Links – November 17, 2016

I’m posting more news and commentary about Donald Trump’s transition team and move toward the presidency. It appears that competence and even ideology have little to do with his choice of advisors; loyalty to him is all. But he has said that he likes to keep people guessing. He chortled in a tweet that only he knows who the “finalists” will be. Government as a game show.

Also some nuclear stuff.

Donald Trump’s first, alarming week as President-elect.

This is not normal. A long list of norms Trump has busted.

Eliot Cohen, one of the kind of people a normal Republican President-elect might want in his administration: I told conservatives to work for Trump. One talk with his team changed my mind.

I will never understand why the press allowed itself to be penned up this way.

The way to stop Trump. Some good suggestions here from David Cole.

The ‘us and them’ divide worked for Putin and it will work for Trump. Only if we let it.

Dear Jared Kushner. From Elie Jacobs in The Times of Israel. Kushner is Trump’s Jewish son-in-law.

Michael Hayden on Trump and the intelligence community.

NSA Chief: WikiLeaks Hacks of Democrats’ Emails Were a “Conscious Effort by a Nation-State.”  Congress must investigate. Senator Lindsay Graham is also asking for an investigation. We will see strange alliances in the coming days.

Long read on Trump and Russia. Still not enough reporting; this article summarizes what is known, good reading if you want to catch up.

Who could stop nuclear war in the Trump era? These scientists. I think that’s optimistic, but Pugwash will be important.

We will miss President Barack Obama.


Thirtieth Session of the Special Verification Commission under the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). Just notes that it took place.

Kazakhstan would like to participate in diplomacy to limit North Korea’s nuclear progress.

Why Saddam and Ghaddafi failed to get the bomb.


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