The Washington Post
Toluse Olorunnipa, David Fahrenthold
– Oct 17, 2019, 9:44 AM
President Trump has awarded the G-7 Summit of world leaders to his own private company, scheduling the massive gathering for next year at his Trump Doral resort outside Miami, the White House said Thursday. That decision will bring hundreds of…
Tonkin Honky ¯/_ツ_/¯President Trump has awarded the G-7 Summit of world leaders to his own private company, scheduling the massive gathering for next year at his Trump Doral resort outside Miami, the White House said Thursday.
That decision will bring hundreds of diplomats, media and security personnel to Trump’s financially struggling resort — where profits fell 70 percent after Trump entered politics. These events typically fill the host resort, bringing large payments for rooms and meals, and providing global publicity.
This appears to be the first time in American history that a president has given such a massive contract to himself. Trump still owns the Doral resort, and can draw profits from it, though his company has said they will not over-charge the government.
The New York Times
William H. McRaven
– Oct 17, 2019, 12:00 PM
Last week I attended two memorable events that reminded me why we care so very much about this nation and also why our future may be in peril. The first was a change of command ceremony for a storied Army unit in which one general officer passed…
Tonkin Honky ¯/_ツ_/¯If our promises are meaningless, how will our allies ever trust us? If we can’t have faith in our nation’s principles, why would the men and women of this nation join the military? And if they don’t join, who will protect us? If we are not the champions of the good and the right, then who will follow us? And if no one follows us — where will the world end up?
President Trump seems to believe that these qualities are unimportant or show weakness. He is wrong. These are the virtues that have sustained this nation for the past 243 years. If we hope to continue to lead the world and inspire a new generation of young men and women to our cause, then we must embrace these values now more than ever.
And if this president doesn’t understand their importance, if this president doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, both domestically and abroad, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office — Republican, Democrat or independent — the sooner, the better. The fate of our Republic depends upon it.
Wall Street Journal
– Oct 17, 2019, 11:54 AM
WASHINGTON—A top White House official said President Trump's decision to hold up aid to Ukraine this summer was tied to his demand that Kyiv investigate events related to the 2016 U.S. election, the first time the White House has…
Tonkin Honky ¯/_ツ_/¯Quid pro quo. Game, set, match.
A top White House official said President Trump’s decision to hold up aid to Ukraine this summer was tied to his demand that Kyiv investigate events related to the 2016 U.S. election, the first time the White House has acknowledged a link between the withheld aid and probes that Mr. Trump was seeking.
Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said that Mr. Trump’s concerns about alleged corruption in Ukraine—including an unfounded suspicion the president has expressed that the hacked Democratic National Committee server has since been hidden in Ukraine—were partly responsible for Mr. Trump’s order to hold nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine in July.
“We do that all of the time with foreign policy,” Mr. Mulvaney said, referring to the decision to withhold aid out of corruption concerns. “The look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation. And that is absolutely appropriate.”
The New York Times
– Oct 17, 2019, 10:47 AM
WASHINGTON — Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday gave a full-throated defense of Facebook as a champion of free expression, aiming to put the social network above politics as impeachment proceedings over President Trump and the 2020 presidential…
Tonkin Honky ¯/_ツ_/¯FB as free speech crusade? Gee, and I thought it was founded to play Hot or Not with Harvard's Freshman yearbook and get rich quick on targeted ads and personal data mining!
...the Facebook chief executive said the social network had been founded to give people a voice and bring them together and that critics who had assailed the company for doing so were setting a dangerous example.
The New York Times
– Oct 17, 2019, 12:00 PM
Facial recognition technology, once a darling of Silicon Valley with applications for policing, spying and authenticating identities, is suddenly under fire. Conservative Republicans like Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio and liberal Democrats like…
– Oct 17, 2019, 11:52 AM
Joe Biden has a dire warning for voters who've been seduced by single-payer advocates' sweet nothings: In Bernie Sanders's socialist dystopia, the typical American worker would see a small percentage of her income deducted from each paycheck, so as…
Tonkin Honky ¯/_ツ_/¯No honest observer can look at this data and conclude that single-payer health-care systems are inherently more expensive and inefficient than America’s existing model. Which means that the eye-popping price tag of Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All plan does not reflect the steep price of socialized medicine, per se. Rather, it reflects the fact that America’s aberrant refusal to impose price controls on its health-care industry has enabled the sector to extract an ever-higher share of national income. Americans spend several times more than their peers in other developed countries on health-care administration, pharmaceuticals, and physicians’ salaries. Although the existing Medicare for All proposals would create some cost savings, they would not fully rectify our overspending problem in the near term. This is, in part, because bringing our payment rates all the way down to the international median in one fell swoop would risk hospital closures and other economic disruptions (and spur massive resistance from powerful and respected interest groups). For these reasons, any plausible proposal for shifting all of America’s health-care costs onto Uncle Sam’s books is bound to look fiscally extravagant. But leaving those costs off the government’s ledger doesn’t make them disappear.
Data For Progress
– Oct 16, 2019, 9:01 PM
By Elizabeth Beavers, Senior Fellow for Data For Progress; Alexander McCoy, Political Director for Common Defense; Sean McElwee, co-founder, Data for Progress In the nearly two decades since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has…
Tonkin Honky ¯/_ツ_/¯When it comes to the role of the US in the world, voters reject Trump-esque “America First” isolationism, but they also reject the “American exceptionalism” framing that demands a blank check for maintaining global military supremacy and whitewashes harm that some US foreign policy has done in the world.
Voters want to see an end to endless wars as well as to the practice of arming authoritarian regimes that commit human rights abuses in the name of security and counterterrorism.