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Feb212017

POLITICS/MEDIA: President Donald Trump, "fake media" / factual leaks to media?: Commentary (David Horsey), "Factual leaks unfuriate a president who tweets nonsense" ....  

* Los Angeles Times ("Top of the Ticket" - David Horsey):  "Factual leaks infuriate a president who tweets nonsense" - From the LAT:

It’s no fun to live in a house with a leaky roof, so it must be a major pain to live in a house — the White House — that leaks from every crack and corner.

Leaks appear to be tremendously infuriating to the new occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. On Wednesday, during a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he wasn’t recalling the mythic proportions (and I do mean mythic in the fictional sense) of his electoral victory, President Trump was complaining about the leaks that brought down his national security advisor, retired Gen. Michael Flynn.

Characterizing leaks from intelligence and law enforcement agencies, as well as his own White House, as “criminal acts,” Trump expressed sympathy for his departed aide and blasted the recipients of the leaked information, the news media. “Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man,” Trump said. “I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media — as I call it, the fake media — in many cases.”

The tone of Trump’s latest tirade undermined the official version of events surrounding Flynn’s departure . . . . . . . .

Trump is discovering what he should have known when he first decided to become a candidate for president: running the country is not at all like running a real estate business or playing the part of a brilliant businessman on TV. He cannot just spit out orders and make everyone do his bidding. He cannot hide the unsavory side of his activities. And he cannot avoid accountability and tough questions ................

Tuesday
Feb212017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, top aides, foreign policy officials?: "Trump ignores the 'grown-ups' in his Cabinet" ....

* POLITICO (Eli Stokols, Josh Dawsey):  "Trump ignores the 'grown-ups' in his Cabinet" - "Foreign policy chiefs struggle to influence a wobbly White House." - From POLITICO:

President Donald Trump this week abruptly dropped the nation's commitment to a two-state solution for Middle East peace — without reviewing the specifics of his new strategy with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

State Department officials and Tillerson's top aides learned about the president's comments in real time, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Tillerson himself was in the air when Trump announced the change in the longstanding U.S. position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the White House, there was little thought about notifying the nation's top diplomat because, as one senior staffer put it, "everyone knows Jared [Kushner] is running point on the Israel stuff."

For a president who declared on Thursday he had assembled “one of the great Cabinets in American history,” sidelining Tillerson was an unorthodox way to utilize one of his top-tier picks. But it follows a pattern from Trump's first month in office, where the president is operating without seeking much input from his more experienced Cabinet secretaries — including Defense Secretary James Mattis and Tillerson, as well as Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and CIA Director Mike Pompeo — a group one GOP source called "the grownups."

Trump’s West Wing, a team of rivals marked by seemingly endless infighting, leaking and inexperience, has helped unify the partially formed Cabinet into an actual team, according to interviews with more than a dozen senior staffers inside the agencies and the White House who were not authorized to speak on the record. In their first weeks on the job, the heads of these sometimes competitive departments and agencies are working together, fighting to staff the agencies they lead and to maximize their collective influence over an administration struggling to find stability. Their shared hope: that things will get better ................

Tuesday
Feb212017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: LAUSD, "U.S. attorney won't file charges in iPad investigation"; commentary (Foon Rhee), "Is Sacramento ethics reform finally going to happen?; "O.C., "Does Lake Forest mayor have a conflict in working as Irvine mayor's assistant?"; Contra Costa County, commentary (David Livingston), "Jail proposal is about neither expansion nor immigrants" .... 

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Northern California, Southern California....

* Orange County Register:  "Does Lake Forest mayor have a conflict in working as Irvine mayor's assistant?"

* Sacramento Bee (Foon Rhee):  "Is Sacramento ethics reform finally going to happen?

* Los Angeles Times:  "U.S. attorney won't file charges in iPad investigation"

* East Bay Times (Sheriff David Livingston):  "Jail proposal is about neither expansion nor immigrants

Tuesday
Feb212017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, immigration/ deportations?: "Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for depoorting illegal immigrants"; "New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions"; "Trump plans to greatly expand number of immigrants targeted for deportation"; "New immigration guidelines could increase detention, deportations" ....  

***Sampling of coverage, President Donald Trump, immigration, "sweeping" new deportation guidelines?

* Washington Post:  "Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants"

* Atlanta Journal-Constitution:  "New immigration guidelines could increase detention, deportations"

* New York Times:  "New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions"* The Guardian:  "Trump plans to greatly expand number of immigrants targeted for deportation"

Tuesday
Feb212017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, U.S. intelligence agencies, illegal leaks? "deep state"?: Commentary (Op-Ed: Doyle McManus), "Is the 'deep state' out to get Trump? We're not there yet" ....  

* Los Angeles Times (Op-Ed: Doyle McManus):  "Is the 'deep state' out to get Trump? We're not there yet" - From the LAT:

The scariest new catchphrase of the Trump era – and we’re only one month in – is the “deep state,” a term borrowed from countries like Turkey and Egypt, where networks of military officers and intelligence operatives control much of the government.

Last week, President Trump complained that “illegal leaks” from the FBI and other intelligence agencies forced him to fire his national security advisor, Michael Flynn. The leaks revealed that Flynn had secretly discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador, then falsely claimed he hadn’t. The talks didn’t bother Trump; the leaks did. “The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy,” he tweeted. “The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!”

Others worried, too. Republican members of Congress condemned the leaks as a misuse of classified information. Critics of the intelligence community, both conservative and liberal, warned that unelected bureaucrats were exerting too much political power. Was the American deep state, panicked by Trump, revealing itself?

“The intelligence agencies are pretty hard to roll,” a former top CIA official told me last week. “These guys are trained to manipulate people and overthrow governments, and they’re rather good at it.” But no, this wasn’t the deep state seizing power. We’re not there yet ................