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Friday, January 20, 2017
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Trump Presidency

A New Presidency Of Disrespect And Disinformation Begins

We have officially entered the Age of Trump, an era that may be the most contentious and most dangerous to the health of the republic since the Civil War. We are two nations of nearly equal count, divided by opposing views on race, religion, pluralism, sexual orientation, feminism and even science

January 20, 2017
Trump, FBI

Intelligence Agencies Probe Possible Covert Kremlin Aid To Trump

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

January 18, 2017
Trump, Electoral College, Illegitiimate

5 Ways To Measure Trump’s Illegitimacy

The Great and Powerful Trump is the weakest and most vulnerable president in at least 140 years. Behind the scowl and the curtain there is a diminished man who cannot shake off the circumstances surrounding his election. Emerging from the 2016 election, Donald Trump carries a quintuple burden of illegitimacy.

January 18, 2017
Kompromat, Putin, Trump

Putin Defends Trump’s Virtue — And Trump Serves Putin’s Interests

Putin got his big break in politics when, as a young intelligence officer, he affirmed that a murky videotape of a man cavorting with hookers was indeed a foe of Boris Yeltsin’s. Today, sleazy videos of public figures are a regular feature on Russian TV.

January 18, 2017
White revolt of 2016

New Poll Shows Only White Americans Think Favorably Of Trump

Trump responded to the polls this morning in the most Trumpian way possible: by re-whining the story of how the system is rigged against the racist, misogynist white male trust fund kid-turned-adult billionaire who, despite no previous experience in government or the military, and a lack of coherent policy proposals, was elected president.

January 17, 2017
seditious libel, Trump, Media

When Trump Goes Low, Media Can Go Away

If Trump won’t take questions from serious journalists at a news conference, it’s not a news conference. Reporters are merely playing “straight man” on a reality TV show — complete with paid hecklers and promotions for Trump properties. They don’t have to be there.

January 17, 2017
Danziger sees Christopher Steele in British pub

Danziger: The Trump Pub Quiz

The furor over his controversial dossier linking Donald Trump to the Kremlin led former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to make himself scarce — but Danziger thinks he’ll be received warmly in any British pub.

January 16, 2017
Russia Today Hacks The Late Show

#EndorseThis: Russia Today Hacks The Late Show

Stephen Colbert was troubled by the episode last week when C-SPAN’s broadcast from the House floor suddenly cut out — and was replaced by Russia Today, the Kremlin-sponsored cable channel that promotes Trump so assiduously. This was “Russian propaganda broadcast directly from Washington, D.C,” observed Colbert. “And that’s not supposed to happen until after January 20

January 16, 2017
Trump, Intelligence Community

Intelligence Officer: Trump’s Conflict With Spy Agencies Creates ‘Dangerous Moment’

In the short term, if the president just ignores the intelligence community that’s obviously extremely dangerous, because the decisions won’t be made based on the facts. But in the long run, you can actually have an impact on the intelligence community itself. So that a young person coming out of a graduate program decides instead of going to the CIA, I’m going to instead go to Goldman Sachs, and make a lot more money anyway.

January 16, 2017
Trump, Russia, Nuclear Deal

How Trump Plans To Make The ‘Best’ Nuclear Arms Deal With Russia

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Moscow, he told The Times of London. “They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” the Republican president-elect said during his interview.

January 16, 2017
Trump

6 Of Donald Trump’s Most Appalling Moments This Week

Never has there been a leader more deserving of stories full of innuendo and giggle-inducing allegations about him. You reap what you sow, to quote Donald Trump’s second-favorite book, right after his own ghostwritten tome.

January 15, 2017
CIA

Outgoing CIA Director Rebukes Trump For Twitter Use

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan issued a stern parting rebuke to Donald Trump days before he assumes the U.S. presidency, advising him not to absolve Russia for its recent actions and warning him to watch what he says. The CIA director said Trump needs to be mindful about his off-the-cuff remarks once he takes the oath of office, alluding to his penchant for making broad pronouncements on Twitter.

January 15, 2017
Danziger: Mad Dog Mattis and Trump in a foxhole

Danziger: It’s The Pits

While Donald Trump constantly refers to his incoming defense secretary James Mattis by an old nickname, Danziger sees why someone else might be called “mad dog.”

January 15, 2017
Flynn, Russian Sanctions, Logan Act

Did Flynn Violate The Logan Act By Discussing Sanctions With Russian Envoy?

The timing of the calls between Flynn and a Russian envoy raised questions about whether the Trump team had given Russia any assurances to soothe their anger over the sanctions. If that were the case, it would have raised a possible entanglement with the Logan Act, which bars unauthorized U.S. citizens from negotiating with foreign governments with which the U.S. has disputes.

January 14, 2017
Putin, Russia

Reuters/Ipsos Poll: More Americans Consider Russia A Threat Post-Election

The Jan. 9-12 survey found that 82 percent of American adults, including 84 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Republicans, described Russia as a general “threat” to the United States. That’s up from 76 percent in March 2015 when the same questions were asked.

January 14, 2017
Trump, Intelligence community feud

The Big Security Risks In Trump’s Feud With Spy Agencies

An unprecedented pre-presidential inauguration feud between Donald Trump and intelligence agencies that soon will be under his command could harm U.S. security if not quickly defused. These disputes could prompt the departure of personnel and lead those who remain to take fewer risks to counter security threats.

January 13, 2017
Trump, Headline, Twitter, Tweet

Commander-In-Tweet: America’s Dangerous Experiment Of Government By Twitter

From November 11 through January 12, Trump sent out 315 tweets, including retweets. By any measure, the largest number of tweets—63—were whining. Using Trump-speak, Reagan gave the public the equivalent of about 114 tweets, almost all on policy. And not once did he didn’t whine, insult or brag.

January 13, 2017
Trump, Russia

Trump Has Extensive Business Dealings With Russian Investors

Donald Trump’s assertion that he does no business in Russia looks past extensive business dealings with Russians who have partnered with him and bought his properties. In fact, Trump and his family have had many dealings in Russia and with Russian emigres elsewhere.

January 12, 2017
Trump, Press

17 Signs Of How Bad Press Treatment Will Be Under Trump

Trump sought to use yesterday’s press conference to conflate the two stories and employ them to shatter the credibility of the news outlets that published them. The result was a horrifying day for press freedom. Trump will be sworn in as president in eight days. Things can still get much, much worse.

January 12, 2017
Mattis

Pentagon Pick Mattis Says U.S. Needs To Be Ready To Confront Russia

Retired Marine General James Mattis said Russia, China and Islamist militants were presenting the biggest challenge to the U.S.-led world order since World War Two, and called for Congress to lift spending caps undermining military readiness.

January 12, 2017
Daily Show on Trump press conference Russian dossier

#EndorseThis: How Could Anyone Justify Spreading Unverified Gossip About Trump?

Daily Show host Trevor Noah feels a natural sympathy toward the orange-hued billionaire now, as must Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Ted Cruz, all of them victims of equally dubious tales — from birtherism to the JFK assassination. How could anyone justify spreading stories that are so obviously and completely false? Trump would never do that!

January 12, 2017
CIA, Russia

Trump’s CIA Nominee Includes Russia In List Of ‘Global Challenges’

Diverging from Trump’s stated aim of seeking closer ties with Russia, Pompeo said that Russia is “asserting itself aggressively” by invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and “doing nearly nothing” to destroy Islamic State.

January 12, 2017
Trump Campaign, Make America Great Again

Make America Great Again? Trump’s Boldest Campaign Promises Get A Reality Check

Trump, who was often content to gloss over details while campaigning, is quickly grappling with the complexities of governing. Though Republicans will have majorities in the House and Senate and control of the White House for the first time in 10 years, fissures have begun to emerge on how to deliver on their campaign promises.

January 12, 2017
The press post-mortem, CNN

A Call For Activists For Journalism

Still, journalists get squeamish at the notion of being activists for anything, for obvious reasons. But that’s what we need to be now. We must let our readers and viewers know how we do what we do and why it matters. It’s clear that the angriest of Trump supporters feel emboldened by his election and his behavior ever since.

January 12, 2017
Trump press conference takedowns

10 Most Scathingly True Takedowns Of Trump’s Press Conference

At his press conference, Trump held to his lie of not being able to release his taxes because of an ongoing audit, and said no one is interested except the press. After repeated attacks on Buzzfeed and CNN, he bullied a CNN reporter into silence.

January 11, 2017