Morning Reads – Thursday, January 26, 2017

On this date in 1998, then-President Bill Clinton uttered the words, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

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Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Given the past week, how can anyone trust numbers or data coming from this administration?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Initiation fee at Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago now doubled to $200,000. Purely coincidence, I’m sure.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/25/mar-a-lago-membership-fee-doubles-to-200000.html

Oh, and the White House is circulating a proposed EO on reopening CIA black sites and bringing back torture.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/us/politics/executive-order-leaked-draft-national-security-trump-administration.html?referer=https://t.co/5SppqLOl7j

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

And it didn’t even take a week. America is being made great again.

The Eiger
The Eiger

You realize that you and Andrew have now become the Harry and Saltycraker of this site?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Harry? Really? I’ve got the post length of Konop and you know it.

The Eiger
The Eiger

That is true, but you lack Konop’s ability to argue with a fence post for hours without really saying anything.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Is this the part where I’m supposed to copy and paste the same random post from an earlier thread?

The Eiger
The Eiger

Yes, and call me a hack or stupid or accuse me of being a part of some establishment group that is out to destroy the world.

Benevolus
Benevolus

You have to look at it in the macro.

The Eiger
The Eiger

John would have said, “you are just too dumb to see this from the macro perspective and I’m smarter than you.”

Noway2016
Noway2016

Lib version!

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Interesting for Eiger to throw me in the same barrel with guys banned from this site as being declared obnoxious…….at least spell my name right….

The Eiger
The Eiger

I apologize and also understand that I often fall into that crowd as well.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I’m peanut gallery on most subjects here—not in the same league with Pope on the ideas and information he brings to this website, and that’s meant to be a high compliment.

xdog
xdog

The UFO story has a nice picture of a cow, but by the scenery it’s not a Georgia cow.

chefdavid
gcp
gcp

They really spread that money around. Even Ralston got some. I think it passes this year.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

On this date in 1998, then-President Bill Clinton uttered the words, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

Quite the lie for its day. The Great Trumpkin has been telling a big lie nearly weekly for 18 months, even if he has to recycle old ones when he doesn’t have a new one.

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Mexican president declines to be publicly dissed, cancels meeting with DJT. Making friends one country at a time.

Entire State Department senior level resigns in mass. If no one wants to work for/with DJT, who runs the agencies?

The Eiger
The Eiger

This may be a first, but I agree with you one the Mexican President thing. I’m all for pissing certain people off, but there is no reason to go out of your way to piss off one of our largest trade partners and our neighbor.

The state department resignations are another thing though. It is normal for people with high level positions to resign at the beginning of a new presidency. I think you may be reading too much into this. The head of the CDC just resigned too. This happens often.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ok. That is normal. Nothing to see here.

Noway2016
Noway2016

CC, been away from news. Did entire State leadership really resign?

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Re updates: They were asked to resign. “Cleaning house”is how it was put by the WH.

No one in line for their jobs. Goodbye institutional memory.

bethebalance
bethebalance

on one hand, nothing wrong with realigning agency personnel to implement agenda.
otoh, the lack of continuity and loss of institutional knowledge is dangerous.
a lack of high-level diplomatic direction at a time of intense transition…
i’ll wager tillerson will fill the void, but a its like hitting the biggest pothole. damage to rims and axel likely. actually not sure if that makes automotive sense.

The Eiger
The Eiger

You aren’t going to lose a generation of institutional knowledge becasue 4 people left an agency the size of the state department. This is what is wrong with the federal government. Everyone thinks they are more valuable than they really are.

Benevolus
Benevolus

On the other hand, presumably those people weren’t dead weight either.

Let’s just hope there isn’t a crisis any time soon.

Ellynn
Ellynn

The Washington post has a story up that others are using as a source. ABC, CBS, NBC & family, and FOX & family sites have yet to post anything as of 2:15. The Post story is using quotes from former Powell, Rice and Kerry appointee staff. I find the hold out for NBC interesting, since Andrea Mitchell has decades old contacts in the department, and Richard Engel’s embassy contacts have been reliable in the last 14 years.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Gonna weigh in with an attempt at some level-headed analysis based on my prior experience in the hopes I can shed the very unfair label Eiger has placed on me — and it really was unfair. Many people are saying, very reliable people, that I’m a great commenter, if you read a Pew Report, they’ll tell you I’m probably the best of the commenters. State Department Incoming administrations usually ask for individuals in appointed positions to submit resignation letters. The new President has the option of having the person continue on or honoring the resignation and appointing a replacement. For… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

[UPDATE]
Looks like we’re going to “make Mexico pay” by charging a 20% tariff to Mexican imports. Which, as you all know, means that American consumers will be paying for the wall… twice.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Wow, Donald Trump has made me agree with you.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

[Further Update]

Sean Spicer going back on his original statement* and now saying that the tax is only an example of the options available to pay for the wall.** Looks like it took all of an hour for the blowback to send them scrambling on this one. I’ve got a feeling Sean Spicer isn’t going to last very long as Press Secretary.

*https://twitter.com/PhilipRucker/status/824713026783866882
**https://twitter.com/PeterAlexander/status/824732139421892608

Benevolus
Benevolus

On twitter it has been said that Omarosa is already being talked about as a replacement.

David C
David C

Oh, FFS. This administration, taking someone with minimal experience and flailing and replacing them with someone with zero experience and expecting them to right this ship. It’s just a recipe for even further disaster. I warned y’all that electing him would tie the GOP to perhaps the most incompetent President in history (with disastrous electoral results to follow) but did you listen? Nope. Enjoy your midterm given that he’s already at Bush-2007 approval ratings at the moment, and it’s just the first week. If you’d elected HRC, you could have had 60 seats in the Senate next year.

augusta52
augusta52

Yeah, we’re going back to the days of (not so) good ol Hebert Hoover protectionism…

David C
David C

Complete with Warren Harding corruption, Nixon Paranoia, George Wallace’s domestic agenda, and Henry Wallace’s foreign policy.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Since we have seemingly seen more of them in the last 2 or 3 administrations, just how dictatorial can a president go with executive orders? Shouldn’t it require Congressional approval to pay for the bleeping wall?

The Eiger
The Eiger

Yes and he already has congressional approval from legislation that was passed in 2006. Once the democrats took control they simply didn’t fund it. Trump’s order says he wants to start building the wall and basically asked Congress to fund the 2006 authorization. Executive orders can only go so far. Most of the ones Trump as signed far are to enforce current laws on the books or to direct federal agencies to do things like a hiring freeze. There are a few exceptions like asking for a study on enhanced interrogation. He didn’t bring back water boarding like some at… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

As an add on, EOs are also a way of diverting your agencies’ attention to the Administration’s policy aims… they are not a guarantor that anything will actually happen.

Case in point, Obama’s executive order to close Gitmo.