"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?
Poor Richard Nixon would be so hurt, and baffled. He went to his grave knowing that while his historical reputation was in tatters owing to the deceptions and corruption of Watergate, he at least could lay claim to a few of the great advances in human rights in Western history. /more/
Government can work, Ernest Dumas writes this week. See the Environmental Protection Agency and the cleaner air and water it produced, a great legacy of Richard Nixon. The EPA is now on the chopping block in the Trump Administration. /more/
Donald Trump has signed a new executive order to ban certain immigrants. He's dropped the list of seven Muslim majority countries to six. Iraq is no longer included. It will only apply to new visas and not affect legal permanent residents. /more/
Alec Baldwin got a rest Saturday night, but Kate McKinnon stepped in ably, doing a Forrest Gumpian depiction of Jeff Sessions, including his being served a fragrant slice of pie from The Help, Trump's campaign manager in Arkansas didn't find it a bit funny. /more/
Tim Griffin for a spot in the Trump administration? He's reportedly under consideration for Army secretary. One wonders what Bud Cummins, who lost a federal job on account of Griffin and was an early Trump leader in Arkansas, has to say about THAT. /more/
The Senate today voted 20-9 to pass Sen. Bryan King's bill that says a fourth commitment to the Arkansas Department of Correction means the person sentenced must serve at least 80 percent of the sentence before parole eligibility.
An op-ed in today's New York Time by Katha Pollitt says what I've been struggling to say about the reaction to the attack on women's reproductive rights launched by means of the undercover videos made by anti-abortion activists.
Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell, whose knack for deep research brought down Mark Darr, Mike Maggio and Dexter Suggs, now has his sights trained on another worthy target. Today, he filed a 113-page ethics complaint against state Treasurer Dennis Milligan that includes 14 separate allegations.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.
UPDATE: Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the expanded concealed carry legislation, but some additional legislation is promised, at a minimum to exempt UAMS and the State Hospital from the expanded list of places where concealed weapons are allowed for those with a new permit that requires an additional day of training.
The state is having a hard time finding volunteers to watch the scheduled octuple executions. Perhaps opposition to the death penalty is greater than the Arkansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty found this week at the legislature.