Courtesy of the White House, here’s a photo (below) of a dinner President Trump held yesterday at the White House with what the White House press office called “grassroots leaders.”
Even from the best of politicians, ‘grassroots’ is the most abused of words. But these are the the most establishment leaders in the professional right in DC.
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Listening just now to Sarah Sanders press briefing, I think she just said that the anthem protests were no longer about police abuses or police brutality and had changed into something else over the last few weeks (rush transcript).
QUESTION: The president said that kneeling has nothing to do with race. Colin Kaepernick took to his knees in these games, many of these games, speifically because he said black people in this country were not being treated fairly by police. How is that not an issue of race?
SANDERS: I think the focus has long since changed and certainly the message in a lot of what has been communicated over these last several weeks through this process, through these protests by these players.
As longtime readers know, I’ve long been interested in crime rates and particularly murder rates in the United States – regional breakdown, causes, explanations of why they’ve risen and fallen over the decades and centuries.
For more than 150 years, the United States resisted the creation of a large standing army. To a great degree, technology and especially geography made it unnecessary. The United States maintained a significant, though relatively small Navy and a small professional army which served as a nucleus around which a large force could be assembled during national emergencies. This happened during the Civil War, World War I and again in World War II. The World War II army was never fully demobilized and a large standing army (all four services) has been the new normal for three-quarters of a century. Most of us take this as a given. But it is worth remembering why early Americans thought standing armies were at least in tension with democracy if not outright inimical to it.
Philip E. Wolgin is the managing director of Immigration Policy at American Progress. He directs American Progress’ research and publications on immigration and has helped lead the team’s work on a diverse set of issues, such as immigration reform, child refugees at the United States’ southern border, border security, executive action, rebuttals to nativist claims about immigrants, and E-Verify. Philip will be in The Hive to discuss immigration, DACA, and Trump’s new regulations after his travel ban. Post your questions and join us on Wednesday! If you’d like to participate but don’t have TPM Prime, sign up here.
Here’s part one of my two part podcast interview with Bhaskar Sunkara, editor, publisher and founder of Jacobin Magazine. If you’re not familiar with Jacobin, definitely take a moment to listen to this interview. Sunkara and Jacobin are very important voices on the socialist left in American today.This is an interview I really looked forward to doing.
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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt now has an 18 person, 24/7 security detail. The effort has become so elaborate that the EPA has now had to take agents off actual EPA criminal investigations to focus on protecting Pruitt.
This is offensive and ridiculous.