From The Reporter's Notebook
Montana's top statewide officials released a statement condemning threats from the publisher of neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer to organize an armed march in January "against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either" in the small ski town of Whitefish. "We say to those few who seek to publicize anti-Semitic views that they shall find no safe haven here," reads an open letter published Tuesday morning and signed by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), Gov. Steve Bullock (D) and state Attorney General Tim Fox (R).
Agree or Disagree?
Josh Marshall: "If Democrats (and everyone else on the left side of the spectrum) are upset and wondering what to about "fake news", the underlying assumption seems to be this: If you could sit people down, have them read real news, real factual information and make them believe it, their political choices would shift to more progressive or reasoned outcomes. Put so baldly, I think most people would say this isn't quite the idea, that they don't really believe it works like this."
"I certainly am not a racist."
- Carl Paladino said he never meant to spark controversy by saying that his wish for 2017 was for President Barack Obama to die and for his wife Michelle to move to Zimbabwe with a gorilla.
BUZZING: Today in the Hive
From a TPM Prime member: "The important take away for me following the Iraq WMD debacle was the intelligence communities got it right from the start but Darth Cheney refused to take no WMDs for an answer. That the CIA could be manipulated to produce a certain kind of intelligence says more about the desire to remain employed than anything. There is a pretty good timeline of events tracking the evolution of the 'Iraq has WMD capability' notion here which makes it clear that the intelligence-gathering function can be manipulated when the goal is to produce a certain result, like regime change."
Related: Trump named Thomas P. Bossert, who served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor in George W. Bush's administration, to a newly created counterterrorism role in his incoming administration.
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What We're Reading
Police, researchers: To address gun violence, the United States needs to track the number of people shot. (The Baltimore Sun)
It’s not about the economy. (The Atlantic)