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Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

Beefin’ over flags wow 2018 is wild.

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Draaaaama. The American flag returned to half-staff over the White House late this afternoon to mark the death of Senator John McCain. You may recall a bit of a hubbub this morning when the flag flew at full staff less than 48 hours after McCain’s passing. Mess. [New York Times]
  • Speaking of McCain, did you know that he wanted Matt Damon to depict him in a movie? [Page Six]
  • Oh, and Chuck Schumer wants to rename the Senate office building after McCain. Mitch McConnell doesn’t seem crazy about the idea. [The Hill]
  • Trump is threatening to drop out of the North American Free Trade Agreement and instead create a trade agreement with Mexico and a separate one with Canada. In reality, nobody seems to know what the fuck is actually happening on this front. [CNN]
  • The Trump administration wants your student loan debt and predatory lenders to ruin your life. Great. [NPR]
  • The Mooch is producing an off-Broadway musical based on the Trump family and I’m ABSOLUTELY GOING TO SEE IT:
  • Alabama death row inmates can now choose how the state kills them. Talk about an illusion of choice. [NY Daily News]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish today:

This has been Barf Bag.

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