It’s Pretty Hard To Make A List Of Trump’s ‘100 Days’ Accomplishments, Apparently

This Saturday, President Donald Trump will mark his 100th day in office, which will generate a swell of “first 100 days” media content, after which we will all move on from day-counting until we’re two years away from the midterm election, at which point we’ll all become insufferable again. Sorry.
Over at Axios, Mike Allen has taken his best shot at summing up Trump’s first 100 days. In the name of balance, he’s gone with a “hits and misses” format, offering five examples of each. But I don’t know, guys. You tell me if these Trump accomplishments are, like, a little bit of a stretch, or if we’re at Reed Richards levels here. Per Allen:

Winning confirmation of Justice Gorsuch: Trump did it fast, with little drama and huge consequence. The win tipped the Court, invigorated conservatives, and bought him credibility with the establishment. It’s the president’s one achievement so Continue reading "It’s Pretty Hard To Make A List Of Trump’s ‘100 Days’ Accomplishments, Apparently"

Henry Kissinger Barely Musters Up Some Thoughts On Jared Kushner






One of the annual traditions over at Time magazine is the unveiling of the “Time 100,” which exists to remind everyone that the editors of the podiatrist waiting-room glossy have access to the world’s elite. Basically, they call up a bunch of famous people, ask them to write articles about another bunch of famous people, and then someone says, “Okay, that’s 100, we did it guys.” Later, there is a fancy party for all of these party-impoverished people.
Aging murder-satchel Henry Kissinger is apparently one of Time’s go-to eminences whenever there is a need for a handful of paragraphs to be written about some other toff, and this year, he’s somehow ended up drawing career nepotism hire and acting president of the United States Jared Kushner as his subject.
The Continue reading "Henry Kissinger Barely Musters Up Some Thoughts On Jared Kushner"

Did John Podesta Violate Federal Financial Disclosure Laws, Or Nah?






Monday morning, in what was billed as an “exclusive,” The Daily Caller pointed a jaded finger of accusation at former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, intimating that he may have violated federal law on a government financial disclosure form by not properly revealing “the receipt of 75,000 shares of stock from a Kremlin-financed company when he joined the Obama White House in 2014.” 
Sounds pretty bad. And if you happened to read McClatchy newspapers’ report on this matter back in October 2016, you probably already know the bad part ― it’s yet another rotation of the famous revolving door between government and the private sector, the engine that powers the Beltway’s eternally falling-upward culture, where access is a commodity and cash flows like quicksilver. As the McClatchy report notes, Continue reading "Did John Podesta Violate Federal Financial Disclosure Laws, Or Nah?"

Hey, Why Is The National Enquirer Saying That Michael Flynn Is A Russian Spy?






Has your Friday not been strange enough? Well, if so, here’s some good news. Over at AMERICAblog, John Aravosis has flagged an upcoming “world exclusive” from infamous supermarket tabloid National Enquirer, that essentially fingers President Donald Trump’s ousted National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as “the Russian spy in Trump’s midst.” Here’s how this content is presented on the Enquirer’s website, in case this needs to be preserved for posterity.

Now, let’s be clear about something. I am in no way attesting to the veracity of this story or endorsing its publication. This is, after all, the National Enquirer, and the most charitable thing you can say about their journalism is “your mileage may vary.” Sometimes, your mileage gets you to “former North Carolina Senator Continue reading "Hey, Why Is The National Enquirer Saying That Michael Flynn Is A Russian Spy?"

Hey, Why Is The National Enquirer Saying That Michael Flynn Is A Russian Spy?






Has your Friday not been strange enough? Well, if so, here’s some good news. Over at AMERICAblog, John Aravosis has flagged an upcoming “world exclusive” from infamous supermarket tabloid National Enquirer, that essentially fingers President Donald Trump’s ousted National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as “the Russian spy in Trump’s midst.” Here’s how this content is presented on the Enquirer’s website, in case this needs to be preserved for posterity.

Now, let’s be clear about something. I am in no way attesting to the veracity of this story or endorsing its publication. This is, after all, the National Enquirer, and the most charitable thing you can say about their journalism is “your mileage may vary.” Sometimes, your mileage gets you to “former North Carolina Senator Continue reading "Hey, Why Is The National Enquirer Saying That Michael Flynn Is A Russian Spy?"

Inspiring Confidence Does Not Seem To Be Rex Tillerson’s Strong Suit






As you may know, the Independent Journal Review’s Erin McPike recently scored the first big one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump’s secretary of state, former award-winning Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, and has fashioned a first-of-its-kind profile of America’s new chief diplomat. You can just imagine the sort of opportunity this presented Tillerson. Here he is, following in the footsteps of Daniel Webster, Henry Kissinger, Dean Acheson and others, with his first big chance to lay out his vision, goals and priorities, and cement a Tillerson Doctrine.
So what’s his Big Idea? Per Tillerson: “I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job... My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”
Well, that sure is stirring, no doubt music to the ears of State Department lifers. “When [Trump] asked Continue reading "Inspiring Confidence Does Not Seem To Be Rex Tillerson’s Strong Suit"

Trump’s Wild Wiretap Goose Chase Has No End In Sight, Apparently






Chances are that President Donald Trump did not want to wake up, 24 hours after the directors of the FBI and the National Security Agency spent the day testifying before Congress, to see historian Douglas Brinkley’s quip ― “There’s a smell of treason in the air” ― being bandied about in newspapers. But even for those less inclined toward the melodramatic, Monday’s hearing was a bad day for the Trump White House.
Or, as Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes put it, “Really bad.” The basic upshot is this: FBI Director James Comey confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into Russian efforts to “interfere with the 2016 presidential election” and the possible “links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government.” But what’s not ongoing? Any Continue reading "Trump’s Wild Wiretap Goose Chase Has No End In Sight, Apparently"