THE BIG IDEA: Get ready for Macron-mania.
Donald Trump was the first president since Calvin Coolidge, a century ago, not to welcome a foreign leader for a state visit during his first year in office. Fifteen months into his presidency, Trump is finally rolling out the red carpet for French President Emmanuel Macron. The country’s tricolor flag is flying all over downtown, and three days of events are planned in the capital city. After Macron lands this afternoon, the presidents and their wives will take a helicopter to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, for a sunset dinner on the terrace overlooking the Potomac.
Trump and Macron will meet one-on-one tomorrow morning in the Oval Office. Vice President Pence will host a lunch for Macron at the State Department, and he will tour Arlington National Ceme…
THE BIG IDEA: SAN FRANCISCO—When Mark Zuckerberg is under the klieg lights on Capitol Hill today, he will emphasize Facebook’s endorsement of the Honest Ads Act.
“We know some members of Congress are exploring ways to increase transparency around political or issue advertising, and we’re happy to keep working with Congress on that,” the founder and chief executive of the social networking giant plans to say, according to his prepared testimony.
Technology companies pride themselves on being insulated from the sorts of burdensome government requirements that apply to most other industries. So why on Earth would Zuckerberg support a new law that would be expensive to comply with and, thus, ostensibly hurt his bottom line?
Here are six reasons:
1. Desperate times calls for desperate measures.
The war on drugs is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. There are mountains of evidence proving that the biggest importers of harmful, addictive, mind diminishing street drugs is the government. The drug laws that exist do not apply to the government agencies that bring these substances to our country. They are only designed to keep everyone else from this extremely lucrative business and give the establishment another reason to oppress people.
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US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and her husband Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, recently attended a…
Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company
After drugs were found aboard the Ping May, a vessel owned by his wife’s family’s company, Colombian authorities are investigating.
THE BIG IDEA: President Trump said in an interview that aired on Fox News this morning that “the NFL owners did the right thing” by altering the league’s national anthem policy. Football players will no longer be required to appear on the field when the anthem plays before games, but teams and the league will now be allowed to impose discipline for those who protest publicly during the song.
“I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends.” “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem!” The president added that athletes who don’t stand “shouldn’t be playing.” “Maybe they shouldn’t be in the country,” he mused.
Even by Trump standar…
Trump: ‘I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind’
BY JAMES HOHMANNwith Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve THE BIG IDEA: President Trump has not nominated anyone to be the director of the Office on Violence Against Women in the Justice Department.
The person in this position oversees a budget of more than $450 million and is supposed to be the administration’s leading voice on domestic and sexual violence, both nationally and internationally. By controlling the flow of grants, the director can influence programs to better protect and serve victims. Women’s advocates lobbied for years to elevate this job and require that the Senate confirm the president’s pick.
It is one of more than 200 high-profile appointments that Trump has left vacant over the past 13 months, far more than his predecessors. But this opening has become especially glaring against the backdrop of the White House’s botched response to revelations that former senior aide Rob Porter allegedly assaulted both of …
Juan Cole, Informed Comment Cole writes: "John Kelly, White House chief of staff, is an immigrant-hating bigot, as demonstrated by a long series of Draconian statements and measures that would have embarrassed most normal people into a lifetime vow of silence in their wake." READ MORE
THE BIG IDEA: Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech, delivered 50 years ago tonight in Memphis, is well remembered for its prophetic musings on mortality. “I've seen the Promised Land,” he said on a stormy night at the Mason Temple. “I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”
The reverend’s declaration that he was not worried about anything and did not fear any man – because he had seen the glory of the coming of the Lord – followed more than 40 minutes of reflection on the cause that brought him to Memphis – and martyrdom. Slain at just 39, the extemporaneous oratory on the eve of his assassination ensured that King would be remembered as a sort of American Moses. But the meat of his …