The CIA says Russia helped Trump win the election.
Obama has ordered a full review of Russian intervention in the election.
Everything else on today’s docket pales in comparison, but let’s document it all anyway. Why the fuck not.
“It is deeply disturbing that the president-elect has time for rallies but not for regular intelligence briefings.”
Donald Trump says he is not bothered by comparisons to Hitler. (interview from a year ago)
Trump then rattled off the numbers of some of the presidential proclamations Roosevelt issued “having to do with alien Germans, alien Italians, alien Japanese.”
“They went through a whole list of things — they couldn’t go five miles from their homes, they weren’t allowed to use radios, flashlights,” Trump said. “Take a look at what FDR did many years ago, and he’s one of the most highly respected presidents… They named highways after him.”
Trump will remain a producer on Celebrity Apprentice. This is a) a huge conflict of interest, and b) a great way for him to retain control of any incriminating unaired footage from previous seasons.
Maybe the answer is that he can’t divest.
Perhaps Trump simply doesn’t feel like he can trust anyone else to keep the whole shambling enterprise afloat. More plausibly, and consistent with Trump’s history over the last couple decades, Trump’s business is dependent on an ever expanding number of deals not just to grow but to stay afloat at all. It is certainly plausible that if Trump simply sold off his company in toto, he’d be in debt. Maybe there wouldn’t be anything left to put in a blind trust.
Trump spent $3 million of his campaign contributions between oct 20 and nov 28 on his or his kids' businesses. https://t.co/VOHDQVtI6g
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) December 9, 2016
Trump donors continued to give millions after his election victory.
This is what happens when Donald Trump attacks a private citizen on Twitter.
With one tweet last week, Trump inflamed a conflict with China. With another tweet on Tuesday, Trump caused Boeing stock to plummet. With a third on Wednesday night, Trump prompted a series of threatening calls to the home of a union leader who had called him a liar.
Boeing has pledged $1 million for Trump’s inaugural events. I’m sure this has nothing whatsoever to do with Trump’s Twitter attack earlier this week.
Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees
The transition team is trying to identify individuals who were involved in shaping Obama’s climate policy. Gosh, that’s not ominous at all.
Giuliani has dropped out of contention for Secretary of State.
A Detroit recount observer: “This is a bloodbath.”
Dakota Access asking federal judge to allow drilling under Lake Oahe. The judge has denied their request for an expedited ruling.
ETP attempted to argue for a shorter timeline based on the claim that they are losing $20 million with every week that the pipeline is not operational. However, Judge Boasberg was unsympathetic to the Texas company and will not hear arguments until at least February, according to the Associated Press.
Other Fascist Nonsense
Germany has also reported a rise in Russian hacking attempts and propaganda leading up to their election.
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