Trying to get to the bottom of this. Section of the crowd starts waving what appeared to be Russian flags at the Trump speech ...
Crowd at CPAC waving these little pro-Trump flags that look exactly like the Russian flag. Staffers quickly come around to confiscate them. pic.twitter.com/YhPpkwFCNc
— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) February 24, 2017
Putin faction? Trolling?
Trump At CPAC: "We also inherited a failed health care law that threatens our medical system with absolute and total catastrophe. Now I've been watching and nobody says it but Obamacare doesn't work, folks. I could say, I could talk. And now people are starting to develop a little -- but the people that you're watching, they're not you. They're largely, many of them are the side that lost. They lost the election. It's like how many elections do we have to have? They lost the election. But I always say Obamacare doesn't work and these same people two years ago and a year ago were complaining about Obamacare."
An article in the travel publication Frommer's describes a dramatic drop off in travel from abroad since Donald Trump became President. This is not surprising on a variety of levels. There's lots of press about a crackdown on immigrants or foreign visitors or at a minimum more scrutiny of both groups. But the Frommer's article gives an overview of the scope of the drop-off from the travel press generally and also groups that track travel statistics.
In response to CNN's story about the White House asking the FBI to deny the Trump/Russia stories, Press Secretary Sean Spicer is digging deeper. Spicer told CNN: "We didn't try to knock the story down. We asked them to tell the truth."
There are a number of ways to interpret this statement. But the most logical one is that what the FBI actually has been saying is not the truth. Another is that the truth is the opposite of what the FBI appears to have found ... so far.
The Ukrainian MP who worked with former Trump business associate and felon Felix Sater and current Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen on that "peace plan" for Ukraine and Russia is now being investigated for treason back in Ukraine.
It's amazing that we are actually having a discussion over whether the US and Mexico can mend their differences over the US demand that Mexico pay what amounts to a war indemnity to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. It's not just that Mexico hasn't agreed to this. It is important to step back and realize that this is the kind of demand that usually happens in the context of punishment or exaction for losing a war or some other belligerent action.
Strategists polled by the Associated Press give Tom Perez (podcast interview) the support of 205 DNC committee members while Keith Ellison (podcast interview) has the support of 153. Jaime Harrison 27; Sally Boynton Brown 10, Pete Buttigieg (podcast interview) 8. Here's the whole story.
The winner needs 224 to win.
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