The Monday Morning Teaser

There’s really too much news to sift these days. I chose to write two featured articles this week, one a farewell to President Obama, and the other a response to Trump’s plan to appear to do something about his conflicts of interest. But also the Senate began hearings on cabinet nominees, several of whom are worth serious objections. Both houses of Congress started maneuvering to repeal ObamaCare, while claiming to want to replace it, but not coming any closer to producing a replacement. The Inauguration is coming up Friday, and the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday — which will draw the bigger crowd is an interesting question. Trump held an outrageous press conference, where he staked out a more hostile relationship with the press than any previous president. The Senate Intelligence Committee is going to investigate Russian influence on the election, while James Comey is taking a wildly different position on discussing possible FBI investigations of Trump than he did on discussing investigations of Clinton. Trump’s approval rating is far below any previous president-elect on the eve of inauguration. And oh, by the way, Congressman and civil-rights hero John Lewis said publicly that he doesn’t think Trump is a legitimate president.

I’m having trouble keeping up with all that myself, much less explaining it all in a reasonable length. And what about the states, or the world outside the United States? There must be news there too — it’s not like they all shut down or something —  but I couldn’t tell you what it is.

So I go into this week’s sift admitting that I’m bound to leave out something important, or give a one-line mention to stuff that deserves serious thought. There’s just not enough serious thought to go around these days.

I wonder if that situation will settle down after the inauguration, or just get worse?

Anyway, I’ll guess that “Farewell, Mr. President” comes out around 9 EST. “Trump’s Toothless Plan to Avoid Conflicts of Interest” at 10, and the weekly summary between 11 and noon. In the meantime, it’s MLK Day, so you might want to look at a post I wrote in 2013 to recall Martin Luther King’s radical side, which so easily gets swept under the rug these days: “MLK: Sanitized For Their Protection“. I take some pride in its opening line: “One of the best ways to silence a dead revolutionary is to venerate him.”

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  • weeklysift  On January 16, 2017 at 9:10 am

    One measure of how hectic a news week this has been is that I forgot to mention the whole Russian-prostitute flap about Trump. That’s already about four outrages ago.

  • ccyager  On January 16, 2017 at 10:40 am

    My head has been spinning all week! There is a surreal sense to this whole election and Trump that is terrifying to me. It’s like he’s not plugged into reality and he wants everyone else to not be plugged into reality, too.

  • PJ  On January 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    “i wonder if that situation will settle down after the inauguration, or just get

    Unfortunately, given what we know about Trump,I don’t think it’s going to get better. The circus is hare to stay.

  • Martha Legare  On January 16, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Dear Doug,

    Thought it might interest you to know I talked with a friend today who was in DC this last weekend. Re: how many people will be in DC for what… she said a shop person at the National Gallery told her that when big things happen there, they close down the mall to local traffic and hire busses to get folks around. She said that there were 200 busses reserved for the Trump ingratiation and 1200 reserved for the Women’s March protest! Zero way for me to verify that, but thought it might amuse you.

    Keep up the good work! Martha

    Martha Legare mobile: 404.815.7766


  • Jene Smith  On January 16, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    this is outstanding and great post! i really like it. thank you so much.

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