The Trump gang blackballs the news outlets who report on Trump-Russia ties
The White House picked which journalists could participate in the press briefing Friday. Reporters for CNN, the New York Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, and the majority of the foreign press were not among them. The press pool, including NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox News, were allowed in, as well as several smaller conservative media outlets, including the Washington Times, the One America News Network, and Breitbart, which was formerly run by White House senior strategist Steve Bannon. Time and the Associated Press boycotted the gaggle, according to reporting from CNN. . . .
A few days ago, there was some talk about whether Trump would slow-walk federal disaster relief for the Oroville Dam area. As it turned out, he didn't, but the possibility was taken seriously for a while. This is what makes the Trump presidency so unpredictable. No modern president would even think of taking revenge on a state that voted against him by refusing disaster aid. No modern president would dream of evicting news outlets from a press briefing because they had criticized him. No modern president would lie about easily checkable facts on a routine basis. No modern president would loudly cite every positive bit of economic news as a personal triumph. No modern president since Nixon would casually ask the FBI to take its side in an ongoing investigation. . . .
What Spicer said
Sean Spicer once said that banning media outlets is something only dictatorships do
Reince Priebus says that the media shouldn't use anonymous sources -- can you guess what comes next?
[Feb 18] “I think that the media should stop with this unnamed source stuff. Put names on a piece of paper and print it. If people aren't willing to put their name next to a quote, then the quote shouldn't be listed,” Priebus said.
However, the one member of Trump’s inner circle named in the article, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, spoke at length on two Sunday political talk shows about his contact with unnamed intelligence officials in the days following reports that Trump campaign associates had been in contact with Russian officials. . ..
Following reports that White House Chief-of-Staff Reince Priebus asked the FBI to dispute a story saying aides to President Donald Trump were in contact with Russian officials before the election, senior administration officials insisted that FBI officials came to Priebus to say the reporting was inaccurate. . . .
In these interviews, Priebus didn’t just dispute details of the Times report. He didn’t argue that it had been misread to imply evidence of collusion. He claimed that he had approval from the FBI and the intelligence community to deny the Times story in its entirety. And five days later, according to the Associated Press, the White House told reporters that FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and director James Comey “gave Priebus the go-ahead to discredit the story publicly.” Is that true? . . . Preliminary signs suggest Priebus is fudging what the FBI told him about the Times story. . . . [read on]
Now Trump attacks the FBI (because they wouldn't refute the Trump-Russia story?)
Trump Rages At FBI: 'They Can't Even Find Leakers' In Their Own Bureau
Trump puts the FBI on his low-life leaker list
Trump tries to bully Homeland Security and Justice Dept to "help build the legal case" for his Muslim ban. The suggested implications are clear
It didn't work
Draft Homeland Security intel report contradicts Trump's rationale for Muslim ban
Trump says he loves the First Amendment -- all except for the free press part. And the free speech part
Trump Praises First Amendment, Calls for Media Suppression and Fewer Protests
Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states
Trump Knows How to Make Enemies, Not Deals
Each day brings more signs that President Trump has no regard for democratic norms, no understanding of how government works, and no interest in repairing these deficiencies.
Trump keeps taking credit
Is the Trump infrastructure plan dead?
For now? http://www.salon.com/2017/02/24/trump-republicans-may-hold-off-on-infrastructure-plan-so-they-can-use-it-for-the-2018-midterms/
Trump, Republicans may hold off on infrastructure plan so they can use it for the 2018 midterms
Trump's health care nightmare
Two Polls Show Highest Support Of Affordable Care Act Since 2010
The GOP replacement plan -- what's in it?
A nice analysis: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/02/theres-only-one-big-thing-matters-about-upcoming-republican-health-care-plan
When will the working class realize they were HAD by Trump?
Trump ditches labor voices from CEO-heavy discussion of manufacturing jobs
See a pattern?
Gorka Linked To Anti-Semitic Groups During His Time In Hungarian Politics
The NRA is catching on to the new conservative discourse: attack, attack, attack -- and don't let the facts get in the way
The head of the NRA defines his new enemies: The ‘violent left’ and judges who ‘do violence’ to the Constitution
Why the Christian Right is rejoicing under Trump’s presidency
Scenes from the Conservative Political Action Conference
Crowd Waves Russian Flags for Trump
Trump Attacks Media In CPAC Speech
“A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are. . . . Because they have no sources, they just make them up when there are none.”
CPAC Crowd Chants 'Lock Her Up' At Trump Speech
CPAC speaker says the alt-right is actually “left-wing”
Trump's comments, full text: http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/24/14726584/transcript-donald-trump-cpac-speech
A tender moment between Reince and Steve
On Thursday afternoon, American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp hosted a conversation on the mainstage of CPAC with Steve Bannon, Trump’s White House chief strategist, and Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff. The two men shook hands and patted each other’s shoulders center-stage to (once again!) affirm that they were practically the best of friends, and were definitely, absolutely, 100-percent not backbiting and leaking on each other. . . .
But WATCH this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STC_AyZX3bA
Scenes from the Resistance