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Saturday, June 23, 2018

In The High Plains, Mutual Aid Saves Ranchers From Merciless Wildfires

Another spring, another season of catastrophic wildfires in the high plains. This year it was Oklahoma, where wind-driven flames consumed over 350,000 acres of pasture, killing thousands of cows, destroying barns, homes and fences. New York Times reporter Mitch Smith described the scene around Vici, OK (pop. 699), a ranching community in the western part of the state.
“The fire’s timing was especially cruel,” Smith explained. “coming in the midst of an extreme drought. Dead cows appear along roadsides, hooves pointed to the sky. Driveways lead to piles of rubble. When the wind blows, it smells a bit like a campfire.”
Last year it was Medicine Lodge, Kansas—400,000 acres ruined, an area larger than metropolitan New York and Chicago combined—and the largest prairie wildfire in Kansas history.

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Trump Melts Down (Again) After Reports Kelly Called Him ‘An Idiot’

When faced with embarrassing news circulating about them, most people would try not to draw even more attention to it. But Trump is not most people.

He didn’t try to ignore the reports that his chief of staff John Kelly called him an “idiot.” Instead, he decided to shine the glaring neon light of his Twitter account right at them.

NBC reported Monday afternoon that Kelly has made such comments on multiple occasions, according to eight current and former White House staffers.

Kelly of course quickly denied the report, calling it “total BS.” He insisted that he is “committed to the President, his agenda, and our country.”

Trump could have let Kelly have the last and at least somewhat dignified word on the matter.…

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Comey Blasts Trump As ‘Morally Unfit’ In ABC Interview

James Comey told ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos that Donald Trump, who fired him as FBI director last year, is “morally unfit” to serve as president. In an exclusive interview on ABC News’ 20/20 to promote his new memoir, A Higher Calling, Comey offered a variety of scorching observations about Trump, whom he described as sharing the worldview of the mobsters he once prosecuted as a law enforcement official:

I’m not trying to, by the way, suggest that President Trump is out breaking legs and — you know, shaking down shopkeepers. But instead, what I’m talking about is that leadership culture constantly comes back to me when I think about my experience with the Trump administration.



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