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Friday, January 20, 2017

The Trump Dossier: This “Fake News” Is Real Enough To Investigate

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When Donald Trump denounced the latest hints of his collusion with the Kremlin as “FAKE NEWS!” on Twitter, it was hard not to wonder what he meant, exactly. Having barraged us all for years with fake news about a wide variety of important matters such as Barack Obama’s true birthplace, the charitable work of the Clinton Foundation, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the dangers of childhood vaccination, does Trump mean we should believe the Russians conspired to help him win the 2016 election? Or does he mean that unlike all of his favorite fake news stories, we shouldn’t believe this one?



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At Golden Globes, Meryl Streep Calls Out Trump’s Bullying

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Meryl Streep is not only one of the finest living American actors — among the very greatest ever, in fact — but also one of our smartest artists. A conscious human being, politically astute and keenly aware of her privileged life, Streep took a few moments to deliver a message at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Award telecast, where she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. (She has won the Golden Globe eight times with 30 nominations to her credit.)

While she didn’t deign to mention Donald Trump by name, her words, spoken in hoarse tones, were clearly directed at him.



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Investigate The Hackers — And Ignore Trump’s Chaff

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In the loud debate over the alleged Russian intelligence attack on our democratic system, Americans have heard all kinds of specious assertions from Donald Trump, his minions, and others who reject the findings of the US intelligence agencies, for their own reasons. Trump clearly fears that a full investigation of those allegations will permanently discredit his narrow electoral victory, already tainted by Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote majority. It is telling that he described the hacking probes as a partisan “political witch hunt” before the nation’s spy chiefs even presented him with their evidence.

Telling, but not surprising: As usual, Trump is sending up chaff designed to distract from his own dubious conduct and connections.



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