Morning Reads for Friday, February 17, 2017

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  1. Watergate wasn’t the problem. Deep Throat was the problem. There’s nothing new about a President complaining about leaking. Trump’s asserting leaked information is fake news is new however. Chaffetz is sticking with Nixon’s strategy. The Trump campaign and administration’s Russian connections and Russian interference in the elections aren’t problems, the information becoming is.

    “The irony of this entire situation is that the president has been incredibly tough on Russia.” Sycophant Sean Spicer

  2. The couch guys are doing it wrong. You need to attach the couch to a sled or wagon to be pulled by the ATV or the snowmobile. You of course stay on the snow trails, not the open roads. At least this is legal in Wisconsin. One of the Culver’s in my hometown even has a snow lot to park if you want to eat in… These guys – armatures.

    1. As usual, the clowns over the WH can’t get their stories straight. Spicer says its fake news. DHS official has said it was just an early draft and not a fully-formed plan. So one hand says it doesn’t exist. The other hand says it exists, but it’s not serious. Well oiled machine folks. Well. Oiled. Machine.

  3. African American reporter April Ryan yesterday: ….are you going to include the CBC, Mr. President, in your conversations with your—your urban agenda, your inner city agenda, as well as—

    Trump: Am I going to include who?

    Ryan: Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional—

    Trump: Well, I would. I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting?

    Ryan: No—no—no. I’m not—

    Trump: Are they friends of yours?

    Silly April, don’t you know that Trump thinks all Black people know each other? And April, make sure taco bowls are served at the meeting. Trump loves himself some Hispanics

  4. Bipartisan support yesterday for the coal miners. They love that man! Curious to see the turnout tomorrow for Trump’s rally in FL. No fear whatsoever from Trump with media. None. Refreshing to see. Not like past Repub presidents who were seemingly scared of their own shadows. Respectfully waiting for any real substance on continued Russia/election meme.

    1. So how does this play out? There are thousands of people whose only job is to analyze, scrutinize, comment on, speculate about, and challenge the federal government, especially the president. They are producing content 24/7/365. Would you really want them to be the enemy? You can’t win that fight. Trump is not going to shame an entire industry and bend it to his will. And the incredible irony is that he is surrounding himself with the worst offenders of fake news there are!

    2. Yeah, those coal miners are really going to love him when they can’t get disability benefits for black lung:

      http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/01/24/510668899/obamacare-repeal-threatens-a-health-benefit-popular-in-coal-country

      Coal companies will still love him, though. Roll back safety and environmental regulations while also hampering miners’ ability to collect disability benefits. That’s a big league win for the companies and a yuge loss for the miners.

  5. David Brooks’ column “What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like” included some laughs.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/opinion/what-a-failed-trump-administration-looks-like.html?_r=0

    “The likelihood is this: We’re going to have an administration that has morally and politically collapsed, without actually going away.

    What does that look like?

    First, it means an administration that is passive, full of sound and fury, but signifying nothing. To get anything done, a president depends on the vast machinery of the U.S. government. But Trump doesn’t mesh with that machinery. He is personality-based while it is rule-based. Furthermore, he’s declared war on it. And when you declare war on the establishment, it declares war on you.

    The Civil Service has a thousand ways to ignore or sit on any presidential order. The court system has given itself carte blanche to overturn any Trump initiative, even on the flimsiest legal grounds. The intelligence community has only just begun to undermine this president.

    President Trump can push all the pretty buttons on the command deck of the Starship Enterprise, but don’t expect anything to actually happen, because they are not attached.”

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