Two reporters are in front of a blue banner with a newspaper's logo on it. An iPhone sits on a $100 stand as they shuffle blank papers around on a particle-board table. The male anchor reaches over the phone and hits a red button. A slight bead of sweat appears on his forehead as he puts the face in Facebook Live. He begins to speak."Good morning, we have an update on what is going on in Mississippi on National Political Signing Day — the national holiday that celebrates potential." Ramsey: Feeling the Devil's breath: The opioid crisis His female coanchor chimes in, "It's also the day when 18-year-olds learn what a fax machine is. But so far, it's nothing but potential suspense. Let's leap into our live coverage by going to our reporter in the field. The feed cuts to a reporter standing in front of a building that has seen better days. Through the pouring rain, viewers can barely make out the words, … [Read more...] about An update from Mississippi’s National Political Signing Day
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page James Pindell Globe Staff February 07, 2018 The news that President Donald Trump ordered White House staff and the Pentagon to begin planning a large military parade in Washington was met with eyerolls by many Democrats. They see it as unnecessary and, well, a little like what Russia would do.But Democrats should just let president have his parade. Opposing it puts them in a political trap.Yes, there are many reasons the parade shouldn’t happen. Advertisement It’s expensive, and it will require months of planning -- time that could be used to address potential threats around the globe. Get This Week in Politics in your inbox: A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here It might have a negative impact on foreign policy. Countries like North … [Read more...] about Democrats should just let Trump have his parade. It’s a political trap.
An affair between two FBI staffers and the FBI’s use of the so-called dossier in seeking a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for wiretapping Carter Page are ponderable events but they do not dilute the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections or “vindicate” Trump’s subservience to Vladimir Putin, despite the recent memogate scandal whose perpetrators would want you to think otherwise.Personal texts between the above-mentioned staffers contain unflattering comments about Trump. Many Americans would concur. But the texts don’t endanger national security. A president who reveals intelligence sources to Russian visitors in an Oval Office meeting with them and tries to hide Russia’s attack on our democracy is the real danger to America. One of the above-mentioned FBI staffers was on Robert Mueller’s Russia probe team. After his texting with his mistress became public, Mueller ditched him. That’s … [Read more...] about It’s a dangerous game for political leaders to air secrets for political points | Malik
WASHINGTON – Sometimes the nation's most important news hides in plain sight. Proof of that fact can be found on the front page of Wednesday's Washington Post, which tells us: "Senators say deal on budget is in sight." Don't yawn just because it's a budget story. Read it and be glad that, if things work out, Congress will have solved some major dilemmas – how to fund the government and how to raise the debt ceiling – for the next two years. That would free the nation from shutdown showdowns for a good long time, providing a growing economy with some long-term stability, which is no small thing. Yet perhaps the most important news is what's not in the still-developing deal. There is nothing about immigration, nothing about the border wall, and nothing about DACA, the soon-to-expire Obama-era program protecting nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from the prospect of deportation. Talks on those issues seem stalemated, meaning that program – called … [Read more...] about The briefing: A new daily blog on the political news behind the news
By Robert O'Sullivan | PUBLISHED: February 7, 2018 at 6:30 am | UPDATED: February 11, 2018 at 2:15 pm Last month, I attended the funeral of trailblazing California politician March Fong Eu, who died in December at the age of 95. Eu, born in 1922 in Oakdale in Stanislaus County, where her parents ran a hand-wash laundry, became the first Asian American woman to hold an elected constitutional statewide office in the United States. She was elected four times to the state Assembly representing the East Bay and five times as California secretary of state before serving as ambassador to Micronesia in the Clinton administration. Having been her legislative administrative assistant for a few years in the early 1970s, I attended her funeral for the usual reasons: To pay respects to the memory of someone I knew and admired, and to see former staff colleagues and friends I hadn’t seen for 30 years or so. What I didn’t expect was an epiphany about her legacy: The presence and … [Read more...] about Opinion: March Fong Eu blazed the trail of political diversity