My 81 year-old dad thought this up and asked me to post it. I'm supposed to let him know if it goes viral. :) pic.twitter.com/J7MOIaX9qL
— Jo Deurbrouck (@JDeurbrouck) December 30, 2016
I had to take a break to help my parents move over the holidays. I’m sorry I was away so long!
The new Office of Congressional Ethics can’t release information to public. Or have a spokesperson. No communication. In any way. Got it? pic.twitter.com/BCVDjn3SmY
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 3, 2017
In a secret ballot on Monday night, the House GOP moved to absorb the Office of Congressional Ethics into the House Ethics Committee. Yes, sure, put Congress’s watchdog under the control of Congress! Secret ballot, government holiday, midnight vote to exempt themselves from oversight: check, check, and check.
The House wants to ban livestreaming and photography from the chamber floor. Because they want to go back to being able to hide their actions by turning off the C-SPAN cameras, one presumes.
No, Mr. Trump, it is not time to move on. U.S. intelligence agencies are in agreement about “what is going on”: a brazen and unprecedented attempt by a hostile power to covertly sway the outcome of a U.S. presidential election through the theft and release of material damaging to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The president-elect’s dismissive response only deepens unanswered questions about his ties to Russia in the past and his plans for cooperation with Vladimir Putin.
breath-taking: one day after POTUS sanctions Russia for criminal interference in US election, President-elect praises Putin as "very smart" https://t.co/7NdvIdYB8N
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 30, 2016
In less than an hour, Trump:
1. Provokes North Korea about their nuclear weapons;
2. Provokes nuclear superpower China. pic.twitter.com/nY4aHvrOF6
— 🗽 (@leahmcelrath) January 2, 2017
Remember the checkbox on the “how to be a fascist” list that goes, “circumvent the media and use alternate platforms to speak directly to the people without being questioned”?
Russia has been cultivating Trump since at least 1986–KGB era. (Where Putin used to work.)
Here is a 1987 article from newsletter "Elephants and Donkeys" explicitly saying Soviets were cultivating Trump as pres canididate pic.twitter.com/16yiyGpqBd
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) December 24, 2016
On Wednesday, Mr. Trump said Sprint’s top executive had told him the company would add 5,000 jobs “because of what’s happening and the spirit and the hope.” But it turns out that the jobs are part of a previous commitment by Sprint’s parent company, SoftBank.
Ivanka Trump is working on legislation to make child care affordable. Tax credits do not help the 47% of Americans who don’t make enough money to pay income taxes. This will not help poor people.
Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees
“Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller may be famous for granting cupcakes “amnesty” from school nutrition rules and calling Hillary Clinton a “c—” on Twitter, but, as he angles for a job in the Trump cabinet, he wants to talk about local vegetables.” Good lord.
“The Trump admin managed to have its first sex scandal before even taking office. That’s kind of baller.” — John Rogers
Committee won’t demand Tillerson’s tax returns during confirmation for state position. Confirmation reviews start tomorrow; call your reps!