Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Barack And Michelle Obama Ink Historic Publishing Deal With Penguin Random House

The book deal reportedly broke a record for presidential memoirs.



Penguin Random House will publish forthcoming books by Barack and Michelle Obama, the publisher announced Tuesday. The former president and first lady will publish separate books, but jointly sold the rights.
The auction to secure the publishing deal for the two books topped $60 million. The figure is a record-breaking total for presidential memoirs, the Financial Times reported. The rights to Bill Clinton’s 2004 autobiography, “My Life,” netted $15 million; George W. Bush’s 2010 “Decision Points” scored an estimated $10 million. 

Republicans Think Trump Gave Them What They Wanted. They Should Think Again.

GOP lawmakers might soon realize that the president has boxed them in with impossible promises.

 President Donald Trump didn’t insult any war heroes. He didn’t pitch conspiracy theories about millions of illegal votes. He didn’t call the news media the “enemies of the American people.”
For Republicans nervously watching the new president for signs of calm leadership, that was the good news, as Trump stuck to his teleprompter for nearly all of his 5,000-word, hourlong address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, the first of his term.
“I am asking all citizens to embrace this renewal of the American spirit,” Trump read, using language almost any president of either party might have used. “I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country.”
Now for the bad news: Trump provided no details on how a promised replacement of the Affordable Care Act would work; how, precisely, tax reform would be structured or paid for; or even the functioning of his “trillion-dollar” infrastructure plan.
Trump probably should not be surprised if the reality of making that happen is a good deal harder than reading words off of his teleprompter.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Na contramão do mundo

Plataforma CONTRAFLUXO produz documentários, textos e fotos de pessoas que trocaram o caos urbano por uma vida desacelerada – e inusitada

Desacelerar, prestar atenção naquilo que não há ninguém olhando. Detalhes que importam e minutos que se ganham ao viver a vida mais devagar – ou no fluxo contrário da multidão. É sobre isso que fala o Projeto CONTRAFLUXO, uma idealização do casal de documentaristas Christiana Bernardes e Daniel Todeschi, mineiros de Belo Horizonte, eles vivem há 12 anos em São Paulo trabalhando no mercado audiovisual. 
            Cansados da vida desgastante de SP, em 2010 eles começaram a levar a filha Ana para conhecer o mundo e perceberam que viajar com ela era enriquecedor para a sua educação. “Parecia que a cada viagem ela aprendia mais do que em um ano de escola. Viajar ensina o respeito à diversidade de culturas e de povos, é importante mostrar para a criança as diferentes formas de vida que existem no planeta”, explica Chris. 
            Por onde passava, a família também percebia a grande quantidade de pessoas que, como eles, já não se identificavam mais com algumas imposições sócio econômicas e formatavam novos conceitos e valores de vida. A família de documentaristas fez do CONTRAFLUXO um projeto de vida, fonte de conhecimento, experiência, aprendizado e ensinamentos. “Mapeamos pessoas e cidades, inicialmente por todo Brasil e depois pelo mundo, e compartilhamos as histórias de pessoas que tem estilos de vida fora do padrão convencional.  Em cada lugar visitado, retratamos um morador da região que trocou o caos urbano por uma vida menos estressante, mais sustentável e humanizada”, completa Chris. Pessoas que vivem, à sua maneira, literalmente no CONTRAFLUXO em diferentes lugares do planeta. Atualmente, o projeto é conduzido pela família de film makers, mas também conta com vários colaboradores que escrevem textos para o blog.
“O projeto CONTRAFLUXO começou em 2012 e, a partir dai, quando começamos a fazer registros em foto, vídeo e texto de pessoas que buscavam viver num ritmo mais suave, em slow living”. Slow living é o termo usado para determinar um comportamento humano focado em valorizar mais as experiências e as vivências da existência, em contraposição à valorização exagerada do bem material. “Entende-se por CONTRAFLUXO toda e qualquer atitude de sair do lugar comum e buscar uma outra trilha a seguir”, pondera a fundadora. 
            Em 2015, finalmente o site estava no ar. Em sua 1a temporada, o Projeto CONTRAFLUXO produziu conteúdo durante expedições na Chapada Diamantina, no Uruguai, Espanha, Praga, Jericoacoara, no litoral da Bahia, interior de São Paulo e Minas Gerais. Ao todo, foram mais de 300 fotos, mais de 30 textos e 6 filmes documentários revelando histórias transformadoras de pessoas que mudaram a maneira de conduzir a vida. Os temas abordados vão de inovação em sustentabilidade, espiritualidade x religião à economia criativa, empreendedorismo, economia compartilhada, novas formas de educação e qualidade de vida. O site multimídia produz conteúdo gratuito em vídeo, foto e texto, em publicações são sempre semanais.
“O CONTRAFLUXO retrata, num primeiro momento, pessoas cansadas do estresse urbano, que decidiram abandonar uma vida acelerada em busca de mais simplicidade, de menos consumo e mais sustentabilidade”. São personagens que descobriram um jeito mais suave de viver, criando novas possibilidades de vida e de experiências - coletivas e compartilhadas. Sabemos também que existem muitas pessoas que vivem em contrafluxo dentro dos grandes centros urbanos, e em breve, queremos também mostrar como e o que essas pessoas buscam para ter um estilo de vida mais simples e calmo. Mas em geral, todas elas têm em comum o pensamento de viver em um outro ritmo”, destaca Chris.


Republican leaders have come up with a new plan for health-care reform, The Wall Street Journal reports: "Set a bill in motion and gamble that fellow GOP lawmakers won't dare to block it." The new push to repeal and replace ObamaCare in three stages begins this week, premised on an acknowledgment that there is no plan that will get a comfortable majority in either chamber. Assuming no Democrats back the repeal bill, Republicans can lose two senators and 22 House members, giving really any GOP faction de facto veto power. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are going to gamble on the "now or never" gambit anyway, as overhauling the Affordable Care Act is central to their entire domestic policy agenda. While Republicans alone could repeal the bill, any "replace" effort will need support from Democrats to pass.

Moonlight wins Best Picture after embarrassing Oscars mix-up



Moonlight, a coming-of-age story about a young African-American man struggling with his sexuality, won the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night in an upset that capped an Academy Awards ceremony that celebrated diversity. Moonlight's win was announced after a bizarre mix-up in which Warren Beatty, joined by his Bonnie & Clyde co-star Faye Dunaway, were handed the wrong envelope and mistakenly declared that musical romance La La Land had won. La La Land entered the 89th Oscars ceremony with a leading 14 nominations, and wound up winning six awards, including Best Actress for leading lady Emma Stone. Casey Affleck won Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea. The night was peppered with political remarks, and Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose drama The Salesman won Best Foreign Language Film, boycotted the ceremony over President Trump's travel ban.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Alderman proposes a break for sex during working hours in Sweden

In the city of Övertorneå, the benefit would be granted once a week to the residents - and without a salary discount

While  in Brazil the working class is struggling to take paid extra hours, there in Sweden, in the town of Övertorneå, they are proposing a break for sex during working hours - and without deducting anything from the salary.

The "benefit" was an idea of ​​the Swedish councilman Per-Erik Muskos, who says that the goal is to improve the balance between work and personal life, in addition to increasing the birth rate in the municipality.
Does it look bizarre? Not so much. This sort of thing may even be common in Sweden, one of the most investing countries in the well-being of its inhabitants. There, there is 480-day parental leave and even a sacred coffee ritual in the middle of the day, known as fika, in which people stop their activities for a moment of relaxation.
In presenting the proposal to members of the city council, Muskos argued that the measure would be an added spice in marriage and improved the self-esteem of employees. "Sex is also a good way to exercise and has positive effects on well-being," he added during his address to local media. The suggestion is for people to take an hour a week to go home and have sex with their partners.
The motion should be voted on in the spring (between May and September) and needs a simple majority to pass. In the small town of 4.5 thousand inhabitants, opinions are divided between those who find the suggestion ridiculous and misplaced, those who support the idea and those who find the situation, at least, amusing. Part of the population condemns the measure because they believe singles will waste more time on apps, like Tinder, looking for a date to spend their weekly interlude.
In an interview with The New York Times , Malin Hansson, a sexologist and reproductive health specialist in Gothenburg, said the initiative is valid as sex reduces stress, improves sleep, and enriches intimacy between couples. "I would present this across the country," he added.
Still in the support team, Lotta Dellve, a professor in the sociology department at the University of Gothenburg, says her research shows that short periods of physical activity during work hours have many benefits, including productivity. "And these activities could include sex, why not?" He asked.
In opposition, another councilor of Övertorneå, Tomas Vesdetig, questions the idea of ​​Muskos. He believes the proposal is intrusive and may embarrass people who do not have sex partners, who do not have sex or who have medical conditions that prevent sex. "And also, I find it embarrassing for a boss to get an employee and say," Go home for an hour and make babies, "he said.
The move suggested by Muskos comes at a time when Europe is struggling to bring people better quality of life. In France, for example, it has already been agreed that workers must complete 35 hours a week and have the "right to disconnect" - in this case, the law requires companies with more than 50 employees to ensure that work does not interfere with the days off. Your employees.
Last year, Sweden appeared at the top of a ranking created to know which countries contribute most to the good of humanity, the Good Country Index . The analysis covers 163 countries, which are evaluated in seven categories: "Health and Welfare", "Prosperity of Equality", "Planet and Climate", "Science and Technology", "International Peace and Security", "World Order" and "Culture". Brazil was in the 43rd position.

The First 100 Lies: The Trump Team’s Flurry Of Falsehoods

The Huffington Post tracked the public remarks of Trump and his aides to compile a list of 100 incidents of egregious falsehoods. Still, it is likely the administration has made dozens of other misleading and exaggerated claims.
  1. White House press secretary Sean Spicer falsely claimed the crowd on the National Mall was “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration.” (Jan. 21)
  2. Trump falsely claimed that the crowd for his swearing-in stretched down the National Mall to the Washington Monument and totaled more than 1 million people. (Jan. 21)
  3. As Trump fondly recalled his Inauguration Day, he said it stopped raining “immediately” when he began his speech. A light rain continued to fall throughout the address. (Jan. 21)
  4. During his speech at CIA headquarters, Trump claimed the media made up his feud with the agency. In fact, he started it by comparing the intelligence community to “Nazi Germany.” (Jan. 21)
  5. During his speech at CIA headquarters, Trump repeated the claim that he “didn’t want to go into Iraq.” He told Howard Stern in 2002 that he supported the Iraq War. (Jan. 21)
  6. During his speech at CIA headquarters, Trump said he had the “all-time record in the history of Time Magazine. … I’ve been on it for 15 times this year.” Trump had been featured on the magazine a total of 11 times. (Jan. 21)
  7. Trump claimed that his inauguration drew 11 million more viewers than Barack Obama’s in 2013. It didn’t, and viewership for Obama’s first inauguration, in 2009, was even higher. (Jan. 22) 
  8. Spicer said during his first press briefing that there has been a “dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.” This is false. (Jan. 23)
  9. While pushing back against the notion of a rift between the CIA and Trump, Spicer claimed the president had received a “five-minute standing ovation” at the agency’s headquarters. He did not. The attendees were also never asked to sit down. (Jan. 23)
  10. Spicer claimed that “tens of millions of people” watched the inauguration online. In fact, about 4.6 million did. (Jan. 23)
  11. Trump told CBN News that 84 percent Cuban-Americans voted for him. It’s not clear where Trump got that number. According to the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of Cuban-Americans in Florida voted for him. (Jan. 23)
  12. While meeting with congressional leaders, Trump repeated a debunked claim that he only lost the national popular vote because of widespread voter fraud. (Jan. 24)
  13. In remarks with business leaders at the White House, Trump said, “I’m a very big person when it comes to the environment. I have received awards on the environment.” There is no evidence that Trump has received such awards. (Jan. 24)
  14. In signing an executive memo ordering the construction of the Keystone pipeline, Trump said the project would create 28,000 construction jobs. According to The Washington Post Fact Checker, the pipeline would create an estimated 16,000 jobs, most of which are not construction jobs. (Jan. 25)
  15. Spicer said in a press briefing that Trump received more electoral votes than any Republican since Ronald Reagan. George H.W. Bush won 426 electoral votes in 1988, more than Trump’s 304. (Jan. 24)
  16. In remarks he gave at the Homeland Security Department, Trump said Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border patrol agents “unanimously endorsed me for president.” That’s not true. (Jan. 25)
  17. Spicer said during a press briefing that a draft executive order on CIA prisons was not a “White House document.” Citing three administration officials, The New York Times reported that the White House had circulated the draft order among national security staff members. (Jan. 25)
  18. In an interview with ABC, Trump again claimed he “had the biggest audience in the history of inaugural speeches.” False. (Jan. 25)
  19. Trump claimed during an interview with ABC that the applause he received at CIA headquarters “was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl.” It wasn’t even a standing ovation. (Jan. 25)
  20. In an interview with ABC, Trump attacked the Affordable Care Act and said there are “millions of people that now aren’t insured anymore.” Twenty million people have gained health coverage because of the law so far. The estimated 2 million people who did not qualify under the law received waivers that kept the plans going until the end of 2017. (Jan. 25)
  21. At the GOP retreat in Philadelphia, Trump claimed he and the president of Mexico “agreed” to cancel their scheduled meeting. Enrique Peña Nieto said he had decided to cancel it. (Jan. 26)
  22. At the GOP retreat in Philadelphia, Trump said the national homicide rate was “horribly increasing.” It is down significantly. (Jan. 26)
  23. On Twitter, Trump repeated his false claim that 3 million votes were illegal during the election. (Jan. 27)
  24. In an interview on “Good Morning America,” Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tiffany Trump, the president’s daughter, had told her she was “not registered to vote in two states.” A local election official confirmed to NBC News twice that the younger Trump indeed was. (Jan. 27)
  25. Trump said he predicted the so-called “Brexit” when he was in Scotland the day before the vote. He was actually there the day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. (Jan. 27)
  26. Trump claimed The New York Times lost subscribers “because their readers even like me.” The Times experienced a sharp uptick in subscribers after Election Day. (Jan. 27)
  27. Trump claimed two people were fatally shot in Chicago during Obama’s last speech as president. That didn’t happen. (Jan. 27)
  28. Trump claimed that under previous administrations, “if you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible.” In fact, almost as many Christian refugees were admitted to the U.S. as Muslim refugees in fiscal year 2016. (Jan. 27)
  29. Trump defended the swiftness of his immigration order on the grounds that terrorists would have rushed into the country if he had given the world a week’s notice. Even if terrorists wanted to infiltrate the refugee program or the visa program, they would have had to wait months or even years while being vetted to get into the country. (Jan. 30)
  30. The White House maintained that Trump’s immigration order did not apply to green card holders and that was “the guidance from the beginning.” Initially, the White House said the order did include green card holders. (Jan. 30)
  31. Trump said his immigration order was “similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” Obama’s policy slowed resettlement of refugees from Iraq, but did not keep them from entering the country. Moreover, it flagged the seven countries included in Trump’s order as places the U.S. considered dangerous to visit. (Jan. 30)
  32. Spicer said that “by and large,” Trump has been “praised” for his statement commemorating the Holocaust. Every major Jewish organization, including the Republican Jewish Coalition, criticized it for omitting any specific references to the Jewish people or anti-Semitism. (Jan. 30)
  33. A Trump administration official called the implementation of Trump’s travel ban a “massive success story.” Not true ― young children, elderly people and U.S. green card holders were detained for hours. Some were deported upon landing in the U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) even criticized the rollout as “confusing.” (Jan. 30)
  34. Spicer equated White House adviser Steve Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council Principals Committee with Obama adviser David Axelrod attending meetings pertaining to foreign policy. Axelrod, however, never sat on the Principals Committee. (Jan. 30)
  35. Spicer said people would have “flooded” into the country with advance notice of Trump’s immigration order. Not true. (Jan. 30)
  36. Spicer insisted that only 109 travelers were detained because of Trump’s immigration order. More than 1,000 legal permanent residents had to get waivers before entering the U.S. An estimated 90,000 people in total were affected by the ban. (Jan. 30)
  37. Trump tweeted the false claim that “only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning.” (Jan. 30)
  38. Trump took credit for cutting $600 million from the F-35 program. But Lockheed Martin already had planned for the cost reductions for the next generation fighter plane. (Jan. 31)
  39. Trump accused China of manipulating its currency by playing “the money market. They play the devaluation market, and we sit there like a bunch of dummies.” According to The Washington Post, the United States is no longer being hurt by China’s currency manipulation, and China is no longer devaluing its currency. (Jan. 31)
  40. In defending the GOP’s blockade of Merrick Garland, Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Spicer said no president had ever nominated a justice “so late” in his term. It previously happened three times. (Jan. 31)
  41. Spicer repeatedly insisted during a press conference that Trump’s executive order on immigration was “not a ban.” During a Q&A event the night before, however, Spicer himself referred to the order as a “ban.” So did the president. (Jan. 31)
  42. White House officials denied reports that Trump told Peña Nieto that U.S. forces would handle the “bad hombres down there” if the Mexican authorities don’t. It confirmed the conversation the next day, maintaining the remark was meant to be “lighthearted.” (Jan. 31)
  43. Trump claimed that Delta, protesters and the tears of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) were to blame for the problems over his travel ban. In fact, his administration was widely considered to blame for problems associated with its rollout. (Jan. 31)
  44. Trump said the Obama administration “agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia.” The deal actually involved 1,250 refugees. (Feb. 1)
  45. Trump said the U.S. “has the most generous immigration system in the world.” Not really. (Feb. 2)
  46. Trump said the U.S. was giving Iran $150 billion for “nothing” under the Iranian nuclear deal. The money was already Iran’s to begin with, and the deal blocks Iran from building a nuclear bomb. (Feb. 2)
  47. Spicer called a U.S. raid in Yemen “very, very well thought out and executed effort” and described it as a “successful operation by all standards.” U.S. military officials told Reuters the operation was approved “without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations.” (Feb. 2)
  48. Spicer said that Iran had attacked a U.S. naval vessel, as part of his argument defending the administration’s bellicose announcement that Iran is “on notice.” In fact, a suspected Houthi rebel ship attacked a Saudi vessel. (Feb. 2)
  49. In his meeting with union leaders at the White House, Trump claimed he won union households. He actually only won white union households. (Feb. 2)
  50. Conway cited the “Bowling Green massacre” to defend Trump’s travel ban. It never happened. (Feb. 3)
  51. Conway said citing the nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” to defend Trump’s immigration order was an accidental “slip.” But she had mentioned it twice prior to that interview. (Feb. 3)
  52. Trump approvingly shared a story on his official Facebook page which claimed that Kuwait issued a visa ban for five Muslim-majority countries. Kuwait issued a statement categorically denying it. (Feb. 3)
  53. Trump claimed people are “pouring in” after his immigration order was temporarily suspended. Travelers and refugees cannot simply rush into the U.S. without extensive and lengthy vetting. (Feb. 5)
  54. After a judge halted his immigration ban, Trump claimed that “anyone, even with bad intentions, can now come into the U.S.” Not true. (Feb. 5)
  55. Spicer said nationwide protests of Trump are not like protests the tea party held, and called them “a very paid AstroTurf-type movement.” Although Democrats have capitalized on the backlash against Trump by organizing, the massive rallies across dozens of cities across the country ―  which in some cases have been spontaneous ― suggests they are part of an organic phenomenon. (Feb. 6)
  56. During an interview with Fox News before the Super Bowl, Trump repeated his debunked claim of widespread voter fraud during the presidential election. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Republican and Democratic state officials have said so, as have Trump’s own campaign attorneys. (Feb. 6)
  57. During an interview with Fox News before the Super Bowl, Trump repeated his false claim that he has “been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.” (Feb. 6)
  58. Conway said she would not appear on CNN’s “State of the Union” because of “family” reasons. CNN, however, said the White House offered Conway as an alternative to Vice President Mike Pence and that the network had “passed” because of concerns about her “credibility.” (Feb. 6)
  59. Spicer claimed CNN “retracted” its explanation of why it declined to take Conway for a Sunday show appearance. CNN said it never did so. (Feb. 6)
  60. Trump cited attacks in Boston, Paris, Orlando, Florida, and Nice, France, as examples of terrorism the media has not covered adequately. “In many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it,” he said at CENTCOM. Those attacks garnered wall-to-wall television coverage, as well as thousands of news articles in print and online. (Feb. 6)
  61. The White House released a more expansive list of terrorist attacks it believed “did not receive adequate attention from Western media sources.” Again, the list includes attacks that were widely covered by the media. (Feb. 6)
  62. Trump said sanctuary cities “breed crime.” FBI data indicates that crime in sanctuary cities is generally lower than in nonsanctuary cities. (Feb. 6)
  63. Trump claimed The New York Times was “forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win.” The paper has not issued such an apology. (Feb. 6)
  64. Trump claimed the murder rate is the highest it’s been in 47 years. The murder rate rose 10.8 percent across the United States in 2015, but it’s far lower than it was 30 to 40 years ago. (Feb. 7)
  65. Spicer explained that the delay in repealing Obamacare was a result of the White House wanting to work with Congress. Unlike during the Obama administration, he asserted, the legislature ― not the White House ― was taking the lead on health care. Various congressional committees worked on drafting multiple versions of the bill that would become the Affordable Care Act ― a lengthy process that took over a year. (Feb. 7)
  66. Trump accused Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) of misrepresenting “what Judge Neil Gorsuch told him” in response to the president’s attacks against the judiciary. Gorsuch called Trump’s tweets attacking federal judges “demoralizing.” A spokesman for Gorsuch confirmed the judge’s remarks. (Feb. 9)
  67. Trump has repeatedly said he doesn’t watch CNN. But he had to in order to see and offer and opinion on the network’s interview with Blumenthal. (Feb. 9)
  68. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has said that phone calls he made to Russia prior to Trump’s inauguration were not related to sanctions. According to a Washington Post report, however, Flynn held private discussions with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, before Trump took office, suggesting that sanctions against Moscow would be eased by the incoming administration. (Feb. 9)
  69. Trump took credit for Ford’s decision not to open an auto factory in Mexico and instead expand its Michigan plant. The company said Trump was not responsible for its decision. (Feb. 9)
  70. Trump told a room full of politicians that “thousands” of “illegal” voters had been driven into New Hampshire to cast ballots. There is no evidence of such a claim. (Feb. 11)
  71. During an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” White House senior policy aide Stephen Miller falsely said the “issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics.” Again, not true. (Feb. 11)
  72. Miller cited the “astonishing” statistic that 14 percent of noncitizens are registered to vote. The study the stat is based on has been highly contested. (Feb. 11)
  73. Trump said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was “cut off” on CNN for “using the term fake news the describe the network.” The senator was joking and he was not cut off. (Feb. 12)
  74. Trump accused the media of refusing to report on “big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road” in Florida. There were a few supporters, but they were vastly outnumbered by hundreds of protesters. (Feb. 12)
  75. White House officials told reporters that Flynn decided on his own to resign. However, Spicer said during a press briefing that the president asked Flynn to resign. (Feb. 13)
  76. Trump denied in a January interview that he or anyone on his campaign had any contact with Russia prior to the election. However, The New York Times and CNN both reported that Trump campaign officials and associates “had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials” before Nov. 8. (Feb. 15)
  77. Spicer denied in a daily briefing that anyone on the Trump campaign had had any contact with Russian officials. (Feb. 15)
  78. Trump complained he “inherited a mess” upon being elected to office. The stock market is experiencing record highs, the economy is stable and growing, and unemployment is low. (Feb. 16)
  79. Trump disputed the notion that his administration is experiencing turmoil, telling reporters it is working like a “fine-tuned machine.” His poorly executed travel ban has been suspended by the courts, a Cabinet nominee was forced to withdraw his nomination, and Trump’s national security adviser resigned after less than four weeks on the job. (Feb. 16)
  80. Trump said his 306 Electoral College votes was the biggest electoral votes victory since Ronald Reagan. Obama got 332 votes in 2012. (Feb. 16)
  81. Trump said his first weeks in office “represented an unprecedented month of action.” Obama accomplished much more during his first weeks in office. (Feb. 16)
  82. Defending himself from charges of hypocrisy on the matter of leaks ― which he frequently celebrated when they pertained to his campaign opposition but now denounces ― Trump said that WikiLeaks does not publicize “classified information.” It does, often anonymously. (Feb. 16)
  83. Trump repeated his claim that Hillary Clinton gave 20 percent of American uranium to the Russians in a deal during her tenure as secretary of state. Not true. (Feb. 16)
  84. Trump said drugs are “becoming cheaper than a candy bar.” They are not. (Feb. 16)
  85. Trump said his administration had a “very smooth rollout of the travel ban.” His immigration caused chaos at the nation’s airports and has been suspended by the courts. (Feb. 16)
  86. Trump said the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is in “chaos” and “turmoil.” It is not. (Feb. 16)
  87. Flynn lied to FBI investigators in a Jan. 24 interview about whether he discussed sanctions with Russian officials prior to Trump’s inauguration, according to The Washington Post. (Feb. 16)
  88. Trump falsely suggested at a Florida rally that Sweden had suffered a terror attack the night before his speech. It had not, and Trump was likely referring to a Fox News segment on crime in Sweden. (Feb. 18)
  89. During his Florida rally, Trump repeated his false claim that the United States has already let in thousands of people who “there was no way to vet.” Refugees undergo the most rigorous vetting process of any immigrants admitted to the United States, often waiting upwards of two years to be cleared for entry. (Feb. 18)
  90. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said in a “Fox News Sunday” interview that Trump “has accomplished more in the first 30 days than people can remember.” Obama accomplished much more during his first weeks in office. (Feb. 19)
  91. Trump said during his campaign that he would only play golf with heads of state and business leaders, not friends and celebrities like Obama did. Trump has golfed with world leaders like Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Most recently, however, he hit the links with golf pro Rory McIlroy, International Sports Management’s Nick Mullen and his friend Rich Levine. (Feb. 19)
  92. A White House spokesperson told reporters that Trump only played a “couple” of holes at his golf resort in Florida. A day later, as reports came out saying the president had played 18 holes with Mcllroy, the White House admitted he played “longer.” (Feb. 19)
  93. Trump said the media is “trying to say large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!” Sweden’s crime rate has fallen in recent years, and experts there do not think its immigration policies are linked to crime. (Feb. 20)
  94. Spicer said Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) asked for a meeting with Trump at the White House. John Weaver, a former campaign aide of the governor, said the president asked for the meeting. (Feb. 21)
  95. Vice President Mike Pence called Obamacare a “job killer.” Overall, job growth has been steady since it was signed into law. And the number of unwilling part-time jobs has also gone down, contrary to GOP claims. (Feb. 22)
  96. Trump claimed that he negotiated $1 billion in savings to develop two new Boeing Co. jets to serve as the next Air Force One. The Air Force can’t account for that number. (Feb. 22)
  97. During a meeting with the nation’s CEOs at the White House, Trump claimed his new economic adviser Gary Cohn “paid $200 million in tax” to take a job at the White House. Cohn didn’t have to pay taxes, he had to sell more than $200 million of Goldman Sachs stock. (Feb. 23)
  98. Trump claimed there were “six blocks” worth of people waiting to get into the Conservative Political Action Conference to see him. People filled only  three overflow rooms. (Feb. 24)
  99. At CPAC, Trump said that Obamacare covers “very few people.” Nearly 20 million people have gotten health insurance under the law. (Feb. 24)
  100. At CPAC, Trump said companies like Intel were making business investments in the United States because of his election. The company planned their new investments before the election. (Feb. 24)

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