When Barack Obama departed the White House a year ago, his legacy appeared to face mortal peril. Liberals, with their tendency toward hysteria, and conservatives, with their tendency toward gloating, united behind this belief. “Donald Trump has the power to rip Barack Obama’s legacy out by its roots,” asserted a story in Vox. “Brick by brick, President Trump is trying to tear down what Mr. Obama built,” reported the New York Times. “The trade deal? Canceled. The climate pact? Forget it. Cuba? Partially reversed. Health care? Unresolved, but to be repealed if he can navigate congressional crosscurrents.” … [Read more...] about Trump Hasn’t Destroyed Obama’s Legacy. He’s Revealed How Impressive It Was.
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Whipping up nationalist anger against France is not a strategy Trump invented. The Republican party used it to some effect in the run-up to the Iraq War, which France opposed (and was vindicated). The conservative media was filled with anti-French diatribes, including a book portraying France as America’s “oldest enemy,” while the GOP-controlled House renamed “French fries” as “freedom fries.” Since the strategy worked before — until the war it was selling turned into a catastrophe — the plan is to try it again. … [Read more...] about Trump Chooses Most Ironic Location in the Entire World for Anti-France Rally
FILE - In this 2016 file photo, music teacher John Zeretzke, right, applauds his students after they performed a piece with flutes they built in his class in Lake Forest, Calif. Zeretzke, the founder of an international music program who was accused of giving semen-tainted flutes to California elementary school students, was sentenced to 18 years in state prison, the state attorney's office said Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Nick Koon/The Orange County Register via AP, File) less … [Read more...] about Music teacher gets 18 years for lewd acts with schoolgirls
Doctors throughout the nation created a volunteer organization in March called #GetUsPPE to marshal donations and make bulk purchases. In recent weeks, the number of PPE items requested has surged, said co-founder Megan Ranney, an emergency room doctor and researcher at Brown University. Some of that may reflect greater awareness of their group, Ranney and others said. But a drastic increase in calls for gowns and coveralls tracks with shortages documented by FEMA and industry leaders, and a spike in requests from Texas arrived as cases there surged. … [Read more...] about America is running short on masks, gowns and gloves. Again.
President Trump’s main beef with the Paris Agreement was that it was “very unfair” to U.S. workers and businesses. (That, and French president Emmanuel Macron was super mean to him.) Trump claimed that the financial burdens that would have been placed on the American people if the U.S. had agreed to reduce carbon emissions would have been “draconian,” and attributed the rest of his decision to his commitment to his “America First” policy, which — at its core — is focused on placing the interests of American workers and American companies above those of global entities. … [Read more...] about For an International Pact That’s ‘Anti-Business,’ the Paris Agreement Sure Seems Popular in the Tech Industry