Trump says he wants nukes 'in perfect shape' and calls First Amendment rights 'frankly disgusting'

Donald Trump doesn’t want to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal tenfold, he claimed Wednesday afternoon after an NBC report that he wants to do exactly that. He just wants the existing nukes to be “in perfect shape.” (Like, could the military maybe look into slapping some gold leaf on those puppies?) But if there’s any comfort to be gained from Trump’s disavowal of massive nuclear growth—and there isn’t, because he lies—Trump’s renewed attacks on the media and the very notion of freedom of the press should have you all itchy and nervous again:

What Putin wants

Anne Applebaum, a Washington Post columnist, professor at the London School of Economics and author of the new book "The Red Famine," gave a concise description of what Vladimir Putin's Russia aims to achieve by interfering in elections in Germany and throughout the West this week on NPR's Fresh Air:

Kim Jong-un Called Trump a ‘Dotard.’ What Does That Even Mean?

People in Pyongyang, North Korea, watched a television broadcast on Friday of the leader Kim Jong-un’s response to President Trump’s speech at the United Nations. Credit Ed Jones/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
HONG KONG — When President Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and mocked its leader, Kim Jong-un, as “Rocket Man” in a speech on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, the rhetorical retaliation from Pyongyang was inevitable.

Russia’s War Games With Fake Enemies Cause Real Alarm

Russian-Belarusian military exercises in 2013 near Kaliningrad. Some analysts fear that this year’s version could be a prelude for military aggression. Credit Alexey Druginyn/Ria Novosti

MOSCOW — The country does not exist, so it has neither an army nor any real citizens, though it has acquired a feisty following of would-be patriots online. Starting on Thursday, however, the fictional state, Veishnoriya, a distillation of the Kremlin’s darkest fears about the West, becomes the target of the combined military might of Russia and its ally Belarus.

Trump's betrayal of GOP leaders should surprise no one | Eugene Robinson

President Donald Trump leaves after attending services at St. John's Church in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. The president last week named today a National Day of Prayer for victims of Hurricane Harvey. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

By Eugene Robinson

Chuck and Nancy and Donald and Ivanka seemed to thoroughly enjoy their meeting at the White House the other day. Mitch and Paul, not so much.

Uraganul Irma ameninta SUA. Mesajul lui Trump pentru americani

Uraganul Irma, care ar putea lovi Florida sambata sau duminica dimineata, are un “potential distructiv cum nu s-a mai vazut”.

Aşa sună avertismentul lui Donald Trump. Iar mesajul oficialilor din Florida este unanim - dacă locuiţi în apropierea coastei, plecaţi imediat, cât mai departe.

Furtuna, care în Caraibe a lăsat în urmă cel puţin 22 de morţi, a mai scăzut în intensitate.

Însă vântul va sufla în continuare cu până la 250 de kilometri pe oră.