Good Thursday morning.
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We might be numb to so many attacks on so many groups so often that it
obscures how President Trump has torched virtually every institution
that could one day hold him accountable.
It’s like a gigantic, presidential whack-a-mole, with Trump pounding
any new threat as it pops up, leaving nothing to chance. Here’s a look at the people and institutions that Trump has set his sights on — all in recent days:
Be smart ... This adapts a classic Trump technique that he used during the campaign: constant, withering criticism combined with brutal belittling, in an effort to create tectonic shifts in voter attitudes.
"Trump told one ally this week that he wanted 'to brand' the [FBI's 2016 campaign] informant a 'spy,' believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public," AP reports.
CNN's Brian Stelter points out: "In many of President Trump's comments about an alleged 'spy' in his presidential campaign, there's a tell. Usually it's the word 'if.' Sometimes it's the word 'maybe.' Or 'possibly.' Or the word 'or!'
"Resist efforts to politicize intelligence oversight" ... Five former top U.S. intelligence officials, who served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, warn against plans for Justice Department officials to hold a GOP-only briefing about the role of a 2016 informant in the FBI's Russia investigation.
The letter is to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi:
The letter is signed by:
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosts Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for a news conference yesterday in the State Department's Benjamin Franklin Room.
Choe Son-hui, North Korea vice minister of foreign affairs, is quoted by the state-run news agency as slamming Vice President Pence as a "political dummy" for comments he made in a Fox interview comparing her country with Libya:
"We will neither beg the U.S. for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us ... Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States."
House Speaker Paul Ryan, in remarks prepared for this morning's 14th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast:
"We see moral relativism becoming more and more pervasive in our culture. Identity politics and tribalism have grown on top of this. All of it has been made more prevalent by 21st century technology. And there is plenty of money to be made on making it worse."
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A pecking order is evolving in the newest stage of the digital era: aggressive early adopters of artificial intelligence are reporting elevated earnings and may be forming "an insurmountable advantage" over rivals, writes Axios' Steve LeVine.
Toronto Councilor Joe Cressy, 33, to the N.Y. Times, on the opioid crisis:
“It’s like the AIDS crisis; we’ve had people dying for a decade and nobody cared."
Ahead of a gala tonight in New York featuring Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, the Clinton Foundation is releasing a 2017 Impact Report with the theme “Changing Lives, Together.”
The foundation drops a 30-second video on social media, "to help broader audiences understand and share its continued mission, work, and impact."
"Finals, finally": With last night's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the deciding game of the NHL's Eastern Conference finals, the Washington Capitals will play the Vegas Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup, starting Monday in Nevada.
#RockTheRed ... #ALLCAPS ... #CapsLock