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How Trump’s Election Shook Obama: ‘What if We Were Wrong?’ - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Riding in a motorcade in Lima, Peru, shortly after the 2016 election, President Barack Obama was struggling to understand Donald J. Trump’s victory.
donald-trump  barack-obama  politics  usa 
2 days ago by kogakure
Stupid Watergate II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - YouTube
John Oliver explains how the president and his allies are going full O. J. in order to undermine the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.Connect with Last Week Tonight online...Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: http://bit.ly/2JyG6vL
donald-trump  politics  scandal  video  youtube 
4 days ago by kogakure
The Language of the Trump Administration Is the Language of Domestic Violence | The New Yorker
God this is so awful.
Gaslighting, it needs not be said, is Trump’s preferred mode of communication, and it is encoded in the family-separation policy itself: once their parents have been taken into custody, the children are reclassified as “unaccompanied minors,” their parents effectively disappeared. On Friday, NPR reported on three Guatemalan mothers who were on trial in Alpine, Texas, after D.H.S. flew their children—ages eight, eight, and nine—more than two thousand miles away, to a shelter in Manhattan. “There is no mention in the Border Patrol narrative,” an immigration lawyer told NPR, “that these women had children with them when they entered the United States.” Can you prove this child is yours? Do you even have children? Well, then, where are they?
children  donald-trump  new-yorker  dhs  asylum-seekers 
5 days ago by jm
The Hardest Job in the World
"In an ideal system, incoming presidents would have months of orientation to learn the ropes and break their rhetorical addiction. No such school exists for presidents. There is a transition process, but it doesn’t sufficiently prepare a president or his team. Presidential transitions are a bigger undertaking than any private-sector transfer of power. In business, large mergers and acquisitions typically take a year or more and involve hundreds of staffers. Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their $130 billion merger in December 2015, and it closed in September 2017. A president-elect and his team have two and a half months between victory and inauguration to figure out how to run a $4 trillion government with a civilian workforce of 2 million, to say nothing of the military. The United States federal government is the most complicated conglomerate on the planet."
a:John-Dickerson  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.05  w:13500  USA  government  history  Donald-Trump  Barack-Obama  George-W-Bush  Jimmy-Carter  disaster  JFK  George-H-W-Bush  politics  management  leadership  Harry-Truman  Dwight-D-Eisenhower  FDR  LBJ  from instapaper
5 days ago by bankbryan
The Pressures Of Being An Interpreter At A High-Stakes Summit
"It was a seemingly minute detail. But in the context of these talks, the word 'verifying' meant that the Russians had unexpectedly sided with the U.S. on one point in the long-sought agreement. The discussion was on an Open Skies proposal, in which both sides could fly over each other's territory to verify compliance in arms control agreements. The Soviets and the Americans didn't agree on whose aircraft should be used for the inspections — the verifying party (the U.S.) or the verified party (the Soviet Union). Korchilov interpreted Gorbachev as saying: 'The aircraft to overfly territory for inspection purposes should be made available by the verifying party at the disposal of its crew.' 'At that moment I wished the earth could swallow me up,' Korchilov wrote in his 1997 memoir."
a:Danny-Hajek  p:NPR  d:2018.06.11  w:1000  language  diplomacy  North-Korea  Donald-Trump  Russia  from instapaper
7 days ago by bankbryan
We interrupt this apocalypse vigil to say that America has conquered worse
"American democracy didn’t really kick in until the 1960s. Periods we romanticize as civil and lovely were such because we struggled to keep race off the national agenda."
a:Dana-Milbank  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2018.06.08  w:1000  USA  race  history  Donald-Trump  government  from instapaper
7 days ago by bankbryan
Draymond Before Draymond: The Complicated Legacy of Dennis Rodman
"Like many, Silver always appreciated Rodman’s earnestness—and Dennis is often described by those who know him as good-hearted, if naïve and self-destructive. Silver hopes it goes well for his friend. But he knows there’s little he can do. 'At one point, early on, I remember it was late and we’re hanging out and he said, "Bro, I know I’m going to blow the money. I know it’s going to end bad. I know what everyone says, they look at me and say he’s a trainwreck and he’s going to blow it all and it’s going to be sad at the end." I know all that. But if you understood where we were when this all started, and how crazy this all is that we even made it out of that shitty town in Oklahoma and we’ve lived this life we’ve lived and all the good times and all this shit. Hey, if we blow the money, we blow the money.'"
a:Chris-Ballard  p:Sports-Illustrated/The-Crossover  d:2018.06.06  w:5000  NBA  Donald-Trump  gender  gay  from instapaper
12 days ago by bankbryan
Resistance Win: When One Of Her Students Wore A MAGA Hat To Class, This Incredible Teacher Stopped Having Sex With Him After School
"So. Epic. It’s not always easy to take a stand in a world where bigotry of all kinds has become the norm since Treasonous Trump took the reins, so it’s absolutely thrilling when someone like Amanda Higgins claps back by telling her Trump-supporting student that she’ll no longer be having sex with him in her car after he’s done with wrestling practice. That 15-year-old MAGA shithead just found out the hard way that actions have consequences."
p:ClickHole/ResistanceHole  d:2018.06.04  w:500  satire  sex  teens  Donald-Trump  from iphone
12 days ago by bankbryan
The NFL Is Too Dumb To Realize That Donald Trump Is Never Going To Stop With This Shit
NFL owners are selfish; their unwillingness or inability to prioritize anything about their league over their own avarice is, much more than one rancid grandpa’s gummy slurs, the thing that most urgently threatens to kill the NFL. This makes it stranger that they whiffed so hard on what Trump is, and what he’s about. They thought he was selfish like them, but they were only right about the first part.

The owners still seem to believe that they can give Trump what he wants, but that’s not on the table. He wants more than they can give and no less than that. The owners, like the cultists and cynics who have fallen all over themselves to serve Trump, still seem not to know what they’ve invited in. They have misidentified the snake.
nfl  donald-trump  sports  politics  david-roth 
12 days ago by yolandaenoch
Just Say It’s Racist
One might think that in a piece contrasting two presidents’ approaches to racism, their actual policies might come into play. But they don’t—instead the piece only contrasts their rhetorical approaches, as if they could be separated, and as if the way Americans discuss racism is more important than how it affects people. This is a common editorial decision that, in aiming to grant equal moral and factual weight to two sides of an argument, takes a side without realizing it has done so.
adam-serwer  politics  racism  donald-trump  barack-obama  the-atlantic 
13 days ago by yolandaenoch
The Economy Can Handle Steel and Aluminum Tariffs. The Real Risk Is Erratic Policy.
"In a market economy, businesses can thrive despite bad policies. Go to any rich country, and you’ll find certain tax and regulatory policies that seem bonkers to an outsider. Japan taxes imported American beef at high rates — 50 percent until recently. Most stores in Germany have to close on Sunday. Go to Sweden or South Korea or Canada and you can find rules that impede the free market, yet businesses do just fine. That’s because those policies may be inefficient, but they are stable in their inefficiency. German stores build into their business models the expectation that there will be no Sunday sales, and a beef importer in Japan builds the tariff into its prices. That stability is part of what differentiates rich countries from poor ones. In poor countries, it tends to be harder for businesses to make long-term investments in part because they don’t know what tax and regulatory policies might come down upon them in the future. And the Trump administration’s trade policies in 2018 have been nothing if not inconsistent and unpredictable."
a:Neil-Irwin  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.05.31  w:1000  international-trade  policy  Donald-Trump  logistics  from instapaper
18 days ago by bankbryan

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