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President-Elect Trump seems to be making quite a motley crew of friends...

https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/venezuelan-president-denounces-hate-campaign-against-trump/vp-AAlWGUY

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/putin-defends-trump-extols-russias-sex-workers.html

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"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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While Presidents Maduro of Venezuela and Putin of Russia have come to Donald Trump's defence, traditional American allies are rattled by his recent statements.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-nato-obsolete-idUSKBN14Z0YO

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-avoids-trust-vladimir-putin-angela-merket-russia-president-germany-chancellor-interview-a7529271.html

Publicity hound and sensationalist Gloria Allred announced that she has a client who is suing Trump for defamation and for kissing and groping her.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/01/17/trump-accuser-sues-defamation/96682958/

The number of lawmakers now boycotting Mr. Trump's innauguration has grown to 50 although four of the five living ex-presidents will be there.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38656271

Trump assumes office as the least popular President among the last 7, according to polls...

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-remains-unpopular-presidency-hand-poll/story?id=44815005

While the President-Elect calls the polls fake...

http://www.npr.org/2017/01/17/510256862/trump-polls-tweet-favorability-popular

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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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Pat Buchanan on Trump vs those who take an overly hawkish line on Russia.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/buchanan/trump-vs-the-russophobes/

It is interesting that some of the same sort of people who called Reagan 'Ronnie Raygun' and who mocked Romney for his comments on Russia just four years ago, have suddenly discovered Russia as a huge threat when they can link Trump to Russia, or try to.

Interestingly, Buchanan mentions this:

The president-elect was referring to a 35-page dossier of lurid details of his alleged sexual misconduct in Russia, worked up by a former British spy. A two-page summary of the 35 pages had been added to Trump’s briefing by the CIA and FBI — and then leaked to CNN....

....Once CNN learned Trump had been briefed, the cable news network reported on the unpublished dossier, without going into the lurid details.

BuzzFeed released all 35 pages. The story exploded.



Some might claim that because it had been brought up the CIA and FBI at this point, this makes CNN better than Buzzfeed, but I don't think it is that different. As David French mentioned in the article I linked to above, it is part of the job of a journalist not to just report on any old rumour and innuendo floating around, in part because there always is plenty of the stuff floating around politicians and famous figures.
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Some might claim that because it had been brought up the CIA and FBI at this point, this makes CNN better than Buzzfeed, but I don't think it is that different.


That is not the reason CNN is better than Buzzfeed in this case.  CNN reported on the existence of the dossier, that it's contents were unsubstantiated, and that the President and the President-Elect had received briefings on the subject.  That is legitimate news and in spite of the Trump camp's initial denial, it is a fact that both Obama and Trump received the matterials (which Obama dismissed and Trump went postal over).  They did not do what Buzzfeed did which is actually publish the contents unsubstantiated dossier (which by the way hasn't been completely disproven yet either).  There is no comparison.

In other news, the Trump administration nominees are going through their confirmation hearings with a great deal of scrutiny.  

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/17/politics/betsy-devos-grizzly-bears-donald-trump-guns/index.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pointed-questions-await-trumps-pick-health-secretary-085931872--politics.html?ref=gs

http://www.chicagotribune.com/la-na-pol-confirmation-hearings-20170112-story.html

President Obama is also using his last days in office to issue a record number of pardons and commutations of sentences which have riled people of all sorts. While Chelsea Manning has attracted the most attention, there are a couple of other cases that I personally think should be considered way more controversial, but obviously they wont get the same traction because they don't involve the theater of Wikileaks, Assange clinging to his asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy, Snowden living in exile in Moscow, and a suicidal transgender former soldier locked away in a prison cell.    

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4129898/Obama-pardons-retired-U-S-general-convicted-lying-Stuxnet-leak-case.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4130042/Puerto-Ricans-cheer-commutation-nationalist-Oscar-Lopez.html

Snowden, unlike Manning, will not receive any form of clemency.  Russia has extended his refuge for now.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4131302/Snowden-STAY-Russia-Moscow-extends-visa.html

Mr. Assange is apparently now willing to be extradited to the U.S. now that Chelsea Manning is to be set free.  Perhaps he believes he will not face a harsh punishment in the U.S. with Donald Trump as President after he expressed some appreciation for Wikileaks' role in exposing Mrs. Clinton's campaign emails.  However, the United States has never asked for his extradition.  He faces extradition to Sweden for an unrelated rape charge.  Is he hoping extradition to the U.S. will protect him from his serious charges in Sweden?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4130254/Assange-ready-face-extradition-following-Manning-decision.html


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The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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I disagree. It reminds me of some of the dubious or unsubstantiated claims of child abuse made against celebrities in the wake of the Jimmy Saville case, or those against Bill Shorten or Cardinal Pell or Bishop Bell. The media once wouldn't have reported on such things, and often they still won't when they involve people of the left (they didn't in the Shorten case until the police closed the investigation and Shorten himself went public to deny the claims). It used to need more than simple police investigationt (or here CIA or FBI). These things used to be newsworthy only when some more substantive proof arose.

One can compare this with the silly accusations about the Clintons running a paedophile ring. These were no doubt early reported to police, and were swirling around. But CNN did not report them at this stage, and when they did they (rightly) reported them as garbage. They knew this dossier was rumour and innuendo originating as opposition research, as they had access to it. I don't see any need to report on it. And CNN certainly didn't start by scorning the claims, as they did for Hillary. At least Buzzfeed provided the documents so people could see they were obvious nonsense.
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Well, today is the dreaded day. An irresponsible political adventurer who is apparently clueless about the workings of the world and has an atrocious record of bad faith in his business and personal lives, with zero experience in elected office or the military, is to become 45th President of the United States. And as if the omens weren't bad enough already, his inauguration will follow the most chaotic and strife-ridden transition period on record, beating even Clinton/Bush 43. It would be enough to make you lose your faith in democracy, assuming you had any faith to lose. Please, Mr Trump, make me a bad prophet and give me a large helping of humble pie to eat once you have established yourself in office and governed for a reasonable period. I promise I will eat up every scrap if the meal ever gets served.
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Well the Inauguration went of without a hitch, but Washington DC experienced some violent protests.

The President-Elect and his family went the short distance from Blair House to St. John's Episcopal Church (often called "the President's Church") for a special service in honor of his inauguration.  

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4140342/First-Family-waiting-starts-Inauguration-Day-church.html

After the service President-Elect Trump and Mrs. Trump were welcomed by President Obama and Mrs. Obama on the White House steps.  They exchanged warm greetings, and Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Trump spent most of the photo-op moment with their arms around each other.  The only glitch seems to have been that Mrs. Trump arrived with a gift for the Obama's, in a large Tiffany's box.  Mrs. Obama looked surprised to receive the thoughtful gift, but then became flustered when there was no one there to take it from her while they took the obligatory photos. After a few awkward moments, the President rescued her by taking the package and handing it to an aide.  Meme's galore irrupted almost immediately.  The two couples along with the Vice-Presidential and Vice-Presidential-Elect couples had tea together before the Inauguration.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4140866/First-Lady-Melania-gives-Michelle-gift-fromTiffany.html

The outgoing and incoming first ladies got a great deal of praise for their fashion choices, as did Mr. Trump's daughters.

http://www.usmagazine.com/stylish/news/michelle-obamas-burgundy-coat-dress-for-inauguration-w462154

http://fortune.com/2017/01/20/trump-inauguration-melania-trump-jackie-kennedy/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4140410/Ivanka-Trump-heads-church-dark-coat.html

Not so much Senior Presidential Advisor Kellyanne Conway 

http://time.com/4641016/kelly-anne-conway-memes/

Mostly it was about being gracious.  The Obamas and the Trump clan greeted each other with warmth and smiles.  The Clintons looked a bit restrained, and then outright dour when people in the crowd began crying "Lock her up", but in what I think was his shinning moment, President Trump asked the guests at the Congressional Luncheon to stand up and give the Clintons a standing ovation as he expressed his appreciation for them being there.  The Clintons were visibly happier after that.  This is in light of some criticism that Mrs. Clinton has been receiving from those Democrats who have boycotted the inaugural events, saying that the presence of the Clintons was validating Donald Trump.  Mrs. Clinton took a page out of President Trump's book by tweeting earlier that her attendance was to show her support for American democracy and the peaceful transfer of power.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4140810/Hillary-Clinton-white-pantsuit-Trump-inauguration.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/president-trump-applauds-clintons-at-inaugural-lunch-i-have-a-lot-of-respect-for-those-two-people-210526559.html

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/news/a20082/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-inauguration-tweet/

Except...that some things never change (shaking my head at Bill Clinton). 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4141526/Video-appears-Bill-Clinton-ogling-Ivanka-Trump.html

Trump's full speech after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States 

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/trump-inaugural-address/index.html

After which he was already signing laws before he could sit down to lunch.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/donald-trump-first-law-actions/index.html

President Trump and his family then greeting the crowds watching the Inaugural Parade.

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/01/20/donald-trump-family-inaugural-parade-walk-sot.cnn

Reaction to the new President's inauguration has been mixed.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/donald-trump-inauguration-world-reaction/index.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4141812/World-leaders-congratulate-new-President.html

Reaction on the streets of the capital city have been a bit harsher.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4141514/Riot-police-tear-gas-masked-mob-Trump-haters.html

President Obama's departing shots were significant airstrikes against ISIS in Libya and Al Qaeda in Syria.

http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-isis-libya-20170119-story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/us-strike-syria-al-qaeda/index.html

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The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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I suppose that since we can't have coronations in the U.S. [bawl] these inaugurations will have to do.  At least we do them relatively nicely with at least some ritual and ceremony, unlike some other places...


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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/unprecedented-march-for-life-support/

I found this encouraging. Apart from his foreign policy, perhaps, I'm a fan of Pence.

Pat Buchanan on the wall (as it looks like Trump will keep his word on the issue of immigration and border security):

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/buchanan/what-a-wall-says-to-the-world/

And one former neocon explains why they became a realist. Let's hope Trump can make this conversion general in the GOP (though I doubt it):

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/from-neocon-to-realist/
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Interesting articles on media bias in the Trump era:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-unexpected-dangers-of-media-bias-in-the-trump-era/article/2006479
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/opinion/sunday/the-tempting-of-the-media.html?_r=0

I think Douthat is very much correct that the media may fall for a kind of hysterical oppositionalism to Trump. Much of the mainstream media, even supposedly respectable outlets, already seems to. Much that Trump says or does deserves great scrutiny and, not infrequently, criticism. But a lot of the coverage is borderline hysterical.

The Federalist has four examples of recent terrible journalist practice (from some of the usual suspects - NYT, The Washington Post, and CNN) involving Trump or his appointees.

https://thefederalist.com/2017/01/19/4-recent-examples-show-why-no-one-trusts-media-coverage-of-trump/
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In the Netherlands some comedians have made a hilarious video 'Make the Netherlands second' (it starts at exactly 40 seconds in the link, the part before that is an introduction in Dutch): 


Among other things, it claims we deserve the second spot because we built dikes to keep all the water coming from Mexico out and then put an entire ocean behind it just to be sure, which should be a great inspiration for Trump. 

'Make the Netherlands second' also become an official petition on the website of the white house, but so far it has only received one signature.
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That's pretty funny.  :-)
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Pat Buchanan on the travel ban hysteria:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/buchanan/the-travel-ban-firestorm/

As he warns ominously:
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That hysterical reaction to the travel ban announced Friday is a portent of what is to come if President Donald Trump carries out the mandate given to him by those who elected him....

....First, Steve Bannon’s observation that the media are “the opposition party” is obviously on target. While Sen. Chuck Schumer was crying on camera that the ban was “un-American,” the media were into the more serious business of stampeding and driving the protesters.


(although I don't think the ban was strictly necessary nor carried out in the most efficient way, the hysteria, often hypocritical, from left-liberals and their media allies has been absurd)
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I'm currently recovering from getting my gall bladder removed earlier this week, and so haven't kept up here.  I think it's getting impossible to keep up with the head spinning developments with this administration.  There is a new "Breaking News" event every few hours it seems.  The refugee ban and the ban on people from several muslim majority countries is old news now, as are the tumultuous protests.  This is pretty surprising news though.

President Trump has changed his tune in regard to Israeli settlements and re-iterated longstanding U.S. support for the two state solution. The evangelical part of his voter base will not be very pleased, nor will the Prime Minister of Israel who is about to pay a visit to Mr. Trump.  Perhaps it's key that King Abdullah of Jordan was in Washington ahead of him.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Trump-warns-Israel-Stop-announcing-new-settlements-480446

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The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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