A judge blocks Donald Trump’s revised travel ban | The Economist

A judge blocks Donald Trump’s revised travel ban by S.M.(The Economist)
If Mr Trump’s executive order reaches the Supreme Court, it may find a friendlier reception

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The State of Trump’s State Department | The Atlantic

'They Really Want to Blow This Place Up': Scenes From Trump's State Department by Julia Ioffe(The Atlantic)
Anxiety and listless days as a foreign-policy bureaucracy confronts the possibility of radical change

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Trump Is Headed for a Budget Battle | The Atlantic

Trump Is Headed for a Budget Battle by Michelle Cottle(The Atlantic)
The new president is about to learn how difficult it is to get Congress to approve his spending priorities.


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Kushner and Flynn Met With Russian Envoy in December, White House Says | New York Times

Kushner and Flynn Met With Russian Envoy in December, White House Says by Michael S. Schmidt, Matthew Rosenberg and Matt Apuzzo(nytimes.com)(Duration: PT8H15M9S)
The president’s son-in-law and incoming national security adviser met with the ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, for 20 minutes at Trump Tower in December.

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Stephen Colbert annotated Trump’s speech — and destroyed Kellyanne Conway in the process | Washington Post

Stephen Colbert annotated Trump’s speech — and destroyed Kellyanne Conway in the process by Lindsey Bever(Washington Post)
"Any chance there’s a mistake and ‘Moonlight’ is the president?” Colbert quipped.

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Fact-checking President Trump’s address to Congress | The Washington Post

Analysis | Fact-checking President Trump’s address to Congress by Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee(Washington Post)
Most presidents try to be sure their speeches to Congress adhere closely to the facts. Not Donald Trump.

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What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like | New York Times

What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like by David Brooks(New York Times)(Duration: PT1H41M2S)
Without grown-ups in charge, the government could stop working.

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5 Key Takeaways From President Trump’s Speech | The New York Times

5 Key Takeaways From President Trump’s Speech by Glenn Thrush(nytimes.com)(Duration: PT9H39M20S)
At precisely the moment he needed to project sobriety, seriousness of purpose and self-discipline, Mr. Trump delivered the most presidential speech he has ever given.

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Revealed: how US billionaire helped to back Brexit | The Guardian

Revealed: how US billionaire helped to back Brexit by Carole Cadwalladr(The Guardian)
Robert Mercer, who bankrolled Donald Trump, played key role with ‘sinister’ advice on using Facebook data

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Why Nobody Cares the President Is Lying | New York Times

Why Nobody Cares the President Is Lying by Charles J. Sykes(New York Times)(Duration: P2DT20H31M37S)
In the conservative media, we conditioned people not to trust facts or mainstream news outlets.

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Donald Trump | Charlie Rose

Donald Trump Interview Friday 11/06/1992 by Charlie Rose(Charlie Rose)
Rebroadcast — Monday 02/20/2017
Donald Trump talks about his recent "comeback" after flirting with bankruptcy, his support of Mike Tyson after his imprisonment for rape, his divorce from Ivana Trump, and the rumors that he would run for president.

It’s amazing watching this interview from over 23 years ago. Charlie Rose takes it possibly too easy on Trump because of his entertainer status. There’s a lot of hemming and hawing on Trump’s side and he still shows these same verbal tics as he dodges questions in a somewhat charming manner. There’s no adherence to facts, yet everything is “just great”, “the best”, “this”, “that”, and so on.

It’s amazing to see some of the things Rose brings up then are still issues now. Questions about his manner and vanity still linger all these years later. The difference is that he at least acknowledged them to some extent back then.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips cost taxpayers about $10M

Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips cost taxpayers about $10M(CBS News)
The president has been at his so-called “Winter White House” the past three weekends – 11 days of his first 33 days in office

Budget watchdogs are criticizing the cost of President Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Trump has been at his so-called “Winter White House” the past three weekends. That’s 11 of his first 33 days in office. The travel has an estimated price tag of $10 million. Continue reading “Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips cost taxpayers about $10M”

📺 Face the Nation 2/19/17: Priebus, Graham, Nunes

Face the Nation 2/19/17: Priebus, Graham, Nunes by John Dickerson(cbsnews.com)
After a contentious week for the White House, "Face the Nation" breaks down the problems the Trump administration has faced in its first month. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, and others join the show.

Reince Priebus is far preferable as a White House spokesperson to either Conway or Miller, but he still doesn’t have the ability to listen and push a particular agenda. While I get the message that they’ve done a lot of work, they still need to deal with the political realities of potential scandals in a more even-handed manner. All of the other Republican appearances on today’s show were far more sober about the realities of what seems to be going on. In my mind, the only reason not to admit there’s a problem is that you have no plan for dealing with it or moving forward. It’s the administration’s appearance that they don’t seem to have any kind of overall plan that concerns me most.

It seems like the administration had the 10 word answers down pat during the campaign, but that’s all they had and sadly they don’t seem to have the paragraphs or even the books worth of information and plans to follow up on any of their ideas.

Again, I’ll note that I think it’s a continuing mistake for the Sunday morning shows to allow administration spokespeople to appear remotely via camera than to appear in person.

The best part of the episode, to me, was the re-appearance of Michael Morell, who I don’t think I’ve seen on television since before the inauguration. His depth of knowledge and analysis, even now that he’s on the journalistic side of the game, is just always superb. I don’t think anyone else in the game has the ability to lay out facts in a simple and straightforward manner without a pointed agenda. I’ll note that he even had an aside in the conversation here underlining the agenda portion.

I really like the sober voices of Bob Woodward and Jeffrey Goldberg at the end. It would be nice to see more of them in shows like these.

On a technical production note, I will mention that Face the Nation seems to have a set problem with John at the head of the table and guests on one side. The camera angles (particularly with just two guests on the same side of the table) seem to diminish the roll of the guest seated furthest from John. This doesn’t seem to be a problem with 4 or more guests, but is highlighted when there are only two. Perhaps the production could take a page from Charlie Rose’s blocking around his table with multiple guests? There was also a small chyron issue that leaked into Graham’s segment which identified him incorrectly as Nunes.

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Trump’s F-35 Calls Came With a Surprise: Rival CEO Was Listening | Bloomberg

Trump's F-35 Calls Came With a Surprise: Rival CEO Was Listening by Anthony Capaccio(Bloomberg.com)
Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump made two surprise calls to the Air Force general managing the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jet.

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