Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Monday (07/31/17)


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Seven Food Stamp Recipients Plead Guilty To Taking Part In $5 Million Food Stamp Fraud – Breitbart

Seven South Carolina women who received food stamps as part of a $5 million food stamp fraud scheme pleaded guilty to defrauding the government of more than $20,000 at a store in Rock Hill.

A state court judge ruled that the women who pleaded guilty Thursday will be able to avoid jail sentences and probation if they pay back the money by December 31, 2017, the Charlotte Observer reported.

The seven women who pleaded guilty, in order of who defrauded the most money to those who defrauded the least amount, include: Jatonica Williams, 31, $5,238 in fraud; Dequitta White, 31, $3,070; Labrecia White, 24, $2,962; Shenisa Davis, 36, $2,549; Victoria Sanders, 25, $2,234; Kimberly Johnson, 28, $2,195 in fraud; and Brooke Rogers, 27, $2,134.

Johnson entered a guilty plea by herself while the other six pleaded guilty in two groups of three.

As part of the plea deal, all seven women pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fraud charges and promised to pay the money back in exchange for a 30-day suspended sentence and two years’ probation that will be dismissed if they pay the money back before the end of the year…

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Venezuela Lurches Toward Dictatorship After ‘Sham’ Election – The Guardian
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The United States has vowed to take strong and swift action against the “architects of authoritarianism” in Venezuela after protesters and security forces fought deadly street battles during voting for President Nicolلs Maduro’s controversial constitutional assembly.

“The United States stands by the people of Venezuela, and their constitutional representatives, in their quest to restore their country to a full and prosperous democracy,” the US State Department said in a statement. “We will continue to take strong and swift actions against the architects of authoritarianism in Venezuela, including those who participate in the national constituent assembly as a result of today’s flawed election,” it said.

Many voters decided against taking part in an election the opposition said would turn the country into a full-fledged dictatorship…

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Man ‘Marries’ His Laptop, Sues For State Recognition And A Wedding Cake – Washington Times

Chris Sevier says that if same-sex couples are able to get married and demand that Christian bakers make them wedding cakes, then he should be allowed to marry his laptop and demand a cake to celebrate the union between one man and one machine.

The self-identified “machinist” says he married his laptop in a ceremony in New Mexico, and now he has sued to demand that a Colorado baker – who is already in court after refusing to bake for a same-sex marriage – must be compelled to make cakes for him and his computer “bride.” He also has filed a lawsuit demanding that Utah recognize his man-object marriage.

It’s the latest battlefront in an increasingly thorny area of law, after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

While legal analysts said the case is a stretch, a judge in Utah has allowed part of that lawsuit to proceed, and analysts concede that Mr. Sevier’s claims get to the heart of how far the 2015 Obergefell ruling stretches when it comes to nontraditional unions…

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U.S. THAAD Missile Hits Test Target Amid Growing Pressure From North Korea – Reuters
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The United States said it shot down a medium-range target ballistic missile in its latest test of the country’s THAAD missile defense program, which is designed to protect the country against potential threats from countries such as North Korea and Iran.

The test, conducted over the Pacific Ocean, comes amid heightened tensions with North Korea, which on Saturday said it had conducted its own successful test of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that proved it has the capacity to strike American’s mainland.

The latest U.S. test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was planned well before North Korea’s latest missile launch, but it comes at a time of rising tension with the country since Pyongyang launched its first-ever test of an ICBM on July 4…

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Treasury Nixes Struggling Obama-Era Government-Run Retirement Program – Washington Times

The Treasury Department said Friday that it’s canceling an Obama-era program designed to help Americans who don’t have access to a 401k plan at their work save for retirement, saying interest was too low to justify the expense to taxpayers.

Known as myRA, the program was one of President Obama’s State of the Union promises in 2014. It was supposed to try to reach millions of Americans whose jobs didn’t offer retirement savings or pensions plans, and would invest their money in government bonds.

As of late last year, however, just 20,000 people had signed up, according to CNNMoney.

“Unfortunately, there has been very little demand for the program, and the cost to taxpayers cannot be justified by the assets in the program,” said U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza.

The department said part of the reason for the low level of interest is that the private sector already has a number of good plans that, like the government-run program, don’t charge maintenance fees nor require a minimum balance, and are safe as investment options…

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Evidence Of Babylonian Destruction Of Jerusalem Unearthed In City Of David – Jerusalem Post
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Less than a week before Tisha Be’av, the Antiquities Authority presented further evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians unearthed during excavations at the Jerusalem Walls-City of David National Park.

During the excavations, concentrated on the eastern slope of the City of David, structures dating back more than 2,600 years were unearthed after being delicately extricated from collapsed layers of stone, the authority said Wednesday.

“Nestled within the collapse, many findings have surfaced, including: charred wood, grape seeds, pottery, fish scales and bones, and unique and rare artifacts,” it said in a statement. “These findings depict the affluence and character of Jerusalem, capital of the Judean Kingdom, and are mesmerizing proof of the city’s demise at the hands of the Babylonians.”…

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Trump Warns Of Ending Healthcare ‘Bailouts’ For Congress, Pushes Senate For Majority Rule – Washington Times

President Trump said Saturday that Republican senators look like “fools” for refusing to change Senate rules that would allow legislation such to pass with a simple majority, and suggested that he’s looking at ending health-care subsidies for members of Congress.

“If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” the president tweeted. “After seven years of ‘talking’ Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding ObamaCare!”

The president appeared to be referring to a part of the 2010 health care law that shifted members of Congress and many staffers out of the normal health-benefits plan for federal employees and into the new Obamacare insurance exchanges. The Office of Personnel Management decided that the employer contribution portion of premiums could be provided through the exchange in the District…

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Putin Expels 755 U.S. Diplomats From Russia – The Hill
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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered 755 U.S. diplomatic mission staff to leave the country in a Sunday interview with a Russian television station.

The diplomats must leave the country by Sept. 1, The New York Times reported.

In an interview Rossiya-1, Putin said he was capping the number of American personnel at 455 – the same as the number of Russian diplomatic and technical staff in the United States, according to the Washington Post.

The expulsion comes in response to legislation overwhelmingly passed by Congress last week that would increase sanctions against Russia and blocks President Trump from being able to lift the measures…

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Four German Women Arrested In Iraq Worked As ‘Morality Police’ For ISIS – Breitbart

Four German women who travelled to Iraq to join the Islamic State and were recently captured in Mosul are said to have worked for the terror group as “morality police” enforcing strict Shariah law.

The report comes from the German security services who told German magazine Der Spiegel that the four women, including 16-year-old Linda Wurzel, worked as Shariah enforcers in Mosul in the so-called Al-Khansaa Brigade. The women are said to have enforced the strict dress codes and social codes of Shariah and had the ability to physically beat women who disobeyed the laws, Die Presse reports.

At least two of the women were also involved in recruitment propaganda for the terror group, according to the report. The German government has been in talks with the Iraqi government regarding the four women, and has so far confirmed that none of the four will face the death penalty for their actions on behalf of the Islamic State…

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Federal Court Shoots Down DC Gun Law: Carrying In Public A “Core” Second Amendment Right – Washington Standard
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In a major win for liberty, a Federal Court of appeals in Washington, D.C. has just handed down an opinion affirming the fact that the 2nd Amendment most certainly includes the right to carry a firearm in public.

In a split 2-1 decision the majority reasoned that Washington, D.C.’s “for cause” regulation basically amounts to a gun ban in the city.

Current D.C. law requires that a citizen has a “good reason” for getting a concealed carry permit, which would allow them to carry a gun in public. However, it is the city that gets to decide whether or not a person has a “good reason” for needing to carry a gun, and they can reject almost any request.

D.C. Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith wrote the majority opinion for the court and was joined in his opinion by Judge Stephen F. Williams…

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20-Time Deportee Moves To Sanctuary City, Allegedly Rapes 65-Year-Old Woman – Breitbart

A Mexican national, deported by immigration authorities 20 times, moved to a sanctuary city and allegedly raped a 65-year-old woman.

Police officers in the sanctuary city of Portland arrested Sergio Jose Martinez, 31, after he allegedly broke into the home of a 65-year-old woman, tied her up, held her at knifepoint and raped her, KOIN CBS6 reported. Court records revealed Martinez has a long criminal history that includes burglary, battery, and multiple deportations.

“Defendant has entry/removal from [the] United States to/from Mexico 20 times with at least [five] probation violations from re-entry,” the local CBS affiliate reported from court documents filed in March 2017.

Eighteen years ago, Martinez, then 15, completed a drug and alcohol treatment program in Texas, court records stated. His record reveals multiple jail sentences in California and Oregon. The Mexican national lived in a shelter on Portland’s northwest side and illegally worked construction jobs for money…

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Leftist Catastrophe Update: 1,332 Counties Will Only Have One Health Insurer On Obamacare Exchange In 2018 – Washington Free Beacon
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Next year, there will be 1,332 counties in the United States that will only have one health insurer operating on the Obamacare exchanges, according to recent data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The agency has been looking at health insurer announcements and compiling data to see which counties will have either one or no Obamacare insurers operating in 2018. Roughly a month ago, the agency projected that 1,300 counties would have only one insurer operating next year.

The agency also previously reported there were 49 counties left with no insurer operating next year, but recent data finds that the number has declined to 40 counties…

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Gauntlet Thrown: House Judiciary Committee Demands Special Counsel To Investigate Comey, Lynch And Clinton – Zero Hedge

Roughly a month ago, we noted that Republicans might be well served to stop sitting around twiddling their thumbs waiting for the next Russia ‘bombshell’ to drop and actually go on the offensive against an ‘investigation’ that has obviously morphed into mass hysteria courtesy of free-flowing leaks from a conflicted “intelligence community” intent upon bringing down a presidency rather than finding out the truth. Here’s what we said:

Of course, until someone within the Trump administration or Republican Party smartens up and calls for the appointment of a ‘Special Counsel’ to look into Hillary’s email scandal, something that should have been done long ago, and not for retaliatory reasons but simply due to Comey’s and AG Lynch’s blatant mishandling of the investigation (a point which Deputy AG Rosenstein obviously agreed with), the Democrats have no reason to calm their mass hysteria. Then, and only then, do we suspect that Hillary might just be able to ‘convince’ her party to exercise some form of reasonable judgement…

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Trump Forces Out Reince Priebus, Names General John Kelly Chief Of Staff – New York Post
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“Survivor: White House” claimed its latest victim when President Trump on Friday dropped the bombshell announcement that he was replacing embattled chief of staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly.

“I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration,” Trump said in a pair of tweets at about 4:50 p.m.

Priebus had been in the president’s dog house for months – and resigned privately on Thursday.

“I resigned privately yesterday,” Priebus confirmed to the Wall Street Journal…

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Baby Charlie Gard Dies In Hospice, Parents Say – Fox News

Charlie Gard, the critically ill British baby whose parents fought a highly publicized court battle to treat him with an experimental approach in the U.S., died on Friday in a hospice, his parent said.

Gard, who was 11 months old at the time of his death, suffered from a rare genetic disorder called mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Due to the illness, the baby had brain damage and was unable to breathe or move his limbs unaided.

Gard would have turned 1 next week.

The infant’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, lost a bitter court battle to bring him to the U.S. for the experimental treatment. The parents then spent months trying to persuade London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital to let the ill baby go to the U.S. for an experimental treatment they believed could help him. The parents raised more than $1.7 million to take him to America – but Charlie’s doctors opposed the idea, saying it would not help and cause the sick baby more suffering…

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Treasonous RINOs Collins, Murkowski And McCain Kill Obamacare Repeal Bill In Senate – Bloomberg
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A months-long effort by Senate Republicans to pass health legislation collapsed early Friday after GOP Senator John McCain joined two of his colleagues to block a stripped-down Obamacare repeal bill.

“I regret that our efforts were simply not enough, this time,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor after the vote. “This is clearly a disappointing moment.”

“It’s time to move on,” he added after pulling the bill from the floor.

The decision by McCain to vote no came after weeks of brinkmanship and after his dramatic return from cancer treatment to cast the 50th vote to start debate on the bill earlier this week. The GOP’s ‘skinny’ repeal bill was defeated 49-51, falling just short of the 50 votes needed to advance it. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski also voted against it…

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FBI Indicts 2 Pennsylvania Democrat Mayors In Pay-To-Play Probe – Washington Standard

On Wednesday, two Pennsylvania Democrat mayors were indicted as a result of an FBI pay-to-play corruption probe.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski (D) was charged with 14 counts relating to running a pay-to-play scheme, and other offenses while former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer (D) “essentially put up a ‘for sale’ sign in front of their city halls to sell city work to the highest bidder,” according to US Attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania Louis Lappen.

Pawlowski is accused of being involved in the sale of city contracts. He and others had managed to direct the bids for delinquent city tax collections to his chosen firm.

Lappen said during the news conference that Pawlowski and Spencer “brazenly and repeatedly sold off city contracts.”

Lappen highlighted one incident claiming that Pawlowski allegedly solicited contributions to his gubernatorial campaign from two companies that were bidding to collect delinquent taxes for the city…

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ICE Chief Wants To Slap Smuggling Charges On Leaders Of Sanctuary Cities – Washington Times
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The country’s top immigration enforcement officer says he is looking into charging sanctuary city leaders with violating federal anti-smuggling laws because he is fed up with local officials putting their communities and his officers at risk by releasing illegal immigrants from jail.

Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also told Americans to expect more work site enforcement targeting unscrupulous employers and more 287(g) agreements with willing police and sheriff’s departments that want to help get illegal immigrants off their streets. Eventually, he said, ICE will break the deportation records of 409,849 migrants set in 2012 under President Obama.

“I think 409,000 is a stretch this year, but if [the Justice Department] keeps going in the direction they’re going in, if we continue to expand our operational footprint…

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House Votes To Add Border Wall Funding To Spending Bill – The Hill

The House used a procedural maneuver on Thursday to add $1.6 billion to a government spending bill for construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall promised by President Trump.

Lawmakers won’t be faced with a standalone vote on approving the $1.6 billion in taxpayer funds to pay for the wall. Instead, House GOP leaders opted to tuck adoption of the $1.6 billion into a procedural vote that begins floor debate on the part of the legislation that provides funding for defense programs.

Avoiding a standalone vote on the wall funding prevented what could have been a tough vote for some GOP lawmakers. Trump had promised during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Five Republicans opposed the procedural vote: Reps. Will Hurd (Texas), Justin Amash (Mich.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Walter Jones (N.C.) and Steve Pearce (N.M.).

The House is expected to pass the national security-focused spending package later on Thursday…

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Jeff Bezos Surpasses Bill Gates As World’s Richest Man – Circa
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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos surpassed Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as the world’s richest person on Thursday, Bloomberg reported.

Amazon shares rose 1.8 percent in early trading on Thursday. If the gains hold through closing, Bezos could jump ahead of Gates on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Gates has topped the list since May 2013.

As of Wednesday, shares of Amazon had surged 40 percent this year. Bezos owns 17 percent of the Seattle-based company. He also owns The Washington Post and founded aerospace company Blue Origin.

Bezos began Thursday with a total net worth of $89.8 billion, trailing only Gates, at $90.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index…

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Greece Arrests Russian ‘Mastermind’ Behind $4B Bitcoin Laundering Scheme – Zero Hedge

Greek authorities have arrested a 38-year-old Russian man wanted in the United States on suspicion of masterminding a money laundering operation involving at least $4 billion through transactions in bitcoins. Reuters reports, a U.S. jury indicted the man on Wednesday over the scheme which involved crimes ranging from computer hacking to drug trafficking.

KeepTalkingGreece reports that Alexander Vinnik was arrested in a small beachside village in northern Greece on Tuesday, according to local authorities, following an investigation led by the U.S. Justice Department along with several other federal agencies and task forces.

The following were found in his hotel room and seized by police:

* two laptops
* two tablets
* five mobile phones
* one router
* one camera
* four credit cards.

The arrest was conducted in cooperation with US authorities…

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One-Armed, Machete-Wielding Clown Arrested In Maine – Breitbart
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A man accused of drunkenly strolling down a road in Maine wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to his amputated arm has been arrested.

Maine State Police told WCSH-TV (http://on.wcsh6.com/2uZu4Db ) that 31-year-old Corey Berry, of Hollis, was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal threatening. He was released after posting $200 bail.

Police say Berry was first spotted in Hollis but then fled into the woods. He was taken into custody after re-emerging in Waterboro. Police say Berry was intoxicated but cooperative. He told officers that he was copying previous clown sightings as a prank…

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Swedish Government On Verge Of Collapse After Admitting ‘Accidental Leak’ Of Entire Nation’s Info – Zero Hedge

Swedish Government On Verge Of Collapse After Admitting ‘Accidental Leak’ Of Entire Nation’s Info.

Sweden appears to have accidentally leaked the details of almost all of its citizens. And now it’s getting worse as the leak happened in 2015, but only emerged last week. As The Indepedent reports,

The leak allowed unvetted IT workers in other countries to see the details of people registered in Swedish government and police databases.

It happened after the government looked to outsource data held by the Transport Agency, but did so in a way that allowed that information to be available to almost anyone, critics have claimed.

The opposition is seeking to boot out the ministers of infrastructure, defence and the interior – Anna Johansson, Peter Hultqvist and Anders Ygeman, respectively – for their role in outsourcing IT-services for the Swedish Transport Agency in 2015…

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Negligent District Attorneys Let Known Arson Rioter Go, Only To See Him Re-Offend – Gateway Pundit
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You may recall the story from a couple weeks ago where a Portland rioter is now facing federal arson charges for tossing burning flares into a Target store and a police cruiser. The suspect is Damion Feller and the event occurred as part of the May Day protest. But what you may not know is that the Multnomah County district attorney, Rod Underhill, had dropped charges on Feller from another protest-turned-riot that happened back in March.

According to court documents, Feller had initially been charged with Disorderly Conduct and Reckless Burning, stemming from an event that took place on March 29th, 2017. They even released him on his own recognizance. On April 12th, All of those charges were dropped, aka “No Complaint”ed, just three weeks before Fellers next round of criminal behavior…

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Walmart Unveils Manufacturing Plan To Create 1.5 Million New Jobs – Fox News

Walmart Inc. (WMT) met with government and business leaders in Washington on Wednesday to unveil a plan to spur growth in domestic manufacturing efforts that company executives say will create an estimated 1.5 million new jobs in the United States.

The meeting included a discussion with key individuals on both sides of the aisle about the biggest challenges the U.S. manufacturing sector currently faces. Using an analysis by the Boston Consulting Group and Walmart sourcing data, the company crafted a 10-point plan to “recapture” an estimated $300 billion in imported consumer goods, stoking job growth in the process.

“As we’ve worked over the last four years alongside our suppliers toward our goal to source an additional $250 billion in products that support American jobs, we’ve learned a great deal about the challenges our suppliers face in domestic manufacturing,” said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart vice president for U.S. Sourcing and Manufacturing. “The good news is we’ve also learned how to overcome the challenges and, because of our experience, Walmart is uniquely positioned to help facilitate broad engagement in accelerating the expansion of U.S. manufacturing.”…

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Steve Scalise Released From Hospital – Washington Times
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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was released from the hospital Tuesday in “good spirits,” according to a press release from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

“Congressman Steve Scalise has made excellent progress in his recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound six weeks ago. Yesterday, he was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is now beginning a period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation. He is in good spirits and is looking forward to his return to work once he completes rehabilitation,” reads the statement in part.

Mr. Scalise was readmitted to the hospital earlier this month for an infection and was listed as in “serious condition.”…

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Trump Reverses Obama’s Absurd Order Allowing Trannies In The Military – Daily Caller

President Donald Trump has made the executive decision to ban transgenders from serving in the military, reversing a major decision by the Obama administration.

In a tweet series posted Wednesday morning, Trump stated that after serious consultation with military experts, the U.S. cannot allow transgenders to serve in the armed forces because of medical costs and disruption posted by integrating these individuals.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…” Trump wrote in a tweet. “…Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…”

“…victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you,” Trump added.

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