“After President Trump openly denounced white supremacy Monday in an errant statement on the mass shootings in Dayton, OH and El Paso, TX, every aide in the West Wing reportedly went into damage-control mode, looking for ways to get him back on message.”

This is from The Onion

In the real world, Trump bizarrely declared, with his usual lack of concern for anything not directly involving himself, “May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo

Like Connelly in The Hot Spot, this scene from True Detective never wears thin!

It’s starting to seem as if La Daddario’s big nude scenes in Lost Girls and Love Hotels are never going to get released. Will they end up disappearing like Sienna Miller’s scenes in Hippie Hippie Shake?

The filming in Japan was completed nearly two years ago, but nothing much has been heard since.

The Russian social media bots have gone crazy with love for Tulsi Gabbard

She is exactly what Russia wants in an American leader – an isolationist

However …

It appears that the surge of interest in Gabbard after the second round of debates may not have been artificially augmented by bots, at least not to any significant degree. “Twitter told Recode that its initial investigations into the matter did not find any significant evidence of bot activity amplifying hashtags around the debates.” On the other hand, an independent analysis by the Wall Street Journal disagreed with Twitter’s claim, especially as it applies to negative opinions about Kamala Harris.

This is a complicated situation.

Dan Coats has stepped down as the DNI. The process to replace him could be lengthy and contentious. Trump had planned to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe, but bipartisan criticism caused him to step back from that selection, further delaying the installation of a permanent director.

Therefore, by law, the deputy director becomes the acting director. Trump has a problem with that because the current deputy director is an apolitical, competent career intelligence officer who will present the facts objectively, while Trump wants to install an unprincipled lackey who will echo his own pronouncements, no matter how ignorant they may be. (Among the facts Trump didn’t like: “Russia interfered with the election”; “North Korea has not halted its nuclear program”; “Iran was in full compliance with the treaty.”)

It’s purely speculation, but this seems to mean that the deputy director position will be vacated in a time frame approximately concurrent with Coats’ actual exit. If the posts of DNI and deputy director are both vacant, the law allows Trump a variety of alternatives (hence the request for the list), and one of those alternatives may allow him to install a partisan toady as the acting DNI.