"Historically unhinged," is how Talking Points Memo put it.
Comparisons to Capt. Queeg in the Caine Mutiny were abundant.
A Republican senator was quoted, not for attribution, as saying Trump should have such conversations with a therapist, not on live national TV.
The news seems to be, in his view, that Trump won the election, people love him, his White House is a finely tuned machine, not chaotic, and Mike Flynn did no wrong. The problem is the lying newspaper reporters and their fake news and criminal leaking. Oh, and real important: Don't forget Hillary got some advance knowledge of a CNN forum question.
Great stuff. Here's a list from Vox of nine things it's hard to believe the president of the United States actually said on national television. My favorite: His science lecture.
On uranium. “You know what uranium is, right? It's this thing called nuclear weapons. And other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium. Including some bad things."
The exhibition prompts me to share a viral video (click on image at top or go to this link) I watched a while back. We know Trump rarely reads. He's said as much. But the video makes the case that Trump CAN'T read, at least not to any functional degree. Interesting case made.
Not funny given the stakes, I know. But hellacious TV. And Trump claims the polls are running in his favor. After a fashion, he may be right. Pew, which does respected polling, put his overall favorable rating at only 39 percent. But it reported that his favorable rating was solidly positive among white voters without a college education, a sector that helped him to electoral college victory. Who cares about the fake news purveyors?
Appearing with Clinton School for Public Service Dean Skip Rutherford, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton spoke today at a Clinton School event focused on Cotton's assessment of Donald Trump's First 100 days in office. While there were some moments of applause and isolated jeering, the event was much less raucous than the town hall meetings Cotton has been attending of late, though Rutherford's questions pulled no punches in questioning Trump's temperament and agenda. /more/
Must read: Ernest Dumas explains why coal is dead, no matter how much Donald Trump, Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas congressmen and the State Chamber of Commerce and others talk about overturning clean power rules. The future is gas, wind and solar. /more/
As is typical, President Trump has tweeted about any number of subjects in recent days. They ranged from advising former NSA head Michael Flynn that he should seek immunity for testimony related to the Trump/Russia case to personal insults directed toward "Meet the Press" host Chuck "Sleepy Eyes" Todd. /more/
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, who's scheduled a town hall next week in Bentonville, says he expects some frustration from constituents because of the tactics so far in Republican efforts to ditch the Affordable Care Act and come up with something different. /more/
Arkansas Public Service Commission Chair Ted Thomas is getting attention for calling out Trump administration climate policy. He even acknowledges the role of carbon burning and humans in climate change. /more/
Appearances count. I was struck by a single sentence over the weekend in a full page of coverage in The New York Times devoted to the killing spree in Arkansas, beginning with a front-page account of the recent flurry of legal filings on pending executions and continuing inside with an interview with Damien Echols, the former death row inmate.
Early this morning, attorneys for nine Death Row inmates, filed an argument with the 8th United States Court of Appeals contesting the state's effort to override Judge Kristine Baker's order Saturday that halted executions scheduled this month.
Don Davis, who's been moved to the killing facility of the state prison for killing tonight at 7 p.m. if a stay of execution is lifted in another federal suit, sought a stay in another federal court Sunday, but the request was denied.
Arkansas Business reports here on a federal court filing Wednesday that shows a second person has pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme to help a major contractor of the state Department of Human Services.
Ernest Dumas reaches into history, some personal, for moments in Arkansas's view of refugees. It was brought to mind by the current crisis in Europe and the political divisions over whether the U.S. should respond to the needs of the displaced.
Arkansas Times contributor Jacob Rosenberg is at the Cummins Unit in Grady filing dispatches tonight in advance of the expected execution of Ledell Lee, who was sentenced to death for the Feb. 9, 1993, murder of Debra Reese, 26, who was beaten to death in the bedroom of her home in Jacksonville.
The Arkansas Department of Correction is planning for the first double execution in the U.S. in 16 years tonight. Jack Jones, 52, and Marcell Williams, 46, are scheduled to die by lethal injection. They would be the second and third prisoners put to death as part of a hurried schedule Governor Hutchinson set in advance of the state's supply of one of the three drugs used in the execution protocol expiring on April 30.
Lee Short, the lawyer for Ledell Lee, the man Arkansas put to death just before midnight last night, posted on Facebook the following letter of thanks for personal support and a bit about Lee's last hours, distributing his possessions and talking to family.
Photos taken Thursday night by Brian Chilson and David Koon, at Cummins Prison in Grady, the State Police barricade away from the prison and in front of the Governor's Mansion, before and after the execution of Ledell Lee.