Michiko Kakutani: “He is constantly contradicting himself and conjuring a reality at odds with verifiable facts—not just in impulsive tweets and incoherent, rambling off-the-cuff remarks, but in his just-delivered Inaugural Address. The lip-service ...

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Trump Is Rendering Language Meaningless

Michiko Kakutani: “He is constantly contradicting himself and conjuring a reality at odds with verifiable facts—not just in impulsive tweets and incoherent, rambling off-the-cuff remarks, but in his just-delivered Inaugural Address. The lip-service that Trump paid to unity at the end of the speech is belied by his shameless use of nativist and bigoted language over the last 18 months, and by the barrage of insults he’s hurled at institutions—from the judiciary to the intelligence agencies to the press—and at individuals, including, most recently, the revered civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. His defense of the ‘forgotten men and women’ — a phrase reminiscent of the language that his adviser Steve Bannon has used — is belied by his selection of a Cabinet chock full of millionaires and billionaires and Goldman Sachs alums.”

 
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Speech Dims GOP Hopes for a Traditional Trump Agenda

New York Times: “While some of his advisers suggested that he would slip back into a more conventional Republican approach, Mr. Trump dropped hints in interviews, Twitter posts and other public comments that he intended to push his party away from its free-market, internationalist dogma on trade, foreign alliances, immigration, infrastructure spending and prescription drug access.”

“The hints are over.”

“An inaugural speech delivered with the same blunt force that propelled Mr. Trump’s insurgent campaign has dashed Republican hopes for a more traditional agenda. With his “new decree,” he declared himself modern America’s first populist president — and all but dared his own party to resist his Republican reformation.”

     
 

Some Trump Aides Still Using Personal Email Accounts

Politico: “Amid the pomp and circumstance, though, disorganization continued at the White House.”

“Some of the White House’s press wranglers continued using personal email addresses because their official ones had yet to be set up, and there was confusion as to whether or not the prayer service was open to the press (it was). And Trump’s plans for the day, usually disseminated directly to the media, were instead blasted out on Twitter by press secretary Sean Spicer.”

     
 

Too Many Show for Women’s March to Actually March

Hundreds of thousands of people poured into Washington Saturday for the Women’s March, a larger-than-expected crowd determined to mount a roaring rejoinder to the inaugural gathering for Donald Trump one day earlier,” the Washington Post reports.

 
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“By mid-afternoon, organizers had decided the crowd was too big to formally march to the White House, although protesters were already on the move and speakers were still exhorting them to head toward the Ellipse.”

Associated Press: “While there will be no formal march led from the protest stage near the Capitol, the crowd is still expected to move toward the Ellipse, an area of the National Mall in front of the White House.”

     
 

Kushner Cleared to Serve as Trump Adviser

The Justice Department issues a 14-page opinion saying that President Trump’s appointment of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior White House adviser did not violate federal anti-nepotism laws, the New York Times reports.

“Government lawyers said that the president’s special hiring authority exempted White House positions from federal laws barring the president from appointing relatives to lead a federal agency. The White House, the department said, is not technically an executive agency.”

     
 
 
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