Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BECAUSE HE SAYS SO


The liberal rationalist view of politics is that you listen to the reasons and evidence for various positions, and then make a decision on which view you support. For many, perhaps most, voters this is not how things works: you make allegiances FIRST, then assess truth claims based on who is proposing them. Trump understands this. His supporters say openly that they believe things BECAUSE Trump says them, and if other sources of information contradict that it is simply because of partisan opposition to his agenda.

But it is even more than that. When Trump contradicts himself, breaks his own promises, these same supporters seem to put his own utterances in a "post-truth" category. Because they are aligned with his broader personality and worldview, they don't assess his claims in an epistemic way. They want to "make America great," they want to "win," they want to reverse the policies of weak-willed do-gooders -- and as long as they believe that Trump is pursuing these broader aims they really aren't interested in facts. His voice is their voice: aggrieved, resentful, feeling treated unfairly and slighted, angry with the dark skinned people who are taking over "our America," nostalgic for a false past that is never returning again. Low-information voters are highly susceptible to Trump, his proxies, and his pals in Fox World telling them to ignore anything that contradicts or complicates the "very simple" solutions that Trump promises them about everything
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k74u3_2fbhs
"I believe TRUMP, not the LYING BASTARDS!!!" says Trump supporter 

http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2016/11/03/trump-supporter-8-voter-confessionals-2016-election-ac360.cnn/video/playlists/ac-trump-supporters-voter-confessionals/
Trump supporter: I believe he's telling the truth

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/msnbcs-katy-tur-does-anything-trump-says
MSNBC's Katy Tur: 'Does Anything [Trump] Says Matter? I Think The Answer Is No'


Mitch McConnell has to pull the Senate health bill from a vote he would have lost. The strategy of hiding it from public view as long as possible, then rushing it to a vote, didn't work. Now he has two big problems. One is, it's out there now for people to really look at. The other is, changes he needs to make to get conservative support will drive moderates away, and vice versa. He doesn't have the vote cushion Paul Ryan had in the House

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/senate-republicans-put-off-health-care-vote/531846
According to multiple reports, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republicans during a lunch meeting Tuesday that he would put off a vote until after a weeklong July 4 recess. The move is an abrupt retreat for McConnell, who had been pushing to pass the bill this week just days after releasing it to the public. . . . 

More: https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/27/1675701/-McConnell-hits-snag-on-moving-Trumpcare-forward

https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/27/1675774/-Reports-McConnell-will-delay-Trumpcare-vote-wants-rewrites-and-new-CBO-score
McConnell will delay Trumpcare vote, wants rewrites and new CBO score

This bill was never about fixing the health care system

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/27/quote-of-the-day-1645/
“You talk to these jackasses behind closed doors and you go ‘what are you doing’ and they go ‘we’ve got to get to the tax bill so we’ve got to do this first.'”  
         — “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-repeal-senate-gop-actually-repeal
Does the Senate GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill Actually Repeal Obamacare?

McConnell threatens Republicans with the worst threat imaginable: if they don't pass something, they will have to work with the Democrats!

http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/06/27/mcconnell-gives-up-and-delays-the-health-care-vote
Mitch McConnell is delivering an urgent warning to staffers, Republican senators and even the president himself: If Obamacare repeal fails this week, the GOP will lose all leverage and be forced to work with Chuck Schumer. . . .

This is the time for the Dems to come forward with a "We know Obamacare's got problems, let's fix it" bill

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/06/say-it-with-me-democrats-want-to-fix-obamacare/

Instead, it looks like the Repubs are going back into their secret chamber to come up with a new plan . . . by Friday

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/27/mcconnell-sets-new-friday-deadline/

Lesson for the GOP: it was so fun and easy to pass all those "repeal Obamacare" laws, when they never had a chance of taking effect. Now that you have to actually come up with an alternative policy it's not so fun any more, is it?

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/27/repealing-obamacare-no-longer-gop-unifier/
“Replacing Obamacare has become the party’s albatross, a sprawling objective still in search of a solution. The effort to make good on a seven-year promise has cost the Trump administration precious months of its first year in office, with tax restructuring backed up somewhere in the legislative pipeline, infrastructure idling somewhere no one can see it and budget deadlines looming.” [read on]

More: https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/28/just-17-approve-senate-health-care-plan/
Just 17% Approve of Senate Health Care Plan 

Does Trump give a damn?

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/27/extra-bonus-quote-day-58/
“This will be great if we get it done, and if we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like and that’s OK and I understand that very well.”  
          — President Trump

More: https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/27/trump-not-even-sure-health-bill/
“A senator who supports the bill left the meeting at the White House with a sense that the president did not have a grasp of some basic elements of the Senate plan — and seemed especially confused when a moderate Republican complained that opponents of the bill would cast it as a massive tax break for the wealthy, according to an aide who received a detailed readout of the exchange.” “Mr. Trump said he planned to tackle tax reform later, ignoring the repeal’s tax implications, the staff member added.” 

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/06/senate-trumpcare-bills-worst-advocate-is-president-trump.html
The Senate Trumpcare Bill’s Worst Advocate Is President Trump

http://www.salon.com/2017/06/28/donald-trump-is-hurting-mitch-mcconnells-health-care-efforts/
Donald Trump is hurting Mitch McConnell’s health care efforts  

The Senators are getting furious with him

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/27/bonus-quote-day-165/
“That the White House is asking people to take a tough vote and then running ads against members while we’re still in negotiations is so dumb it’s amazing we even have to have the conversation.”  
        — Josh Holmes, former chief of staff to Sen. Mitch McConnell

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/27/mcconnell-said-attacks-heller-beyond-stupid/
“The majority leader — already rankled by Mr. Trump’s tweets goading him to change Senate rules to scuttle Democratic filibusters — called the White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, to complain that the attacks were ‘beyond stupid,’ according to two Republicans with knowledge of the tense exchange.”

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/27/republicans-say-trump-threatening-senate-majority/
“Top GOP officials and senators say White House chaos and impulsiveness are crippling efforts to expand the Republican Senate majority in 2018, unraveling long-laid plans and needlessly jeopardizing incumbents,” Politico reports. “There’s a widespread sense of exasperation with the president, interviews with nearly two dozen senior Republicans reveal, and deep frustration with an administration they believe doesn’t fully grasp what it will take to preserve the narrow majority or add to it.”

We know that Trump likes campaigning more than governing, but this is ridiculous

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-politicking-run-for-re-election-while-governing

Calling out Trump's plutocracy

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/democrats-trump-favor-wealthy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/28/the-senate-health-care-bill-is-proof-trumpism-isnt-populism/?utm_term=.285aedfeca2d

Trump is hated around the world, and that means the U.S. standing suffers

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/6/27/15876822/trump-global-opinion-pew-2017

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/report-us-favorability-declines-because-trump

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-white-houses-international-credibility-collapses-trump-era

Putin is more popular: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/putin-has-higher-world-approval-rating

The Trumpians warn Syria not to use chemical weapons -- but what if they do?

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/6/27/15879278/spicer-syria-chemical-weapons-white-house-attack-assad
 
Trump's other lawyer needs a lawyer

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/report-jay-sekulow-steered-millions-donations-to-own-family
A Christian nonprofit run by Jay Sekulow, the most visible member of President Donald Trump’s private legal team, targeted poor and unemployed donors to raise millions of dollars for Sekulow’s family and their businesses, the Guardian reported Tuesday. . . .

Jared Kushner gets a new lawyer -- and it looks like he'll need him

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/everything-we-know-federal-investigation-jared-kushner-russia-ties-finances

Busy guy

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/27/manafort-paid-17-million-pro-russian-party/
Manafort Paid $17 Million by Pro-Russian Party 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/wapo-reports-paul-manafort-foreign-agent
Manafort Registers As Foreign Agent For Ukrainian Lobbying Work

The press is fighting back in the WH briefing room

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/06/white-house-uses-press-briefing-to-scold-journalists.html
White House Reimagines Press Briefing as Opportunity to Scold Journalists

[NB: THIS ONE they wanted televised.]
 
But watch the reaction: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/reporter-rips-huckabee-sanders-press

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/spicer-spars-with-reporters-about-off-camera-briefing/2017/06/27/44e48104-5b58-11e7-aa69-3964a7d55207_video.html

MSNBC's Katy Tur: 'Does Anything [Trump] Says Matter? I Think The Answer Is No'
MSNBC's Katy Tur: 'Does Anything [Trump] Says Matter? I Think The Answer Is No'
MSNBC's Katy Tur: 'Does Anything [Trump] Says Matter? I Think The Answer Is No'
The framed copy of Time Magazine was hung up in at least four of President Trump’s golf clubs, from South Florida to Scotland. Filling the entire cover was a photo of Donald Trump. . . . This cover — dated March 1, 2009 — looks like an impressive memento from Trump’s pre-presidential career. . . . . But that wasn’t true. The Time cover is a fake. . . .“I can confirm that this is not a real TIME cover,” Kerri Chyka, a spokeswoman for Time Inc., wrote in an email to The Washington Post. . . .

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

NOW WHAT?

The Supreme Court will hear the travel ban case, but in the meantime lets it partially take effect

https://www.vox.com/2017/6/26/15872950/muslim-ban-trump-supreme-court 

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/26/15873722/muslim-ban-supreme-court-who-included

More: https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/6/26/15875612/scotus-trinity-lutheran-funding-secularization-belief-religious-freedom
SCOTUS ruled that churches qualify for state money. Churches, beware.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/trinity-lutheran/531399/
The Supreme Court Strikes Down a Major Church-State Barrier

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/26/15873324/scotus-3-big-decisions-travel-ban-missouri-church-same-sex-cake
What you need to know about the Supreme Court’s 3 big Monday decisions 

How Trump mischaracterized the travel ban decision

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/879405223399350272
"Very grateful for the 9-O decision from the U. S. Supreme Court. We must keep America SAFE!"

[NB: First, it wasn't 9-0. And it wasn't an endorsement of the policy; it was a decision to review it. In the meantime SOME portions will be allowed to take effect, but under restrictions.]

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/06/scotus_travel_ban_ruling_doesn_t_make_sense_that_may_be_good_for_trump.html
SCOTUS Splits the Travel Ban Baby

http://www.thedailybeast.com/supreme-court-puts-trumps-travel-ban-on-life-support
The ban is back on for those without direct connections to the U.S., but still suspended for those with family or jobs here. The ban’s long-term prospects look shaky. 

Trump: the Russian hacking was a "hoax." But it really happened. But it was Obama's fault. But it's all about Hillary and the Dems making phony excuses for why they lost. But someone owes Trump an apology. Get all that?

http://www.salon.com/2017/06/26/youre-not-crazy-trump-just-blamed-obama-for-the-russian-attack-that-trump-says-didnt-happen/

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-blames-obama-russian-attack-he-doesnt-believe-happened

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-criticizes-obama-for-russian-meddling-response

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/06/26/trumps-latest-bizarre-tweets-about-russia-just-left-him-badly-exposed/?utm_term=.cd937c3627c9

Spicy mixes things up even more: so Trump has called the intelligence community's unanimous judgment that Russia did interfere in the election a "joke," a "Democratic hoax," and "fake news." Now he says,

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/sean-spicer-moronically-says-trump-always
Sean Spicer Moronically Says Trump Always Believed In Russia's Election Interference

More BS: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/spicer-trump-joking-clinton-email
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday said President Donald Trump “was joking” when he called on Russia in July 2016 to find and release Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails.

Why that's a lie: https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/26/1675509/-Spicer-claims-Trump-was-joking-when-he-goaded-Russia-to-hack-Hillary-you-be-the-judge

Notice too how Trump keeps throwing the words "collusion" and "obstruction" to describe what Obama and Clinton did

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/26/trump-accuses-obama-collusion-obstruction/

This is what they call a "tell" -- reliable Trumpians on Fox News are now coordinating a new message: So, what's wrong with collusion with the Russians?

https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/26/1675319/-Republicans-make-jaw-dropping-shift-You-can-collude-all-you-want-with-a-foreign-government

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/was-that-wrong

Here it comes -- an all-out attack on Robert Mueller. Gee, it's almost as if they don't seem to WANT an independent investigation. I wonder why?

https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/26/1675286/-Pro-Trump-PAC-launches-anti-Mueller-ad-as-Trump-continues-to-attack-the-Special-Counsel

http://www.salon.com/2017/06/26/donald-trumps-allies-are-launching-a-war-against-robert-mueller/ 

The FBI has had "repeated" interviews with Carter Page. We don't know what they contain, but I don't see why you have repeated interviews if nothing's there

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/fbi-interviews-carter-page-trump-campaign-russia-ties

Trump says Putin called him a "genius" (he didn't). But he desperately wants the pizzazz of a big U.S./Russia meeting. Nothing good can come of it

http://www.factcheck.org/2016/05/putin-did-not-call-trump-a-genius/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/05/03/no-putin-did-not-call-donald-trump-a-genius/?utm_term=.7ace550adfd3

More: https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/26/trump-eager-big-meeting-putin/
Trump Is Eager for Big Meeting with Putin  

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-meeting-with-putin-germany-multinational-summit
Many administration officials believe the U.S. needs to maintain its distance from Russia at such a sensitive time — and interact only with great caution. . . Trump is known to veer off-script, creating the possibility for a high-stakes diplomatic blunder. In a brief Oval Office meeting with top Russian diplomats last month, Trump revealed highly classified information about an Islamic State group threat to airlines that was relayed to him by Israel, according to a senior administration official. The White House defended the disclosures as “wholly appropriate.” [read on]

Syria is a mess -- but putting out vaguely threatening "White House Press Releases" of obscure provenance and with no evidence to support them is not a way of conducting serious foreign policy

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/sean-spicer-issues-statement-no-one-should
Sean Spicer Issues Statement On Syria No One Should Believe

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/06/white-house-says-syria-is-preparing-for-chemical-attack.html

The State Dept is being ruined

https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/26/1675369/-Tillerson-fiddles-with-a-reorganization-plan-while-the-State-Department-crumbles

The CBO scores the Senate health care bill

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/26/15875528/cbo-score-senate-health-care-bill
Under the Senate Republican health care bill, 22 fewer million Americans would have health insurance in 2026, compared with Obamacare, according to new estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. As soon as next year, 15 million more Americans would be uninsured, the office found in its analysis of the latest Senate GOP plan. . . . [read on] 

https://www.vox.com/2017/6/26/15876754/cbo-senate-health-bill-tax-cuts
The CBO chart that shows the Senate health care bill is really about tax cuts

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivepoints/senate-repeal-bill-cbo-score-politics
5 Points On The Brutal CBO Score Senate Republicans Must Overcome

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/06/cbo-trumpcare-would-cut-taxes-on-the-rich-slash-health-coverage-for-the-poor/

Reactions: https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/26/1675485/-Senators-react-to-the-Trumpcare-bill-CBO-confirms-this-thing-is-a-sandwich

Six GOP senators currently are saying No

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/26/collins-wont-vote-gop-health-care-bill/

Nancy Pelosi says Trump told her he really won the popular vote

http://www.salon.com/2017/06/26/nancy-pelosi-says-trump-claimed-to-win-popular-vote-in-their-first-meeting/

Trump's priorities: key privacy oversight board doesn't have enough members to do its work

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/06/trump_hasn_t_appointed_anyone_to_a_privacy_oversight_board.html

Ivanka, always protecting her brand

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ivanka-trump-i-try-stay-out-of-politics
Ivanka Trump, Adviser To The President: I Try To ‘Stay Out Of Politics’

Trump: killing press access, a little bit at a time

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/acosta-presses-for-answer-why-cameras-off
CNN’s Acosta Presses WH For Answers: Why Are The Cameras Off?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/26/sean-spicer-just-undercut-his-own-rationale-for-off-camera-briefings/?utm_term=.602c68fab7ce
Sean Spicer just undercut his own rationale for off-camera briefings

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/cnns-jim-acosta-confronts-sean-spicer-during-off-camera-briefing

Trump cheers the resignation of three CNN staffers, thinks it proves all news is FAKE

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-cnn-retraction

Official WH press releases start looking a lot like Trump's tweets

https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/26/1675483/-The-incredible-shrinking-Spicey-now-just-quoting-Trump-tweets-as-are-all-White-House-aides


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Monday, June 26, 2017

SHMART!


Inside the strangest mind in American politics today . . .

Trump: Obama called the health care bill "mean" -- but I called it mean FIRST!


Trump: I know calling Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" is racist -- but I'm going to keep doing it

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/trump-i-call-elizabeth-warren-pocahontas

Trump: Russian meddling in the election (to help me and hurt Hillary) was real -- and Obama should have done something about it!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-blames-obama-administration-not-doing-more-russia 

[NB: Yes, and I am sure that Trump would have welcomed that at the time. He was already complaining that it was a "rigged" election.] 

No, he doesn't give a damn about Russian hacking (which one could take as a clue that he WELCOMED it)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/us/politics/trumps-deflections-and-denials-on-russia-frustrate-even-his-allies.html
Government officials, members of Congress from both parties and even some Trump supporters had hoped that, with the campaign behind him, Mr. Trump would finally speak declaratively about the email hacking and recognize the threat Russian cyberattacks present, without asterisks, wisecracks, caveats or obfuscation. That hope has dissipated. . . . [read on] 

Trump can't get Hillary out of his head

http://www.thedailybeast.com/why-president-trump-cant-get-hillary-clinton-out-of-his-head

Poor Donald, just can't understand how politics became so mean-spirited

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/he-just-wants-little-civility-for.html 

Since Thomas Jefferson!

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/breaking-200-year-tradition-trump-skips-wh
Breaking 200 Year Tradition, Trump Skips WH Ramadan Celebration 

How Trump's presidency will end -- thirteen guesses

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/06/13-predictions-on-how-long-trumps-presidency-will-last.html
 
Proshchay, Sergey

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/25/russia-recalls-ambassador-u-s/
“Ending one the most turbulent tenures of a Washington-based ambassador in recent memory, the Kremlin has decided to recall its ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak” . . . 

Quid pro quo?

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/25/kushner-pre-election-loan-scrutiny/
“One month before Election Day, Jared Kushner’s real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan,” the Washington Post reports. “The loan came at a critical moment. Kushner was playing a key role in the presidential campaign of his father-in-law, Donald Trump. The lender, Deutsche Bank, was negotiating to settle a federal mortgage fraud case and charges from New York state regulators that it aided a possible Russian money-laundering scheme. The cases were settled in December and January.” . . . [read on]

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kushner-loan-deutsche-bank
Jared Kushner’s family real estate company received a $285 million loan from Deutsche Bank the month before the 2016 election, which Kushner did not disclose on his financial disclosure form . . . [read on]

Working the refs: the CBO is the only remotely reliable, nonpartisan judge of the budget and policy consequences of new legislation. It's not perfect. So what do you do if you know their assessment of the new Senate health care bill is going to be devastating?

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/06/hhs-secretary-the-congressional-budget-office-is-not-accurate/531552/?utm_source=feed

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/06/trumpcare-will-bring-chaos-to-health-care-market/
Trumpcare Will Bring Chaos to Health Care Market

As of now, there aren't the votes to pass the horrible Senate health care bill

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/25/opposition-gop-health-care-bill-grows-2/
Opposition to GOP Health Care Bill Grows 

McConnell will demand a vote anyway: https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/25/mcconnell-still-plans-health-care-vote-week/

A system of torture and interrogation -- it's not good enough for the U.S to say, "WE weren't torturing anybody"

http://www.salon.com/2017/06/25/inside-numerous-secret-prisons-in-yemen-the-uae-tortures-and-the-u-s-interrogates-detainees-report/

Kellyanne Conway, professional BSer

http://www.salon.com/2017/06/25/watch-kellyanne-conway-says-senate-health-care-bill-will-not-make-cuts-to-medicaid/
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway insisted on Sunday that the Senate health care bill would not make cuts to Medicaid, regardless of projections that suggest the program will be cut by over $800 billion. “These are not cuts to Medicaid,” Conway told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “This slows the rate for the future and it allows governors more flexibility, with Medicaid dollars, because they’re closest to the people in need,” she added. . . .

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/white-house-paraded-out-goebbels-20

Fox World's tough reporting: Hey Eric, how do you thik your Dad is doing?

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/eric-trump-head-democratic-party-nut-job
"He's been in office 150-something days, and I think he has accomplished more than any president arguably in history has over that same period of time," Eric Trump insisted. 

More from the upside-down minds of Fox World

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/brit-hume-if-trump-campaign-did-collude
Brit Hume, sub(par) host for Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, opined that while being distasteful, if the Trump camp did collude with Russia to steal the general election "it's not a crime," so what's the big deal? While leading a panel discussion on the special counsel, Hume put on his Trump apologist big boots this morning as he smeared Robert Mueller (something that directly contradicts his praise for Mueller as the "grown up we need" six weeks ago) and then pawned off the potential collusion with Trump's team and the Russian government as nothing more than being "highly inappropriate." . . .


"Fox & Friends" sure are friends. . .  to Trump

http://www.salon.com/2017/06/24/fox-and-friends-is-donald-trumps-safe-space_partner/
“Fox & Friends” is Donald Trump’s safe space 

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/stelter-fox-daily-infomercial-trump
Stelter: 'Fox & Friends' A 'Daily Infomercial' For The Trump Administration

Bonus item: Obama's presidency, in pictures

http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-obama-years-caught-in-vivid-images

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

LEARNING CURVE

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/05/trump-middle-east-peace-is-not-as-difficult-as-people-have-thought/525267/ 
[May 3] Trump: Middle East Peace Is 'Not as Difficult as People Have Thought'

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/24/kushner-peace-talks-not-go-well/
[Now: Who knew that Middle East Peace would be so difficult?] President Trump is reportedly weighing whether to pull out of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations following a “tense” meeting between Jared Kushner and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the Jerusalem Post reports. “Abbas was supposedly furious with the president’s son-in-law after Kushner relayed Israeli demands to the 81-year-old Palestinian leader which included the immediate halt of payments to terrorists and their families.”

[NB: This is just about the least surprising news imaginable. Besides Trump, who believed for an instant that this young man of no experience or substantive knowledge could parachute in and suddenly unravel the most vexed negotiating challenge in the world today?]

Trump finally acknowledges Russian meddling in the election -- because he now sees it as an opportunity to blame Obama

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-acknowledges-russian-meddling-in-tweet-criticizing-obama/

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/06/trump-has-done-almost-nothing-to-protect-elections-report.html
Trump Administration Has Done Next to Nothing to Prevent Future Election Hacking

Not only is Trump breaking promises, he is claiming as successfully completed things he hasn't even done yet

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/ap-fact-check-trump-missions-unaccomplished

Trump has been bragging about the 40 bills he has signed. But what are they, and what do they actually do?

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/24/15862072/trump-new-legislation

The "L" word: Trump's lies, the definitive list

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/opinion/trumps-lies.html
There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths. Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president — of either party — has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant. . . . Trump achieved something remarkable: He said something untrue, in public, every day for the first 40 days of his presidency. . . . [read on]

More: https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/24/1674857/-If-those-lips-are-moving-a-catalog-of-lies-from-the-man-who-wants-to-make-reality-irrelevant 

The other "L" word: aside from anti-Trumpism, what is the liberal agenda today?

https://politicalwire.com/2017/06/24/do-democrats-have-a-message/ 

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/edge-abyss-democrats-need-new-strategy 

Theocracy watch

https://www.vox.com/2017/6/24/15865370/mike-pence-assures-evangelicals-trump-is-their-unwavering-ally
Mike Pence assures evangelicals Trump is their "unwavering ally"

Why we call it "Fox World"

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/06/unhinged-hannity-commands-trump-attorney-i
Unhinged Hannity Commands Trump Attorney: ‘I Want Hillary Prosecuted’
 

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