The system has failed

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The system has failed
January 20th, 2017
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Donald Trump is America’s President now

For an annotation of Trump’s inauguration speech, head to NPR.

Then look into Why Trump's Inaugural Celebration Rings Hollow with David Frum’s explanation in The Atlantic. Frum himself tweeted: “Today is a day filled with chatter about how the system works. It’s false. The system has failed.”

Several organizations compared the crowds at Obama’s and Trump’s inaugurations, including Sarah Frostenson at Vox here, PBS Newshour here, and the Washington Post’s Philip Bump here.

Over at Jezebel, Gabrielle Bluestone makes a solid case that Donald Trump Plagiarized Bane in His Inaugural Speech. Kevin Roose wrote, “Oh my god, this video.”

Donald Trump’s new @POTUS Twitter background is actually a photo from the inauguration of Barack Obama, Forrest Wickman points out in Slate.

And yes, Trump Sought Military Equipment For Inauguration, And Was Granted A 20-Plane Flyover, according to Jessica Schulberg at the Huffington Post. Dana Liebelson called it an “Awesome/troubling scoop from @jessicaschulb.” Nick Baumann tweeted: “This is fine.”

Trumpworld update: Still messy

The New York Times has news that Intercepted Russian Communications Are Part of The Inquiry Into Trump’s Associates.

Trump’s Treasury Nominee Steven Mnuchin Failed to Disclose $100 Million in Assets, Alan Rappeport reported, also in the New York Times. Jim Clancy tweeted, “Oops!” Cody Lyon reiterated: “He forgot.” And Meghan Morris added, “Who among us hasn't forgotten to disclose $95 million worth of real estate?”

The Times checked another Trump nominee with this story: ‘Learning Curve’ as Rick Perry Pursues a Job He Initially Misunderstood, written by David Sanger. Michael Tackett wrote, “Oops. Rick Perry didn’t realize being Energy Sec. had nuclear weapons responsibility.”

Now that Trump has taken the Oath of Office and all, here’s an important point from the New York Times - it’s A Trump Administration, With Obama Staff Members Filling In the Gaps. It’s reported Trump has named only 29 of his 660 executive department appointments, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush write. Haberman called it, “A cinematic pageant for Trump and a mad scramble by his team amid yawning staff gaps at FP/Nat sec agencies.”

The few Trump aides that are around are jockeying for the best White House real estate, according to Politico’s Shane Goldmacher. Maggie Haberman explains: “There will be a "drip, drip" of executive orders each day for roughly a month, + @KellyannePolls gets Jarrett office.”

Speaking of Kellyanne Conway, here's what that lady wore to Donald Trump's inauguration today. That coat, should you choose to seek it out and make it your own, is by Gucci and retails for around $3,600.

And the NYTimesEric Lipton writes that Trump’s Washington Hotel Presents Him With a ‘Minefield’ of Potential Scandal. Lipton tweeted, “I spent the last few days hanging out at Trump Hotel in DC. Some crazy scenes.” Michael Tackett pointed out, “The Trump DC Hotel. A theoretical conflict is now real.” Susanne Craig explained, “Just Posted: From the moment Donald Trump is sworn in he may be in violation of the terms of his D.C. hotel lease.”

So what can America expect

Thursday night, The Hill’s Alexander Bolton told us that Trump team was preparing dramatic cuts. Ian Swanson pointed out, “Trump team planning to eliminate National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities.”

Jay Franzone tweeted: “It’s only been 25 min and the Dept. of Labor’s report on Advancing LGBT Workplace Rights has been taken down…”

All References to Climate Change Have Been Deleted From the White House Website, Jason Koebler at Motherboard reports.

For your own reference, here’s An America First Energy Plan that now exists on the White House website. Hannah Waters tweeted this quote from the plan: "For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry.” Jeff Brady points out this is “At the top of the new White House website issues list.”

Barack Obama’s last night as POTUS

The White House went ghost on Obama’s last night. Here’s what it looked like, David Nakamura wrote in the Washington Post. (Ed note: But we're just going to show it to you in more joyful times.)

On the other side of town, Nigel Farage and friends had a bad boys' ball in DC. Read all about it from Marina Hyde in The Guardian. Jamie Grierson said, “‘Think of it all as The Great Twatsby.’ hahaha @MarinaHyde you're killing me.” Mirren Gidda urged, “If you read one inauguration-related piece, let it be this.”

Chris Donovan tweeted, “A reminder that Barack Obama spent the night before his January 2009 inauguration honoring his defeated opponent by throwing him a dinner.”

For a look at how the New Yorker is dealing with President Trump, read editor David Remnick’s Preserve, Protect, and Defend. @NewYorker said, “Donald Trump has refused to transcend the willful ugliness of his campaign.” Ben Taub quoted this part: "Each morning, the earnest desire to 'give him a chance' dies a little more." (Ed note: The above black & white photo is what the New Yorker chose for their piece.)

The Obama Foundation launched with former President Barack Obama saying, "I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to create change  - but in yours."

And it’s not quite over though: Sarah Kliff at Vox says a New poll shows Obamacare is more popular than Donald Trump, just as Republicans prepare to repeal it.

R.I.P. to some real journalism legends

Just one night before Donald Trump takes the presidency, journalist Wayne Barrett Died at 71. In the New York Times obit, Sam Roberts called Barrett “The Fierce Muckraker at The Village Voice.” Johanna Barr called it “Totally devastating.” Patrick LaForge wrote, “We lose another NY institution.”

We also lost Legendary Miami Herald sports columnist Edwin Pope, who died at 88. Barry Jackson wrote that obituary in Pope’s home paper.

And England’s some some issues too

Police Taser their own race relations adviser in Bristol Steven Morris reports in The Guardian. Jamie Grierson explained: “Police Taser their own race relations adviser in Bristol when officers mistook him for a wanted man.”

Question of the Day

Back on Thursday, we asked: Name the two U.S. presidents who respectively had the shortest and longest inauguration speeches.

Answer: They would be William Henry Harrison's in 1841 as the longest. And George Washington's second in 1793 as the shortest. We can’t be sure what Washington said the second time he won (no one was live tweeting back then), but we can imagine it went something like this: “Cool, yeah. Thanks, America! Washington out.”

This time, congrats to Carrie Gray for being the first to get the answer right.

Your question of the day for today is…China only recently figured out how to make ballpoint pens completely on their own. How much did that endeavor cost them?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners Monday!

Featured journalist: Edward Russell

Edward Russell is an airline and finance editor at Flightglobal (as well as for its print titles Airline Business and Flight International).

His beats include the U.S. mainline carriers and aerospace finance in the Americas. While areas of focus include business and network strategy, airline alliances, and the transatlantic market.

Russell considers himself a transit aficionado, avid runner and cyclist, and urban development YIMBY (which stands for “Yes In My Back Yard”). 

Check out his work right over here.

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