Trainspotting with Maggie Haberman

I wrote two days ago about New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.

Well Haberman has been a topic on the drops from time to time, but has come to the fore recently. On Jan. 5th 2019 this drop was made again from the Podesta email leaks citing Haberman’s compliance with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign:

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/7524📁
“We have has a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed. While we should have a larger conversation in the near future about a broader strategy for reengaging the beat press that covers HRC, for this we think we can achieve our objective and do the most shaping by going to Maggie.”
You are not safe.
Q

On Jan. 6th 2019 we have these two drops:

Q!!mG7VJxZNCI

>>4616371
https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1081974511598211072📁
Handler (Conductor):
Smoking can be bad for your health. Read the warning label. Deboard train and walk away. Once in the tunnel, there is no going back.
Q

 

Q!!mG7VJxZNCI
https://twitter.com/maggienyt/status/1009982937952079873?lang=en📁
https://twitter.com/maggienyt/status/1065100343846031362?lang=en📁
A stone sits idle while the world around it evolves. Evolution, depending on the stage, can be deadly.
https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1081974511598211072📁
We can talk through code or we can act through transparency. The choice is yours. However, the clock is ticking, and, at a select point in time, that option will be expired. Regular service appointments should be made in order to maintain functionality.
Q
The Twitter links above referenced above are below. The code brought up in the drops seem to be referencing the use of the word train. What do train references mean (if anything)?
Is it the transportation mode or is it learning something well through rote? And who may be needing this information?
We can assume given her left-leaning bias that was released in the Podesta email, the prospective audience may be in the former Obama and Clinton camps.

 

People in White House sound as confused as everyone else about what happens after the president’s EO, which McGahn was against him signing. There’s inter-agency disagreement about what it means. Trump now essentially tunes his chief of staff out, Trump driving the train.

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On Jan.9th after all the back and forth with the drops, Haberman re-Tweeted this from an Asst. Managing Editor at the Times asking for a pic of people riding outside the train.

Now a bit of background. Dolnick is the grandnephew to former Times publisher Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger and cousin to the current publisher.
I’ll leave this post here for now, but this will need to be watched going forward on both sides to see if anything is dug up to clarify the communications. A warning has been issued.
Please watch the gap.
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Trump’s new capital gains tax cut spurs Dems again

President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin floated the idea of a $100B tax cut for Americans through a new capital gains tax change.

The administration is looking at indexing capital gains to inflation. Meaning if you bought an asset for $200,000 in 2001 and sold it in 2018 for $2 million the tax owed would be $1.8 million. When you account for inflation the $200K is $600K so the taxable profit would be  $1.4 million versus $2 million.

While the New York Times says this is targeted to the wealthy, this is true however capital gains taxes do reach down to what’s left of the middle class setting up their retirement.

Given the run up in the stock markets over the last 20 years, there are many in the middle class that could fall into this category.

But of course the Times went with a class-warfare angle to the story, suggesting that its a give back exclusively for the rich. Just like the prior middle-class tax cut, this move, which may attempt to bypass the need for Congressional action, are parts of Trump’s campaign pledge to put more of the people’s resources back in their hands.

Of course the Anti-Trump forces are already out in force screaming about growing deficits as if they have nothing to do with record US debt levels.

“At a time when the deficit is out of control, wages are flat and the wealthiest are doing better than ever, to give the top 1 percent another advantage is an outrage and shows the Republicans’ true colors,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader. “Furthermore, Mr. Mnuchin thinks he can do it on his own, but everyone knows this must be done by legislation.”

The rollback of the economic philosophy that the few will pay for the many of the last administration, along with the changing of trade policies to put Americans first will be two of Trump’s major milestones.

Silicon Valley chiefs get sand kicked in their face

It’s refreshing to see Silicon Valley magnets getting their comeuppance in the equity markets.

Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Netflix have been taken to the woodshed after their strenuous fight against President-elect Donald Trump.

I have no objection to any person speaking of their support for a candidate, but when you take your business into that fight as Amazon through the Washington Post and Facebook through its “news feed” bias that goes too far.

Jeff Bezos the chief of Amazon used the Washington Post as his Hillary Clinton mouthpiece. The Post’s daily Trump dump of half-truth stories did much harm to a once great paper. As an aside The New York Times falls into this same category to the point that its Public Editor took the paper to task on its stilted election coverage.

So Bezos has lost some $6 billion in paper losses as the stock has fallen almost 9% since the election was called. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook has seen a similar decline in his stock price over the bias news being offered on user’s timelines.

Now market analysts will say the stock price cratering in big tech is a rotation out of the sector to move money into an infrastructure play since the Trump camp has said it will use more than $1 trillion in tax breaks to rebuild roads, bridges and airports, but there was roughly $750B in cash coming out of the bond market during this same period and no much was employed into Silicon Valley’s FANG stocks.

If you are an Amazon or Netflix customer and a Trump supporter, you should think about going to another vendor to provide the services you want.

Of course this narrative would not be found in the news as it goes against the liberal bias found in the media, but as New York Senator William L. Marcy said in 1828 on the election of President Andrew Jackson, “Too the winner, belongs the spoils.”