Stuff Going On — 05/16/2017

I wrote about this last night: there is a major story concerning Trump’s revealing of highly classified intelligence concerning ISIS with the Russian Foreign Minister and Russian Ambassador. If the story is true, it is a serious failure of the President to protect the nation’s intelligence operations.

The National Security Advisor, McMaster, gave a short statement to the press, denying the story. The Beltwaytarians and News Junkies immediately began parsing the statement, and came to the conclusion that McMaster didn’t actually refute the Washington Post story.

This morning, President Trump himself seemed to indicate that the WaPo story is true.

Despite the fact that the President has the authority to declassify intelligence, it is a serious problem if he is revealing information that is better kept secret. The intelligence in question was not gathered by U.S. agents; that means that Trump gave away someone else’s intelligence (I have heard it hinted that it was nation of Jordan).

Erick Erickson claims to know one of the WaPo sources, and he says that the source is pro-Trump.

This is the story that Trump supporters are trying to use to push the WaPo story out of the spotlight. Some DNC staffer may have been the source of some of the WikiLeaks revelations. He was murdered almost a year ago, and, it is reported, the police were ordered to “stand down“.

The amazing nodosaur. The fossil is so well-preserved that it has been described as a “statue”.

♦ Twenty years ago, while I was in college, I was taught in economics class that two sectors drive the economy: Homebuilding and the auto industry. It looks like the home sector is holding firm, at least today.

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