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Tag Archive: Disinformation

Trump is Making Us All Fight for the Truth


By almost any measure, this was a disastrous week for President Donald Trump.

What went wrong for the president? On Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating whether individuals associated with the Trump campaign “coordinated” with Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.  continue »

Ben Wittes and Quinta Jurecic on the “Oathless Presidency”—Questions raised by deep distrust in Trump

Just Security and the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law were delighted to host an event today for our friends from Lawfare, Ben Wittes and Quinta Jurecic, for a discussion of their essay, “What Happens When We Don’t Believe the President’s Oath?” I served as the discussant, and thought to write up some of the questions that I raised.…   continue »

Full Text of Remarks by Top State Dep’t Official Discharged by Trump’s White House–Tom Countryman’s Powerful Farewell Address

Last week, six top State Department officials were suddenly discharged by the White House—an Undersecretary, an acting Undersecretary, and four Assistant Secretaries—without notice and without even a nominee selected to replace them. Tom Countryman, who served the nation for 35 years and at the time as Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, was in Amman booked to fly to an international meeting on nuclear arms control when he received the discharge and orders to turn around and fly back home.…   continue »

Norms Watch: Tracking the Erosion of Democratic Traditions (Jan. 27 to Feb. 3)


This week, the White House continued to seek favorable coverage from Trump-friendly outlets while blasting critics. In response, some media outlets challenged Trump policies, and other journalists considered the benefits or shortcomings of the increasing polarization of media coverage.

Skype Seats for White House Press Conferences

As announced in his first press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated he would be creating “Skype seats” for remote reporters to pose questions during briefings.  continue »