Calm down, everyone — it’s a year in review list, not Schindler’s list.
Calm down, everyone — it’s a year in review list, not Schindler’s list.
No, that’s one thing you’re innocent of
A note of slight caution on the new economic numbers
The U.S. economy is humming
Remember when everyone thought it was shocking that Dan Quayle couldn’t spell “potato”?
What could go wrong?
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is willing to share details with the United States about his summit on Thursday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, potentially raising Russia’s influence in the stalemated issue of Pyongyang’s denuclearization.
The two leaders’ first one-on-one did not indicate major changes in North Korea’s position: Putin said Kim is willing to give up nuclear weapons, but only if he gets ironclad security guarantees.
However, Putin said Kim urged him to explain the nuances of North Korea’s position to U.S. President Donald Trump. Such an interlocutor role could be meaningful in light of Trump’s apparent admiration of the Russian leader.
Beto is betting that avoiding national media, unlike Mayor Pete, is the path to success – but so far the polls don’t reflect that
O’Rourke’s absence from the cable news circuit became clear last week during a town hall event in Alexandria, Va., when one woman remarked that, unlike other 2020 hopefuls, O’Rourke had not appeared lately on the airwaves.
“We have held more town halls in the month and four days that we’ve been doing this than I think any other candidate, because meeting you eyeball to eyeball, to me, is so much more satisfying than being on cable TV and in a soundbite,” O’Rourke responded, though he conceded that he “may have to give in and be on your television set” eventually.
O’Rourke’s strategy — eschewing large speeches, rallies and national television appearances in favor of intimate town halls and house parties — is largely the same one that propelled him to political stardom during his 2018 Senate bid and fueled speculation of a presidential run in the first place.
Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney hopes popcorn can make the Trump White House a less miserable place to work
Occasional happy hours don’t change the reality of a short-tempered president in the Oval Office, who often makes policy decisions on-the-fly. Trump has not dropped his penchant for snapping at aides — sometimes including Mulvaney, as Trump did during the government shutdown.
But the happy hours are a start. Mulvaney has also invited staff, Cabinet members, and congressional lawmakers to weekend retreats at Camp David, the presidential compound in Maryland that a disinterested Trump has generally spurned.
Then there’s the popcorn machine. A few weeks ago, Mulvaney installed one in his spacious West Wing suite. The machine starts chugging in the evenings for staffers to fill up small baggies. In a White House where staffers work incredibly long hours in tight office spaces, one administration official excitedly called the innovation “a big hit.”
The perks help, but so has the approach of Mulvaney and his deputies to management. A handful of staffers feel like his team listens to them. “Not that I ever had anything against him, but I actually think he is doing a fine job. He is fair,” said another administration official.
On Hannity, Trump also previewed some of his attacks on the Democratic presidential candidates
First up in the lightning round, Joe Biden. “Well, I think we’re calling him Sleepy Joe,” Trump said. “Cause I’ve known him for a while and he’s a pretty sleepy guy. He’s not going to be able to deal with [Chinese] President Xi. I can tell you. That’s a different level of energy and, frankly, intelligence.”
Trump said people wanted him to change “sleepy” to another word that rhymes with it [Ed note: Creepy]. But the president decided that was “too nasty.”
“He’s not going to be able to do the job,” Trump said.
Bernie Sanders: “He’s got a lot of energy, but he’s got misguided energy. He’s done very poorly in terms of the Senate. He’s had very little legislation. I think he talks a lot, but doesn’t get it done.”
… Kamala Harris: “I think she’s got a little bit of a nasty wit, I think that’s about it.”
Trump called in to Hannity last night to perform some fact-free ranting about Mueller’s findings
President Donald Trump called 2016 texts between former FBI officials evidence of an attempted “coup” after a news report showed they were discussing people inside the Trump administration who they could “develop for potential relationships.”
Trump was responding to a Fox News report about the texts exchanged between former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and former FBI agent Peter Strzok. The President immediately claimed the text messages were evidence of a plot against him, but the Fox News report notes that it “was not clear from the messages whether Strzok and Page merely sought to build bridges with the incoming administration, or wanted to engineer the briefings to investigate Trump and his associates.”
“Really it’s a coup, it’s spying,” Trump told Fox News in an interview, adding that Strzok and Page, were “trying to infiltrate the administration.”
The Trump administration is supposed to review the cases of about 47,000 unaccompanied children in custody
The federal government has six months to identify potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border early in President Donald Trump’s term, a judge ordered Thursday.
Trump administration officials said they had a goal of six months but opposed any deadline, saying it could take as long as two years to reunite children with their parents if efforts to speed up the process fail.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said he would be willing to consider an extension past Oct. 25 but that he wanted to establish a firm date.
“It is important for all government actors to have a timeframe, a deadline,” he said. “You tend to stand on it.”
An attempt to avoid the kind of outbreaks that have been seen in Washington state and New York
A quarantine order has been issued for students and staff at two Los Angeles universities who may have been exposed to measles and either have not been vaccinated or can’t verify that they have immunity.
The University of California, Los Angeles, said that as of Wednesday there were 119 students and 8 faculty members under quarantine. The number of those quarantined at California State University, Los Angeles, is not immediately known.
All is forgiven
It appears Biden has already made a pretty serious mistake
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called Anita Hill earlier this month to express his regret over “what she endured” testifying against Justice Clarence Thomas at the 1991 Supreme Court hearings that put a spotlight on sexual harassment of women, according to a spokeswoman for Mr. Biden.
But Ms. Hill, in an interview Wednesday, said she left the conversation feeling deeply unsatisfied and declined to characterize his words to her as an apology. She said she is not convinced that Mr. Biden truly accepts the harm he caused her and other women who suffered sexual harassment and gender violence.
“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying I’m sorry for what happened to you. I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose,” she said.
More information about Christopher Hasson’s possible release
American exceptionalism, in a bad way
Americans are among the most stressed people in the world, according to a new survey. And that’s just the start of it.
Last year, Americans reported feeling stress, anger and worry at the highest levels in a decade, according to the survey, part of an annual Gallup poll of more than 150,000 people around the world, released on Thursday.
“What really stood out for the U.S. is the increase in the negative experiences,” said Julie Ray, Gallup’s managing editor for world news. “This was kind of a surprise to us when we saw the numbers head in this direction.”
This may end up at the Supreme Court, which has shown no enthusiasm to enforce partisan gerrymandering
So did he apologize or not?
This makes a lot of sense, and is also quite an indictment of Republicans
At a Twitter all-hands meeting on March 22, an employee asked a blunt question: Twitter has largely eradicated Islamic State propaganda off its platform. Why can’t it do the same for white supremacist content?
An executive responded by explaining that Twitter follows the law, and a technical employee who works on machine learning and artificial intelligence issues went up to the mic to add some context. (As Motherboard has previously reported, algorithms are the next great hope for platforms trying to moderate the posts of their hundreds of millions, or billions, of users.)
With every sort of content filter, there is a tradeoff, he explained. When a platform aggressively enforces against ISIS content, for instance, it can also flag innocent accounts as well, such as Arabic language broadcasters. Society, in general, accepts the benefit of banning ISIS for inconveniencing some others, he said.
In separate discussions verified by Motherboard, that employee said Twitter hasn’t taken the same aggressive approach to white supremacist content because the collateral accounts that are impacted can, in some instances, be Republican politicians.
The employee argued that, on a technical level, content from Republican politicians could get swept up by algorithms aggressively removing white supremacist material. Banning politicians wouldn’t be accepted by society as a trade-off for flagging all of the white supremacist propaganda, he argued.