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Dr. Henry Lewis Gates is exploring the beginning of civilization in Africa. Looks very interesting so far.
Can we say "tacky"?
Has he no shame at all?
The First Lady filed a $150 million defamation suit against The Mail earlier this month over an Aug. 19 article that claimed she worked as an "elite escort" in the "sex business" during the 1990s.
Trump charged in her original suit that the allegedly bogus story destroyed her "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to launch a "multi-million dollar business" as "one of the most photographed women in the world."
But an amended complaint obtained by the Daily News on Tuesday no longer contains Trump's apparent intensions to strike it rich in the White House. Previously listed details about "product categories" that Trump was looking to invest in had also been removed.
The Lord is my shepherd. OK? Totally. Big league. He is a tremendous shepherd. The best. No comparison. I know more than most people about herding sheep. And thats why I won the election in a landslide and its why my company is doing very very well. Because He said, Im with you, Donald. You will never want.
So we were on this green pasture by the still waters and He said, Lie down. I said, Lie down? He said, Lie down. And He made me lie down. Right there in the pasture. So I lie down. People are so surprised that I lie down Oh, hes lying down. But Hes my shepherd. Great shepherd. Not just good. Great. It was right there that I thought, This is going to be a tremendous golf course. Terrific greens. Plenty of water. And it is. Everybody who plays it comes away saying, That is the greatest course in the entire world. Everybody.
Garrison Keillor has nailed it.
Craig Deare was removed from his role as a senior adviser at the National Security Council's Western Hemisphere division Friday and "sent back to his original position," said Sarah Sanders, a White House spokeswoman. Deare had been assigned to the NSC by the Trump administration.
Deare reportedly knocked the Trump administration's handling of Latin American policies during a speech at The Wilson Center Thursday in Washington. He also criticized overall White House dysfunction, Politico reported based on a source.
CNN could not independently confirm the account, and Deare did not respond to a request for comment.
Fielding questions about Deare's reassignment, Sanders said that people who don't agree with President Donald Trump should not have a job in his White House.
"I don't think that any person that is there in order to carry out the President's agenda should be against the President's agenda," Sanders said during a briefing with reporters in West Palm Beach, Florida. "It seems pretty silly that you would have someone who is not supportive of what you are trying to accomplish there to carry out that very thing."
This sounds more and more like a budding dictatorship every day. You either agree with Trump or lose your position.
Its with a whiff of desperation that President Trump insists these days that hes 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. Trumps 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 thats 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.
As Kellyanne Conway sleepwalks her way through a series of increasingly embarrassing interviews, its 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. Conways recent appearances on news shows proved her a useless source of information, when they sneered at Ms. Conways apparent White House ostracization, it was difficult to not feel stirrings of sympathy.
But I cant feel sorry for her. Not anymore.
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 didnt agree with what she was doing, but I admired her chutzpah.
Ms. Conway made her bed. And now its time for her to get some sleep.
The president was made aware of Flynns communications weeks ago, and apparently didnt 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.
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.
Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trumps 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.
Very informative. Too much to cover in 4 paragraph limit.
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