February 1, 2017… Day 13
I’m discombobulated from losing my phone and then tearing my apartment apart looking for it, not finding it, losing everything else in the upheaval, being confronted by terrible spiders and dust bunnies, and then also raging at Twitter. So this is a perfunctory, disorganized list tonight and nothing more.
Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) introduces bill to keep Steve Bannon off of the National Security Council.
Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins will not vote for Betsy DeVos for education secretary. She will probably still be confirmed with Mike Pence acting as tie-breaker.
Trump at Black History Month breakfast. Chelsea Clinton tweets link to the video, captioning it “This is… this is…” Trump does not seem to know who Frederick Douglass was.Sean Spicer at press briefing doesn’t seem to know either. He also doesn’t seem to know about the dissent channel at the State Department. I didn’t know either until this last weekend, but I googled it. I googled it, Sean, and so should you.
One of the eight new “Skype seats” in the White House Briefing Room went to Lars Larson of the Lars Larson show. He called Sean Spicer “Commander Spicer” and promoted the selling off of federal lands before asking his question.
Mike Flynn put Iran on notice.
Elijah Cummings and other House Dems ask about Flynn-Russia connection
Trump suggests he might send the U.S. military into Mexico, on phone call to Mexican president. CNN transcript and article disputes tone and exact wording reported in AP article. AP made it sound like President was threatening to invade. CNN made it sound like an offer of help.
Trump insults Australian prime minister, saying he had four phone calls with foreign leaders that day and that one was by far the worst. The call was supposed to last one hour, but Trump hung up on the guy 25 minutes in.
My stepdad passed a group of No DAPL protesters in front of Wells Fargo as he walked over my office to say hi to me this morning. He joined in with them for half an hour, just because they were there and he thought he might as well.
Trump wants to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam and change the name to reflect that focus.
Highlight of the day was Senator Al Franken speaking in committee re: Jeff Sessions. It was an honor to watch him defend the importance of facts and integrity in real time on C-Span. There are so many ways we think we’d better just back away from media for awhile. But not in this case. After there was a party line vote to move the Sessions nomination out of committee, an old white woman in pink stood up and yelled “Shame! Shame! Jeff Sessions will not protect the vulnerable! That is the job of the attorney general! This body is SHAMEFUL!” and was removed by security.
Leaked draft of executive order granting “religious freedom” that would allow broad discriminations of LGBTQ and unmarried people having sex, among other things.
Anti-fascist protesters against Milo at UC Berkely hunkered down behind shields as police shoot “non-lethal bullets”
Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Dave Reichert co-sponsored a bill to protect children from deportation. They are both from Washington State, a Democrat and a Republican.
CNN Opinion headline from Ruth Ben Ghiat: “Donald Trump and Steve Bannon’s coup in the making”