Jake Tapper deconstructs the Orange Manchild's speech.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Donald Trump's education secretary Tuesday in a 51-50 with Vice President Mike Pence casting an unprecedented tie-breaking vote. Angry constituents swamped Senate offices with 1.5 million calls a day against DeVos, a billionaire charter school activist who frequently degrades public schools and revealed under Senate questioning that she has huge gaps in her knowledge of public education. Two Republican senators defected and Democrats held the floor overnight in protest. read more
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Trevor Noah, The Daily Show: If the news is critical of Donald Trump, it's fake news. Only praise is real news. Which is insane, and it's also crazy that he only wants to watch Fox. ... So here we are, one week into Trump's presidency, and the realization is beginning to dawn. The difference between candidate and President Trump is that we have to live in his crazy reality. ... We're all his hostage. read more
Chris Cillizza, Washington Post: All White Houses leak. Sometimes the leaks are big, sometimes small. But there are always people willing to talk to reporters about the "real" story or about why the chief executive made a mistake in regard to some decision he made. That said, I've never seen so much leaking so quickly -- and with such disdain for the president -- as I have in the first six days of Donald Trump's presidency. ... Time and again, the image of Trump pushed by his "aides" is one of a clueless child -- someone who acts on impulse, disregarding the better advice of people who know better. We know he needs to be managed or else he will say and do stupid things, the message seems to be. We're working on it.