Palestinian leader rejects US role in peace process

The following article by Zeynep Bilginsoy and Sarah El Deeb was posted on the Associated Press website December 13, 2017:

ISTANBUL (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told an international summit Wednesday that the United States was unfit to mediate the Mideast conflict, marking a major policy shift after decades spent courting American goodwill.

He announced the shift, which came in response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, at a summit of Muslim leaders that condemned the U.S. move and called for world recognition of a Palestinian state with its capital in east Jerusalem. Read More

Heeding Bannon in Alabama election, Trump gambles and loses

The following article by Josh Dawsey and Ashley Parker was posted on the Washington Post website December 13, 2017:

Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12 defeated Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election. Here were the reactions. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

President Trump lost in Alabama on Tuesday. Again.

This time, Trump threw his support behind Roy Moore, a polarizing, wounded Republican accused of dating and making sexual advances on teenagers — and found himself presiding over a stunning repudiation of Republicans in the Deep South that could have wide reverberations for his agenda and the party he leads. Read More

Trump’s Combative Denials Again Draw Him Into the Sexual Harassment Debate

The following article by Michael Tackett was posted on the New York Times website December 12, 2017:

President Trump listened to Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks in a signing ceremony for the Space Policy Directive 1, a return to the moon for American astronauts, at the White House on Monday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump put himself once more at the center of the sexual harassment debate on Tuesday, repeating his contention that the women who have accused him of misconduct fabricated the allegations and describing Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, one of his leading critics, as a “lightweight” who “would do anything” for campaign contributions.

In derisive morning Twitter posts, the president responded to three of the women who had come forward on Monday to renew their charges from last year that Mr. Trump had sexually assaulted them before he entered politics, and to Ms. Gillibrand after she called on him to resign on Monday. Read More

Sorry Sessions, teen pot use actually dropped after Colorado legalization

The following article by Alana Pyke was posted on the Think Progress website December 12, 2017:

The attorney general’s would-be crusade hits another stumbling block.

Far fewer teenagers are using cannabis in Colorado since the state’s tightly regulated legal market for recreational pot got off the ground at the start of 2014, new data shows.

Somebody should tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions. While the ardent drug warrior has thus far surprised critics and disappointed fans by failing to launch the kind of broad crackdown on legalized cannabis that most observers anticipated he would pursue, he has continued to hint that winter is coming for the pot industry. The question of youth pot consumption is almost always on his lips when he discusses the drug. Read More

The White House and the Trump Organization have merged

The following article by Ryan Koronowski was posted on the ThinkProgress website December 12, 2017:

The life and times of Eric and Don Jr.

CREDIT: AP / DIANA OFOSU

Earlier this year, Donald Trump Jr. posted on Instagram: “Well done Mr. President! Congratulations on an amazing 100 days, and I look forward to many more years of you fighting for America. Keep it up.”

Eric Trump appeared on Fox News in June and said his father “has been in office for 150-something days and I think he has accomplished more than any president, arguably in history, has over that same period of time.” Read More

A running list of the eyewitnesses who prove Trump’s innocence on sexual misconduct

The following article by Philip Bump was psoted on the Washingt Post website December 12, 2017:

Three of the women accusing President Trump of sexual misconduct speak out again, in hopes a new “environment” will yield change. (Joyce Koh/The Washington Post)

This article has been updated.

President Trump is frustrated. He sees the 2016 election as having vindicated him on any number of things: his often-acidic politics, his disparagement of traditional campaign tactics, his rejection of the media’s correctives, his decision not to release his tax returns. Read More

Trump attacks Gillibrand in tweet critics say is sexually suggestive and demeaning

The following article by Ashley Parer, John Wagner and Ed O’Keefe was posted on the Washington Post website December 12, 2017:

President Trump smiles as he speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Dec. 5. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in a sexually suggestive tweet Tuesday morning that implied Gillibrand would do just about anything for money, prompting a swift and immediate backlash.

“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Charles E. Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” the president wrote. “Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!” Read More

White House brags about repealing 834 fake regulations

The following article by Eric Boehlert was posted on the Share Blue website December 11, 2017:

With a non-existent list of legislative accomplishments, the Trump team claims nearly 1,000 regulations have been wiped off the books. They’re lying.

Under pressure to name any of Donald Trump’s accomplishments as the calendar winds down on his first year in office, and unable to point to any bills passed or agenda items completed, the White House has of late begun to point to rolling back regulations.

But it turns out even this desperate grasp is more lie than truth, as 97% of the 860 regulations cited are simply made up. An investigation by Bloomberg shows the actual number is much smaller — 27 regulations to be exact. Read More

Trump ‘Resented’ Ivanka’s Criticism Of Roy Moore

The following article by Marie Solis of Newsweek was posted on the National Memo website December 12, 2017:

Credit: SUSAN WALSH/AP

President Donald Trump endorsed Roy Moore partly out of resentment against top advisers who condemned the candidate—including his daughter Ivanka Trump.

According to a Politico report, the president felt “resentful and angry” when Ivanka Trump condemned Moore in November and told the Associated Press there’s “a special place in hell for people who prey on children.”  Read More

Whom Do We Thank for Today’s Strong Economy?

The following article by Froma Harrop was posted on the Creators website December 12, 2017:

A president deserves partial credit for a strong economy. The current economic numbers are good, so to the extent that gratitude is due, let us offer it. Thank you, President Obama.

The economic gauges have been improving steadily for the eight years of the current recovery. Barack Obama was president for seven of them. As the first year of the Donald Trump presidency draws to a close, the economy’s growth has continued — but it has not accelerated in a meaningful way.

In the world as presented by the tweetmaster himself, Trump has already delivered on the economy, and the only direction from here on is up, up, up. Savvy investors, however, are asking, “When do we get out?” Read More