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NYTimes: Trump Once Said the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape Was Real. Now He’s Not Sure.
The president’s changing story, which has stunned advisers, is part of a lifelong habit of attempting to create his own version of reality.
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12 days ago
The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks - The Atlantic 111417
JULIA IOFFE in The Atlantic, "The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks": "Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last year's presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominee's oldest son and campaign surrogate. 'A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch," WikiLeaks wrote. 'The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is 'putintrump.' See 'About' for who is behind it. Any comments?' (The site, which has since become a joint project with Mother Jones, was founded by Rob Glaser, a tech entrepreneur, and was funded by Progress for USA Political Action Committee.)
"The next morning, about 12 hours later , Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks. 'Off the record I don't know who that is, but I'll ask around,' he wrote on September 21, 2016. 'Thanks.' The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.'s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are part of a long-and largely one-sided-correspondence between WikiLeaks and the president's son that continued until at least July 2017. ... 'Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us,' WikiLeaks [messaged Don Jr. on Oct. 12, 2016], pointing Trump Jr. to the link wlsearch.tk, which it said would help Trump's followers dig through the trove of stolen documents and find stories.
"'There's many great stories the press are missing and we're sure some of your follows [sic] will find it,' WikiLeaks went on. 'Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4.' Trump Jr. did not respond to this message. But just 15 minutes after it was sent, as The Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau pointed out, Donald Trump himself tweeted, 'Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!' Two days later, on October 14, 2016, Trump Jr. tweeted out the link WikiLeaks had provided him. 'For those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the @wikileaks emails are right here: http://wlsearch.tk/,' he wrote.
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27 days ago
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4 weeks ago
Playbook Power Briefing 101717: Obamaworld pushes back after POTUS invokes death of John Kelly’s son - POLITICO
DANIEL [Lipmann]'S POSTCARD FROM THE HOOVER INSTITUTION -- MICHAEL MCFAUL, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and now a Stanford professor, spoke at a media roundtable on Monday: "What I thought I would do ... is just go through the list in U.S.-Russian relations over the last several months and talk about wins vs. losses ... What I want you to understand is that's the way Putin thinks about the world ... The score is 13-1-1. 13 wins for Putin, one draw and one win for us ... [The wins for Putin and losses for the U.S.:] Withdrawal from TPP ... Withdrawal from the Paris Accords ... Threat to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal ... Threat of NAFTA withdrawal ... Syria ... Internal divisions within the United States ... Absence of any discussion of democracy or human rights abroad ... Decline in America's image ...
"'Leader of the free world': how many people use that phrase when describing the American leadership today? ... Ukraine can see an indifference [from the U.S.] ... Momentum of the nationalist-populist movement ... Tensions with North Korea ... Closer Russian-Chinese ties ... Reducing our staff in Russia at the embassy ... Draws: backlash from violating our sovereignty in 2016 ... And finally ... we got one victory! The closing of the consulate in San Francisco: Score that one for the United States of America, minus for Putin ... that facility did other things besides just having a National Russia Day there."
--KORI SCHAKE, a Hoover Institution fellow and an NSC, State and DoD alum: "The most alarming thing to me about the Trump administration ... is that Mick Mulvaney ... who was an entirely sensible, [fiscal] conservative when he was in Congress is now arguing that debt shouldn't matter at all and that economic growth is going to take care of this problem. ... If markets lose confidence in the dollar or if interest rates go up or if Europeans, Chinese or bitcoin become more reliable as alternative holding currencies this is actually going to be an enormous problem for the American government.
"And if you want a near term parallel, watch what is happening to British ability to pay for their defense articles now that Brexit begins to be a real thing because the British are buying Joint Strike Fighters and other things from the United States, they're being required to pay for them in dollars and they're having to cut fighter planes off the list because the appreciation of the dollar relative to the pound is actually foreclosing what they thought they could buy."
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7 weeks ago
What’s Inside Henry Thoreau’s Journal - The Atlantic
by Andrea Wulf in November’s Atlantic: “In his 2-million-word journal, the transcendentalist discovered how to balance poetic wonder and scientific rigor as he explored the natural world.”
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