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White House Announces Jared Kushner Is Now Responsible For Everything
Donald Trump really needs to meet some new people.

So, if you’re keeping track, Jared Kushner, who comes to Washington with no government experience, no policy experience, no diplomatic experience, and business experience limited to his family’s real estate development firm, a brief stint as a newspaper publisher, and briefly bidding to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be working on trade, Middle East policy in general, an Israel-Palestine peace deal more specifically, reforming the Veterans Administration, and solving the opioid crisis.

Oh wait, that’s not all! Apparently, this new office will also be responsible for “modernizing the technology and data infrastructure of every federal department and agency; remodeling workforce-training programs; and developing “transformative projects” under the banner of Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan, such as providing broadband internet service to every American.”

We have certainly come a long way from “I alone can fix it.”


I couldn’t get a job as a manager at Uniqlo when I first moved here because, even though I’d been assistant manager of a Gap for 3 years, it was in SC and I didn’t have enough New York retail experience.

I couldn’t get a job at Buzzfeed like 6 years ago because I didn’t have any experience and I guess you need lots of it to write listicles.

I couldn’t get a job as an admin assistant at a nonprofit a few years ago because even though I had 2 years of experience, they were looking for someone with 3 to 5.

So. The next job I apply for will be “running the country” because that seems to be something I’m qualified to do given the makeup of Washington at the moment.

All I’m saying is: Taylor Swift’s best friend is Karlie Kloss who is dating Joshua Kushner, who’s the brother of Jared Kushner, who’s the husband of Ivanka Trump, who’s the daughter of Donald Trump. *looks into camera like I’m on the office*
Donald Trump’s White House is in chaos. And he loves it.
Think of this White House like an episode of "Survivor."

Chris Cillizza at WaPo:

On Monday night on CNN, Carl Bernstein made this proclamation: “The president and his presidency is in chaos.”

It’s a remarkable statement given that we are only 11 days into the presidency of Donald Trump. It’s also very hard to dispute.

Consider this amazing — and I do mean amazing — WaPo story today about how Trump and his inner circle produced the very controversial executive order instituting a travel ban on refugees and all visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The story details the infighting and blame game among Trump’s top advisers and includes some eye-popping lines.

Among them:

* “Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly fumed privately to associates over the weekend because they had been caught unaware by a travel ban that was drafted and set into action largely in secret by the White House, according to three people who have spoken with them.”

* “The problem they’ve got is this is an off-Broadway performance of a show that is now the number one hit on Broadway,” said former House speaker Newt Gingrich of the Trump administration. (Sidebar: Gingrich is an informal adviser to Trump!)

* “A little bit of under-competence and a slight amount of insecurity can breed some paranoia and backstabbing,” one White House official said of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. “We have to get Reince to relax into the job and become more competent, because he’s seeing shadows where there are no shadows.”

Any one of those lines is problematic in a normal White House. The quote from an anonymous White House official about Priebus who, let me emphasize, is the White House chief of staff, is stunning. If that line was used in “House of Cards,” I would roll my eyes and say it would never happen in real life.

And, it’s not just the Post story that shows the seeming tumult among Trump’s senior advisers. A piece in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday details how Department of Homeland Security chief John Kelly is at odds with the White House over staffing in his organization. A Vanity Fair post details the struggles of Trump son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner as he seeks to exert influence over the president.

Read any one of those stories and the word “chaos” jumps to mind. Or “turmoil.” Or “dissension.” All of them convey the same thing: Less than two weeks into his presidency, there is a knife fight happening daily among Trump’s top aides.

Bernstein clearly meant his chaos comments in a negative way. Chaos, in traditional political thinking, is bad. It suggests a president who doesn’t really have control over his people and a White House that resembles a roller coaster car shuddering as it travels at too high a speed down the tracks.


The other important point here is that Trump believes all of life — business and politics included — amounts to a sort of survival of the fittest/toughest. His critique of Hillary Clinton’s health during the 2016 campaign was based on the idea that anyone who has a weak moment — as Clinton did at a 9/11 memorial service — can’t possibly be up to the top job in the country. For Trump, the constant battles between his aides are a sort of real-life “Survivor” episode. The toughest SOB is the one Trump wants. And only through political combat can that be determined.

The combination of chaos, combat and constant sniping is not a bad thing in the worldview of Donald Trump. In fact, it is the one truly necessary thing.

Kushner was a crucial behind-the-scenes player in Trump’s campaign. He successfully purged Chris Christie and all of his allies from the Trump transition, and he now has risen so far in the ranks that he is reportedly attending daily intelligence briefings with Trump. There are talks underway to see if some exception to nepotism laws can be found to give him a formal role in the White House.

On the surface, Kushner seems remarkably unqualified for this weighty task. He has no experience in foreign policy or domestic policy or government, or really any political activity of any kind. But on another level, that makes Kushner the perfect Trumpnik. Here is a high-ranking official in the emerging regime hierarchy who has no conceivable reason to be there other than personal loyalty to the Trump family. He has no base of support beyond the Trumps and no conceivable political role in any other administration.
THIS IS NEPOTISM 101: Ivanka Trump has West Wing office and will get access to classified information
Trump, who holds no official title in administration and is not serving as government employee, will receive security clearance soon

The Guardian

Ivanka Trump’s role in her father’s administration is expanding. Though the president’s eldest daughter currently holds no official title in the White House, she is working out of a West Wing office and will soon get access to classified information, even though she is not technically serving as a government employee.

Jamie Gorelick, an attorney and ethics adviser for Trump, said Monday that the first daughter will not have an official title but will get a West Wing office, government-issued communications devices and security clearance to access classified information.

Gorelick said Trump would follow all the ethics rules that apply to government employees.

In a statement issued to the website Politico, Ivanka Trump acknowledged the lack of precedent for an adult child of the US president to take on such an ambiguous role: “I will continue to offer my father my candid advice and counsel, as I have for my entire life,” she said. “While there is no modern precedent for an adult child of the president, I will voluntarily follow all of the ethics rules placed on government employees.”

Since Donald Trump took office, his eldest daughter has been an increasingly visible presence in the White House, where her husband, Jared Kushner, already serves as a senior adviser.

On Friday she participated in a meeting on vocational training with the president and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. She stepped down from her position at the Trump Organization before her father’s inauguration, but still owns her own fashion label.

Attorney Andrew Herman, who has advised lawmakers on ethics issues, said he thought the administration should make her role official. He said: “I think the right way to do that is to make her a special government employee. But that implicates all kind of formal and disclosure issues.”
Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas
Kushner to helm White House Office of American Innovation, an ideas factory and clearinghouse for business executives.

Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker at WaPo:

President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.

The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be staffed by former business executives and is designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington, float above the daily political grind and create a lasting legacy for a president still searching for signature achievements.

“All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays,” Trump said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government.”

In a White House riven at times by disorder and competing factions, the innovation office represents an expansion of Kushner’s already far-reaching influence. The 36-year-old former real estate and media executive will continue to wear many hats, driving foreign and domestic policy as well as decisions on presidential personnel. He also is a shadow diplomat, serving as Trump’s lead adviser on relations with China, Mexico, Canada and the Middle East.

The work of White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon has drawn considerable attention, especially after his call for the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” But Bannon will have no formal role in the innovation office, which Trump advisers described as an incubator of sleek transformation as opposed to deconstruction.

The announcement of the new office comes at a humbling moment for the president, following Friday’s collapse of his first major legislative push — an overhaul of the health-care system, which Trump had championed as a candidate.

Kushner is positioning the new office as “an offensive team” — an aggressive, nonideological ideas factory capable of attracting top talent from both inside and outside of government, and serving as a conduit with the business, philanthropic and academic communities.


Animalympics (1980, USA)
A “live feed coverage” of the animal kingdom’s annual respected sports games, presented by network Z.O.O..

Steven Lisberger set up his animation studio in the late 70′s to develop and produce Tron as an animated movie, but needed to gain a staff of his own with Sesame Street animations and client work. Lisberger, with producer Donald Kushner, developed Animalympics in partnership with NBC’s coming coverage of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. While it has segments that loosely resemble a story-line, the film does not follow a traditional three-act structure. Instead with the perspective mostly from the fake TV broadcasters and anchors, it instead uses the games themselves as an early showcase for Lisberger’s team of animators and story artists. It’s more appreciative in that regard than it is as a film as there’s character development and investment is rare at best, though Lisberger does co-write some fun still-relevant satire on the Olympic coverage and songs by British artist Graham Gouldman help keep things interesting.

Although it was designed and animated as a feature film to be released later, Lisberger agreed with NBC to also split the animals’ winter and summer games as half-hour specials. The winter special aired on television as intended, but the summer special was cancelled with the United States joined the boycott of the 1980 Olympics - after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan at the time. Animalympics, as a feature, later aired on TV throughout the 1980′s and early 90′s. By that time the film’s crew had moved onto becoming modern animation legends, including Brad Bird and Roger Allers.

Can I find this? Not impossibly.  The YouTube link above is directly from an independent distributor, but I myself am not sure if they are licencing Animalympics. It has been released on DVD internationally in Spain and Germany, while it hasn’t been released in North America since VHS.

Democrats Question Potential Kushner Deal With China's Anbang
Five Democratic lawmakers are raising ethics concerns about a Chinese conglomerate’s potential investment in a Manhattan office building owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law … Read more

Halfway through filming, Donald Kushner thought that the nightmare scene should be cut from The Brave Little Toaster; due to the clown being extremely frightening to younger children. He also stated that the junkyard scene “Worthless” should be cut from the film too, due to one of the cars driving into a crusher on purpose, using a suicide reference. For unknown reasons, the scenes were left in the film.