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Historians see a dark underside to Trump's Civil War riff

Historians see dark underside of Trump Civil War riffPresident Donald Trump on Monday once again defied the history books, this time claiming that Andrew Jackson was “really angry” about the Civil War – despite having died 16 years before the first shots were fired – and puzzled why a deal wasn’t cut to avoid the war altogether.

“He was really angry that he saw with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this,’” Trump said in a radio interview with conservative writer Salena Zito broadcast Monday.

“The Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask the question but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” Trump added.


President's Adviser Jared Kushner Didn't Disclose Startup Stake

Jared KushnerJared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, didn’t identify on his government financial disclosure form that he is currently a part-owner of a real-estate finance startup and has a number of loans from banks on properties he co-owns, according to securities filings.

Mr. Kushner’s stake in Cadre—a tech startup that pairs investors with big real-estate projects—means the senior White House official is currently a business partner of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and billionaires including George Soros and Peter Thiel, according to people close to the company.


Minn. GOP chair apologizes for Facebook post calling Ellison 'Muslim Goat Humper'

Minn. legislator calls Ellison a Muslim goat-humperMinnesota's state Republican Party chairwoman on Tuesday apologized to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) after a Facebook post referred to the Muslim lawmaker as “Minnesota’s Head Muslim Goat Humper.”

The now-deleted message — posted on the official Facebook page of Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District Republican Party — featured the text superimposed over a picture of Ellison, asking: "Does this mean Muslim Refugees coming to Western Minnesota?"

Jennifer Carnahan referred to the post as "repugnant hate speech" in an interview with the Star Tribune.


Trump calls for a 'good shutdown' in September

Trump calls for good showdown of governmentPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday seemingly called for an end to the legislative filibuster in the Senate and suggested that a government shutdown in September might be “good” in order to accomplish his policy goals without interference from Democrats.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill managed to avoid the imminent threat of a government shutdown late last week and over the weekend, first passing a stop-gap one-week funding bill and then agreeing on a deal to fund the government through the end of September.


Trump ending Michelle Obama's girls education program

Michelle Obama girl's ed program ended by TrumpPresident Trump plans to end ‘Let Girls Learn,’ former first lady Michelle Obama’s girls education program, according to a Monday CNN report.

"Moving forward, we will not continue to use the Let Girls Learn brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” an email from Peace Corps acting director Sheila Crowley to employees reportedly reads.

The Trump administration gave order to cease the program’s operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN.



Note to President Trump: Andrew Jackson wasn't alive for the Civil War

Trump makes stupid error about Andrew JacksonIn audio posted on Monday, President Trump said Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, was "really angry" about what was happening with the Civil War.

There's one major problem with that statement: Jackson died in 1845, nearly 16 years before the Civil War began.

Let's dissect the full quote, sentence by sentence.

"I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later, you wouldn't have had the Civil War."

This is in the vein of imagining various alternate histories of the United States.


Sebastian Gorka to accept role outside White House

Sebastian GorkaSebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Trump, will soon accept a position outside the White House, two sources told the Washington Examiner on Sunday.

Gorka's new role will deal with the "war of ideas" involved in countering radical Islamic extremism, a senior administration official said, and will entail an appointment to a federal agency.

Gorka has served for months on the Strategic Initiatives Group, an internal organization within the White House, and as a national security adviser. His exit from the White House comes amid increased speculation that a reported lack of a security clearance prevented him from fully performing in his job.


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