(image by Daryl Cagle)
Between 3 and 4 million people attended Women’s Marches on all seven continents–even Antarctica. The New York Times has a great photo gallery.
— kyle (@kylesingerrr) January 21, 2017
— BostonTweet (@BostonTweet) January 21, 2017
— David Beard (@dabeard) January 21, 2017
The March’s organizers have a new campaign, 10 Actions for the first 100 Days.
On his first full day in the White House, President Trump went to the CIA presumably to try and offer an olive branch to members of the intelligence community he often maligned over their conclusions that Russia had conspired to influence the U.S. elections.
Instead, he falsely denied that he had ever criticized the agency, falsely inflated the crowd size at his inauguration on Friday, attacked the media and told intelligence officers gathered to, “Trust me. I’m like a smart person.”
He had Sean Spicer lie about the size of the inaugural crowds, saying, “This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.” The Secret Service (!) has refuted this claim.
Respectfully, your job is not to call things ridiculous that are said by our press secretary and our president. That’s not your job. You’re supposed to be a news person. You’re not an opinion columnist.
“It’s really time for him to put in his own security and intelligence community,” she said. “We really would prefer the intelligence community that’s going out the door to be much more respectful toward the President.”
The first two petitions on the newly refreshed petitions.whitehouse.gov: release Trump’s tax returns and divest from his businesses. The tax return petition surpassed the threshold for a required response in less than 24 hours.
Trump’s inaugural cake was commissioned to look exactly like Obama’s, and was made mostly of styrofoam.
James Comey, whom Trump had previously called “corrupt,” got a pat on the back at a White House reception today.
Mike Flynn was sworn in as National Security Adviser today. He’s still under investigation for collusion with Russia.
After finally receiving her completed ethics forms, the HELP committee delayed Betsy DeVos’s confirmation vote.
She is, however, retaining her position as co-trustee of three family trusts, at least one of which has an indirect financial stake in Sextant Education, which operates a chain of for-profit colleges, through its parent company AEA Investors. Though DeVos lists AEA as one of the assets she intends to divest, it’s unclear whether she would retain a partial stake through the trust. And the other two trusts have no assets listed, so there is no sense of whether they have investments in other education companies.
Having previously said he’d support Tillerson for Secretary of State when “pigs fly,” McCain is now supporting Tillerson’s confirmation. Rubio is not, and had a private 90-minute meeting with Pence and Priebus last week. Tillerson’s vote is being held tomorrow.
What You Can Do
Call your reps about Tillerson’s confirmation vote on Monday, Sessions’s on Tuesday, and “alternative facts” every damn day of the week. This is not normal.