In other news, tax filings show that Eric Trump's "charity" group funneled money to his father at the Trump Organization during the 2016 election. That money obviously also flows right back to Eric Trump himself.
Meanwhile, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club have laid off over 12,500 employees in the past week after announcing a bonus only for employees who've been there for 20 years. Among the 12,500 laid off are 3,500 managers so the list of people who've been with the company for 20 years can't be very long.
It's Tax Cut Magic.
Finally, the New York Times reports that the Pentagon has been begun preparing for war with North Korea while hoping it doesn't actually happen.
Next month, at Army posts across the United States, more than 1,000 reserve soldiers will practice how to set up so-called mobilization centers that move military forces overseas in a hurry. And beginning next month with the Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang, the Pentagon plans to send more Special Operations troops to the Korean Peninsula, an initial step toward what some officials said ultimately could be the formation of a Korea-based task force similar to the types that are fighting in Iraq and Syria. Others said the plan was strictly related to counterterrorism efforts. [...]
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both argue forcefully for using diplomacy to address Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. A war with North Korea, Mr. Mattis said in August, would be “catastrophic.” Still, about two dozen current and former Pentagon officials and senior commanders said in interviews that the exercises largely reflected the military’s response to orders from Mr. Mattis and service chiefs to be ready for any possible military action on the Korean Peninsula.
General Tony Thomas, the head of the Special Operations Command, also reportedly told a large gathering of operators and their families that they might be redeployed from the Middle East to Korea in May or June.