Good Wednesday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump has lunch with the secretary of State
- The president delivers remarks at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society reception
- President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters
- The president delivers remarks at a dinner with supporters
TRUMP'S TRAGEDY: FLORENCE IS COMING
The media is priming you to blame President Trump for whatever happens following Hurricane Florence's landfall. This is a very dangerous storm and by all means, get the hell out if authorities are telling you to leave. Some want this to be a political event. It's not. The media should be focused on transmitting information to its audience, not preparing a post-tragedy narrative.
With more than 48 hours before Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall Democrats are already listing the causes of President Trump’s “poor response” to the aftermath.
Democratic Illinois Rep Luis Gutierrez, appearing on “All In” with Chris Hayes on MSNBC Tuesday night, attacked President Trump for not being “prepared” for Hurricane Florence.
Gutierrez said, “You know what I fear, is the calamity, because of the lack of coordination of the government, with the National Guard, and with local government. The lack of responsiveness and preparedness of this government, because the president wants to find out who was the one that wrote that op-ed piece about the chaos in the White House.”
Gutierrez added, “He’s (Trump) so consumed by the calamity in the chaos that exists, he’s not really prepared and focused, because he spends every weekend golfing, instead of preparing.”
You can follow the National Hurricane Center Atlantic for the latest hurricane information. Stay safe and evacuate if you are in a dangerous area.
Guy who hates Trump releases nasty anti-Trump book
Lots of excitement about Bob Woodward's anti-Trump Tiger Beat book, but really, I can't muster up any interest. We already know from Fire and Fury that people love to smack talk Trump and portray themselves as "really important" and "in the know" with the administration. Eh, we've heard all these stories before: Trump's crazy, Trump eats two scoops of ice cream, Trump watches the gorilla channel.
Some of the people mentioned in the book are disputing the stories: “I would have been happy to correct them if Mr. Woodward or any member of his staff would have called me, as a person they were quoting, for standard fact-checking,” Chris Christie said.
This is all part of the 2018 midterm election campaign and the strategy to saturate the media with stories of how unstable and crazy Trump is.
General threat roundup, sponsored by the deranged media:
Historical picture of the day:
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
This leaked Google video is a must watch:
Co-founder Sergey Brin can be heard comparing Trump supporters to fascists and extremists. Brin argues that like other extremists, Trump voters were motivated by “boredom,” which he says in the past led to fascism and communism.
The Google co-founder then asks his company to consider what it can do to ensure a “better quality of governance and decision-making.”
VP for Global Affairs Kent Walker argues that supporters of populist causes like the Trump campaign are motivated by “fear, xenophobia, hatred, and a desire for answers that may or may not be there.”
Later, Walker says that Google should fight to ensure the populist movement – not just in the U.S. but around the world – is merely a “blip” and a “hiccup” in a historical arc that “bends toward progress.”
CEO Sundar Pichai states that the company will develop machine learning and A.I. to combat what an employee described as “misinformation” shared by “low-information voters.”
Nate Silver posted his latest election forecast for the Senate and he gives the GOP a two in three chance of maintaining control.
Election probabilities after all 35 races are decided. (Dems have 23 seats at risk, GOP has 12)
GOP and Dems end up with 50 seats (VP tiebreaker) - 17.1%
GOP ends up with 51 seats - 15.7%
GOP ends up with 52 seats - 12.3%
All other scenarios where GOP maintains control are less than 10% probability.
Dems take control with 51 seats - 15.6%
Dems end up with 52 seats - 11.0%
All other scenarios where Dems take control are 5% or less
There are so many close races it is likely that we will have surprises on both sides election night. The problem for Democrats is that a loss of just one or two of those 23 seats will make their longshot bid for control even longer.
Say what you want about Silver's prognostication skills, but if you're a serious political junkie, he's got some fascinating graphics.
Griffith blocked me forever ago which is just fine, because screencaps like this get shared all 'round.
Can you say "Logan Act" ???
Kerry, in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new book, said that he has met with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif—the former secretary's onetime negotiating partner—three or four times in recent months behind the Trump administration's back.
"I think I've seen him three or four times," Kerry said, adding that he has been conducting sensitive diplomacy without the current administration's authorization. Kerry said he has criticized the current administration in these discussions, chiding it for not pursuing negotiations from Iran, despite the country's fevered rhetoric about the U.S. president.
Republican nominee for the the U.S. Senate Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) weighed in on Twitter: