THE FEED

Trump says he’s not worried about impeachment. Maybe the rest of us should be

I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened.

Donald Trump
russia investigation
russia investigation
Michael Flynn to Judge: Don’t Lock Me Up
Flynn’s lawyers say he deserves leniency, in part because he wasn’t warned that lying to the FBI is a crime.

William Barr and his wife have given nearly $800K to Republicans

William P. Barr, Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department and oversee the Russia investigation, would be by far the most prolific political donor to step into the country’s top law enforcement post in at least a quarter-century, according to a Washington Post analysis. Barr has donated more than $567,000 in the past two decades, nearly all to GOP candidates and groups, federal records show. His wife, Christine Barr, gave more than $220,000 over that time, records show.


Before he was nominated to be attorney general, Barr criticized past donations by prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.


“In my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party,” Barr told The Post last year. “I would have liked [Mueller] to have more balance on this group.”

In 2017, Andrew Cuomo called marijuana a “gateway drug.” In 2019 …

Cannabis legalization advocates expect New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to call on the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana during his first budget address in 2019. https://t.co/zF5iWpCB8a
@NBCNews

A gunman opened fire on a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France Tuesday, killing at least three and injuring a dozen more

Photo: FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images

China was behind the Marriott hack

The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected passport information or other personal details of roughly 500 million guests was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort that hacked health insurers, other hotels and the security clearance files of millions more Americans, according to two people briefed on the preliminary results of the investigation.

race
race
Surprise: Black Voters Still Don’t Like Donald Trump
Trump’s claim he would get 95 percent of the black vote in 2020 is looking like absolutely the polar opposite of reality.

The President remains a prosecutor’s best friend


The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected passport information or other personal details of roughly 500 million guests was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort that hacked health insurers, other hotels and the security clearance files of millions more Americans, according to two people briefed on the preliminary results of the investigation.

@jeffmason1

Trump is losing white working class voters who aren’t evangelicals

In a process that Trump has accelerated, Republicans in this century have instead come to see whites without a college degree as the foundation of their support. But the detailed results from Edison show some cracks in that base among the working-class whites that are not evangelicals.


In the national House exit poll, Democrats actually carried a slim 52% to 46% majority among non-college whites who are not evangelicals, though with a significant gender gap. While Democrats won the blue-collar women who are not evangelicals by 16 percentage points, Republicans won the equivalent men by 9 points. And while 56% of those non-evangelical blue-collar men said they approved of Trump’s performance in office, 58% of the equivalent women said they disapproved. Those are the so-called WNCNEW that some Democrats see as an essential target for 2020.

2020 elections
2020 elections
A Biden-Romney Fantasy Ticket So Ain’t Happening
A Washington outsider revives the hoary fantasy of a centrist third party, but it has never made any sense.
instagram
instagram
Instagram Is Sucking Up to Creators to Avoid Becoming Snapchat, or Worse … Vine
The platform is testing new features for creators.

Bill Gates is trying hard to give away his money, but he keeps getting more of it

It can strain credulity that it’s really that challenging to give away money. But when you look at the track record of many poorly planned, failed philanthropy projects, it gets clearer.

politics
politics
Which Circle of Hell Do You Think This Is?
Trump spent 17 minutes screaming while a catatonic Mike Pence looked on.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Joe Biden Is Going to Take His Sweet Time Deciding Whether to Run for President
He’s never been more convinced that he’s the answer to America’s problems. That’s not what’s holding him back.

Judge orders Stormy Daniels to pay Trump’s attorneys fees after her defamation lawsuit fails

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday cut the fees Trump had requested by 25 percent and added $1,000 in sanctions against Clifford. Trump’s lawyer had asked for as much as an additional $389,000 as a deterrence.


“They received less than one half what they asked for because the request was gross and excessive,” Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said in an email after the ruling.


U.S. District Judge James Otero in Los Angeles threw out Clifford’s lawsuit in November, saying Trump’s “defaming” tweet was protected free speech.

Jacob T. Levy argues that the time is ripe for the Democrats to run on procedural reform

Retaliating in kind could aggravate already deep polarization and wreck what’s left of our political norms. Restraint, on the other hand, would establish new norms that establish electoral disadvantages for Democrats and embolden Republicans.


There is a better option, and it also happens to be the best option. Democrats can use the Republican hardball against them by weaving together the Michigan, Wisconsin and North Carolina cases into a larger story to take to voters in 2020: the indictment of Republican attacks on democracy accompanied by an aggressive reform agenda for strengthening constitutional norms and democratic procedures.

native americans
native americans
The Washington Redskins’ Interest in Colin Kaepernick Went Nowhere. Good.
Racism is the Redskins organization’s calling card. Kaepernick’s racial-justice protest is incompatible with its values.
politics
politics
With New SNAP Work Requirements Removed, We May Finally Get a Farm Bill
The previous farm bill expired in October and lawmakers were at an impasse over a House Republican push to restrict access to food stamps.

How U.S. intelligence officials are adapting to a world where the president is largely uninterested in their work

Many have taken to writing “for the record,” officials said, meaning that they generate reports to document intelligence community warnings on North Korea, Iran and other subjects.


Briefings of Cabinet officials have taken on new urgency, officials said, because Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others are seen as influential on policy issues and potential conduits to the president.


The PDB, a document that for decades has been drawn up specifically for the commander in chief, “has become more important for Cabinet-level officials than the president,” said a former senior U.S. intelligence official who until earlier this year was involved in drafting such documents. The official, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.


charlottesville
charlottesville
Man Who Killed Young Woman in Charlottesville Sentenced
A jury sentenced James Alex Fields Jr., 21, to life plus 419 years, and $480,000 in fines for killing heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally.

That’s a, uh, colorful way to describe her dispute with Trump

Pelosi to colleagues: “It was so wild. It goes to show you: you get into a tickle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”
@mkraju
foreign interests
foreign interests
Theresa May Delays Brexit Deal So It Can Die Another Day
While it’s the best deal Brexiteers can hope for, nobody likes it — and its probable failure means the U.K. is headed for a worst-case scenario.

If Trump hadn’t fired Comey, we could have had a secret Democrat running the FBI this whole time. The horror!

James Comey just totally exposed his partisan stance by urging his fellow Democrats to take back the White House in 2020. In other words, he is and has been a Democrat. Comey had no right heading the FBI at any time, but especially after his mind exploded!
@realDonaldTrump

Putin presents airtight evidence that Maria Butina is innocent

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday it was unclear to him why a Russian woman, Maria Butina, had been detained in the United States and accused of being a Russian agent because his intelligence chiefs had told him they knew nothing about her …


“…she risks 15 years in jail. For what?” asked Putin. “…I asked all the heads of our intelligence services what is going on. Nobody knows anything about her.” 

government shutdown
government shutdown
Trump Vows to Shut Down Government If He Doesn’t Get His Wall
The president lost his temper and finally took total responsibility for a bad thing that may soon happen.

The numbers back up your feeling that gun deaths are on the rise

Gun deaths have now risen for a third straight year, after more than a decade with little statistical fluctuation. The 2017 numbers increased 2.8 percent from 2016, and topped the previous yearly peak of 39,595 set in 1993 at the height of a U.S. epidemic of firearm-related murder and suicide. The 2017 rate of 12.2 firearm deaths per 100,000 people was the highest since 1996, when it was 12.8 per 100,000.


The 2017 increase in gun deaths was driven largely by rising suicides, which reached a total of 23,854, or around 60 percent of all gun deaths. Following years of relative stability, the rate of firearm suicides has grown steadily since 2007, especially among men ― predominantly white men.


Although gun homicides have fluctuated somewhat in recent years, firearm-related slayings rose slightly last year, reaching 14,542 ― also the highest annual total since the 1990s.

nancy pelosi
nancy pelosi
Pelosi May Accept 4-Year Term Limit on Speakership
It’s mainly a face-saving measure for anti-Pelosi rebels who, at most, can keep her from serving as House Democratic leader well into her 80s.

As expected, jury recommends stiff sentence for James Alex Fields

The neo-Nazi who drove his car into a crowd of protesters last year has been sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder, plus 419 years in prison and a $480,000 fine.
@blakersdozen
billion dollar ideas
billion dollar ideas
If You Invented the Headphone Jack in 2019, You’d Be a Billionaire
“No more charging, no more pairing, no lost signals. Just pure sound.”
world view
world view
Macron Wanted to Lead the World. Now He’s Struggling to Lead France.
Despite positioning himself as a foil to Trump and a leader on climate change, Macron will be lucky if he can quell France’s yellow vest protests.

As disorder reigns around him, Mike Pence appears to be…meditating?

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Bless Chuck Schumer for thinking Trump cares about this

Trump talking over Pelosi: “We need border security. We need border security.”

Nancy Pelosi: “Of course we do.”

Trump: “We need the wall….Chuck did you want to say something?”

Chuck: The WaPo gives you pinocchios for misstatements on the wall.
@Yamiche

This is really not what Republicans want him to say

Heated meeting right now going down in Oval Office per @catherine_lucey between POTUS and Democratic leaders. Trump says: “I am proud to shut down the government”
@ZekeJMiller
insanity
insanity
What Did They Do to Sonic the Hedgehog’s Eyes?!
A nation waits on pins and needles.

Just like that, the shutdown talks collapse

White House reporters coming out of the meeting between President Trump, Senator Chuck Schumer and Rep Nancy Pelosi look stunned. I’m told all three were yelling at each other, sparring openly and accusing each other of mischaracterizing comments.
@Yamiche

More very relevant questions for Google’s CEO

Rep. Poe (R-TX): “I have an iPhone.* If I go and sit with my Democratic friends over there, does Google track my movement?”

*(Google does not make iPhones.)
@kevinroose

Google CEO’s Capitol Hill testimony is very productive so far

this hearing is literally just politicians complaining about the specific search results for their name
@cwarzel
freeze your damn credit
freeze your damn credit
That Equifax Hack Was ‘Entirely Preventable’
Bleak news from a government investigation.
the wall
the wall
Trump to Congress: Fund the Wall — Or Not, Either Way Works for Me
The great negotiator says Congress must fund his border wall — unless they don’t want to, in which case the military can just build it anyway.

In perhaps a too-apt metaphor, Theresa May briefly could not exit her car to meet with Angela Merkel

the national interest
the national interest
Trump Boasts at Least 10 Americans Willing to Take Job As His Chief of Staff
Double figures! Well, low double figures.
Politics

More grim news for the digital media biz

Verizon (VZ) announced Tuesday that it would take a $4.6 billion writedown on its the media unit, which includes Yahoo and AOL. Oath is now worth just $200 million, according to Verizon.


That’s a stunning decrease in value since it formed in 2017. Verizon said Oath was worth $4.8 billion when it last accounted for the company’s goodwill valuation.


Verizon snapped up a number of legacy media brands in recent years to create Oath. It bought Yahoo for $4.5 billion in 2017 and AOL, which owns HuffPost, for $4.4 billion in 2015.

The telecommunications giant said the integration of Yahoo and AOL didn’t meet expectations.

Presidential pressure on (small scale) criminal-justice reform appears to have worked

JUST IN: Senate Majority Leader McConnell says that “at the request of the president and following improvements to the legislation that have been secured by several members, the Senate will take up the recently revised criminal justice bill” - @frankthorp
@NBCNews

Dem leadership stands firm on wall funding, expecting Trump to back down

.@NancyPelosi is telling House Dems that she & Schumer will offer Trump passage of 6 approps bills & year-long CR om DHS. If Trump doesn’t go for that, year-long CR on everything. Not going to support any border wall funding
@BresPolitico

A move that would allow Pelosi to get big things done if Dems sweep in 2020

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a group of House Democratic rebels are discussing a proposal to cap her time as speaker to four years, a move that could clear the way for the California Democrat to clinch the gavel in the coming days.


The idea is part of a broader deal being floated that would limit the time all House Democratic leaders can serve, including Pelosi’s two longtime lieutenants, Reps. Steny Hoyer of Maryland and James Clyburn of South Carolina.

This would be a major step toward curbing the trade war

China is moving toward cutting its trade-war tariffs on imported U.S.-made cars, a step already claimed by President Donald Trump as a concession won during trade talks in Argentina.


A proposal to reduce tariffs on cars made in the U.S. to 15 percent from the current 40 percent – bringing the U.S. back in line with what other countries pay – has been submitted to China’s Cabinet to be reviewed in the coming days, according to people familiar with the matter. Shares of carmakers including Daimler AG, Ford Motor Co. and Tesla Inc. rose on the news.

Republicans’ war on the IRS is paying off spectacularly

Had the billions in budget reductions occurred all at once, with tens of thousands of auditors, collectors and customer service representatives streaming out of government buildings in a single day, the collapse of the IRS might have gotten more attention. But there have been no mass layoffs or dramatic announcements.


Instead, it’s taken eight years to bring the agency that funds the government this low. Over time, the IRS has slowly transformed, one employee departure at a time.


The result is a bureaucracy on life support and tens of billions in lost government revenue. ProPublica estimates a toll of at least $18 billion every year, but the true cost could easily run tens of billions of dollars higher.

Two of Time’s journalism-centric “Person of the Year” covers

Photo: Time
conservatism
conservatism
Conservatives Are Right to Write Off Big Cities
NeverTrump Republicans think urbanites are eager to vote for a less xenophobic brand of their ideology. That’s as delusional as Trump’s Twitter feed.

A rare bit of courtesy from the president

Fake News has it purposely wrong. Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position. Why wouldn’t someone want one of the truly great and meaningful jobs in Washington. Please report news correctly. Thank you!
@realDonaldTrump

Slain, imprisoned, and targeted journalists get Time’s top honor

TIME has chosen Jamal Khashoggi and other journalists as 2018’s ‘Person of the Year’.

Others: The staff of Maryland’s Capital Gazette; Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo; Maria Ressa, CEO of a news outlet in the Philippines targeted by Duterte.https://t.co/tTIaWRGqgj
@kylegriffin1

Trump commends troops for handling fake caravan threat, invites them to participate in his next political stunt

Despite the large Caravans that WERE forming and heading to our Country, people have not been able to get through our newly built Walls, makeshift Walls & Fences, or Border Patrol Officers & Military. They are now staying in Mexico or going back to their original countries…….


…..Ice, Border Patrol and our Military have done a FANTASTIC job of securing our Southern Border. A Great Wall would be, however, a far easier & less expensive solution. We have already built large new sections & fully renovated others, making them like new. The Democrats,…..


….however, for strictly political reasons and because they have been pulled so far left, do NOT want Border Security. They want Open Borders for anyone to come in. This brings large scale crime and disease. Our Southern Border is now Secure and will remain that way…….


…..I look forward to my meeting with Chuck Schumer & Nancy Pelosi. In 2006, Democrats voted for a Wall, and they were right to do so. Today, they no longer want Border Security. They will fight it at all cost, and Nancy must get votes for Speaker. But the Wall will get built…


….People do not yet realize how much of the Wall, including really effective renovation, has already been built. If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall. They know how important it is!

@RealDonaldTrump

Fearless Girl settles into her new home, across from the New York Stock Exchange

Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Looks like we’re in for another month of Brexit uncertainty

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman says the government intends to hold a postponed vote in Parliament on her Brexit deal by Jan. 21.


James Slack says the government will bring the divorce deal back to lawmakers once May has obtained “reassurances” from the European Union about a provision on common customs rules that had drawn widespread resistance from parliamentarians.


He said that would be before Jan. 21, previously seen as a deadline for the government to inform Parliament of its Brexit plan.


The list of potential John Kelly replacements is extremely short, and not because Trump is taken with the remaining candidates

Three members of Trump’s Cabinet who have been discussed inside the West Wing as possible chiefs of staff — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer — each signaled Monday that they were not interested in the position.


Considerable buzz has centered on two other contenders. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) noted his interest in the job by issuing a statement saying that “serving as Chief of Staff would be an incredible honor.”


“It is not something I have been campaigning for,” Meadows told reporters Monday on Capitol Hill, adding that his phone “blew up” after the Ayers news broke. “The president has a good list of candidates. I’m honored to be one of those.”


And acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker, who traveled with Trump to Kansas City, Mo., last week , is seen by the president and his allies as a loyalist.


But Trump’s advisers and aides cautioned that there was not yet a front-runner.

the top line
the top line
If Trump Is Obsessed With Stock Prices, Why Is He Still a ‘Tariff Man’?
It’s one of the core contradictions of Trump administration.
ecoextremism
ecoextremism
The Unlikely New Generation of Unabomber Acolytes
Two decades after his last deadly act of ecoterrorism, Ted Kaczynski has become somewhat of a fringe prophet.

About that swamp…

As President Trump’s administration has increasingly turned to sanctions, travel restrictions and tariffs to punish foreign governments as well as people and companies from abroad, targets of those measures have turned for assistance to Washington’s K Street corridor of law, lobbying and public relations firms.


The work can carry reputational and legal risks, since clients often come with toxic baggage and the United States Treasury Department restricts transactions with entities under sanctions. As a result, it commands some of the biggest fees of any sector in the influence industry. And some of the biggest payments have been going to lobbyists, lawyers and consultants with connections to Mr. Trump or his administration.

crime
crime
‘I Don’t Care’: GOP Senators Dismiss Allegations Against Trump
“The Democrats will do anything to hurt this president,” said Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.

White supremacists attacked a DJ in Washington state

The FBI is helping investigate an attack by several suspected white supremacists on a black disc jockey at a tavern in Washington state over the weekend, authorities said Monday.


Seven men and one woman were arrested for investigation of assault, hate crimes and other allegations early Saturday in Lynnwood, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.


Investigators said the group entered the Rec Room Bar and Grill, tried to take over the DJ’s equipment, then beat him and stomped him while shouting racial slurs.

Gasp! This MP grabbed the ceremonial mace to protest Brexit, leading to his expulsion from Parliament for the rest of the day

Photo: Video still

He’s working on it

Jared Kushner tells Fox’ Hannity that the long-delayed Middle East peace plan he has been working on still has a ways to go: “We’re hopeful, in the next couple of months we’ll put out our plan.”
@steveholland1

A rare moment of self awareness

From CNN’s @Acosta
A source close to President Trump says he has expressed concern that he could be impeached by the House after Democrats take control. Trump sees it as a “real possibility,” the source said.
@ShimonPro

44 former Senators call on those in office to stand up for the rule of law

We are at an inflection point in which the foundational principles of our democracy and our national security interests are at stake, and the rule of law and the ability of our institutions to function freely and independently must be upheld.


During our service in the Senate, at times we were allies and at other times opponents, but never enemies. We all took an oath swearing allegiance to the Constitution. Whatever united or divided us, we did not veer from our unwavering and shared commitment to placing our country, democracy and national interest above all else.


At other critical moments in our history, when constitutional crises have threatened our foundations, it has been the Senate that has stood in defense of our democracy. Today is once again such a time.

Butina is cooperating with the feds

Maria Butina, a Russian national who cultivated relationships with powerful American conservative activists, agreed Monday to plead guilty to conspiring to violate laws prohibiting covert foreign agents. As part of her agreement, which was reviewed by The Daily Beast, she has promised to cooperate with American law enforcement.


As a result of the deal, Butina will become the first Russian national since the 2016 election to plead guilty to a crime connected to efforts to influence American politics.

2020 elections
2020 elections
Trump Better Get Used to a Democratic House
The odds of Republicans regaining the House in 2020 even if Trump is reelected aren’t great.

But who will protect us from the caravan now??

 The U.S. this week will begin withdrawing many of the active duty troops sent to the border with Mexico by President Donald Trump just before the midterm election in response to a caravan of Central American migrants, U.S. officials said Monday.


About 2,200 of the active duty troops will be pulled out before the holidays, the officials said, shrinking an unusual domestic deployment that was viewed by critics as a political stunt and a waste of military resources.

cityscape
cityscape
Here’s a Solution for Fixing the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Get Rid of It
New York City wants to spend billions upgrading a perpetually jammed roadway. Bad idea.
higher education
higher education
A New Study Illustrates One Easy Way to Increase Diversity on College Campuses
New research reinforces the systemic nature of the barriers low-income students encounter when they consider higher education.
THE FEED
last night on late night
last night on late night
Trump’s Manhood Downgraded in Tinkle Fight
There’s just no other way to describe it.
russia investigation
russia investigation
Michael Flynn to Judge: Don’t Lock Me Up
Flynn’s lawyers say he deserves leniency, in part because he wasn’t warned that lying to the FBI is a crime.
last night on late night
last night on late night
Jimmy Kimmel Wants A Sarah Huckabee Sanders In Every Home
Doesn’t your kid deserve Trump-levels of Santa defense?
cher
cher
Get Ready for Even More Cher in 2020
The time has come for a Cher autobiography and biopic.
overnights
overnights
Below Deck Recap: Who Is Brent?
Why is the camera guy with no yachting experience the only person here who knows what to do in a boat-mergency?
true crime
true crime
Need More Murder? Netflix Is Making a Ted Bundy Series
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes will feature never-before-heard audio recordings in case you’re sleeping too much or something.
race
race
Surprise: Black Voters Still Don’t Like Donald Trump
Trump’s claim he would get 95 percent of the black vote in 2020 is looking like absolutely the polar opposite of reality.
lawsuits
lawsuits
Stormy Daniels Now Has to Pay Trump Almost $300,000 in Legal Fees
A week and a half after she said she didn’t want her lawyer to file the suit in the first place.
superheroes
superheroes
A Doctor Strange Sequel Is Coming And Scott Derrickson Has Signed On To Direct
The first movie debuted in 2016.
2020 elections
2020 elections
A Biden-Romney Fantasy Ticket So Ain’t Happening
A Washington outsider revives the hoary fantasy of a centrist third party, but it has never made any sense.
instagram
instagram
Instagram Is Sucking Up to Creators to Avoid Becoming Snapchat, or Worse … Vine
The platform is testing new features for creators.
advent calendar 2018
advent calendar 2018
Gift of the Day: Minimalist Pottery
From Raawii, a cool Scandinavian design.
politics
politics
Which Circle of Hell Do You Think This Is?
Trump spent 17 minutes screaming while a catatonic Mike Pence looked on.
gifts they might actually want
gifts they might actually want
25 Office Secret Santa Gifts Under $25 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)
From a reusable coffee mug to fish-shaped cat toys.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Joe Biden Is Going to Take His Sweet Time Deciding Whether to Run for President
He’s never been more convinced that he’s the answer to America’s problems. That’s not what’s holding him back.
you might also like
you might also like
If You Have This Kitchen Item, You’ll Love This Other Thing
Actually useful kitchen gifts for people who already own a Vitamix or an Instant Pot.
year in review 2018
year in review 2018
Meghan Markle’s Best and Most Important Moments of 2018
From her royal wedding to her powerful speeches.
interview
interview
The Great British Baking Show’s Ruby Bhogal on How Brutally Hot That Tent Gets
“My glasses wouldn’t say on, they were slipping down by face every other minute,” says the fan-favorite.
native americans
native americans
The Washington Redskins’ Interest in Colin Kaepernick Went Nowhere. Good.
Racism is the Redskins organization’s calling card. Kaepernick’s racial-justice protest is incompatible with its values.
winter is coming...eventually
winter is coming...eventually
Why 5-Minute Showers Are Best for Your Skin
And why you should moisturize as soon as you come out.