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EXCLUSIVE: ESPN tried to kick Jemele Hill off the air and replace her with another black host – ThinkProgress
ESPN originally tried to keep Hill off the air on Wednesday evening, but Smith refused to do the show without her, the sources said. Both sources also said that producers reached out to two other black ESPN hosts, Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan, to ask them to serve as fill-ins for the show — but Eaves and Duncan did not agree to take the place of Hill and Smith, either.
jemelle-hill  michael-smith  elle-duncan  michael-eaves  espn  white-supremacy  donald-trump  think-progress 
4 days ago by yolandaenoch
Abuse of Power: The White House Slimes James Comey—Again
Casting aspersions on the behavior or veracity of key witnesses is more norm than exception in defense lawyering. What is different here is that Trump is using the office of the presidency to bully, defame, and discredit his credits and bolster his own defense. Frivolously accusing individuals of crimes and then threatening them with Justice Department action by stating that the Justice Department should investigate their conduct is not acceptable White House behavior. It is not merely a gross civil liberties violation with respect to the individuals.
law  donald-trump 
4 days ago by dsongman
ESPN Employees Respond to Jemele Hill Controversy over Trump Comments
I do tweet more about social issues, which I consider to be issues of morality. Racism isn’t politics. Racism is an issue of right and wrong. Tweeting about significant issues that impact marginalized people isn’t politics. That's right and wrong.
jemelle-hill  politics  social-justice  espn  time  richard-deitsch  donald-trump  bill-simmons  colin-cowherd  jim-trotter 
5 days ago by yolandaenoch
Trump Inc: Inside the president's not-so-blind trust
Trump’s run for president likely started as a marketing pitch. The problem is, he won
donald-trump 
8 days ago by sfriedenberg
DREAMers Played the 'Good Immigrant' Game. It Didn't Protect Them.
The announcement that the Trump administration would be rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era executive action that extended temporary protection from deportation to 800,000 undocumented people brought to the United States as children, came a little after 11am on Tuesday. By 11:30am, Catalina Adorno, a 27-year-old DACA recipient from New Jersey, was blocking traffic in front of Trump Tower alongside 11 other protesters. By 11:45am, she was being led into a police van in the middle of Fifth Avenue, hands bound behind her back with plastic zip-ties.
daca  immigration  donald-trump 
9 days ago by sfriedenberg
The First White President
The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.
barack-obama  donald-trump  racism 
9 days ago by sfriedenberg
The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea
"Outside the Administration, the more people I talked to, the more I heard a strong case for some level of diplomatic contact. When Obama dispatched James Clapper to Pyongyang, in 2014, to negotiate the release of two prisoners, Clapper discovered that North Korea had misread the purpose of the trip. The government had presumed that he was coming in part to open a new phase in the relationship. 'They were bitterly disappointed,' he said. Clapper’s visit convinced him that the absence of diplomatic contact is creating a dangerous gulf of misperception. 'I was blown away by the siege mentality—the paranoia—that prevails among the leadership of North Korea. When we sabre-rattle, when we fly B-1s accompanied by jet escorts from the Republic of Korea and Japan, it makes us feel good, it reassures the allies, but what we don’t factor in is the impact on the North Koreans.' Clapper went on, 'I think that what we should do is consider seriously, in consultation with South Korea, establishing an interest section in Pyongyang much like we had in Havana for decades, to deal with a government that we didn’t recognize. If we had a permanent presence in Pyongyang, I wonder whether the outcome of the tragedy of Otto Warmbier might have been avoided. Secondly, it would provide on-scene insight into what is actually going on in North Korea—intelligence.'"
a:Evan-Osnos  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2017.09.18  w:14000  nuclear-weapons  war  North-Korea  history  diplomacy  military  Donald-Trump  2000-election  from twitter
10 days ago by bankbryan
The case for letting North Korea keep its nukes
"The most fundamentally important fact about North Korea’s nuclear program is that it is born out of fear — fear, specifically, of the United States. The Korean War began in 1950 when North Korea invaded the South and nearly conquered all of it. The only reason it didn’t was intervention by a US led-coalition, which in turn nearly took the entire North, stopped only by a Chinese counterintervention. After the war ended in an armistice in 1953, the US pledged to defend South Korea against future attack and left thousands of US troops deployed there — a constant reminder to Pyongyang that the world’s strongest military power was its enemy. Put another way, North Korea’s entire foreign policy and national identity has evolved around the threat of war with America. As a result, they’ve always been trying to improve their military capabilities in order to deter the US from invading. What this brief history suggests is that North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear missiles is fundamentally *rational*. North Korea is not a suicidal state; there is no evidence that it wants to blow up an American city and invite regime-ending retaliation. Its goal, according to every piece of evidence we have, is the opposite: to avoid war at all costs."
a:Zack-Beauchamp  p:Vox★★  d:2017.09.08  w:3000  nuclear-weapons  North-Korea  war  strategy  Donald-Trump  Cold-War  from instapaper
10 days ago by bankbryan
Donald Trump Is the First White President
Nevertheless, the argument that America’s original sin was not deep-seated white supremacy but rather the exploitation of white labor by white capitalists—“white slavery”—proved durable. Indeed, the panic of white slavery lives on in our politics today. Black workers suffer because it was and is our lot. But when white workers suffer, something in nature has gone awry. And so an opioid epidemic among mostly white people is greeted with calls for compassion and treatment, as all epidemics should be, while a crack epidemic among mostly black people is greeted with scorn and mandatory minimums.

White slavery is sin. Nigger slavery is natural. This dynamic serves a very real purpose: the consistent awarding of grievance and moral high ground to that class of workers which, by the bonds of whiteness, stands closest to America’s aristocratic class.

Certainly not every Trump voter is a white supremacist, just as not every white person in the Jim Crow South was a white supremacist. But every Trump voter felt it acceptable to hand the fate of the country over to one.

On Nicholas Kristof: On the contrary, the white working class functions rhetorically not as a real community of people so much as a tool to quiet the demands of those who want a more inclusive America.

Leftists would have to cope with the failure, yet again, of class unity in the face of racism. Incorporating all of this into an analysis of America and the path forward proved too much to ask. Instead, the response has largely been an argument aimed at emotion—the summoning of the white working class, emblem of America’s hardscrabble roots, inheritor of its pioneer spirit, as a shield against the horrific and empirical evidence of trenchant bigotry.

The first white president in American history [Donald Trump] is also the most dangerous president—and he is made more dangerous still by the fact that those charged with analyzing him cannot name his essential nature, because they too are implicated in it.
donald-trump  barack-obama  white-supremacy  racism  slavery  ta-nehisi-coates  the-atlantic  politics 
11 days ago by yolandaenoch
Forceful Chief of Staff Grates on Trump, and the Feeling Is Mutual
"In his short time at the White House, Mr. Kelly, a 67-year-old native of Boston, has had the most significant impact of any of the campaign or White House aides who have worked for Mr. Trump, according to interviews with a dozen current and former Trump aides and associates. He has regimented, as no one has ever done before, the flow of paper, people and information inundating an omnivorous and undisciplined Mr. Trump. The president, for his part, has marveled at the installation of management controls that would have been considered routine in any other White House."
a:Glenn-Thrush  a:Maggie-Haberman★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.09.01  w:1500  Donald-Trump  management 
14 days ago by bankbryan
Élite Politesse
What purpose does such a video serve? While Trump’s real statement stands as a testament to his unfamiliarity with and ambivalence about African American history, Boynton’s revision is a forgettable parade of boilerplate politesse. One version is more presidential than the other, but the transformation of the words of a man who is in actuality president into the language preferred of presidents by the ne plus ultra of American magazines is telling. For the elite represented by The New Yorker, what makes Trump’s presidency objectionable is not his undermining of democratic norms, his persecution of immigrants, or his war-mongering: it is his style. The content, remember, is totally out of bounds.
style  politics  Writing  donald-trump 
17 days ago by inonaz
Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked? | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
In 2016 the US elected a president who believes that human-driven global warming is a hoax. It was the hottest year on record, in which the US was hammered by a series of climate-related disasters. Yet the total combined coverage for the entire year on the evening and Sunday news programmes on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News amounted to 50 minutes. Our greatest predicament, the issue that will define our lives, has been blotted from the public’s mind.
george-monbiot  climate-change  hurricane-harvey  houston  united-states  donald-trump  denialism 
20 days ago by JorgeAranda
Presidential Signing Statements Are Declining, But Why?
"Presidents issue signing statements for many reasons, such as to influence how a law’s text is interpreted, or to impact how an agency implements a portion of a law. But presidents can advance these goals through other means, suggesting that presidential *actions* rather than signing statements are where the real focus should be. For example, presidents can use surrogates or speeches to air any objections to a particular law, and they can use tools like SAPs or even internal communications to agencies to influence how a law’s text is interpreted and implemented. Of course, the most intense debates surrounding signing statements arise when presidents use them to lodge constitutional objections to portions of a law that they don’t otherwise want to veto in totality, and it remains a controversial question whether presidents can merely decline to enforce parts or all of a law they view as unconstitutional. But even in these cases signing statements themselves take a back seat to the president’s actual on-the-ground actions."
a:C-Jarrett-Dieterle  a:Megha-Bhattacharya  p:R-Street-Institute  d:2017.08.28  w:1000  law  Donald-Trump  Barack-Obama  George-W-Bush  from instapaper
20 days ago by bankbryan

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