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Ричард Брюс (Дик) Чейни (англ. Richard Bruce (Dick) Cheney 30 января 1941, Линкольн, Небраска — американский политик, республиканец, работал в администрациях четырёх президентов США. В администрации Дж. Буша-старшего 1989—1993 министр обороны США.
Ричард Брюс (Дик) Чейни (англ. Richard Bruce (Dick) Cheney 30 января 1941, Линкольн, Небраска — американский политик, республиканец, работал в администрациях четырёх президентов США. В администрации Дж. Буша-старшего 1989—1993 министр обороны США.
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31 января, 17:50

CEOs Face Off Against Trump (or Not)

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Americans have become accustomed to chief executives offering their views on political issues, but rarely do they witness the scenes that played out last weekend. Within hours of President Trump ordering a 90-day halt on travel to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries, CEOs — primarily in the tech industry — began criticizing the new president. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings called the executive order “un-American,” and predicted it will make the country “less safe.” At San Francisco International airport, Google cofounder Sergey Brin joined in the protest, declaring: “I’m here because I’m a refugee.” (Brin was born in Russia; his family immigrated in 1979. He noted he was participating in the protest personally, not representing Google.) And Starbucks founder Howard Schultz called the move an attack on human rights and the American Dream — and pledged that Starbucks would hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years. By the end of the weekend, companies including Google and Lyft had pledged to donate millions to the American Civil Liberties Union. As the new workweek began, a second wave of companies, including JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, began issuing memos decrying the new administration’s restrictions on immigration. For CEOs and their communications teams, deciding when, whether, and how to speak out against a policy they object to can be a challenge — and less than two weeks into the Trump administration, it appears companies will face these dilemmas more frequently. Research into the effects of CEO activism points to a balance of risks and rewards. A recent study by Aaron Chatterji of Duke University and Michael Toffel of Harvard Business School examined how consumers responded to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s opposition to a proposed law that would discriminate against LGBT people in Indiana, in the U.S. The results showed that purchase intent rose or fell based on whether customers agreed with Cook’s position. (In the experiments, the positive sales effect outweighed the negative impact; in the real world, it’s difficult to determine how consumers actually reacted after Cook spoke out against the Indiana law in early 2015, because Apple’s sales are driven by factors including seasonality and new product launches.) The researchers write: “When CEOs take public stands on controversial issues, they can galvanize support for their company from those who share the same viewpoint… [and risk] alienating consumers who disagree.” Another study, an online survey conducted in 2016 by Weber Shandwick and KRC Research, found that consumers are more likely to approve of CEO activism when the issues involved are directly relevant to the company’s business; that Millennials are more supportive of activist CEOs than other generations; that a CEO’s political statements can affect purchase intent; and that many Americans believe that CEOs who take political stands are doing so primarily to get media attention. Writing about the study in HBR last year, Leslie Gaines-Ross, Weber Shandwick’s chief strategist, stated: “In order to reap the benefits and mitigate the risks, companies have to better understand the attitudes of internal and external stakeholders when it comes to controversial issues… [and] clarify how they relate to the company’s values and business.” In the reactions to the travel ban, Toffel sees nuance in exactly how CEOs are voicing their disapproval of the policy. Some companies, such as General Electric, have issued fairly narrow statements that express “concern” and focus on how the new policy will disrupt their employees who travel globally. Other CEOs have gone much further, attacking the policy in moral terms. In one series of tweets, for instance, Marc Benioff, founder and CEO of Salesforce.com, paraphrased from the Gospel of Mark (“When we close our hearts and stop loving other people as ourselves, we forget who we truly are — a light unto the nations”); in another, he offered the simple line “I’m with her” adjacent to an image of the Statue of Liberty. “Some CEOs are making a practical argument, some are making a moral argument, and some are combining them,” says Toffel, who’s currently working on a research-driven framework that will help CEOs think through the complexities of voicing political views. Toffel noted that beyond the statements’ content, the way they’re distributed sheds light on how out-in-front a CEO wants to be on the issue. Among CEOs who are opposing the ban, many of them (especially at nontech companies) did so with internal memos to employees that were released to the media. This is a quieter way of sending the message than directly tweeting to the public. On the surface, speaking out against a travel ban that seems to target Muslim immigrants (and that a federal judge quickly tried to pause, due to Constitutional questions) might seem a low risk. Can you think of any other issue that Dick Cheney, Elizabeth Warren, the Koch brothers, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all agree on? Despite that range of support, companies still face risks in speaking out. “I don’t see this as a no-brainer — there are many CEOs who are thinking deeply about how they want to register any concerns they have about the ban,” says Gaines-Ross. There are at least three reasons many CEOs are treading cautiously. First, the Trump administration’s views on immigration are shared by millions of Americans. In a poll conducted in early January, 48% of respondents supported halting immigration from terror-prone regions, while 42% opposed it. (In the same poll, 53% support a registry for Muslims.) So a CEO who criticizes it risks upsetting a large segment of consumers who share Trump’s views, even if that CEO feels firmly in the mainstream by decrying a policy that has been called ineffective, counterproductive, and unconstitutional. The second risk is that there’s so much emotion around this issue that people may react rashly, punishing a company before it’s even clear why. For an example of that, consider Uber. On Saturday night, as protesters gathered at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Uber tweeted that it was turning off its surge-pricing mechanism, which raises fares during periods of peak demand. A Twitter user misinterpreted the tweet as a move against taxi drivers, who’d briefly stopped service to protest the travel ban. (Uber’s announcement about surge pricing came out after the taxi strike was set to end.) Another person tweeted to point out that Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick is one of 18 CEOs on President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. Soon the hashtag #deleteuber was trending and the ride-sharing service was in a defensive crouch — even though Kalanick has said he sees his meeting with Trump on Friday as an opportunity for “principled confrontation.” Perhaps the biggest risk of criticizing Trump’s policy is, of course, the power and reach of the president’s Twitter account. Since his election, Trump’s critical tweets have (at least temporarily) drained billions from market value of companies such as Boeing and Toyota; trading houses are even setting up special trading algorithms to instantly trade based on the president’s social media barbs. Speaking on CNBC on Monday, Andrew Ross Sorkin, the well-connected New York Times reporter, said many of his C-suite sources are “scared out of their minds” at the prospect of Trump tweeting his rage against their employers, so they’re disinclined to criticize him. Of course, there’s also a risk in not speaking out, though it’s difficult to quantify. The most obvious one is that employees who disagree with the travel ban (or broader elements of the new administration’s agenda) will lose faith in the CEO, decreasing morale and potentially increasing attrition. Some companies have already seen attrition or lost sales that are directly connected to the political views of CEOs or directors: In November a senior content strategist at IBM quit in protest after IBM CEO Ginni Rometty released a letter in support of the president-elect, and L.L. Bean received threats of a boycott after news came out that a board member had donated money to a pro-Trump political action committee. With more companies speaking out on the travel ban by the hour, it’s difficult to assess how important a moment this will be in the history of CEO of activism. But it may be significant. The uproar over the ban “could be a tipping point,” says Gaines-Ross. “There’s going to be a groundswell of CEOs defending their corporate values and principles.” They may have another opportunity to do so soon: According to some reports, the Trump administration is currently preparing a new executive order that takes aim at the use of H-1B visas to recruit high-skills workers to U.S. companies.

30 января, 18:48

Here's Why Twitter Is Raging Against Steve Bannon

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The internet (including a top foreign policy official) isn’t happy that Steve Bannon was promoted to a role on the National Security Council on Saturday. The hashtag #StopPresidentBannon began trending on Twitter and blew up over the weekend as thousands rallied to protest President Donald Trump’s chief strategist. Bannon’s new position, one that exists to advise the president on national security and foreign affairs, downgraded the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence. They will only attend the council when considering issues in “their direct areas of responsibilities.” Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, which airs white nationalist viewpoints, made his name leading a site that peddles racist and misogynist conspiracy theories. This notion was only reinforced on Friday after Trump’s controversial executive order to refuse refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries entry to the U.S. Here’s what Twitter had to say: #StopPresidentBannon . When you make A White Nationalist your closest advisor and keep giving him power, we know where you stand.— Michael Scipioni (@MAScipioni) January 29, 2017 What the world needs is more compassion #StopPresidentBannon pic.twitter.com/Y2wYyw9iSb— banksy (@thereaIbanksy) January 29, 2017 We know who's really in charge. Trump is an illegitimate president who's also letting a Nazi run the country.#StopPresidentBannon— blackpridebrownlove (@KaylinWinters2) January 29, 2017 So @realDonaldTrump doesn't appear you are calling the shots, eh? We all knew you weren't capable. #stoppresidentbannon— Alix Bowman (@alixgbowman) January 29, 2017 Bannon now outranks person responsible overseeing all our intelligence agencies, our Director of National Intelligence. #StopPresidentBannon— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 29, 2017 Big Boy. #PresidentBannon pic.twitter.com/bR06v4TJeD— Pia Guerra (@PiaGuerra) January 30, 2017 Bannon is an irrational lunatic & a white supremacist & he's now writing our laws. We pay these guys. They work for us. #StopPresidentBannon— billy eichner (@billyeichner) January 29, 2017 We're only just getting started and the crowd is overflowing in front of the White House. No #MuslimBan #NoBanNoWall #StopPresidentBannon pic.twitter.com/4h9bIQFPIx— Nicole Ghio (@nicoleghio) January 29, 2017 The guy pulling Trump's strings once praised Satan, Darth Vadar & Dick Cheney.Now he's acting like all three. #StopPresidentBannon— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) January 29, 2017 Twitter this morning be like... #StopPresidentBannon pic.twitter.com/7NKdIQ6Xat— LivingBlue (@LivingBlueinRed) January 29, 2017 A white nationalist in jeans who told the media to shut up is running our country...Let that sink in. #StopPresidentBannon— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 29, 2017 No Bannon the media isn't your enemy. Your enemy is the truth. Your enemy is accountability. Your enemy is free thought#StopPresidentBannon pic.twitter.com/K0PSoNQArb— Jonathan Riley (@JonRiley7) January 30, 2017 Honest question: Why isn't Bannon holding the pen in the photos of the executive orders being signed? #StopPresidentBannon— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) January 29, 2017 How long until we are hiding people in our attics? #stoppresidentbannon— Party Momster (@fullwoodpdx) January 29, 2017 For breakfast, how about a nice round of #StopPresidentBannonBecause it's the truth, he's our Prez. And we need Trump to know we know.— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) January 29, 2017  For more #StopPresidentBannon tweets, click here.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

30 января, 18:48

Here's Why Twitter Is Raging Against Steve Bannon

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The internet (including a top foreign policy official) isn’t happy that Steve Bannon was promoted to a role on the National Security Council on Saturday. The hashtag #StopPresidentBannon began trending on Twitter and blew up over the weekend as thousands rallied to protest President Donald Trump’s chief strategist. Bannon’s new position, one that exists to advise the president on national security and foreign affairs, downgraded the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence. They will only attend the council when considering issues in “their direct areas of responsibilities.” Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, which airs white nationalist viewpoints, made his name leading a site that peddles racist and misogynist conspiracy theories. This notion was only reinforced on Friday after Trump’s controversial executive order to refuse refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries entry to the U.S. Here’s what Twitter had to say: #StopPresidentBannon . When you make A White Nationalist your closest advisor and keep giving him power, we know where you stand.— Michael Scipioni (@MAScipioni) January 29, 2017 What the world needs is more compassion #StopPresidentBannon pic.twitter.com/Y2wYyw9iSb— banksy (@thereaIbanksy) January 29, 2017 We know who's really in charge. Trump is an illegitimate president who's also letting a Nazi run the country.#StopPresidentBannon— blackpridebrownlove (@KaylinWinters2) January 29, 2017 So @realDonaldTrump doesn't appear you are calling the shots, eh? We all knew you weren't capable. #stoppresidentbannon— Alix Bowman (@alixgbowman) January 29, 2017 Bannon now outranks person responsible overseeing all our intelligence agencies, our Director of National Intelligence. #StopPresidentBannon— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 29, 2017 Big Boy. #PresidentBannon pic.twitter.com/bR06v4TJeD— Pia Guerra (@PiaGuerra) January 30, 2017 Bannon is an irrational lunatic & a white supremacist & he's now writing our laws. We pay these guys. They work for us. #StopPresidentBannon— billy eichner (@billyeichner) January 29, 2017 We're only just getting started and the crowd is overflowing in front of the White House. No #MuslimBan #NoBanNoWall #StopPresidentBannon pic.twitter.com/4h9bIQFPIx— Nicole Ghio (@nicoleghio) January 29, 2017 The guy pulling Trump's strings once praised Satan, Darth Vadar & Dick Cheney.Now he's acting like all three. #StopPresidentBannon— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) January 29, 2017 Twitter this morning be like... #StopPresidentBannon pic.twitter.com/7NKdIQ6Xat— LivingBlue (@LivingBlueinRed) January 29, 2017 A white nationalist in jeans who told the media to shut up is running our country...Let that sink in. #StopPresidentBannon— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 29, 2017 No Bannon the media isn't your enemy. Your enemy is the truth. Your enemy is accountability. Your enemy is free thought#StopPresidentBannon pic.twitter.com/K0PSoNQArb— Jonathan Riley (@JonRiley7) January 30, 2017 Honest question: Why isn't Bannon holding the pen in the photos of the executive orders being signed? #StopPresidentBannon— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) January 29, 2017 How long until we are hiding people in our attics? #stoppresidentbannon— Party Momster (@fullwoodpdx) January 29, 2017 For breakfast, how about a nice round of #StopPresidentBannonBecause it's the truth, he's our Prez. And we need Trump to know we know.— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) January 29, 2017  For more #StopPresidentBannon tweets, click here.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

28 января, 22:32

Republicans Go Largely Silent As Trump Bars Refugees And Immigrants From U.S.

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― There’s been thunderous outcry on Capitol Hill in the hours since President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday stopping Muslims and refugees from entering the U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said “tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty” as the U.S. turns aways immigrants. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) warned that the president “just handed ISIS a path to rebirth.” Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), a Marine veteran, said that Trump’s action puts U.S. troops’ lives at risk and that Moulton is “ashamed that he is our president.”  “History will judge where America’s leaders stood today,” lamented Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). That’s just a sampling of dozens of statements being fired out by Democrats. On the Republican side, the reaction is significantly different: silence. GOP lawmakers, who now control both chambers of Congress, have gone quiet in response to the president’s unilateral action that bans Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S. indefinitely, shuts down the nation’s entire refugee program for 120 days, and bars all immigrants and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days. As The New York Times’ Glenn Thrush observed on Twitter, Republicans haven’t been this quiet “since the last positive jobs report under Obama.” HuffPost spotted statements from just four GOP members of Congress, all in support of Trump’s move. One of them, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), said it’s important to deny refugees entry “to help prevent jihadists from infiltrating the United States.” It’s worth noting that the U.S. refugee screening process is already very intensive. The likelihood of being killed by a refugee terrorist in the U.S. is 1 in 3.6 billion, per a new Cato Institute report. The smattering of Republicans who issued statements didn’t raise concerns about the fact that Trump had effectively imposed a religious test for traveling to the United States. The president’s order was already causing chaos at U.S. airports, as refugees and immigrants arrived late Friday or Saturday, only to be detained or told they can’t enter the country. It’s not just rank-and file Republicans trying to duck the issue. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hasn’t said a peep. His counterpart, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), is one of the handful who did respond to Trump’s action ― by supporting it, while simultaneously saying America is a “compassionate” nation. “Our number one responsibility is to protect the homeland. We are a compassionate nation, and I support the refugee resettlement program, but it’s time to reevaluate and strengthen the visa vetting process,” Ryan said. “This is why we passed bipartisan legislation in the wake of the Paris attacks to pause the intake of refugees. President Trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country.” It was just months ago that Ryan was condemning Trump’s campaign trail threat to institute a Muslim ban. Back then, when few expected Trump to win the election, Ryan said targeting immigrants didn’t reflect “America’s fundamental values.” A religious test for entering our country is not reflective of America's fundamental values. I reject it. pic.twitter.com/DdsYj2XoLS— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 31, 2016 Before he was vice president, Mike Pence, too, denounced the idea of banning an entire group of people from the country based on their religion. Here he is in December 2015, when he was governor of Indiana: Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) December 8, 2015 On Saturday, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong pushed back on the idea that Trump’s action targets Muslims. “This is not a religious test and it is not a ban on people of any religion,” she said. The difference between then and now is that Trump is the president. Republican Party leaders like Ryan and McConnell appear willing to give him a pass on whatever extreme actions he wants to take ― instituting a Muslim ban, directing Congress to spend billions to build a wall along the Mexican border ― as long as he helps them pass laws they want pass, like cutting taxes for corporations and repealing the Affordable Care Act. These are types of things Republicans have been itching to do, but couldn’t under President Barack Obama. It remains to be seen when, or if, Republicans will draw a line on embracing Trump’s controversial and, in this case, racist actions. When even hawkish former Vice President Dick Cheney has suggested Trump’s ideas go too far, it appears there is a line somewhere. “This whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in,” Cheney said in December 2015. This story has been updated with comment from Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. CORRECTION: Dick Cheney condemned Trump’s proposed Muslim ban in December 2015, not his executive order on Friday.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

28 января, 14:05

Do Deficits Still Matter to Republicans?

Party leaders are embarking on an expensive legislative agenda—and they might wait to pay the bill.

26 января, 02:21

Liz Cheney Supports Waterboarding, Attacks CIA Torture Report

PHILADELPHIA ― Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) praised President Donald Trump’s reported decision to order a review of how the U.S. is handling the war on terror ― opening up the door to reinstating banned interrogation techniques previously used by the nation’s intelligence gatherers.  As Republicans in both chambers met outside of Washington to discuss their agenda for the year, Cheney told reporters she supports a review, and tore into the Senate’s CIA torture report.  Cheney also asserted that waterboarding works, and that it helped in securing crucial information leading to the capture of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden (a debunked theory). “It’s been clear, certainly since we stopped the enhanced interrogation program, we’re not even in a position anymore, frankly, where we’re very often capturing people,” Cheney said. “We have nothing to do with people when we do capture them.”  Coming full circle in the debate over whether officials should use enhanced interrogation methods to extract information from prisoners, the freshman congresswoman echoed her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, on Wednesday, arguing that waterboarding is not torture.  “What we know is that the enhanced interrogation program provided some of the information, and some of the evidence, that eventually led us to be able to locate, capture and kill bin Laden,” Cheney said. “I do support enhanced interrogation, I think that it’s something that clearly has helped us in the past to save lives, and so I was glad to see President Trump take that step.” Cheney said she expects the review, once finished, to reveal the “usefulness” of interrogation techniques like waterboarding ― a method used in the CIA’s detention and interrogation program for years. That CIA program was investigated by the Senate Intelligence Committee, and found to be more brutal than the CIA originally disclosed and ineffective in producing intelligence. Some details of the investigation were released in a 2014 report.  “The use of enhanced interrogation has been ― when it was in use ― very limited,” Cheney said, “limited to only three people who were waterboarded and used in a situation where we had to get information to save American lives.” “It’s the responsibility of any chief executive, any commander in chief to make sure we use every tool at our disposal,” she continued, “understanding that it’s not torture. We don’t torture, we haven’t tortured. What we’re talking about is the ability to get information from people who don’t want to provide information and who have information that could well save American lives and prevent attacks.” Reminded that the Senate torture report refuted those claims, and pressed for evidence that such techniques were, in fact, useful in finding the courier that led intel officials to bin Laden, Cheney lambasted the document. (The full report remains classified.)   “That report was actually put together without interviewing a single person who was involved in the program, and you have people on both sides of political aisle,” Cheney said.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

24 января, 05:46

Marc Short: Koch Dark-Money Operative Is Trump's Liaison To Congress

When the history of Donald Trump's administration is written, people may point to the appointment of a Koch Brothers' operative to a little-known White House position as a turning point in Trump's evolution from unorthodox Republican candidate to doctrinaire corporate politician. Meet Trump Legislative Director Marc Short Think of it as a merger, or an acquisition. His administration hires suggest that Trump, who ran a heterodox and intermittently populist (if consistently bigoted) campaign, has been joining forces with the more established corporate extremism of the Republican Party establishment. Consider Marc Short's appointment as Director of Legislative Affairs. According to the White House website, the Office of Legislative Affairs "serves as the President's primary liaison to the United States Congress, and is responsible for advancing the President's legislative agenda on Capitol Hill." The Director of Legislative Affairs has typically been an obscure figure, plucked from a staffer job on Capitol Hill. And while the position calls for "working with Senators, Representatives, and their staffs to promote the President's priorities" (as the White House website puts it), Great Britain's Prince Phillip may have captured a key aspect of the job more pithily when he was introduced to one of Short's predecessors some years ago: "Ah," Prince Philip said, "the spear catcher." But Marc Short, who is reportedly Donald Trump's choice to fill the position, is more accustomed to doling out cash than he is to catching spears. It's true that Short has some Hill experience, as chief of staff to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) and then-Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN). Short isn't really a policy wonk. He's an operative in Republican and right-wing circles. After serving as finance director for Oliver North's failed senatorial campaign, Short reportedly helped Pence run the House Republican Conference, managed the Reagan Ranch, and was a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security under Bush. The Kochs' Dark Money Man Peddled a Plan to Take Down Trump Short is best known for his tenure as president of the Koch Brother's Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the political fund organized by the Koch Brothers to advance their far-right, pro-corporate, anti-environmental agenda. While the group describes itself as a "business league," CMD noted that its fundraising cycles much more closely resemble those of a political party, complete with high-tech voter lists and opposition research. The "Washington Post" described the organization as "carefully constructed with extensive legal barriers to shield its donors" and said it operated "de facto banks" that were "feeding money to groups downstream." Freedom Partners has reportedly cut checks for as much as $63 million to support campaigns and causes beloved by the Kochs and their allies, including anti-environmental groups, the National Rifle Association, and two different groups working to repeal Obamacare, the 60 Plus Association and the Center to Protect Patient Rights (CPPR) run by Koch money man Sean Noble (who renamed the group American Encore.) CPPR/American Encore created some bad headlines for the Kochs. It was forced to pay huge fines as part of a settlement with California Attorney General-now Senator-Kamala Harris for activities that were described as "campaign money laundering," although Noble and the Kochs denied wrongdoing. Three other groups that received Freedom Partners funding were fined by the Federal Election Commission last year for violating campaign regulations. This is classic dark money behavior, and Short was in the middle of it. Short doesn't just give money away. As president of Freedom Partners he received a lot, too. The latest IRS filing for the organization shows that Short was paid $1,110,328 in 2015 by the nonprofit, and received another $48,444 in "other compensation from the organization and related organizations." The last person to hold his White House job reportedly received $172,200 per year - an excellent standard by most measures, but a step down from Short's former salary. Advancing the Koch Agenda from Inside the White House Short's path to the White House was not without a surprise or two. He left Freedom Partners in 2016 to join Marco Rubio's campaign, a move that was interpreted by some as a sign that the Republican establishment wanted to stop Trump at all costs. If the right-wing National Review is to be believed, Short was so determined to stop Trump that he personally presented Charles Koch with a plan for blistering ads " a detailed, eight-figure blueprint for derailing (Trump) on Super Tuesday," but was rebuffed. He's come a long way since then. So why the change of heart? Perhaps because the candidate Short once wanted to stop is now poised to deliver on key elements of the Koch Brothers' agenda. Trump is appointing oil industry executives and lobbyists to a number of top positions and denies the reality of climate change. His xenophobic and bigoted rhetoric fuels the kind of fear that does great things for gun sales. Like Freedom Partners, Trump is pushing deregulation. And Trump, together with his congressional allies, is poised to repeal Obamacare. Recently, the Kochs' "grassroots" group Americans for Prosperity, is telling potential donors (with typically hyperbolic capitalization) that the Kochs' three-part agenda consists of "1. REPEALING OBAMACARE; 2. FIXING OUR BROKEN TAX SYSTEM" - that is, tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy - and, "3. CUTTING FEDERAL SPENDING." Freedom Partners gave more than $130 million to organizations that supported Obamacare's repeal in 2012 along, according to its IRS filing. $115 million was given to the CPPR and $15.7 billion went to the 60 Plus Association, which also lobbied heavily against it. CPPR funneled money to other groups as well, creating a fake storm of "grassroots" opposition. Freedom Partners and Americans for Prosperity routinely used Obamacare as a hot-button issue, targeting key Democrats with "issues ads" in their re-election races - which, of course, means that they were aiding Republicans in those races. American Encore also spent millions the same way. A Friendly Koch Takeover Short is not the only Koch person to join the Trump Administration. VP Mike Pence is a Koch ally and he has been helping stack the cabinet with a coterie of Koch friends. Pence may become the most powerful vice president in U.S. history - outstripping even Dick Cheney in influence. And while Trump has differed with the Kochs on some key issues - including trade, Social Security, and Medicare - they have always agreed on deregulation, privatization, the climate, taxes, and Obamacare. Trump's appointments suggest that he may be moving closer to the Kochs on other issues as well. One thing seems clear already: the Kochs and their big-money allies seem poised to gain more influence than ever during a presidency they once tried to prevent. Originally published at the Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 21:01

As After 9/11, the World ♥ America

In the wake of the horrific attack on the United States on September 11, 2001, there was around the world an outpouring of support--indeed, love--for America and the nation's ideals. People everywhere were reminded of how important those ideals are to the world. On Saturday, we saw something similar. America's best ideals suffered another terrible assault on November 8, 2016. That attack was, at least in the short run, much more devastating to the American Republic than the one fifteen years earlier. On January 21, the world responded again with an outpouring of support and love for that which America, at its best, stands. Scrolling through the photos from around the world of the Women's March (click here to view) on Saturday, such as the one from Oslo above, is a beautiful and uplifting experience. People around the world understand that Donald Trump is the antithesis of what America, at its best, stands for. They wrapped their arms around the American people and the American Republic in this time of great trial from those who would undermine it. The outpouring of support and love for America that followed the calamity of 9/11 was quickly squandered by the administration of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney when they chose to invade Iraq. The difference with the outpouring of support and love for America that has now followed the catastrophe of 11/8 is that the actions the administration, though likely to be far worse than anything Bush and Cheney did, will be the actions of the perpetrators of the attack on America, clearly not of the majority of the American people, who overwhelmingly oppose Donald Trump, as indicated by his approval rating of 37 percent in a Fox News poll released on the morning of his inauguration. This time, the world is with us, the majority of the American people who understand and support the ideals of America, not with those who are in power and trying to destroy those ideals. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 14:32

TRUMP’s rocky start -- TODAY’S SCANDAL, NOW: Will Trump ditch assigned seats in W.H. briefing -- PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW with Paul Ryan Friday -- POLITICO is 10 -- B’DAY: Norah O’Donnell

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2k7J367 … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay … Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Monday morning. Welcome to Donald Trump’s first full week as president. Expect that it will proceed at a breakneck pace -- with votes on several of his Cabinet nominees, more executive orders and a midweek huddle with congressional Republicans as they try and get on the same page on issues critical to his 100-day agenda, including replacing Obamacare and tax reform.TODAY’S SCANDAL, NOW -- Will the Trump administration ditch assigned seats in the press briefing? A few sources say yes. Will Sean Spicer call on a major news organization or wire first during his maiden press briefing today? We bet not. Will President Trump go to the Alfalfa Dinner, which is this Saturday in D.C.? Stay tuned.YOU’RE INVITED! -- PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW WITH SPEAKER PAUL RYAN -- Shortly after the Republican retreat in Philadelphia ends Friday, Speaker Paul Ryan will sit down with us for a Playbook Interview event at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill. We’ll ask him about the retreat with Senate Republicans and President Trump, and discuss what to expect in 2017. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the event starts at 3 p.m. RSVP to [email protected] **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbXNYT front-page headline: “Trump’s Rocky Start Jeopardizes Leverage” http://nyti.ms/2jojtsE … WSJ front-page headline: “Trump Starts with Packed Agenda” http://bit.ly/2jgAuHE POWER TRIPLE BYLINE in the NYT -- PETER BAKER, GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN, “Rocky First Weekend for Trump Troubles Even His Top Aides”: “President Trump’s first weekend in office unfolded much the way things often did during his campaign: with angry Twitter messages, a familiar obsession with slights and a series of meandering and at times untrue statements, all eventually giving way to attempts at damage control. The problem is that what works on the way to the White House does not always work once a candidate gets there. To the extent that there was a plan to take advantage of the first days of his administration, when a president is usually at his maximum leverage, Mr. Trump threw it aside with a decision to lash out about crowd sizes at his swearing in and to rewrite the history of his dealings with intelligence agencies. The lack of discipline troubled even senior members of Mr. Trump’s circle, some of whom had urged him not to indulge his simmering resentment at what he saw as unfair news coverage. Instead, Mr. Trump chose to listen to other aides who shared his outrage and desire to punch back. By the end of the weekend, he and his team were scrambling to get back on script.” http://nyti.ms/2jHTmhm WARNING -- “Trump injects uncertainty into fragile health insurance markets,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin and Sean Sullivan: “President Trump’s executive order instructing federal agencies to grant relief to constituencies affected by the Affordable Care Act has begun to reverberate throughout the nation’s health-care system, injecting further uncertainty into an already unsettled insurance landscape. The political signal of the order, which Trump signed just hours after being sworn into office, was clear: Even before the Republican-led Congress acts to repeal the 2010 law, the new administration will move swiftly to unwind as many elements as it can on its own — elements that have changed how 20 million Americans get health coverage and what benefits insurers must offer some of their customers. But the practical implications of Trump’s action on Friday are harder to decipher. Its language instructs all federal agencies to ‘waive, defer, grant ­exemptions from or delay’ any part of the law that imposes a financial or regulatory burden on those affected by it. That would cover consumers, doctors, hospitals and other providers, as well as insurers and drug companies.” http://wapo.st/2jIaSCfTHE TRUMP WEST WING -- “Breitbart writer expected to join White House staff,” by Alex Isenstadt: “Julia Hahn, a staff writer at Breitbart News, is expected to join the White House -- a move that further underscores Breitbart’s influence in the new administration. According to two sources briefed on the move, Hahn’s title will be special assistant to the president and she is expected to primarily work under White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.” http://politi.co/2jHQ6mc COMING ATTRACTIONS -- NYT A18, “Foreign Payments to Trump Firms Violate Constitution, Suit Will Claim,” by Eric Lipton and Adam Liptak: “A team of prominent constitutional scholars, Supreme Court litigators and former White House ethics lawyers intends to file a lawsuit Monday morning alleging that President Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his hotels and other business operations to accept payments from foreign governments. The lawsuit is among a barrage of legal actions against the Trump administration that have been initiated or are being planned by major liberal advocacy organizations. ... The suit, which will not seek any monetary damages, will ask a federal court in New York to order Mr. Trump to stop taking payments from foreign government entities. Such payments, it says, include those from patrons at Trump hotels and golf courses; loans for his office buildings from certain banks controlled by foreign governments; and leases with tenants like the Abu Dhabi tourism office, a government enterprise.” http://nyti.ms/2kiMme9 2020 WATCH -- “Booker walks 2020 tightrope: Cory Booker insists he’s not interested in the presidency, but his role in the Trump resistance has Washington assuming otherwise,” by Burgess Everett and Gabriel Debenedetti: “Booker is younger than Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, more charismatic than Sherrod Brown, better known than Martin O’Malley. He’s mastered social media and built a unique profile over the past 15 years as a telegenic politician that stands to resonate with an increasingly young, urban party. And his voting record is reliably liberal, despite critics on the party’s left flank. Some of his moves seem to encourage the speculation, between last summer’s veepstakes, his hobnobbing with early state delegations during July’s convention, an interview with one of New Hampshire’s top TV reporters in January, and even his move to join the Foreign Relations committee.” http://politi.co/2iTOMiZ HILLARY WATCH -- “Hillary Clinton plots her next move,” by Gabriel Debenedetti in Little Rock, Arkansas: “The recently vanquished candidate has told some associates she’s looking at a spring timeline for mapping out some of her next political steps. Still recovering from her stunning loss, a political return is far from the top of Clinton’s mind, with much of her planning focused around the kinds of projects she wants to take on outside the partisan arena, like writing or pushing specific policy initiatives. … There have been no conversations about starting her own political group but Clinton has spoken with leaders of emerging Democratic-leaning organizations about their work, and has discussed possible opportunities to work with Organizing For Action, former President Barack Obama’s initiative. Among the potential political priorities she has mentioned to associates are building pipelines for young party leaders to rise and ensuring that a reconstructed [DNC] functions as an effective hub that works seamlessly with other party campaign wings.” http://politi.co/2kiZIXCTIM ALBERTA’s POLITICO MAGAZINE DEBUT -- “Meet the ‘New Ted Cruz’: He was supposed to battle Hillary Clinton for the White House. Now, he’s playing nice with the GOP establishment he once scorned—and making friends with Donald Trump”: “[E]veryone understands that Cruz’s pursuit of the presidency is on hiatus. This explains why [Jeff] Roe wanted the job of White House political director; why more than half a dozen former staffers have secured administration posts; and why, according to multiple sources, his non-profit is cutting its staff to zero. The 125 square-foot office Cruz’s team rented last summer at 300 New Jersey Ave., against a breathtaking backdrop of the Capitol, will soon be vacant. The group will be repurposed to assist Cruz with some issue advocacy, but no longer is it a presidential campaign-in-waiting. Its two employees—[Paul] Teller and Bryan English, Cruz’s Iowa director, who moved his family to D.C. to help run the new organization—expected they’d be joined by a host of new colleagues in the run-up to 2020. Instead, both are looking for work. ...“Cruz appears intent on building—and in some cases repairing—personal relationships with Republican senators. He started a weekly basketball game in the Russell Building, for example, and has been urging colleagues to attend. (Cruz is said to be a surprisingly good jump-shooter with miserable form.) Tim Scott has played, and Marco Rubio is said to be joining soon. In another development, Cruz, who has long used his back-corner booth at the Capital Grille to schmooze with activist leaders and think-tankers, has lately been inviting fellow senators. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Dan Sullivan of Alaska ate with Cruz on separate nights recently, and Rubio joined him for a post-campaign meal last year. … According to multiple people who have dined with him since the election, Cruz— known for his love of red wine over lengthy dinner dialogues—abstained entirely from alcohol. (This isn’t a conversion to teetotaling. Cruz, who grew noticeably heavier during the campaign, is trying to lose weight—and is currently locked in a pound-for-pound competition with Roe.)” http://politi.co/2kiEfKfFIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- “NRCC Announces Senior Staff for the 2018 Cycle”: “John Rogers, Executive Director: Rogers has been at the NRCC since 2011. He has served in three different capacities at the Committee: Regional Political Director, Deputy Political Director and Political Director. ... Joe Pileggi, Political Director ... During the 2014 and 2016 election cycles, Joe served as a Regional Political Director at the NRCC. ... Emma Nelson, Finance Director: Most recently, Nelson worked as a Regional Finance Director for the [NRCC] ...“Matt Gorman, Communications Director ... Gorman was previously the Strategic Campaign Communications Director for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) ... Gorman also recently served as rapid response director and national spokesman for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s 2016 campaign. ... Ted Peterson, Digital Director: In 2016, Peterson oversaw the NRCC Independent Expenditure’s $8 million digital media buy. ... Sean Philbin, Research Director: Philbin recently served as the research director and strategic communications advisor for the Senate Leadership Fund and American Crossroads for the 2016 cycle.” http://politi.co/2k7DhBo COUNTERPROGRAMMING -- Democratic leaders, elected officials, alumni from the Obama and Clinton campaigns and other progressives are launching #MuteMonday. Keying off of the success of the Women’s March, the operatives are planning to unfollow Trump’s personal and official Twitter handles and then follow a new progressive organization or leader of their choice.-- SOMETHING TO WATCH FOR: Liberal groups, particularly pro-immigration reform outlets, are working behind the scenes to try to line up congressional support in case Trump targets so-called Dreamers with an executive action. Their goal: create momentum for a legislative fix with bipartisan support so Dreamers aren’t deported. HAPPENING TODAY -- Trump is hosting a breakfast with business leaders, plans to sign executive orders, attend the daily briefing and have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence. This afternoon, he is holding a listening session with union leaders and workers, hosting a bicameral leadership reception and meeting with Speaker Ryan and other congressional lawmakers. The Senate is expected to vote on the confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to lead the CIA. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is slated to vote on Rex Tillerson’s nomination to be Secretary of State. THE NEW ADMINISTRATION -- “Trump struggles to shake his erratic campaign habits,” by Josh Dawsey: “That Donald Trump chose to spend the first 48 hours of his presidency feuding with the news media over crowd sizes, crowing about his win in front of a wall of killed CIA agents, spreading inaccurate information and firing off tweets didn’t shock his supporters or critics. But it showed two likely hallmarks of the Trump administration, according to interviews with people involved in and close to his government. First, his team will be very combative, even when the facts are not on their side, trusting that their political base dislikes the news media and will believe them no matter what. ... [S]econd, when Trump grows angry, he will usually want the strongest response possible, unless he is told no, and that he will often govern or make decisions based off news coverage.” With a Chris Ruddy cameo http://politi.co/2k7jrWY -- “Could Trump’s ‘alternative facts’ put lives at risk?” by Isaac Dovere and Josh Dawsey: “‘Alternative facts” could kill, warn national security and other government veterans, and eventually could unravel the fabric of democracy and America’s standing in the world. This weekend, it was crowd size. By next week, it could be how many troops were killed, and who was responsible for the attack. Or how successful the American response was. Or whether there is an actual threat to homeland security that requires government action. Or even a dispute with a foreign government over a sensitive detail in negotiations.” http://politi.co/2jfUl9LVIDEO DU JOUR -- @ABC: “Pres. Trump greets FBI Director James Comey during First Responders ceremony at the White House: ‘He’s become more famous than me.’” http://bit.ly/2k7c0ix DEEP DIVE -- EVAN OSNOS in The New Yorker, “Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich”: “Survivalism, the practice of preparing for a crackup of civilization, tends to evoke a certain picture: the woodsman in the tinfoil hat, the hysteric with the hoard of beans, the religious doomsayer. But in recent years survivalism has expanded to more affluent quarters, taking root in Silicon Valley and New York City, among technology executives, hedge-fund managers, and others in their economic cohort.” http://bit.ly/2j3MB7I FOR YOUR RADAR -- TOP OP-ED: “Trump Can Correct a Bush Error: The conviction of ‘Scooter’ Libby was an injustice. He deserves a pardon,” by Fred Barnes in the WSJ: “President Trump has an opportunity to correct an injustice that President Bush left behind and President Obama failed to address: the conviction of Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice in the Valerie Plame affair. Mr. Libby was Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff and an adviser to Mr. Bush from 2001-05. In 2007 he was convicted of lying to a grand jury three years earlier. President Bush commuted his 30-month sentence but not a $250,000 fine or 400 hours of community service. And he declined to pardon Mr. Libby.” http://on.wsj.com/2jHTQE9-- WE HEAR that Barnes’s op-ed is just the start of a growing drumbeat of Libby sympathizers who will continue to press the issue in the coming weeks in conservative media outlets.SENATE WATCH -- “Polls shows [Elizabeth] Warren is no sure bet for re-election next year,” by Massachusetts Playbook’s Lauren Dezenski: “A new poll released [by MassINC Polling Group and WBUR] on Monday morning shows that 46 percent of Massachusetts voters think it’s time for someone else to have a shot at the Senate … Fifty one percent of the poll's respondents approved of Warren while 37 disapproved — a dip from an April 2015 poll showing a 62 percent approval rating and a 21 percent disapproval rating. While it’s still early to handicap the 2018 race, a relatively underwhelming field of potential Democratic primary challengers and Republican opponents means that while there is an opening, it is narrow.” http://politi.co/2kiPW3BTHE MAN BEHIND OBAMACARE -- “Slavitt’s new mission: Rescue Obamacare,” by Joanne Kenen and Dan Diamond: “Andy Slavitt’s job was to run Obamacare. Now he’s trying to save it. Slavitt stepped down on Friday as acting administrator of CMS, the sprawling federal agency that oversees the Affordable Care Act. Later that day, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that could blow much of the law apart. In an exclusive exit interview with POLITICO, Slavitt on Sunday said he won’t return to his lucrative career as a health-care entrepreneur in Minnesota. He’ll stay on part-time in Washington to seek a bipartisan ceasefire in the health care wars that preserves as much of Obamacare as possible, although he recognizes it will take on a more conservative cast.” http://politi.co/2jPwzCe JIM RUTENBERG in the NYT, “‘Alternative Facts’ and the Costs of Trump-Branded Reality”: “When Donald J. Trump swore the presidential oath on Friday, he assumed responsibility not only for the levers of government but also for one of the United States’ most valuable assets, battered though it may be: its credibility. The country’s sentimental reverence for truth and its jealously guarded press freedoms, while never perfect, have been as important to its global standing as the strength of its military and the reliability of its currency. ... Disinformation was for dictatorships, banana republics and failed states. Yet there it was on Saturday.” http://nyti.ms/2jRR9lX MEDIAWATCH -- BEN SMITH in the NYT: “Why BuzzFeed News Published the Dossier”: “BuzzFeed News decided to publish the dossier, with appropriate context and caveats, for two related reasons, and only after we had spent weeks with reporters in the United States and Europe trying to confirm or disprove specific claims. First, the documents were in wide circulation among top intelligence and elected officials and news organizations. They were being fought over -- and acted on -- at the highest levels of power. But the rest of the country was getting only the occasional glimpse of those battles, never the source documents themselves…. Second, the dossier’s contents spilled into view last week when CNN broke the news that both President Obama and Mr. Trump had received an intelligence briefing that included a synopsis of the document, whose allegations CNN summarized as ‘compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.’ We at BuzzFeed News had, of course, considered that someone else would post the dossier, and planned in that case to follow by adding what we knew on it. We hadn’t anticipated what actually happened: a bombshell report that described the document, while the document itself remained secret. That halfway position ran contrary to how we think of our compact with our audience: You trust us to give you the full story; we trust you to reckon with a messy, sometimes uncertain reality.” http://nyti.ms/2jgD5kR TOP TWEET -- @MerriamWebster at 12:32 p.m. Sunday: “A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.”TRANSITIONS -- “Ex-Homeland Security Chief to Rejoin New York Law Firm,” by NYT’s Elizabeth Olson: “Jeh C. Johnson, who has stepped down as secretary of Homeland Security, is rejoining the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he formerly worked. He will be a partner in the firm’s litigation department. ... In his new role at Paul, Weiss, a 900-lawyer firm, Mr. Johnson will advise clients, including boards of directors, on crisis management, government and internal investigations, high-stakes litigation and regulatory matters, as well as legal aspects of cybersecurity and other security matters. He will have offices in New York and Washington.” http://nyti.ms/2jfYkmQ --Emily Schlichting, who served in the Obama administration as chief of staff for HHS’s assistant secretary for legislation, has been named health policy adviser for Sen. Patty Murray on the Senate HELP Committee.HILLARY ALUMNI -- JESSE FERGUSON in the Richmond Times Dispatch, “The resistance starts in Richmond”: “The election of Virginia’s governor is the first chance the voters of this country will get to speak up about the Trump administration. .... Many people have said that the 2018 midterm elections are our version of Star Wars’ ‘New Hope’ where we fight back against the Death Star. If that analogy is to hold true in 2018, then 2017 in Virginia is going to be our ‘Rogue One,’ where the seeds of the resistance are sown.” http://bit.ly/2k7f7Hh IN THE STATES -- “J.B. Pritzker snags Sacks as he explores governor’s bid,” by Illinois Playbook’s Natasha Korecki: “As J.B. Pritzker explores a 2018 bid for governor, he has tapped an array of advisers that includes influential Democratic donor Michael Sacks, POLITICO has learned. Sacks, GCM Grosvenor CEO and a top personal adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, called Pritzker ‘extraordinary’ and offered his backing should Pritzker ultimately file campaign papers. Sacks was the lead donor to the anti-Gov. Bruce Rauner political action committee, LIFT -- Leading Illinois for Tomorrow -- in last November’s legislative battles, and has long financially backed Emanuel’s campaigns and funded Democratic efforts in Illinois and elsewhere.” http://politi.co/2iTdm3f SPOTTED on a Southwest flight from DCA to IND: Rev. Jesse Jackson sitting one row in front of Mike Pence’s mother and brother. In the terminal, he was “surrounded by high schoolers taking selfies. He very kindly obliged all. Including one who took off his Make America Great Again hat first.” ... Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) brunching with her family at Due South in Navy Yard ... Freshman Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fla.) strolling around Navy Yard. HAPPY 12th ANNIVERSARY to President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. They were married Jan. 22, 2005. http://bit.ly/2k7wCY1 ENGAGED – Asawin “Swin” Suebsaeng, social media editor/reporter at The Daily Beast and a Mother Jones alum, proposed to Elizabeth Nolan Brown, associate editor at Reason.com. They met on Twitter. Pic http://bit.ly/2kj58lD WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Julianna Goldman, correspondent at CBS News and a Bloomberg alum, and Michael Gottlieb, a partner at Boies, Schiller and Flexner, post on Facebook: “Introducing Abner Sam Gottlieb. He made his debut at 2:46 [Saturday] morning, weighing in at 8 lbs 4 oz (roughly half of which appears to be his head of hair).” Pics http://bit.ly/2k7gpSs … http://bit.ly/2jfSGRC BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Norah O’Donnell, celebrating at The Polo Bar with Geoff, Gayle and Charlie -- read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2jgECr5 BIRTHDAYS: Politico is 10 ... John Heilemann, the pride of L.A., is 51 ... Caroline Krueger (hat tips: Clem and Clark) ... Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) is 7-0 ... Politico Director of Photography Scott Mahaskey ... Politico’s Patrick Reis, Kelsey Sutton and Annie Snider ... Antonio Villaraigosa, former L.A. mayor, is 64 ... Annie Shuppy of CQ ... Alexander Castellanos (the younger) of Purple Strategies is 33 ... Aliyah Frumin, MSNBC.com political reporter … Eric Koch, managing principal at Precision Strategies, former comms. director for NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and inexplicable Patriots fan (h/ts Stephanie Cutter and Kam Mumtaz) ... Christina Lonigro, spokeswoman for UNDP, and the pride of St. Louis ... Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa..) is 53 ... former Rep. Bud Shuster (R-Penn.) is 85 ... former Rep. Joe Baca (R-Calif.) is 7-0 ... Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order SVU actress and Joyful Heart Foundation President ... Brian Cooke, executive director of the Armed Forces Foundation, is 34 ... Seth Wickersham, senior writer at ESPN The Magazine ... Aretae Wyler, chief administrative officer and general counsel at Atlantic Media ... Erik Olson, principal at Venn Strategies and Ron Kind’s former chief of staff ...... legendary photojournalist and former Marine David Douglas Duncan is 101 – “one of DDD’s most iconic photos: the signing of the surrender of the Japanese on board the USS Missouri. He now lives in France. ... If there’s anybody worthy of being given a medal, he’s it, and not only for longevity” (h/t Iraqi Amb. to the U.S. Fareed Yasseen) ... Laura Keiter, comms director for Media Matters for America ... Mark E. Tullis ... ABC7 alum Alex Parker … Harvard Institute of Politics’ Amy Howell, who is the gateway between smart students and D.C. internships … Katherine Grainger, principal at Civitas Public Affairs … Matthew Hoppler ... Marygrace Galston ... ABC7’s Suzanne Kennedy ... Adam Parker ... Peter Rosenstein ... Jessica Vandenberg ... Lily Johnson ... Sarah West ... Aidan Giesser ... Will Winterhof (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Michelle Cangelosi, director of corporate engagement at Rotary International ... Jay Riestenberg of Common Cause ... Jessica Binzoni … Erika Gudmundson … Hayden Pruett Wilson ... Aida Cipriani ... Princess Caroline of Monaco is 6-0 ... actress Tiffani Thiessen is 43 (h/ts AP)

22 января, 19:34

Инаугурация Трампа и субъектность хаоса

Администрация Барака Обамы, изрядно постаравшаяся расширить негативную сторону американо-российских (да и в целом с Западом) отношений, канула в политическое небытие. Конечно, некоторые отдельные личности могут взобраться на политический «олимп», куда их может выкинуть противоборства духа истории с игровым началом нового духа, но в целом ушедшая команда уже вряд ли предстанет перед миром.20 января прошла инаугурация Дональда Трампа, его речь разительно отличалась от речей его ближайших предшественников. Конечно, любой временной отрезок изобилует своей неповторимой картой напряженности, но наступивший год 2017 все же обладает своей особенностью. Существуют же точки бифуркации, когда перед человечеством встает выбор пути дальнейшего развития или сваливание на обочину истории, когда приходят новые «темные века».В 2017 год мир вошел с изрядно дестабилизированным Ближним Востоком, хаотизация затронула почти всю Северную Африку, беженцы из этих дестабилизированных макрорегионов сотнями тысяч хлынули в Европу. Европа в силу своей либерально-постмодернистской деформации не могла их не принять, а приняв значительно хаотизировала все внутренние сферы своего бытия. Конфликт на Востоке Украины продолжает гореть своим «черным» огнем, конца и края этому не видно. Источник «черного» огня - есть бандеровский класс, дорвавшийся до власти в Киеве, при поддержке европейской элиты. Это означает, что хаос изрядно проник в сознание европейского истеблишмента, иначе зачем делать ставку на очевидных фашистов. В шоковом состоянии находится Франция после череды терактов, ее текущая власть в лице Олланда показала себя полным политическим импотентом.«Исламское государство» (запрещена в РФ) продолжает набирать силу, операция в Мосуле выглядит крупным плохопоставленным «театральным» представлением с неопределенным результатом.Отдельно следует сказать по поводу прошедшего избирательного цикла в США. Про него было сказано многое, поэтому я тут не буду растекаться по древу, раскрывая все уже озвученные истины: невероятную грязь и эксплуатация низа при ведении предвыборной кампании, чрезмерно педалирование темы российского вмешательства в выборы, которая была раздута до такого большого мыльного пузыря, что остановиться не могут совсем. Такое ощущение, что американский истеблишмент не понимает, что тем самым они опускают свой накопленный политический капитал (надо отдать США должное, они действительно накопили своими стараниями). Как выглядит государство, которое несколько месяцев заливается в истерике по поводу того, что другое государство привело к власти своего ставленника. И это государство в лице Дика Чейни в начале двухтысячных грезило о трансформации временного отрезка единоличного доминирования США в однополярную эру своего доминирования. Стерпит ли мир сейчас доминирование такого маразматика, который не стесняется своего маразма, а даже прилюдно выставляет его напоказ, одновременно увеличивая его размеры.Тут я сделаю некоторое отступление, в России маразма не меньше, только он другой и речь сейчас не о нем.Вернемся к вступлению команды Трамп в должность. Анализируя новостную канву, события и высказывания на сегодня на 22 января понятно, что внутренняя американская напряженность не спала, а даже изменила свое качество. Во-первых, характер высказываний СМИ нисколько не изменился, что даже привело к жесткой реакции со стороны нового Белого домаhttp://rossaprimavera.ru/news/belyy-dom-prigrozil-smiА репортаж CNN по поводу анализа гибели Трампа до инаугурации, как к нему относиться? http://rossaprimavera.ru/news/v-adres-cnn-zvuchit-kritika-za-obsuzhdenie-posledstviy-ubiystva-trampa. То есть мы видим, как характер освещения протестной активности против прихода к власти Трампа повторяет освещение событий «арабской весны», оранжевой революции на Украине. Только одно дело освещать сконструированные американцами события во вне, а другое дело освещение событий внутри. Во-вторых, сами события: наращивается количество и численность митингов. На них приходят звезды в лице Мадонныhttp://rossaprimavera.ru/news/madonna-revolyuciya-nachinaetsya-zdesОт певицы не отстают и другие западные звездыhttp://rossaprimavera.ru/news/zvezdy-gollivuda-i-mer-nyu-yorka-mitinguyut-protiv-trampa-0Сопоставьте эти высказывания с речами на Болотной площади, с высказываниями Собчак, Акунина, Быкова и др. Но ведь параллель не только в этом. На этих митингах также присутствуют уже выпавшие из обоймы, но достаточно статусные политики. Сегодня на массовом митинге в Вашингтоне присутствовал, как вы думаете кто?http://rossaprimavera.ru/news/masshtabnyy-miting-protivnikov-trampa-proshel-v-vashingtoneКак это похоже на посещение Болотной Кудриным и Михаилом Прохоровым (кандидатом в президенты).В определенный момент элита США начала делать ставку на «хаос», на хаос во вне, относительно порядка внутри. Господство на основе порядка достижимо, только есть один момент, он требует вложение огромного числа ресурсов, как человеческих, так и финансовых. А такого вложения сил США уже тянуть не хотят. Поэтому они сделали ставку на беспорядок, то есть на хаос. Под это были созданы институты и подверстана научная база. Сотрудник института «Санта-фе» Стивен Манн говорил следующее:http://rossaprimavera.ru/article/%D1%83%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%BB%D1%8F%D0%B5%D0%BC%D1%8B%D0%B9-%D1%85%D0%B0%D0%BE%D1%81Характерные высказывания, не находите. Не знаю, как те, кто принимал решение о ставке на теорию управляемого хаоса, но те, кто эту теорию адаптировал под демонтаж национальных государств, не могли не понимать, что хаос обязательно проникнет в саму «цитадель» демократии. Стивен Манн точно осознавал, что это неизбежно.Так и что мы видим, вся жизнь предвыборный период и первые дни после инаугурации происходит невероятная хаотизация политических и общественных процессов в США.Трудно понять, сами ли вы делаете ставку на хаос, или он использует тебя в качестве инструмента для обретения полноценной субъектности. Является ли хаос объектом научной теории, как средство описания случайных процессов, или он нечто большее обладающее своим стратегическим, а скорее метафизическим целеполаганием? Вот в чем вопрос, я то лично уверен, что хаос не есть просто явление, а есть обладающая предельной сложностью сущность, включающая в себя и свой собственный интерес, который конечно не описывается категориями прибыли и личной материальной выгоды. У сущности этой другие мотивы.

21 января, 19:41

Trump Pledges to Help Workers, But His Real Allegiance is to Profit

Paul Jay discusses the danger of Pence, who will model Dick Cheney's vice presidency, and then responds to Trump's inaugural address Help support The Real News by making a donation today: http://therealnews.com/donate

21 января, 10:50

В соцсетях появились шутки о «сражении» Буша с дождевиком

Пользователи социальных сетей начали шутить о «сражении» бывшего президента США Джорджа Буша-младшего с плащом-дождевиком в ходе инаугурации Дональда Трампа. Когда во время торжественной церемонии в Вашингтоне пошел дождь, бывший американский лидер решил надеть дождевик, но не смог это сделать правильно, и в итоге просто укрыл плащом голову. На это мгновенно отреагировали пользователи соцсетей, передает РИА «Новости». «Трудный день? По крайней мере, вы не Джордж Буш, пытающийся надеть свой дождевик», - написал один из пользователей. «Лучшее, что я видела сегодня на инаугурации, - это Джордж Буш, пытавшийся справиться с дождевиком», - написала одна из смотревших церемонию. «Эй, Барак! Посмотри! Я прячусь! Барак! Барак! Смотри!», - шутит другой пользователь, указывая на сидящего впереди Буша Обаму. Другие пользователи удивились, что сидящий позади Буша бывший вице-президент Дик Чейни не помог ему с дождевиком. Еще одни вспомнили, что это не первый раз, когда бывший президент что-то неправильно развернул, напомнив, что когда-то Буш не смог справиться и с флагом США. 

21 января, 10:44

Битва Буша-младшего с дождевиком на инаугурации Трампа стала мемом в соцсетях

Пользователи соцсетей активно обсуждают "сражение" экс-президента США Джорджа Буша-младшего с дождевиком. Забавная сцена произошла во время инаугурации Дональда Трампа. Церемония прошла в Вашингтоне, в этот момент в городе была плохая погода – шел дождь.

21 января, 10:44

Битва Буша-младшего с дождевиком на инаугурации Трампа стала мемом в соцсетях

Пользователи соцсетей активно обсуждают "сражение" экс-президента США Джорджа Буша-младшего с дождевиком. Забавная сцена произошла во время инаугурации Дональда Трампа. Церемония прошла в Вашингтоне, в этот момент в городе была плохая погода – шел дождь.

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21 января, 00:33

HE WAS FOR IT BEFORE OBAMA AND HILLARY, BEFORE DICK CHENEY, EVEN BEFORE ME! Historic Fact: Donald T…

HE WAS FOR IT BEFORE OBAMA AND HILLARY, BEFORE DICK CHENEY, EVEN BEFORE ME! Historic Fact: Donald Trump Will Be The First President To Support Gay Marriage From The Beginning.

20 января, 23:19

Washington Is Now a Three-Party Town

Matt Purple Politics, America’s forty-fifth president views himself as both an embodiment of the national mood and a wrecking ball aimed at the political class. The two American presidents most alike Donald Trump are Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt (nationalism, hostility towards concentrations of power—that last one is more apt than you think). Yet if you’re looking for similarities to President Trump’s maiden speech on Friday, you’ll comb through Jackson’s and Roosevelt’s inaugural addresses in vain. Jackson’s are surprisingly delicate statements of political theory, including a pledge to “keep steadily in view the limitations as well as the extent of the Executive power.” Roosevelt’s are more sweeping, but still humble, with a focus on Americans’ “duties to others and duties to ourselves.” Trump’s inaugural address, in contrast, was replete with litanies of what government owes its people, almost all of which it’s been failing to provide. At first, the speech sounded like it might be Reaganesque: “For too long,” Trump began, “a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the costs.” Cut to Dick Cheney in his ubiquitous cowboy hat sitting next to Hillary Clinton, charter members of that aforementioned small group. Presidential inaugurations are a weird American blend of political aristocracy, martial mystique, and soapbox speechifying; Trump’s was, too, though with more of the third element than usual. Alas, the speech quickly took a dark turn, albeit with some artful flourishes. Our economy, according to Trump, is plagued by “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.” Crime and gang violence constitute “American carnage.” The United States was painted not in the bright hues visible from a top-dollar townhouse in Friendship Heights, but the drab grays that our newest president sees smudged across the heartland. Trump was bleak, though not nearly as bleak as during his jeremiad at the Republican National Convention. He was also hopeful, with the usual promise of salvation provided he’s allowed to exercise untrammeled power. Read full article

20 января, 15:19

The Government Secrets Trump Is About to Discover

From spy planes to cyberattacks to the private lives of foreign leaders, the president gets access to more confidential material than anyone else on the planet. Now, it’s all in Donald Trump’s hands.

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He’s moved to establish his dominance of his party, of Congress, and of the media. Now, he turns to the nation.

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Everything you need to know about Donald Trump’s inauguration

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Will Obama pardon Snowden?

It's unlikely, but a 2001 Clinton pardon reflected concerns about using the Espionage Act against whistleblowers.