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    Deflect, Distract, Deny and Other Lead Balloons

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    On today's BradCast, we open the phones up for listeners to discuss all that has been going on in DC in recent days in these "slow news days of summer".

    But first, among the stories covered on today's show, which callers also ring in on…Donald Trump's new Twitter-announced policy to bar transgender people from the U.S. military catches his own military staff by surprise and otherwise goes over like a lead balloon with. not only the LGBTQ community, but with veterans and even conservative Republican members of Congress.

    Then, speaking of lead balloons, Republican Senate schemes for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), or just repealing it without a replacement, continue to be voted down (bigly) by Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Their options for killing the GOP great white whale of ObamaCare are dwindling, but don't count them out yet.

    At the same time, Trump continues to berate his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in hopes of convincing him to quit so he doesn't have to fire him (so, presumably, Trump can then appoint someone who will fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller). Republican Senators, however, are defending their old colleague Sessions, and some are even charging that Trump is showing "weakness" with his bullying of his own Attorney General and long-time ally.

    Lots of fodder for calls today before Desi Doyen joins us with the latest Green News Report as a sweltering summer reveals the "new normal" and Trump names a Rightwing talk radio host to a top science job at the USDA.

    You can find Brad's previous editions here. And tune in to radio Sputnik five days a week.

    We'd love to get your feedback at radio@sputniknews.com

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    Healthcare, rights and freedoms, social security, transgender, LGBT, Republicans, Department of Defense, Democrats, US Senate, Susan Collins, Jeff Sessions, Lisa Murkowski, Robert Mueller, Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, United States
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