Curious George

Newsweek:
George Conway, attorney and husband to White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, shredded President Donald Trump’s attack on Rep. Justin Amash on Sunday with what could best be described as a “lie-by-lie” breakdown of the president’s tweets.
After Amash became on Saturday the first Republican lawmaker to publicly declare that Trump had engaged in an impeachable offense while in office, the president fired back Sunday morning at the congressman with a series of angry tweets, where he called Amash a “loser” and maintained his own innocence.
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Hours later, Conway attempted to tear Trump’s tweets apart by claiming the president lied on almost every point he made.
“You never stop lying, do you?,” the attorney tweeted, alongside a reshare of Trump’s attacks on Amash.
Conway flagged a series of quotes Trump’s tweets — that the Mueller report was “son NO COLLUSION,” that the special counsel had concluded there had been “ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION,” that one can’t obstruct “when there is no crime,” that the “crimes were committed by the other side” — as “LIES.”
The only statement Conway flagged as “TRUE” was Trump’s assertion that Amash had played “right into our opponents hands.” Conway’s reasoning? “[Y]ou seem to oppose justice and the rule of law, so, at least on this one, TRUE.”

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Let them eat yellowcake

New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The intelligence that caused the White House to escalate its warnings about a threat from Iran came from photographs of missiles on small boats in the Persian Gulf that were put on board by Iranian paramilitary forces, three American officials said.
Overhead imagery showed fully assembled missiles, stoking fears that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps would fire them at United States naval ships. Additional pieces of intelligence picked up threats against commercial shipping and potential attacks by Arab militias with Iran ties on American troops in Iraq.
But just how alarmed the Trump administration should be over the new intelligence is a subject of fierce debate among the White House, the Pentagon, the C.I.A. and America’s allies.
The photographs presented a different kind of threat than previously seen from Iran, said the three officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about it publicly. Taken with the other intelligence, the photographs could indicate that Iran is preparing to attack United States forces. That is the view of John R. Bolton, President Trump’s hard-line national security adviser, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

But other officials — including Europeans, Iraqis, members of both parties in Congress and some senior officials within the Trump administration — said Iran’s moves might mostly be defensive against what Tehran believes are provocative acts by Washington.
Either way, the questions about the underlying intelligence, and complaints by lawmakers that they had not been briefed on it, reflect a deep mistrust of Mr. Trump’s national security team.

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