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February 12, 2018

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–On the Show:

–Rae Paoletta, Space Editor at Inverse, joins David to discuss pseudoscience scams in the “wellness” sphere, and her work criticizing Gwyneth Paltrow’s “lifestyle brand” company “Goop”

–Donald Trump blocks the release of the Democratic response to the Republican / Devin Nunes memo in a clear-cut case of Trumpian hypocrisy and propaganda

–Disgraced former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, senior adviser Jared Kushner, and dozens of Trump administration officials have regularly handled sensitive information despite lacking permanent security clearances

–The Washington Post reports that President Trump refuses to read daily intelligence briefings, instead receiving the briefings orally, and with less frequency over time

–David Sorensen, a speechwriter for Donald Trump, resigns over allegations that he abused his ex-wife during their marriage, making him the second Trump aide to step down for domestic assault in the last week, in addition to White House staff secretary Rob Porter

–Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand announces her resignation and says she is taking a job at Walmart, becoming the latest domino to fall in Trump’s Justice Department

–In order to stir up anti-immigrant sentiment, Donald Trump promulgated a story about a border patrol agent named Rogelio Martinez who was beaten to death by an undocumented immigrant; it turns out there was no attack, and Martinez’s death appears to have been an accident

–A West Virginia woman named Lissa Lucas testified before the state’s House of Delegates on a matter of gas drilling and was dragged out of the chamber after listing the political donations given to representatives on the committee by lobbyists from oil and gas companies

–On the Bonus Show: Cambodia deports westerners who danced provocatively, OxyContin maker cuts sales in half and will stop encouraging excessive prescriptions, a server gets fired for complaining about not getting tipped by a megachurch, and much more…

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