Thursday, January 19, 2017

KEEP LOOKING

Six!

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/six-agencies-are-investigating-trump-russia-ties
Six Agencies Are Investigating Trump-Russia Ties 
  
[NB: Obviously there's nothing there, right?] 

What next for the Trump administration?

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/18/14267638/seven-questions-about-trump-administration

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/19/dark-days-ahead-what-to-expect-from-president-trump.html 

How Trump views his intelligence briefings. (It won't reassure you)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-intelligence-briefings-costly-mistakes

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/intelligence-briefings-trump-prefers-little-possible
President Obama likes to read daily intelligence briefings and pose follow-up questions in writing. Bill Clinton had a similar approach. George W. Bush, during his two terms, changed the briefing process, preferring oral reports from intelligence professionals.  Trump, apparently, has in mind something akin to Powerpoint slides. . . . [read on]

Total confusion on health care messaging: How do you cut a program that provides coverage for millions of Americans, and reduce costs, while promising that no one will be worse off than before?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/01/18/trumps-obamacare-replacement-will-be-a-scam-heres-how-democrats-can-expose-it/?utm_source=rss_plum-line&utm_term=.5cb4e647dd20 

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/price-imperative-people-covered
President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), said Wednesday of the Trump administration's plans for repealing Obamacare that it was "absolutely imperative" that people "be able to keep health coverage." . . .

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/trump-pretends-health-insurance-inc-will
[Trump] I mean people in the high levels of government have this fantastic plan but the people in the country don't have the plan and we're going to have a plan. We're going to have a plan that's going to be great for people and it's going to be much less expensive and you will be able to actually have something to say about who your doctor is and your plan. So and we're going to have to, you know, we have to cover people that can't afford it. That's what I'm talking about and we'll probably have block grants of Medicaid back into the states and will do things because there are people who can't afford it and nobody's going to be dying on the streets with a president Trump. We want to take care of everybody.

Pence explains that when Trump says "insurance for everybody," he doesn't, well, you know, actually mean insurance for EVERYBODY

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/pence-clarifies-what-trump-meant-when-he-said-insurance-for-all

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/health-care-all-about-benjamins

Watch and enjoy. Trump blows up Paul Ryan's tax plan with two words

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/18/1621683/-Trump-torpedoes-Ryan-s-tax-plan-It-s-too-complicated

More: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/17/donald-trump-house-republicans-have-very-different-approaches-to-tax-policy/
 
Trump calls John Lewis a liar, and then goes on to say . . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-john-lewis-lie
“Look, I don’t like tweeting. I have other things I could be doing. But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press," Trump said. "It’s my only way that I can counteract.”

Trump's phony jobs claims

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-demands-credit-jobs-he-had-nothing-do

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/01/18/can-trump-fool-people-into-thinking-hes-personally-supercharging-the-economy/?utm_term=.b08b71b950ed

He's upset that he's not getting the credit: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/18/1621805/-Trump-demands-credit-for-new-jobs-that-are-old-news-rage-tweets-when-he-doesn-t-get-it
"Totally biased @NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back to the U.S., but had nothing to do with TRUMP, is more FAKE NEWS. Ask top CEO's of those companies for real facts. Came back because of me!"

Ask top CEO's, eh? http://www.salon.com/2017/01/18/corporations-dreading-being-the-subject-of-a-tweet-are-recycling-jobs-announcements-to-please-donald-trump/
Corporations, “dreading being the subject of a tweet,” are recycling jobs announcements to please Donald Trump 

Trump fans are all ready for the inauguration

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-trump-voters-are-in-town.html

Trump announces record turnout because his inauguration has to be THE GREATEST INAUGURATION EVER! Unfortunately . . .

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-prepares-preemptive-falsehoods-about-his-inauguration

Here's the fact

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/18/president-obama-is-a-lot-more-popular-than-donald-trump-who-americans-say-should-stop-tweeting/
President Obama is a lot more popular than Donald Trump, who Americans say should stop tweeting 

More: http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/18/14303676/donald-trump-approval-ratings-rigged
Donald Trump thinks approval ratings are rigged. That's scarier than you think.

Cabinet hearings, continued. . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mick-mulvaney-trump-pick-budget-director-failed-pay-payroll-taxes
Trump Pick For Budget Director Failed To Pay $15K In Taxes For Babysitter

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/amazing-interchange
Here's an amazing exchange between Sen. Warren and Rep Price, the nominee to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Warren asks Price to commit to fulfilling President-Elect Trump's promise not to cut Medicare or Medicaid.  Price repeatedly insists that dollars are the "wrong metric" when it comes to cuts. . . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/tom-price-medicare-drug-price-negotiations
Price Squirms On Whether He Supports Trump On Medicare Drug Negotiations

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/conflict-of-interest-questions-threaten-price-confirmation.htm
Trump’s HHS Appointee Stumbles in Hearing Over Questionable Purchase of Biotech Stock

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trumps-pick-education-secretary-failed-do-her-homework
Trump’s pick for Education Secretary failed to do her homework

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/18/1621731/-Betsy-DeVos-outpaces-Ben-Carson-as-Trump-s-least-prepared-nominee
Betsy DeVos outpaces Ben Carson as Trump's least prepared nominee

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/18/trump-pick-to-lead-epa-has-spotty-state-environmental-record/
Donald Trump’s pick to lead the EPA has a spotty state environmental record 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/18/1621843/-Scott-Pruitt-refuses-to-commit-to-recusing-himself-on-suits-he-s-filed-against-the-EPA
EPA nominee Scott Pruitt refuses to recuse himself on suits he's filed against the EPA

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/18/14311518/trump-epa-nominee
Trump’s EPA nominee “unsure” if big oil gave him hundreds of thousands of dollars

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/wilbur-ross-fired-undocumented-employee
Trump Commerce Secretary Pick Fired Undocumented Employee Before Hearing

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/perry-did-not-know-energy-department-role
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry did not realize exactly what the position of energy secretary entails when he accepted Donald Trump's offer to lead the department . . .

Trump now says Tillerson was his choice for Sect'y of State from the very beginning. That's almost certainly not true, but if true it sure makes Rudy and Mitt and others look like fools. (And I still want to know whether Russia suggested him.)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/18/1621787/-Trump-claimed-Tillerson-was-his-man-right-from-the-beginning-because-he-takes-the-oil

Trump and the press

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-press-briefing-seats-hotel-press-ban
Following a Saturday report that Trump's incoming administration was considering a plan to remove the press corps from the White House, Trump said in an interview with "Fox and Friends" broadcast Wednesday that there are "just too many" reporters to fit into the White House briefing room.  "We have to just pick the people that go into the room," he said. . . .

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/weaseling-out-things-core-trump-skill
The media still hasn't figured out how to deal with Trump and his weaseling skills. . . 

Obama's last press conference

http://www.vox.com/2017/1/18/14314526/obama-trump-not-normal

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/18/barack-obamas-final-press-conference-fake-news-jim-crow-and-the-prospects-of-another-black-president/


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A DIFFICULT DIAGNOSIS

Suddenly Obamacare is popular, and the Republicans are in disarray about what to replace it with

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/17/1621443/-Trouble-in-Trumpland-on-Obamacare-repeal 
Trouble in Trumpland on Obamacare repeal

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/devastating-cbo-report-aca-repeal-leaves
Devastating CBO Report On ACA Repeal Leaves Republicans Scrambling

Here's a solution: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/gingrich-calls-for-killing-cbo-so-trump-can-cook-the-books.html
Gingrich Calls for Abolition of the Congressional Budget Office

Donald's bestie comes to his aid -- Putin asks why people are casting doubt on Trump's election, not realizing that by doing so he is confirming EXACTLY WHY people are concerned

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/putin-scrambles-defend-trumps-legitimacy

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/vladimir-putin-defends-trump-dossier-prostitutes

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/17/1621422/-Putin-is-either-defending-Trump-or-demonstrating-autocratic-dictator-level-trolling

Meanwhile, European leaders are really worried about Trump

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/17/with-friends-like-these-donald-trumps-anti-nato-and-anti-eu-stance-scaring-americas-european-allies/
Trump’s anti-NATO and anti-EU stance scaring America’s European allies 

It's a disturbing sign when China has to defend free trade against a US president

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/17/chinas-xi-takes-spotlight-at-davos-as-us-makes-transition/

Reading the hints

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/mike-pence-s-evasive-answer-about-contact
Vice President-elect Mike Pence became suddenly quite weasely this Sunday when asked if he could “flatly deny” any contact between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. When finally pinned down, his answer looked a lot like he was trying to inoculate himself from the situation. . . 

Trump says he's never met Putin/he has met Putin/he hasn't met Putin

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-putin-presidential-debate-ive-never-met-him-fact-check-a7371061.html

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-never-met-putin-fact-check

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-2015-interview-claims-he-met-putin

I don't think we've quite realized how CRAZY it is that an incoming president is attacking his own intelligence agencies. (And they don't like it)

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/cia-chief-not-amused-by-trump-likening-the-cia-to-nazis.html

Michael Flynn's power play

https://thinkprogress.org/flynn-jr-general-flynn-voltaire-network-intelligence-agencies-494c57cbe831#.a7albjcze 

Trump is already doing a GREAT job -- just ask him

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/donald-trump-campaigning-2020-already

Trump's approval ratings are historically low before be even takes office. His response? They're "rigged," of course

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-approval-ratings-rigged

More: http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/01/17/trump-off-to-historically-bad-start/
Trump Off to Historically Bad Start 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-falling-fast
Trump Falling Fast

http://prospect.org/article/transition-obama-trump-brings-nosedive-public-approval-president
The Transition from Obama to Trump Brings a Nosedive in Public Approval for the President

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/01/17/trump-starts-off-in-an-incredibly-weak-position-and-this-new-polling-suggests-it-might-get-worse/?utm_source=rss_plum-line&utm_term=.8ae6b64df627
Trump starts off in an incredibly weak position. And this new polling suggests it might get worse. 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-has-earned-no-respect-for-being-the-ultimate-sore-winner/2017/01/16/778742f8-dc24-11e6-918c-99ede3c8cafa_story.html?utm_term=.d86de18b560f
Why hasn’t the president-elect been given more respect? . . . Here’s a fair answer: He hasn’t earned any.

Trump's inauguration is a disaster -- and scalpers are losing money on tickets

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/17/1621419/-Trump-s-marketing-efforts-go-into-overdrive-to-hype-his-dud-of-an-inauguration
Trump's marketing efforts go into overdrive to hype his dud of an inauguration

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/scalpers-losing-money-tickets-trump-inauguration-article-1.2947620
But after receiving no interest, he visited a handful of white supremacist websites, including the Daily Stormer, where he posted listings for the tickets on the site's message boards.  Even then, nobody expressed interest. . . .

More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-inauguration-boycott_us_5877ce0ee4b0c42cb1758e0c
More Than 50 Democratic Lawmakers Are Boycotting Donald Trump’s Inauguration

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/marla-maples-tiffany-trump-hair-stylist-inauguration
Stylist Says She Was Asked To Do Marla Maples' Inauguration Day Hair For Free

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/17/donald-trumps-inauguration-probably-wont-be-as-exciting-as-hes-making-it-out-to-be/
[Paul Krugman] The media will face their first test of the Trump era in the inauguration itself. Early indications are that it will be poorly attended and that the protest on Saturday will draw bigger crowds. Will this be reported?

Who is (isn't) performing

http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/1/17/14295904/who-is-performing-at-trump-inauguration-three-doors-down/in/14068105 

Cabinet hearings, continued

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/17/wilbur-ross-donald-trumps-secretary-of-commerce-nominee-has-offshored-2700-jobs-since-2004/
Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump’s secretary of commerce nominee, has offshored 2,700 jobs since 2004 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/chuck-schumer-tom-price-may-have-broken-law-healthcare-stocks
Schumer Suggests Trump's HHS Pick May Have Broken Law With Stock Buy

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2017/01/rex_tillerson_s_nomination_to_head_the_state_department_faces_scrutiny.html
Rex Tillerson is in trouble. Since his confirmation hearing last Wednesday, a few senators have been mulling his candidacy as Donald Trump’s secretary of state with a growing queasiness—and a few senators are all it takes to doom his prospects. . . 

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/does-betsy-devos-really-believe-in-public-schools.html
Does Betsy DeVos Really Believe in Public Schools?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/betsy-devos-dodges-questions-guidelines-combating-campus-sexual-assault
DeVos Dodges Questions On Guidelines To Combat Campus Sexual Assault

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/betsy-devos-confirmation-hearing-conflicts-political-contributions
Senate Dems Press DeVos To Commit To No Conflicts, No Political Contributions

http://www.vox.com/2017/1/17/14305154/betsy-devos-guns-murphy
Betsy DeVos says guns shouldn't be banned in schools ... because grizzly bears

http://www.vox.com/2017/1/17/14304692/devos-confirmation-hearing-education
Betsy DeVos was asked a basic question about education policy — and couldn’t answer

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/schooled/2017/01/betsy_devos_confirmation_hearing_showed_she_s_either_underprepared_or_a.html
Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of education tried to sound like a moderate—and revealed that she’s either underprepared or a zealot.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/17/1621524/-Donald-Trump-s-billionaire-nominees-really-don-t-want-us-to-see-their-ethics-disclosures
Donald Trump's billionaire nominees really don't want us to see their ethics disclosures

More: http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/17/14251600/trump-cabinet-weeds
Democrats can't derail Trump's Cabinet. That might not be a bad thing for them.

In other news. . . 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/summer-zervos-defamation-lawsuit-donald-trump
'Apprentice' Contestant Who Alleged Trump Groped Her Sues For Defamation

http://www.vox.com/2017/1/17/14299768/global-sea-ice-record-lows
Global sea ice is now at its lowest level ever recorded

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/17/14303200/chelsea-manning-obama-commutation-pardon
Obama just gave a last-minute commutation to WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/--100902

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/seven-years-enough-obama-commutes-chelsea-mannings-prison-sentence

Dems for 2020

http://prospect.org/article/twenty-20

Bonus item: How autocrats use social media

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/social-media-best-used-distraction-not-argument
Alex Tabarrok points today to a new paper [on the use of social media by authoritarian governments] that engaged in a ton of ground-level research to come to a conclusion that shouldn't surprise anyone. They don't waste their time trying to change minds. . . the goal of this massive secretive operation is instead to distract the public and change the subject

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

OUR PRESIDENT


http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/01/obama_s_legacy_will_be_inspirational_rather_than_transformational.html
Obama’s Legacy Won’t Be His Political Achievements

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/17/the-five-best-and-five-worst-things-about-the-obama-presidency.html
The Five Best and Five Worst Things About the Obama Presidency
 
More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/15/barack-obama-legacy-donald-trump-presidency/96102710/
To understand Obama's legacy, walk in his shoes on the day it all began

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2017/01/13/the-early-drafts-of-the-obama-legacy-are-in-and-theyre-way-over-the-top/?utm_term=.834fd90bd650
The early drafts of the Obama legacy are in

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/53-historians-on-obamas-legacy.html
53 Historians Weigh In on Barack Obama’s Legacy

Trump is making health care promises that are driving congressional Republicans crazy

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/16/1621081/-Donald-Trump-promises-beautiful-insurance-for-everybody-Republicans-wince
Donald Trump promises beautiful insurance for everybody, Republicans wince

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/01/16/donald-trump-may-have-just-destroyed-the-republican-effort-to-repeal-obamacare/?utm_source=rss_plum-line&utm_term=.301a29c68fa5
Accomplishing repeal without causing the GOP a political calamity is an extremely delicate enterprise, and the last thing they want is to have him popping off at the mouth and promising things they can’t deliver. Which is what he just did . . .
 
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/trump-vows-insurance-for-everybody-wont-give-specifics.html
Trump Promises ‘Insurance for Everybody,’ Won’t Give Any Specifics

http://www.vox.com/2017/1/16/14281206/trump-obamacare-plan
We’ve seen this con before.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-makes-health-care-promises-hell-never-be-able-keep
Trump makes health care promises he’ll never be able to keep

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/trump-hhs-pick-doesnt-know-whats-in-his-secret-health-plan.html
Trump Health Plan Is So Top Secret HHS Pick Reportedly Doesn’t Know What’s In It

More: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/16/prognosis-negative-members-of-congress-are-feeling-the-heat-from-constituents-who-want-to-keep-their-health-care/
Members of Congress are feeling the heat from constituents who want to keep their health care

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/why-republicans-hate-obamacare
Why Do Republicans Hate Obamacare?

The Trump/Russia connection wouldn't be such a story if Trump weren't actively taking their side on issue after issue

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/16/1621041/-Trump-is-preparing-to-give-Russia-exactly-what-it-wants-unlimited-cash-and-a-broken-NATO
Trump is preparing to give Russia exactly what it wants

More: http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/01/16/what-more-does-trump-need-to-say-to-prove-hes-collaborating-with-putin/

What More Does Trump Need To Say to Prove He’s Collaborating With Putin? 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/if-trump-isnt-putins-puppet-why-does-he-act-he
If Trump isn’t Putin’s puppet, why does he act like he is?

More: http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/01/16/our-country-is-currently-in-cardiac-arrest/
[Garry Kasparov] I'm still waiting for Trump to say something about global affairs that hasn't literally been said first by the Kremlin. [read on]

A coincidence?

http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/01/16/trumps-alleged-recruitment-by-russia-coincides-with-his-re-launch-of-the-birther-movement/
It all started on March 23, 2011 when Trump appeared on The View and said this: “I want him to show his birth certificate. I want him to show his birth certificate,” Trump said on ABC’s “The View.” . . . Most of us are aware that Trump launched his position on the stage of national politics by reigniting the whole birther movement, which had waned after it initially arose during and immediately after the 2008 election. It just so happens that the timing of that coincides with the allegations of his recruitment and cultivation by Russian operatives. . . . It is important to remember that, prior to re-launching the whole birther movement, Donald Trump had commented on politics but never indicated he was actually interested in running for office himself. Perhaps it is merely a coincidence that the allegations of his recruitment by Russian operatives coincides with the spectacle he created that put him in the spotlight to rally the base of the Republican Party. Or perhaps not.

No deals in Russia?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/us/politics/trump-press-conference-transcript.html
TRUMP: So I tweeted out that I have no dealings with Russia. I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we’ve stayed away. . .

More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/01/11/donald-trump-russia-vladimir-putin/96444482/
Trump says 'I have nothing to do with Russia.' That's not exactly true

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/us/politics/donald-trump-russia-business.html
For Trump, Three Decades of Chasing Deals in Russia

China gets serious with Trump. Very serious

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/china-warns-rookie-trump-it-may-take-off-the-gloves.html

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/16/one-china-principle-not-negotiable-china-tells-trump/

It didn't take Trump long to violate his "no foreign deals" pledge

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/aberdeenshire-golf-course-expansion-foreign-deal

Trump accuses the head of the CIA of leaking the "blackmail" dossier -- with absolutely no evidence whatsoever

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/looking-for-fight.html

More: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/16/inauguration-in-sight-trump-continues-twitter-assault/
Donald Trump is now openly questioning the national intelligence agencies 

Trump wants an apology . . . a lot of apologies

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/donald-trump-demands-apology-you
Just out of curiosity, I did a quick check to see how many people/organizations Donald Trump has demanded an apology from since he began his campaign. The answer is 21 . . . [read on]

On the Cabinet hearings

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/16/1621242/-Trump-s-HHS-pick-introduced-legislation-to-help-medical-device-company-days-after-investing-in-it
Trump's HHS pick introduced legislation to help medical device company days after investing in it

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/17/andrew-puzders-shady-history-trumps-labor-secretary-nominee-is-a-habitual-violator-of-labor-law_partner/
Trump’s labor secretary nominee is a habitual violator of labor law  

http://www.salon.com/2017/01/17/questions-and-conflicts-betsy-devos-donald-trumps-secretary-of-education-choice-is-surrounded-by-controversies_partner/
Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s secretary of education choice, is surrounded by controversies
 
Serial plagiarist Monica Crowley is out as a Trump staffer -- too bad, this means we have to go back to hearing her on Fox News

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/monica-crowley-first-casualty-trump-administration

Another inaugural cancellation

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/b-street-band-cancels-inaugural-appearance

The worst inauguration ever: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/questions-illegitimacy-dog-team-trump-inauguration-week
Questions of illegitimacy dog Team Trump on Inauguration Week

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/16/more-than-30-democratic-lawmakers-now-skipping-trumps-inauguration/?utm_term=.3a1f28d4b5ca
More than 30 Democratic lawmakers now skipping Trump’s inauguration

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/16/1621063/-A-desperate-Donald-Trump-records-a-message-on-Facebook-offering-free-Inauguration-tickets
A desperate Donald Trump records a message on Facebook offering free inauguration tickets  

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/16/1621181/-Trump-keeps-the-names-of-inauguration-contributors-top-secret
Trump keeps the names of inauguration contributors top secret

Lessons for the media

http://prospect.org/article/news-media-has-change-or-itll-get-steamrolled-trump
The News Media Has to Change or It'll Get Steamrolled by Trump

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-case-for-not-being-crybabies
The Case for Not Being Crybabies

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/17/cnn-s-jake-tapper-fires-back-at-trump-s-fake-news-charge.html
CNN’s Jake Tapper Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Charge 

Bonus item: Well, we can always hope
5 reasons why Donald Trump won’t complete his first term 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

WHO CARES?


Ethics, shmethics

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/chief-ethics-lawyers-trump-will-be
Chief Ethics Lawyers: Trump Will Be In Violation Of Constitution When He Takes Oath Of Office

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/reince-priebus-warns-head-government
Reince Priebus Warns Head Of Government Ethics: 'Be Careful' Criticizing Donald Trump

Foreign policy

http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/01/15/trumps-attempt-to-ally-with-russia-against-china-is-equal-parts-racism-and-stupidity/
Trump’s Attempt to Ally with Russia Against China is Equal Parts Racism and Stupidity 

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/china-trump-taiwan-policy-bargaining
China Again Rejects Trump's Suggestion To Use US Policy On Taiwan As Bargaining Chip

Trump wants to end NATO and the EU (Putin smiles)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-15/trump-calls-nato-obsolete-and-dismisses-eu-in-german-interview

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/donald-trump-hopes-eu-collapses

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-s-and-putin-s-plan-to-dissolve-the-eu-and-nato
Trump and Bannon clearly want to create a nativist world order based on the US, Russia and states that want to align with them. The EU and NATO are only obstacles to that goal. . . .

Trump's loose talk about Russia sanctions is going to get him in trouble

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cia-director-trump-should-be-very-careful-about-russia 

Happy MLK day!


When a guy who spends a big part of his day watching television and tweeting tells you he doesn't have the time for something, he's really saying something else (and we know what it is)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/15/1620746/-Trump-cancels-MLK-Day-visit-to-National-African-American-Museum-because-he-s-too-busy
Trump cancels MLK Day visit to National African American Museum because he's too busy

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/trump-cancels-mlk-day-visit-museum

John Lewis's moral stature makes Trump look puny

http://www.vox.com/2017/1/15/14273532/john-lewis-donald-trump-history

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/mike-pence-defends-trump-attacking-john
Mike Pence Defends Trump Attacks On John Lewis By Attacking Lewis Some More 

Trump's defenders say it's oh-so-nasty to question an elected president's legitimacy (forgetting, apparently, Trump's years of pushing the "birther" lie against Obama)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/priebus-claims-republicans-never-questioned-obama-legitimacy 

Kellyanne says the public needs to be "protected" from too much information (especially information about, well, you know. . . .)

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/kellyanne-conway-russian-hacking

Hurricane Katrina shows that she really will say just about anything

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/katrina-pierson-donald-trump-actually
Katrina Pierson: Donald Trump 'Actually Gains' Political Clout By Attacking John Lewis

All-out war

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/report-trump-administration-white-house-press-corps
President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration is considering a plan to remove the press corps from the White House . . . 

More: http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/01/15/trump-wants-to-ban-the-press-corps-from-the-white-house-that-might-actually-be-a-good-thing-for-journalism/
Trump Wants to Ban the Press Corps from the White House. That Might Actually Be a Good Thing for Journalism.  

Another performer withdraws from the Trump inaugural

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/15/1620758/-Yet-another-performer-backs-out-of-the-Inauguration-here-s-the-remaining-county-fair-line-up

[NB: This guy's still committed, though. . . ] 


In other news. . . .

The growth in geothermal energy

http://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/1/15/14270240/geothermal-energy

GOP congressman runs away from constituents questioning him about health care

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/gop-congressman-overwhelmed-by-aca-supporting-constituents.html

Bonus item: Trump, in his comfort zone

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