From The Reporter's Notebook
Two small businesses have filed liens alleging that they were not paid for work on President-elect Donald Trump's new luxury hotel in Washington, D.C., according to a Thursday report. Family-owned plumbing and HVAC firm Joseph J. Magnolia, Inc., claims that it is out $2.98 million for more than two years of work on the Trump International Hotel, and contracting firm A&D Construction of Sterling, Virginia, also claims that it is out $79,700 for wall base and crown molding work performed on the hotel just three weeks before Trump held an opening celebration.
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Josh Marshall: "What does this mean? It means we should be highly skeptical of these kinds of wholesale claims about the CIA underestimating threats. We shouldn't disregard them. But we should be highly skeptical. In this case, the key players involved in this proposed reform are all hotheads with axes to grind. In the case of Flynn, he seems to have an almost pathological inability to separate the factual from the fanciful. Whether this move is more driven by Trump's anger over the Russian hacking story, or whether Flynn is using that rage to get sign off to destroy his former rivals and tormentors isn't clear to me. Whatever it is, it looks like what's coming will be a Bush Era 'stove-piping and conspiracy theory as intelligence analysis' on steroids unlike anything we've ever seen."
"UW-Madison Declares War on Men"
- A Republican senator on Wednesday called for the the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s funding to be cut over a program exploring masculinity that he says amounts to a “war on men.”
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From a TPM Prime member: "Trump with his 'very good brain' probably thinks he can play China and Russia off each other but what he'll end up doing is letting the wolf (bear) in the door. Trump admires a strong man like Putin and I suspect a good portion of conservatives, despite their lectures about freedom, actually want a dominant father figure in the White House."
Related: United States intelligence agencies reportedly obtained evidence after the November election that allegedly showed Russia leaked emails from the DNC to Wikileaks through a third party.
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