May 14 – 20, 2017


Articles & Editorials:

Main Stories


WSJ: Toronto Hotel Deal Now Part Of Probe Into Trump Ties To Russia
(Talking Points Memo – 5/17/17)

House Majority Leader to Colleagues in 2016: ‘I Think Putin Pays’ Trump
(Washington Post – 5/17/17)

Putin Offers to Provide a ‘Record’ of Trump’s Disclosures to Russian Envoys
(New York Times – 5/17/17)

Donald Trump’s Son-in-Law Jared Kushner ‘Person of Interest in Russia Investigation’
(The Independent UK – 5/19/17)

James Comey Firing

Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation
(New York Times – 5/16/17)

Donald Trump Just Staked his Presidency on 4 Words
(CNN – 5/19/17)

Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation
(New York Times – 5/19/17)

Trump Meets in Oval Office with Russians, Leaks Classified Info

Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, in Break With Ally, Officials Say
(New York Times – 5/15/17)

White House Scrambles to Limit Damage After Latest Bombshell
(The Hill – 5/16/17)

Who was in Trump’s meeting with the Russians?
(CNN – 5/16/17)

The Terrible Cost of Trump’s Disclosures
(The Atlantic – 5/15/17)

Israeli Official: Trump Sharing Intelligence With Russia Is “Worst Fears Confirmed”
(Buzzfeed – 5/16/17)

Trump’s Disclosure Endangered Spy Placed Inside ISIS by Israel, Officials Say
(ABC News – 5/16/17)

After Intel Leak: Former Mossad Head Says Israel Will ‘Think Twice’ Before Sharing Info With US
(Jerusalem Online – 5/17/17)

Special Prosecutor Appointed

Robert Mueller, Former F.B.I. Director, Is Named Special Counsel for Russia Investigation
(New York Times – 5/17/17)

Special Counsels, Special Prosecutors, and Other Investigators, Explained
(New York Times – 5/17/17)

Trump Says Special Counsel Appointment ‘Hurts Our Country’
(CNN – 5/18/17)

Other Stories That You Should Know About:

The Fake News Media

10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts
(Forbes – 2/1/17)

Trump, Saying He Is Treated ‘Unfairly,’ Signals a Fight
(New York Times – 5/17/17)

Conflicts of Interest

Dem Unveils Bill to Make Trump Refund Travel Costs
(The Hill – 5/16/17)

“Pay Trump Bribes Here” Was Projected Across The Entrance Of Trump’s DC Hotel
(Buzzfeed – 5/15/17)

Mental Illness

National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump’s name in “as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned.”

(Reuters – 5/17/17)


How Does the Impeachment Process Work?
(US News & World Report – 5/16/17)

McCain: Russia Probe Reaching the Point ‘of Watergate Size’
(CNN – 5/17/17)

First Republicans Talk Possibility of Impeachment for Trump
(The Hill – 5/17/17)

Mike Pence

Cummings: Either Pence is Lying or was ‘Running a Sloppy Shop’
(Politico – 5/19/17)

Trump Goes Abroad to Teach Peace and Religious Tolerance

Trump to Give Speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia
(ABC News – 5/16/17)

Travel Ban Architect Writing Trump’s Speech on Islam
(CNN – 5/19/17)

Trump Cancels Visit to Ancient Masada Site After Israel Refuses Helicopter Landing
(Newsweek – 5/18/17)

Turkish Security Punch/Kick Americans During Erdogan/Trump Visit

Turkish Security Involved in DC Protester Assault
(CNN – 5/17/17)

 Keeping Track of the Basics:


Democrats are Falling for Fake News About Russia: Why Liberal Conspiracy Theories are Flourishing in the Age of Trump
(Vox – 5/19/17)

When the World Is Led by a Child

(Conservative Columnist David Brooks, New York Times – 5/15/17)

“We’ve got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar.”

David Brooks, Republican Columnist

The Criminal President?
(New York Times – 5/17/17)

I Wrote ‘The Art of the Deal’ with Trump. His Self-Sabotage is Rooted in his Past.
(Washington Post – 5/16/17)

I Know One of the Sources
(The Resurgent – 5/16/17)

What Would Happen If Donald Trump Were Impeached?
(Alternet – 5/17/17)

Trump’s Overseas Trip Must be Canceled: The Risks are Too Great
(Washington Post – 5/16/17)

Alternative Facts from an Alternative Universe

Self-selecting our news sources, a reluctance to hear opposing ideas, and the choice by many of us to surround ourselves only with like-minded individuals has resulted in many Americans becoming oblivious to the beliefs of those with whom they disagree. This bubble helped create the world of “alternative facts” in which Donald Trump could become President.

To counter this, each week I will present a little of what Trump’s supporters are thinking. Their reality may be very different from yours. Please listen/read to the end, and consider what respectful questions you could ask to better understand and have a conversation, rather than seeking to prove them wrong as quickly as possible and shut them down. We can’t change minds if we can’t talk to each other.


Trump supporters react to firing of FBI Director James Comey:
(CNN – 5/10/17)

Cartoons, Images & Videos

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This Week’s Blog Entry:


Why Donald Trump Will be Impeached and May Go to Prison

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