Disobedient acts by President Trump’s advisers represent an erosion of his legitimacy, fueled by Russian election interference, that threatens to reach a breaking point.
This is what also goes on when he meets with the lobbyists.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them —albeit more civilized ones—for 40 yrs. We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 23, 2018
An investigation reveals that the fake news sites that flourished in Macedonia in 2016 weren’t just the work of local teens — and that security agencies are probing possible connections to Russia.
Declassified documents offer a rare window into the decision-making process surrounding some of the most consequential events on record. They allow
Lawfare folks are understandably still dismayed by the Comey firing but the data and meaning are not the same. So the article says that the survey does not reflect the IG reports but somehow indicates criticisms of Wray’s low profile public defense of the FBI in an impossible situation.
Any interpretation of that data about Wray’s leadership is meaningless since it is based on a small time sample of outlier, crisis-induced, reactive behavior and not granular enough. The circumstances are also not of his own making and geared to isolate Mueller’s investigation and the FBI from political pressure, which is understood by survey respondents. To add, there was a downward trend already at work. And as important as morale is, navigating uncharted waters at times of crisis is not about a popularity contest or legacy. Otherwise, he would be sexy show-horsing instead of integrity plough-horsing.
Employee survey results show that staffers are still proud to work for the FBI—but confidence in the bureau’s leadership has taken a big hit.
There is the Orwellian firing of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist, Rob Rogers, after a 25-year career, for doing cartoons critical of President Trump.
A good perspective and read … not meant for people who think no plane went into the Pentagon or the 2 towers … or if it is was OK.
Observers counting potential Senate votes for the nominee to become the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency say Gina Haspel’s prospects look pretty good. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is scheduled to meet on Wednesday morning, May 16, to vote on recommending her nomination to the full Senate.
Lawfare is pleased to announce the publication of a new paper in the Lawfare Research Paper Series: In Search of Nuance in the Debate over Hezbollah’s Criminal Enterprise and the U.S. Response, by Matthew Levitt, Fromer-Wexler Fellow and director of the Stein program on counterterrorism and intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
What a difference positive company makes. All the way form influencing the Founding Fathers, to fighting alongside the colonists in the revolutionary war and the global symbol of America’s freedom, the Statue of Liberty, the French have made the day again (no d-day jokes please.) It is all good between the Americans, British and French; brothers in amity now.
Look what the Macrons have achieved in less than a day:
1- Turned 2 dominant males into their household handymen, and most notably in their suits. Look at how the ladies are ruling in this picture. I know some are already thinking the whole scene out in leather, especially in the FSB and GRU.
2- Tipped the tenuous body contacts between Donald and Emmanuel, from dandruff brushing towards a bromance.
3- And the very Honorable Kim Jong Un is getting on board.
And his new nickname: the Kimster.
Did you know that Ben Franklin, like the the VA nominee got drunk in France and banged on the doors of Les Nonuplet sisters he was dating? Her brothers almost chased him away but then they would eventually let him in.