Trump's loans from troubled German bank pose conflict of interest. "3 mo ago, Trump accused HRC of a conflict of interest with Bahrain Now Bahrain is hosting a party at Trump's hotel". New stash of legal opinions detail hurdles for Trump on emoluments ban. Trump's post-election tax subsidy: After he won the presidency, Trump got new approval for a massive tax subsidy for his luxury DC hotel. Office of Government Ethics lobs snark attack at Trump over business conflicts. A proposal for a real blind trust for Trump's fortune. Don't be fooled: Donald Trump will never walk away from his businesses. Dave Jamieson on Donald Trump's conflict of interest that no one's talking about: A hotel mogul will now get to determine whether more workers get overtime pay.
Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish on the array of conflicts of interest facing the Trump presidency. Nadja Popovich and Jan Diehm on Trump's conflicts of interest: A visual guide. The shamelessness is breathtaking, even by 2016 standards: House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) wants to investigate Clinton, not Trump.
How the tea party learned to love Donald Trump: Trump may not be a "true" conservative, but they hope he will listen more than establishment Republicans have. Behind "Make America Great," the Koch agenda returns with a vengeance. Trump's Koch administration: Despite past clashes — and looming policy disputes — the Koch brothers' operation has allies in key positions on Trump's team. Donald Trump is betting that policy expertise doesn't matter. Trump's economic cabinet picks signal embrace of Wall Street elite. President Trump and the triumph of private capital: It's beginning to smell a lot like oligarchy. Angus King: Trump's not draining swamp, he's adding alligators. Hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson: Trump "conned" voters. Supporters don't really care if Trump drains the swamp.
Cristina Lafont (Northwestern): Should We Take the Human Out of Human Rights? Human Dignity in a Corporate World. Adrian Chen on the propaganda about Russian propaganda. With one phone call, Donald Trump might have upturned America's relationship with both Pakistan and India. Trump's call to Pakistan's prime minister would be hilarious, if everyone involved didn't have nukes. The Donald Trump-Pakistan saga is worse than you thought. David Cole on what James Comey did. The factory of fakes: Daniel Zalewski on how a workshop uses digital technology to craft perfect copies of imperilled art. From A to Z: Rebecca Rego Barry interviews Sidney E. Berger, author of The Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others.
Republicans suddenly discover that Obamacare repeal might not be so awesome, after all. Senate GOP tips its hand: An Obamacare replacement could be a long way off. Republicans can't replace Obamacare, but they might be able to coerce Democrats to do it for them (and more). The alternative to Obamacare is Obamacare: If Democrats play their cards right, they can save the Affordable Care Act or even set the stage for moving health care in a more progressive direction. "Don't touch my Medicare": Is the beloved program on its last legs? Memo to Medicare-focused Democrats: Please don't forget about Medicaid.
From Foreign Affairs, Michael O'Hanlon and David Petraeus on America's awesome military — and how to make it even better. Trump turning away intelligence briefers since election win (and more). Will Donald Trump be the actual decider in his administration's foreign policy? Pay close attention to U.S. relations with Russia, because it will be an excellent tell on who runs Trump's foreign policy. Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense. Meet Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis, Trump's Iran hawk choice for secretary of defense. Trump may put 5 military officers in top posts — that's unprecedented.
American military culture and civil-military relations today: Charlie Dunlap reviews How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales From the Pentagon by Rosa Brooks. Obama is leaving Trump the power to wage war almost anywhere. Some U.S. soldiers share extremely blunt thoughts on Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump.
How did Trump save Carrier jobs? Fear of losing federal contracts said to be key. An expert breaks down Trump's Carrier deal: "Ineffective" and "very costly". Why lots of people think Trump's deal to save 1,000 Indiana jobs was a bad idea. Donald Trump and the Indiana Carrier factory, explained: A huge PR coup for the Trump Show that's almost certainly economically irrelevant. Trump and the Carrier plant: Smart politics, unsustainable economics. The parts of the Carrier deal Trump doesn't want to talk about. Bernie Sanders: Carrier just showed corporations how to beat Donald Trump. Trump suggests he followed through on Carrier deal just to save face. Trump is shocked that Carrier took him literally — that doesn't bode well for his many promises.
Phil Mattingly thread: "In Ohio in advance of P-E Trump's visit and have been talking to folks-supporters and not-all AM/PM. Some Carrier observations".
Dana Milbank on how the election really was rigged. Dem CO Electors offer to vote for a Republican president other than Trump if GOP Electors will join. Al Gore says the time has come to kill the Electoral College. Scott Lemieux on the indefensible Electoral College: Despite its deep-seated problems, ditching the Electoral College is easier said than done — for now, Democrats should emphasize that Trump was not the people's choice; and on the Democrats' postmortem problem. As we struggle to understand the shock of the 2016 presidential election, we realize how deeply language, on which productive debate depends, has been abused; words matter. Everything mattered: David Roberts on lessons from 2016's bizarre presidential election.
Fake news isn't just an old-person problem — kids are falling for it, too. What a map of the fake-news ecosystem says about the problem. Why fake news is so incredibly effective. How to spot and debunk fake news. An article on information warfare and the progressive's dilemma. Jacob T. Levy on authoritarianism and post-truth politics. If Trump tweets it, is it news? A quandary for the news media. Is there an optimal response to the provoker-in-chief? Trump is trying to distract us from something. The seven techniques that Donald Trump uses to control the media. Washington Post editor Marty Baron has a message to journalists in the Trump era. Jack Shafer on the new rules for covering Trump. Journalists in the age of Trump: Lose the smugness, keep the mission.
How to leak to ProPublica: "We are a team of investigative journalists devoted to exposing abuse of power. If you've got evidence showing powerful people doing the wrong thing, here's how to let us know while protecting your identity".
Roy R. Behrens (UNI): Setting the Stage for Deception: Perspective Distortion in World War I Camouflage. Robert W. McGee (Fayetteville State): The New Prohibitionism: The Movement to Regulate Personal Behavior. Stephen M. Campbell and Joseph A. Stramondo on disability and well-being: Appreciating the complications. Rob Horning reviews Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom by Scott Selisker. What's wrong with literary studies? Some scholars think the field has become cynical and paranoid. Helaine Olen on the big problem in charity that Giving Tuesday can't fix. "The fact that this is an FAQ in this country speaks to what horrible, horrible people we are". "This story makes me ashamed of our country".
Trump may not be anti-gay, but much of his senior staff is. Steve Benen on why Trump's choice for White House counsel matters. Why Jared Kushner is Donald Trump's truest heir and most trusted adviser: Two rich bridge-and-tunnel kids out for revenge on a cultural elite that mocked them. ProPublica on the story behind Jared Kushner's curious acceptance into Harvard. Steve Bannon's disturbing views on "genetic superiority" are shared by Trump. Steve Bannon said curbing black vote wouldn't be "such a bad thing". Combative, populist Steve Bannon found his man in Donald Trump.
Why we should worry about Trump's national security advisors. Trump's national security adviser says he's ready to fight another world war: Carlos Lozada reviews The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and its Allies by Michael T. Flynn and Michael Ledeen. Michael Flynn, a top Trump adviser, ties China and North Korea to jihadists. Flynn is a big fan of Milo Yiannopoulos.
Trump said hedge funders were "getting away with murder" — now he wants one to help run the economy. Steven Mnuchin: Trump's Treasury secretary pick is a banker with no known qualifications or views. Goldman Sachs poised for return to power in Trump White House. Former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh: "Mr Trump, this is bullshit. Can you hire someone who doesn't work for Goldman Sachs? What about that swamp? Huh?" (and more) How's that swamp-draining going?
What do Trump's cabinet picks say about his presidency? In picking cabinet, Trump values wealth, inexperience. Donald Trump is assembling the richest administration in modern American history. Donald Trump's "Monster's Ball": He assembles a team of billionaires and bigots. Frightened by Donald Trump? You don't know the half of it — many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network.
Bryce Covert on how Trump abandoned campaign promise to penalize outsourcing, offers tax breaks instead. Don't fall for Trump's bait and switch saving 1,000 Carrier jobs — he's screwing over millions of workers. Don't miss the fine print in Trump's Carrier news. In Carrier deal, Trump is taking credit for some blatant crony capitalism. Jacob Levy on the Tea Party, Occupy and opposition to crony capitalism/bailouts for influential businesses. Picking losers isn't a great industrial policy. "Every savvy CEO will now threaten to ship jobs to Mexico, and demand a payment to stay. Great economic policy". The farce of the deal, Carrier edition: Donald Trump can't micromanage his way to a manufacturing revival in America.