THIS WEEK: Donald Trump nixes McCain White House statement, lies about leaving NAFTA, Trump's King Jong -un Promises & much more!
Donald Trump's McCain, NAFTA and Kim Jong Un Blunders
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1. President Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain, telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican. [The Hill]

2. According to Donald Trump, the United States is abandoning the NAFTA free trade deal between the US, Canada and Mexico in favor of a bilateral agreement between the US and Mexico. And possibly a second bilateral deal with Canada. Trump even gave the bilateral agreement a name: the "US-Mexico Trade Agreement," which he said would replace the trilateral free trade deal. That isn't happening. [The New York Times]

3. President Trump used typically inflammatory language to warn evangelical leaders at a White House event Monday night of what GOP losses at the ballot box in November could mean for his administration and party, telling attendees that Democrats "will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently." He specifically called out Antifa. [CNN]

4. While QAnon supporters love Trump, their predictions keep failing. Here is a list of every QAnon prediction that has failed to come true. [The Daily Dot]

5. Since Donald Trump was forced to unblock his Twitter critics, they've been making up for lost time. [HuffPost]

6. President Donald Trump reportedly promised North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he would sign a declaration ending the Korean War once and for all. He hasn't, and now nuclear negotiations with North Korea are starting to fall apart. What the fuck?! [Vox]

7. President Donald Trump has told Congress he is canceling a pay raise that most civilian federal employees were due to receive in January, citing budgetary constraints. I thought the economy was doing so well? [Los Angeles Times]

8. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering new rules on campus sexual misconduct that would change the definition of sexual harassment on college and university campuses and raise legal standards for proving that schools mishandled complaints about sexual assault and harassment. [The New York Times]

9. President Trump has tweeted repeatedly about Bruce Ohr, a lawyer in the criminal division at the Department of Justice. On August 29, the president tweeted: “How the hell is Bruce Ohr still employed at the Justice Department? Disgraceful! Witch Hunt!” He also earlier threatened to revoke Ohr’s security clearance, which would make it impossible for him to do his job. This personal, public targeting of a civil servant by the President of the United States is not simply puzzling; it is wrong and dangerous. [Vox]
● John Sidney McCain III, a Vietnam War hero with more than 35 years of public service who became one of the most distinctive figures in modern American politics as a maverick conservative who took delight in disruption, died on Saturday August 25th at his home in Arizona.

Two people were killed and 11 others injured when a gunman opened fire last  Sunday at a popular waterfront mall in Jacksonville, Florida, where a Madden NFL 19 video game tournament was being held.

A nine-year-old boy has killed himself after enduring four days of homophobic bullying at school in Denver, Colorado, his mother says.

Attorney Lanny Davis says he was an anonymous source in a July CNN story that reported his client, Michael Cohen, had privately claimed that President Trump had advance knowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting between his son and Russians — contradicting Davis's own words on CNN's air last week.

● Former Mayor of Tallahassee Andrew Gillum secured the Democratic nomination in Florida’s hotly-contested gubernatorial primary, putting an end to a messy and expensive race.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL will proceed after an arbitrator appointed by the league and the players’ association ruled that Kaepernick had produced sufficient evidence that NFL owners colluded to keep him out of the league following his trailblazing protests during the national anthem.

A judge has denied conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ request to dismiss a lawsuit surrounding the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that he has called a hoax.

● Sacha Baron Cohen’s undercover show ended its first and only season without airing a highly anticipated interview with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. But she still did receive a shout out.

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