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Week 3


We start this week’s AWOPT with a look at two different interpretations of the same story.  Last week President Trump attended what is known as the “National Prayer Breakfast” and opened the occasion with some remarks.  

Some media organizations chose to focus on his reference to matters that weren’t quite on the subject of religion…

Trump Opens Prayer Breakfast With Remarks About ‘Apprentice’ Ratings

…while other, more right-leaning sources seemed to go selectively deaf when he strayed off-topic…

Trump Puts Religious Freedom Front and Center


After all the bashing Hillary Clinton took over Benghazi, I struggle to see how Trump’s first military operation avoids similar scrutiny…

This raid marked the first time the United States has put boots on the ground in combat in the Yemeni civil war, and those SEALs were sent into the line of fire without constitutionally-required authorization from Congress. If that seems like a pedantic consideration, I assure you it is not.


One thing that has improved greatly since Trump’s political escapades began….Saturday Night Live.  This is genius.


Please take a moment to spare a thought for the poor victims of The Bowling Green Massacre…

On Monday, Cosmopolitan revealed that she had actually done this before, referring to the “Bowling Green massacre” in an interview the publication had conducted with her in January. That suggests that Conway’s now-famous and widely mocked error wasn’t a slip of the tongue, but actually a propaganda line she’s been using for weeks to justify Trump’s “Muslim ban.”


Remember the “Tea Party” movement?  It has inspired an anti-Trump equivalent that very well could become far more powerful…

…branches of this indivisible movement—composed of many fledgling activists—are harnessing the tactics to target lawmakers in their home districts, on issues ranging from Trump’s controversial immigration ban to his education secretary, Betsy DeVos.


Speaking of DeVos, she squeaked through her nomination process in historic fashion…

President Donald Trump’s choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, but only after Vice President Mike Pence was called in to break a tie that threatened to defeat her.


Joining Trump’s advisory council isn’t always “Uber”-beneficial…

Travis Kalanick is leaving President Donald Trump’s advisory council, according to a memo he sent to employees today.  The Uber CEO had faced criticism for his agreement to work closely with the Trump administration, as well as the company’s response to the White House’s recent travel ban.  A social media meme, #DeleteUber, had erupted online…


How have we gone this far down the post without a tweet from the man himself?  He doesn’t seem to think he is being controlled by other people…

…though TIme magazine sees it slightly differently…

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The latest friendly interview from Fox News was with Bill O’Reilly the night of the Super Bowl where he makes a pathetic attempt to look as though he is challenging the President before he receives an alarming reply…

“Putin’s a killer,” O’Reilly reminds him.  Trump makes a noncommittal face before answering, “A lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?”


Remember climate change?  Doesn’t look like the new government will…

Around 30 employees at the EPA’s Chicago office joined a protest organized by the Sierra Club and the American Federation of Government Employees to protest Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination. They argue that Pruitt, a critic of the agency’s Clean Power Plan, will lay waste to the EPA’s ability to confront companies that violate the law.


Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leading candidate for many to run for President in 2020, found herself in the news this week…

Partisan tensions came to a head on Tuesday over the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was chastised and officially silenced after reading out loud a decades-old letter by the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. that called Sessions’ record on race “reprehensible.”

Probably against our better judgement, now and again on AWOPT we’ll check in to Breitbart and see how they’re spinning the new world order.  Here’s how they see the Warren/Sessions story…

Democrats know they can’t stop Trump’s Cabinet nominees — the American people made damn sure of that — so they’ve used confirmation hearings to perform drive-by character assassinations, lay the groundwork for future assaults on Trump administration officials, whip up their demoralized voters, and (in Warren’s case) stage publicity stunts for their new books. None of that has anything to do with advice and consent for Cabinet nominees.

(of course, Republicans had nothing but respect for President Obama and his agenda for the past eight years!)


So, how’s that Muslim ban working out for ya Donnie?

In a unanimous decision, the panel of three judges from the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Thursday to block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travellers to enter the US.  Shortly after the ruling, Trump responded furiously on Twitter, writing his response in capital letters.


Here’s some Fox News that Trump won’t find favourable…former Mexican president Vincent Fox went on BBC’s HardTalk program and doubled down on his assertion that his country ain’t payin for no wall…

“He complains about Mexico. Why doesn’t he stop drugs circulating in United States?”


Is Trump’s Supreme Court nominee completely on board?

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee said Wednesday that comments Trump made about the federal appeals court deliberating his travel ban were “disheartening and demoralizing,” Fox News has learned.


This final story could be one of the thousand cuts that can kill the Trump presidency.

First, a tweet …

…ethical issues aside of a moment – does this mean the Presidents instinct is to do the wrong thing???

But back to those ethics…Kelly-Anne Conway opens her mouth and makes it a whole lot worse…

“This is just a wonderful line,” Conway told Fox & Friends, one day after her boss complained on Twitter that Nordstrom had decided to stop carrying his daughter’s line in its department stores. “I own some of it. I fully—I’m going to just give it a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”

…and this did not go down well with the boss.

“Kellyanne has been counseled…and that’s all we’re going to go with,” said Spicer, adding, “She’s been counseled on that subject…and that’s it.”


…and that was the week of Trump that was.

Click here for Week 1 and here for Week 2

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