How Hillary Clinton got screwed over
The New York Times has a deep-dive into Comey’s FBI suggesting what we've long suspected; Comey's letter to Congress "informing" them that the FBI had "new" information in the long-running hunt for something damning in Hillary Clinton's emails was done not out of high-minded concern for the country but two considerably less noble concerns; distrust of Democrats in the Justice Department—especially Attorney General Loretta Lynch—and protecting the department itself from criticism. . . .
It makes for depressing reading. . . .At every step of the way, Comey demonstrated either his fear of crossing Republicans or his concern over protecting his own reputation from Republican attack. It was the perfect intersection of a Republican Party that had developed a reputation for conducting relentlessly vicious smear campaigns and a Republican FBI director who didn't have the fortitude to stand up to it. . . .
There's a reason I blame Comey, and it's not because I live in a bubble. It's because a massive amount of evidence points that way. Today I want to put the whole case in one l-o-o-o-o-ng post so everyone understands why I think Comey was the deciding factor in the election. If you still disagree, that's fine, but this is the evidence you need to argue with. . . .
The New York Times, following an extensive investigation into the conduct of FBI director James Comey over the course of the last year’s U.S. presidential election, reports that President Obama rejected Comey’s proposal to publish a late-summer op-ed announcing that Russia was trying to undermine the vote. According to the report, after it became clear to the FBI that Russia was attempting to intervene, Comey wanted to “inoculate” American voters from that possible influence by alerting them in an op-ed that the Russian meddling was happening — though he did not plan to announce that members of the Trump campaign were also under investigation with regards to the issue. President Obama, according to the Times’ sources, thought that acknowledging Russia’s attempted interference would not counteract their influence, but magnify it, causing American voters to doubt the election’s legitimacy. Then candidate Donald Trump was already loudly and frequently claiming, without evidence, that the election was rigged, and the White House did not want to be seen as stepping in on behalf of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. . .
[NB: The story shows how Comey (AND Obama, AND the press) all assumed that because she was winning, they didn't need to do or say certain things that they SHOULD have done, which might have had the effect of helping her. Instead, they did things that ended up costing her the election.]
The FBI is trying (again) to stop leaks
The FBI is getting another public relations makeover of sorts starting from the inside out—it amounts to "Quit the leaks, dammit." . . . Hmm, why now? Oh yeah, cuz journalist reports of contacts between Trump associates and Russian operatives is eating the White House alive. . . .
The blame game
One of the most consistent features of President Donald Trump’s public statements is his drive to take credit and assign blame. It’s a tendency that consistently lands him in trouble with history, either recent or long ago, and has been on display as he approaches his 100th day in office. Over the past week, the president claimed unprecedented achievement as he tried to shape perceptions of his 100-day legacy. He then pooh-poohed that benchmark as time ran short for him to get big things done. He disparaged the record of his predecessor, specifically on fighting the violent MS-13 gang, and Trump addressed his abandonment of a central campaign promise on China by denying he’d changed his mind. . . . [read on]
Ryan Urges Members To Focus On Spending Bill, Put Health Care On Hold
Not one member of Congress representing the region that President Donald Trump's proposed border wall would run through has declared support for his request for funding to begin construction . . .
Secretary of Defense James Mattis told Congress that President Donald Trump’s Pentagon budget plan will not be sufficient to fulfill his campaign promise to “rebuild” the U.S. military . . .
Our problem is not Trump Derangement Syndrome; our problem is Deranged Trump Self-Delusion. This is the habit of willfully substituting, as a motive for Trump’s latest action, a conventional political or geostrategic ambition, rather than recognizing the action as the daily spasm of narcissistic gratification and episodic vanity that it truly is. . . . It explains the real reason for the sudden willingness to imagine that Trump is capable of being “Presidential.” People who have acts and actions that add up to some coherent plan—or even to an evil scheme—tend to have an ideology. It possesses them, or they are possessed by it. With Trump, it is perfectly clear that he only has a series of episodic wounds and reactions—it’s all fears and fits.
What is Trump’s particular ignorance? It is not a stretch to say that Trump knows less about policy, history, the workings of government, and world affairs than any of the men who preceded him as President. Trump’s ignorance sends historians and commentators scrambling for sufficient adverbs: to Daniel Bell of Princeton, Trump is “abysmally” ignorant; to Josh Marshall, of Talking Points Memo, he is “militant[ly]” so. “Proudly” is another popular one. Last summer, Trump told the Washington Post that he doesn’t need to read much because he makes great decisions “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I [already] had, plus the words ‘common sense,’ because I have a lot of common sense.” The problem is not just what Trump doesn’t know; there is an expanding, alternative universe of things he imagines or insists to be true . . .
At Yale, Psychiatrists Cite Their ‘Duty to Warn’ About an Unfit President
Where does the money go?
Chaffetz, Cummings Ask Trump Org. For More Details On Plan To Donate Profits
Companies donated twice as much to Trump's inauguration as to any other
Is Trump letting Breitbart and other influences make his hiring and firing decisions?
Once again, nothing makes sense in the Trump White House.... Late Friday the Trump White House sought and received the resignation of Vivek Murthy, who has been Surgeon General of the United States since 2014. His term ends in 2018. And here's the deal: Trump doesn't have a replacement lined up for Murthy. . . .
The Dems are making "small money" work for them
First Ailes, then O'Reilly: more trouble ahead for Fox?