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Trump tweets: Press "is the enemy of the American people" Politico

In a now deleted tweet from Friday afternoon, February 17, President Donald Trump charged that the media is the enemy of the American people. Trump singled out The New York Times, CNN and NBC News in particular, before revising the tweet 16 minutes later to include ABC and CBS. 

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” the amended tweet said.

On Thursday, Trump's campaign released a 30-question “mainstream media accountability survey” asking supporters whether they trust outlets such as MSNBC, CNN and Fox News to report on his campaign “fairly.” The survey was shared on Facebook and answered by many progressives, including Anne. The degree of leading-the-witness questions was astounding, making it the most biased survey she had ever seen. 

Increasingly Trump's Mental Health Is Questioned

Is It Time to Call Trump Mentally Ill? The New York Times

President Trump’s mental health is a front burner topic of discussion, writes Richard A. Friedman. Representative Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, went so far as to say he was considering proposing legislation that would require a White House psychiatrist.

CNN's John King says he received a text from a Republican senator saying President Trump needs psychiatric help. 

"I got a text from a couple of Democrats during the thing, who of course are not inclined to like him," said King on February 16. "But I got a text from a Republican senator who said in this text, 'He should do this with a therapist, not on live television.'"

Increasingly more mental health experts are weighing in on the president, who blew most thinking people out of the water with his February 16 press conference. In December, a Huffington Post article featured a letter written by three prominent psychiatry professors that cited President Trump’s “grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality” as evidence of his mental instability. These traits were on full display yesterday. 

A practicing psychologist went further in late January, writes Friedman This professional was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report article titled “Temperament Tantrum,” saying that President Trump has malignant narcissism, which is characterized by grandiosity, sadism and antisocial behavior.

"A recent letter to the editor in this newspaper, signed by 35 psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, put it this way: “We fear that too much is at stake to be silent.” It continued, “We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.”

Related: Journalists whisper at Trump's Crazy Press Conference: 'This Is Insane' The Daily Beast

Stress in America: Coping with Change American Psychological Association

Two-thirds of Americans say they are stressed about the future of our nation, including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans, according to the American Psychological Association's (APA) report 'Stress in America™: Coping with Change'.

Democrats were more likely than Republicans (72 percent vs. 26 percent) to report the outcome of the 2016 presidential election as a significant source of stress. But Americans are unified -- if not in agreement around why -- with majority of Republicans (59 percent) saying the future of the nation is a significant source of stress for them, compared with 76 percent of Democrats.

"The stress we're seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it's hard for Americans to get away from it," said Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, APA's executive director for professional practice . "We're surrounded by conversations, news and social media that constantly remind us of the issues that are stressing us the most."

In addition to highly elevated levels of stress related to politics, the survey also showed an increased number of people reporting that "acts of terrorism, police violence toward minorities and personal safety are adding to their stress levels."

Michael Flynn, General Chaos

Journalist Nicholas Schmidle writes an in-depth review of the military career of three-star General Michael Flynn, removed in short order from his position as National Security Adviser to US President Donald Trump. 

In part through his son, Flynn began flirting with an online community of conspiracy theorists and white nationalists who referred to themselves as the “alt-right.” The neo-Nazis among them called Trump the “God Emperor.” On Twitter, Flynn frequently tagged Mike Cernovich, an alt-right activist, in tweets, and encouraged others to follow his feed. Michael, Jr., promoted stories from Alex Jones, the right-wing radio host who believes that the 9/11 attacks, and the 2012 school shooting in Sandy Hook, were inside jobs. A little more than a year ago, Michael, Jr., tweeted @billclinton, “You’re a Rapist.”

Flynn’s own views seemed to be tilting increasingly toward the fringe. He, as Trump has, publicly insinuated that Obama was a secret Muslim, and not a true American. “I’m not going to sit here and say he’s Islamic,” Flynn said of Obama, during remarks last year before the American Congress for Truth, an anti-Muslim group. But Obama “didn’t grow up an American kid,” Flynn said, adding that the President’s values were “totally different than mine.”

Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump The Wall Street Journal

An explosive report by the WSJ claims U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump. They are taking this unusual action over concerns it could be leaked or compromised, "according to current and former officials familiar with the matter."

The action of withholding information from the President underscores the deep fissure of mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, Trump further amplified the bad blood with the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.

In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government.

A White House official responded to the WSJ report: “There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening.”

US Allies Conduct Intelligence Operation Against Trump Staff and Associates, Intercepted Communications Newsweek

The Internet has no borders and neither does international spying. If Trump tries to take over direct control of America's spy agencies -- de facto dictating the control of info -- will America's real news media turn to European intelligence operations for help? Will the US intel community -- with its long history of cooperation with the Europeans -- bank info with international colleagues, in case Trump and Republicans refuse to act on info the incriminates the Trump administration? ~ Anne

Related: White House Plans to Have Trump Ally Review Intelligence Agencies New York Times

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