Misadventures of a minority-elect President 20

Trump administration’s attempts to plug leaks is fueling paranoia, Trump has already brought us to the brink of war with Iran, too much media normalizes Trump’s speech, Trump berates media for using anonymous sources while becoming one himself, fraud and ignorance appear to be valued Trump family traits, stupidity is still running rampant in Trump’s White House, Trump still making false claims about the military, breaking promise on Keystone pipeline, Trump starts destroying net neutrality, Trump’s deceptive plan for school vouchers, GOP hiding replacement Obamacare bill, Trump’s justification of travel ban is not credible, Trump’s delusional dipshittery over his ‘great wall’ begins to unravel, another key Trump adviser with ties to anti-Semitic groups, Trump’s preference for ‘alternative facts’ could spark another Iraq – or worse, more on Trump’s ongoing conflicts of interest, Trump administration suspends more Obama-era consumer protections while looking for other Obama regulations to rid themselves of, the racist standards of Trump’s ‘law and order’ and more.

Sources: Trump aides’ bid to plug leaks fuels government paranoia article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/03/03/sources-trump-aides-bid-to-plug-leaks-fuels-government-paranoi/21872576/

“WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin used his first senior staff meeting last month to tell his new aides he would not tolerate leaks to the news media, sources familiar with the matter said.

Current and former officials said that in a departure from past practice, access to a classified computer system at the White House has been tightened by political appointees to prevent professional staffers from seeing memos being prepared for the new president.

And at the Department of Homeland Security, some officials told Reuters they fear a witch hunt is under way for the leaker of a draft intelligence report which found little evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries covered by Trump’s now-suspended travel ban pose a threat to the United States.

The clampdown has fueled paranoia among Washington career civil servants who say it appears designed to try to limit the flow of information inside and outside government and deter officials from talking to the media about topics that could result in negative stories…”

Intelligence Experts: Trump’s Adherence to ‘Alternative Facts’ Could Spark Another Iraq—or Worse article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trumps-policies-could-spark-war

It’s time to recognize Melania Trump’s agency and hold her accountable too article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/melania-trump-is-not-your-victim-ca48fab0cac2#.y0njhgjq0

Trump’s ‘Moderate’ Defense Secretary has Already Brought us to the Brink of War article from the Intercept. –
https://theintercept.com/2017/03/01/trumps-moderate-defense-secretary-has-already-brought-us-to-the-brink-of-war/

“DID YOU KNOW that the Trump administration almost went to war with Iran at the start of February?

Perhaps you were distracted by Gen. Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser or by President Trump’s online jihad against Nordstrom. Or maybe you missed the story because the New York Times bizarrely buried it in the midst of a long piece on the turmoil and chaos inside the National Security Council. Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to the paper, had wanted the U.S. Navy to “intercept and board an Iranian ship to look for contraband weapons possibly headed to Houthi fighters in Yemen. … But the ship was in international waters in the Arabian Sea, according to two officials. Mr. Mattis ultimately decided to set the operation aside, at least for now. White House officials said that was because news of the impending operation leaked.”

Get that? It was only thanks to what Mattis’s commander in chief has called “illegal leaks” that the operation was (at least temporarily) set aside and military action between the United States and Iran was averted…”

Abbreviated pundit round-up: Too much media normalizes Trump’s speech; make America scared again? article from the Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/2/1639259/-Abbreviated-pundit-round-up-Too-much-media-normalizes-Trump-s-speech-make-America-scared-again

AP FACT CHECK: US military not as threadbare as Trump says article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-fact-check-us-military-not-threadbare-trump-213110173.html

Days After Trashing Anonymous Sources, President Trump Becomes One article from New York Mag. –
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/days-after-trashing-anonymous-sources-trump-becomes-one.html

You can’t make this ignorance up:

“Last Friday, the president told CPAC that “fake news” outlets like CNN “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.” Four days later, he instructed CNN to quote him as a “senior administration official…”

For Donald Trump Jr. lingering questions about meeting with pro-Russia group article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/gma/donald-trump-jr-lingering-questions-meeting-pro-russia-180034342.html

Fraud and ignorance appear to be valued Trump family traits.

Trump’s vision of a ‘great wall’ starts to look like a mirage article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trumps-vision-great-wall-starts-look-mirage

Trump’s delusional dipshitter over his ‘great wall’ begins unraveling.

Sean Spicer mistakenly announced Donald Trump as the new HUD secretary article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/sean-spicer-mistakenly-announced-donald-201150827.html

Stupidity is still running rampant in Trump’s White House.

Donald Trump is already breaking a huge promise on the Keystone pipeline article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/03/03/donald-trump-is-already-breaking-a-huge-promise-on-the-keystone/21872924/

“President Donald Trump issued orders in January to revive the review process on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, asking for the approval of their construction to be expedited.

Trump’s rationale for the pipelines’ creation was that they would create good jobs and revitalize American manufacturing companies, as he signed a memorandum requiring the pipelines be constructed with steel and other equipment made within the United States.

But the White House is already breaking that promise, telling Politico the Keystone XL pipeline won’t be subject to that standard…”

Trump FCC Starts Destroying Net Neutrality video from Free Speech TV. –
https://www.freespeech.org/video/trump-fcc-starts-destroying-net-neutrality

White House wants spy law renewed. Congress has other ideas article from ZDNet. –
http://www.zdnet.com/article/white-house-wants-spy-law-renewed-congress-has-other-ideas/

Trump and DeVos Hatch a Deceptive Scheme to Push School Vouchers article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/education/trump-and-devos-hatch-deceptive-scheme-push-school-vouchers

Republicans are literally hiding their Obamacare replacement bill article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/republicans-are-hiding-their-obamacare-replacement-85407c65afc7#.a8r1kvjw8

“Democratic lawmakers spent much of Thursday wandering around the Capitol in an attempt to find House Republicans’ health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. They couldn’t find it.

On Wednesday, House Republicans said they would release their much anticipated plan the next day, but that only House Republicans would be able to see it. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) said it would be available in a “basement of an office building that adjoins the Capitol.”

“No one is getting a copy … We can go and read it,” Rep. Collins told the Washington Examiner…”

Exclusive: DHS intel doc contradicts case for Trump’s travel ban video from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/exclusive-dhs-intel-doc-contradicts-case-for-trump-s-travel-ban-889070659638

Trump’s justification of travel ban is not credible.

Key Trump Adviser Has Disturbing Ties to Anti-Semitic Groups article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/key-trump-adviser-has-disturbing-ties-anti-semitic-groups

“Sebastian Gorka is close with the Hungarian Jobbik Party; in 2012, one of their members proposed a Jewish registry…”

Trump’s Interests vs. America’s, Trump Tower Penthouse Edition article from the Atlantic. –
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/03/donald-trump-conflicts-of-interests/508382/

More on Trump’s ongoing conflicts of interest.

Big Airlines Cheer as Trump Administration Suspends Obama-Era Consumer Protection article by Bloomberg from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/big-airlines-cheer-trump-administration-171831052.html

Wilbur Ross: We’re ‘up to our eyeballs’ finding regulations to nix article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/wilbur-ross-deregulation-cnbc-interview-235644

Trump Administration May Separate Women, Children at U.S. Border article by Newsweek from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-administration-may-separate-women-204157201.html

This ought to turn out well….

RESIST DAY #43: What You Can Do Today article from Common Dreams. –
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/03/resist-day-43-what-you-can-do-today

The Sessions Scandal Exposes the Racist Double Standard of Trump’s ‘Law and Order’ article AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/sessions-scandal-exposes-racist-double-standard-trumps-law-and-order

“It’s increasingly clear this administration has no respect for the law.

Whenever Donald Trump makes a pronouncement, it’s safe to assume that the opposite it true. Never has this been more apparent than in the president’s repeated declarations that he is about law and order.

“In this race for the White House, I am the law and order candidate,” Trump declared last summer, during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

He used the phrase “law and order” four times during that speech, promising that “when I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order on our country” and “we will also be a country of law and order.” He also declared, “There can be no prosperity without law and order…”

Goodbye Spin, Hello Raw Dishonesty article from the New York Times. –
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/goodbye-spin-hello-raw-dishonesty.html

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