Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Something to Know - 12 February

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for February 12, 2019

Apparently there is a "compromise deal" from a so-called bi-partisan committee that could end Individual 1's threat to shut down the government (again).   Hannity is not in favor of it, so we will see  who is in charge as president this week.   Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter or IQ-45.   Here is a nice story about someone who worked in the current administration, and is doing a kiss-and-tell book.   When all is said and done, whatever the repository of the outgoing president will contain, about 1,900 volumes of Tweets and 35,925 books written by authors like the one below.  

Loyalist sues Trump
Cliff Sims autographs a book to Stephen Colbert in the "Late Show" host's green room. (Provided to Axios)

"Cliff Sims, the former White House communications aide who wrote ['Team of Vipers,"] an insider account of life working for President Trump, is suing the president in his official capacity," the N.Y. Times reports.

  • "[T]he campaign organization ... filed an arbitration claim against [Sims] last week, accusing him of violating the nondisclosure agreement he signed with it during the 2016 presidential race."
  • Why it matters: "The White House had dozens of people sign such agreements at the beginning of the president's term. But those agreements are widely seen as likely unenforceable."
  • Sims alleges that Trump "used his campaign organization as a 'cutout' to improperly seek retribution against former employees and keep them from invoking their First Amendment rights."

Be smart: Lawyers have wanted for a long time to test/contest these NDAs. Now they have a high-profile case.


"Yes, yes, but I bring that out in people. I do. I'm not saying that's an asset or a liability, but I do bring that out. ...I bring rage out. I do bring rage out. I always have."
- Candidate Donald J. Trump in April, 2016

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