There is a story Donald Trump liked to tell on the campaign trail. The story of the snake. The fable goes like this. A “tender-hearted” woman finds a wounded snake on the road. She takes it in and nurses it back to health. The snake, revived, bites her. The woman, dying, asks why. . . . “‘Oh, shut up, silly woman,’ said the reptile with a grin. ‘You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.’”. . .
The vengeful conspiracy theorist as president . . .
The power of the presidency in service of grudges, obsessions, and score settling . . .
Republicans hoped they could control Trump. They were wrong. . . .
There will never be a pivot . . . [read on]
The Justice Dept needs to be independent from any president, and defend THE LAW (remember Nixon and the Saturday Night Massacre). The Acting Attorney General says she isn't convinced that the immigrant ban is legal. So Trump fires her -- then insults her
Remarkably for a sitting president, the White House didn’t just announce Yates’s firing but also attacked her personally, calling her “an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration” who “betrayed the Department of Justice.” . . .
Repeated comments from President Trump and his advisers about barring Muslims from entering the United States were at the heart of the decision on Monday by the acting attorney general, Sally Q. Yates, to refuse to defend the president’s executive order on immigration . . . Mr. Trump had campaigned on a promise to single out Muslims for immigration restrictions. One of his advisers, Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, said in an interview that Mr. Trump wanted a Muslim ban but needed “the right way to do it legally.” Mr. Trump said in a later interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network that Christian refugees would be given priority for entry visas to the United States.
And now this
Trump Fires Acting Chief Of Immigration And Customs Enforcement
Checks and balances my ass: in Trump's DC everybody is working for HIM
Republicans are furious that the White House gave them no notice about the travel ban, then offered little guidance as the policy was haphazardly implemented. . . . However, it appears that the Trump White House actually did work with several Republicans on Capitol Hill – but they were House Judiciary Committee staffers, not members of Congress. They couldn’t tell their bosses because the Trump team had them sign nondisclosure agreements.
I guarantee you: career staffers who are hearing about this are gobsmacked. It's unheard of. [read on]
Short answer: no
Does Donald Trump understand his own executive orders?
Here's an example: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-regulations-idUSKBN15E1QU
President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will seek to dramatically pare back federal regulations by requiring agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced. "This will be the biggest such act that our country has ever seen."
[NB: The order, in fact, doesn't reduce or cut a single regulation. Not one.]
The deep thinking here certainly seems to go along with the kind of planning and forethought that went into Trump’s other executive orders. . . .
Why Trump’s ‘one in, two out’ gimmick is a childish mistake
Trump’s order to “kill two regulations for every new one adopted” is a mess
Trump says we need to keep out the "bad dudes." This is not the way to do it
Trump’s chaotic Muslim ban wasn’t even discussed with his secretary of homeland security, but Rudy Giuliani knew about it
Why Trump Keeps Making Up Lies About His Refugee Ban
Trump’s travel ban on ‘bad dudes’ actually keeps out women and children
A few GOPers take a stand against Trump's illegal, unAmerican Muslim ban
And now this: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/30/1627316/-Dozens-of-diplomats-plan-dissent-memo-blasting-Trump-s-Muslim-ban
Dozens if not hundreds of career foreign service officers are reportedly planning to oppose Steve Bannon and Donald Trump’s Muslim ban in what Lawfare describes as a “major bureaucratic uprising.” They’re planning a dissent memo, and the draft published at Lawfare hits hard on both the ineffectiveness and immorality of the ban . . .
State Department staffers go rogue
Many of America’s top CEOs oppose Trump’s ban on Muslim immigration, but won’t speak out . . . they're afraid of retaliation
Trump’s “Muslim ban” is immoral, ineffective and likely to worsen the problem of global terrorism. As former vice president Dick Cheney, not usually a go-to source of empathetic wisdom, has put it:
"I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in. … I mean, religious freedom has been a very important part of our history and where we came from."
Here's a list: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/republicans-are-not-all-board-trumps-immigration-order
Many of Trump's executive orders aren't, really
There is a petty, small-minded, nasty man in the White House
"I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with fake tears," Trump said after meeting with small business leaders at the White House. "I’m going to ask him who is his acting coach."
Is National Security Advisor Michael Flynn already on the outs?
We've gotten to know Steve Bannon -- what about the other Steve (Miller)?
Will Bannon's rise to power threaten Trump's ego? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/31/steve-bannon-take-note-nobody-puts-donny-in-the-corner.html
Trump has a typical made-for-tv moment tonight to announce his Supreme Court nominee
Dems are already planning a filibuster
Remember Gregg Phillips, the fringe activist who is going to prove massive voter fraud?
A man who President Donald Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press has learned. Gregg Phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president, was listed on the rolls in Alabama, Texas and Mississippi . . .
More on the Cabinet hearings
It looks like Trump’s HHS pick didn’t tell Congress the truth about a sweetheart stock deal
Why people are quitting Uber
The Trump gang likes to call the media "the opposition party." And it's going to get worse
The man in charge: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/30/1627306/-Steve-Bannon-to-media-You-ll-listen-to-Sean-Spicer-and-you-ll-like-it
How should the media respond? http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/trumpcast/2017/01/this_isn_t_politics_it_s_an_emergency.html
Press secretary Sean Spicer has a distinct mode for telling the press how much he respects their work
'Much To Do About Nothing'
Bonus item: Can't top this one (yes, it's real)
Comedians on the travel ban: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/31/seth-meyers-tees-off-on-trump-s-muslim-ban-a-government-of-incompetent-authoritarians.html