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Kellyanne Conway sidelined from TV after Flynn debacle


Kellyanne Conway, once the most visible spokesperson for the Trump White House, has been sidelined from television appearances for making statements that were at odds with the administration's official stance, White House sources told CNNMoney on Wednesday.

Conway has not given a television interview since early last week. On that Monday, she claimed that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had the president's "full confidence." Hours later, Flynn resigned.
The following day, Conway claimed Flynn had offered to resign, even though White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump had asked Flynn for his resignation.
She has not given a television interview since then.
Those statements, which came amid existing public scrutiny over Conway's credibility, led the president and his top advisers to conclude that her appearances were doing more harm than good for the administration, the sources said.
Conway was "off message," a White House source said.


This is an important point. Trump's authoritarianism is contextual, not ideological.

Donald Trump is dangerous when he’s losing
Trump’s failures at governing feed his illiberalism
Updated by Ezra Klein@ezraklein Feb 22, 2017, 8:40am EST


"Leaving him alone for several hours can prove damaging, because he consumes too much television"


Le Pen aides taken into French police custody



French police detained far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's bodyguard and chief of staff in custody on Wednesday for questioning over alleged misuse of European Union funds to pay parliamentary assistants, Le Pen's lawyer said.

Le Pen denounced the latest move in a financial sleaze case that has landed her in the spotlight alongside another leading candidate, Francois Fillon, a right-winger being investigated over public funds he paid to his wife and children.

Wary that her image and lead position in polls of voting intentions could be hurt, Le Pen on Wednesday said she was convinced voters would not fall for what her lawyer Marcel Ceccaldi called a "manipulation" designed to destabilize her.


OMG: "Someone signed up to BRING DOUGHNUTS."


On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of Americas New Right

On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of America’s New Right
What happens when a movement of gamers recognizes they’re not players, but pawns?

By Laurie Penny

the rest:

Sessions: YES to revoking protections for transgender students-DeVos said NO-Trump sided w-Sessions

Sessions wants to revoke protections for transgender students. Betsy DeVos doesn't. Trump sides with Sessions
Trump sided with Sessions.:large

Resistance Is Making Trump SAD: Annoyed by pushback, Trump takes aim at progressive activism

Annoyed by pushback, Trump takes aim at progressive activism
02/22/17 08:00 AM
By Steve Benen

At his White House press conference last week, Donald Trump acknowledged the progressive activists working to protect their health care benefits, but the president quickly added that these Americans don’t really count.

“We’ve begun preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare,” he said. “Obamacare is a disaster, folks. It’s a disaster. You can say, ‘Oh, Obamacare.’ I mean, they fill up our rallies with people that you wonder how they get there, but they’re not the Republican people that our representatives are representing.”

It was a bizarre peek into the thinking of a president who doesn’t fully understand the basics of our democracy. Elected Republican officials, in Trump’s mind, should focus on representing “Republican people.” Others may speak up and petition the government for redress of grievances, but as far as Trump is concerned, their voices are neither important nor relevant.

Republicans are elected to represent Republicans, the argument goes, not all of their constituents. It’s a zero-sum game: if your side of the political divide isn’t in a position of power, then you might as well sit down, shut up, and stop asking impertinent questions at town-hall forums in which GOP officials want to hear from “the Republican people” – as opposed to, say, the American people.

Trump made a similar comment on Twitter late yesterday:

“The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!”

Because the president doesn’t write well, it’s not entirely clear why he referred to “so-called” angry crowds. Perhaps he doesn’t believe people are genuinely upset? Maybe he’s convinced they aren’t actual crowds?



What being a conservative means these days...


This mornings LOL moment. O'Reilly and self-awareness

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