Monday, February 13, 2017

TRUMP WATCH #13: What did we miss over the weekend?


Because, TRUMP WATCH was “down for repairs” over the weekend, I thought I’d just list what happened that you might have missed. Even if this is redundant for some of you who are following the political news closely, please know that repeating fact-based news early and often is the best antidote for “The Big Lie” ( about which Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels famously stated (in translation):
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
 Let’s start with this morning’s breaking story: the first of many resignations/firings that I think we can expect--- that of Trump’s national security advisor, former-General Michael Flynn. The article below provides a good summary of what happened leading to to Flynn’s resignation late last night (2/12).

Mr. Flynn, who served in the job for less than a month, said he had given “incomplete information” about a telephone call he had with the Russian ambassador weeks before President Trump’s inauguration.
NYTIMES.COM

Working backwards are NYT articles about other matters of interest regarding Trump-world about which I have not commented, but concern matters we should all keep our eye on:

Plenty of reporters had questions about the embattled national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, but President Trump did not call on them.
By MARK LANDLER (2/14/17)

A terrorism suspect could present a legal and policy experiment for Mr. Trump, who has promised to resume sending suspects to the military prison.
By ADAM GOLDMAN, MATT APUZZO and ERIC SCHMITT (2/14/17)

Mr. Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker, will help overhaul the tax code, reshape financial regulations and renegotiate trade deals.
By ALAN RAPPEPORT (2/14/17)

Gateway Pundit gained notice for its support of the Trump campaign and for posting false stories about voter fraud and Hillary Clinton’s health.
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM (2/13/17)

As trial and appeals courts consider how to proceed, the Justice Department said it would continue to defend President Trump’s targeted travel ban.
By ADAM LIPTAK (2/13/17)

President Trump and his aides coordinated their response to North Korea’s nuclear missile test at his Florida club without retiring to a secure location.
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN (2/13/17)

The president’s criticism of Mark Cuban was only one in a long list of inconsequential matters that have preoccupied him since taking office.
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS  (2/13/17)

Police chiefs and prosecutors fear reliance on punitive tactics will erode trust and cause more problems than they solve.
By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.  (2/13/17)

Even when the president provokes them, congressional Republicans are choosing accommodation over confrontation, “as long as we’re able to get things done.”
By JONATHAN MARTIN and MATT FLEGENHEIMER  (2/12/17)

A proxy race between party chairman candidates identified with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has drawn other contenders and a heated debate about the best way forward.
By JONATHAN MARTIN (2/12/17)

A much greater percentage of the refugees arriving since the president’s ban was blocked are from the affected countries, but the increase in people is not so large.
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS  (2/11/17)

Does opposition now contradict silence in the past? The parties warring over Judge Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination are framing the answer to their advantage.
By CARL HULSE  (2/11/17)

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, has a long connection to Israel. When he meets with the country’s prime minister on Wednesday, it will be a gathering influenced by old encounters and shared experiences.
By JODI KANTOR (2/11/17)

President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan toured Trump courses in Florida, drawing attention to properties from which he has not divested himself.
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS (2/11/17)

The president’s team has struck out twice in court so far. Now it is deciding its next step.
By ADAM LIPTAK (2/10/17)

An elaborate work-and-play visit is intended to showcase the president’s warm rapport with the leader of a central player in Asia.
 By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and PETER BAKER (2/10/17)

In pledging to honor the “One China” policy, the president may have averted confrontation with Beijing, but some said he also sullied his reputation there.
By JANE PERLEZ (2/10/17)

President Trump blames Democratic intransigence for confirmation delays. But vetting choices made by his staff after the election are also to blame.
By STEVE EDER, MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN and ALEXANDRA STEVENSON (2/10/17)

President Trump dismissed the wishes of his secretary of state and blocked Elliott Abrams, a veteran conservative, from being nominated to be Rex Tillerson’s deputy.
By MAGGIE HABERMAN, JONATHAN WEISMAN and ERIC LICHTBLAU (2/10/17)

The Senate approved Mr. Price to be secretary of health and human services, where he will lead President Trump’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
By ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN (2/10/17)

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