The Daily 202: North Korea my-button-is-bigger brinkmanship again spotlights Trump’s emplacement on size

January 3, 2018 - School Uniform

With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve.

THE BIG IDEA: Following President Trump’s tweets can feel like examination a brief masculine expostulate a Hummer. His frail ego is always looking to overcompensate. The latest phenomenon of that is officious Napoleonic.

North Korean luminary Kim Jong Un said Monday that a United States is “within a operation of a arch strike and a arch symbol is always on a list of my office.”

Twelve mins after Fox News highlighted that quote final night, Trump tweeted: “Will someone from his depleted and food carnivorous regime greatfully surprise him that we too have a Nuclear Button, yet it is a many bigger some-more absolute one than his, and my Button works!”

This isn’t a initial time Trump has finished a thinly intensity reference to his manhood. During a Republicans primaries, he gave Marco Rubio a nickname “Little Marco” and a Florida senator energetically assimilated him in a gutter. “He’s like 6’2″, that is given we don’t know given his hands are a distance of someone who is 5’2’,” Rubio pronounced during a rally. “Have we seen his hands? And we know what they contend about organisation with little hands!”

Trump brought adult a insult during a debate a subsequent night, holding adult his hands for a assembly to inspect: “Are they little hands? He referred to my hands: ‘If they are small, something else contingency be small.’ we pledge we there is no problem. we pledge you!”

Our in-house fact checkers alphabetise that Trump has finished 1,950 feign or dubious claims over a past 347 days. Many are exaggerations about a bulk of something he’s holding credit for. For example, Trump has steady a fabrication that he’s flitting “the biggest taxation cut ever” during slightest 53 times, even yet his possess Treasury Department’s information shows it is a eighth biggest.

 “I know a sum of taxes improved than anybody. Better than a biggest C.P.A.,” Trump told a New York Times final week, one of 24 dubious or feign claims he made during a 30-minute interview. 

— There are many other areas where a 71-year-old has finished transparent he believes distance matters, such as:

His bank account: Trump has prolonged farfetched his net value and business success. Rhona Graff, a president’s longtime personal assistant, told Crain’s New York Business final year that a Trump Organization had $9.5 billion in annual revenue. But financial avowal forms prove that a association customarily generates between $600 million and $700 million in annual revenue, reduction than one-tenth what they claim. The Trump Organization altered from third to 40th on Crain’s list of a largest personally hold companies in New York this year, formed on open filings.

His buildings: Trump Tower is customarily 58 floors, yet Trump and his association continue to personally explain that there are 68. He says that his personal penthouse there is 33,000 block feet, yet Forbes checked land records and it’s customarily 10,996. During an speak on Sept. 11, 2001, Trump told a New York radio station that a tumble of a World Trade Center meant that this skill during 40 Wall Street was no longer a second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan. “Now it’s a tallest,” he said.

His throng sizes: During a phone call on a Saturday morning after he became president, Trump privately ordered a behaving executive of a National Park Service to furnish additional photographs of a crowds on a Mall. Trump also voiced annoy over a retweet sent from a agency’s account, in that corresponding photographs showed distant fewer people during his swearing-in than had shown adult to see Barack Obama’s coronation in 2009. During a campaign, he drew outrageous crowds yet still routinely inflated a numbers.

His 2016 victory: Trump has said he had “the biggest Electoral College win given Ronald Reagan.” In fact, Obama won some-more electoral votes in both of his elections. So did Bill Clinton in 1996 and 1992. And George H.W. Bush in 1988. Trump’s electoral college feat actually ranks 46th in 58 elections. 

— The latest from a Peninsula: “South Korea announced that a long-suspended cross-border hotline with North Korea reopened on Wednesday to pave a proceed for executive talks between a dual sides about promulgation a commission from a North to subsequent month’s Winter Olympics in a South,” Simon Denyer reports. “North Korea had progressing in a day announced a channel would be reopened, imprinting an easing of tensions … U.S. officials pronounced they doubt Kim’s frankness yet announced that Washington would not mount in a way, nor would it concede a North to expostulate a crowd between South Korea and a United States.”

— North Korean dictators have been scornful American presidents for 7 decades, yet Trump is a initial to let their taunts get underneath his skin. He had scaled behind his “fire and fury” tongue given a summer during a insistence of his unfamiliar process advisers. Today he’s behind to pursuit a 33-year-old “Rocket Man.” (Kim’s elite insult for Trump is “dotard.”)

When Hillary Clinton pronounced during a 2016 discuss that Trump could be simply baited by unfamiliar leaders, he shot behind on ABC: “I have one of a good temperaments. we have a winning temperament!”

— Is there a process to a madness? The many free reason for Trump’s taunts is that he’s embracing Richard Nixon’s “madman theory” of unfamiliar policy. The thought here is that North Korea is some-more coming to make concessions if it believes that a hazard of United States infantry movement is convincing given Trump is crazy adequate to use arch weapons.

To know given it’s dangerous for Trump to chatter this proceed toward Kim, it’s value revisiting op-eds from this summer by a German Marshall Fund’s Laura Rosenberger (a former executive for North Korea process on a National Security Council) and the Hoover Institution’s Kori Schake (who has worked for Republicans during State, DOD and a White House).

“I theory a boss regards this as a uncover of strength. But as everybody who’s ever been in a first-grade stadium recognizes, it’s customarily a authority who’s many aggressively pulsation their chest that is, in fact, a diseased one on a playground,” Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a member of a House comprehension committee, pronounced final night on CNN.

President Trump addresses a 72nd United Nations General Assembly during U.N. domicile in September. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

— Susan Glasser has a meaty piece in Politico Magazine about Trump’s unfamiliar process naivete. “It’s worse than we think,” she argues. Two remarkable nuggets:

1. From Trump’s Sep cooking in New York with leaders of 4 Latin American countries on a sidelines of a United Nations General Assembly: “‘Rex tells me we don’t wish me to use a infantry choice in Venezuela,’ a boss told a collected leaders, according to an comment offering by an attendee shortly after a dinner. ‘Is that right? Are we sure?’ Everyone pronounced they were sure. But they were rattled. War with Venezuela, as absurd as that seemed, was clearly still on Trump’s mind. … By a time a cooking was over, a leaders were in shock, and not customarily over a idle speak of armed dispute …

A former comparison U.S. executive with whom we spoke was briefed by ministers from 3 of a 4 countries that attended a dinner. ‘Without fail, they customarily had far-reaching eyes about a whole engagement,’ a former executive told me. Even if few took his martial boast about Venezuela seriously, Trump struck them as uninformed about their issues and dangerously unpredictable, seeking them to spend domestic collateral on seductiveness of a U.S. that no longer seemed a arguable partner. ‘The word they all used was: ‘This masculine is insane.’

2. An unnamed comparison European executive recounted a “frightening” review with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has an ubiquitous portfolio that includes perplexing to negotiate Middle East peace: “Kushner was ‘very dismissive’ about a purpose of ubiquitous institutions and alliances and unfeeling in a European’s recounting of how closely a United States had stood together with Western Europe given World War II. ‘He told me, ‘I’m a businessman, and we don’t caring about a past. Old allies can be enemies, or enemies can be friends.’ So, the past doesn’t count,’ a executive recalled. ‘I was taken aback.’”

— Twitter was consumed overnight by Trump’s saber-rattling: 

From a former comparison staffer on a National Security Council underneath George W. Bush:

From a owner of Vox:

“A Twitter orator pronounced in a matter Tuesday night that Trump’s North Korea tweets do not volume to a ‘specific threat,’ and so do not aver disciplinary action,” Business Insider reports. “The orator forked to Twitter’s process on aroused threats and deification of violence: ‘You competence not make specific threats of attack or wish for a vicious earthy harm, death, or illness of an sold or organisation of people,’ a sequence states.” 

From a contributor for a Daily Beast:

A Johns Hopkins highbrow who suggested Condi Rice when she was secretary of state:

Virginia’s senator and Clinton’s using partner told POTUS to cut it out:

A Democratic congressman from California touted a check he’s introduced that would stop Trump from preemptively aggressive Pyongyang:

Richard Nixon’s White House warn lerned his madness on a congressional Republicans who are enabling Trump:

The boss of a Ploughshares Fund disturbed about sputter effects:

The boss of a magnanimous Center for American Progress had to encourage her daughter:

A former GOP congressman who has a syndicated radio uncover remarkable that a Democratic proceed failed:

And a presidential historian offering a timely flashback:

— Finally, for what it’s worth, there is not indeed a button Trump can press to launch nukes. There is, however, a symbol that lets him order Diet Cokes


Visitors take photographs during a margin of a Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls on a Canadian side yesterday. (Aaron Lynett/Canadian Press/AP)

— A beast charge is slated to produce a East Coast this week — pummeling a segment with a nasty multiple of ice, sleet and a record-breaking chill that could form one of a many heated continue systems in decades. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “By Thursday, a bursting charge will, in many ways, resemble a winter hurricane, battering easternmost New England with potentially deleterious winds in serve to blinding snow. Forecasters are awaiting a charge to turn a supposed ‘bomb cyclone’ given a vigour is expected to tumble so fast, an indicator of bomb strengthening. … Winds [will scream at] 30 to 50 mph along a coast.”

  • “Some mechanism models are lifted a smallest executive atmosphere vigour of subsequent 950 millibars during a peak, that would be scarcely unheard of for this partial of a star outward of a hurricane,” wrote Mashable’s Andrew Freedman. “For comparison, Hurricane Sandy had a smallest executive vigour of about 946 millibars … in 2012.”

— Mid-Atlantic residents should prop for a dump in temperatures trimming from 20 to 40 degrees — withdrawal many of a segment in a singular digits. Forecasters have cautioned that gusting winds could make those areas feel 10 to 20 degrees colder.

An aerial perspective of a a National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Md. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

— The NSA is draining frequency schooled employees as they find improved profitable jobs amid sagging morale. Ellen Nakashima and Aaron Gregg report: “Since 2015, a NSA has mislaid several hundred hackers, engineers and information scientists, according to tide and former U.S. officials with believe of a matter. The intensity impact on inhabitant confidence is significant, they said. … The people who have left were obliged for collecting and examining a comprehension that goes into a president’s daily briefing. Their work also enclosed monitoring a extended array of subjects including a Islamic State, Russian and North Korean hackers, and examining a intentions of unfamiliar governments, and they were obliged for safeguarding a personal networks that lift such supportive information.”

An Iranian lady raises her fist amid a fume of rip gas during a University of Tehran during a protest. (AFP/Getty Images)


  1. The Trump administration indicted Iran of suppressing communication among anti-government demonstrators, pursuit on leaders to honour a right to pacific protest. Officials are also “laying groundwork” for new ubiquitous sanctions opposite Tehran to aim a purported tellurian rights abuses. (Carol Morello and Anne Gearan)
  2. The protests could give Trump an opening to cancel a Iran arch understanding after this month. Trump contingency endorse in reduction than dual weeks either to continue waiving mercantile sanctions opposite Iran, and some officials see a disturbance as an event for extreme action. (Politico)
  3. At slightest 48 people died after a train in Peru fell off a precipice and onto a hilly beach below. The slight widen of highway where a deadly mutilate occurred is famous as a “Devil’s Curve.” (AP)
  4. Canadian Joshua Boyle, who was hold in Taliban chains for 5 years, has been charged with 15 rapist offenses. The purported crimes — that embody passionate assault, uttering genocide threats and dubious infantry — all took place after Boyle’s lapse to Canada with his family in October. (Alan Freeman
  5. FEMA has broadened churches’ entrance to disaster-relief funds, announcing that eremite institutions will now validate as “community centers.” FEMA’s manners change comes 4 months after Trump announced that churches were being “treated unfairly” by a government. (Politico)
  6. Roy Moore’s “Jewish attorney” warranted inhabitant courtesy final month when Moore’s wife, Kayla, cited him during a discuss convene to rebut charges of anti-Semitism. In an speak with The Washington Post’s Eli Rosenberg, Richard Jaffe pronounced he was both dumbfounded and “disgusted” by Mrs. Moore’s unequivocally open scream out — generally given he spent months campaigning for his crony of 30 years — a Democrat, Doug Jones. 
  7. Documents recently filed with a Irish supervision uncover that Trump’s golf march in Doonbeg mislaid over $2 million final year. Its income indeed increasing by 30 percent, yet a march still mislaid income for a third year in a row. (David A. Fahrenthold)
  8. Longtime NBC News luminary Hoda Kotb was named a permanent co-anchor of a “Today” show, replacing Matt Lauer, who was suspended final month in a arise of multiple passionate bungle allegations. Network officials pronounced Kotb will continue to co-host “Today’s” fourth hour alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. (CNNMoney)
  9. A D.C.-area lady was arrested after she set adult a GoFundMe page to lift income for a daughter of a slain co-worker — and afterwards allegedly pocketed a supports for herself. Authorities pronounced a daughter perceived customarily $9,000 from a fund, that netted scarcely $40,000. (Peter Hermann)
  10. YouTube luminary Logan Paul apologized for filming and posting footage of an apparent self-murder victim, who he found in Japan’s barbarous “Suicide Forest.” Critics immediately seized on a sickening video, observant Paul treated a timberland as a “haunted house” to beget views. (Abby Ohlheiser)
  11. Country thespian Carrie Underwood suggested she indispensable 40 to 50 stitches in her face after a Nov fall. Underwood wrote in a minute to her fans, “Now, here we are 7 weeks after and, even yet I’ve had a best people assisting me, I’m still recovering and not utterly looking a same.” (E! News


— Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced his retirement from a Senate after 7 terms, clearing a proceed for Mitt Romney to potentially take his seat. Sean Sullivan and Michael Scherer report: “Hatch, who is 83 and a tighten fan of President Trump, motionless to step down notwithstanding clever support from a boss to run for an eighth tenure in a Senate. … His preference triggers an open competition in heavily Republican Utah — yet it also establishes Romney, a visit Trump critic, as an benefaction front-runner. And it sets a theatre for Romney to play a unequivocally opposite purpose in a Senate than Hatch has, potentially complicating a president’s already hilly attribute with a GOP on Capitol Hill.”

— In a Facebook post, Romney thanked Hatch for his open use yet avoided addressing either he would burst into a competition to reinstate him:

— “However, Republicans with a tighten eye on a competition pronounced they have seen signs for a while that Romney’s allies have been gearing adult for a campaign,” Sean and Michael note. “In fact, by a time Hatch finished his proclamation Tuesday, speak was already underway in GOP circles about who would staff a Romney discuss and when he competence strictly burst in. For instance, Matt Waldrip, a longtime Romney adviser, is widely coming to be his discuss manager[.] … Romney enjoys low family roots and clever institutional subsidy in Utah, as good as a absolute inhabitant donor network that he could fast activate.”

— The former Massachusetts governor’s Twitter form also forked to a intensity run. In a hours after Hatch’s announcement, Romney altered his plcae from “Massachusetts” to “Holladay, UT.” (Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur

— If Romney were to find and win Hatch’s seat, Trump would remove a pivotal Senate fan and benefit a big rival, Amber Phillips writes. “It’s customarily a slight exaggeration to contend Hatch is a reason Trump finished his initial year with a vital legislative victory. As authority of a Senate Finance Committee, Hatch was instrumental in removing Republicans’ taxation check to Trump’s list by Christmas, as a boss demanded. … Contrast that with whom could be replacing Hatch[.] … None other than Trump’s many long-standing censor in a whole party, [Romney], is reportedly deliberation a Senate run. During a campaign, Romney, creation himself luminary of a Republican Party increasingly being hijacked by Trump, pronounced some implausible things about Trump.”

  • Aaron Blake compiled some of Romney’s many important insults toward Trump, including pursuit a then-candidate “very, unequivocally not smart” on unfamiliar policy.

— Trump reportedly called Romney final month to spot out either he was formulation a campaign. Politico’s Alex Isenstadt reports: “Trump was evidently perplexing to palliate tensions between a dual men, after a outing dominated by news reports that he was courting [Hatch] to run for reelection in sequence to keep Romney from seeking a seat. But a 10-minute plead customarily serve lifted suspicions within Romney’s middle round that a boss was out to stymie a former GOP presidential nominee’s domestic ambitions. The boss told Romney that he knew he was meditative about running. But according to one authority informed with a conversation, … Trump didn’t press a former Massachusetts administrator about his meditative or ask given he competence be meddlesome in being a senator. Romney’s aides came divided assured a boss was perplexing to suss out Romney’s intentions and position himself as an ally, when he’d been anything but.”

— But Romney could face other enemies if he runs — namely Steve Bannon and his Breitbart machine. Callum Borchers writes: “The good news for Bannon is that expectations would be low for any claimant using opposite Romney, who is frequency renouned in Utah. … Utah is a good state for Romney and a bad one for Bannon, that means that a former White House arch strategist would be underneath small pressure. If he could margin a claimant who could equivocate annoyance and make Romney persperate — even a small — Bannon competence be means to use a Utah competition as a large theatre to take some shots during a GOP leadership.”

— The GOP retirement problem: Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), a authority of a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced his retirement yesterday, bringing to 18 a series of House Republicans timid in 2018, according to The Atlantic’s retirement tracker (by contrast, 7 House Democrats are streamer for a exits). Nine some-more House Republicans are using for other office.

Mike DeBonis has some-more on a Hill implications: “Had he returned subsequent year, Shuster would have mislaid his cabinet gavel given of House GOP manners that levy a three-term extent for chairmen. He joins 3 other effusive House chairmen who have selected to retire rather than lapse to a House though a gavel: Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) of a Judiciary Committee, Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) of a Financial Services Committee and Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) of a Science, Space and Technology Committee. … The retirement will finish a 46-year run for a Shuster family representing that district. Bud Shuster hold a chair from 1973 until he quiescent in 2001, environment adult a special choosing won by Bill, his son.”

The Washington Examiner reports that Shuster will spend his final year in a House operative with Trump on an infrastructure package. “About a week or so ago we had a private assembly with a boss during a White House. Now when we contend private meeting, it was a boss and we in a Oval Office with his comparison advisers and some of my comparison people, and we talked about a infrastructure bill. He’s unequivocally excited. He seems to be prepared to go, as we are, and so we consider we’re going to have a good operative attribute as we pierce forward,” Shuster told Salena Zito. “This is a boss who unequivocally understands how to build things, how to financial things, and how to get them finished on time and underneath budget.”

— BUT: Michele Bachmann is reportedly deliberation a run for Al Franken’s open seat in Minnesota. CNN’s Maegan Vazquez reports: “‘I’ve had people hit me and titillate me to run for that Senate seat,’ Bachmann said. ‘The customarily reason we would run is for a ability to take these beliefs into a United States Senate,’ she said, after adding, ‘The doubt is should it be me? Should it be now? But there’s also a cost we pay. And a cost is bigger than ever given a engulf is so toxic.’” Bachmann added that she would have to ask God whether she was “being called to do this now.”


— “Inside a White House and a Republican Party, Trump is hold in a underbrush of domestic pressures as he maps out probable requisites for a deal,” Robert Costa, David Nakamura and Ashley Parker report. “Where Trump eventually lands — and either he could accept any border-security supplies other than a earthy wall — is coming to devour Capitol Hill in a entrance weeks. How a boss deduction could figure a contours of a arriving midterm elections, where many centrist Republicans are fervent to equivocate angering electorate in states with flourishing Hispanic populations. But Trump faces a intensity rebel on his right, should he be seen by regressive Republicans as operative too closely with a Democrats or unwell to secure estimable wall funding, that is in partial given he keeps signaling his joining to a wall on Twitter, according to his associates.”

  • Bannon and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), are increasingly propelling Trump to hang with a wall. “A authority tighten to Bannon pronounced Tuesday that if Trump does not start to build a wall this year, his allies on speak radio and television, and during Breitbart News, that Bannon oversees, will ‘freak out.’” Meanwhile, a revelation title on Breitbart’s site blared: “Trump’s Prioritizing DACA Illegal Aliens Breaks with ‘No Amnesty’ Commitment.”
  • “Democratic aides pronounced they took notice when [John Kelly] — and not [Stephen Miller], a limit hawk — showed adult during a Dec assembly with heading senators. At times, ‘it’s misleading who we’re even negotiating with in a White House,’ one House Democratic assistance said.”

— Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will accumulate in Ryan’s bureau this afternoon to plead a issue with OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, according to The Post’s congressional team. 

— Alternative reality: Trump took to Twitter to credit Democrats of doing “nothing” to assistance “dreamers” — claiming a celebration is “just meddlesome in politics” rather than safeguarding a module (which he scuttled!). “DACA activists and Hispanics will go tough opposite Dems, will start ‘falling in love’ with Republicans and their President!” Trump wrote.

— Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are fine-tuning their list of final to equivocate a supervision shutdown on Jan. 20. The New York Times’s Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Thomas Kaplan report: “Democratic final are ambitious, surfaced by a legislative defense for [‘dreamers.’] They are also pulling for broader involvement in a opioid epidemic, a boost for veterans’ care, disaster use to hurricane-stricken areas, and financing for a Children’s Health Insurance Program. … But Democrats face their possess challenges. Senate Democrats using for re-election this year in states won by Mr. Trump are coming not fervent for a supervision shutdown, disturbed that they could be blamed, customarily as Republicans were in 2013[.]”

Senior confidant Jared Kushner listens as Trump speaks during a White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)


— Trump lashed out during a Justice Department as a “deep state” apparatus and urged officials to “act” on former FBI executive James Comey. He also suggested longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin face jail time for allegedly forwarding emails containing personal information. Trump’s chatter comes days after a State Department posted thousands of Abedin’s emails online, that were prisoner on a mechanism of her ex-husband, Anthony Weiner. “While leaders during a Justice Department answer to Trump, that establishment has traditionally enjoyed a magnitude of autonomy from a boss — generally when it comes to sold rapist investigations,” David Nakamura and Matt Zapotosky report. “A boss nosiness in such investigations and suggesting that someone operative for a former domestic opposition face ‘Jail!’ is deliberate a vicious crack of normal protocol; even former profession ubiquitous Michael Mukasey, a visit Clinton critic, pronounced Trump’s campaign-trail thought to have a special prosecutor reinvestigate and jail Clinton ‘would be like a banana republic.’”

— “If you’ve got a clarity of deja vu, it’s given Trump has condemned copiousness of people to his possess personal jail,” The Fix’s Aaron Blake writes. “Yet a masculine who asserted final week that he has sum control of a Justice Department has not seen fit to act on that power, definition that many of a following people have so distant been spared.” (In box you’re gripping track, here’s a list of 14 people who Trump has suggested should be behind bars.)

— Former behaving profession ubiquitous Sally Yates, who Trump dismissed when she refused to urge his transport ban, pronounced Trump’s tongue is “dangerous”:


— The founders of Fusion GPS penned a New York Times op-ed perfectionist congressional Republicans recover their full testimony in the Russia probes. “Three congressional committees have listened over 21 hours of testimony from a firm,” Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritsch write in a Times. “In those sessions, we defeated a distant right’s swindling theories and explained how The Washington Free Beacon and a Clinton discuss — a Republican and Democratic funders of a Trump investigate — alone came to sinecure us in a initial place. … Republicans have refused to recover full transcripts of a firm’s testimony, even as they selectively trickle sum to media outlets on a distant right. It’s time to share what a association told investigators.”

— Trump fan Roger Stone disclosed his new unfamiliar lobbying activity. LegiStorm reports: “[Stone] has indicated that he personally sealed a customer in May of final year to run on confidence interests in Somalia as a U.S. infantry sent infantry there. Stone filed a lobbying avowal about a work on Dec. 29, nonetheless it indicates a effective date of registration was May 1. That creates it some-more than 6 months late after a 45-day window lapsed in that he was compulsory to register. The late avowal occurred even as sovereign agents are display heated seductiveness in a financial connectors that Trump advisers have to unfamiliar interests.”

The New York Post’s Richard Johnson reports on a “witness who recently testified” before a sovereign grand jury in Robert Mueller’s investigation. The declare described a jury as imitative “a Bernie Sanders rally” or “a Black Lives Matter convene in Berkeley.” Johnson writes: “Of a 20 jurors, 11 are African Americans and dual were wearing ‘peace T-shirts,’ a declare said. ‘There was customarily one white masculine in a room, and he was a prosecutor.’ Mueller was not present. … My source said, ‘That room isn’t a room where POTUS gets a satisfactory shake.’”

— One of The Post’s White House reporters responded to Johnson’s story:

The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman replied:

But a former executive for Barack Obama’s Justice Department was some-more vicious of a reporting:


Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who will get sworn in today. He will be a customarily Democratic senator with an African American chief of staff:

Trump unleashed a battery of tweets final night. In one, he took credit for a miss of atmosphere transport deaths in 2017:

A former Clinton White House assistance forked this out:

Trump threatened to repel appropriation from Palestinians just a day after arising a same hazard to Pakistan:

Trump also pounded a New York Times:

And he after went after a whole “Fake News Media”:

From one of a Times’s domestic reporters:

A former Clinton discuss speechwriter also slammed Trump’s attacks on Huma Abedin: 

A linguistics highbrow during Berkeley looked during what motivates Trump’s tweets:

On a some-more certain note, Trump thanked Sen. Orrin Hatch for his decades of service:

From Utah’s other GOP senator:

From a Republican administrator of Utah:

But Democrats were some-more adverse of Hatch’s legacy. From a clamp boss of a magnanimous Center for American Progress:

From Hillary Clinton’s former emissary press secretary:

A contributor for a Guardian supposing this fun fact:

Haberman commented on a Trump administration’s direct that a Iranian supervision unblock amicable media platforms amid a protests:

A freelance publisher analyzed intensity conflicts of seductiveness during Trump’s D.C. hotel:

After a Times contributor retweeted a story on Anthony Scaramucci telling friends he competence lapse to a White House, a Mooch took aim during a reporter:

And Vogel dismissed right back:

Michele Bachmann perceived a response from “God” on either she should run for Al Franken’s Senate seat:


— The Intercept, “The Biggest Secret: My Life as a New York Times Reporter in a Shadow of a War on Terror,” by James Risen: “My box was partial of a broader crackdown on reporters and whistleblowers that had begun during a presidency of George W. Bush and continued distant some-more aggressively underneath a Obama administration[.] … After a 9/11 attacks, a Bush administration began seeking a press to kill stories some-more frequently. They did it so mostly that we became assured a administration was invoking inhabitant confidence to stifle stories that were merely politically embarrassing.”

— The Atlantic, “The Future of Trumpism Is on Campus,” by Elaine Godfrey: “[T]he polite fight within a Republican Party is also being waged in campus multipurpose bedrooms opposite a country. Ahead of a 2016 presidential election, College Republicans wrestled with either — and how many — to welcome Trump. … More than a year later, things still aren’t behind to normal on a quad. In many ways, a discuss over Trump holding place among College Republicans mirrors a inhabitant intra-party one: It pits immature conservatives who perspective Trump as a daze from long-held regressive goals of timorous supervision and fortifying family values opposite those who see Trump’s presidency and particular summary as a much-needed composition of a party’s priorities.”

— Vanity Fair, “‘Oh My God, This is So F—Ed Up’: Inside Silicon Valley’s Secretive, Orgiastic Dark Side,” by Emily Chang: “[G]uests and hosts embody absolute first-round investors, obvious entrepreneurs, and tip executives. Some of them are a titans of a Valley, domicile names. The womanlike guest have opposite qualifications. If we are attractive, willing, and (usually) young, we needn’t worry about your résumé or bank account. … In some scenarios, a ratio of women to rich organisation is roughly dual to one, so a organisation have some-more than adequate women to select from. ‘You know when it’s that kind of party,’ one masculine tech financier told me. ‘At normal tech parties, there are frequency any women. At these kinds of party, there are tons of them.’”


“Sheriff David Clarke temporarily blocked on Twitter after violating terms of service,” from CNN: “Former Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., a outspoken broker for President Donald Trump on a discuss trail, was temporarily blocked from tweeting after Twitter users’ complaints alerted a association that 3 of his messages disregarded a terms of service, CNN has learned. Clarke was placed in read-only mode until he deleted 3 tweets that seemed to call for attack opposite members of a media. In one of them, that has given been deleted, Clarke told his followers, ‘When LYING LIB MEDIA creates adult FAKE NEWS to allegation me, a ANTIDOTE is to go right during them. Punch them in a nose MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD. Nothing gets a brag like LYING LIB MEDIA’S courtesy improved than to give them a ambience of their possess blood #neverbackdown.’”



“Seen yet frequency heard: How Melania Trump is coming a open purpose of initial lady,” from Krissah Thompson: “While still mostly avoiding open speaking, she has spent her initial year communicating her support for her father with her wordless participation and a tide of curated images and brief statements posted on amicable media. … The comparatively still initial lady is unequivocally opposite from her father when it comes to their open communication styles, pronounced Jennifer Golbeck, an associate highbrow during a University of Maryland during College Park and an consultant in amicable media. If he is a Twitter president, she is a Instagram initial lady. … On a whole, Trump’s indifferent proceed seems to be working. First ladies are typically some-more renouned than their husbands, and a Gallup check expelled in Dec showed that her auspicious rating is 54 percent, adult 17 points given January.”



Trump has lunch currently with Pence, Rex Tillerson and Jim Mattis.



— It will be cold again currently before apropos officious wintry starting tomorrow. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “Partly balmy skies and light winds from a south-southeast yield what could be a warmest day of a week. We’re still copiousness cold, with morning temperatures rising by a teens. But we competence as good try to suffer afternoon highs in a low-to-mid-30s, before a subsequent punishing Arctic blast arrives.”

— The Capitals kick a Hurricanes 5-4 in overtime. (Isabelle Khurshudyan)

— Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has hold slam from state Democrats for a 2014 concession from a vital ornithology retailer to a RGA, finished amid a discuss on new wickedness roles for a industry. Fenit Nirappil reports: “Hogan, a longtime censor of what he saw as overly fatiguing regulations, campaigned opposite manners for shortening wickedness compared with duck manure, that he believed would decimate a ornithology industry. After he won, he halted despotic boundary introduced by his Democratic prototype and rolled out his possess regulations, that limited use of duck fertiliser while providing some farms additional time to adjust. The concession from ornithology writer Mountaire … has Maryland Democrats accusing Hogan of impropriety[.]”

— Geophysicists are contemplating James Madison’s residence, Montpelier, for justification of a worker cemetery. Peter Brannen reports: “At Madison’s death, about 120 men, women and children were deferential during Montpelier. … Now during Montpelier, spurred by an active organisation of worker descendants, a work of [the geophysicists] is partial of a incomparable bid to retrieve this place, not customarily as a home of James and Dolley Madison, yet to 6 generations of deferential people — people who built Montpelier, lived here, toiled here, desired here, died here and distressed here.”

— Two teenagers from Bethesda who killed themselves have drawn courtesy to a nation’s rising rate of teen suicide. (Donna St. George)


Stephen Colbert mocked Trump for crediting himself with 2017’s miss of atmosphere transport deaths:

The White House press secretary pronounced Trump was “very sad” about Hatch’s retirement:

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley applauded a anti-regime protesters in Iran:

The GOP-aligned American Action Network is rising a $2 million radio ad discuss to foster a recently upheld taxation devise and appreciate lawmakers who voted for it:

(Mike DeBonis has more on a ad campaign, that will run in 23 districts.)

Niagara Falls partially froze amid this week’s wintry termperatures:

And a little wombat who owes her life to veterinarians in Australia is now thriving:

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