January 26, 2017 6:00 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads – Thursday, January 26, 2017 Morning Reads – Thursday, January 26, 2017 By Jessica Szilagyi Politics 41 Comments On this date in 1998, then-President Bill Clinton uttered the words, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” REST IN PEACE Mary Tyler Moore Peaches The ‘hospital bed tax’ has a new name Democrat agenda in the state house is a 35-bill initiative President Trump can scratch Georgia off the list. No illegal votes here Republicans are here to protect you from yourself. UFO sightings in Georgia More bizarre than UFO sightings, Cagle named “Lawmaker of the Year.” Jimmy Carter Affordable Care Act repeal on the back burner or just slowing down? Are restaurants the next sanctuary cities? I’ll take ‘Biased Headlines,’ for $1,000, Alex. Google has banned 200 publishers guilty of “fake news” so far. $2 trillion gain in stocks since Trump elected Wall will be built “within months” Sweet Tea Woman flew through tornado in bathtub and survives Maybe we should also ask why so many teenagers are doing this in the first place Anxiety and depression increase your risk of cancer, maybe. Playing basketball at 7 foot 7 inches Is the reality show version not enough? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 41 Comments Noway2016 Finally… http://www.theamericanmirror.com/trump-orders-weekly-list-crimes-committed-illegals-sanctuary-cities/ January 26, 2017 7:13 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Given the past week, how can anyone trust numbers or data coming from this administration? January 26, 2017 8:44 AM Log in to Reply 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 January 26, 2017 8:42 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse And it didn’t even take a week. America is being made great again. January 26, 2017 9:47 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger You realize that you and Andrew have now become the Harry and Saltycraker of this site? January 26, 2017 9:52 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Harry? Really? I’ve got the post length of Konop and you know it. January 26, 2017 9:55 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger That is true, but you lack Konop’s ability to argue with a fence post for hours without really saying anything. January 26, 2017 9:58 AM Andrew C. Pope Is this the part where I’m supposed to copy and paste the same random post from an earlier thread? January 26, 2017 10:10 AM 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. January 26, 2017 10:12 AM Benevolus You have to look at it in the macro. January 26, 2017 1:18 PM The Eiger John would have said, “you are just too dumb to see this from the macro perspective and I’m smarter than you.” January 26, 2017 1:28 PM Noway2016 Lib version! January 26, 2017 1:59 PM Log in to Reply 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…. January 26, 2017 5:24 PM Log in to Reply The Eiger I apologize and also understand that I often fall into that crowd as well. January 26, 2017 5:35 PM 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. January 26, 2017 11:28 PM Log in to Reply xdog The UFO story has a nice picture of a cow, but by the scenery it’s not a Georgia cow. January 26, 2017 8:56 AM Log in to Reply chefdavid I am really hoping this passes. http://media.ethics.ga.gov/search/Campaign/Campaign_ByContributionsearchresults.aspx?Contributor=MGM+Resorts&Zip=&City=&ContTypeID=0&PAC=&Employer=&Occupation=&From=&To=&Cash=&InK=&Filer=&Candidate=&Committee= January 26, 2017 8:57 AM Log in to Reply gcp They really spread that money around. Even Ralston got some. I think it passes this year. January 26, 2017 2:31 PM Log in to Reply chefdavid HB 188 Interesting http://media.ethics.ga.gov/search/Campaign/Campaign_ByContributionsearchresults.aspx?Contributor=draftkings&Zip=&City=&ContTypeID=0&PAC=&Employer=&Occupation=&From=&To=&Cash=&InK=&Filer=&Candidate=&Committee= or http://media.ethics.ga.gov/search/Campaign/Campaign_ByContributionsearchresults.aspx?Contributor=fanduel&Zip=&City=&ContTypeID=0&PAC=&Employer=&Occupation=&From=&To=&Cash=&InK=&Filer=&Candidate=&Committee= Interesting to see where that one goes. January 26, 2017 9:17 AM Log in to Reply 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. January 26, 2017 9:53 AM Log in to Reply 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? January 26, 2017 12:52 PM Log in to Reply 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. January 26, 2017 1:32 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ok. That is normal. Nothing to see here. January 26, 2017 1:50 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 CC, been away from news. Did entire State leadership really resign? January 26, 2017 1:49 PM Log in to Reply 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. January 26, 2017 2:14 PM Log in to Reply 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. January 26, 2017 2:27 PM Log in to Reply 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. January 26, 2017 2:36 PM 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. January 26, 2017 3:28 PM 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. January 26, 2017 2:25 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn NBC Posted at 2:26 http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/four-top-state-department-officials-ousted-trump-administration-takes-shape-n712611 January 26, 2017 2:28 PM Log in to Reply 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 example… Patrick Kennedy was Asst. Secretary for Administration under Clinton and continued into the W. Bush Administration. Bush later made him Under Secretary for Management (his current position) and Obama kept him on. The fact that the Trump Administration has chosen to accept this many resignations before a new SecState has been appointed is a little weird, but it’s nothing worth going to 10 over. Mexico Mexico is our second largest export market, we have approximately 6 million jobs here in the US that depend on trade with Mexico, and, as a result of production sharing, 40 cents of every dollar we spend on Mexican imports comes back to the U.S.** Outside of trade, we rely on Mexico for intelligence and cooperation on combating drug and human trafficking, both over our border and in Central America. Pena Nieto is incredibly unpopular in Mexico at the moment (his most recent cratering being the result of the Trump press conference a few months ago), so he likely has little motivation to cave to Trump and, quite frankly, can only benefit from directly antagonizing him re: not paying for the wall. ** Woah, woah, woah, ACP, what does that even mean? Since Trump has spent so much time focusing on the auto industry, let’s take a look at car parts: From 2009 to 2014, the US imported $341 billion in cars and car parts from Mexico. During that same time period, Mexico imported $136 billion in component pieces from the US, which they then installed in the cars that were sent back to us. January 26, 2017 3:26 PM Log in to Reply 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. January 26, 2017 3:43 PM Log in to Reply The Eiger Wow, Donald Trump has made me agree with you. January 26, 2017 3:46 PM Log in to Reply 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 January 26, 2017 6:40 PM Benevolus On twitter it has been said that Omarosa is already being talked about as a replacement. January 26, 2017 7:33 PM 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. January 26, 2017 7:47 PM augusta52 Yeah, we’re going back to the days of (not so) good ol Hebert Hoover protectionism… January 26, 2017 5:11 PM Log in to Reply David C Complete with Warren Harding corruption, Nixon Paranoia, George Wallace’s domestic agenda, and Henry Wallace’s foreign policy. January 26, 2017 7:48 PM 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? January 26, 2017 3:34 PM Log in to Reply 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 CNN are reporting, but asked to see the effectiveness of past interrogations that used those techniques. January 26, 2017 3:41 PM Log in to Reply 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. January 26, 2017 3:45 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.