Looking Good, Mr. President

121 Responses to “Looking Good, Mr. President”

  1. February 1, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Evening TOD folks. Sweet! Thank you Nerdy.

  2. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    • 5 desertflower
      February 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      I guarantee you that white supremacists have done more damage to people and this country than Islamic anything would do….this is flat out profiling and it is Wrong! They all need to go. Every last one of them. They are a danger to a healthy society and are putting us and the world at risk with their ignorant hate talk!

      • 6 sherijr
        February 1, 2017 at 9:22 pm

        They do need to go asap. But who will send them packing? What ruin will they bring to the world first? I am so angry all the time and I’ll tell you all, for 3 nights running I literally dream of bombings. I didn’t even realize I was so freaked.

        • 7 desertflower
          February 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm

          I know, sweet:( Wakes me up in the night….take that anxiety and work for good:) xoxo

          • 8 sherijr
            February 1, 2017 at 11:37 pm

            thanks df ~ best wishes to you. Trying to work through it all. Just like everyone, I suppose.

            • 9 catrst
              February 2, 2017 at 4:34 am

              I am so grateful to have read yours and other comments dealing with the anxiety this is producing. I was thinking this is like a natural disaster scene or soon after a event of war after seeing that I am not the only one reacting this way. I started to think that our senses are correct. This is what is happening. Then I started to think that we need to adjust as soon as we can to a kind of detachment that allows us to focus on what can be done and to prioritize or triage. We can’t be catatonic. We have to be alert and the only way we can is to put a frame around this that its all hands on deck but we also have to take breaks and be very supportive in community with one another. We did not cause this. We can only do what is in our power to do and trust that someone else will be able to do what we cannot.

              • 10 sherijr
                February 2, 2017 at 7:31 am

                very well stated catrst and a really good attitude. I admit to being in the catatonic stage far to frequently of late.

    • 11 Gazelle
      February 1, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      I’m now done using “effer” or “eff”! Onwards am just going to use all my words.

  3. 16 desertflower
    February 1, 2017 at 9:22 pm


    This strategy requires a two-pronged approach. First, the creation of a small group of loyal insiders, who take orders directly from the leader’s inner circle and are tasked with creating chains of authority that bypass those of the existing federal government and party bureaucracies. I was disturbed, but not surprised, when Conway said two days after the inauguration that “it’s really time for (Trump) to put in his own security and intelligence community.”

    Second is the unleashing of the political purges that authoritarians so love. Some purges are punitive (say the firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates because she defied Trump’s immigration order) and some pre-emptive (the expulsion of senior State Department staff) but the effect is to cleanse the government of troublemakers and leave a power vacuum to be filled with loyalists — or not filled at all, for added disruption of the state bureaucracy.

    Trump campaigned on a platform of unifying the nation, but by striking at the state he and Bannon intend to turn us against each other.
    Their blitzkrieg not only throws us off balance but forces us to take sides. Do I work for Trump or leave the government? Do I issue a statement that my company disapproves of the travel ban? What will my shareholders and stakeholders think? It’s no accident that the World War II language of resistance and collaboration has come back into circulation — these are the situations authoritarians create to divide us, making it easier for them to restrict our freedoms.

    Trump and Bannon are in this for the long run. Trump has already filed paperwork for a 2020 candidacy. Our focus, in the middle of this storm, is to keep our feet on the ground and our eyes on the prize: the defense of American democracy.

    Why has he filed his paperwork for 2020? Does he “KNOW” he will win? If he keeps this up, we may not BE HERE in 2020!

  4. February 1, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    First two segments of Rachel’s program was excellent

  5. 19 Gazelle
    February 1, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Caught it by total accident. PBS has a special on the founding of National Museum of African American History & Culture, 9:00–10:00pm tonight, at least here on east coast.

  6. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    February 1, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Don’t give Trump any ideas! He’ll fall for anything.

  7. 25 CEB
    February 1, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    The so-called evangelicals made a devil’s bargain with the Deplorable One and they will soon rue the day. The others who voted for Bannon’s puppet have the wealthy all white male dream team that they believe are the only ones who should be in the executive office and already they are destroying their populist dream. Amazing that within less than 2 weeks this malignant group has wrecked such havoc that it will take a generation or more to deal with the effects. PBO’s time already seems like a faraway dream.

    I hope that PBO and MO stay away a long time to enjoy themselves; people should stop thinking that they should come back and deal with a mess that the voters and non-voters created. They are done. I think that they should also re-consider living in D.C. If they are there people will not leave them alone.

    It is funny how the opposition is complaining that they are not getting a so-called honeymoon. Really? We are supposed to be silent while they set the world on fire?

    • 26 Gazelle
      February 1, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Agree, CEB, that the Deplorables are creating havoc in the US & world. PBO & MO will carry on with their lives here in DC as they nurture Sasha through high school. They know how to manage those pesky people who’re trying to drag them into the mess. They will live quietly, and I’m sure travel a lot. Those who’re trying to pull them into their quagmire will not succeed. It’s a self-inflicted quagmire. They can sort it out for themselves. The Adult in the Room dropped the mic y’all! 🙂

  8. 27 whenpamelawandered
    February 1, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    From Alan Oken on FB:

    “February 2: Astrological Commentaries from Bali. The occupant in the White House: Many people stop growing at the point of the integration and individualization of the lesser ego (anchored in the solar plexus) without accomplishing the conscious link to the Higher Self (anchored in the heart). This is very dangerous. At this point, the lower self is infused with the subjective sensation (and it is sensual, make no doubt!) of its uniqueness and separateness. When such a person reaches this stage, such a one seeks to (e)go out into life and “push buttons,” and by so doing exert their sense of personal(ity) power. This is indeed an “integrated ego.” It is conscious of itself but unconscious of the Greater Law and certainly unconscious of the cohesive power of Love, Such an ego strives to pervert and subvert universal energies to the bidding of personal material aims, thoughts, and desires. The stronger the ego in question, the greater the negative magnetic vortex it creates. This is accompanied by the urge to mold the universe in its own limited and exclusive image. Be assured that the unconscious masses seeking personal egocentric power have followed, do follow, and will follow such charismatic egos. This is a sad historical fact. Such will be the case until a huge number of us are centered in the Great Heart. This centering is the great Work at hand. Onward, dear ones. With love and blessings to one and all, AO”

  9. 28 desertflower
    February 1, 2017 at 9:43 pm

  10. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    February 1, 2017 at 9:49 pm

  11. 32 desertflower
    February 1, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Here’s what I was thinking about today. I think that since Jeff Zucker and fucking King Dumpass are on the outs, that we should call on CNN to do a special report…about what fascism looks like and the actions that DT has taken since being planted as president that have fascist overtones….Americans need to be educated on this! SOME Americans have no idea who Frederick Douglass is, for crying out loud!

    I think that Americans need to see something like this so they can begin to connect the dots…they are all in the ” it can’t happen here” mode…and that would definitely be WRONG! Any thoughts?

  12. 33 desertflower
    February 1, 2017 at 9:53 pm

  13. 34 FoxfireTX
    February 1, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Good evening TOD. The insanity continues. But I must admit that these tweets in this thread shook me. I’ve been thinking since the weekend we are headed for a constitutional crisis. Numerous reports of the CBP refusing to follow court orders and making it up as they go. So while I doubt we are going to see a military coup, I have no idea how all of this is going to play out. We have corruption like we have never seen before and the GOP Congress seems determined to enable it. Can you imagine any Obama appointee making it through after they have lied during their committee testimony? Can you imagine the uproar if Harry Reid had dumped the committee rules and let the nominees proceed to a floor vote without a quorum? We are seeing democratic rules and norms being tossed by the wayside on a daily basis. What happens when there are no rules left?

  14. 35 JER
    February 1, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Crowds Gather to Protest Milo Yiannapoulos (senior editor for Breitbart News) Appearance in Berkeley – http://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-4?cid=share_twitter_widget

  15. 36 JER
    February 1, 2017 at 10:11 pm

  16. 39 desertflower
    February 1, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Well, he certainly should know an “idiot” when he sees one, been looking at him in the mirror every morning, for like, 100 years. If he is “upset” by the tactics the Dems are using…I hope someone mentioned that they learned from Republicans these last 8 years…then tell them all to eff off. That ought to set them off…


  17. 40 whenpamelawandered
    February 1, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Can’t say I’d blame PBO and MO if they never came back! Surely for over a decade they have both been fully dedicated and committed to the vision they brought to us, and to the world. It has been a long, long time since they could relax like this! Bless you, take care of yourselves, take all the time you need. You are loved!

  18. 42 desertflower
    February 1, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Off to try to sleep…I hope that PBO and FLOTUS (always) are relaxing and enjoying each other and being human again….so grateful for their hard work and leadership….more than ever.

  19. February 1, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Sessions had not been confirmed..i thought that he was

  20. 44 Gazelle
    February 1, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Just throwing this out there because it’s worthwhile listening to, hope it posts right:

  21. February 1, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I like this picture from the Rogue NASA twitter acct.

  22. 47 Gazelle
    February 1, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Laurence Fishburne on Daily Show With Trevor Noah. And he’s not naming DT, just a number, simply 45! LOL! And Trevor told us what it means in South Africa! 🙂 🙂


  23. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    February 1, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    trying not to get overwhelmed by all that I feel needs to be done to resist …… remaining calm and focused on priorities is not easy … want to be everywhere, doing everything, NOW … not realistic or healthy

  24. February 1, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    #lookattheshinyobject Does anyone know if 45 (I will never call him the “P” word), has called Prime Minister Trudeau to express condolences on the loss of lives from the mass shooting by the white guy (not a Muslim) or even signed a condolence book at the Canadian Embassy?

  25. 52 globalcitizenlinda
    February 1, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    by the time we make it through the first month, all previously unpopular world leaders will become more popular with their citizens if they are at the receiving end of the homegrown demagogue’s insults/criticism;


    • 53 globalcitizenlinda
      February 2, 2017 at 12:06 am

    • 54 globalcitizenlinda
      February 2, 2017 at 12:15 am

      if only the homegrown demagogue had paid any attention to what PBO was doing, instead of promoting hate, he would have known that PBO was working on this.

      we ordinary people know it because we were paying attention to PBO

    • 55 99ts
      February 2, 2017 at 5:52 am

      Our guy is refusing to admit how nasty Trump was – he is a wimp – but is slowly being forced to admit to the reality of Trump. It may well end up being the international community that brings Trump down. He has few friends after what he has said and done.

      • 56 Believe Again
        February 2, 2017 at 6:42 pm

        This is going to be key 99, no one country can do this, but realize that in the doing, there might be some discomforts or sufferings involved for citizens so this must be prepared for.

        Like I mentioned before, all US allies should look elsewhere and start now because unless you want to be bullied constantly (bullies never stop if you do not stand up to them), taking a stand is the only thing any bully fears and making this stand with allies other than them makes good sense. As long as 45 remains the old alliances should be viewed as tarnished or dead.

  26. February 2, 2017 at 12:04 am


  27. 58 Gazelle
    February 2, 2017 at 12:22 am

    [Great response, sharing from a post on my FB:]

    Love this response from Scott Mednick when a Trump-loving Facebook friend told him, “We suffered for 8 years. Now it’s your turn.”

    Scott’s excellent reply:

    “I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me because I did not support Trump. That of course is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone.

    Your statement seems to continue an ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The election is over. It is important to get past campaigning and campaign rhetoric and get down to what is uniting not dividing and what is best for ALL Americans.

    There will never be a President who does everything to everyone’s liking. There are things President Obama (and President Clinton) did that I do not like and conversely there are things I can point to that the Presidents Bush did that I agree with. So I am not 100% in lock step with the outgoing President but have supported him and the overall job he did.

    And, if you recall, during the Presidential Campaign back in 2008 the campaign was halted because of the “historic crisis in our financial system.”

    Wall Street bailout negotiations intervened in the election process. The very sobering reality was that there likely could be a Depression and the world financial markets could collapse. The United States was losing 800,000 jobs a month and was poised to lose at least 10 million jobs the first year once the new President took office. We were in an economic freefall. So let us recall that ALL of America was suffering terribly at the beginning of Obama’s Presidency.

    But I wanted to look back over the last 8 years and ask you a few questions. Since much of the rhetoric before Obama was elected was that he would impose Sharia Law, Take Away Your Guns, Create Death Panels, Destroy the Economy, Impose Socialism and, since you will agree that NONE of this came to pass, I was wondering:

    Why have you suffered so?

    So let me ask:

    Gays and Lesbians can now marry and enjoy the benefits they had been deprived. Has this caused your suffering?
    When Obama took office the Dow was 6,626. Now it is 19,875. Has this caused your suffering?
    We have 82 straight months of private sector job growth – the longest streak in the history of the United States. Has this caused your suffering?
    Especially considering where he the economy was when he took over, an amazing 11.3 million new jobs were created under
    President Obama (far more than President Bush). Has this caused your suffering?
    Obama has taken Unemployment from 10% down to 4.7%. Has this caused your suffering?
    Homelessness among US Veterans has dropped by half. Has this caused your suffering?
    Obama shut down the US secret overseas prisons. Has this caused your suffering?
    President Obama has created a policy for the families of fallen soldiers to have their travel paid for to be there when remains are flown home. Has this caused your suffering?
    We landed a rover on Mars. Has this caused your suffering?
    He passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Has this caused your suffering?
    Uninsured adults has decreased to below 10%: 90% of adults are insured – an increase of 20 Million Adults. Has this caused your suffering?
    People are now covered for pre-existing conditions. Has this caused your suffering?
    Insurance Premiums increased an average of $4,677 form 2002-2008 an increase of 58% under Bush. The growth of these
    insurance premiums have gone up $4,145 – a slower rate of increase. Has this caused your suffering?
    Obama added Billions of dollars to mental health care for our Veterans. Has this caused your suffering?
    Consumer confidence has gone from 37.7 to 98.1 during Obama’s tenure. Has this caused your suffering?
    He passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Has this caused your suffering?
    His bi-annual Nuclear Summit convinced 16 countries to give up and destroy all their loose nuclear material so it could not be stolen. Has this caused your suffering?
    He saved the US Auto industry. American cars sold at the beginning of his term was 10.4M and upon his exit 17.5M. Has this caused your suffering?
    The deficit as a percentage of the GDP has gone from 9.8% to 3.2%. Has this caused your suffering?
    The deficit itself was cut by $800 Billion Dollars. Has this caused your suffering?
    Obama preserved the middle class tax cuts. Has this caused your suffering?
    Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. Has this caused your suffering?
    He signed Credit Card reform so that rates could not be raised without you being notified. Has this caused your suffering?
    He outlawed Government contractors from discriminating against LGBT persons. Has this caused your suffering?
    He doubled Pell Grants. Has this caused your suffering?
    Abortion is down. Has this caused your suffering?
    Violent crime is down. Has this caused your suffering?
    He overturned the scientific ban on stem cell research. Has this caused your suffering?
    He protected Net Neutrality. Has this caused your suffering?
    Obamacare has extended the life of the Medicare insurance trust fund (will be solvent until 2030). Has this caused your suffering?
    Prescient Obama repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Has this caused your suffering?
    He banned torture. Has this caused your suffering?
    He negotiated with Syria to give up its chemical weapons and they were destroyed. Has this caused your suffering?
    Solar and Wind Power are at an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?
    High School Graduation rates hit 83% – an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?
    Corporate profits are up by 144%. Has this caused your suffering?
    He normalized relationships with Cuba. Has this caused your suffering?
    Reliance on foreign oil is at a 40 year low. Has this caused your suffering?
    US Exports are up 28%. Has this caused your suffering?
    He appointed the most diverse cabinet ever. Has this caused your suffering?
    He reduced the number of troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Has this caused your suffering?
    Yes, he killed Osama Bin Laden and retrieved all the documents in his possession for analysis. Perhaps THIS caused your suffering?
    From an objective standpoint it would appear that the last 8 years have seen some great progress and we were saved from a financial collapse.
    Things are not perfect.
    Things can always be better.
    We are on much better footing now than we were in 2008.
    I look forward to understanding what caused you to suffer so much under Obama these last 8 years.”

    (He has not replied as of this writing)

  28. February 2, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

  29. February 2, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Right is right and wrong is wrong.

  30. 63 catrst
    February 2, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I didn’t see this posted here yet. Sorry if I missed it. I am bringing this over from Talking Points Memo. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/politics/pete-souza-obama-photographer-donald-trump/index.html

    Thought this was the best thing in my month. Pete Souza responding to events by posting a picture of President Obama that is a counterpoint to Trump and his actions.

  31. February 2, 2017 at 6:36 am

  32. February 2, 2017 at 7:04 am

  33. February 2, 2017 at 7:35 am

    There was TPP. There was a European trade deal. Did that one go thru

  34. 68 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Morning everyone…fitful sleep last night…

    I wake to find that the SCOTUS nominee just wants to be with his friends in the 45 govt….


  35. 69 sherijr
    February 2, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I want to know how this “draft” – if he tries to EO it – doesn’t break federal laws, and how can it supersede federal laws? http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/report-administration-drafts-religious-freedom-executive-action/ar-AAmwiUl?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

    they can call it a “religious freedom” order all fu*king day, however it is still discrimination.

    • 70 sherijr
      February 2, 2017 at 7:42 am

      However, I wonder too, if this isn’t being put out as another distraction from SCOTUS or some other dastardly deed they have waiting in the wings..?

  36. 71 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 7:52 am


    That didn’t take long. From no-drama Obama to all-trauma Trump: the shift has been seismic, leaving millions in this country and abroad frightened and struggling to make sense of America’s new political landscape.

    Some of the upheaval appears to be the consequence of incompetence, the predictable result of an under-qualified real estate mogul struggling to master the most powerful and demanding job on the planet.

    But not so with the travel ban. In this case, upheaval was the intent – not to the degree we have seen; that clearly caught the administration off guard. But it was upheaval nonetheless.

    As we now know, the drafting and rollout of the travel ban was largely the work of Steve Bannon, the president’s chief political strategist. It was Bannon who reportedly overruled the proposal to exempt green card holders from the ban. And it was Bannon who pushed the order through without consulting experts at the Department of Homeland Security or at the state department.

    The Nacht und Nebel quality of the ban’s announcement makes clear that the president’s chief strategist wanted to send tremors through the world. Here was bold proof that the portentous accents of Trump’s inaugural address, also Bannon’s work, was not mere rhetoric.

    Now the world would know what “America First” means – not first in democracy or human rights; not first in recognizing an obligation to victims of humanitarian crisis (some of which we have helped create). No, this was America first in pugilism, parochialism and misplaced protectionism.

    Unvetted. Unconfirmed. Unhinged. WTF could go wrong?!

  37. 73 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Are American taxpayers on the hook for the 45 govt and these unlawfully detained individuals? There will be hundreds of thousands of these!


  38. 74 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Sad and pathetic to me. Once a place of light and life, this looks like a frat house that’s been left unattended…one that smells of stale beer and crusty pee….

  39. 75 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 8:05 am

  40. 76 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 8:05 am

  41. 77 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Make those calls regarding DeVos again today!! Maybe we can get this unqualified nutjob to go back home!! YES WE CAN!

  42. 78 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Good advice.

  43. 80 globalcitizenlinda
    February 2, 2017 at 8:14 am

    does the homegrown demagogue even know that US federal funds refers to money people pay to the feds largely in form of taxes?

    each time he threatens to cut off federal funds to a group, organization, institution etc., should be an opportunity for us to remind him that he has not paid any taxes so he is in no position to threaten anyone;

    I wish some lawyer would find a way to link this to a lawsuit & take him to court;

  44. 83 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Dear God…the idiot was so TIRED! That’s why he fucked up an easy call to our ally! HE WAS TIRED!


  45. February 2, 2017 at 8:37 am

    The raid in Yemen that turned out to be a disaster…the raid that PBO said NO to…Trump took on…i would be willing to say that the reason Trump said Yes to that raid was to try to best PBO…to be able to say…see I succeeded where he failed..

    • 85 desertflower
      February 2, 2017 at 8:41 am

      that goes without saying…tiny hands, tiny… he will NEVER compare. Meanwhile, what would happen if the entire world shamed this installed president? World shaming….

      • 86 desertflower
        February 2, 2017 at 8:44 am

        Remember when Republicans worked overtime trying to tell the country that PBO was bringing down the respect factor of America on the world stage? They were wrong….it was the guy in their dreams that was doing that. Only 2 weeks in….

  46. February 2, 2017 at 8:52 am

    The whole world is condemning fascist Trump.

  47. 92 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Maybe this was the plan all along?


    And now that Mr. Tillerson (aka Putin’s BFF) is SOS….just connecting the dots.

  48. 94 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 9:05 am

    He’s a fucking idiot

  49. February 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

  50. 96 amk for obama
    February 2, 2017 at 9:21 am

    from my temp tweet handle.

  51. February 2, 2017 at 9:29 am


    • 99 desertflower
      February 2, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Great news! Americans are paying attention!! THIS was part of our lesson to learn:) We must pay attention and participate in our govt. Stay woke.

  52. 100 JER
    February 2, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    • 101 desertflower
      February 2, 2017 at 9:38 am

      FOR REAL?? Is EVERYTHING a joke? EVERYTHING not to be taken seriously? If this is true, it is because he’s nervous in front of religious people..he is a fraud and he doesn’t want them to KNOW he’s a fraud…

    • February 2, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Did he ask to pray for the family of that Navy Sealman who was kill?

  53. February 2, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Lots of tv coverage of this event last night in the Bay Area. You’re going to see a lot of RWNJs blame this on liberals but UCBerkeley admin is not having it:

  54. February 2, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Did he REALLY go to the National Prayer Breakfast and talk about ratings for The Apprentice?

  55. 108 JER
    February 2, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Trump hung up on the leader of Australia after blasting refugee deal as exporting “next Boston bombers” — http://nydn.us/2ktHl1W

    ‏@WestWingReport 3m – Trump wants an America where people can “practice their religious beliefs without fear of hostility or fear of violence”

  56. February 2, 2017 at 9:40 am


  57. February 2, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Congressional Republicans deliver for the oil industry
    02/02/17 09:21 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Big Oil had quite a day in Washington yesterday. Rex Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil CEO, was sworn in as the new Secretary of State, despite the fact that he has literally no experience in official diplomacy or foreign policy. The final vote was 56 to 43, with literally every Republican in the Senate supporting the nomination – including those who scoffed initially after Donald Trump announced Tillerson’s nomination last year.

    Just a few hours before the vote, Politico published an interesting piece about Tillerson personally having lobbied Congress during the Wall Street reform effort, urging lawmakers to reject a provision that “required drilling and mining companies to disclose any payments they make to foreign governments.”

    Tillerson reportedly argued at the time that forcing oil companies to disclose such payments “would put them at a competitive disadvantage. He also explained that the provision would make it especially difficult for Exxon to do business in Russia, where, as he did not need to explain, the government takes a rather active interest in the oil industry.”


    Vox noted yesterday what’s become of this provision in the law.

    Using the little-known Congressional Review Act, the House GOP voted on Wednesday to kill an Obama-era regulation that would require publicly traded oil, gas, and mining companies to disclose any payments that they made to foreign governments, including taxes and royalties.

    The roll call on the vote is online here. Note that 98% of House Republicans voted to kill the disclosure requirement, while 98% of House Democrats voted to keep the requirement in place.

  58. 111 JER
    February 2, 2017 at 9:41 am

  59. February 2, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Key questions surround Trump’s first military raid
    02/02/17 08:42 AM—UPDATED 02/02/17 09:35 AM
    By Steve Benen

    It’s been described as a mission in which “almost everything went wrong.” As we discussed yesterday, the first military raid ordered by Donald Trump was launched on Sunday in Yemen, and the plan was to acquire intelligence and equipment at an al Qaeda camp.

    What transpired was a fight that left three al Qaeda leaders dead, but also killed Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owen, a member of SEAL Team 6, and Nawar al-Awlaki, an 8-year-old girl born in the United States whose father was an al Qaeda leader killed several years ago. A New York Times report noted, “There are allegations — which the Pentagon acknowledged on Wednesday night are most likely correct — that the mission also killed several civilians, including some children.”

    The piece added, “[A]lmost everything that could go wrong did.”

    The question now is who, if anyone, bears responsibility for the deadly incident. This Reuters report suggests some in the military are looking at the White House.

    U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.

    As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.

  60. 113 desertflower
    February 2, 2017 at 9:42 am

  61. February 2, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Senator Booker: What’s happening with Trump is worthy of outrage
    Senator Cory Booker talks with Rachel Maddow about Democratic opposition to Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, the concerns of his constituents about Trump, and the need to stay focused and resist fatigue in challenging Trump

  62. February 2, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Democrats forcing GOP to deal with confirmation system they broke

    David Leonhardt, writer and editor for The New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about why he thinks Democrats should accept that Republicans broke the confirmation system when they refused to giving Merrick Garland a hearing and should give Neil Gorsuch the same treatment.

  63. February 2, 2017 at 10:16 am

    The Long-Term Economic Wreckage of Trump’s Travel Ban
    by Anne Kim February 1, 2017 2:58 PM

    After weeks of silence, U.S. business leaders have become increasingly critical of President Donald Trump’s announced ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

    “Trump’s actions… are so un-American it pains us all,” wrote Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in a Facebook post earlier this week, while Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield pronounced the ban “…gratuitously evil” in a Tweet. At the normally staid Goldman Sachs, CEO Lloyd Blankfein told employees in a voicemail that “[t]his is not a policy we support.”

    Corporate America has good reason to condemn Trump’s travel ban – it is a humanitarian travesty and an affront to American values. Moreover, its long-term impacts could wreak incalculable damage to the American economy.

    Much of the innovative energy in the United States that’s led to new jobs and economic growth has come from its immigrants. According to the 2016 Silicon Valley Index by the think tank Joint Venture, 37% of Silicon Valley residents are foreign born, including 50% of workers ages 25-44. Many of the tech world’s most prominent entrepreneurs are also immigrants, including South African-born Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX; Google’s Sergey Brin; and Israeli-born Safra Catz, now CEO of Oracle. In fact, finds the Kauffman Foundation, more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies in 2010 were founded by immigrants or the child of an immigrant.

    Yet Trump’s travel ban sends a broadly anti-immigrant signal to the rest of the world just as other nations are vying for – and winning – the best and brightest minds in the increasingly global market for talent. Already, the United States is slipping in its ability to attract and retain the world’s top workers. A 2015 report by the Business Roundtable, for instance, ranked the United States ninth out of tenth – after Germany, Australia, Singapore and other nations – in the friendliness of its policies toward high-skilled immigration.

    Trump’s continued lurch toward insularity, which includes his plans for a border wall as well as his ban on refugees, will only accelerate the flight of top-tier global talent to friendlier shores – a phenomenon that urban theorist Richard Florida noted as early as 2004 in an especially prescient piece for the Washington Monthly:

  64. February 2, 2017 at 10:22 am

     Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination
    If signed, the order would create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity.
    By Sarah Posner

    A leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation, reveals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination.

    This article was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.

    The four-page draft order, a copy of which is currently circulating among federal staff and advocacy organizations, construes religious organizations so broadly that it covers “any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations,” and protects “religious freedom” in every walk of life: “when providing social services, education, or healthcare; earning a living, seeking a job, or employing others; receiving government grants or contracts; or otherwise participating in the marketplace, the public square, or interfacing with Federal, State or local governments.”

    The draft order seeks to create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious or moral objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity, and it seeks to curtail women’s access to contraception and abortion through the Affordable Care Act. The White House did not respond to requests for comment, but when asked Monday about whether a religious freedom executive order was in the works, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters, “I’m not getting ahead of the executive orders that we may or may not issue. There is a lot of executive orders, a lot of things that the president has talked about and will continue to fulfill, but we have nothing on that front now.”

    Language in the draft document specifically protects the tax-exempt status of any organization that “believes, speaks, or acts (or declines to act) in accordance with the belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, sexual relations are properly reserved for such a marriage, male and female and their equivalents refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy, physiology, or genetics at or before birth, and that human life begins at conception and merits protection at all stages of life.”

    The breadth of the draft order, which legal experts described as “sweeping” and “staggering,” may exceed the authority of the executive branch if enacted. It also, by extending some of its protections to one particular set of religious beliefs, would risk violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

    “This executive order would appear to require agencies to provide extensive exemptions from a staggering number of federal laws—without regard to whether such laws substantially burden religious exercise,” said Marty Lederman, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and an expert on church-state separation and religious freedom.

  65. February 2, 2017 at 10:24 am

Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.



Blog Stats

  • 43,031,008 hits
February 2017

%d bloggers like this: