Aides warned Trump not to attack North Korea’s leader personally before his fiery U.N. address North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Good thing he listens to people who may have a bit of a clue:

Senior aides to President Trump repeatedly warned him not to deliver a personal attack on North Korea’s leader at the United Nations this week, saying insulting the young despot in such a prominent venue could irreparably escalate tensions and shut off any chance for negotiations to defuse the nuclear crisis.

Trump’s derisive description of Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission” and his threat to “totally destroy” North Korea were not in a speech draft that several senior officials reviewed and vetted Monday, the day before Trump gave his first address to the U.N. General Assembly, two U.S. officials said.

What You Need to Know About the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill (aka Zombie Trumpcare)

All you really need to know is that it’s complete horseshit. But if you want a more in depth view of how deep the horseshit is:

According to unofficial estimates, this bill will cover fewer people than the ACA, and also fewer people than the previous Republican health care proposals. The Commonwealth Fund estimates that 32 million people could lose coverage by 2027.

What about the official estimate? Well, there won’t be one. Previous bills have come with reports from the Congressional Budget Office detailing how much they will cost, how many people will lose coverage, and what will happen to the price of insurance premiums. But this round, there isn’t time for that, so the vote will proceed with a CBO score that just sketches out a few numbers relating to government spending. The CBO released a statement saying they “will not be able to provide point estimates of the effects on the deficit, health insurance coverage, or premiums for at least several weeks.”

So they’re going to try to ram this bill through without any official estimate because they know that any official estimate will make them look really, really bad and they are desperate to do anything to get rid of the legislation passed when the black guy was leading the country.

Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire ‘private briefings’ on 2016 campaign

Manafort is really fucked. The remaining big questions are: 1) how bad. 2) Does he flip on Trump. I guess we’ll find the answer to number 1 when he gets indicted within the next few weeks:

Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Paul Manafort made the offer in an email to an overseas intermediary, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past, these people said.

“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016, email, portions of which were read to The Washington Post along with other Manafort correspondence from that time.

The emails are among tens of thousands of documents that have been turned over to congressional investigators and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team as they probe whether Trump associates coordinated with Russia as part of Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump Threatens to ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea in Speech to UN

Also calls Kim Jong Un as “rocket man” in the speech at the UN:

In his speech before the United Nations’ general assembly in New York on Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump referred to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “rocket man,” just as he did in a tweet over the weekend.

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” Trump said in his speech while discussing how the United States could react to North Korea’s attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself for its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” the President said. “The United States is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”

Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman

Mueller is slowly tightening the noose:

Washington (CNN)US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.

And this from the NY Times:

WASHINGTON — Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home. They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts. They even photographed the expensive suits in his closet.

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the investigation.