26 Jan, 2017

Trumpster Fire (1/26/17)

I might go ahead and make this a regular thing, folks. Keep an eye out – I’ll add stuff as I find it.

9:00 a.m.

📌 Trump is launching a “major investigation” into voter fraud which is, yet again, not an actual thing that happens. Trump’s investigation will concentrate on New York and California, supposedly. Notably, two states he lost that he was super cranky about, but I’m sure that has nothing to do with it. (Chicago Sun Times, TPM)

📌 Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto was considering scrapping his trip to the US after Trump insisted that he was going to make Mexico pay for the border wall. Then Trump tweeted, “The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers (1) of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting. (2)” So Mexico canceled their trip. (AP, Guardian, ABC, @nprpolitics)

📌 The Trump administration will be reviewing the EPA’s reports and communications before allowing them to be released. (AP)

📌 Vox apparently has four more draft executive orders that would “temporarily ban entries from seven majority-Muslim countries and bar all refugees from coming to the US for several months. They would make it harder for immigrants to come to the US to work, make it easier to deport them if they use public services, and put an end to the Obama administration program that protected young ‘DREAMer’ immigrants from deportation.” (Vox)

📌 The State Department’s senior management team all just resigned. David Wade, who served with Secretary of State John Kerry, said, “It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember.” (Washington Post)

📌 Sean Spicer appears to have accidentally tweeted a password from his @PressSec account this morning. (Gizmodo)

📌 Trump Hotels are planning a large expansion and Mar-A-Lago just doubled its membership fee. But no, there are no conflicts of interest here, nope! (LA Times, Business Insider)


11:30 a.m.

📌 The White House is dealing with a fairly serious leaking problem. Everyone is sneaking information out to every press organization that’ll have them, it seems like. (PBS)

📌 The Doomsday Clock has been advanced to 2 1/2 minutes to midnight, thanks to Trump getting elected and our failure to deal with climate change and nuclear proliferation. (Washington Post)

📌 Trump’s got a press conference scheduled for Friday. That should be fun. (Politico)

📌 “Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, told reporters on Wednesday that he is looking into the lease for President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel.” (TPM)

📌 The Economic Intelligence Unit, which measures the strength of democracies across the world, has downgraded the USA from a “full democracy” to a “flawed democracy.” Welp. (Mother Jones)

📌 Trump has a 36% approval rating, but 53% of respondents to the Quinnipiac University poll were hopeful about the next four years with Trump, because they have apparently been paying no attention to anything whatsoever. (TPM)

⚠️️ Something worth keeping an eye on here: Russia has been arresting – and maybe killing – people who may have been sources for that leaked intelligence document about Trump. Read about it in Lawfare here and here and in TPM here and here.


3:15 p.m.

📌 The Trump administration is floating the idea of a 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for the border wall. Can you say “trade war”? Good! I knew you could! (TMP, Guardian, NPR)

📌 Update on Sean Spicer tweeting passwords: Apparently he did it twice. (Ars Technica)

📌 Al Gore will be hosting that climate change conference that the CDC canceled. (Vox)

📌 Rumor has it: There’s yet another draft executive order floating around that would undo or seriously lessen the sanctions Obama imposed on Russia over the DNC hacking. (@sbg1, ie, Susan Glasser, Politico editor)


4:30 p.m.

📌 On the morning after the inauguration, Trump called up the acting director of the National Park Service to harass him over crowd size. Trump demanded that acting director Michael T. Reynolds produce other photos that Trump thought proved the crowd size for his inauguration was bigger. (Washington Post)


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