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Arkansas Granny

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President Trump, White House Apprentice

It’s with a whiff of desperation that President Trump insists these days that he’s the chief executive Washington needs, the decisive dealmaker who, as he said during the campaign, “alone can fix it.” What America has seen so far is an inept White House led by a celebrity apprentice.

This president did not inherit “a mess” from Barack Obama, as he likes to say, but a nation recovered from recession and with strong alliances abroad. Mr. Trump is well on his way to creating a mess of his own, weakening national security and even risking the delivery of basic government services. Most of the top thousand jobs in the administration remain vacant. Career public servants are clashing with inexperienced “beachhead” teams appointed by the White House to run federal agencies until permanent staff members arrive.

Mr. Trump lost his national security adviser this week in a scandal involving ties to Russian intelligence. Robert Harward, a retired vice admiral, refused the job on Thursday, rattled by a dysfunctional National Security Council and a president who has alienated Mexico, Australia and even the British royal family, while cozying up to Moscow.

When Mr. Trump’s assistants can keep the edge of panic out of their voices, they insist that Mr. Trump has gotten more done in the early going than most presidents. And Mr. Trump is so adept at creating smoke that Americans might be forgiven for thinking that’s true. But at this point in the Obama presidency, which did inherit a mess, Congress had passed laws aimed at dragging the economy back from the brink of depression while committing $800 billion in Recovery Act spending to projects ranging from housing to roads to advanced energy technologies.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/opinion/i-alone-can-fix-it-president-trump-white-house-apprentice.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&referer=https://t.co/rks52VZsBf
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sat Feb 18, 2017, 11:52 AM (1 replies)

The Downfall of Kellyanne Conway

As Kellyanne Conway sleepwalks her way through a series of increasingly embarrassing interviews, it’s been hard not to feel sorry for her. It was difficult not to feel bad for her when “Saturday Night Live” depicted her as a craven hack driven to “Fatal Attraction”-style debasement by a desire to appear on the news. When the cast of “Morning Joe” pointed out that Ms. Conway’s recent appearances on news shows proved her a useless source of information, when they sneered at Ms. Conway’s apparent White House ostracization, it was difficult to not feel stirrings of sympathy.

But I can’t feel sorry for her. Not anymore.
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I liked watching her speak then. I watched her the way a person might stand at the kitchen window and watch a raccoon abscond with the first tomato of spring. I didn’t agree with what she was doing, but I admired her chutzpah.
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Ms. Conway made her bed. And now it’s time for her to get some sleep.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/opinion/the-downfall-of-kellyanne-conway.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0&referer=https://t.co/mWGLgp7NXs
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sat Feb 18, 2017, 10:49 AM (8 replies)

Drip, Drip, Drip

Every day there is a fresh outrage emerging from the murky bog of the Donald Trump administration.
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The president was made aware of Flynn’s communications weeks ago, and apparently didn’t think it prudent to alert the vice president or to correct the record when the vice president said that Flynn had not discussed the sanctions with the Russian ambassador, when indicators pointed to the fact that he did.
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Trump knew exactly who he was getting when he hired Flynn, who had been fired by the Obama administration. Flynn is a habitual liar who lied so much when he ran the Defense Intelligence Agency that, according to The New York Times, “subordinates came up with a name for the phenomenon: ‘Flynn facts.’ ”
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“Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.”
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/opinion/drip-drip-drip.html


Very informative. Too much to cover in 4 paragraph limit.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Thu Feb 16, 2017, 07:33 AM (0 replies)

What Trump Is Doing Is Not O.K.

Thank God for the resignation in shame by Mike Flynn, President Trump’s national security adviser. And not just because he misled the vice president and engaged in deeply malignant behavior with Russia, but, more important, because maybe it will finally get the United States government, Congress and the news media to demand a proper answer to what is still the biggest national security question staring us in the face today: What is going on between Donald Trump and the Russians?

Sorry, Kellyanne Conway, I am not ready to just “move on.”

Every action, tweet and declaration by Trump throughout this campaign, his transition and his early presidency screams that he is compromised when it comes to the Russians.

I don’t know whether Russian oligarchs own him financially or whether Russian spies own him personally because of alleged indiscreet behavior during his trips to Moscow. But Trump’s willingness to attack allies like Australia, bluster at rivals like China, threaten enemies like Iran and North Korea and bully neighbors like Mexico — while consistently blowing kisses to Russian President Vladimir Putin — cannot be explained away by his mere desire to improve relations with Moscow to defeat the Islamic State. And the Flynn ouster gives our government another, desperately needed opportunity to demand the answers to these questions, starting with seeing the president’s tax returns.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/opinion/what-trump-is-doing-is-not-ok.html?smid=tw-share
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Feb 15, 2017, 08:45 AM (0 replies)

Do You Hear the Silence?

Elijah Cummings Slams Republicans for Lack of Oversight of Trump and Flynn

Following declarations made by the Republican chairmen of the House Oversight and Intelligence Committees this morning that they wouldn’t be conducting any additional probes into the Trump administration surrounding the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) ripped into them.

Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, highlighted the silence coming from those in power to investigate President Donald Trump and Flynn.

“Let me begin by asking everyone in this room a very simple question,” he said. “Do you hear that? Do you hear the silence?”

Cummings continued, “This is a town of House Republicans conducting no oversight of President Trump. Zero. That is what it sounds like when they abdicate their duty under the Constitution.”

http://www.mediaite.com/online/do-you-hear-the-silence-elijah-cummings-slams-republicans-for-lack-of-oversight-of-trump-and-flynn/
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue Feb 14, 2017, 03:02 PM (21 replies)

Federal Ethics Agency Site Crashes on Day Trump Adviser Plugs Ivankas Duds

Source: NBC News

It may be a sign of the Trump times.

The website of the Office of Government Ethics, or OGE — a federal agency whose job it is to help presidents and the executive branch avoid conflict of interests — crashed Thursday because of "an extraordinary volume of contacts from citizens about recent events."

While the OGE didn't specify the "recent events" in the five tweets it posted on its Twitter feed, the computer crash came as President Donald Trump's trusted counselor was hit with criticism for plugging Ivanka Trump's clothing line on a television show.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/federal-ethics-agency-site-crashes-day-trump-adviser-plugs-ivanka-n719111

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/federal-ethics-agency-site-crashes-day-trump-adviser-plugs-ivanka-n719111
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Thu Feb 9, 2017, 07:14 PM (4 replies)

A word of advice from Martin Luther King Jr.s daughter: Resist!

The daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has shared on social media a list of tips, apparently aimed at those who look to push back against President Trump’s administration.
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The post cautioned against spreading “fake news” and urged a positive message. Referring to Trump, it mentioned using “his name sparingly” and remembering that “he’s not acting alone.”

“Focus on his policies, not his appearance and mental state,” read one tip.

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“When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to ‘The Republican Administration,’ or ‘The Republicans,'” the post stated. “This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/08/a-word-of-advice-from-martin-luther-king-jr-s-daughter-resist/?tid=sm_tw_ga&tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.906f9d0c9e17
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Thu Feb 9, 2017, 06:36 AM (0 replies)

Cartoon: Now what do we do?

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Feb 3, 2017, 03:25 PM (2 replies)

No Gday, mate:

On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags

It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week.

Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.

At one point Trump informed Turnbull that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day — including Russian President Vladi­mir Putin — and that “This was the worst call by far.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/no-gday-mate-on-call-with-australian-pm-trump-badgers-and-brags/2017/02/01/88a3bfb0-e8bf-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.b489abf57cc1


The man is insane.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Feb 1, 2017, 08:25 PM (6 replies)

State Dept. Officials Should Quit if They Disagree With Trump,

White House Warns


Department are circulating a so-called dissent cable, which says that Mr. Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s doors to more than 200 million people with the intention of weeding out a handful of would-be terrorists will not make the nation safer, and might instead deepen the threat.

“These career bureaucrats have a problem with it?” Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, told reporters. “They should either get with the program or they can go.”

It was yet another stark confrontation between the new president, who is moving swiftly to upend years of policies, and a federal bureaucracy still struggling with the jolting change of power in Washington. There is open hostility to Mr. Trump’s ideas in some pockets of the government, and deep frustration among those enforcing the visa ban that the White House announced the order without warning or consulting them.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/sean-spicer-state-dept-travel-ban.html


Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue Jan 31, 2017, 06:58 AM (3 replies)
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