Today, the Full Trump:
Read those five items and remember this is real, not fake, news — not "The West Wing," not "House of Cards," but honest-to-goodness events that unfolded in a 24 hour period less than a week into the Trump presidency.
And then remember this: There is a dominant faction inside the White House that believes fervently this is shrewd, long-term, disruptive politics that will forever change the country.
What the bogus election-fraud story means at home … Karen Tumulty front-pager for WashPost, "White House Debrief: No longer on campaign trail, but still untethered by facts": "Veterans of previous White Houses say they can recall no precedent for what Trump and his top aides are doing. They worry about the implications of this untethering from the truth when big decisions must be made about dealing with terrorism or charting the course of the economy."
And what it means abroad … Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman: "This spectacle of obvious lies being peddled by the White House is a tragedy for US democracy. But the rest of the world — and, in particular, America's allies — should also be frightened. A Trump administration that is addicted to the 'big lie' has very dangerous implications for global security."
IMAGINE inserting George Bush (either one), or Barack Obama, or FDR in these stories, four days after becoming president.
3 smart thoughts:
This headline in Politico Europe says it all … "As Trump retreats on trade, China moves in": Angry over Trump's TPP withdrawal, America's traditional trade partners have already reached out to Beijing.
We can't say this enough: This Trump v. China, nationalist v. globalist battle could shape the first year of this presidency — and reshape the world order.
Huge deal … "China Delivers Strong Message to President Trump": "Lu Kang, a senior official at China's Foreign Ministry, [in a rare interview] told NBC News' Richard Engel that the South China Seas dispute and the One China Policy are issues that are not up for discussion with the new U.S. administration."
To understand the worldview pervading the West Wing, carve out time to curl up with this N.Y. Times Magazine article (with grim photographs), "Will France Sound the Death Knell for Social Democracy? As a presidential election approaches this spring, even workers in the country's rust belt are embracing right-wing populism," by James Angelos: "Is socialism dead? The answer, at least in today's Europe, is probably yes."
More dire news for legacy-media business models … Drudge bannered this as "SOCIAL STRAINS SPARK MEDIA ANXIETY" … "Facebook, Snapchat Deals Produce Meager Results for News Outlets," by Bloomberg's Gerry Smith: "Newspapers and other media outlets are struggling to make money from their partnerships with tech giants like Facebook and Snapchat … Some publishers are scaling back on Facebook Inc.'s Instant Articles program."
"Gary Cohn's Goldman Exit Tops $100 Million," per WSJ: Trump's top economic adviser "received $65 million in cash to cover his potential future bonuses at the bank .. Those payouts would otherwise have been determined by how Goldman fared over the next several years.He also received $45 million worth of stock that was locked up or remained subject to clawback."
Oscar nominees … "Record Six Black Actors Nominated, Diversity Improves After Controversy" — Variety: "While no actors of color were nominated the last two years, this year saw every acting category recognizing a person of color. A record-tying (with 2007) seven minority actors were recognized, including a record-setting six black actors." … Complete list ... Ranked by studio (Lionsgate first, Paramount second).
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