The continued lowering of standards in government

The Trump Administration seems to take pride in finding people to nominate for important positions who aren’t really qualified to do them. We’ve seen judges who’ve never issued an opinion until now, we’ve seen wedding planners appointed to oversee federal funding for housing, and we’ve seen talk-show hosts nominated to be head scientist at the …

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Lyin’ Trump lies again

Trump is on this tear about Amazon and the Post Office, and he’s fired everyone who’s willing to tell him he’s making a fool of himself by getting his facts wrong or lying. For starters: Last year alone, Amazon supplied $7 billion of the Post Office’s $19.5 billion in revenue. So obviously Amazon and the …

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Trump is getting worse

As bad as we thought he might be, he’s becoming infinitely worse. So writes Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post, and it’s impossible to disagree. What’s really terrifying is that the Republicans in Congress are mostly quiescent. They’re either afraid of Trump’s 35%-of-voters base or they really don’t give a damn about what Tillerson’s done …

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In fundraising speech, Trump lied

In a fundraising speech in Missouri this evening, Trump says he made up a trade claim with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trump makes up dialogue from Trudeau: “‘Donald, we have no trade deficit.’ I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know. … I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’ You …

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Trump and North Korea

What do you bet that Trump is sitting in the residence at the White House dreaming of himself as the Great Peacemaker, about to resolve the Korean War by meeting with the DPRK’s young dictator and congratulating himself for doing what no other President has ever done? He’s not smart enough to figure out that …

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30? THIRTY?

Headline: More Than 30 Trump Aides Lose Top-Secret Clearance, Sources Say Jeebus. “All the best people,” he said. “The highest ethics,” he said. “Everybody wants to work in the White House,” he said. This is the most inept and dangerously-stupid President and Administration in American history.

A compendium of greed

The Boston Globe’s columnist Michael A. Cohen has compiled a list of some of the more egregious instances of corruption in the Trump Cabinet. It’s got the highlights, from the first-class plane tickets to the dining room set to the excessive use of security details. It’s instructive to see them all laid out in one …

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Trump’s corruption

Forbes magazine has done a deep dive into the President’s real estate holdings and discovered that he’s getting paid approximately 175 million bucks a year in rent from tenants like the government of China and major banks like UBS, Barclays, J P Morgan and Bank of America. Coincidentally (or was it?) In December, Trump tenants …

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