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The Daily Countable: A Man, A Plan & An Iran — And His Pets

by Countable | 10.13.17

Good Friday afternoon, friends, from all of Team Countable. Let's open the papers and tap the apps...

On the Radar

Iran So Very Far from the Iran Deal

Actually, it’s not that far, but we wanted to work in the song title. President Trump disavowed the Iran nuclear deal, calling it "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into."

However, the President stopped short of abandoning the deal. Instead, he’s asking Congress to decide on whether sanctions should be reimposed on the Iran regime. Read our coverage of why the tan man is not a fan of Iran and wants to put the plan in Congress’ hands.

Hospice For Healthcare?

Busy day yesterday for dismantling the Affordable Care Act. In the morning, the president penned an executive action that included, among other things, requiring that insurance companies sell cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer consumer protections. Later in the day, Trump announced the government will no longer provide health insurance subsidies to insurers. Some lawmakers see the twin moves as harming consumers, some see it as freeing them. Check out what they’re saying here.

Pet Projects

Bo Obama. Him And Her Johnson. Barney and Mrs. Beazley Bush. For years, presidential pets have been turning the White House a bit yellower. And, sometimes, weirder: John Quincy Adams had an alligator and silkworms. Don’t miss our roundup of Oval Office critters and thoughts of what four-legged friend Trump should get. (Maybe a flock of seagulls he names "Callback"?)

Your Gov At A Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will deliver remarks Friday morning at the 2017 Values Voter Summit.
  • In the afternoon, the president will deliver remarks on Iran strategy.
  • Later in the afternoon, the president and the first lady will visit the Secret Service training facility.

The House of Representatives: OUT

  • The House will return Monday, October 23.

The Senate: OUT

  • The Senate will return Monday, October 16.

And In the End...

Keep taking action, Countabuddies. But maybe also take some time for yourself this weekend.

—Josh Herman

Keep in touch with Countable and managing editor Andrea via Twitter.

(Photo Credit: ugurhan / iStockphoto)

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  • James
    10/13/2017
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    What does this totally unqualified president know that the rest of the world does not know, The United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia? The Secretary of Defense admitted to Congress just last week that Iran was in compliance. What changed in a week? It is very apparent that President Trump simply wants to undo anything and everything President Obama did. Is this jealousy? Is it racism? Is it his way of demonstrating that he has no business being president of the United States?

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  • Warren
    10/13/2017
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    This president is a nut.

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  • Dennis
    10/13/2017
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    Is he doing irreparable harm to our country? When will Republicans speak out (like Sen. Corker) and stand up for our country and not worry about their jobs. As the days, weeks, and months go on we will continue to face these important issues and need the voices of McConnell and Ryan to claim the moral leadership that is sorely lacking.

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  • Cindi
    10/13/2017
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    Mentally ill, Ignorant, Narcissistic, Homophobic, Money-Laundering, Treasonous, Colluding, Sexual Predator, with a Religious Extremist as VP and an entire cabinet each in charge of areas they despise. What could go wrong?

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  • Vanessa
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    Coward..This latest stunt is yet again another example of someone so desperate to keep his base, he is willing to start trouble with another country by talking swill, and then, throwing the problem to another branch of government to try and patch up.....What a tool....It’s time the 2 other EQUAL branch’s of government find their backbone and muzzle this guy for the well being of our country.

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  • Esther
    10/13/2017
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    Once again, "I'm just taking my marbles and leaving if you won't play by my rules."

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  • Peggy
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    Backing out of the Iran nuclear deal is wrong. Iran was holding up their end of the bargain. This makes us look untrustworthy to other countries and will only encourage Iran to restart their nuclear program. The president is making bad decisions for this country. He is unfit. He needs to be impeached.

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  • Stickyfingers
    10/13/2017
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    The fascist liberals don’t remember or don’t want to remember that idiot Obama gave Iran 4 billion dollars in cash and flew it to Iran in the middle of the night. How can anybody support that. President Trump is gaining America’s trust throughout the World. He is making America great again. Thank you President Trump

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  • Linda
    10/13/2017
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    Let’s give subsidies to big business, but not healthcare. Typical GOP. Greed over People Sadly, our president has no compassion and is not a humanitarian.

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  • Troy
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    Thank you Mr. Trump. Promises made promises kept.

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  • Pego
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    In fact, all our intelligence agencies, the Israeli agencies and every other oversight agency has certified that they ARE in complete compliance.

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  • Gilbert
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    It’s really a shame there are so many simple minded Americans that root for other countries instead of their own. Thank you Mr. President for keeping your promises. Please ignore the anti-American dumbasses that are too ignorant to understand what’s going on. “We The People” are 100% behind you in your fight against “Fake News, corrupt politicians, haters, and seditionist Democrats who will continue to resist no matter how much improvement we’ve already seen in the last 8 months. MAGA!

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  • Robert
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    You can only fix stupid with impeachment

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  • Steven
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    I’m very strongly behind the president on the issue of fixing the Iran deal.

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  • Plegian
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    Promises made, promises kept? More like threats made, and threats kept. His base is gratified he has mowed down the Washington establishment. Sweet revenge.

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  • Lise
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    We have a good president!

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  • Carol
    10/13/2017
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    The resident of the WH thrives by creating chaos: Iran, ACA, taxes, immigration, the wall, DACA, the free press, NRA and so on. He is not running an administration based on policy. He is running an administration focused on dismantling anything to do with Obama - not on anything to make this country greater. I’m beginning to wonder if this country will ever recover from this administration.

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  • scorpio292u
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    Anyone else notice how many days off our congressmen & women have off?

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  • Dee
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    It is time for congress to act .the longer trump remains in office the more dangerous he becomes.

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  • Sally
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    Iran is not a cobbled together country like Iraq. It is empirical and quite capable. Yes it is interfering in Syria and North Korea. However this nuclear deal is one thing the whole world actually agrees that they are adhering to. Our allies have told us that they will not back us on this. Trump is alienating our once great nation. We will be alone in this and I’m afraid we are going to find out just exactly how lonely that can be. Why will anyone ever negotiate anything with America in good faith again ? Trump has broken the word of the American people. If you don’t have your good word what do you have ?

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