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Woodward & NYT op-ed writer—Trump’s behavior reeks, but his policies A-OK

In this photo from Friday, water rises along Little Florida road in Poquoson, Virginia, whose American Indian name roughly translates as “great marsh.”

51 Days remain until the November midterms

If you haven’t volunteered for a campaign yet, time’s a’wastin’

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …

  • Donald and the attorney general who won’t cave (yet), by Susan Grigsby
  • Why the Republican Party has abandoned reality, by David Akadjian
  • Blue wave? It can happen if we remember our narrative! Trump knows this, by Egberto Willies
  • The return of the spend-and-not-tax Republicans, by Jon Perr
  • Caribbean rebuilding—in the aftermath of Irma and Maria, by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Today’s grandmothers should call out Trump, as this GOP grandmother did to Nixon in 1974, by Sher Watts Spooner
  • 9/11, by Mark E Andersen
  • Liar Trump claims credit for the Obama boom. His predecessor reminds us of the truth, by Ian Reifowitz

Susan Glasser of The New Yorker, however, has aptly written, “It was as if one of Woodward’s sources had chosen to publish a real-time epilogue in the pages of the Times.” […]

… the op-ed confirms the book’s central thesis about a chaotic White House led by an ignorant and impetuous president, although Woodward steers clear of ascribing “amorality” to Trump as the op-ed’s anonymous author has done. What is more, both heap praise on Trump on the policy side while questioning his personal style of presidency. But there is a more organic connection between the book and the op-ed.

Woodward’s book, while critical of aspects of Trump’s personality traits and their negative impact on decision-making, is on the whole a strong endorsement of the main contours of Trump’s presidency. Woodward devotes considerable attention to the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, yet does so by and large through the prism of Trump’s attorney, John Dowd, whose conclusions and interpretations Woodward often accepts at face value.

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twitter-content=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">When I read these retospectives on Lehman’s collapse and the policy response, I watch for the F-word. <a href="https://twitter.com/mtaibbi?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mtaibbi</a> is one of the few to invoke it. It’s hard to have an honest reckoning without it. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Fraud?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Fraud</a></p>— Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) <a href="https://twitter.com/StephanieKelton/status/1040969651570860032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 15, 2018</a></blockquote> ”>

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When I read these retospectives on Lehman’s collapse and the policy response, I watch for the F-word. @mtaibbi is one of the few to invoke it. It’s hard to have an honest reckoning without it. #Fraud

— Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) September 15, 2018

  • At the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Michael Bloomberg pretends to be clueless: After protesters challenged him during a speech, the former New York mayor replied: “Only in America could you have environmentalists protesting an environmental conference.” implying  “Oh, aren’t they being silly since we’re all working together?” He choose to avoid telling the audience that a big reason for the protesters’ challenge was that most of the summit’s events were by-invitation-only, with certain voices, like those of climate hawks, intentionally kept out, or at least held at arms’ length. The concerns of indigenous people were given short shrift inside the Moscone Convention Center during the three-day summit, but that did not stop them from being highly visible and active in the streets. The message of the protesters? Even in California, climate change policy and programs aren’t moving fast enough, quick enough, nor with enough focus on the environmental justice required by peoples who have suffered most from the extraction and production of fossil fuels and are now most vulnerable to the impacts of climate chaos.
     

The wave of optimism that surrounded the first two inter-Korean summits in April and May and the Singapore meeting between Trump and Kim in June conveniently overlooked disagreements about what exactly Kim had committed to.

“The third summit will bring more clarity to what North Korea means with the complete denuclearization of the peninsula,” said Kim Taewoo, former president of Seoul’s government-funded Korea Institute for National Unification. “If the North has been negotiating with goodwill all this time, Moon will be able to return with good results. But, regrettably, I see that possibility as low.”

As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure. After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail. And let me say clearly for the record, I don’t like jumpsuits and orange isn’t my color.

A Multnomah County, Oregon, jury may decide that she forgot the age-old advice that every good romance suspense writer should know: “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”

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