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President Trump’s medical exemption from military service during the Vietnam War came under renewed scrutiny on Wednesday when The New York Times reported that the daughters of a New York City foot doctor said their father was the one who diagnosed Trump with bone spurs. They said their father, the late Dr. Larry Braunstein, did it as a favor to Trump’s father, who was his landlord. “I know it was a favor,” said one daughter, Dr. Elysa Braunstein, 56. “But did he examine him? I don’t know.” The women said that in exchange their father got access to Trump’s father, developer Fred Trump. “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately,” Elysa Braunstein said. “That was the small favor that he got.”

Obama’s USDA Just Played Chicken With the Trump Transition Team

Brand new rules protect poultry farmers from corporate power. But will the Trump team enforce them? andersboman/iStock In its waning days, President Barack Obama’s US Department of Agriculture injected an extra dose of drama into President-elect Donald Trump’s chaotic transition of the ag department this week. Trump’s agricultural advisory committee has been pushing back hard…

Obama will not restrict drone strike ‘playbook’ before Trump takes office

Trump administration will inherit Obama’s signature counter-terrorism tactic, known as ‘targeted killing’, the controversial rules of which new book reveals The process for deploying drone strikes was codified in 2013 under Obama’s administration. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA Barack Obama will not tighten the rules governing US drone strikes ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Guardian has…