Trump Knocks ‘Ridiculous’ 100 Days Standard, Sessions’ Hawaii Comments And A Day In The Life Of A Food Vendor

April 21, 2017

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Winning! Trump, GOP Congress Are 0-4 On Major Campaign Pledges

The Gist: Republicans may now hold the House, the Senate and the White House, but their failure to mobilize early and follow through on long-held campaign pledges has political observers wondering: can a unified GOP government actually govern?

O’Reilly Lawyers Mistakenly Send Strategy Emails To Politico

The Gist: Emails between ousted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and his legal team obtained by Politico on Thursday reveal that O’Reilly’s lawyers felt they could save O’Reilly’s job at Fox News by showing that liberal groups were pressuring companies to pull advertising from O’Reilly’s show.

Trump Complains About The ‘Ridiculous Standard Of The First 100 Days’

The Gist: Fewer than 10 days out from the 100-day mark of his presidency, Donald Trump on Friday morning blasted the “ridiculous standard of the first 100 days.”

From The Reporter’s Notebook


First daughter and adviser to the President, Ivanka Trump announcedthat she is publishing a book about women in the workplace and will set up a charitable fund with part of her advance and book earnings, TPM’s Kristin Salaky reported. “In light of government ethics rules, I want to be clear that this book is a personal project,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the perspective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election last November. Out of an abundance of caution and to avoid the appearance of using my official role to promote the book, I will not publicize the book through a promotional tour or media appearances.”

Agree or Disagree?


Josh Marshall: “In many ways, there’s a much, much more important story going forward about the fact that the people deciding O’Reilly’s fate had known for many years about his behavior and happily tolerated it. But why would O’Reilly think that this email amounted to anything? I would submit that in this final moment, O’Reilly was duped by the ‘war on christmas’, liberal media bias dumbshit victimology racket he had been selling on his show for two decades: comically melodramatic, victim-preening nonsense aimed at whipping up feelings of resentment and rage. In other words, he was deluded in these final moments of his cable TV existence by his own racket! His goose had long been cooked. But this was his final undoing. “

Say What?!


“Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific – a beautiful one where the Attorney General’s granddaughter was born.”

– After Attorney General Jeff Sessions questioned the authority of a U.S. federal judge “sitting on an island in the Pacific” to block the President Donald Trump’s travel ban, the Justice Department pointed out that Sessions was right both on his geography and his argument for the ban’s legality.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive


From a TPM Prime member: “Words have consequences. During the rest of 2002 the situation with the DPRK deteriorated, with more tough talk from Bush, and then his 14 November decision to suspend oil shipments to North Korea (a principal form of aid) as punishment for not giving up its weapons ambitions. Why he did this is unclear. The sites were still shutdown. There had been no movement toward restarting their nuclear program. Apparently he wanted Kim to make a statement renouncing their right to having nuclear weapons, it they wanted them, something that it was clear they would not do. And so, on 12 December, the DPRK announced it was withdrawing from the Agreed Framework – and the rest is history. The successful shutdown the the DPRK nuclear weapons program was destroyed by anti-diplomacy by an immature, conceited, belligerent GW Bush. He wanted to act out the part of “tough guy” and we got a nuclear armed North Korea.”

Related: North Korea Warns Of ‘Super-Mighty Preemptive Strike’ Against United States

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What We’re Reading


A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor (The New York Times)

Anita Hill: Fox News, Bill O’Reilly and how to stop companies that tolerate harassment (The Washington Post)