For a congressman fighting to defend one of the most vulnerable Republican House districts in the country, Dana Rohrabacher of California is going far out of his way to ignore the usual common sense injunction to stay focused on local issues and avoid saying anything terribly controversial. First, the 30-year incumbent managed to get himself taped defending Sacha Baron Cohen’s insane, fictitious gun-training program for toddlers on the Showtime comedy offering Who Is America?
In a move that could save a progressive challenge to U.S. senator Dianne Feinstein from oblivion, the executive committee of the California Democratic Party gave an endorsement to state Senate majority leader Kevin de León, who faces Feinstein in the November general election under the state’s top-two system. De León fell short of the 60 percent of the vote needed for an endorsement at the state Democratic convention in February. But he won 65 percent in his second bite at the apple over the weekend. Twenty-eight percent of executive committee members complied with Feinstein’s plea for party neutrality in the Democrat-versus-Democrat race, and another 7 percent voted to endorse the incumbent.
Standing next to Vladimir Putin, after a meeting Putin had requested, President Trump was asked by a reporter if he believed the findings of his own intelligence agencies that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election. He began by floating unfounded accusations that the FBI had ignored his opponent’s misdeeds. Then he proceeded to express his doubts. “All I can do is ask the question,” said Trump. “My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I’ll say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”
During the past few weeks, we’ve watched the U.S. president lavish praise on North Korea’s dictator, harshly criticize the British prime minister during his first U.K. trip, and proclaim the European Union our biggest foe. On Monday morning, just before heading to his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Finland, President Trump tweeted some more political analysis from Bizarro World.
When President Trump signed an executive order ending his policy of separating migrant families at the border, his administration seemed to have no plan for reuniting the nearly 3,000 children with their parents. Several days later, a federal judge said that was unacceptable, giving the government 14 days to reunite the youngest children with their parents, and 30 days to return all the children.
Eleven months ago, President Trump held a prime-time press conference to announce what was billed as a major shift in his administration’s Afghanistan policy — though it wasn’t really bold, new, or even a strategy. Now the administration is said to be quietly pursuing what may be a much more significant change in its approach, directing top U.S. diplomats to pursue direct talks with the Taliban.
Imagine you and I are out for drinks at a bar. A couple beers in, apropos of nothing, I announce to you, “You know, liberals are way more authoritarian than conservatives.” “No way,” you respond. “Way,” I say, confidently. I pull a sheet of paper from my shirt pocket and slide it to you. “This is my Jesse Singal Authoritarianism Scale, or JSAS for short,” I tell you. “I had 500 people take this short scale and liberals scored way higher than conservatives.”
A 55-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an airborne protest that momentarily interrupted President Trump’s attempt to promote his unprofitable golf resort in Scotland over the weekend. On Friday night, a paraglider violated the no-fly zone around the Trump Turnberry resort in Ayrshire and buzzed the president and his hotel with a Greenpeace banner that said Trump was “well below par.” The flying insult did not impress Scottish authorities, who launched a manhunt for the pilot and warned that he was lucky he wasn’t killed by snipers on top of the hotel. Trump was whisked inside as the paraglider approached, but he probably still got the message. About 36 hours afterward, Scottish police announced an arrest.
And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny
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