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Scheer wins Tory leadership in a nailbiter

Here’s a quick note I bashed off for Facebook on the dramatic Conservative Party of Canada leadership win by Andrew Scheer — and his less-than-dramatic acceptance speech.

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Sat, May 27 2017 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Scheer wins Tory leadership in a nailbiter

Behind the tweets and bombast, Trump is making changes

John Ibbitson argues that the headlines about the Trump administration — Russia and wiretapping, to name two examples — are obscuring the fact that it is the most activist presidency since Ronald Reagan.

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Sun, March 19 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Behind the tweets and bombast, Trump is making changes

Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

U.S. President Donald Trump would love to make his version of reality the official version, fact-free though it may be. Leah McLaren talks of some technologies that could help make that happen.

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Wed, March 1 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

Back in his celebrity, New-York-City-developer heyday, Donald Trump could fake himself in late-night calls and get favourable stories planted in that city’s tabloid papers. Nowadays? He’s shrieking about leakers.

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

The mystery of Sean Spicer’s birthplace

Note the following correction from an NYT story. What is White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hiding? Well, it’s time. We need the longform birth certificate. https://t.co/dQ42RAQGg8 pic.twitter.com/EfZXSts4he — Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) February 26, 2017

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off on The mystery of Sean Spicer’s birthplace

Trump to miss White House correspondents’ dinner

The president setting out to tame the White House press corps and undermine the First Amendment is doing the right thing and staying away from the April 29 White House Correspondents’ dinner.

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Trump to miss White House correspondents’ dinner

Friendly news doses helped Trump aides keep him off Twitter

Everyone knows how much U.S. President Donald Trump loves to use Twitter to beak at the mainstream news media, but some of his campaign staffers found a way to calm him.

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Wed, February 22 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Friendly news doses helped Trump aides keep him off Twitter

‘Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact’

The lede: “The press will destroy Trump and Trump will destroy the press.”

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Tue, February 21 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on ‘Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact’

Meet Trump adviser Seb Gorka

A man once so far on the fringes of Washington foreign policy conversation he had a job with Breitbart News, Seb Gorka now has the president’s ear on such sensitive topics as dealing with Islamist terrorism.

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Mon, February 20 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Meet Trump adviser Seb Gorka

Old fake news about Trump

Click on the Twitter link within to see the quote that Ms. Maples refuted. The day after this story ran, Marla Maples said the quote was a blatant lie. https://t.co/HhS2GM5qfY — Mark Mooney (@mxmooney) February 20, 2017

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Mon, February 20 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, politics » Comments Off on Old fake news about Trump