Trump says he will no longer deal with UK ambassador who labeled him ‘inept’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said Monday that the White House will no longer deal with British Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch after a series of leaked diplomatic cables revealed he told 10 Downing Street that the administration was “inept” and “clumsy.” British officials spent the weekend trying to do damage control after the messages leaked as their White House counterparts downplayed Darroch’s comments. In the cables leaked to the Daily Mail newspaper, Darroch warned the UK government that Trump’s “career could end in disgrace,” and described conflicts within the White House as “knife fights.” A UK government source told CNN the memos described in the Daily Mail story, which span the period between 2017 to present day, are genuine. …

Alison Klayman: Bannons into the Great Man theory of history and hes certain hes one of those great men

The award-winning documentarist on persuading the far-right strategist Steve Bannon to reveal himself in her new film, The Brink Alison Klaymans documentary The Brink, follows Steve Bannon, Donald Trumps former chief strategist, in the 13 months following his acrimonious departure from the White House in 2017. It covers a period during which Bannon campaigned for Republicans such as Roy Moore, the far-right Alabama politician who was accused of sexual misconduct, and established a new pan-European populist organisation, Miles Kwok [the Chinese billionaire]. They clearly had history, a mutual admiration. Out of that meeting came one of my favourite lines in the film. Bannon says: I think I can fund it, this group [the Movement]. All we need are the ideas. …

Joe Biden explained opposition to desegregation busing in 1981 CNN interview

(CNN)Joe Biden said in a 1981 CNN interview that he opposed busing to desegregate schools and that he supported efforts to cut back on courts’ ability to order busing. “What I have argued as one who grew up in the civil rights movement and ran for office as a public defender and a member of an active participant in civil rights cases, I have argued that the least effective remedy to be imposed is the busing remedy,” Biden said at another point in the interview. In a statement to CNN, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates reiterated that the former vice president always supported voluntary busing and federally mandated busing to end “de jure” segregation. “He has also always been an …

Donald Trump’s July 4 spectacle just keeps getting more and more absurd

(CNN)When President Donald Trump initially announced his plan to take over the usually non-partisan July 4 celebration in Washington way back in February, I wrote a piece with this headline “The utter absurdity of Trump’s July Fourth bash.” “Big 4th of July in D.C. ‘Salute to America.’” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning. “The Pentagon & our great Military Leaders are thrilled to be doing this & showing to the American people, among other things, the strongest and most advanced Military anywhere in the World. Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!” With the festivities now only days away, the full picture of what Trump has planned is coming into focus. And boy, oh boy, is it over the top. Among the …

Hollywood Tried to Save America With a Live Reading of the Mueller Report

On Monday night, a passel of Hollywood A-listers did the most theater geek thing imaginable: They attempted to fix the problems of America by doing a staged reading of a play. The movie stars gathered at the Riverside Church in New York to read an adaptation of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's possible obstruction of that investigation, written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Robert Shenkkan. The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts was livestreamed for the world to see. Each act was meant to show an act of obstruction, i.e. Act 1 showed Trump asking the FBI to shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn, Act 2 …

Jeremy Corbyn on Joyce’s Ulysses: Dont beat yourself up if you dont understand it’

Politicians including Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and the Labour leader have lined up to praise the impenetrable novel. Ahead of Bloomsday, Corbyn discusses the power of Joyces political vision In defiance of its reputation for being Philip Roth and Things Fall Apart is the book he returns to most. Ben Okris Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Trump reveled in visit with Queen, history and his family

Limerick, Ireland (CNN)It was the presidential version of what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation: Buckingham Palace to see bearskin-hatted guards; Normandy for the hallowed rows of fallen American heroes; and the west of Ireland for a round of golf on the Atlantic-facing links. Still, in the palaces and cabinet rooms the President leaves behind, there is relief among foreign officials that Trump’s European adventure ended without the kind of embarrassing episode that have colored some of his past jaunts abroad. Not to say it was all smooth cruising. Trump lashed out at left-leaning politicians in London and made little attempt to mask his preferences in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister. At times he seemed less-than-fully-aware of the issues that are being debated …

Trump bids farewell and thank you to the greatest generation

(CNN)President Donald Trump met the moment, perfectly, with words that summoned poetry from their simplicity. A group of now hollow-cheeked veterans, wearing medals proudly on their chests, and baseball caps bearing their battle honors, absorbed the applause. Three comrades directly behind Trump’s podium huddled under one blanket — as if in a long-ago fox hole. Any visit to the killing grounds of Normandy is humbling and inspiring. When world leaders gather to mark historic anniversaries emotions become even more intense. The names, ages and home states of the fallen etched on their graves nearby encapsulates the random horror of a world war. But there was something different, even more poignant, and final about the D-Day anniversary commemorations this year. Trump, …

Rebecca Solnit: ‘Every protest shifts the world’s balance’

Two hundred years after the Peterloo massacre, which led to the founding of the Manchester Guardian, protest is shaping our political moment. Where do we go from here? Scale it up and its revolution; scale it down and its individual non-cooperation that may be seen as nothing more than obstinacy or malingering or not seen at all. What we call protest identifies one aspect of popular power and resistance, a force so woven into history and everyday life that you miss a lot of its impact if you focus only on groups of people taking stands in public places. But people taking such stands have changed the world over and over, toppled regimes, won rights, terrified tyrants, stopped pipelines and …

Trump tells The Sun: Meghan Markle is ‘nasty,’ Boris Johnson would do a ‘very good job’ as Prime Minister

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump set the stage for his upcoming visit to the United Kingdom, Ireland and France next week during a wide-ranging interview with the British newspaper The Sun, weighing in on everything from outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Brexit to the contenders vying to replace her to Meghan Markle’s dislike of his politics. “And it is very hard to play well when one side has all the advantage,” he continued. “They had nothing to lose. They didn’t give the European Union anything to lose.” However, he acknowledged, “at the same time, I respect Theresa and she would certainly know the facts a lot better than I know them.” The royal family During his interview with …

This is Donald Trump’s America

Washington (CNN)Buried deep within a Pew Research Center poll on race and ethnicity in America released Wednesday is this paragraph: Dig into the numbers and things get even grimmer. Among white Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, fully 47% say it would bother them, a lot (20%) or some (27%), to hear a language other than English spoken in public. Just one in four (26%) of that group said hearing a foreign language in public wouldn’t bother them at all. (By contrast, 58% of white Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters said hearing a language other than English wouldn’t bother them at all.) Numbers like those go a long way in explaining how someone like Donald Trump — a political gadfly with nor real …

Joe Biden declines to apologize in first television interview of his 2020 campaign

(CNN)The hosts of ABC’s “The View” were looking — and asking, repeatedly — for an apology from Joe Biden. When co-host Sunny Hostin noted that the women have asked for him to say sorry, Biden seemed intent to side-step an outright apology. “I’m really sorry if in talking to them, in trying to console, that in fact they took it a different way,” Biden said. “And it’s my responsibility to make sure that I bend over backwards to try and understand how not to do that.” Given a third opportunity, Biden again demurred. “I’m sorry this happened,” he said, “but I’m not sorry in the sense that I think I did something that was intentionally designed to do anything wrong …

Joe Biden will confront a new political era as he launches his campaign

(CNN)Joe Biden’s mission in the presidential bid he will launch on Thursday is to prove he’s not a man out of step with the times. But Biden has one huge card to sell to Democrats desperate to oust Trump: He might be their best hope of beating the President, especially in the Midwestern, blue-collar heartland. And his experience and dignity could be the antidote to Trump’s rage. Biden enters the crowded primary after months of soul searching as a clear but not prohibitive front-runner. Invoking America’s better angels, Biden is offering experience and a character forged by tragedy to purge the scandals, lies and constitutional chicanery of the current President and to close the societal schisms he has widened. “We …

Muellers account of Trumps world acts as a cautionary tale for UK politics | Will Hutton

Senior figures in both countries behave as if they are above the law. Enough is enough Trump was right. His presidency was announced. Its tantamount to treasonous to work so closely with the Russian secret services during the campaign, with the Russians plainly hoping a Trump presidency would turn a blind eye to the subpoena by the House judicial committee for the full unredacted report is the first step. Democrat leaders may have misgivings about how impeachment will play out politically, but they have a constitutional and moral obligation to act against such a president with such a record. This behaviour sets new abysmal lows. Republican senators will almost certainly block the two-thirds majority needed to secure impeachment in the …

‘Wouldn’t that be fabulous?’: Kamala Harris says she’s open to an all-female 2020 ticket

(CNN)It wasn’t a pledge or a promise, but Kamala Harris on Friday heartily embraced the idea of choosing a female vice president to create an all-woman ticket in her quest for the White House. But in this historic moment — fueled by the #MeToo movement and a growing culture of female empowerment — the notion doesn’t seem quite so far-fetched. It’s a particularly good talking point for Harris, whose advisers believe that her path to Democratic nomination hinges on her ability to consolidate support among women and black voters. In her case, celebrating the idea of a two-women ticket is good politics. Or in her words: fabulous. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : …

My dispiriting, infuriating and illuminating time as a political telemarketer

The long read: What I learned about politics while phone-banking for the Democrats I got into political fundraising in the autumn of 2007 because I had become sick of yelling at the TV, and I didnt want to be one of those people who failed to put their money where their mouth was, ideologically speaking. I started with plenty of door-to-door canvassing; the transition to working the phones meant I was at least glad to be indoors during my workday. And for a brief, shining moment back when Barack Obama was still just a candidate, mass telemarketing was not only a way of raising money it also doubled as the most compelling means of showing an enlightened reformist spirit in …