What James Comey Told Me About Donald Trump - Lawfare
BENJAMIN WITTES on Lawfareblog.com, “What James Comey Told Me About Donald Trump”: “Comey understood Trump’s people as having neither knowledge of nor respect for the independence of the law enforcement function. And he saw it as an ongoing task on his part to protect the rest of the Bureau from improper contacts and interferences from a group of people he did not regard as honorable. … The first incident he told me about was the infamous ‘hug’ from Trump after the inauguration: The hug took place at a White House meeting to which Trump had invited law enforcement leadership to thank them for their role in the inauguration.
“Comey described really not wanting to go to that meeting, for the same reason he later did not want to go to the private dinner with Trump: the FBI director should be always at arm’s length from the President, in his view. … [A]s he told me the story, he tried hard to blend into the background and avoid any one-on-one interaction. He was wearing a blue blazer and noticed that the drapes were blue. So he stood in the back, right in front of the drapes, hoping Trump wouldn’t notice him camouflaged against the wall. … Comey was disgusted. He regarded the episode as a physical attempt to show closeness and warmth in a fashion calculated to compromise him before Democrats who already mistrusted him.”
KTP  Trump  James_Comey  FBI  rule_of_law 
5 days ago
5 things to watch on Trump’s foreign trip - POLITICO
Michael Crowley: “1. Will he say ‘radical Islamic terrorism’? … 2. Will he play Middle East peacemaker? … 3. Does he really support NATO? … 4. Can he stick to a script? … 5. Can he change the subject?”
KTP  Trump  global_citizen 
5 days ago
Worldwide effort set to keep Trump happy on 1st trip abroad
AP’S JULIE PACE: “Worldwide effort set to keep Trump happy on 1st trip abroad”: “When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal -- steak with a side of ketchup -- will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine. At NATO and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the new U.S. president prefers short presentations and lots of visual aids. And at all of Trump’s five stops on his first overseas trip, his team has spent weeks trying to build daily downtime into his otherwise jam-packed schedule.”
KTP  Trump  global_citizen 
5 days ago
Tips for Leaders Meeting Trump: Keep It Short and Give Him a Win - The New York Times
PETER BAKER, who is traveling with the president to Saudi Arabia and Israel: “Tips for Leaders Meeting Trump: Keep It Short and Give Him a Win”: “For foreign leaders trying to figure out the best way to approach an American president unlike any they have known, it is a time of experimentation. Embassies in Washington trade tips and ambassadors send cables to presidents and ministers back home suggesting how to handle a mercurial, strong-willed leader with no real experience on the world stage, a preference for personal diplomacy and a taste for glitz.
“After four months of interactions between Mr. Trump and his counterparts, foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged: Keep it short -- no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span. Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama. Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign. Stay in regular touch. Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory.”
KTP  Trump  global_citizen 
5 days ago
Vice President Pence avoids political fray surrounding him
REMEMBER MIKE PENCE? The vice president is nowhere to be found these days. The separation Pence’s team is putting between the VP and the president in this CNN piece is stunning.
-- CNN’S ELIZABETH LANDERS: “After a fast and furious news cycle at the White House this week, the last few days may have worn on Vice President Mike Pence. Though Pence will continue to be a ‘loyal soldier’ because he is a ‘relentlessly positive guy,’ he ‘looks tired,’ a senior administration adviser observed on Thursday, outlining the vice president’s schedule and trying to explain his relative absence from the public eye.
“While an aide to the vice president says he spent the last few days in speech preparation, it conveniently kept him out of the firing line, missing a regular Senate lunch on Capitol Hill on Tuesday while he worked behind closed doors with President Donald Trump at a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“The Pence team knew what they were getting themselves into when they joined the Trump ticket and team almost a year ago. ‘We certainly knew we needed to be prepared for the unconventional,’ but, the source adds, ‘not to this extent.’”
KTP  Trump  White_House 
5 days ago
Comey prepared extensively for his conversations with Trump - The Washington Post
Devlin Barrett, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous: “FBI Director James B. Comey prepared extensively for his discussions with President Trump, out of concern that the president was unlikely to respect the legal and ethical boundaries governing their respective roles, according to associates of the now-fired FBI chief.”
KTP  Trump  FBI  rule_of_law  James_Comey 
5 days ago
Comey, Unsettled by Trump, Is Said to Have Wanted Him Kept at a Distance - The New York Times
MIKE SCHMIDT STRIKES AGAIN -- “Comey, Unsettled by Trump, Is Said to Have Wanted Him Kept at a Distance”: “President Trump called the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, weeks after he took office and asked him when federal authorities were going to put out word that Mr. Trump was not personally under investigation, according to two people briefed on the call.
“Mr. Comey told the president that if he wanted to know details about the bureau’s investigations, he should not contact him directly but instead follow the proper procedures and have the White House counsel send any inquiries to the Justice Department, according to those people. After explaining to Mr. Trump how communications with the F.B.I. should work, Mr. Comey believed he had effectively drawn the line after a series of encounters he had with the president and other White House officials that he felt jeopardized the F.B.I.’s independence. At the time, Mr. Comey was overseeing the investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. ...
“The day after the Flynn conversation, Reince Priebus … asked Mr. Comey to help push back on reports in the news media that Mr. Trump’s associates had been in contact with Russian intelligence officials during the campaign.”
KTP  Trump  FBI  rule_of_law  James_Comey 
5 days ago
What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey - POLITICO Magazine
GARRETT GRAFF, author of “The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War,” in POLITICO Magazine, “What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey: The two men who could bring down the president have been preparing their entire lives for this moment”: “What unfolds ahead will be territory all too familiar to both Comey and Mueller—the field of play where they have made their careers and risen to the highest levels of government—yet the way that a Washington scandal takes on a life of its own amid independent investigations and looming prosecutions is deeply unfamiliar to Trump and many associates around him. … It is as if, after having an unrelated disagreement over movie trivia in a bar, Trump has challenged Usain Bolt to a 100-yard dash or John Cena to a cage match to the death.”
KTP  Trump  rule_of_law  James_Comey  FBI 
5 days ago
Politico_Playbook 051917 - BULLETIN: Sweden dropping charges against Julian Assange -- The White House’s blind spot -- Remember MIKE PENCE -- PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW: Geoff Morrell -- B’DAY: Cindy McCain - POLITICO
We are beginning to sense a trend with THE WHITE HOUSE: they oftentimes act as if politicians are completely consistent in their views. For example, the president seemed convinced dismissing James Comey would be popular with both parties, just because Democrats criticized him during the campaign. And now, they seem to think, just because Joe Lieberman was a Senate Democrat (at one point), the entire caucus would vote to confirm him as FBI director. (Don’t feel bad, guys. We kind of thought so too.) Lieberman is the leading contender, according to the White House. See Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim’s story http://politi.co/2qDrHSl
KTP  Politico_Playbook 
5 days ago
The Ghost of Mike Flynn Haunts the White House - The Atlantic
Rosie Gray: The retired general’s short tenure as national-security adviser continues to haunt the White House.
Mike Segar / Reuters
KTP  Trump  national_security  Russia  FBI  from iphone
6 days ago
Paris Hilton Invented Everything You’re Doing in 2017, and She Knows It | W Magazine
Despite Hilton’s longtime dependency on various cellular devices, it is perhaps visionaries like Steve Jobs who are indebted to her, seeing that it was Hilton who took their creations beyond their wildest expectations, inventing along the way the maligned but ubiquitous selfie.
“If a beeper had a camera, I would have taken a selfie with it,” said Hilton later, agreeing that she was truthfully the matriarch of the modern phenomenon. “I think I have a selfie from when I was a little kid, like on a disposable camera.”
KTP  celebrities  brands  selfie  from iphone
8 days ago
NYTimes: The Election Is Over, But Trump Can’t Seem to Get Past It
At the root Donald J. Trump’s unpredictable presidency is a deep frustration about attacks on his legitimacy, and a worry that Washington does not see him as he sees himself.
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11 days ago
NYTimes: In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred.
James B. Comey’s associates say he now believes his unwillingness to pledge personal loyalty led President Trump to fire him as the F.B.I. director.
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13 days ago
NYTimes: ‘Enough Was Enough’: How Festering Anger at Comey Ended in His Firing
President Trump returned from a weekend away determined to act after months of growing frustration with the F.B.I. director, according to people close to the president.
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14 days ago
Politico_Playbook 051017 COMEY is OUT -- BACK-STORY from DAWSEY on why an ‘ENRAGED’ Trump fired Comey -- What Trump needs to do next -- POTUS’ only agenda item today: meeting with Russian foreign minister -- RUSSIA investigations plod along - POLITI
If you’re a betting man or woman, and you’re looking for action in Washington this spring, summer or fall, short the legislative system. If President Donald Trump was looking to foster a spirit of bipartisanship, firing FBI Director James Comey like this was not a step toward kumbaya. Democrats and many Republicans are furious at Trump for firing the FBI director. Leave aside any lingering concerns with Jim Comey’s performance. The optics of firing Comey the way Trump did is almost too reckless to believe, according to the insiders we’ve spoken to. One senior Republican aide put it this way: It's almost as if Trump was courting controversy with both parties by handling the situation the way he did.
SURE, Democrats aren’t wild about the guy. But if Trump really thought that would insulate him from backlash, boy, he was wrong.
SENATE INTELLIGENCE CHAIRMAN Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who is leading the Senate’s Russia probe, said he was “troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.” Burr added in a tweet that “Dir. Comey has been more forthcoming w/ information than any FBI Director I can recall in my tenure on the congressional intel committees.”
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-Ariz.) said he was “disappointed” by Trump’s action and renewed his call for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s attempts to influence the American political system. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a Trump ally, said Comey’s “removal at this particular time will raise questions.” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), up for reelection next year, said on Twitter that “I’ve spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey’s firing. I just can’t do it.” Imagine the fallout if Trump did this when the House was in session.
SENATE DEMOCRATS – who raised Nixon, Watergate and the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” all Tuesday night – will hold a special caucus meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the situation. This is a juicy detail from Austin Wright and Seung Min Kim: "Schumer has also asked Democrats to sit at their desks inside the chamber when the Senate convenes Wednesday morning as McConnell delivers the opening remarks 'to hear what, if anything, McConnell has to say about Comey's firing,' according to one senior Senate Democratic aide." Full story http://politi.co/2pyPi5b
TRUMP SPEAKS -- @realDonaldTrump at 10:42 p.m.: “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, ‘I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.’ Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp”
TOP TWEETS -- @EricHolder: “To the career men and women at DOJ/FBI: you know what the job entails and how to do it. Be strong and unafraid. Duty. Honor. Country.” … @PreetBharara: “EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be ‘troubled by the timing and reasoning’ of Comey firing. Period.” … @BillKristol: “One can be at once a critic of Comey and alarmed by what Trump has done and how he has done it.” … @thomaswright08: “On Fox, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy WH press secretary says time to let Russia investigation go.” … @sahilkapur: “This @andersoncooper eyeroll when Conway, asked about Comey’s firing, changes the topic to winning Michigan.” http://bit.ly/2qpXvwO
… @RobbyMook: “Twilight zone. I was as disappointed and frustrated as anyone at how the email investigation was handled. But this terrifies me.” … GOP Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) (@justinamash): “My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of this letter is bizarre.” … GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) (@carloslcurbelo): “No one should find out via the television that they’ve been fired. If true, that’s poor form and plain unprofessional. #Comey”
KTP  Politico_Playbook  Trump  FBI  Russia  scandals 
14 days ago
Politico_Playbook 042417 - SHUTDOWN WATCH -- PLAYBOOK POWER LIST: The New Guard -- OBAMA IS BACK -- ALEX ISENSTADT on GOP sounding alarms on 2018 -- The New Yorker on STEVE BANNON’s time in Hollywood -- B’DAY: Zack Roday - POLITICO
MAKING SENSE OF THE FRENCH ELECTIONS -- “6 takeaways from French election’s first round,” by POLITICO Europe’s Pierre Briancon in Paris: “French voters chose centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen to compete for the presidency in May 7’s runoff. With all votes now counted, Macron came first on 23.8 percent versus 21.5 percent for Le Pen. François Fillon, the mainstream conservative candidate of the Républicains party, and far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon, gained 19.9 and 19.6 percent of the vote respectively.
“Here are six takeaways from Sunday’s first round: 1. Change and renewal. … 2. Populism beaten but not dead. … 3. The parliamentary election campaign starts Monday. … 4. The right without a leader. … 5. Farewell to the Socialist Party. … 6. Give it to the pollsters: they were right.” http://politi.co/2q5X0n6
SPEAKING OF ELECTIONS -- “Republicans sound alarm on Trump’s troubles ahead of 2018,” by Alex Isenstadt: “Republicans say President Donald Trump needs to turn things around fast — or the GOP could pay dearly in 2018. With the party preparing to defend their congressional majorities in next year’s midterms, senior Republicans are expressing early concern about Trump’s lack of legislative accomplishments, his record-low approval ratings, and the overall dysfunction that’s gripped his administration.
“The stumbles have drawn the attention of everyone from GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who funneled tens of millions of dollars into Trump’s election and is relied upon to bankroll the party’s House and Senate campaigns, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is privately warning colleagues about the perils of the coming election. Potential GOP candidates whom party leaders want to recruit are afraid of walking into a buzz saw, uncertain about what kind of political environment they’ll be facing by the time the midterms come around – and what Trump’s record will look like.” http://politi.co/2oBYHbO
29 days ago
NYTimes: Aircraft Carrier Wasn’t Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested
The saga might never have come to light had the Navy not posted a photograph of the Carl Vinson sailing through the Sunda Strait, which separates two Indonesian islands.
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5 weeks ago
Politico_Playbook 041617 - EASTER EDITION -- North Korea’s missile flop -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The White House schedule next week: TOM BRADY coming -- JOHN KELLY leans in on immigration -- KATIE PACKER and RICH BEESON wedding - POLITICO
LEAD OF THE DAY -- WaPo’s ANNA FIFIELD in Tokyo: “With the kind of fanfare that only a totalitarian state can muster, North Korea on Saturday flaunted missiles that can theoretically reach the United States and defiantly stated that it was prepared to counter any U.S. attack with ‘a nuclear war of our own.’
“But it soon looked like a case of style over substance. North Korea somewhat ruined the impression created with the parade, which took place on the most important day of the year for Kim Jong Un’s regime, with a failed missile launch Sunday morning. The ballistic missile was fired from the Sinpo area on the east coast shortly before 6 a.m. local time, U.S. Pacific Command said. It blew up almost immediately, complicating efforts to identify the missile’s size and range.” http://wapo.st/2oAsRwO
TRUMP TWEETS -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:18 a.m.: “Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem? We will see what happens!” … at 8:24 a.m.: “Happy Easter to everyone!” …at 9:07 a.m.: “I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?” … at 9:13 a.m.: “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!” … at 9:41 a.m.: “Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly, we have no choice!”
-- NOTE: Trump has held several campaign-style rallies since winning the election.
KTP  Politico_Playbook 
5 weeks ago
Politico_Playbook 041517 - Trump continues to confound -- ANNIE KARNI on Tillerson’s rising status -- MELANIA TRUMP: ‘retro’ first lady -- THE JUICE: Boldface donors last quarter -- WEEKEND READS -- B’DAY: Pete Rouse - POLITICO
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION is abandoning a precedent set by Barack Obama, and will not release his visitor logs until five years after he leaves the White House. The White House is citing national security concerns. So we will not know who the president and his aides are speaking to until well after he leaves the West Wing. Some defenders of the president say he and his team should be able to meet with people with varying viewpoints without having to face public scrutiny. But why? Shouldn’t taxpayers -- who fund the White House and employ the president -- know which lobbyists, CEOs and influence peddlers the president and his staff is meeting with?
KTP  Politico_Playbook 
5 weeks ago
Politico_Playbook 041417 - Trump’s ‘renewed confidence’ in the Freedom Caucus -- Rising W.H. stars: Stephen Miller, Gary Cohn -- ANNIE KARNI’S Bob Barnett profile -- SAMANTHA POWER to Harvard -- B’DAY: Nick Merrill - POLITICO
“N. Korean official: U.S. more vicious, aggressive under Trump,” by AP’s Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang, North Korea: “North Korea’s vice foreign minister on Friday blamed President Donald Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises, saying the U.S. was becoming ‘more vicious and more aggressive’ under his leadership than it had been under President Barack Obama. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Pyongyang, Vice Minister Han Song Ryol also warned the U.S. against provoking North Korea militarily. ‘We will go to war if they choose,’ he said.” http://apne.ws/2pAcb87
KTP  Politico_Playbook 
5 weeks ago
Top U.S. Scientists Advise On Ways To Foster Research Integrity : Shots - Health News : NPR 041217
It's been 25 years since the National Academy of Sciences set its standards for appropriate scientific conduct, and the world of science has changed dramatically in that time. So now the academies of science, engineering and medicine have updated their standards.
The report published Tuesday, "Fostering Integrity in Research," shines a spotlight on how the research enterprise as a whole creates incentives that can be detrimental to good research.
The focus of the 2017 report also shifts dramatically from the 1992 report, which emphasized individual cases of misconduct and questionable behavior, as opposed to the research enterprise as a whole.
"We've been fond of the 'bad apple' narrative, and we're talking about switching to the barrels and the barrel makers," said committee member C.K. Gunsalus, who heads the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics at the University of Illinois.
"We're not just talking about misconduct here, which is formally defined in the U.S. as fabrication of data, falsification or plagiarism," said committee member
Brian Martinson, from the HealthPartners Institute in Minneapolis. "We recognize there's a fuller range of behavior that we refer to as detrimental research practices."
These can include cutting corners, using dubious statistics, or not fully sharing what you've done so other scientists can reproduce your results. The previous report called some of these "questionable" practices, but the new committee decided that word was inadequate.
KTP  RLC  science_communication  ethics  COI  NAS 
5 weeks ago
British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia | UK news | The Guardian
Luke Harding, Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Nick Hopkins: "Britain's spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told. GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious 'interactions' between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added. Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump's inner circle and Russians, sources said."
KTP  Trump  Russia  hackergate  national_security 
5 weeks ago
Trump Undercuts Bannon, Whose Job May Be in Danger - The New York Times
JEREMY PETERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN on A13 of the NYT: "Mr. Bannon, [President Trump] has told one person, is 'not a team player.' ... Mr. Bannon's allies have already begun discussing a post-White House future for him. On Friday, his main political patron, Rebekah Mercer, the daughter of Robert Mercer, a major Trump donor, holed up in her office at Cambridge Analytica in New York, discussing possibilities for Mr. Bannon should he leave, according to two people briefed on the meeting. Mr. Bannon served on the data-mining firm's board until last summer."
KTP  Trump  Steve_Bannon  White_House 
5 weeks ago
Trump Reversals Hint at Wall Street Wing’s Sway in White House - The New York Times
Alan Rappeport: “President Trump made three startling economic policy reversals on Wednesday, stepping away from pledges he made as a candidate and even policies he supported only days ago. The shifts confounded many of Mr. Trump’s supporters and suggested that the moderate financiers he brought from Wall Street are eclipsing the White House populist wing led by Stephen K. Bannon, the political strategist who is increasingly being sidelined by the president.
“In a series of interviews, Mr. Trump said he no longer wanted to label China a currency manipulator -- a week after telling The Financial Times that the Chinese were the ‘world champions’ of currency manipulation. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the president said he no longer wanted to eliminate the Export-Import Bank. And he said that he might consider reappointing Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve when her term ends next year.”
KTP  Trump  surrealist_economics  economy 
5 weeks ago
Trump Undercuts Bannon, Whose Job May Be in Danger - The New York Times
JEREMY PETERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN on A13 of the NYT: “Mr. Bannon, [President Trump] has told one person, is ‘not a team player.’ … Mr. Bannon’s allies have already begun discussing a post-White House future for him. On Friday, his main political patron, Rebekah Mercer, the daughter of Robert Mercer, a major Trump donor, holed up in her office at Cambridge Analytica in New York, discussing possibilities for Mr. Bannon should he leave, according to two people briefed on the meeting. Mr. Bannon served on the data-mining firm’s board until last summer.”
KTP  Trump  Steve_Bannon 
5 weeks ago
Politico_Playbook 041317 - WEST WING WHIPLASH -- HUMA ABEDIN fielding book offers -- The Bannon-is-done narrative – CEOs growing influence on Trump -- MANAFORT resurfaces -- B’DAY: Sen. Bob Casey - POLITICO
WEST WING WHIPLASH -- Before: Trump said NATO is obsolete. Now: Trump said NATO is a “great alliance.” Before: Trump said it would be great if the U.S. and Russia could get along. Now: Trump says the U.S. and Russia are not getting along, and Rex Tillerson says “There is a low level of trust between our countries.” The president intimated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad consulted Russia before launching a chemical attack on its people. Before: The Trump administration’s foreign policy mantra was “America First." The U.S. wouldn’t promote regime changes in places like Syria. Trump criticized U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Now: Trump is involved in the Middle East, and depending on who you talk to, the U.S. government would like to topple Assad …
… Before: China is a currency manipulator and could easily convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions. Now: China is not a currency manipulator, and its relationship with North Korea is complicated. Before: The Export-Import Bank has to be eliminated. Now: The Export-Import Bank is important.
… Before: Trump says he’s moving on from health care. Now: He says there will be a vote to repeal and replace Obamacare.
THE REALITY: This is governing on the fly. Gone is the ardent post-election populism -- for now. After weeks of bruising headlines and backlash over some of his administration’s more conservative positions, Trump is embracing policy and people that are much more mainstream.
KTP  Politico_Playbook 
5 weeks ago
Inside Bannon’s struggle: From ‘shadow president’ to Trump’s marked man - The Washington Post
PHIL RUCKER, ASHLEY PARKER and BOB COSTA talk to 21 sources for this WaPo story: “The man not long ago dubbed the ‘shadow president’ -- with singular influence over Trump’s agenda and the workings of the federal government -- is struggling to keep his job with his portfolio reduced and his profile damaged, according to interviews Wednesday with 21 of Trump’s aides, confidants and allies. Some colleagues described Bannon as a stubborn recluse who had failed to build a reservoir of goodwill within the West Wing.”
KTP  Trump  Steve_Bannon  White_House  from iphone
5 weeks ago
NYTimes: The Latest Test for the White House? Pulling Off Its Easter Egg Roll
With key staff positions unfilled and no on-site first lady, the White House is trying to organize the most elaborate and heavily scrutinized public event of the year.
KTP  Trump  White_House  from iphone
6 weeks ago
I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong. - Rick Perlstein | NYTimes.com 041117
Rick Perlstein Future historians won’t find all that much of a foundation for Trumpism in the grim essays of William F. Buckley, the scrupulous constitutionalist principles of Barry Goldwater or the bright-eyed optimism of Ronald Reagan. They’ll need instead to study conservative history’s political surrealists and intellectual embarrassments, its con artists and tribunes of white rage. It will not be a pleasant story. But if those historians are to construct new arguments to make sense of Trump, the first step may be to risk being impolite.
KTP  Trump  history  conservatives  Republicans  alt_right  from iphone
6 weeks ago
The Seven Types of People Who Tweet at Trump 041017
COMMANDER IN TWEETS -- "The Seven Types of People Who Tweet at Trump," by Bloomberg's Polly Mosendz: "Trump's 10 most-engaged Twitter followers over the past 30 days include five confirmed robots and three accounts that appear to be bots, according to audience data collected by Social Rank. Trump's most prolific respondent, @Trump2016_Fan, has posted more than 18,000 times in the past year, mostly all-caps messages of support for the 45th president. The account appears to be automated and did not respond to a request for an interview.
"But there are plenty of humans in the 20,000 or so replies generated by a typical Trump tweet. These are piled like building blocks beneath each tweet, a tower of typos, insults, and encouragement that stretches on and on. Scrolling through the replies to a single Trump message is enough to test the fortitude of any reader; getting to the last reply is the sort of task it's hard to imagine any human doing voluntarily. Yet the replies bundled nearest to @realDonaldTrump-in a sorting determined by Twitter's mysterious algorithm-are likely to be seen by hundreds of thousands of users. If Trump is the most powerful and visible user of Twitter, the replies appearing closest to his messages must occupy some of the most influential real estate on the internet."
Trump  Twitter  social_media  Dark_Web 
6 weeks ago
When a Reality-TV President Orders a Missile Strike - The Atlantic 041017
“Every new technology necessitates a new war.”
A bank of television sets at the Democratic Headquarters at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on election night, 1964.
Marion S. Trikosko / Library of Congress
Adrienne LaFrance
Trump  media  Syria_strike 
6 weeks ago
NYTimes: Trump, Citing No Evidence, Suggests Susan Rice Committed Crime
In an interview, President Trump said Ms. Rice, a former national security adviser, may have sought the identities of Trump associates who were mentioned on intercepted communications.
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7 weeks ago
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