The Bowling Green massacre. The inauguration turnout. The voter fraud that cost him the popular vote. Donald Trump lives in an alternative universe with alternative facts, but John Oliver isn’t having any of it. After a three-month hiatus, his show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver returned to HBO Sunday (Feb. 12) with biting commentary…
via John Oliver is running ads on cable networks to school Trump on basic facts presidents should know — Quartz
Getting a book as a Valentine’s Day gift would usually be sweet, but it’s probably not if you’re the Commander in Chief and the book was sent to poke fun at your reading habits.
A group of activists have decided to share their love of reading — perhaps folded in with a hefty helping of criticism — by inundating the White House with books for Valentine’s Day.
The Facebook event Bury the White House in Books on Valentine’s Day (natch) was started by a pair of writers and educators who are also behind the group “Readers are Leaders.”
The idea sounds simple: Select a book you think the President should read, write an inscription, and send it off to the White House.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day—a somber day some used to remember those killed in Nazi concentration camps after being turned away from entering the U.S.—President Donald Trump signed executive orders implementing “extreme vetting” of refugees in an effort to keep “radical Islamic terrorists” out. “We don’t want ’em here.
via Donald Trump just officially signed his cruel, anti-refugee executive order — Fusion
Protesters of the environmental organization ‘Greenpeace’ display placards showing a part of a slogan at the Berlin Wall Memorial in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Full slogan reads ‘Mr. President, walls divide, build bridges!’. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated later the day. Michael Sohn/APThe mayor of Berlin, a city intimately aware of…
via Berlin’s mayor has a powerful message for Donald Trump about his border wall with Mexico — Fusion
(WASHINGTON) — A day ahead of President Donald Trump’s weekend call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the fight within the Republican Party over the direction of U.S. policy toward Moscow intensified. Trump, who has said he wants a better relationship with Russia, was noncommittal on Friday about whether he was considering lifting U.S. sanctions against…
via Republicans Have a Warning for President Trump: Don’t Play Nice With Russia — TIME
He is a deeply flawed man, but he doesn’t try very hard to pretend otherwise. Even his most enthusiastic supporters, or many of the ones I’ve talked to, are happy to acknowledge Trump’s failings. They may argue about which traits are failings and which are mere foibles hyped by his critics, but they did not vote for him because they thought him scrupulously honest or because they believed his character to be unimpeachable. Indeed, there must be very few people on either side who believe Trump to be a thoroughly good man.
I wonder if we might benefit from having a more realistic understanding of the new president’s character at the outset of his administration. Instead of viewing our head of state with the usual rosy hopefulness we know in our hearts to be destined for disappointment, perhaps now’s the time to cultivate a sort of transactional attitude toward the man: If he does well, we’ll think about keeping him. If he does poorly, we suspected it all along and we’ll get rid of him. That strikes me as a healthier and more small-r republican way to view any president — indeed any politician. He’s only our president, after all, not our savior.