July 9 – 31, 2017


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Scaramucci


Scaramucci on Leaks: ‘I’m Going to Fire Everybody’
(New York Times – 7/25/17)

Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon
(The New Yorker – 7/27/17)

Scaramucci: ‘If Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that’
(Washington Post – 7/27/17)

“The fish stinks from the head down. But I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, and that’s me and the president.”

– Anthony Scaramucci, White House Press Secretary

Is it a felony to leak a financial disclosure form, as Anthony Scaramucci said?
(Politifact – 7/27/17)

Reince Priebus Is Ousted Amid Stormy Days for White House
(New York Times – 7/28/17)

Anthony Scaramucci’s wife files for divorce
(Page Six – 7/28/17)


“There are people inside the administration that think it is their job to save America from this president. OK, that is not their job. Their job is to inject this president into America.”

– Anthony Scaramucci, White House Press Secretary
(CNN – 7/27/17)

Anthony Scaramucci removed as White House communications director
(Washington Post – 7/31/17)


Trump and Putin


Trump suggested a cybersecurity pact with Russia. Lawmakers say they were ‘dumbfounded.’
(Washington Post – 7/9/17)

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“This is like the guy who robbed your house proposing a working group on burglary.”

– Ash Carter, Former US Secretary of Defense
(Telegraph UK – 7/9/17)

 

Trump and Putin Held a Second, Undisclosed, Private Conversation
(New York Times – 7/18/17)

Trump Spins Putin Dinner Conversation
(FactCheck.org – 7/19/17)


Trump and Russia


All The Dots, Connected
(The American Interest – 7/25/17)

A Timeline: Russia and President Trump
(Moyers & Company – 7/17/17)

Bill Browder’s Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee
(The Atlantic – 7/25/17)

Russian mob money helped build Trump business empire
(MSNBC – 7/17/17)

Paul Manafort Reportedly Owed Millions to Russian Oligarch Before Joining trump Campaign
(Vanity Fair – 7/20/17)

Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow
(Washington Post – 7/19/17)

Mueller has broader authority in his Russia investigation than Trump may realize
(Business Insider – 7/21/17)

This Is How the Russian Kleptocracy Operates
(Esquire – 7/27/17)

Russia Seizes 2 U.S. Properties and Orders Embassy to Cut Staff
(New York Times – 7/28/17)

Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer
(Washington Post – 7/31/17)

Maybe What Russia Wants From Trump Is Permission to Launder Its Dirty Money
(Slate – 7/20/17)


Congressional Testimonies


Manafort testifies to Senate Intelligence Committee, turns over notes from Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer
(Washington Post – 7/25/17)

How Jared Kushner Helped the Russians Get Inside Access to the Trump Campaign
(New Yorker – 7/25/16)

‘I Did Not Collude,’ Kushner Says After Meeting Senate Investigators
(New York Times – 7/24/17)


Mueller Investigation


Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions
(Bloomberg – 7/20/17)

Trump Trains His Sights on Mueller’s Investigation
The president’s lawyers are looking at multiple ways to undermine or curtail the Russia inquiry, including his issuing pardons
(The Atlantic – 7/20/17)

As Team Trump Lawyers Up, Who’s Paying The Attorney Fees?
(National Public Radio – 7/19/17)

Deutsche Bank is Turning Over Information on Trump
(Vanity Fair – 7/20/17)

Does Trump Have a Case Against Mueller?
(Politico – 7/21/17)


Trump Pardoning … Himself?!


Trump pushes his ‘complete power’ to pardon
(Politic – 7/22/17)

President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that’s legal.
(Vox – 7/21/17)

Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch’s firm cited in money-laundering case
(The Guardian – 7/24/17)


“He isn’t smart enough to do the job and isn’t man enough to own up to the fact.”

– Kevin Williamson, National Review – 7/30/17


Healthcare Reform


Frustrated in defeat, Trump threatens healthcare of voters — and lawmakers
(Los Angeles Times – 7/29/17)

Dems pivot to offering ObamaCare improvements
(The Hill – 7/29/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Interview with Donald Trump – Partial Transcript
(New York Times – 7/19/17)

Jeb Bush calls out Republicans silent on Trump’s Russia probe
(The Hill – 7/21/17)

My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump
(Senator Jeff Flake, Politico – 7/31/17)

Jared Kushner Discloses Dozens More Assets in Revised Financial Filing
(Wall Street Journal – 7/21/17)

Trump tells police not to worry about injuring suspects during arrests
(Washington Post – 7/28/17)

House Approves Spending Package, Border Wall and All
(New York Times – 7/27/17)

House Republicans call for a second special counsel — to investigate Clinton, Comey and Lynch
(CNBC – 7/27/17)

New poll offers deeper insight into what ails rural America
(Daily KOS –7/9/17)


Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


Liberals can win again if they stop being so annoying and fix their ‘hamburger problem’
(Business Insider – 7/17/17)

Trump’s breathtaking surrender to Russia
(Washington Post – 7/20/17)
Note: Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recommends that every American read this piece written by a former Senior Policy Advisor for George W. Bush

The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party
(In These Times – 7/27/17)

No, Trump can’t pardon himself. The Constitution tells us so.
(Washington Post – 7/21/17)

Trump’s Mistake at the Boy Scout Jamboree
(The Atlantic – 7/24/17)

Trump Is Woody Allen Without the Humor
(Peggy Noonan – Wall Street Journal – 7/27/17)

The Triumph of the Idiocracy: How Narcissism, Stupidity and the Internet Got Us Donald Trump, an Accidental President
(Alternet – 7/31/17)


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.


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Cartoons, Images & Videos


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This Week’s Blog Entry


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The Mueller Investigation:
Why Trump’s Finances and Beauty Pageants are 100% Relevant to Russia


Events & Actions


Resources & Organizations


“People don’t realize he loves holding my hand. And that’s good, as far as that goes.”

President Donald Trump speaking about French President Emmanuel Macron
(New York Times interview – 7/19/17)

June 18 – 24, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


Cuomo, Trump lawyer clash over Russia probe
(CNN – 6/19/17)

White House Tries to Get G.O.P. to Water Down Russia Sanctions Bill
(New York Times – 6/21/17)

Intel chiefs tell investigators Trump suggested they refute collusion with Russians
(CNN – 6/22/17)

Trump’s new morning ritual involves a ‘venting session’ to his legal team about Russia
(Business Insider – 6/23/17)

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault
(Washington Post – 6/23/17)

Schiff: Obama should have acted on Russian interference, but Trump shouldn’t complain
(LA Times – 6/25/17)


Senate Healthcare Bill


Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid
(New York Times – 6/22/17)

‘We’re Amending Obamacare. We’re Not Killing It’
(The Atlantic – 6/22/17)

You Snooze You Lose: How Mitch McConnell weaponized our short attention span
(Slate – 6/21/17)

Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill
(New York Times – 6/23/17)

How the Senate’s Health-Care Bill Would Cause Financial Ruin for People With Preexisting Conditions
(The Atlantic – 6/23/17)

Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal
(Vox – 5/2/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Leaking and Hacking


‘The mother lode of all leaks’: A massive data breach exposed ‘information that can be used to steal an election’
(Business Insider – 6/20/17)

Obama White House Knew of Russian Election Hacking, but Delayed Telling
(New York Times – 6/21/17)

Jeh Johnson says FBI delayed notification of DNC cyberattack
(CBS News – 6/21/17)

Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution
(Office of the Director of National Intelligence – 1/6/17)


Robert Mueller


Meet the all-star legal team who may take down Trump
(Vox – 6/15/17)

Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes
(Reuters – 6/19/17)


Kushner


Kushner Is Said to Be Reconsidering His Legal Team
(New York Times – 6/18/17)

Democrats Ask Why Jared Kushner Still Has a Security Clearance
(NBC News – 6/21/17)

Abbas said enraged by Kushner meet, refuses to halt pay even to worst terrorists
(The Times of Israel – 6/23/17)


Impeachment


Sitting presidents can’t be prosecuted. Probably.
(Washington Post – 6/8/17)

A Constitutional Puzzle: Can the President Be Indicted?
(New York Times – 5/29/17)


Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


Tired of ‘Winning’? You Should Be
(New York Times – 6/20/17)

The GOP’s hard, messy options for destroying Trumpism
(Michael Gerson, Republican, former top aide to President George W. Bush
Washington Post – 6/19/17)

Five ways Trump’s Washington is more secretive
(BBC – 6/22/17)

Trump Supporters Celebrate Imminent Loss of Their Health Insurance (satire)
(The New Yorker – 6/22/17)

Mitch McConnell, the man who broke America
(Washington Post – 6/22/17)


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.


The great American fallout: how small towns came to resent cities
(The Guardian – 6/19/17)

Gregg Jarrett: Will Mueller & Comey use a false case of obstruction to trigger impeachment?
(Fox News – 6/23/17)


Cartoons, Images & Videos


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Events & Actions


Resources & Organizations


May 21 – 27, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


Ex-C.I.A. Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia
(New York Times – 5/23/17)

CIA Director Alerted FBI to Pattern of Contacts Between Russian Officials and Trump Campaign Associates
(Washington Post – 5/23/17)

Calculating or Naive? Trump Caught in Cloud of Russia Probe Revelations
(CNN – 5/23/17)

GOP Strategist Admits he Colluded with Russian Hackers to Hurt Hillary Clinton, Democrats
(Salon – 5/25/17)

Trump Asked DNI, NSA to Deny Evidence of Russia Collusion
(CNN – 5/23/17)

White House, Department of Justice Miss Deadline to Provide Comey Memos, Records
(USA Today – 5/24/17)


Jared Kushner


Russian Ambassador Told Moscow that Kushner Wanted Secret Communications Channel with Kremlin
(Washington Post – 5/26/17)


Mike Flynn


Jeff Sessions


Trump’s Casino was a Money Laundering Concern Shortly After it Opened
(CNN – 5/22/17)

Explosive Dutch Documentary Says Trump has Deep Ties to Russia’s Mafia Underworld
(Raw Story – 5/12/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Trump Budget


 Trump’s Budget by the Numbers: What Gets Cut and Why
(CNN – 5/23/17)

Trump Budget Seeks Huge Cuts to Science and Medical Research, Disease Prevention
(Washington Post – 5/23/17)

Trump’s Budget Cuts Children’s Health Insurance Program
(CNN – 5/24/17)


Trump Leaks Information Again, Jeopardizing US Military and More


Trump Revealed Submarine Locations to Philippines President
(The Hill – 5/24/17)

Trump’s Loose Lips Drive Allies to Reassess U.S. Access to Intel
(Miami Herald – 5/25/17)


Conflicts of Interest


Despite Promise, Trump’s Business Offers Little Information About Foreign Profits
(Washington Post – 5/24/17)


Trump’s Trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy


Read the Embarrassing Scribbled Note Donald Trump Left at the Holocaust Memorial in Israel
(Daily KOS – 5/23/17)

With Gift and in Conversation, Vatican Presses Trump on Climate Change
(New York Times – 5/24/17)

Out of Step: G7 Leaders Take a Stroll, Trump Takes a Golf Cart
(The Times UK – 5/26/17)


International Relations


Following Trump’s Trip, Merkel Says Europe Can’t Rely on ‘Others.’ She Means the U.S.
(Washington Post – 5/28/17)


Ethics


White House Moves to Block Ethics Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists on Payroll
(New York Times – 5/22/17)

On Same Weekend as Record-Breaking Arms Deal, Saudis Announced $100 Million Donation to Ivanka Fund
(Daily KOS – 5/21/17)


 Keeping Track of the Basics:

Trump’s Cabinet Picks and Their Status in the Approval Process
(Full Article – The Atlantic)

Entire Trump Administration: Who’s Who
(Full Info – Real Clear Politics)

Ongoing Tracking of Trump-Russia Connections
(Compiled and updated by the office of US Representative Eric Swalwell, House Intelligence Committee)

Ongoing Tracking of Trump-Russia Connections
(Washington Post)

How Much Have Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Stays Cost Us So Far?
(Is Trump at Mar-a-Lago?)


Editorials


Satire: Trump Boasts that his Impeachment will Get Higher TV Ratings Than All Other Impeachments
(Andy Borowitz – New Yorker – 5/1217)

What Will Trump’s Fake-News Habit Mean in a Crisis?
(The Atlantic – 5/15/17)

Right-Wing Extremists are a Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS
(Newsweek – 2/4/16)

Mike Pence Wants us to Believe he’s Innocent. Don’t Buy it.
(Washington Post – 5/19/17)

 Donald Trump’s $10 Trillion Magic Asterisk
(Washington Post – 5/24/17)

The Enormity of Trump’s Scam is Coming into View
(Washington Post – 5/24/17)


Cartoons, Images & Videos


Melania Slaps Away President Trump’s Hand on Tel Aviv Tarmac at Start of Israel Trip
(New York Daily News – 5/22/17)

 

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Offers Advice to Donald Trump:

 

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Trump Pushes Prime Minister of Montenegro Aside – Posted by Tucson News Now:

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Events & Actions


Resources & Organizations


 

March 13 – 19, 2017

March 13 – 19, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


The Definitive Trump-Russia Timeline of Events
(Politico – 3/3/17 – updated as new information comes out)

Trump Reverses Pledge To Mandate U.S. Steel For Keystone Pipeline. A Direct Beneficiary Is A Russian Oligarch With Close Ties To Vladimir Putin
(Huffington Post – 3/6/17)

Russian Spy Ship Returns Off U.S. Coast, Near Sub Base
(CBS News – 3/15/17)

New Web Site Dedicated to Ongoing Tracking of Trump-Russia Connections
(US Representative Eric Swalwell)


Trump’s Budget


“America First” – Trump’s Proposed Budget
(The White House – 3/16/17)

What Trump Cut in His Budget
(Washington Post – 3/16/17)

If You’re a Poor Person in America, Trump’s Budget is Not for You
(Washington Post – 3/16/17)

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney justifies cuts to programs like “Meals on Wheels” and school lunch for low income kids because the programs are “just not showing any results.” Apparently feeding someone who can’t afford to
(CSPAN – 3/16/17)

Fact Check: Budget Director’s Claims That Programs Don’t Work
(New York Times – 3/17/17)

White House Cites Satire Column to Tout Budget
(The Hill – 3/17/17)


Mental Illness


In a Repudiation of Trump, a Senior House Leader Rejects Wiretap Claim
(New York Times – 3/15/17)

Trump Says Obama Wiretapping Accusations are Based on Some News Reports
(Washington Post – 3/16/17)

Spicer says Trump ‘stands by’ unproven allegation that Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump Tower
(Washington Post – 3/16/17)

British Complain After Trump Spokesman Cites Wiretapping Report
(Bloomberg – 3/16/17)

US Makes Formal Apology to Britain After White House Accuses GCHQ of Wiretapping Trump Tower
(Telegraph, UK – 3/17/17)

White House: No Apology to British Government Over Spying Claims
(CNN – 3/17/17)

Ahead Of House Hearing, Committee Head Says No Evidence Of Collusion Or Wiretapping
(National Public Radio – 3/19/17)

Trump Says Merkel Meeting was ‘Great,’ Then Blasts Germany for NATO Bills
(Los Angeles Times – 3/18/17)

German Defense Ministry Contradicts Trump, Says it Doesn’t Owe U.S. Money for NATO
(Washington Post – 3/19/17)

In One Rocky Week, Trump’s Self-Inflicted Chaos on Vivid Display
(New York Times – 3/18/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Conflicts of Interest


Kushners Set to Get $400 Million From Chinese Firm on Tower
(Bloomberg – 3/13/17)


Hate Crimes


Temple De Hirsch Sinai Vandalized With Anti-Semitic Graffiti
(KOMO News – 3/10/17)


Internal White House Dynamics


‘People are Scared’: Paranoia Seizes Trump’s White House
(Politico – 3/15/17)

“There was an article that week that talked about how you can surveil people through their phones, through their — certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. We know that is just a fact of modern life.”

– Kellyanne Conway
    Counselor to the President
    3/12/2017


Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


Trump’s Mental Health:“The Elephant in the Room”
(MSNBC, 2/23/17)

Ready or Not, Here Come Trump and North Korea
(Bloomberg – 3/19/17)

When the Fire Comes
(Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winning economist, New York Times – 2/10/17)


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.


Why the Poorest County in West Virginia has Faith in Trump (Video – 10:32)
(The Guardian – 10/13/16)


Cartoons, Images & Videos


Cartoon by Tom Toles, Washington Post:

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Footage of Irish Prime Minister delivering St. Patrick’s Day address calling attention to Trump’s immigration policies as Trump stands feet away from him:


John Oliver of “This Week Tonight” describes the Republican replacement for ObamaCare
(Warning: some profanity)


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Events & Actions

Two major nationwide protests coming up:

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017: Trump Tax Day Marches nationwide to let President Trump know that it’s not just reporters who care about his undisclosed tax returns – find your nearest march here!
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017: Scientists and people who believe in and support science will be having marches nationwide to encourage the use of science and facts in creating government policy – find your nearest march here!

Resources & Organizations