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Trump To Skip White House Correspondent’s Dinner

This year’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner will be missing one high-profile guest.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Deal or No Deal Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Warning:  some level of liberal arts education may be needed to understand this post. The following struck me this morning as something I should have thought of when writing my DeVos post: I turn to the second class, who are headed by Meletus, that good and patriotic man, as he calls himself. And now I […]

Military Judge Declines To Dismiss Case Against Bowe Bergdahl Based On Trump’s Comments

A military judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the case against Bowe Bergdahl based on comments made by Donald Trump when he was a candidate for President.

Tom Perez Elected DNC Chairman

Tom Perez

A new head for the DNC at a time when the Democratic Party finds itself reeling and eager to take on Donald Trump.

McMasters on “Radical Islam”

Via the NYT: H.R. McMaster Breaks With Administration on Views of Islam President Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser has told his staff that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion, rejecting a key ideological view of other senior Trump advisers and signaling a potentially more moderate approach to the Islamic world. The adviser, Lt. […]

Who Said it? “[W]e”have a respect for the press when it comes to the government”

That would be Sean Spicer in December 2016 on the difference between being selective with media outlets in the campaign versus in government. The full quote (video at the link): “I think, look, there’s a big difference, I think, between a campaign where it is a private venue using private funds and a government entity. […]

DeVos Criticizes Professors

DeVos plays to the CPAC crowd, but insults higher education.

Trump Continues His Unacceptable Attacks On The News Media

The Trump Administration is continuing, and indeed expanding, its war on a free press.

A Photo for Friday

“The Internet is a Strange and Wonderful Place” February 4, 2017 Pike Road, AL (Because the world could use, I fear, more kittens and goofy internet tunes).

White House Hints At Major Changes To Federal Policy Regarding Marijuana Legalization

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hinted that the Federal Government may stop giving deference to states that have legalized marijuana.

Trump Job Approval Numbers Continue To Set Records, And Not The Good Kind

Donald Trump’s job approval numbers are the lowest for any new President since World War II. That doesn’t bode well for his Administration’s future.

Malaysian Police Say Kim Jong-Un’s Elder Brother Was Killed By VX Nerve Agent

Malaysian police have evidence that seems to clearly link North Korea to the death of Kim Jong Il’s eldest son.

Fourth Circuit Upholds Maryland’s Ban On So-Called “Assault Weapons”

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Maryland’s ban on certain so-called “assault weapons,” but it’s unclear if the Supreme Court will even take up the case.

Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Era Guidelines On Transgender Students

Not surprisingly, the Trump Administration has revoked guidelines to public schools that required accommodation of transgender students.

Scientists Have Discovered An Entire System Of Earth-Like Exoplanets

Trappist-1 Exoplanets

A major announcement from NASA in the search for possible life outside the Solar System.

Republican Budget Hawks Have A Donald Trump Problem

Budget hawks in the GOP face a showdown with Donald Trump’s spending ambitions this year that will likely decide whether we’ll ever get spending under control.

Town Hall Protests Continue, But Will It Translate Into Election Results?

Members of Congress and the Senate are once again facing down angry constituents, but it’s unclear whether it will translate into anything substantial in 2018.

Milo Yiannopoulos And The State Of American Conservatism

Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos was a troll and a peddler in offensiveness, but the fact that he became a star on the American right was the result of a transformation of American conservatism that has been entirely unhealthy.

Trump Selects Lt. General H.R. McMaster To Be National Security Adviser

Trump McMaster

President Trump has actually made a good pick for National Security Adviser. As with the rest of his foreign policy team, though, the question is if he’ll listen to him.

Washington Supreme Court Rules Against Florist Who Refused Service To Same-Sex Wedding

The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled against a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding.

OTB Caption Contest

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Explaining Sweden: Trump’s TV Habits (Updated)

This (via TPM) may explaing Trump’s Sweden rant: turns out “what happened last night in Sweden” actually just means “last night I was watching Tucker Carlson talk about Sweden” pic.twitter.com/6z5pfOJ7Yv — Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 19, 2017 This does not, in my opinion, change the basic thesis of my post on this topic. Worst case […]

Trump: Fear-mongering in Florida

The President gathered supporters around him, and blatantly lied to them, so as to increase support for his policies.

There’s Only One Right Side In Trump’s Unjustified War On The News Media

Trump Surrounded By Cameras

There are two sides in this war between Trump and the media, but only one of them is the right side.

Trump’s First Choice To Replace Mike Flynn Turned Him Down Due To Chaos In Administration

Chaos inside the Trump Administration is causing people to turn down lucrative positions.

Former Congressman And Republican Leader Bob Michel Dies At 93

Former Congressman Bob Michael, who served as House Republican Leader during a prolonged period when the party was in the minority, has died at the age of 93: Robert H. Michel, who became the longest-serving Republican leader in the history of the House of Representatives while earning a reputation as a genial conciliator who worked […]

Apparent Assassination Leading To Tension Between North Korea And China

The apparent assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s eldest brother has raised red flags in China.

Trump’s Press Conference Performance Confirmed Everything Bad We Thought About Him

Trump East Room  Press Conference

For seventy-seven minutes yesterday, President Trump held forth in a press conference that confirmed the most dire predictions about what he’d be like as President.

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