👓 The Vaporware Presidency | The Weekly Standard

Read The Vaporware Presidency (The Weekly Standard)
Step 1: Propose something ridiculous. Step 2: Cause chaos but don't deliver it. Lather, rinse, repeat.

What a great turn of phrase for this administration. Good job Mr. Last!

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❤️ AnikaNoniRose tweet: Next white house press event with the president, only send your Black woman reporters.

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👓 Exclusive: Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was counseling the White House on investigating Clinton | Vox

Read Exclusive: Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was counseling the White House on investigating Clinton by Murray Waas (Vox)
Whitaker advised the president on launching a new special counsel while working as chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

👓 Trump Falsely Claims Not To Know The Man He Hand-Picked As Acting Attorney General | NPR

Read Trump Falsely Claims Not To Know The Man He Hand-Picked As Acting Attorney General by Scott HorsleyScott Horsley (NPR)
Trump, who has frequently dismissed that probe as a "witch hunt," feigned ignorance of Whitaker's background. "I don't know Matt Whitaker," Trump told reporters on Friday as he left the White House for a trip to Paris. "Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions. And he was always extremely highly thought of and he still is. But I didn't know Matt Whitaker."
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👓 Opinion | Trump’s Appointment of the Acting Attorney General Is Unconstitutional | New York Times

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The president is evading the requirement to seek the Senate’s advice and consent for the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and the person who will oversee the Mueller investigation.
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👓 Reporters condemn White House decision to bar CNN’s Acosta | CNN

Read Reporters condemn White House decision to bar CNN's Acosta by Brian Stelter, CNN Business (CNN)
Reporters from many news organizations have expressed support for CNN's Jim Acosta after the White House revoked his press pass.

I too saw reports of an assault yesterday in the reporting of the incident and so went back to the video of the incident. If anything, the White House intern assaulted Acosta here.

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📺 PBS NewsHour full episode November 7, 2018 | PBS NewsHour

Watched PBS NewsHour full episode - November 7, 2018 from PBS NewsHour

Wednesday on the NewsHour, Jeff Sessions is fired from his role as attorney general. We examine what that means for the future of the special counsel's investigation into President Trump. Also: The midterm election creates a new balance of power in Congress and exposes deep divides in our nation.

Synopsis of the Sessions firing:
Kellyanne Conway: Trump hates Sessions because he recused himself and couldn’t make the Mueller investigation go away. She makes no mention of any other potential job failings of Sessions.
Judy Woodruff: The new temporary AG has a record of being against the investigation, will he kill or slow-walk the investigation?
Kellyanne Conway: The investigation is winding down. (Where she gets this perception is anyone’s guess.) We don’t want him to impinge on the investigation.

Why didn’t Woodruff take the opportunity to point out the painful circular flaw in the administration’s logic? Why do we need a new person to “not fire Mueller” when the old one was doing just fine at it and there was no other reason given for his firing?

Conway also said this was one of the most accessible administrations in years. Why no pushback on this patent lie? Trump has given far fewer press conferences compared to his recent predecessors, and daily press briefings have trickled into non-existence. This is not transparency.

Trump also complains about a combative press, but he doesn’t even bother to attempt to answer questions at these conferences. He dodges the questions and gives no useful information. They give him some relatively simple soft-ball questions and he can’t even articulate a thumbnail sketch of any of his policies much less detailed descriptions. He’s only got himself to blame for his lack of non-responsiveness.

I’m glad that Judy pushed back on the atrocious way that Yamiche Alcindor was treated at the press conference. Rather than even make a half-assed attempt to answer what was a simple question, Trump attacked her and accused her of asking a “racist question”. How tone deaf can he possibly be? He might have at least come up with an answer that was a lie, but this was just painful to watch.

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👓 How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly Failed | ProPublica

Read How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly Failed (ProPublica)
From a new Supreme Court ruling to a census question about citizenship, the campaign against illegal registration is thriving. But when the top proponent was challenged in a Kansas courtroom to prove that such fraud is rampant, the claims went up in smoke.

I knew the voter fraud panel Trump convened had fizzled, but I didn’t hear that there was a court case and the concept flopped so painfully. This is some fantastic reporting. Glad I ran back across it while looking at the midterm elections results relating to Georgia and the massive voter suppression efforts that have been happening there this year.

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👓 The 10 Most Dumbfounding Moments From Trump's Post-Election Press Conference | The Atlantic

Read The 10 Most Dumbfounding Moments From Trump's Post-Election Press Conference (The Atlantic)
The day after the midterm elections, the president mocked candidates who didn’t embrace him and went after the media.
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👓 The Latest Drama in Trump’s Slow-Motion Saturday Night Massacre | The Atlantic

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The president seemed to jump the shark at a White House news conference, threatening Democrats and reporters—and then he fired Jeff Sessions.
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👓 What Sessions’s Resignation Means for Robert Mueller | The Atlantic

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His temporary replacement, Matthew Whitaker, has expressed skepticism over the scope of the Russia investigation—which he’ll now oversee.
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👓 Trump’s acting attorney general was part of firm US accused of vast scam | the Guardian

Read Trump's acting attorney general was part of firm US accused of vast scam by Jon Swaine (the Guardian)
Matthew Whitaker sat on advisory board of World Patent Marketing, which was ordered to pay $26m settlement in May
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👓 Trump is in big trouble now that Democrats control the House — and he knows it | CNBC

Read Trump is in big trouble now that Democrats control the House — and he knows it by John Harwood (CNBC)
After American voters hit the brakes on his administration by flipping the House to Democratic control, Trump called a White House news conference to insist he had won "almost a complete victory." And then he made plain he understands viscerally what he has lost.
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👓 Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker's old tweets are really something | Mashable

Read Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker's old tweets are really something (Mashable)
'Dave Matthews is the Jimmy Buffett of our time.'
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👓 Jeff Sessions out as attorney general | CNN

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Matthew Whitaker will take over as acting attorney general.
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