Law and order without the rule of law is neither law nor order. And any news organization that uncritically describes President Trumps reelection campaign as premised on law and order appeals, without placing his concerted efforts to destroy the rule of law in America front and center alongside them, is helping to drain those words of all meaning.
Over the weekend, Trump unleashed a vile and frenzied tweetstorm about ongoing violence in Oregon and Wisconsin. His barrage of Twitter activity, which included deliberate efforts to incite civil conflict and support for vigilante activity and jailing political opponents, combined both those elements superficial law-and-order appeals with open contempt for the rule of law.
Trumps just-finished convention also juxtaposed law-and-order appeals alongside undisguised contempt for the rule of law. It employed endless lies and absurdities to portray a nation tipped into chaos by a radical left that has supposedly taken Joe Biden captive, combined with the extensive, unlawful use of government resources to serve Trumps reelection hopes.
These two things Trumps law-and-order messaging as a reelection candidate, and his destruction of the rule of law as president are often treated as two distinct things. But they are actually part of the same story.
Good news for airline passengers. United Airlines announced Sunday that it would no longer charge fliers $200 to change their tickets on flights within the U.S. The airline said in a statement that it was permanently getting rid of change fees ... effective immediately.
Under the new rules, fliers can change their domestic flights as many times as they like without penalty.
CEO Scott Kirby said in a video statement the changes come in response to the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. You may remember that as we emerged from previous tough times, we made difficult decisions to survive financially, sometimes at the expense of customer service, either by adding new fees or cutting the things that made the flying experience better, simply because they were too expensive, he said. United Airlines wont be following that same playbook as we come out of this crisis.
The airline also is waiving change fees for passengers holding domestic or international tickets for new tickets through the end of the year. The same goes for tickets issued after March 3.
Well, that's a start. What they don't tell you is that you'll have to pay the difference in price between the original ticket and the new one.
The Twitter account belonging to the late Herman Cain, who died after being infected with COVID-19 in July, issued an eyebrow-raising proclamation on Sunday night.
It looks like the virus is not as deadly as the mainstream media first made it out to be, the account tweeted with an article by the Western Journal, a right-wing media outlet.
The tweet was subsequently deleted.
Wow. Who knew?
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As secretary of state, Mike Pompeo has presided over the collapse of negotiations with North Korea, the failure of a pressure campaign against Iran and an abortive attempt to oust Venezuelas authoritarian regime. On his watch, China has carried out genocide in its Xinjiang region and the suppression of Hong Kongs freedoms without resistance from Washington until it was too late.
Pompeo has failed to fill dozens of senior positions at the State Department, and hundreds of career diplomats have left or been driven out in political purges. Morale is at a historic low: In staff surveys, there has been a 34 percent increase between 2016 and 2019 in those who say the State Departments senior leaders did not maintain high levels of honesty and integrity. Maybe thats because Pompeo himself has defied legal mandates from Congress, skirted a law restricting arms sales to Saudi Arabia, tasked staffers with carrying out errands for himself and his wife, and fired the inspector general who was investigating his violations.
Last week, Pompeo crossed yet another ethical line by speaking before the Republican National Convention, thereby disregarding the State Departments explicit legal guidance against such appearances. The speech he delivered was weak and littered with false or simply ludicrous claims, such as that the recent diplomatic accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is a deal that our grandchildren will read about in their history books. Maybe if they major in Middle Eastern affairs.
With his ambitions likely fixed on a presidential candidacy in 2024, Pompeo is undoubtedly hoping most of the diplomatic disasters will ultimately be blamed on President Trump, especially if Trump loses the November election. But the former Kansas congressman should not get off so easy. Yes, its Trumps foreign policy. But Pompeos steering of it has led to some of the worst diplomatic damage the United States has suffered in decades especially in relations with its closest allies.
President Trump and his cronies are like the cartoon villains in movies who not only unleash dastardly plots but then helpfully explain them to the audience. Thus on Thursday, the presidents outgoing counselor, Kellyanne Conway, told Fox News: The more chaos and anarchy and vandalism and violence reigns, the better it is for the very clear choice on whos best on public safety and law and order.
Seldom has a more cynical or sordid thought been publicly expressed by such a senior White House aide. As Democratic nominee Joe Biden said, Trump is rooting for more violence, not less, because he views it as politically beneficial in his quest to scare White America into voting for him.
You can see this horrifying spectacle unfolding over the past few days. On Thursday, in his acceptance speech, Trump castigated all of the rioting, looting, arson and violence we have seen in Democrat-run cities. On Friday, at a campaign rally in New Hampshire, Trump again calumniated protesters as anarchists, rioters and looters. On Saturday, a caravan of Trump supporters gathered outside Portland, Ore., and drove through the city, firing paintballs and pepper spray at bystanders.
Before long, a battle broke out between the Trump supporters and Black Lives Matters supporters, with punches thrown and debris hurled. The Post reported: Trump supporters in trucks were at one point blocked in by the Black Lives Matter activists and began exiting their vehicles, precipitating the violence. Eventually one person wearing the hat of a far-right group called Patriot Prayer was shot dead.
As President Trump droned through his 70-minute acceptance speech while desecrating the White House as a television backdrop, which was probably illegal the words that kept coming to mind were two he has applied with relish to his opponents: low-energy and sleepy.
Find footage of his 2016 acceptance speech and watch it back to back with Thursdays. If thats too painful, just watch parts of both. Even a speech instructor at the late Trump University would notice the contrasting levels of vitality.
The 2020 Trump looks like a man who knows his show is about to be canceled. He has to make a herculean effort to turn things around and he is just too sick and tired of the whole thing to give it a real try. Perhaps he hoped the quantity of his words would offset the lack of forcefulness in his presentation. It backfired. A man whom even critics concede is interesting became ponderous and boring.
Seeing things this way is not, as far as I can tell, the prevailing view going into the final months of this election. Spooked by what happened in 2016, many analysts especially Democrats seem to assume that things will go very wrong for Biden.
The post-2016 language about liberals, Democrats, elites and the media not understanding the values of White working- and middle-class class Americans in the Midwest is back in force. The disorder in Kenosha after the police shooting of Jacob Blake and now the killing in Portland over the weekend are assumed to be helpful to Trump, even though Biden pointed out, rather logically, that this mayhem is happening on Trumps watch.
Confronting a climate crisis that threatens the fossil fuel industry, oil companies are racing to make more plastic. But they face two problems: Many markets are already awash with plastic, and few countries are willing to be dumping grounds for the worlds plastic waste.
The industry thinks it has found a solution to both problems in Africa.
According to documents reviewed by The New York Times, an industry group representing the worlds largest chemical makers and fossil fuel companies is lobbying to influence United States trade negotiations with Kenya, one of Africas biggest economies, to reverse its strict limits on plastics including a tough plastic-bag ban. It is also pressing for Kenya to continue importing foreign plastic garbage, a practice it has pledged to limit.
Plastics makers are looking well beyond Kenyas borders. We anticipate that Kenya could serve in the future as a hub for supplying U.S.-made chemicals and plastics to other markets in Africa through this trade agreement, Ed Brzytwa, the director of international trade for the American Chemistry Council, wrote in an April 28 letter to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
The United States and Kenya are in the midst of trade negotiations and the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has made clear he is eager to strike a deal. But the behind-the-scenes lobbying by the petroleum companies has spread concern among environmental groups in Kenya and beyond that have been working to reduce both plastic use and waste.
By Charles M. Blow
The use of white fear and white victimhood as potent political weapons is as old as the country itself. Donald Trump is just the latest practitioner of this trade.
As Robert G. Parkinson wrote in The Common Cause, his book about patriot leaders during the American Revolution, politicians used fears of insurrectionist enslaved people, Indian massacres and foreign mercenaries to unite the disparate colonies in a common fight.
Does this sound similar to Trumps rhetoric on Mexicans, Muslims, immigrants, Black Lives Matter and supposed anarchists?
Even the founding fathers used white fear of the other for political benefit. And when they didnt have the facts, they were not above fabrication.
During its search for a new postmaster general, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors was presented with 53 candidates screened by an outside company. Not on the list: Louis DeJoy, who ultimately got the job.
Instead, in what Democrats call a breach of protocol and blatant cronyism, DeJoys name was added as a contender by the board member leading the search, John Barger. He was acting on behalf of the boards chairman, Robert Mike Duncan, a former Republican National Committee chairman who knew DeJoy and his wife through work on a White House advisory group. DeJoy, Barger and Duncan were prominent donors to President Donald Trump and other Republicans.
How exactly DeJoy was hired is among the questions Congress is trying to unravel as lawmakers scrutinize a series of operational changes at the Postal Service that have resulted in widespread mail delays and fears that the agency will not be able to handle an expected surge in mail-in ballots this fall as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Democrats say they also want to learn more about the role of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who met with Duncan and other Republicans on the agencys board while the selection of the new postmaster general was underway.
Source: LA Times
Foster Farms announced Saturday that it will comply with a Merced County health department order and temporarily close one of its poultry plants in Livingston, Calif., the site of a coronavirus outbreak that has left eight workers dead.
The outbreak at the Central Valley facility has persisted for at least two months, according to the county health department. Officials said the company did not complete the widespread testing of employees that the county first recommended and then ordered.
The company said in a statement that it will close the plant Tuesday evening and will not resume operations until the evening of Sept. 7, following a deep cleaning of the facility and new rounds of testing for all 1,400 employees. In addition to the eight workers who have died of complications from COVID-19, at least 392 plant employees have tested positive, health officials said, making the outbreak one of the worst in the state.
Outbreaks are ongoing and widespread throughout multiple separate buildings at the Livingston facility, Merced County officials said. Of about 2,600 workers at the Livingston facility, 13.7% of workers have received a positive test result based on worker self-reporting. Authorities expressed concerns that the outbreak could be much worse, since universal testing of workers has not been completed.
Read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-29/foster-farms-to-temporarily-close-poultry-plant-where-eight-workers-have-died
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