Fix the Timeline

The future of our country is at risk.

Looking to Hand Off “Fix the Timeline”

I started writing Fix the Timeline after the election because I had grave concerns about the future of our country under Trump’s “leadership”. My concerns have only increased, but I have been unable to devote anywhere near the time necessary in order to make this site useful.

I would like to hand the site off to someone who can do something more effective with it. I do not want money for the site. I do not care whether you run the site as a non-profit or a for-profit venture. I do not ask that you keep my articles. (Honestly, I’d advise starting from scratch.) I do not even ask for much similarity in our political views, as long as we agree on some basics: that Trump’s “Presidency” is a nightmare, that racism is bad, and that we’d like to avoid a nuclear war with North Korea.

The person to whom I hand this site over would get:

  • The Facebook Page
  • The @fixthetimeline Twitter account
  • The domain names fixthetimeline.com, fixthetimeline.org, fix-the-timeline.com, and fix-the-timeline.org
  • The site’s content (if you want it), both in the form of its Jekyll source code and its generated output

If this interests you please write to me.

What Bannon Revealed at CPAC

Peter Daou in a series of tweets (via Hamilton Electors):

1. THREAD. On the power structure of Team Trump. Bannon pulled back the curtain today. Here’s what we learned... It’s not comforting. (1/17)

2. Steve Bannon is the brains behind it all. He sees himself as a political/social philosopher with a radical vision to remake America.

3. Donald Trump is the front man who keeps his true believers riled up so he and Bannon can use them as leverage to wield more power.

4. Reince Priebus is the manager, an operator with limited autonomy whose job is to keep the White House functioning. And he’s frustrated.

5. Kellyanne Conway and the Trump family are Trump’s anchors in the chaos. But Conway is expendable despite her loyalty. And she knows it.

6. The military guys (Mattis, Kelly, McMaster, etc.) are busy trying to preserve their reputations by disagreeing with Trump when possible.

7. Stephen Miller is Bannon’s eager lieutenant, but his influence goes only as far as Bannon allows. Too young, too self-important.

8. Sean Spicer is a flack, a traditional GOP operative whose days are numbered if you believe Beltway chatter. Not a vision guy.

9. Per Bannon, cabinet chiefs are figureheads for a devious & destructive strategy: Put people in charge who will gut their own departments.

10. Pence is POTUS-in-waiting, conducting a shadow campaign for the presidency, positioning himself to take over if/when scandal erupts.

11. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders are playing a dangerous game of chicken, betting they can contain (and use) Trump.

12. There are a few other lawyers, officials, friends, etc. who are loyal, but none have real power. Bannon overrides them if he wants.

13. Any of these people could be leaking the inner workings of the White House. Palace intrigue is thick. Unpredictability rules.

14. The main checks on Bannon/Trump are: The judiciary, the intel community, the people. Democratic leaders are left twisting in the wind.

15. The media squandered their credibility during the election, helping to elect Trump by vilifying Hillary. Their impact is curtailed.

16. So here we are. Anything can happen, from trudging along as we have been, to a dramatic crackdown on free speech and a major war.

17. The best course of action for those who oppose this extreme agenda is to speak out, peacefully protest, donate to orgs, call reps...

Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories

Greg Miller and Adam Entous writing for The Washington Post (emphasis mine):

The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates’ ties to Russia, a politically charged issue that has been under investigation by the FBI as well as lawmakers now defending the White House.

Acting at the behest of the White House, the officials made calls to news organizations last week in attempts to challenge stories about alleged contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, U.S. officials said.

The calls were orchestrated by the White House after unsuccessful attempts by the administration to get senior FBI officials to speak with news organizations and dispute the accuracy of stories on the alleged contacts with Russia.

The effort also involved senior lawmakers with access to classified intelligence about Russia, including Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees. A spokesman for Nunes said that he had already begun speaking to reporters to challenge the story and that, “at the request of a White House communications aide, Chairman Nunes then spoke to an additional reporter and delivered the same message.”

Unlike the others, Nunes spoke on the record and was subsequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal.

Support Nadler Resolution to Force Doj to Reveal Trump Investigations

5calls.org:

According to CNN, Fox, and other news outlets, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus requested the FBI to refute a recent New York Times report that Trump associates were in regular contact with Russia during the campaign. The FBI is currently investigating the Russia matter, and it rejected the White House request. However, longstanding rules prohibit the White House from communicating with the FBI about ongoing investigations–especially investigations that involve the presidential administration itself–to prevent foul play or the obstruction of justice. Reince Priebus has broken this rule, and may have meddled in the FBI investigation.

In order to preserve the independence of the investigation into Trump, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, filed a Resolution of Inquiry, a special legislative tool that has “privileged parliamentary status.” Through the Resolution of Inquiry, Rep. Nadler has requested that the Justice Department release any and all “criminal or counterintelligence investigations” into Trump and his team. If the resolution passes, the Justice Department must reveal its findings on Trump and his associates to Congress. Rep. Nadler’s resolution is perhaps the only legislative tool for Congress to free the investigation from White House interference and preserve its integrity.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Congressman Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry on Tuesday, Feb 28.

Please call your House representative in support of this resolution.

ICE and CBP

Josh Marshall in a series of tweets (via Leah McElrath):

1: One thing I think it is important to remember about Ali’s son’s story is that there have likely been a steady stream of ugly stories ...

2: over the years we n be heard about. Now there’s an intense press focus. But the far bigger story is the more ominous one.

3: Almost everywhere else in the federal government Trump has faced resistance or turbulence. The big exception is ICE and CBP.

4: Far from any resistance or inertia CBP has acted more like it was champing at the bit for more aggressive, punitive action.

5: This is no surprise. The union was one of the few to endorse Trump when he was pushing a border wall and “deportation force.”

6: The story in the Times today says morale has “skyrocketed” in ICE since Trump started his crackdown. Look at the Times story. Ominous.

7: Finding & deporting criminals, especially violent criminals, is hard, dangerous. Targeting the law abiding, who are easily terrorized...

8: is considerably harder. ICE and CBP are clearly highly politicized and invested in punitive action. It’s a dangerous instigation.

Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent

Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services writing for Arizona Capital Times (via Caroline O.):

Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened.

SB1142 expands the state’s racketeering laws, now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting. And it redefines what constitutes rioting to include actions that result in damage to the property of others.

But the real heart of the legislation is what Democrats say is the guilt by association — and giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated. And what’s worse, said Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, is that the person who may have broken a window, triggering the claim there was a riot, might actually not be a member of the group but someone from the other side.

This is a transparent and chilling attempt to discourage all protests.

Trump ignores ‘the grown-ups’ in his Cabinet

Eli Stokols and Josh Dawsey writing for POLITICO:

President Donald Trump this week abruptly dropped the nation’s commitment to a two-state solution for Middle East peace — without reviewing the specifics of his new strategy with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

State Department officials and Tillerson’s top aides learned about the president’s comments in real time, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Tillerson himself was in the air when Trump announced the change in the longstanding U.S. position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the White House, there was little thought about notifying the nation’s top diplomat because, as one senior staffer put it, “everyone knows Jared [Kushner] is running point on the Israel stuff.”

Trump and Russia

Joseph Menn writing for Reuters (via Judd Legum):

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing at least three separate probes relating to alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential elections, according to five current and former government officials with direct knowledge of the situation.

Beyond the two FBI field offices, FBI counterintelligence agents based in Washington are pursuing leads from informants and foreign communications intercepts, two of the people said.

This counterintelligence inquiry includes but is not limited to examination of financial transactions by Russian individuals and companies who are believed to have links to Trump associates. The transactions under scrutiny involve investments by Russians in overseas entities that appear to have been undertaken through middlemen and front companies, two people briefed on the probe said.

Megan Twohey and Scott Shane writing for The New York Times (via Leah McElrath):

A Week Before Michael T. Flynn Resigned As National Security Adviser, A Sealed Proposal Was Hand-Delivered To His Office, Outlining A Way For President Trump To Lift Sanctions Against Russia.

Mr. Flynn Is Gone, Having Been Caught Lying About His Own Discussion Of Sanctions With The Russian Ambassador. But The Proposal, A Peace Plan For Ukraine And Russia, Remains, Along With Those Pushing It: Michael D. Cohen, The President’s Personal Lawyer, Who Delivered The Document; Felix H. Sater, A Business Associate Who Helped Mr. Trump Scout Deals In Russia; And A Ukrainian Lawmaker Trying To Rise In A Political Opposition Movement Shaped In Part By Mr. Trump’s Former Campaign Manager Paul D. Manafort.

Paul Krugman in an opinion piece for The New York Times (via Matt O’Brien):

The story so far: A foreign dictator intervened on behalf of a U.S. presidential candidate — and that candidate won. Close associates of the new president were in contact with the dictator’s espionage officials during the campaign, and his national security adviser was forced out over improper calls to that country’s ambassador — but not until the press reported it; the president learned about his actions weeks earlier, but took no action.

Meanwhile, the president seems oddly solicitous of the dictator’s interests, and rumors swirl about his personal financial connections to the country in question. Is there anything to those rumors? Nobody knows, in part because the president refuses to release his tax returns.

Maybe there’s nothing wrong here, and it’s all perfectly innocent. But if it’s not innocent, it’s very bad indeed. So what do Republicans in Congress, who have the power to investigate the situation, believe should be done?

Nothing.

Evan McMullin in an opinion piece for The New York Times:

President Trump’s disturbing Russian connections present an acute danger to American national security. According to reports this week, Mr. Trump’s team maintained frequent contact with Russian officials, including senior intelligence officers, during the campaign. This led to concerns about possible collusion with one of America’s principal strategic adversaries as it tried to influence the election in Mr. Trump’s favor. On Monday, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, was forced to resign after details of his communications with the Russian ambassador emerged.

Republican leaders in Congress now bear the most responsibility for holding the president accountable and protecting the nation. They can’t say they didn’t see the Russian interference coming. They knew all along.

Niels Lesniewski writing for Roll Call (via Jennifer Bendery):

Not much can get between senators and a recess. Except, perhaps, FBI Director James B. Comey.

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, along with ex-officio member and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, huddled for a total of more than two hours on Friday with Comey.

The FBI director’s visit was not announced publicly, and it’s possible members of the Capitol Hill press corps only found out because he was spotted in the hallways and entered a secure room used for intelligence briefings.

But leaving that secure room in the Capitol Visitor Center, senators declined to even confirm the presence of the FBI director, much less the substance of the meeting. Those who did talk generally only gave “no comments” or referred questions to Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr and ranking member Mark Warner.

Both Burr and Warner proved just as loquacious.

Nikita Vladimirov writing for The Hill:

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Wednesday asked the Department of Justice inspector general to investigate the intelligence leaks that led to the ousting of national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“Over the last several days, there have been a series of news articles recounting potentially classified national security information,” Chaffetz wrote in a letter, also signed by the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

“We have serious concerns about the potential protection of classified information here. … The release of classified information can, by definition, have grave effects on national security. In light of this, we request that your office begin an immediate investigation into whether classified information was mishandled here,” the lawmakers wrote.

Again, more concerned by leaks than by collusion with the Russian government.

Kyle Cheney writing for POLITICO (via Caroline O.):

The Pentagon has informed lawmakers that there are no records of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s 2015 trip to Moscow, when he dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin and may have accepted unconstitutional payments from a foreign government for his attendance.

In a letter to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House oversight committee delivered Tuesday, acting Army Secretary Robert Speer confirmed that Flynn — a retired lieutenant general — filed no documentation of his trip.

In response, House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings, ranking Democrat on the committee, sent a letter that suggests Flynn may have inappropriately accepted payments from the Russian government or its agents in exchange for his attendance. Scrutiny is growing on Flynn’s trip and whether his payment violated the Constitution’s Emolument’s Clause, which prohibits any person holding an “office of profit or trust” in the federal government from accepting foreign payment. The prohibition has long been considered to apply for retired military officials.

John Aravosis in a series of tweets:

1) Fox is saying that Trump was fully aware of the content of Flynn’s calls with the Russians. twitter.com/FoxNews/status…

2) That means any effort to undercut US foreign policy was sanctioned by Trump. twitter.com/aravosis/statu…

3) It also means that Trump knew Pence was lying when he went on tv and denied the calls were about sanctions. twitter.com/aravosis/statu…

4) Also means when FBI and DOJ told Trump Flynn was making these calls and taking sanctions, Trump already knew. He approved it. twitter.com/aravosis/statu…

5) so why did trump ask the White House counsel to investigate whether the calls broke any laws? twitter.com/aravosis/statu…

6) and why did trump again today suggest that Flynn lied to Pence about the calls, and that’s why Flynn was let go? twitter.com/aravosis/statu…

7) If Flynn lied to Pence about trump’s own orders, then Trump must have ordered Flynn to lie about it. Or... twitter.com/aravosis/statu…

8) Or The entire thing is a lie. Trump, Pence and Flynn all knew what the calls were about. And Flynn took the fall to spare Pence’s lie? twitter.com/aravosis/statu…

9) none of this makes sense, including why Trump fired Flynn. Why would Flynn mislead Pence about trump’s own orders? twitter.com/aravosis/statu…

10) Did Flynn step down in order to spare Trump/Pence inquiry as to whether Flynn broke the law for Russia while acting on Trump’s orders? twitter.com/aravosis/statu…

Colin Kahl in a series of tweets (via Jim Jastrzebski):

Reports suggest White House still considering “grand bargain” with Moscow. But not running typical NSC process...1/ time.com/4672985/moscow …

This cuts out skeptics of accommodating Russia at DoD & State Dept. Instead...2/

Bannon’s Strat Init Grp (SIG) conducting close-hold review of Russia policy; accountable to no one but Trump. Meanwhile NSC neutered. 3/

Idea of bargain would be to give Kremlin major concessions on NATO, Ukraine, etc. for cooperation on #ISIS & maybe Iran & China too. 4/

But selling out NATO/Ukraine not needed to gain Russian cooperation vs. ISIS; Putin wants that to legitimize support for Assad. 5/

And Russia unlikely to split from Iran, and can do little to constrain China. 6/

So if grand bargain makes little sense, what’s going on? 7/

Could reflect a deeper alignment of interests: Putin seeks weakening of NATO, EU, more Brexits--goals Bannon shares & Trump champions 8/

Or could be quid pro quo. Kremlin sought to influence US election to help Trump; Intel Community concluded that with “high confidence” 9/

Yet Flynn reassured Kremlin Trump would smooth things over. Flynn fired for getting caught “lying,” but Trump said OK with his outreach 10/

Not surprising. This is same Putin who Trump admires and never says a bad word about. 11/

So media really needs to look into what Bannon/SIG, others may be doing on Russia strategic review & why 12/

Do Mattis, Tillerson, etc. know about this review? Are they plugged in? Do they agree with it? 13/

Doubtful. Whole idea of SIG is to create parallel struc w/o interagency input. Flynn gone; Bannon et al still there. That’s the story. 14/14

Jared Yates Sexton:

Isn’t it odd that Trump automatically said he didn’t have loans or business in Russia? The story hasn’t gone in that direction at all.

Jordan Fabian:

Q: Can you definitively say none of your staff was in contact with Russia during campaign? Trump: “Well, I have nothing to do with it.”

Bradd Jaffy:

!! Trump just said he didn’t order Flynn to discuss sanctions w/the Russians before he took office—but he WOULD have if he thought he wasn’t

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The Trump administration proposed deputizing some National Guard units to arrest immigrants

Dara Lind writing for Vox (via Jamil Smith):

The Department of Homeland Security considered — but says it rejected — letting governors in 11 states decide whether to deputize their National Guards to enforce immigration law, including helping to detain and deport unauthorized immigrants.

It’s uncertain whether the National Guard provision has survived in any form — including mobilizing National Guard units for border enforcement, as happened under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Nor is it clear whether any of the other policies considered in the draft memo will be implemented.

But the fact that it was floated at all is still significant. President Trump arrived in office on the promise of a sweeping crackdown on immigration enforcement, and proceeded to sign executive orders that made substantial changes — but didn’t always provide details.

The GOP’s Anti-LGBT, Anti-Women ‘Religious Freedom’ Law on Steroids

Jay Michaelson writing for The Daily Beast (via Billy Eichner):

The First Amendment Defense Act is the nuclear version of the so-called “religious freedom” laws that have appeared across the country, most infamously in Mike Pence’s Indiana. The Republican House will surely pass it, the Senate will pass it unless it’s filibustered by Democrats, and President-elect Trump has promised to sign it.

If it becomes law, FADA will be the worst thing to happen to women and LGBT people in a generation.

Like state “religious freedom restoration acts,” FADA’s basic principle is that it’s not discrimination when businesses discriminate against LGBT people if they have a religious reason for doing so. The most famous situations have to do with marriage: wedding cake bakers who say that if they bake a cake, they’re violating their religion; Kim Davis, the government clerk who said that signing a secular marriage certificate was a religious act that she could not perform.

Riseup moves to encrypted email in response to legal requests.

Riseup (via Chris Wysopal):

After exhausting our legal options, Riseup recently chose to comply with two sealed warrants from the FBI, rather than facing contempt of court (which would have resulted in jail time for Riseup birds and/or termination of the Riseup organization). The first concerned the public contact address for an international DDoS extortion ring. The second concerned an account using ransomware to extort money from people.

Extortion activities clearly violate both the letter and the spirit of the social contract 1 we have with our users: We have your back so long as you are not pursuing exploitative, misogynist, racist, or bigoted agendas.

There was a “gag order” that prevented us from disclosing even the existence of these warrants until now. This was also the reason why we could not update our “Canary” 2.

We have taken action to ensure that Riseup never again has access to a user’s stored email in plaintext. Starting today, all new Riseup email accounts will feature personally encrypted storage on our servers, only accessible by you. In the near future, we will begin to migrate all existing accounts to use this new system (for technical details, see 3).

To be absolutely clear, this type of encryption is not end-to-end message encryption. With Riseup’s new system, you still put faith in the server while you are logged in. For full end-to-end email encryption, as before, you must use a client that supports OpenPGP (and is not web-based).

We are working to roll out a more comprehensive end-to-end system in the coming year, but until that is ready, we are deploying personally encrypted storage in the mean time.

in solidarity, The Riseup Birds

Questions

Q: Are you compromised by law enforcement?

A: No. We have never permitted installation of any hardware or software monitoring on any system that we control; law enforcement has not taken our servers; does not, and has never had access to them. We would rather stop being Riseup before we did that.

Q: Couldn’t the government just make you say that?

A: Forced speech is actually quite rare in the US legal context. It’s usually only in cases of consumer protection where the government has been successful in compelling speech (e.g. forced cigarette warnings). Nevertheless, no they aren’t forcing us to say anything.

Q: Why didn’t you update your canary?

A: In the Winter of 2016, the canary was not updated on time. The canary was so broad that any attempt to issue a new one would be a violation of a gag order related to an investigation into a DDoS extortion ring and ransomware operation. This is not desirable, because if any one of a number of minor things happen, it signals to users that a major thing has happened.

Q: Why does the new Canary not mention gag orders, FISA court orders, National Security Letters, etc?

A: Our initial Canary strategy was only harming users by freaking them out unnecessarily when minor events happened. A Canary is supposed to signal important risk information to users, but there is also danger in signaling the wrong thing to users or leading to general fear and confusion for no good reason. The current Canary is limited to significant events that could compromise the security of Riseup users.

1 https://riseup.net/tos
2 https://riseup.net/canary
3 https://0xacab.org/riseuplabs/trees

I did not consider Riseup when writing Protecting Your Privacy Online: Email Hosting, but I am impressed by their handling of this and by the their new message encryption system.

Pro-government tribal leader among dead in US raid in Yemen

Maggie Michael and Ahmed Al-Haj writing for The Associated Press:

The main figure killed in last month’s U.S. raid in Yemen targeting al-Qaida was a tribal leader who was allied to the country’s U.S.- and Saudi-backed president and had been enlisted to fight Yemen’s Shiite rebels, according to military officials, tribal figures and relatives.

The government connections of tribal chief Sheikh Abdel-Raouf al-Dhahab raise further questions over the planning of a raid that turned into a heavy firefight with casualties on both sides.

One U.S. Navy Seal was killed, six American soldiers were wounded and a military aircraft suffered a hard landing and had to be destroyed in the assault, which took place days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

New York attorney general reviewing request to bring action to dissolve Trump Organization

Kira Lerner writing for ThinkProgress (via Judd Legum):

Non-profit advocacy group Free Speech for People has asked New York’s attorney general to investigate whether to file a lawsuit to revoke the charter of The Trump Organization for violating state business laws.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the group and four attorneys said that the attorney general’s office has the power to revoke the corporate charter from Trump’s organization, which has violated laws that prohibit the president from receiving payments from foreign governments.

Schneiderman’s press secretary Amy Spitalnick told ThinkProgress that the attorney general’s office will review the letter.

Muslim-American Travelers Are Quietly Having Global Entry Privileges Revoked

Andrew Sheivachman writing for Skift (via Raju Narisetti):

As the Trump administration gears up to issue a new executive order regulating international travel following the legal challenge to its initial travel restrictions, some Muslim travelers outside the seven countries targeted by the ban, including naturalized U.S. citizens and green card holders, are indicating that their Global Entry status has been revoked.

Immigration lawyers have told Mic that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is revoking Global Entry status for their clients, and sources have told Skift the same.

According to Mic, lawyers are currently trying to decipher the pattern regarding the cancellation of Global Entry and TSA Precheck status for many Muslim-American travelers.

Feb 2017 Donations

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Dear media: The Trump White House has total contempt for you. Time to react accordingly.

Greg Sargent writing for The Washington Post:

Here is one thing we learned about the new Trump White House this weekend: It views the institutional role that the news media is supposed to play in our democracy with nothing but total, unbridled contempt. We may be looking at an unprecedented set of new challenges for the media in covering the new president. What remains to be seen is how it will respond.

The New York Times reports this morning that journalists are deeply alarmed by statements made by Trump’s top advisers over the weekend, in which they faulted the media for reporting accurately on his inaugural crowd size. Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, is quoted lamenting that the Trump White House must “get started” on a more constructive basis with the media.

But I fear these journalists are understating the problem. This isn’t simply a matter of signaling bad relations. Rather, what Trump and his advisers are doing is explicitly stating their contempt for the press’ institutional role as a credo, as an actionable doctrine that will govern not just how they treat the press, but how they treat factual reality itself.

Greg Sargen in response (via Caroline O.:

Please note:

Trump’s attack on the media is not mere craziness. It’s a concerted strategy.

Corey Lewandowski’s Potential Clients Say He’s Bragging About Access To Trump’s Twitter Account

Tarini Parti writing for BuzzFeed:

The former campaign manager for President Donald Trump’s White House bid has told prospective lobbying clients that he has access to Trump’s Twitter account, four sources told BuzzFeed News.

In discussions with representatives from at least two different potential clients — Facebook and financial company Blackstone Group — Lewandowski mentioned having access to Trump’s Twitter account as a selling point, according to different sources who were briefed on each meeting by participants. Sources also said Lewandowski brought up the same thing in additional meetings as well, but it’s unclear which other companies he was courting when he made the same claim.

Attend a Resistance Recess Event: Save Our Health Care, Our Communities, and Our Democracy

Resistance Recess (via Pod Save America):

The week of February 18–26 is the first recess of the 115th Congress—time specifically set aside for members of Congress to meet with constituents and get the pulse of the communities they represent.

This is the perfect time to raise our voices. We will show up at our elected officials’ events, town halls, other public appearances, and even plan our own events, if they refuse to meet with us, to make it clear to those who represent us, as well as to the media, that tolerance of Trump’s hurtful agenda is unacceptable and politically toxic.

Visit the site to learn about events in your area.

Trump White House is leaving the public in the dark. Is it growing pains – or a plan?

Anita Kumar writing for McClatchyDC (via Caroline O.):

Is Donald Trump shutting Americans out of his presidency?

The White House comment line is shut down. New signatures aren’t being counted on petitions posted on the White House’s website. Federal agencies are not allowed to respond to requests.

Americans aren’t just failing to get their voices heard. The administration, too, is failing to provide information to them.

Transcripts, executive orders and news releases aren’t being posted online. Social media accounts, including Flickr, Pinterest and Tumblr, are no longer in use. Sending information to the Federal Register, the daily journal of the U.S. government, is delayed.

To The Editors of the New York Times

Lance Dodes, M.D., and a group of other mental health professionals (via Samuel Warde):

To the Editor:

Charles M. Blow (column, nytimes.com, Feb. 9) describes Donald Trump’s constant need “to grind the opposition underfoot.” As mental health professionals, we share Mr. Blow’s concern.

Silence from the country’s mental health organizations has been due to a self-imposed dictum about evaluating public figures (the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 Goldwater Rule). But this silence has resulted in a failure to lend our expertise to worried journalists and members of Congress at this critical time. We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.

Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).

In a powerful leader, these attacks are likely to increase, as his personal myth of greatness appears to be confirmed. We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.

Lance Dodes, M.D.

Joseph Schachter, M.D., Ph.D.

Susan Radant, Ph.D.

Judith Schachter, M.D.

Jules Kerman, M.D., Ph.D

Jeffrey Seitelman, M.D., Ph.D.

Henry Friedman, M.D.

Babak Roshanaei-Moghaddam, MD

David Cooper, Ph.D.

Dena Sorbo, LCSW, BCD

Joseph Reppen, Ph.D.

Ernest Wallwork, Ph.D.

Judith E. Vida, M.D.

Richard Reichbart, J.D., Ph.D.

Joseph Abrahams, M.D.

Leslie Schweitzer-Miller, M.D.

Cheryl Y. Goodrich, Ph.D.

Lourdes Henares-Levy, M.D.

Alexandra Rolde, M.D.

Dr. med. Helen Schoenhals Hart

Eva D. Papiasvili, Ph.D.

Mali Mann, M.D.

Phyllis Tyson, Ph.D.

Era A. Loewenstein, Ph.D.

Marianna Adler, Ph.D.

Henry Nunberg, M.D.

Marc R. Hirsch, Ph.D.

Lora Heims Tessman, Ph.D.

Monisha Nayar-Akhtar, Ph.D.

Victoria Schreiber, M.A., L.M.S.W.

Penny M Freedman, Ph.D.

Merton A. Shill, JD. LLM., PhD.

Helen K. Gediman, Ph.D.

Michael P. Kowitt, Ph.D.

Leonard Glass, M.D.