THE FIRE OF TRUTH

Some non-Trump news, but it’s still not good

In the Miami Herald, Alex Harris writes that the Octopus in the parking garage is climate change’s canary in the coal mine. Rick Hirsch said, “This is the only-in-Miami headline of the day.” While @nycsouthpaw called it the “undisputed headline of the day.”

At the Washington Post, Chris Mooney writes that The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends.

Ok back to Trump news

Michael Wolff got an exclusive for The Hollywood Reporter to go Ringside With Steve Bannon at Trump Tower as the President-Elect's Strategist Plots “An Entirely New Political Movement.” Matthew Belloni tweeted, “In a sit-down with @MichaelWolffNYC Steve Bannon is unapologetic: ‘I'm not a white nationalist. I'm a nationalist.’” Belloni added: “He kinda goes off.”

This morning, Trump chose Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA director, transition sources told Philip Rucker at the Washington Post.

Meanwhile on Twitter, Michael Flynn interacted with alt-right, made controversial comments on Muslims, and shared fake news - this according to CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski.

Oh and Mother Jones has Evidence Steve Bannon Joined a Facebook Group that Posts Racist Rants and Obama Death Threats Gideon Resnick wrote, “Bannon seemingly joined a Facebook group that called for Obama to be ‘executed as a traitor.’” Tim Dickinson gave credit where credit is due: “Mother Jones has this beat dialed. Wow.”

Meanwhile, a source told the Washington Post’s Rosalind Helderman that Trump is nearing a settlement in the Trump University fraud cases. Brent Kendall and Sara Randazzo from Wall Street Journal back that up.

And a bit later, the Washington Post reported that that settlement number looks a lot like $25 million. Aaron tweeted, “President-elect Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle civil fraud suits against Trump University.”

Jim Tankersley at the Washington Post writes that Trump just took credit for stopping Ford from moving a plant to Mexico. But it wasn’t planning to. Binyamin Appelbaum also covered the piece for the New York Times here.

For an explanation on what’s really happening with Donald Trump, Ford Motor and Kentucky Jobs, turn to John Stoll and Christina Rogers’ reporting in the Wall Street Journal. John Stoll explained, “Being asked to explain what went down in latest Trump vs. Ford. Hopefully this helps. Feedback welcome.” Tim Hanrahan suggested, “Stop reading Facebook hot takes/fake news. Read this instead.”

And over at Five Thirty Eight, Harry Enten crunched some numbers to find that Trump Probably Did Better With Latino Voters Than Romney Did. In case you really couldn’t believe it, Ben Casselman tweeted, “Yes, Trump really did do better than Romney among Latinos.”

And on the other side…

In the Wall Street Journal, Reid Epstein and Janet Hook write that Democrats Argue Over What Went Wrong but only from “Their Coastal Citadels.” Janet tweeted, “The hollowed out Democratic party: Whither? @reidepstein & I talked to a lot of dazed Democrats this week.” before adding “1/3 of all House Dems in 2017 will come from 3 states: MA, NY, CA.”

For a similar take, Mark Lilla writes about The End of Identity Liberalism in the New York Times. Paul LaRosa said, “Good piece. These days, liberalism is inclusive unless you disagree. Then 'those people' don't know any better.” Elizabeth Chang chimed in to say, “This is an excellent article.” While Rebecca Traister tweeted, “Jeff Sessions, but let's work with this guy! Sorry everyone who suffers police violence, ps this is your fault.”

In the New Yorker, David Remnick writes about Obama’s Days of Reckoning. Lauretta Charlton quoted this bit from the piece: “‘I’m like Mick Jagger. I’m old, I’m gray, but people still turn out.’ Yes, I will, Mr. President. Always.” Nicholas Thompson said, “Remnick was with Obama right before the election and right after. This piece is extraordinary.”

George Takei himself wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post pleading: They interned my family. Don’t let them do it to Muslims. Doris Truong tweeted: Why we need to remember our history. Thank you, @GeorgeTakei.”

For some hot tea to take you into your weekend, give this Daniel Golden Propublica piece a read: The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance into Harvard.

And make sure you read Vengeance Is Mine this weekend - a piece In Jacobin Magazine about which Shane Ryan said, “God bless you, @Bro_Pair, for CLEANSING OUR SOULS WITH THE FIRE OF TRUTH.”

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