- Press conference explained.
- Trump Ends the Presidential Press Conference As We Know It: "But nobody until now has used a press conference to send one basic message over and over: With a few exceptions the people in this room are all lying scoundrels and you should not believe a word they say. Because that was Trump’s message: Every grievance he could dredge up, dating back to the ups and downs of the campaign trail, found its way into his tongue-lashing of the media today."
- "The guy up there seems crazy," said one senior GOP aide. "I've thought that the whole time." "This is the first I’ve ever had to say to somebody, ‘You won, get over it!’ He just can’t let it go.”
- Verbatim quotes.
- 9 things it’s hard to believe the president of the United States actually just said: My personal worst is "You know what uranium is, right? It’s this thing called nuclear weapons. And other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium. Including some bad things." Yeah, that'll get us all dead.
- 8 craziest moments.
- The lowest moment.
- The wordless headline.
Political life horror in general:
- Donald Trump’s Administration Is Getting Sick of the Spotlight
- Does Donald Trump Hate His New Job?
- Of course he hates it so much he's already starting up campaign rallies again.
- Kellyanne Conway and the Problems With Donald Trump’s Playbook: "And this demonstrates how, in the Trump White House, the most unforgivable blunder is not the act itself, but accepting blame for committing that act."
- You probably shouldn't fill this out.
- Rescue Melania.
- Donald Trump Says Melania Is a ‘Great Advocate’ for ‘Women’s Difficulties’
- White House Staff Are Using A ‘Secure’ App That’s Really Not So Secure
- CNN chief says Trump’s attacks are boosting morale
- Reince's super fun job.
- "Republican lawmakers had already been willing to ignore the president’s statements and controversies as long as he backed their priorities. “There’s a widely held view among our members that, yes, he’s going to say things on a daily basis that we’re not going to like,” Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said to the New York Times, “but that the broad legislative agenda and goals that we have— if we can stay focused on those and try and get that stuff enacted—those would be big wins.”
- Republicans can't agree on Obamacare, and it's grinding Congress to a halt
- Is It Kosher to Speculate About Donald Trump’s Mental Health?
- The expressions in this video are priceless.
- The Rhetoric of Evasion: What Trump’s White House Has Done to the Language of Lying
- I don't want that shit sandwich job.
- If Donald Trump Wants to Stop Leaks, He Should Run a Less Awful Administration
- This video is a delight.
- Staffers failing background checks.
- Apparently you can get off scot free for that.
- Nobody knows what they're doing.
- Does the Donald's exaggerated style defy satire? "In both cases, the power of the satire came because they found an emotional depth that other impressions lacked. Which raises a challenge for anyone trying to imitate Donald Trump: Is there any emotional depth there to find?"
- More than 200 Republicans in Congress are skipping February town halls with constituents
- Your xenophobic grandpa.
Washington Post links section:
- Please, Bernie, make the constituents stop.
- Trump 2020 is off to a great start.
- "Trump’s three Mar-a-Lago trips since the inauguration have probably cost the federal treasury about $10 million.... Palm Beach County officials plan to ask Washington to reimburse tens of thousands of dollars a day in expenses for deputies handling added security and traffic issues around the cramped Florida island whenever Trump is in town....In New York, the city is paying $500,000 a day to guard Trump Tower, according to police officials’ estimates, an amount that could reach $183 million a year...This month, The Post reported that Secret Service and U.S. embassy staffers paid nearly $100,000 in hotel-room bills to support Eric Trump’s trip to promote a Trump-brand condo tower in Uruguay...But based on the first four weeks, Trump’s presidency appears on track to cost hundreds of millions of dollars more....The burden is especially acute for the Secret Service, the presidential protection force that has endured years of budget shortages, low morale and leadership shake-ups, including the announcement this week that its director, Joseph Clancy, is stepping down....Agents are now tasked with guarding multiple homes and protecting Trump’s four adult children, including the globe-trotting sons running the family business and daughter Ivanka, whose family recently moved into a Northwest Washington neighborhood....Agents are “at severe risk of burnout, and the very last thing you want is to have your agents burned out.”...In advance of Trump’s Super Bowl weekend trip to Mar-a-Lago, the Secret Service paid for a bevy of security costs, including more than $12,000 for tents, portable toilets, light towers and golf carts, purchase orders show....The bills have racked up outside the club, too. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said Trump’s 25 days in the county since the election have cost local taxpayers about $60,000 a day in overtime police payments."
The handshake section:
- Donald Trump's Awkward Handshakes, Ranked
- Here’s how to defend yourself against the Donald Trump handshake
The "our culture is shitty" section:
- "Imagine how easy it would be to idolize someone who so regularly can be counted upon to reframe your personal Overton Window — the category of what you think is unthinkable — to include things you wouldn’t have said six months ago, every six months." Or these days: every....hour?
- "Sarah Paulson cando anything; I’m not sure we need her to play Donald Trump right now."
- "It says a lot about how crazy the world has gotten and how fast things are moving that an episode all about mass shootings and gun violence almost feels… out of date? But, no, seriously, even if each week at the moment feels like a year’s worth of crap, the last major mass shooting—the attack on the mosque in Quebec by a white supremacist—happened fewer than three weeks ago. So while other political issues might have moved to the forefront—I look forward to Star City deciding whether it’s going to a sanctuary city in a few months—this is still completely, absolutely relevant, much as we might wish otherwise."
- America Just Broke a National Stress Record
- From the Trump story project: What Someone Else Does Not Want Printed: "This isn’t the world I wanted. Let’s be honest; this isn’t the world anyonewanted. Except for maybe about a thousand sociopaths with the grift sense to be making a killing, and a few tens of thousands of disaster preppers who get to say I told you so."
- Miss Manners on alternative virtues in the Trump era.
The resistance section:
- What can I do as an expat to help?
- Hollywood and tabloid personalities of all stripes have begun to embrace activism — and audiences have come to expect it: “What happened to the Dixie Chicks wouldn’t happen now,” says former publicist and gossip columnist Rob Shuter about the current era. “Things now are so toxic that I think to say nothing is compliance. Staying in the middle can probably be more dangerous to your career than actually taking a side.” "No one has been criticized more than Taylor Swift, who opted not to participate in dialogue surrounding the 2016 election and then offered a safe, generic tweet about the Women’s March. She was roasted for it, because this is not what people want from their celebrities in the new, earnest age."
- EPA preserves their website.
- How New York’s Restaurants Are Supporting the ‘Day Without Immigrants’
- Businesses across U.S. close, students skip school
- American Institutions Are Pushing Back Against Trump
I also finished the biggest sweater I ever made in my life while reading all this.