Donald Sinks to 38% Approval in Gallup Daily Tracking Poll – 30 Days into His Presidency

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Good news: People have caught on. Bad news: Donald will be even more determined to start a war in hope that, like Bush did in 2003, he’ll gain approval as a war-time president.

What Did the So-Called President Know – And When Did He Know It?

The White House counsel was informed last month that 'Lying Mike' Flynn was compromised by the Russians. Did he tell Donald and Pence?
White House Counsel Donald McGahn
White House Counsel Donald McGahn

In his resignation letter released last night, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said he was quitting his post because he had “inadvertently” lied to Mike Pence about whether he’d discussed Pres.Obama’s sanctions against Russia in a phone call with the Russian ambassador in a phone call in December.

From the administration that gave us “alternate facts,” now we have inadvertent lies.

But there’s much more to this story — and what lies beneath what is publicly known now could have devastating consequences for Donald Trump:

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White House Aide: Donald’s Powers ‘Will Not Be Questioned’

On “Face the Nation” on Sunday, White House aide Stephen Miller gave America a taste of things to come:

The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.

Watch the reaction from the cast of “Morning Joe” above.

Sen. Warren Reads the Letter about Attorney-General Nominee Jeff Sessions That the GOP Doesn’t Want You To Hear

The optics of what happened on the Senate floor last night ought to be horrific. The Republican Senate leader, an elderly white man from a border state, essentially told a woman Democratic senator to shut up and sit down just as she was about to read a letter from an African-American civil rights icon.

Adding to the outrage — the letter was already part of the congressional record, and had been for 31 years.

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A Message from Germany, the New Leader of the Free World

A 20-Question Quiz for the Media

1680283We live in an era where the very foundations of journalism are increasingly under attack, where “fake news” is ascendent and the intellect and attention span of the public is on the decline.

In response, the editors of Pensito Review, in consultation with researchers at the Moscow Center for Media Studies, have crafted this 20-question quiz to help journalists clarify their mission and find their place in the cosmos during the current Trump administration.

1. Are you feeling depressed, demoralized, disgusted, disenfranchised or simply dissed by the state of the news media and its public perception today? (select one)

  • One of them
  • Two of them
  • Three of them
  • All of them
  • None of them

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Thank You, Germany!

A picture tells a thousand bad executive orders …

Der Spiegel No 6 2017

HuffPost Headline: ‘Trump Loses Uber Allies’

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It’s a start but we’re sticking with Lyft.

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Banned CNN Bandies About ‘Ban’

Banned CNN’s Jake Tapper tries to separate “ban” from ban from ban.

Beyond Fact Checking: Why Trump’s Lies Are Beside the Point

handheartIf you have noted — and possibly pointed out to a Trump supporter — that his press secretary, Sean Spicer, was lying when he said Trump’s inauguration drew the broadest audience in history, period, then Trump has you right where he wants you. Bloomberg columnist Tyler Cowen explains why focusing on facts ignores what’s really going on, and the real reasons Trump’s staff is lying.

Cowen points out that some hardened leaders use loyalty tests that ask their followers to go against conscience. Spicer and Kellyanne Conway are passing their loyalty tests with flying colors.

Trump isn’t lying in hopes you’ll believe his version of things. The real reasons are much worse.

By requiring subordinates to speak untruths, a leader can undercut their independent standing…That makes those individuals grow more dependent on the leader and less likely to mount independent rebellions against the structure of command. Promoting such chains of lies is a classic tactic when a leader distrusts his subordinates…and it is part of the same worldview that leads Trump to rely so heavily on family members.

But there’s even more to it than that.

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