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Spicer Is Spinning Flynngate As a "Matter of Trust, Pure and Simple"

From the White House briefing room: Spicer just confirmed that Trump was "informed" of DOJ warning that Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. When? — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 14, 2017 The answer turns out to be January 26. Show More Summary

Open Thread: Jason Chaffetz, Craven Careerist

"The president said, 'no oversight. You can't talk about anything that has to do with oversight.'" — Untroubled GOP chair of oversight https://t.co/N8GzcYl4Aj — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 7, 2017 Chaffetz gets a 30-min mtg...Show More Summary

If Obama Was For It, We Had To Be Against It

Just a reminder -- this is a (slightly edited) rerun of a post from August 10, 2012: Biden: McConnell decided to withhold all cooperation even before we took office, by Greg Sargent, Washington Post: I’ve got my copy of Michael...

Late Night Open Thread: Trumpstuntin’ Like A Giant Meteor Aimed Straight At Us

An important point from @brianbeutler on what the exec order really tells us about the Trump White House:https://t.co/bITgRx7WOr pic.twitter.com/pPvBdJLNav — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) January 31, 2017 Mattis, Kelly and TillersonShow More Summary

Nuclear Arms Experts: Donald Trump’s Reckless Tweets Could Spark Launches From Unstable North Korea

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

The Hill reports: Nuclear arms experts warn that tweets from President-elect Donald Trump could bait countries with nuclear weapons. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent spoke with several nuclear experts about the potential impacts of Trump’s tweet published last week, in which he said the U.S. Show More Summary

Nuclear arms experts: Trump’s tweets could easily bait North Korea into nuking Japan

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

When President-elect Donald Trump tweets about nuclear weapons, people around the world will get nervous. And now some arms-control experts tell the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent that people really should be worried about the potential fallout from some of Trump’s most radioactive...

Paul Ryan Doesn’t Know–and Says He Doesn’t Care–If Millions Voted Illegally

Greg Sargent: Republicans have spent years pushing lies about voter fraud in order to justify vote suppression measures. But Donald Trump took these lies to another level entirely. He not only claimed in advance of the election that its outcome … Continue reading ?

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The New York Times Editorial Board: "Mr. Trump, Meet the Constitution."Greg Sargent at the Washington Post: "Trump's Latest Announcement Doesn't Rein in the Possibility of Corruption."Jann S. Wenner at Rolling Stone: "The Day After:Show More Summary

Here’s how the Democratic Party can rise again

Greg Sargent reminds us that in 2017 and 2018 there are 38 gubernatorial races. The governors’ mansions are what to watch. There are more than three dozen gubernatorial races taking place in the next two years. And they could do a tremendous amount to set the party on the path out of the wilderness in [...]

Saturday Morning Open Thread: Anthem

Goddess bless the Queen! Longish read for a (hopefully) quiet weekend morning… Greg Sargent at the Washington Post: If you care about whether the Democratic Party can rebuild itself anytime soon out of the smoking wreckage left behind by the disastrous 2016 elections, something very important is happening a lot sooner than you think. There […]

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Nancy (Once Again) Smash

In an interview with me, Pelosi vows total Dem unity and no surrender to Paul Ryan's push to gut Medicare: https://t.co/hmoWN7qUzG — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) November 22, 2016 May her shadow never grow less!: Democrats are wandering around in the wilderness once again, shut out of power in Washington after losing a close, hard-fought presidential […]

Don’t Expect the GOP to Rein In Trump’s Corruption

Greg Sargent: “Donald Trump vowed to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington. But experts on governmental ethics are increasingly worried that Trump’s presidency, and his refusal to place his global business empire in a blind trust, risk producing a [...]

“A group of political scientists says Trump’s attacks on our democracy are unprecedented and dangerous”

Greg Sargent: As a general rule, political scientists tend to shy away from taking public stands for — or against — candidates that might make them appear partisan or somehow lacking in scientific objectivity. So it’s notable that a large … Continue reading ?

Three Things

[Content Note: Racism; white supremacy; arson; intimidation.]Three things I read nearly back-to-back this morning:1. Greg Sargent in the Washington Post: "Here's the Election Day Nightmare Scenario That Should Terrify You."But plainly, the race is tightening, and it's increasingly possible we'll see a very close finish. Show More Summary

Public Perceptions of Voter Fraud Shifting (Among non-Trump Supporters)

Greg Sargent: But here’s a potentially more significant finding. As Scott Clement and Emily Guskin note, the new Post/ABC poll also finds that worries about voter fraud have declined among American voters by 10 percentage points, even as confidence that the votes … Continue reading ?

“Trump will claim the election was stolen. This new poll shows GOP voters may believe him.”

Greg Sargent: The poll finds that among Americans overall, only 43 percent have a great deal of confidence that their votes will be counted accurately. That’s unfortunate, to be sure. Meanwhile, the partisan divide is notable: 55 percent of Democrats … Continue reading ?

Democrats Don’t See Many Undecided Voters

Greg Sargent: “Top Democratic strategists have concluded that at this point, there are very few undecided voters left, based on both public polls and on private polling that attempts to push undecided voters to make a choice.”

Trump, Piggybacking Off Right Wing Claims that U.S. Rushing Citizenship Applications, Says Clinton Helped Machado

Greg Sargent: The “sex tape” angle here is sucking up all the attention. (Apparently, sex sells.) That appears to be a reference to reports about a steamy love scene that Machado filmed in 2005, though without further clarification, it’s hard … Continue reading ?

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