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Panel Doubts Nerve Gas To Blame For Gulf War Illnesses

The Pentagon was slow in investigating whether chemical weapons could be causing Persian Gulf War veterans’ health problems, though any nerve gas exposure that might have occurred is unlikely to explain their illnesses, a presidential panel has concluded.

In its final report, the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses generally praises the government’s response to ailing veterans, concludes that their medical treatment has been “excellent” and states that efforts to research their problems are “appropriate.”

But the report urges that all possible exposure to poison gas during the war be thoroughly investigated, noting that one of the “principal uncertainties” about veterans’ illnesses concerns the possible long-term effects of exposure to chemical weapons.

President Clinton will receive the report today.

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Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn’s ‘judgment issues’

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President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Trump’s chief of staff asked days later if Flynn’s communications were being monitored under a secret surveillance warrant, according to memos maintained by Comey and obtained by The Associated Press.