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That Inspires Confidence

While he wasn't second in command of the United States nuclear arsenal, Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina not only had a 15 hour a week gambling habit he also had a one-man poker chip counterfeiting operation in which he used paint and stickers to make $1 poker chips into $500 poker chips.

This led to repeated bans from local casinos, eventually a lifetime ban and finally his nuclear weapons were taken away.

More on Christie's Ditched Ebola Policy

Courtesy of TPM Reader FN we have some more information on Chris Christie's crackpot Ebola policy, which he seems to have quietly ditched after no one was looking. FN flags this piece just published by NJ.com which suggests that Christie simply never implemented the policy. But not before finding an abandoned psychiatric hospital, Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital, in Hunterdon Country where asymptomatic health care workers returning from West Africa would be confined - and not before racking up 500 hours of police overtime hours to guard the abandoned facility even though no one was there.

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