How messed up is the White House?They can barely manage the annual Easter Egg Roll.A tradition over 130 years old, "It’s the single most high-profile event that takes place at the White House each year, and the White House and the first lady are judged on how well they put it on," according to Melinda Bates, who organized it for the Clintons during their eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.Wells Wood Turning, the company that makes the thousands of wooden eggs used in the event, had to tweet a reminder to the Trumps back in February of the approaching manufacturing deadline. The White House, thanks to their delays, was only able to order half the eggs that Obama did last year.DC public schools were expecting to get thousands of tickets, but haven't heard from the White House. Military families usually get 3,000 tickets. "Unfortunately, the Trump administration has not reached out about it," Ashley Broadway-Mack, the president of the American Military Partner Association told the NY Times. Congress members have also not been contacted about tickets for their constituents.PBS K|ds, which provides the costumes for the event, was also late to know of the White House’s plans. Because of the tardy requests, they will only be providing one "Sesame Street" character this year.Almost always, the planning for the event falls under the tasks of the First Lady and her staff. But like the rest of the administration, Melania is waaay behind on picking staff. Maybe if she wasn't living in New York....http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/us/politics/white-house-easter-egg-roll-trump.html
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was met with a stern scolding by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Wednesday, as the two leaders convened for a full day of meetings in Moscow.Lavrov criticized the U.S. for airstrikes on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warned that similar action was unacceptable to Russia, and chided the Trump administration for an inconsistent foreign policy and vacant positions at the State Department."I will be frank that we have a lot of questions regarding very ambiguous as well as contradictory ideas on a whole plethora of bilateral and international agenda coming from Washington," he said through a translator."We have seen just recent highly alarming actions, when there was the unlawful attack against Syria," he added. "We believe it fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again in the future."
NPR: "White House Says It Will No Longer Release Visitor Logs To The Public"The Trump administration says it will not make public the names of those visiting the White House, reversing the Obama administration's policy.White House communications director Michael Dubke said in a statement that the decision was due to the "the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually," NPR's Scott Horsley reports.Dubke added that the logs would be disclosed "as outlined under the Freedom of Information Act." FOIA does not apply to the president or his immediate staff.Watchdog groups immediately criticized the decision, with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington calling it a "massive step away from transparency.""The only reasonable conclusion is to believe the Trump administration has many things it is trying to hide," the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement, also referencing the administration's relationship with the media....It's worth noting that during Obama's presidency, Trump questioned his transparency and once wondered whether Obama might be "hiding something" by not releasing records.
The Guardian: "Thermonuclear war possible ‘at any moment’, warns North Korea – video"One of North Korea’s most senior representatives to the United Nations warns that the Trump administration’s aggressive approach to dealing with the secretive nation risks pushing the situation to “the brink of war”. Kim In-ryong tells a press conference on Monday that his country is ready to “react to any mode of war desired by the US”Whether they're just sabre-rattling or whether they're deadly serious, it doesn't matter. This is what all of those idiots who were saying "Hillary is no better" have brought us to. I hope those ignorant fuckheads are satisfied.
Bill O’Reilly is out of a job at Fox News.After more than 20 years at the network, O'Reilly's tenure at the conservative news corporation is over. In a statement released Wednesday, the company and O'Reilly agreed to part ways. The move comes in the wake of harassment allegations and reports that five women had been paid to keep quiet, the Associated Press reports....O’Reilly is currently on an Italian vacation until next week. The tide first began to turn on O’Reilly after he made disrespectful remarks about Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Then New York Times dropped a bombshell which revealed that Fox News had paid off five women to the tune of $13 million for not going public with their allegations of harassment against Bill O’Reilly.Former O’Reilly producer Andrea Mackris received a large settlement of $9 million after a 2004 sexual harassment lawsuit.Despite the fact that O’Reilly’s ratings increased during the new sexual harassment allegations, The O’Reilly Factor lost over 40 advertisers and Fox News felt the heat.[The Pussy Grabber-in-Chief] defended O'Reilly as the allegations began to mount,"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don't think Bill did anything wrong," he said.The O'Reilly Factor was the number one show in cable news for over 15 years.
And Jason "It's Not Unethical if a Republican Does It" Chaffetz (R-UT) has announced he won't run for re-election.