The “I’m, Like, A Smart Person” News, 13 December 2016

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“Man, I don’t know what [president-elect Trump] is doing. You don’t mess with Russia. I mean, people are already getting in bunkers and we [the United States] don’t have enough weapons. Not even close. Russia [shakes head]…what’s he doing?” Overheard in Indianapolis, Indiana

“Fact– Obama does not read his intelligence briefings nor does he get briefed in person by the CIA or DOD. Too busy I guess!” Donald J. Trump at 4:15 p.m. 30 September 2014 (Twitter)

“Obama can attend a fundraiser every day but can’t be bothered to get briefed on national security. Commander-In-Chief?!” Donald J. Trump at 3:10 p.m. 1 October 2014 (Twitter)

“I get it when I need it…I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t need to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. I don’t need that.” King of Nuance, Donald J. Trump on some of the reasons he’s not receiving intelligence briefings. He’s also pointed out that it’s a busy time for him. The president-elect met with Kanye West for a fifteen-minute meeting this morning (13 Dec 2016). (Twitter)

“If the press would cover me accurately & honorably, I would have far less reason to “tweet.” Sadly, I don’t know if that will ever happen!” Donald J. Trump, 5 Dec 2015 (Twitter)

“…Manufacturing in the United States is on the rise in terms of how much business it’s doing but the number of jobs is going down so…and most of those manufacturing plants, 98 percent of them, are small,…so turning around manufacturing in this country is the business of 300,000 different businesses and Donald Trump cannot possibly negotiate each one.” Lisa DeJardin (APM, WAMU The Diane Rehm Show)

“High risk [insurance] pools sound clever, but why would isolating the sickest people be expected to reduce the cost of insuring them?” Douglas W. Elmendorf (New York Times)

“When we talk about ‘the media,’ we use one word for something that is very much not a monolith…The media is not just one thing— it’s many different things…” Reid Wilson (APM; WAMU The Diane Rehm Show)

“The State of Oklahoma strongly urges you to contact them if you are pregnant.” Part of the text of signs planned to be mandated for placement in women’s restrooms in Oklahoma’s businesses, schools, nursing homes and hospitals, in an effort to create an “abortion-free society.” (Tulsa World; NewsOn6 Tulsa)


2.8: The unemployment rate in New Hampshire and South Dakota is 2.8 percent. The two states are tied for having the lowest unemployment rate in the country. New Hampshire, due to its already high labor participation rate, is facing a labor shortage. (APM, Marketplace)

145: The United States Congress has released its proposed schedule of working days for 2017. Your representatives will be in the office for 145 solid days of the entire year. (TRMS; MSNBC)

5.3 Trillion: According to the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget, President-elect Trump’s proposed tax cuts and spending policies would add 5.3 trillion dollars to federal deficits projected over 10 years. (CRFB; New York Times)


So that was really something, wasn’t it? If you missed last Sunday’s interview between Chuck Todd and Reince Priebus on Meet the Press, well, it was a doozie. You can check it, here.

If you, like us, are eternally fascinated with the idea of a universal basic income (a UBI, if you’re nasty), Finland, Ontario, and the Netherlands will be launching experimental versions of it in the coming year. And in the U.S, so will Y Combinator in Silicon Valley.

Enjoy! One thing about @realDonaldTrump on Twitter (besides the awesome abundance of exclamation points and sketchy spelling) is feeling really welcome every time he announces he has an interview on TV coming up. The PEOTUS is prone to tweeting the upcoming interview’s time and station followed by a hearty “Enjoy!” Surely many Americans also feel gratified by the gentle emotional guidance we’re receiving (daily!) from @real: “Enjoy!” when things are to be *enjoyed* and “Sad!” when we should send threats to normal fellow countrymen or at least cast derision their way. Leadership is a big, beautiful thing! Enjoy!

On the Cabinet: Check out NPR, “Trump’s Cabinet Picks ‘Take the Establishment and Shake It Upside Down.‘”

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