It didn’t go well 

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It didn’t go well 
February 17th, 2017
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*draft memo*

We hear that President Trump considers mobilizing national guard for immigration roundups, according to The Guardian.

That news is based on this draft memo obtained by the Associated Press.

But Bradd Jaffy tweets, “The AP story on "100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants" is based on a *draft memo.*”

Meanwhile, the Republican Health Proposal Would Redirect Money From Poor to Rich Margot Sanger-Katz at the New York Times. Patricia Cohen adds, “Republican replacement for obamacare gives the same tax credit to a billionaire as it does a barista.”

Unprecedented show of defiance

In another part of the federal government, E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance, writes  Coral Davenport at the New York Times. Davenport explained on Twitter, “EPA employees are urging their senators to vote against Scott Pruitt,in an unprecedented show of defiance.” Brady Dennis tweeted this quote from the story: “I can’t think of any other time when people in the bureaucracy have done this.”

Betsy DeVos's Brother Is Reportedly Setting Up A Mercenary Army For China, Aram Roston writes in BuzzFeed.

State Dept layoffs under Rex Tillerson being carried out write Margaret Brennan and Kylie Atwood at CBS News. Maggie Haberman adds, “Bunch of news here, including that State was scrubbed of personnel while Tillerson away, and RC Hammond is now there.”

And the White House dismisses 6 over failed background checks says Politico’s Tara Palmeri. “Several White House staffers were dismissed Thursday morning after failing FBI background checks,” she writes.

How’s Trump doing though?

For an account of What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like, read David Brooks in the New York Times. Robin Elizabeth Herr wondered, “What are the consequences of @SteveBannon69 is consolidating his power? Judith Timson thinks there are a “Multitude of ways Trump can disgrace himself.” Ron Fournier called it a “Must read.”

Also in the New York Times, Michael Shear, Maggie Haberman, and Glenn Thrush write that Trump, Aggrieved and Sometimes Gregarious, Stands Up for Himself. Haberman tweeted, “An embattled Trump tried to change the narrative by putting control in only hands he trusts - his own.” Michael Tackett tweeted, “Trump saw himself as the only person who could effectively defend him. How did that work out?” While Sheryl Gay Stolberg advised, “Just read this story. There are no words to describe it.”

This. Really.

Perhaps as part of this standing up for himself, Trump sent a "Mainstream Media Accountability Survey" to his campaign supporters email list. You can see it right here. Nate Silver explains this is happening “Because then they can decry the press for reporting ‘fake news.’ White House has used this tactic several times already.”

Trump also told a Jewish magazine's reporter to 'sit down,' blaming anti-Semitism on 'the other side'. That news from Eli Watkins at CNN. Brian Stelter tweeted, “This. Really.”

The New York Times has their own version of that story: A Jewish Reporter Got to Ask Trump a Question. It Didn’t Go Well. It was written by Laurie Goodstein.

For another takedown of the media by the current administration, Jared Kushner Delivers Critique of CNN to Time Warner Executive, according to Keach Hagey and Damian Paletta at the Wall Street Journal. Hagey tweeted some more detail, “Jared Kushner complained to Time Warner execs about Van Jones, Ana Navarro.”

Logistical Nightmare

The Trump Winery Seeks Even More Foreign Workers, Jessica Garrison, Jeremy Singer-Vine, and Ken Bensinger found out at BuzzFeed.

And Jonathan O'Connell at the Washington Post tells us that the Trump family’s elaborate lifestyle is a ‘logistical nightmare’ - at taxpayer expense.


Ex-GOP leader Bob Michel, face of decency and public service, dies, David Rogers reports in Politico. For a reminder, Michel was the former House Republican Leader who helped shepherd Ronald Reagan's agenda through Congress only to be pushed aside by the rise of Newt Gingrich a decade later.

Mark Sanford bared his soul in an interview with Politico’s Tim Alberta. In it, the congressman also said, “I’m a Dead Man Walking.”

Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis Michael Kimmelman at the New York Times. Kimmelman, an architecture critic there, tweeted, “My series for @nytimes on climate change and global cities kicks off with Mexico City today.” Bill McKibben added, “To understand what global warming feels like in earth's big poor cities, read @nytimes superb account of Mexico City.”

And the Suspect in the North Korea killing of Kim Jong-un's half-brother in Malaysia 'thought she was taking part in TV prank', according to The Guardian. Glyn Moody reacted with “Wut?” Alison Willmore shared this quote from the piece: "She was not aware that it was an assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents."  Daniel Schindel tweeted, “This shit is B A N A N A S.” And Rachel Coldicutt wrote, “Wondering if any of the fiction written this year will be as strange as reality.”

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: According to Elon Musk, his SpaceX spacecraft "Dragon" is named after what fictional character?

Answer: Apparently, Musk named the spacecraft after the 1963 song "Puff, the Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul and Mary. LOL

This time, congrats to David Daniel, who was the first to answer correctly.

Your question of the day for today is…Ahead of the live action “Beauty and the Beast” being release, some people on Twitter are saying Belle has which psychological condition?

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

Featured journalist: Dan Lucas

Today’s featured journalist is Dan Lucas, an editorial page columnist for the Statesman Journal. Lucas is a former analyst at a major Cold War spy station in Berlin, which is really flippin’ cool.

He’s also served as editor for the conservative blog Oregon Catalyst for six years. Read some of his work right here and reach out to him over here.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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