Author: The BPI Squirrel

God-King vs. Intelligence 3: “I Get Great Intel!”

The God-King can’t resist boasting … even if that means betraying critical secret intelligence. (More) “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day.” So the God-King boasted to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the Washington Post reported last night: President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. The information the president relayed had been provided by...

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Lessons of 2016: Confront Angst, Ease Hardship

Democrats must confront the angst being peddled by the White Right. They must also explain how they’ll ease real economic hardship. That doesn’t mean rosier lies. It means hard truths. (More) “We have nothing. Nothing. It’s all going to them.” To regain their political footing, Democrats must publicly confront the angst-peddlers whose business model is premised on stoking white male anger and despair. And make no doubt, there’s a multi-billion-dollar industry devoted to doing exactly that: Generally speaking, Trump supporters are non-college-educated white men, ranging from younger “bros” to, more typically, white male baby-boomer retirees with plenty of spare...

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Lessons of 2016: Hardship vs. Angst

There’s no shortage of Lessons for Democrats from 2016 … and many of them are wrong. (More) “Like I told everyone during the election, he’s got four years, he blows it up, we start over again” The Public Religion Research Institute survey attributes that quote to Man, and we could have guessed: “I think it’s much less that Trump gets it and much more a desire to gamble on big change. It’s almost like we’re setting the reset button, we’re saying: ‘Okay, we’ve had all these politicians in here for so long, we’ve got another politician whose husband was...

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Umm … Stuff, plus Other Stuff

So uh … umm … news. And stuff. (More) “I made a determination that I believed that it was unlawful” Much of what Sally Yates testified to yesterday had already been reported. But she did say something new, at least according to LawFare’s Jack Goldsmith: Yates changed her story from January about why she refused to defend the (first) Immigration Executive Order (EO). In January I wrote about the unsigned letter that Yates sent to DOJ officials to explain her decision not to defend the EO in court. To recap what I said then: As Acting Attorney General, Yates had the authority...

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Vive La France! plus Other Stuff

French voters delivered a resounding victory for inclusion. Now to make it work…. (More) “The task that awaits us, my fellow citizens, is immense and it starts tomorrow” So declared French President-elect Emmanuel Macron after his landslide victory over Marine Le Pen: France on Sunday shrugged off the siren call of right-wing populism that enchanted voters in the United States and United Kingdom, ­rejecting anti-E.U. firebrand ­Marine Le Pen and choosing as its next president Emmanuel Macron, a centrist political neophyte who has pledged to revive both his struggling country and the flailing continent. The result brought to a close...

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