The Monday Morning Teaser

Sometimes you have to reach for the bright shiny object, even though you know you’re being manipulated into doing it. Good job, manipulators; you win this round.

So this week I’m writing about the Nunes memo, the attempt by Trump’s supporters in Congress to muddy the waters of the Mueller investigation and cast doubt on the integrity of the FBI. There is very little new information in the memo, it doesn’t prove its own claims, and the larger claims being made about it by Trump and his court pundits are completely unsupported. Worse, it damages the long-term relationship between Congress and the intelligence services, which has worked pretty well since it was set up in the post-Watergate era.

In a better world, everyone would ignore this memo. It’s an obvious political stunt that does nothing to help us get to the bottom of the Trump/Russia mystery. Nothing in it deserves your attention.

Still you need to know about it, the way you need to know that the Brooklyn Bridge is actually not for sale and Nigerian princes actually don’t need your help. Claims are going to be made, quite possibly in your presence by people you know, and it would be good if you understood what they’re about.

With that in mind, the featured post this week is “The Nunes Memo: It’s ridiculous and it damages the country, but it might work.” That should be out around 10 EST. It will be followed around noon by the weekly summary, which discusses the State of the Union address (yes, that was this week), immigration, voter suppression, the Super Bowl and its commercials, and a few other things, before closing with a video of a backyard obstacle course.

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  • Jessica  On February 5, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Am I the only one who thinks that it’s ironic that the memo that essentially asserts that Carter Page’s civil rights were violated in by the issuance of a FISA warrant violates his civil rights by telling the whole world that he was under a FISA warrant?

  • Bolling Lowrey  On February 5, 2018 at 11:32 am

    after J Edgar Hoover’s “leadership/powership” for so many years (and even now the FBI hdqrts bldg.has his name on front) is the word “integrity” easily paired with FBI? I do not feel majority of black Americans would agree. I feel FBI “stands on its record” : rather mixed bag there, but pun is, if “stands on record…then folks can’t look at the record”. and naming the hdqrts bldg after such a person smacks of hmmmm “change”??? well, no.

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