From The Reporter's Notebook
Former Fox News boss Roger Ailes apparently called up a New York Daily News columnist Monday to dispute a headline that characterized him as a "gropey old man," TPM's Kristin Salaky reported. "I was hoping you would be a gentleman and apologize,” Ailes said, according to "MediaBlast" columnist Don Kaplan.
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Josh Marshall: "The US has spent more than half a century trying to prevent the rise of far-right European nationalist parties to national leadership. Now the incoming administration appears to be trying to create a sort of far-right white and anti-immigrant international to ally itself with. This is a big deal. We need to know a lot more about this. But we're getting very little information. The Trump Transition seems to be very effective - much as they've been with on-going business deals - at keeping it all secret. I don't think this is necessarily a case of the national press not trying to find out. But whatever the cause, they're not finding out. And that is a big problem. "
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From a TPM Prime member: "Individual citizens, and groups of citizens, can sue Trump personally and get discovery from Trump's businesses when a high crime has damaged them.This personal injury approach will get the high crime on the record. I believe that it was established in the Clinton administration that citizens can sue a sitting President for damages related to personal conduct. While the courts have recognized executive privilege to some extent, the case law on personal conduct is more pro transparency and pro discovery. This circumstance is how the GOP damaged both Clintons. The difference with Trump is that he will likely commit actual violations and he has actual wealth from which to pay damages."
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