May 24, 2019

Posted by orrinj at 4:00 AM


Trump and Pelosi Trade Barbs, Both Questioning the Other's Fitness (Glenn Thrush and Michael Tackett, May 23, 2019, NY Times)

One by one, his aides acceded to his wishes and affirmed his characterization in a ritual rarely seen in democratic governments.

Posted by orrinj at 12:01 AM


Trump orders intelligence community to cooperate with review on Russia probe origins (Reuters, 5/24/19) 

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr's review of the events that prompted an investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

We've already seen the damage Mr. Barr causes himself and Donald when he tries selective editing. The text tends to say the opposite of what he claims.  Just release everything; it all vindicates law enforcement and indicts Donald.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Senate approves deal on disaster aid, leaves out border money Trump demanded (Jeff Stein and Mike DeBonis May 23 , 2019, Washington Post)

The deal, which congressional leaders presented hours before the Senate vote, would send aid to victims of Western wildfires, Midwestern flooding and hurricanes that hit the Southeast and Puerto Rico, as well as to other disaster-affected areas across the country.

The package does not include the U.S.-Mexico border funding the Trump administration requested. That demand had proved contentious, and leaving it out sidestepped a fight over immigration that had further complicated the delicate ­disaster-aid negotiations.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


GOP challenger Bill Weld turns up heat on Trump: 'Seems he would prefer an Aryan nation' (WILL STEAKIN, May 23, 2019, ABC News)

"I celebrate that America has always been a melting pot," Weld said at the speaking event on Tuesday. "It seems he would prefer an Aryan nation."

According to the Anti-Defamation League, "Aryan Nations is a longstanding neo-Nazi group in the United States that dates back to the 1970s."

When asked to explain what specifically he meant by "Aryan nation," Weld told ABC News that he believes the president "would prefer a nation with no immigrants."

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Four in 10 Americans Embrace Some Form of Socialism (MOHAMED YOUNIS, 5/24/19, Gallup)

While 51% of U.S. adults say socialism would be a bad thing for the country, 43% believe it would be a good thing. Those results contrast with a 1942 Roper/Fortune survey that found 40% describing socialism as a bad thing, 25% a good thing and 34% not having an opinion.

The Roper/Fortune survey is one of the oldest trend questions measuring attitudes on socialism in the U.S. Gallup's update of the question in an April 17-30 survey finds Americans more likely to have an opinion on the matter now, as well as a smaller gap in the percentage calling socialism a bad thing vs. a good thing.

Previous Gallup research shows that Americans' definition of socialism has changed over the years, with nearly one in four now associating the concept with social equality and 17% associating it with the more classical definition of having some degree of government control over the means of production. [...]

When asked whether they think the U.S. economy leans more toward free market control or toward government control, 40% say it leans more toward government control while fewer say it leans toward free market control (34%). One in four describe it as an equal mix.