Steve Bannon, Trump’s Top Guy, Told Me He Was ‘a Leninist’

The Breitbart executive director turned GOP leader boasted at a party about his goal of destroying the conservative establishment. “Lenin,” he answered, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Bannon was employing Lenin’s strategy for Tea Party populist goals. He included in that group the Republican and Democratic Parties, as well as the traditional conservative press.

Evangelical Leaders Shrug At Donald Trump’s Lewd Comments – The Daily Beast

Evangelicals who support Donald Trump made their peace long ago with his tendency to say absolutely terrible things. “People of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defund Planned Parenthood, defend religious liberty and oppose the Iran nuclear deal,” said Ralph Reed, who heads the Faith & Freedom Coalition.  “A ten-year-old tape of a private conversation with a talk show host ranks low on their hierarchy of concerns.”

Carrier Sends Jobs to Mexico, Workers Say Trump ‘Misled’ Them

The president promised to save 1,100 Indiana jobs, but the company never agreed and now six months later, they’re beginning layoffs. Inside the plant, some workers were skeptical. Carrier had promised layoffs, which Trump glossed over in his claim to save over 1,000 jobs.On Monday, these workers were proven right. Though Trump struck a deal with Carrier promising them $7 million in local business incentives if they kept their Indianapolis plant open, the heating and cooling company warned that it would still outsource a number of Indiana jobs to Mexico, regardless. But the Trump campaign still championed the deal as a win for American workers. This week, the Carrier announced it will cut 632 jobs from its Indiana plant by the end of the year.

Pro-Trumpcare Republicans Owned Millions in Health-Care Stock

Forty Republican representatives who voted for the American Health Care Act  held shares in health-care companies valued at $23 million and earned more than $2 million off those investments, a Daily Beast review of the  most-recent financial records found.

White House Threatened Syria While Trump Yawned, Insiders Say

Tillerson secretly warned the Russians, and Kushner and Bannon were consulted before the White House rattled its saber. All this occurred this week as President Donald Trump displayed what two White House officials characterized as relative indifference and passivity towards the subject, instead opting to focus his public and private energies towards fuming at his domestic enemies  in the Democratic Party and the “fake news.”“The president cares more about CNN and the Russia story than [Syria] at the moment,” one official observed.

Russian Hackers’ New Target: a Vulnerable Democratic Senator

The Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election cyberattacks targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill as she began her 2018 re-election campaign in earnest, a Daily Beast forensic analysis reveals. That makes the Missouri Democrat the first identified target of the Kremlin’s 2018 election interference.

Top Cheney Aide in Mueller’s Sights as Probe Expands

Dick Cheney’s former top national-security aide has come under scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller,
two people with knowledge of the probe tell The Daily Beast. It’s the
latest sign that Mueller’s probe has expanded beyond the narrow bounds
of Russian interference in American politics.