(CNN)On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump promised to fill his Cabinet with the “best people in the world.” As President, Trump has indeed hired a fleet of high-flyers – though not in the way most voters might have hoped.via The Trump cabinet is traveling in style. Thanks, taxpayers! If you weren’t in on the con, you were the mark.
Sergey Naryshkin of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service and Alexander Bortnikov of its Federal Security Service met with Pompeo to discuss the US’s and Russia’s mutual interest in counterterrorism.via 3 Russian spy chiefs visited the US days before Trump decided against new sanctions on Russia This is an insane story. It should have been covered more.
Lastly, Fox personalities shifted the goalposts. The initial scandal, that Obama supposedly was caught interfering in the Clinton email investigation, morphed into a different, supposed scandal, but one with the same cast of characters.via The life of a made-up Fox News ‘scandal’: Obama FBI texts edition
Notice the deterioration in the moving average of the trade balance starting around November.via Trump’s Trade Deficit
Doesn’t look good.
British researchers from Oxford University have proved definitively that Trump supporters share more “junk” political news over Twitter and Facebook “than all other groups combined”.via Terrifying British Study Shows Trump Supporters Are Now Basically Unreachable Nothing we didn’t know.
How many times have you watched the Zamboni driving around the rink and thought, “I want to drive that thing!!” Here is your chance to learn about it and finish your day by driving one. The Ice Ranch is offering 2 hour courses on the history, safety, and operation of Ice re-surfacers.via Zamboni Camp
This is a real thing. Who else wants to go?
Corey Robin is the author of “The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump.” The New Yorker described the first edition of this book as “the book that predicted Trump.via Trump is a typical conservative. That says a lot about the conservative tradition.
Policy driven principled conservatives are the fringe. The angry reactionaies are the base. We need to stop kidding ourselves.
Physical education teacher Karen Smith is on paid administrative leave from the Boulder Valley School District as police investigate allegations that she assaulted a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.via Colorado Teacher Accused of Assaulting Student Who Refused to Stand for Pledge of Allegiance
Right wing political correctness is a growing problem
The major new bipartisan budget deal Congress passed this week includes a $6 billion boost in funding for opioid abuse and mental health treatment.via Congress still isn’t taking the opioid crisis seriously
This needs to be a bigger story.
As the GOP Congress scrambled last year to roll back as many Obama-era regulations as possible, one target was a Department of Labor rule on worker drug testing.via Trump’s strange plan to issue a rule that he already repealed
This is oddly incompetent even by Trump standards of oddly incompetent.
Dozens of employees have been working at the White House and handling sensitive information without permanent security-clearance, according to a new report. The staffers have been granted temporary approvals while the FBI completes the backlog of background checks, U.S.via Jared Kushner and Dozens of White House Staffers Handle Sensitive Information Without Permanent Security Clearance
But her emails. There should be a major investigation on why this happened.
A guy with five military draft deferments wanting a military parade to honor himself, is a bit like Cruella De Vil wanting an award from the humane society for her treatment of Dalmatians.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) February 7, 2018
This is a must read.
Mr. President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of “Executive Time.” Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or...really anything else. https://t.co/lVqQRu2Gjl— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 5, 2018