FROM Dan Cassino
The influence of Fox News over the Trump White House New National Security Advisor Bolton has been a Fox News commentator since 2007. On Monday, Trump’s legal team hired former prosecutor Joseph diGenova, who has also appeared on Fox quite a bit, where he promoted the idea that the FBI and DOJ conspired against Trump. Incoming economic advisor Larry Kudlow has had a long career hosting shows and pontificating on the business channel CNBC.
Black Santa and the politicization of Christmas President Trump has been saying repeatedly, since 2015, that he’s going to make Christmas great again, as if the holiday has been under attack. He promised to restore saying Merry Christmas. How did this War on Christmas narrative start anyway?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.