A few weeks reading prepared speeches off a teleprompter, taking away his twitter privileges, and reminding him not to make any public comments about dark-skinned people, and voters allowed themselves to believe that Trump was "disciplined" and "moderating." Uhhh . . . no. His handlers just managed to shield his true character from people, and the desperate need of supporters and GOP pols to convince themselves that he isn't the man he had already proven himself to be, did the rest. Now people are slowly realizing who they have put in the most powerful position in the world: an erratic, thin-skinned juvenile, uninformed about even the basics of the constitution and governing, susceptible to paranoid conspiracy theories, and hateful in his attacks against anyone who opposes him
Donald Trump tweets a new attack on the First Amendment, threatens exile for flag burners
As pressure mounts, Trump’s tantrums become more frequent
How to Manipulate Donald Trump . . . He’s an emotional weakling, and his recent interviews give us models for dealing with it. . . . [read in]
Donald Trump released a video announcing his agenda for his "first day in office." One of the things he said is, "I will formulate a rule which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated." Can we count the number of ways this is absurd and dangerous? . . .
Republicans allowed voter paranoia to flourish. They got a president-elect who embraces it.
Trump calls his election a "landslide." Let's do the math, shall we?
Hurricane Katrina makes a comeback! http://crooksandliars.com/2016/11/katrina-pierson-defends-trumps-idiotic
Mitt does the dance of obeisance. Is this enough to get him the Sect'y of State job?
Watch: "[Trump] continues with a message of inclusion and bringing people together."
Twitter reacts: http://crooksandliars.com/2016/11/internet-reacts-trumpromney-dinner-photo
Trump re-appoints a Bush cabinet member to his own cabinet. Is the fact that she's Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife a factor?
Chao is actually very qualified for this position. That's...a little unusual for Trump. So it's hard to make too big a fuss over the obvious cynicism of picking Mitch McConnell's wife to be the head cheerleader for his infrastructure plan. . . [read on]
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose wife Elaine Chao is Trump’s pick for transportation secretary, was asked if he plans to recuse himself from her Senate confirmation process. McConnell’s answer? . . . “Let me be quite clear: I will not be recusing myself.”
Mr. Populist appoints a former Goldman Sachs exec and hedge fund manager to be Treasury Sect'y. Because he's all about challenging the Establishment and draining the swamp
Trump's Attorney General thinks we've gone too far in accommodating kids with disabilities in schools. Just thought you'd like to know
The Cesspool: Trump's blatant conflicts of interest are even worse than we realize
Role for Donald Trump’s children continues to raise questions
Rep. Jason Chaffetz had investigations lined up for Hillary Clinton from the day she started in office until the end of her term -- because Congress needs to hold those in power accountable. But on Trump's taxes, his Foundation, and his multiple conflicts of interest Chaffetz just isn't interested
Back in October, Representative Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, had big plans for 2017. After leading the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, he positioned himself to be President Clinton’s greatest foe in Congress . . . And it wasn’t a partisan thing! Really, it wasn’t.… he claimed his committee would investigate President-elect Trump with equal fervor. “I am optimistic that a Trump administration would actually be cooperative,” Chaffetz said.
The requests are coming in. . . . Chaffetz has responded to each of these requests with complete silence.
And now this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kevin-mccarthy-trump-conflicts-of-interest_us_583dc491e4b06539a78a984d
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) declined to express an opinion Tuesday about whether President-elect Donald Trump’s talks with world leaders about his business interests violate the Constitution. But McCarthy did have some advice for Democrats, telling reporters they should back off calls for Congress to investigate how Trump and his transition team are separating the president-elect’s business interests from the demands of the nation. . . . [read on]
Breaking news: Trump tweets out his promise to take himself out of his business dealings and turn them over to his kids ("Even though I am not mandated to by law"). This is nowhere near adequate
Will Trump's promises to the working class become a wedge issue Dems can use against the Republicans?
Trump announces he has convinced Carrier not to move 1000 jobs to Mexico, and that's great. But how exactly did he do it, and what did he promise them?
It was unclear whether 1,000 new jobs were being saved in the U.S. or whether that figure included 400 jobs the company agreed to preserve earlier this year under pressure from Indiana officials. . . .
Donald Trump is a hopeless cable news addict: Here’s why that matters
Is Fox 'News' Instructing Trump On Policy, Including Flag Burning?
The reason why Trump has skipped those intelligence briefings, we were told, is because he's locked in on the crucial work of filling his Cabinet. Focused like a laser beam. So why now, you might ask, is he taking time off this Crucially Important But Unfinished Task to do a pep rally with his supporters in Cincinnati?
Donald Trump’s presidential transition is looking more and more like Donald Trump’s campaign. . . The president-elect has been firing off daily broadsides on Twitter just as he did as a candidate -- attacking CNN, making false accusations about widespread voter fraud, and launching veiled attacks at his old nemesis Hillary Clinton, for participating in a recount. . . . On Thursday evening, Trump will kick off a “thank you” tour in Ohio, with a massive rally at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, according to a source familiar with the planning. Trump has said he wants to get back to the trail and revisit the states he won, on a victory tour where he can re-energize the base of white, working class voters who put him in the White House. It's also where Trump still feels most comfortable. . . .But the victory tour comes as Trump has yet to settle on some main Cabinet positions -- most glaringly, secretary of state, which has become a proxy war for the rival factions of his incoming administration. And it offers Trump -- a master of reading a crowd, who has revealed a more moderated version of himself in meetings with the New York Times and with President Barack Obama -- the dangerous possibility of returning to some of his most divisive and fiery rhetoric on the trail, with his base.
So we're going to see one of those countdown clocks telling us how many days it's been since Trump had a press conference. . . . just like they did with Hillary Clinton, right? Right?
It's been four months since his last press conference, and there's no sign that he plans to hold one anytime soon. During the campaign, he barely spoke to anyone aside from Sean Hannity. In the two weeks since he won the election, it's been even worse: Trump has been all but invisible aside from his periodic Twitter outbursts. . . .
Warren calls on Democrats to resist: 'Republicans do not have majority support in this country'
On challenging Trump: focus on policy, not personality
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In other news . . .
Texas will now require funeral services whenever a woman has an abortion
Bonus item: Safe spaces