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Valdis Klētnieks
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Trump is going to go ballistic if he figures out that his administration is leaking this badly, this early.

We now have a story from The Washington Post ("The first days inside Trump’s White House: Fury, tumult and a reboot") to match yesterday's from The Times ("Rocky First Weekend for Trump Troubles Even His Top Aides"). They are each a classic type for a major newspaper. Throw your biggest reportorial names at the story, talk to every one and put together an over-arching from-the-inside narrative. They are each fascinating, occasionally comic and in some ways horrifying reads. But there is an underlying, not-made-explicit message to both which is perhaps the most important. We are three days into the administration and the Trump White House leaks not so much like a sieve as a bucket with no bottom.
We now have a story from The Washington Post ("The first days inside Trump’s White House: Fury, tumult and a reboot") to match yesterday's from The Times ("Rocky First Weekend for Trump Troubles Even His Top Aides"). They are each a classic type for a major newspaper. Throw your biggest reportorial names at the story, talk to every one and put together an over-arching from-the-inside narrative. They are each fascinating, occasionally comic and in...
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Use WebEx in Chrome? Patch now, if not sooner.
Publicly known “magic string” lets any site run malicious code, no questions asked.
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People use WebEx? It's got more bugs than a southern swamp on a hot summer night.
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Apparently, Trump was surprised by the idea that an agency that made its living providing accurate and verified information would refuse to rewrite their report to suit his needs.

And the CIA has a long history of taking pride in their accuracy - and explicitly noting when estimates need error bars, and when information isn't verified, to note that. I predict the rift between the CIA and Trump won't ever be fully healed.
A story from Trump's past offers insight to how he will handle intelligence as President.
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Gosh, kinda sounds like Bush43 when the CIA told him there was no evidence for WMDs.
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One person who frequently talks to Trump said aides have to push back privately against his worst impulses in the White House, like the news conference idea, and have to control information that may infuriate him. He gets bored and likes to watch TV, this person said, so it is important to minimize that.

I have to wonder when the last time somebody said "No, that's a stupid idea" to his face.
‘He's off to the worst start of a presidency in a very long time,’ according to one presidential historian.
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My bet is on his father and his fists, some fifty years ago.
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Ow. That's gotta hurt.
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It's always good to see some transparency regarding technical failures - hopefully the lessons learned will be picked up by engineers at all phone manufacturers, and other industries that use similar batteries.
SEOUL - January, 23, 2017 - Following several months of in-depth investigations, Samsung Electronics today announced the cause of the Note7 incidents and m
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Unlike VW, etc. I'd buy Samsung again but my S3 is still in mint condition.
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You now have this stuck in your head....
 
great. now it's stuck in my head 
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I'm going to cut Spicer a little slack - it's quite possible that he did the fact-checking, but Trump insisted on using his own alternative facts in the release.

That would certainly explain why Spicer looked totally pissed off during the briefing.
The White House spokesman's statement on crowd sizes was so riddled with errors and falsehoods that we wish we could give Five Pinocchios.
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Nope, no slack. He chose to support and work for a compulsive liar. Screw him.
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Don't let your mouth write a check your butt can't cash - some long-ago wise man. I've heard it attributed to various old blues guitarists, but the source is probably lost in the mists of time.

Which doesn't change the fact it's still good advice that Trump appears ready to ignore. China is already ticked at the Trump administration over the entire One China gaffe - and then Trump drops this. Obviously no thought was given to how we would enforce this. It doesn't help that the Philippines, which is the country that's actually most affected with a China territorial extension in the South China Sea, is getting more friendly with Beijing and anti-US...

Washington-based South China Sea expert Mira Rapp-Hooper at the Center for a New American Security called the threats to bar China's access in the South China Sea "incredible" and said it had no basis in international law.

"A blockade - which is what would be required to actually bar access - is an act of war," she added.

"The Trump administration has begun to draw red lines in Asia that they will almost certainly not be able to uphold, but they may nonetheless be very destabilizing to the relationship with China, invite crises, and convince the rest of the world that the United States is an unreliable partner."
The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has warned would require Washington to "wage war."
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China proceeding down slippery slope, Hawaii next?
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I guess it's official - we can expect the White House to double down when they're caught lying. I didn't see even a hint of "Well, we were wrong about the attendance"....
 
"I believe that we have to be honest with the American people. I think sometimes we can disagree with the facts. there are certain things that we may... we may not fully understand when we come out but our intention is never to lie to you," he said.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused to walk back his widely-disputed inauguration crowd size claims during his first official briefing.
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"Out intention is never to lie to you".......? We will just say it three times and that will make it true........
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Woo hoo! And anybody who thinks that NASA should get out of the weather/climate business is hereby politely requested to go tie a knot in it.
 
The #GOES16 weather satellite has returned its first images of Earth! In this picture you can see the moon, which the satellite uses for calibration. Find out more: http://go.nasa.gov/2jVq1ma
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But they're SKEPTICAL! Makin' up their own minds. Doin' their own thing. Knowin' stuff you don't know. Like Al Gore stuff and panic stuff. Yeah. You smarty pants. Mike Mann had EMAILZ like Hillary. Uh huh, uh huh.
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This needs to die. Quickly and painfully, in a way guaranteed to make any other Congressmen think twice before trying it again. If your Representative is one of the asshats sponsoring the bill, or is on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, make them understand that you don't agree in the slightest with this legislation.

And yes, asshat is the right term for anybody who floats such a deluded piece of legislation.
Text for H.R.193 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017
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"To end membership of the United States in the United Nations."

Then it would be US and THEM.


Such a pity the United Nations doesn't have a cool backronym for THEM.
The Humans, Everyone Matters.
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