Paul Manafort is out as the campaign manager for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. According to the Washington Post, he was replaced late Tuesday night by Stephen Bannon, operator of the conservative Breitbart News operation as chief executive of the campaign. The post of campaign manager will go to pollster Kellyanne Conway. “These announcements come at a time of significant growth for Mr. Trump’s campaign, with the first major TV ad buy of the general election slated to start later this week and with additional top-flight operatives joining the movement on a near-daily basis,” the campaign said in the statement.
FIRE FORCES EVACUATIONS
Over 80,000 people have been forced to evacauate their homes before the march of the Blue Cut Fire in the Cajon Pass area of Southern California. By Wednesday morning, the fire had reportedly burned 30,000 acres (about 47 square miles) as it raged out of control. The fire broke out shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. For the latest information go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4962 .
AETNA PLAYING HARDBALL OVER HUMANA?
National Public Radio is reporting Wednesday that Aetna’s decision to reduce its participation in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange – commonly called Obamacare – were prompted by the federal Department of Justice’s opposition to the acquistion of rival Humana on anti-trust grounds. In a letter obtained by NPR, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini wrote to the DOJ that “Specifically, if the DOJ sues to enjoin the transaction, we will immediately take action to reduce our 2017 exchange footprint.”
IT’S A NORTH ATLANTIC SHOW IN RIO
After 11 days, the Summer Olympics in Rio deJaneiro are showing the United States and Great Britain at the top of the medal standings. The U.S. has 86 medals overall, and 28 are gold. In second is Great Britain with 19 gold medals (50 overall). Next is China with 17 gold (51), followed by Russia with 12 (39) and Germany with 11 (28).
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