Some in the executive branch, as Anthony Scaramucci aptly put it, are intent on protecting the country from Trump.Why Leaking Transcripts of Trump’s Calls Is So DangerousAtlantic. Lambert ran this in Water Cooler, but worth highlighting.Four charged with leaks from Trump administration as attorney general vows crackdown Telegraph. That was fast.German Chancellor Candidate Schulz: Trump ‘Far Worse’ Than Expected Der Spiegel (resilc)Trump begs Mexico president: ‘I have to have Mexico pay for the wall – I have to’ Boing Boing (resilc)Shut The Fuck Up, John Bolton Caitlin Johnstone (UserFriendly)Maxine Waters: Pence should be impeached after TrumpThe Hill (resilc). So we can all look forward to Nancy Pelosi as President, since this won’t happen with the GOP in charge of the House.
G20 2017: Trump backslaps Putin in first handshake moment
Trump-Russia probe expands to possible financial crimes: report The Hill (Sid S)Trump’s Problems Are Piling Up, So What Should He Do Now? FiveThirtyEight (resilc)EVANGELICAL FUNDAMENTALISM AND CATHOLIC INTEGRALISM: A SURPRISING ECUMENISM Vatican. Glenn F: “Cathoilic church denunciation of Trump regime. No truer words written. Schism time in the heartland.” Moi: One sour note is locating Evangelicals in the “Deep South”. From what I can tell, their concentration is highest in Texas. The “Deep South” has lots of Southern Baptists who are plenty conservative socially but aren’t big on proselytizing.
US tax reform hopes become mired in foreign cash pilesFinancial Times. God-awful headline, since it amplifies the lie multinationals have been selling. The only thing that is “offshore” due to their tax scheming is profits they’ve chosen to book in foreign entities. This has absolutely nada to do with where they keep their money, which is almost without exception the US for US companies. It does affect reported profits. That makes it a very hot topic for CEOs who are desperate to boost stock prices (witness all those buybacks). But it confirms what we said yesterday: as with Obamacare, despite whinging about a supposed problem forever, the Republicans don’t have an answer. We’ll probably get one of those earnings repatriation holidays, just as Bush had one in 2004, since that’s not hard. Beyond that, I’m not holding my breath.
Trump is Turning Against the White Working Class that Elected Him Michael Hudson on Real News NetworkTrump Praises the Stock Market at 22,000 That He Said Was a Bubble at 18New York Times (resilc)
The heads – you’re looking at the heads – are beginning to pile up in number. Donald Trump rose to fame as a TV star with his cruel punchline firings of hapless reality-show contestants. As chief executive of the world’s mightiest nuclear superpower, he has now spent most of his first term sowing panic around the world with an ever-tightening pattern of purges and forced resignations.Like Soviet Commissars promoted during the Great Terror, Trump appointees begin composing their last words from the moment they ascend to high office.