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Yemen raid was approved over dinner

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/02/trump-approved-yemen-raid-five-days-after-inauguration


The mission was approved over dinner five days after the presidential inauguration by Trump and his closest advisers, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his special adviser and former Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon, as well as defence secretary General Jim Mattis.

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The special forces, apparently lacking full intelligence, were confronted by heavily-fortified positions, including landmines, and faced heavy gunfire from buildings all around during the 50-minute firefight. One of the US planes sent in to help had to be left behind and was deliberately destroyed.

US military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.

The mission had been prepared under the Obama administration but it had not been approved.

"Its The Apprentice, Supreme Court Edition, as Trump Summons Finalists to White House"

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/donald-trump-administration.html?_r=1

It’s “The Apprentice, SCOTUS Edition.”

Mr. Trump, who has a penchant for the theatrical and loved teasing out suspense in his key appointments throughout the campaign, plans to bring his two top choices for the United States Supreme Court to the White House ahead of his announcement tonight at 8 p.m., according to a CNN report.

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Trump wants a big show for his Supreme Court rollout. Networks oblige
The major broadcast networks are set to carry President Trump’s Supreme Court announcement live on Tuesday evening, cutting into regular prime-time programming.

The coverage by ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox broadcast affiliates is likely to significantly expand the television audience for the president’s announcement, which has taken on the air of a reality television special. Mr. Trump has used his Twitter account to encourage Americans to tune in for the event.



What's next? Call or text to 555-1212 to choose the next person he fires?


Travel ban impact outside the U.S.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2017/jan/29/donald-trump-us-travel-ban-refugees-airports

Employee of an international airline at Dubai airport
We’ve had no written instructions yet from the US, at least not on the frontline, and the instructions that we have received don’t mention dual nationality or green cards – it’s very unclear what to do.

Some people are being stopped, while others are being given the benefit of the doubt. So if, for example, a passenger is Syrian holding a US passport we’re turning a blind eye – we’re pretending we haven’t seen the Syrian passport.

One passenger stuck in the airport here is a Syrian green card holder who was denied boarding. Her family, her job, her whole life is in the US and when she asks us when we will allow her to go home, none of us know what to say. Unfortunately because she’s Syrian it’s difficult for her to get a visa for Dubai and it’s difficult for her to go elsewhere.

At the moment her chances of getting into the US depend on which airport she goes to. If she’s landing in New York they’ll send her back, if it’s Houston they might accept her – what we’ve found is it really depends on which shift is operating; it’s not even a standard airport policy.

Chart of Senators' positions and statements on Trump's travel ban

I noticed this in the Guardian's live coverage:


Wondering if your senator backs or criticizes the travel ban executive order?

This Google document shows listssenators alphabetically, noting whether they have opposed or remained silent to the ban, any link or public statement about it and the dates they will be up for re-election.

It also includes contact information, such as their office address, phone number and online contact details.

The document shows, for example, Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona, a Republican, has spoken out publicly against the ban, while Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana, has made no statement.


The link goes to this spreadsheet :
US Senators on Muslim Ban
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hSGjyWJZIQJpGz4V2ftX_qioCgBtL59oJkkhx146nFE/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true

As Trump regime begins, 1984 hits #1 and is sold out on Amazon

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/01/why_george_orwells_1984_is_no.html
Why George Orwell's '1984' is No. 1 and sold out on Amazon's best sellers list

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- George Orwell's "1984," that book you were probably forced to read back in high school, spent this week at the top of Amazon's best sellers list. It's so popular hard copies are currently out of stock. Even all of the Cuyahoga County Library's copies of the book are checked out.

Why? Alternative facts.




I just went and checked out on Amazon and Signet's paperback and hard cover versions are both 'temporarily sold out,' so yep, they are sold out.

Is Trump using his shadow cabinet to test repressive measures?

Trump has been installing a shadow cabinet to to report back to him and to control actions at departments. These are people who don't have to go through confirmation hearings and are political cronies from his campaign. They don't have expertise in the agencies they're assigned to, just the willingness to support Trump in every way.

By having his unappointed flunkies introduce directives, Trump can obfuscate where these originate and implement or pull back on these as needed, all the time maintaining their officials aren't the ones producing the orders. And of course the flunkies will willingly do this as part of what they're been hired to do.


http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trumps-shadow-cabinet-234088
The White House is installing senior aides atop major federal agencies to shadow the administration's Cabinet secretaries, creating a direct line with loyalists who can monitor and shape White House goals across the federal bureaucracy.
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Two people involved in the transition said the new advisers are expected to maintain constant contact with the White House and the agencies and sign off on major decisions. The liaisons will also give the White House a window into agencies where Trump is not as personally close to the Cabinet secretaries, said a source close to the transition. Some of the senior White House advisers in the agencies have frequently met with their respective secretaries, who didn't pick them for the post.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he modeled his own government that way, with a handpicked senior aide installed in every agency. "I told my commissioners when I was mayor, you're going to have a spy in your agency,” Giuliani said. “I'm going to want to get two different perspectives of what's going on."

The jobs have rattled Obama administration political appointees, who have been surprised at young campaign hands having such authority at federal agencies. The advisers at each agency will not face Senate approval, like more than 1,200 other federal government positions, including deputy secretaries and administrators.



http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/trumps-epa-pick-bumbles-onto-the-national-stage/
An example that hits closest to the Pacific Northwest: On Monday it was revealed that Trump is assembling a “shadow Cabinet” of right-hand men to oversee his new plans for various sprawling government agencies.

And his choice for the nation’s clean air, water and wetland-protection agency is a textbook case of party-patronage cronyism.

Trump tapped Don Benton, a former state senator from Vancouver and Trump’s Northwest campaign manager, to be his senior liaison to the Environmental Protection Agency. What’s shocking about this isn’t Benton’s anti-green views. It’s that he has an almost perfect track record of failure and interpersonal conflict, often resulting in legal or disciplinary action, at every public position he’s held.


There are a number of stories now noting directives that were given by some unspecified person, then were pulled after backlash.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/26/us-federal-agency-crackdown-epa-sean-spicer
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday added a layer of confusion to reports that the Trump administration directed a communications crackdown on a handful of federal agencies.

“That’s nothing that’s coming from the White House,” Spicer told the press during his daily briefing. “They haven’t been directed by us to do anything.”

The comments by Spicer – who has proved himself capable of delivering falsehoods from the press briefing podium – are at odds with a report from the Associated Press that employees at the Environmental Protection Agency were expressly banned from tweeting, issuing press releases or speaking with reporters by the administration.

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Over the administration’s first few days, at least five federal agencies including the EPA and Department of Agriculture (USDA) were reportedly directed to cut down on their publishing of public content, specifically to Twitter. The departments of health and human services (HHS), transportation (DoT) and interior (DoI) also received restrictive guidance.

Trump starts offensive against Democratic cities

The new directive to strip federal funds from sanctuary cities and the launch of an investigation about so-called illegal voting are both targeting Democratic cities.

Let's call these decisions what they are - moves against Democratic cities designed to defund them and repress voting.

Lying about illegal voting is cover for election manipulation

It redirects the focus from the many tactics used to manipulate the election - purging; gerrymandering; providing too few working machines, having fewer polling places in college areas, poorer districts, and those with higher numbers of people of color; placing barriers to registration; and hacking by a foreign country.

It is an attempt to change the conversation from the above to one about whether or not illegal voting occurred. As with their other lies, they don't care about needing or even trying to prove this. They only care about redirecting the the topic.

New resource countering Trump. https://presterity.org/

Just read about a new resource countering Trump called https://presterity.org/
This looks like it could be a good resource to have at hand.


http://www.seattletimes.com/business/local-techies-launch-fact-focused-trump-wiki-site/

Local techies launch fact-focused Trump wiki site


Jan Miksovsky was worried about how citizens will be able to keep up with the Donald Trump administration.
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The longtime Seattle software engineer, who spent 16 years at Microsoft before founding two Seattle startups, helped gather the crew of developers and writers behind Presterity.org, a web portal pitched as a Wikipedia-like chronicle of the Trump administration.
The aim isn’t nonpartisan.
“We’d like to create what you might call a reference desk for people to try to resist the damages of the Trump administration,” Miksovsky said.


From the Presterity site:

https://presterity.org/

Presterity

This is a collectively authored reference site about the Donald Trump administration.
This work is produced by a partnership of concerned citizens, journalists, politicians, and watchdog organizations. Our mission is to document the Trump phenomenon, and ideally, limit the damage that can be caused by this unprecedented assault on facts, civil liberties, civil rights, and norms of public and political behavior.




Every march met or exceeded attendance today! Updating with numbers as people post them.

Wish I could be out there, but unfortunately came down with a bad cold.

What I can do is applaud the many people who went today - to rally, to march, to stand on sidewalks and overpasses to cheer and support.

I want to give an especially thankful shout out to our many DU sisters and brothers who attended today.

You rock!







I'll update this post with attendance numbers as I see them. Feel free to reply and I'll be glad to add in the OP.

500,000 or more in Washington DC.
3 miles of marchers in Seattle 120,000 - 150,000 (1st estimate was 50,000
(Thanks LisaM and ismnotwasm for updates)
Over 5,000 in Boise, Idaho and 6,000+ in Reno, Nevada (Thanks sage). Updated to 10,000+ in Reno, NV (Thanks rollin74)
250,000 in Chicago - so many they had to continue the rally instead of marching.
100,000 in London.
10,000 in Olympia, WA (had expected @ 2,000)
over 75,000 in Madison, WI (Thanks jodymarie)
8,000 - 9,000 in Lansing, MI (Thanks LAS14)
40,000 in Austin (Thanks Eleanors38). Updated 50,000 (Thanks Ananda)
20,000 in Naples, Fl - had expected 500-1,000. (Thanks martigras)
15,000 in Atlanta (Thanks littlemissmartypants) Updated 60,000 (Thanks Dulcinea)
100,000 - 200,000 in Denver, CO -had expected 40,000 (Thanks meadowlark5)
Fargo: 1000, Grand Forks: 304, Bismarck: about 800 (Thanks Qanisqineq for ND numbers!)
10,000 - 15,000 in Pittsburgh (Thanks littlemissmartypants). Updated 25,000 (Thanks TimeChaser)
100,000 or more in Boston (Thanks littlemissmartypants). Updated 150,000 (Thanks NotThisTime)
20,000 in Nashville (Thanks Tanuki)
750,000 in Los Angeles (Thanks unitedwethrive) and WOW!
100,000 in Portland, OR
Over 50,000 in Philadelphia (Thanks BumRushDaShow)
350-400 in Florence, OR (Thanks CanonRay)
15,000 - 20,000 in Portland and August Maine (Thanks LAS14)
2,000 in Victoria, BC (Thanks BBG)
3300 in Sioux Falls, Rapid City 1000 + (Thanks Dakotacrat)
20,000 in St Louis Missouri (Thanks The Polack MSgt)
15,000 in Tucson, AZ (Thanks ArizonaGOBlue)
350 Woodstock, Va (Thanks jcboon)
400,000 plus in NYC
20,000 in Phoenix (Thanks kairos12)
17,000 to 20,000 in Raleigh, NC and 300 in little Hillsborough, NC. (Thanks ncgrits)
25,000 in Des Moines, IA (Thanks efilon)
1,500 - 2,000 Friday Harbor, WA - people ferried from various San Juan islands to join there.
60,000 in Oakland, 25,000 in San Jose, 33,000 in San Francisco (Thanks BumRushDaShow)
Updated to 100,000 in San Francisco (Thanks Hell Hath No Fury)
And updated to 100,000 in Oakland (Thanks Fresh Start)
11,000 in Ann Arbor, MI (Thanks CalCarpenter and BarackAmerica)
6,000 in Santa Fe and 10,000 in Albuquerque (Thanks burrowowl). Updated to 10,000 in Santa Fe (Thanks burrowowl)
90,000 - 100,000 in St. Paul, MN (Thanks snacker)
7,000 Colorado Springs (Thanks uncle ray)
5,000 in Birmingham, AL (Thanks LAS14)
10,000 in New Orleans -goal was 3,000 (Thanks fleur-de-lisa)
10,000 - 15,000 Vancouver, BC
10,000 - Houston (Thanks Bucky)
6,000 in Asbury Park, NJ (Thanks DarknStormyKnight)
5,000 in Lexington Kentucky (Thanks Liberal Jesus Freak)
Over 3,000 in Anchorage, Alaska - in bitter cold (Thanks littlemissmartypants)
15,000 + in Tallahassee - expected 1,500 - 2,000 (Thanks csziggy)
1,000 in New Smyrna Beach FL (Thanks DrDan)
2,500 - 3,000 in Buffalo, NY (Thanks jodymarie)
Mexico City - haven't seen an estimate, but NPR wrote "march was so large, the crowd of demonstrators stretched from one landmark to the other."
Over 4,000 in Detroit (Thanks Cal Carpenter)
5,000 - 10,000 in Fort Worth - organizer initially thought 20 might show (Thanks Horse with no Name)
25,000 in St. Petersburg, FL (Thanks LAS14)
1,500 in Duluth, MN. They were expecting 400. (Thanks trailrunner)
10,000 in Santa Cruz, CA (Thanks Caliman73)
20,000 in Sacramento, 5,000 in Santa Rosa and 10,000 in Walnut Creek - expected 600 there (Thanks Fresh Start)
12,000 - 14,000 in Omaha, NE -expected 2,000 - 4,000 and at least 2,000 in Lincoln, NE (Thanks DallasNE)
Around 200 in Vallejo, CA (Thanks dianne in sf)
2,000 in Fresno California (Thanks onecaliberal)
30+ in Antarctica (Thanks world wide wally)
Over 500 in Melbourne, FL (Thanks Pacifist Patriot)
Glens Falls, NY: 1,500 - expected 150 (Thanks nuxvomica)
500+ in Oneanta, NY and 200+ in Otswgo, NY (Thanks bettyellen)
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