Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:00am

The Trumpster Fire (4-7-17)

The Trumpster Fire: Gallup Daily, 4-7-17

GALLUP DAILY: Real Unemployment 9.2% (-0.2) | Gallup Good Jobs 45.2% (+0.2) | Engaged at Work 30.4% (+0.2) | Economic Confidence 2 (-1) | Consumer Spending $103 (-10) | Trump Approval 41% (-1)

Liveblogging the Trump presidency, one catastrophe at a time.

Welp. We launched almost 60 missiles at one spot in Syria last night and they just confirmed Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, so we’re off to a roaring start for the day.

Vox - The US strike against Syria: what we know so far “The US strike against Syria: what we know so far.” Read the whole update here.

NEWS: The Senate has confirmed Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. No big shocker there. (Politico, NPR, TPM)

  • ANALYSIS: “It’s been 420 days in the making, but President Trump scored bigly on Friday when Senate Republicans officially confirmed his nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, for the vacant ninth seat on the Supreme Court. He should savor this moment, because this may be the last time in a while that he can celebrate a major success.” (Washington Post)


NEWS: “The U.S. government is restricting drone flights over 133 military facilities for security reasons, marking the first time such flight restrictions have been applied only to drones rather than aircraft in general.” (AP)

NEWS: The CIA had evidence of Russian election meddling quite a bit earlier than we thought they did – in August. (New York Times)

  • OPINION/ANALYSIS: “The key here is that the CIA had decided much earlier than heretofore reported that Russia was working to elect Donald Trump President and at least had serious suspicions that members of Trump’s team were collaborating with the Russians in that effort.” (TPM EdBlog)

NEWS: “Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Thursday said that Republicans have ‘no stomach at all’ to blow up the legislative filibuster, though Senate Republicans voted earlier the same day to change the filibuster rules on Supreme Court nominations.” (TPM) Suuuuure.

NEWS: Trump did a little thing with the press about his meetings with Chinese president Xi Jinping where said “lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away,” and then left without answering any questions about North Korea or Syria. (TPM)

  • NEWS: The Trump/Xi meetings are likely to be tense due to the Syria strike, but also due to other sticky issues like North Korea, trade, Taiwan, the South China Sea, and more. (NPR)

NEWS: “A U.S. judge has approved an agreement between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice to overhaul the Baltimore police department. […] Bredar earlier this week denied a request from the Justice Department to postpone Thursday’s public hearing, and on Friday denied a second request to delay signing off on the agreement to give new leadership time to review it.” (AP)

ANALYSIS: “Of Course There’s Evidence Trump Colluded with Russian Intelligence: It has become a kind of mantra in the defense of Donald Trump on matters related to L’Affaire Russe that there’s no evidence, at least not yet, of ‘collusion’ between the Trump campaign and the Russian active measures operation with respect to the 2016 election.” (Lawfare)

NEWS: “[Twitter] on Friday dropped a lawsuit it had filed a day earlier against the U.S. government, saying in court papers that the government had withdrawn a summons for information about an account critical of President Donald Trump.” (Reuters)

NEWS: Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican, says that Trump should get rid of Bannon completely. (Politico)

TRUMPBEAT: This week FiveThirtyEight covers Trump’s win/loss record, the DoJ, health care and immigration. Read it here.

NEWS: “The Trump Organization has settled a legal battle with the chef José Andrés that had stretched on for two years. The lawsuit concerned a restaurant deal that Andrés pulled out of after Trump made comments disparaging Mexicans.” (NPR)

RUMOR MILL: So there’s apparently a lot of infighting and drama in the White House and word has it Trump’s getting sick of all the news stories about the chaos. He might be considering booting both Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus. (TPM, Washington Post)

NEWS: “Jared Kushner failed to disclose some of his contacts with Russian government officials when he was filling out his application for a security clearance, his lawyer said Friday.” (AP) This would probably be a bigger story, except we just bombed some people.

NEWS: I guess Spicer had an awkward moment at today’s briefing where he demanded all the press corps’ cameras be turned off, after they’d already been livestreaming and teasing his impending briefing on air. Off-camera briefings aren’t uncommon, it’s just that Spicer should have known full well that the cameras were already on and streaming when he went out. (Washington Post)

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