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As former FBI special agent/counterterrorism expert Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) pointed out on #AMJoy today, the weird capitalizations in these tweets could be a way of pointing Trump's followers to the key words his social media team wants them to gravitate to and remember.
It's an interesting way of rethinking Trump's tweets, which range from rambling and nonsensical stream of consciousness, to seemingly deliberate tweet storms that are awfully well timed to try and blunt big, negative stories from the NYT, WaPo etc. and may be staff written.
The "is he sly or slipping" debate about Trump may be missing the point, since it's no longer easy to tell when he or his social media team (Dan Scavino are tweeting for him now that they fixed the Android/iPhone dichotomy.…

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Jul 16, 2018
Worth re-racking this December 9, 2016 @washingtonpost article, which references the Obama administration’s internal debate over how to respond to the CIA assessment of Russian attacks on our electoral system, the DNC, DCCC and the Clinton campaign.…
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On the internal Obama administration debate over how to respond:
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Jun 27, 2018
Yeah, I'm thinking a congressional candidate from Queens and the Bronx will have exactly NOTHING to do with how voters in the midwest decide to vote in November. People barely know who their own congressperson is, let alone who the candidate is in an entirely different state.
Also must we literally frame EVERYTHING that happens in America in terms of how it reads with the mythic midwestern voter?
And by "mythic" I don't mean midwestern voters aren't real, or that there aren't incredible complexities in their votes -- quite the opposite. There is a knee-jerk, stock photo media image of that voter which becomes the measuring stick for every campaign everywhere.
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Jun 27, 2018
Per our legal analyst @CevallosLaw at @MSNBC, this is a credible fear: that separated migrant kids -- especially very young ones/babies -- could wind up funneled into the adoption pipeline without their parents even knowing, based on state laws.…
Part of the challenge: as was confirmed to us by the HHS spokesman this weekend the agency and ORR are cooperating with ICE to run background checks on the family members who step forward to take in these kids per their parents' designation, and many of those families are afraid.
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Jun 27, 2018
Again, Trump's calculation that his supporters care more about him simply BEING president, and lashing out at the kinds of people they too despise (in this case "the Europeans") than they do even about their own personal economic situations or jobs, so far appears to be accurate.
I think it's also anecdotally true that voters don't really vote based on the economy, *unless the economy is tanking,* in which case they flock to the party not in power. If the economy is good, people vote based on what they value. And tribe is something people really do value.
There have been politicians who have been successful at selling the notion of America itself -- the whole country -- as a tribe. But that's not what Donald Trump is doing. He is zeroing in on race and religion, i.e, white Christians, as his tribe. And clearly that appeal works.
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Jun 25, 2018
Just toured the facility housing 326 13-17 year old migrant kids, including 14 girls, in Tornillo, Texas. The facility was erected under government contract by a private company, BCFS, which specializes in emergency management.
The facility looks like a military barracks. We saw kids, all but two boys, being shepherded to structured activities including phone time (2, 10-minute calls per week), meals, showers and soccer when it’s not too hot.
The facility is laid out the way this company and other emergency management operators have run storm evacuation and other makeshift facilities: tents labeled “DFAC” (dining), sleeping tents, shower tent, medical, etc.
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May 28, 2018
"...Trump is not the man he seems. He was not a great builder, not a great dealmaker, not a billionaire, not a man of strength and decisiveness. But there is one way in which he truly is authentic: He is never able to play-act the generous feelings that he so absolutely lacks."
I've talked to my share of people who know Donald Trump or have dealt with him. I can't think of a single one who ever expressed to me that they believe he is capable of feeling genuine empathy or emotion toward other people. Nearly all describe him as totally self-centered.
We have a president who doesn't appear to be capable of empathy, leading a claque of followers who, quite frankly, connect with his lack of empathy toward undocumented (non-white) immigrants, black NFL players, victims of police brutality and women impregnated against their will.
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