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Only rich people should be tasked with running our economy into the ground, a triumphant President Donald Trump told a crowd in Iowa on Wednesday night.


During a rally at a community college in Cedar Rapids—part of Trump’s neverending campaign to remind Americans that he definitely did win the election—the president bragged about the personal wealth of Gary Cohn, his top economic adviser and a former bigwig at Goldman Sachs, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the “King of Bankruptcy” who’s worth a reported $2.5 billion.

“Those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person. Does that make sense?” Trump told the crowd of Iowans, according to the Associated Press.

The event marked Trump’s fifth campaign event in as many months of his administration. Doesn’t it feel like it’s been much, much longer?



  • Just days after the Minnesota cop who shot and killed Philando Castile in front of his girlfriend and her child during a 2016 traffic stop was acquitted of manslaughter, the former Milwaukee police officer who killed Sylville Smith during a foot chase last August was found not guilty on reckless homicide charges late Wednesday. Smith’s death sparked days of unrest in the city, which remains one of the most racially segregated cities in the nation.


  • At long last, Senate Republicans are planning to make the text of their drafted-in-secret health care bill, which is scheduled for a vote next week, publicly available today. Abortion coverage became a new issue on Wednesday for the bill, which Democrats loathe, moderate Republicans have been slow to endorse, and even the party faithful don’t have much to say about.

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