With this President, it's impossible to know whether his warming to the idea of a meeting with Iran's president represents a strategic shift of some kind or just another confusing and contradictory day in the life of the Trump presidency. Trump has repeatedly stated his desire to sit down with Rouhani to negotiate a new deal on the nuclear issue -- one he deems, unlike the Obama accord, to be to America's advantage. And yet most everything we've seen from the Trump administration to date has been maximum pressure. … [Read more...] about Weirdly, Trump seeks peace with Iran while Netanyahu battles it
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"The tragedy is an undertaking like this could actually be a good idea if serious," said Sean Wilentz, a history professor at Princeton University. "You could engage artists who are hurting for work right now. You could be innovative and really rethink the idea of what it means to memorialize things and how we do that. You could even break out of the whole classical/neoclassical forms we've been stuck in when it come statues. But I don't think that's what Trump has in mind." … [Read more...] about Historians question Trump’s ‘heroes,’ plans for national garden monument
“One issue is that the president and some of his people see something on Fox News and then take that to mean that that issue will resonate with most voters: Republican, independents, even some Democrats or former Democrats,” said one Republican operative close to the White House. “That is what is happening with the hyper-focus on this [statues] issue and it doesn’t always work out. Look at the caravan during the  midterms.” … [Read more...] about Trump Advisers Wonder: ‘Is the Statue Shit Going to Work?’
Some in the crowd began lining up days ago at the border gates surrounding the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa—all for a glimpse of Trump in his first rally since March. But the numbers of actual attendees appeared to fall far short of expectations. After hyping the likelihood of a packed arena with a massive overflow crowd that the president would address separately, the campaign had to abruptly cancel that separate speech. And footage from inside the BOK Center showed entire sections of baby blue empty seats as Trump’s surrogates tried to rev up attendees. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Big Campaign Revival Speech Turns Into a Story About a Ramp and His Fear of ‘Falling on My Ass’
There are more questions than answers about West's plans at this point. (His agent didn't respond to our email requesting more information.) West has already missed the deadline to qualify for the ballot in several states, and it's unclear if he has the ability or willingness to collect the signatures required to qualify in others. But to be a significant factor in 2020, he doesn't necessarily need to appear on the ballot. … [Read more...] about 2020 Watch: Has Trump surrendered to the coronavirus?