March 5, 2017

A Man Like Putin -- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

I don't know about you guys, but I'm guessing that the walls are starting to feel very close to Donald Trump. They're gold-leafed, obviously, but still they're closing in. That's the only way I can really account for Trump's oddly disjointed tweets. First, he goes off on a Breitbart article accusing President Obama of wiretapping him, ignoring that the article he read linked to a newspaper article that clearly stated that the FBI--not Obama--got the FISA warrant. Which means our idiot-in-chief either 1) lost his damn mind; 2) made it completely up; or 3) just volunteered information on a classified investigation that acknowledged that a FISA judge found probable cause of wrongdoing. Oops. That logic thing has never been Trump's strong suit.

But if you found out that your calls have been recorded, presumably for a FBI investigation, what would you do? Panic? Demand answers? Stop communicating and thereby implicating yourself? Sure, if you were logical. But what did Trump do? He decided to tweet taunt Arnold Schwarzenegger again after news came out that Schwarzenegger would not do another season of The Apprentice. Because the supposed leader of the free world has nothing better to do?

And what would you do after that good hour of tweeting on your unsecured Android?

Play golf, naturally. And letting American taxpayers pick up the tab for a fourth weekend (or is it the fifth?) at Mar-a-Lago in six weeks and its open wi-fi, the perfect place to meet with cabinet members not in disgrace.

I don't know how much more simply to put this: NONE. OF. THIS. IS. NORMAL.

So let's see how much of it becomes normalized or even mentioned on the Sunday shows.

ABC's "This Week" -Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House principal deputy press secretary; Josh Earnest, former Obama press secretary; Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; Michael Mukasey, former Bush attorney general. Panel: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Matthew Dowd of ABC and Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg Politics.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence. Panel: Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher, president of Brilliant Corners; Tom Friedman of The New York Times; Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute; and Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine; Leon Panetta, former defense secretary and CIA director. Dr. Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services; and David Sanger of The New York Times. Panel: Slate’s Chief Political Correspondent Jamelle Bouie, White House Correspondent for the Associate Press Julie Pace, Ramesh Ponnuru Senior Editor of the National Review and the Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Rubio; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Panel: CNN commentator Bakari Sellers, radio host Dana Loesch, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Thomas Donilon, former national security adviser to Barack Obama, and Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser to George W. Bush. Michal Kosinski, professor from Stanford University, and Scott Gilmore, former Canadian diplomat.

CNN"s "Reliable Sources" - Former CBS correspondent Bill Plante and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Tara Palmeri of Politico; Jason Miller, Trump campaign’s former senior communication adviser; Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist; Kaitlan Collins of The Daily Caller; and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation.

"Fox News Sunday" - Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Gov. Eric Greitens, R-Mo. Panel: Dana Perino of “The Five,” Peter Baker of The New York Times, radio host Laura Ingraham and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post.

So what's catching your eye this morning?

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