disapproval rating rose correspondingly, hitting 58 percent.
At this point in his first term, President Obama's approval rating was hovering in the low 60s, while President George W. Bush's was in the mid-50s. (Obama's approval rating would later sink to a low of 40 percent, while Bush bottomed out at 25 percent.)
In fact, Trump's current approval rating is lower than any other commander-in-chief at this point in his first term since Gallup started tracking the issue in 1945, the year Harry Truman took office [....]
Back in December, as Russia and Turkey unveiled their surprise agreement on how to settle their Syria spat, I wrote a piece here suggesting that Trump would want in on the despots' deal, and that exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen would be his key bargaining chip. It turns out the Trump camp were way ahead of me. Michael Flynn, then a Trump adviser, had already floated the idea -- in September! -- of a non-judicial way to hand Gulen over to Erdogan. Was Flynn free-lancing or was he actually negotiating with the Turks on behalf of then-candidate Trump? Either way, ex-CIA director James Woolsey says the conversation he overheard struck him as potentially illegal. I agree.
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, on Friday morning announced that he would not vote for the House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare... He cited one of the last-minute additions to the bill, a provision that would repeal Obamacare's requirement that insurers cover Essential Health Benefits. "it would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey.."
Keep an eye on this one...Flynn is constitutionally incapable of choosing to disclose any truth that embarrasses him and his proven inability to internalize the likely scope of the potential scrutiny is a source of constant amazement.
On World Water Day, the United Nations children's agency (Unicef) has warned that some 600 million children – one out of every four worldwide – will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040.
Even though this article is not at all scientific or objective, consisting of reported anecdotals from "Trump country" in North Carolina, with a selection of photo illustrations that is suspiciously oriented towards "white trashville", I still found it very intriguing. It stuck in my mind, so much so that I went back to search for it in my browsing history in order to post it here.
"Tough facing retirement with no real hobbies. Take up gardening? A bit too green for a rape-the-earth oil exec. What would my friends say? So when Donald said I could roam the world, pull down a few bucks, and still keep to a loose, leisurely retirement schedule, I was in. Even free green fees. Wouldn't even have to talk to anyone, or so I thought. At Exxon we had our own PR department to handle the nosy press. Here I figured the FBI or Secret Service would handle it, or I simply leave them off my calendar - traveling light by private plane is standard MO anyway. What I can't understand is how NATO even got a meeting - where's the money in that? Russia, China - major energy buys. NATO doesn't even pay for its own transport, and we're past propping up Mideast war zones - so 2003.
Given the Turkish government’s behavior and the country’s evident instability, it’s of no small concern that under NATO’s “nuclear sharing” program, an estimated 50 to 90 atomic weapons reportedly are located at Incirlik (PDF). Although these B61 munitions are considered “tactical” weapons, each thermonuclear device has a potential blast yield of about 340 kilotons—more than 20 times that of the “Little Boy” bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.