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Former Veterans Affairs chief says it’s ‘astounding’ that outside group is influencing VA policy

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Former VA Secretary Anthony Principi says he “found it astounding” that three wealthy friends of President Trump, members of his Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida, were able to affect executive hiring at the Department of Veterans Affairs and might have influenced VA policy.

Trump appeared to confuse napalm with Agent Orange — and he reportedly got the idea from an iconic movie set in the Vietnam War

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  • During a meeting with Veterans advocacy leaders at the White House in 2017, President Donald Trump reportedly confused some people in the room when he appeared to conflate Agent Orange with napalm.
  • Agent Orange, which was used during the Vietnam War to clear dense vegetation, is a deadly herbicide with long-lasting effects.
  • Napalm, a gel-like fuel mixture that burns slowly and more accurately than gasoline, was used in bombs.
  • In his argument, Trump reportedly referenced "Apocalypse Now," the iconic Vietnam War film directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
  • The movie includes an infamous scene where napalm is dropped on suspected enemy positions.

Monsanto's Herbicide Expert Has Bad Day in Court

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Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company is the first Roundup cancer lawsuit to proceed to trial. Plaintiff Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a 46-year-old former school groundskeeper, alleges exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate, caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

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