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Thursday, March 30, 2017
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On Health Reform, Democrats And Republicans Don’t Speak The Same Language

Though Republicans control both houses of Congress, many have stayed silent, at least on their websites. Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, put out a press release last week about a study of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, but nothing on health care. (You can see all of the statements in ProPublica’s Represent news app, which tracks votes and statements by members of Congress.)

Among members of the House, where the action is now focused, about 46 percent of Republicans have issued statements about health care reform from the start of the Trump administration to this week. Among Democrats, 67 percent.

March 23, 2017
Kushner's weekly paper published article urging crackdown on dissent

Bannon’s Dangerous Domination of National Security

Bannon’s unprecedented role as a statutory member of the NSC where he speaks as an equal with the Secretaries of Defense and State is “bizarre,” said Daniel Benjamin, a former State Department official, in an email to AlterNet.

March 17, 2017
Danziger on Trump's inherited mess

Danziger: ‘A Fine-Tuned Machine’

While Donald Trump often whines (or tweets) about the “mess” he “inherited,” Danziger scrutinizes the new administration — and notices that not much blame can be laid on Barack Obama for its unappetizing disarray.

March 12, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump waits to come into the spin room with his wife Melania after the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by ABC News at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

If Melania Trump Isn’t In Business, Why Are Her Companies Still Active?

Beyond the 564 companies listed in then-candidate Donald Trump’s May 2016 financial disclosure were seven companies associated with his wife. All but one of her companies had been listed in the disclosure as active, and five of the seven were still active as of Feb. 21, 2017. Ethics experts say as long as the companies remain active, there is a possibility for profiting.

February 23, 2017
Trump confronts press

Combative Trump: ‘How Does The Press Get This Information?’

His main complaint was that the news media had uncovered leaks about intercepted communications between Michael Flynn, ousted this week as national security adviser and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kisylak, and leaks about his own conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia. “The first thing I thought of, how does the press get this information?” he asked.

February 16, 2017

Senators Register Alarm About White House Security

As an avalanche of security issues distracts the Trump administration in its third week, two ranking Democratic senators have sent letters of inquiry to the White House regarding the staff’s possession of private Republican National Committee email accounts; the president’s use of a personal, unsecured smartphone; and reports of mishandling sensitive documents during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago in Florida over the weekend.

February 15, 2017
Danziger watches Flynn and Trump circling

Danziger: The New Order

The Leader is reportedly displeased with his bumbling White House staff. But as Danziger observes, Trump likes toadies who hail him and repeat his lies — which may provide an object lesson for his beleaguered national security adviser, Mike Flynn.

February 13, 2017

White House Official Attacks Court After Legal Setbacks On Immigration

Legal experts said the Trump administration statements could undermine respect for the constitutional division of powers. Cornell University law professor Jens David Ohlin said that accusing the judiciary of usurping the president’s powers demonstrated “an absurd lack of appreciation for the separation of powers.”

February 13, 2017
Trump, White House

Is Trump Really Running The White House?

Last weekend, Trump attended the Red Cross Ball at his Mar-a-Lago resort and watched the Super Bowl at his West Palm Beach golf course. As he left Florida on Monday, news emerged that he will probably return this weekend for golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Does Trump think being president is a part-time job? And is Trump the one doing the job? There’s no clear answer to either one.

February 9, 2017
Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway Throws Gutter Ball, Massacres Facts

Take the bogus Bowling Green massacre story, with the underlying wailing about how the evil, evil press didn’t report that Obama banned Muslims from Iraq afterward. The horrifying question: Is Conway just a liar, or is she so uninformed that she doesn’t know everything she said was untrue?

February 7, 2017

Deep Character Flaws Will Ultimately Define Trump’s Presidency

Yes, Trump’s a dishonest conspiracy theorist. But he’s also much more than that. He’s a remorseless liar and a grievously insecure man who seems to feed off spite and revenge. It’s not a political strategy, it’s a character defect. Especially for someone like Trump who appears to have no deep ideological moorings.

January 27, 2017
A Closer Look Trump's worried aides

#EndorseThis: Trump’s Worried Aides Leaking All Over His New Presidency

What the torrent of leaks suggest is that those same worried aides — the GOP appartchiks who lie publicly on Trump’s behalf about voter fraud, the size of the Inauguration Day crowd on the National Mall, and scores of other topics — are now telling the truth ” off the record” to White House reporters. Seth Meyers takes “a closer look” at the weird fugue state of the White House,

January 26, 2017
White House press secretary accuses media of misreporting inauguration crowds

White House’s Spicer Falsely Accuses Media On Crowd Estimates

“This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe,” White House press secretary Spicer said in a brief statement. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm about the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

January 22, 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, Press, White House

Why The D.C. Press Must Take Collective Action To Protest Trump

News organizations face an incoming Trump administration that seems sure to institute new media restrictions that are far more stringent than the Obama White House’s rules for photographers. Yet we don’t we hear much in terms of an organized protest.

January 13, 2017
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event to mark Nowruz on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the White House in Washington, D.C. Nowruz is a holiday that is celebrated by more than 300 million people in diverse ethnic and religious communities across the Middle East, Central and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Farewell, Michelle Obama, You’ve Made Us All Proud

So, farewell, Mrs. Obama. Please know that, as an American — and particularly as an African American — I am proud of how you’ve conducted yourself as first lady. You, madam, are gorgeous — in many more ways than one.

January 7, 2017
Obama, Chicago, Farewell speech

Obama To Deliver Farewell Address In Chicago On January 10

Obama, noting that the first president of the United States, George Washington, had penned a farewell address in 1796, said he would deliver his speech in his hometown of Chicago.

January 2, 2017
Ivanka Trump, White House

Will Ivanka Trump Have An Office In The White House?

According to CNN, the president-elect’s transition team are planning an “office for the First Family” in the East Wing of the presidential estate, where First Lady Michelle Obama currently works.

December 16, 2016
Cartoon: Trump welcomes oil-dripping Rex Tillerson and Rick Perry to the formerly White House

Cartoon: Welcome To The (Formerly White) White House

Under the White House portico, Donald Trump welcomes ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson and former Texas governor Rick Perry — both of whom are literally dripping dark, sludgy oil.

December 13, 2016
Trumpcare, Health Care, Republicans, Trump/Ryan, Middle Class, Safety Net, GOP

Will Trump Flout The Constitution’s Gifts Clause?

The Constitution puts Congress in charge of enforcing the gift ban, and so the Republican-controlled House and Senate could grant him waivers. If Trump is allowed to flout the Constitution, it would be a supreme irony.

December 7, 2016
micromanager Trump, Russian

Separation Anxiety: Trump’s Management Style Poses Challenges In Oval Office

Micromanaging is not necessarily a recipe for disaster – presidents like Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama gained reputations as micromanagers. However, a micromanager with a lack of any government experience is a potentially toxic combination.

December 1, 2016
Trump close to settling Trump University lawsuit

Donald Trump Nears Settlement In Trump University Lawsuit

Lawyers for the president-elect have been squaring off against students who claim they were they were lured by false promises into paying up to $35,000 to learn Trump’s real estate investing “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors.

November 18, 2016
Trump, Sessions, Russia, Special Prosecutor

Trump Taps Immigration Hard-Liner Jeff Sessions For Attorney General

Sessions opposes any path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and was an enthusiastic backer of Trump’s promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

November 18, 2016
Trump gunning for the press

With The Trump White House Gunning For The Press, It’s Time To Fight Back

When Trump gleefully ignored all sorts of media norms on the campaign trail, he was met with modest resistance from the press, and he won the election. So why would he suddenly feel pressure to follow previous White House media traditions?

November 18, 2016
White house press briefing room

The White House Press Briefing Room Might Become A Hostile Place For Hispanic Journalists

Donald Trump is considering Laura Ingraham as a possible choice for White House press secretary. The attacks she’s launched against Hispanic journalists and Spanish-language media would make the White House briefing room a very hostile place for Hispanic journalists.

November 15, 2016