Well done, Congress. Well done. [Reuters]
Well done, Congress. Well done. [Reuters]
As long as Pence doesn’t call ISIS the “JV team,” nobody in conservative media will care
In a way, it’s surprising that Mike Tyson hasn’t played more of a roe in the Trump presidency
When a frustrated adviser once tried to convince President Trump to consider a strategic plan, the president launched into a story about his friend Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight boxing champion.
What he’s saying: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth,” Trump said, echoing a famous Tyson quote.
I had asked the adviser whether Trump ever expressed frustration that his West Wing lacked enough of a plan for the crises ahead.
“He gets frustrated when there is a plan,” the adviser said.
“He’s not a guy who likes a plan. … There’s an animosity towards planning, and there’s a desire to pick fights that have nothing to do with us.”
Trump continues not to know what Democrats want or need
The better move would be to delay the State of the Union until never
Gillibrand is IN
A bloody reminder that ISIS is by no means extinguished in Syria
The Islamic State claimed responsibility Wednesday for a suicide blast in Syria’s U.S.-patrolled city of Manbij, marking the first such attack since President Trump said American forces would be withdrawing from the country because the militant group had largely been defeated.
A statement published by the militants’ unofficial news agency, Amaq, said the attacker used an explosive vest to target coalition forces. The agency presented no further evidence for the claim.
Photographs from the area appeared to show bodies and blood trails strewn across the ground. It was not immediately clear whether U.S. personnel were in the area at the time.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 19 people were wounded or killed in the blast. A Kurdish news agency said at least 10 people were injured, locating the attack at the site of a popular restaurant.
Chris Christie’s new tell-all sounds fun
A plum gig for AOC
Trump now literally has blood on his hands
The back of Trump’s right hand was covered with an adhesive bandage during a Thursday trip to McAllen, Texas, with blood visibly seeping through the dressing. His hand was similarly bandaged again on Monday as he departed for a trip to New Orleans.
Armchair medics studying photos that circulated online this week leapt to dramatic conclusions. But the White House said on Tuesday that Trump sustained the injury while playing with his 12-year-old son. “The President was having fun and joking around with his son Barron and scratched his hand,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told POLITICO.
Florida city commissioner launches racist petition to remove Representative Rashida Tlaib, is now facing calls for her own resignation
A Florida city commissioner is under fire after calling Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who made history as one of the first Muslim members of Congress, a “danger” who might “blow up” the U.S. Capitol.
The comments were made by Annabelle Lima-Taub, a city commissioner in the south Florida city of Hallandale Beach, in the aftermath of Tlaib saying she wanted to “impeach that motherf—-,” a reference to President Donald Trump.
Lima-Taub signed an online petition that aimed to remove Tlaib from office and wrote a message about Tlaib on her personal Facebook page, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“Proudly signed,” Lima-Taub wrote, according to a screen grab of the post. “A Hamas-loving anti-Semite has NO place in government! She is a danger and [I] would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill.”
Is he a Russian agent? Sure, but I wouldn’t say he’s doing his job effectively
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed claims that President Donald Trump has been working on the Kremlin’s behalf as he attacked Congress and the American media for undermining the U.S. leader.
“It’s hard for me to comment on what is happening in the U.S. surrounding accusations that President Trump is effectively a Russian agent,” Lavrov said at his annual press conference in Moscow on Wednesday.
He accused American media of “lowering their journalistic standards” in coverage of the issue and denounced U.S. lawmakers for challenging Trump’s right to conduct foreign policy. “This right is under attack from Congress and this doesn’t make these attacks constitutional or less illegal.”
The only part of Manafort’s entire day that did not involve colluding with Russia was when he ate a sandwich
Most tragic effect of the shutdown so far: no MLK Jr. Day break for lawmakers
Senate and House leaders said Tuesday they will cancel the Martin Luther King Day recess unless there is a sudden resolution to the 25-day partial government shutdown, which appears unlikely given a breakdown in high-level talks.
The university system is missing out on a diverse pool of transfer students coming from community colleges
A report being released today by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation finds that the more competitive colleges are in admissions, the less likely they are to admit transfer students from community colleges. And indeed most of those admitted as transfers to competitive colleges are coming from other four-year institutions, not community colleges, the report finds. This is despite evidence in the report that community college students who enroll do succeed and are more likely than those admitted as freshmen to be from underrepresented minority groups, from low-income backgrounds or to be veterans of the U.S. military.
California’s public universities are barred from considering race and ethnicity in admissions decisions. But large shares of the transfer students admitted at the most competitive UC institutions (Berkeley and UCLA) are from minority groups. If federal courts reviewing the challenge to Harvard’s affirmative action programs impose similar limits, the community college strategy could still be a viable way to promote diversity.
Roku bucking the anti–conspiracy-theory trend with their decision to host Alex Jones and Infowars
Roku may have given itself a brand safety issue. The streaming service has added Infowars, the live show hosted by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as a channel. Jones was in the news on Jan. 11 for losing a legal battle to Sandy Hook shooting victims’ families, forcing his company to turn over documents.
On Jan. 14, Roku users tweeted their concerns at the company. One tweet from @DanielMadison78 asked, “Hey @Roku, what’s with you adding Infowars to your platform?” In a now-deleted tweet, Roku’s support account replied with a link to the channel.
Roku adding Infowars comes six months after platforms banned Alex Jones. On Aug. 6, Apple, Spotify and Facebook separately but shortly after one another banned Infowars. Twitter finally did later. These decisions come after increasing pressure from reporters like CNN’s Oliver Darcy, questioning how Infowars was abiding by Facebook’s terms of service when they repeatedly shared false news. Even though these platforms banned Infowars, other pages and contributors to the network have appeared on the sites since the bans.
Karen Pence worked at the anti-gay school when Pence was in Congress, and their daughter Charlotte also attended school there
Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, started at a job this week teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia. It’s not a school where everyone is welcome. In a “parent agreement” posted online, the school says it will refuse admission to students who participate in or condone homosexual activity. The 2018 employment application also makes candidates sign a pledge not to engage in homosexual activity or violate the “unique roles of male and female.”
“Moral misconduct which violates the bona fide occupational qualifications for employees includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites,” says the application.
The application says that the school believes “marriage unites one man and one woman” and that “a wife is commanded to submit to her husband as the church submits to Christ.” The application asks potential employees to explain their view of the “creation/evolution debate.”
Zinke is “glad to be out of the swamp,” despite still being under investigation for potential ethics violations
Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has landed his first job since resigning from the Trump administration.
Artillery One, an investment firm that focuses on industries like energy and financial technology, said Monday that Zinke is its new managing director.
Under President Trump’s ethics pledge for administration officials, Zinke cannot lobby on Interior Department matters for five years and cannot lobby Trump administration officials through the rest of the administration.
A historically tough day, in a tough week, in a tough year for Theresa May
Opposition research is important
CNN legal analyst Areva Martin thought she was talking to a white man Tuesday while appearing as a guest on David Webb’s SiriusXM radio show.
When Webb, a frequent Fox News contributor and host on Fox Nation, said he considered his qualifications more important than his skin color when applying to jobs in journalism, Martin accused him of exercising white privilege.
“David, by virtue of being a white male you have white privilege. This whole long conversation, I don’t have time to get into — ”
But there’s a problem with that sentiment, as Webb quickly pointed out: “Areva, I hate to break it to you, but you should’ve been better prepped,” he responded. “I’m black.”
Which is more compelling: to pursue the movie rights or federal law-enforcement reform?
Given the stress levels of the White House office environment, maybe it’s in Christie’s best interest that Kushner held onto his grudge
In his soon to be published book, Let Me Finish, Christie unleashes both barrels on Trump’s son-in-law, who remains a senior White House adviser with responsibilities for Middle Eastern peace, sentencing reform and “American Innovation”.
“Steve Bannon … made clear to me that one person and one person only was responsible for the faceless execution that Steve was now attempting to carry out. Jared Kushner, still apparently seething over events that had occurred a decade ago.”
Even for a White House that has generated an extraordinary cornucopia of hypercritical kiss-and-tell books, Christie’s is exceptional for its excoriating description of events at which he was present. As he points out in Let Me Finish, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian ahead of publication on 29 January, none of the other authors “has known Trump for as long or as well as I have – or was right there in the room when much of this occurred”.