The Democratic Party’s gerontocracy is holding back the political causes it claims to want to advance.
Steve Inskeep“More likely than not, members of Generation X will never get their turn—an entire cohort condemned to the fate of Prince Charles. After the indignities that Boomers inflicted on Generation X... this scarcely seems fair.”
Steve Inskeep“It’s worth recognizing that currently, the United States of America is not just in thrall to the billionaires. It’s in thrall to the children, and the wives, and also the pool boys of the billionaires.”
The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf acknowledges that Justin Amash’s lonely stand may not lead to Donald Trump’s impeachment. “But the nature of it,” he wrote, “forces conservative Trump voters to make a clarifying choice: To stay loyal to a president...
Steve Inskeep“... the argument that no criticism of Trump from the right should be tolerated. If you supported Trump’s policies, then you had to be silent about all the rest—the lies, the grift, the potentially illegal conduct. Everything.”
Barry Sussman, who edited Woodward and Bernstein at The Washington Post, discusses the president, Putin, and what the media must fix.
Steve Inskeep“The way Trump is covered now is that he is covered first. If there’s any room for anything, or anybody else, or anything else, it will follow, if there’s room. [Instead] The press... should pay attention to what [else is] going on.”
The president has already fired an FBI director and an acting director. Now he’s gunning for the present director, Chris Wray.
Steve Inskeep“What Trump means by leadership is compliance. He wants an FBI director who serves him personally the way Attorney General Barr has served him personally. So long as the FBI retains its integrity, Trump feels unsafe. He cannot close the case.”
NPR changed its flagship news show’s music last week, and gave away something indelible.
Steve InskeepHere, @yayitsrob slams the new theme at length, but adds: “Your kid may be late for school, traffic may be a nightmare, but @MorningEdition is still there...a friendly person [far away is] calmly talking about the news, and wants you to have a great day.”
The attorney general’s performance has been catastrophic.
Steve Inskeep“It is a kind of trope of political opposition in every administration that the attorney general—whoever he or she is—is politicizing the Justice Department and acting as a defense lawyer for the president. In this case it is true.”
Many of China's Belt and Road projects run through Xinjiang Province, home to the Muslim-minority Uighurs who live in intense security. Many sense Belt and Road and Xinjiang's problems are connected.
Steve InskeepColleague @rob_schmitz has long reported on China’s camps for Uighurs from the outside, and revealed accounts of torture. Now he’s taken a government-sponsored tour of a camp, and met people apparently detained for thoughtcrime. @MorningEdition
It demonstrates that the president’s word simply can’t be trusted.
Steve Inskeep“As recently as last year, 76 percent of Republicans still believed that Trump told the truth ‘all or most of the time,’” says @DavidAFrench. Now “the lies are simply too much to bear. No Republican should tolerate such dishonesty.”
America's devotion to the practice stems in part from the fact that it's what today's parents and teachers grew up with themselves.
Steve Inskeep“If we had kids reading—anything, the sports page, anything...that’s the best single thing. If we had kids going to the zoo [or parks] their test scores would improve. But they’re not. They’re...doing homework that is not expanding what they think about.”
Arthur Brooks says that even if you're sure someone's lying, calling that person a liar won't help your case. His book describes "how decent people can save America from the culture of contempt."
Steve InskeepHow do you argue sensibly with people you feel are profoundly wrong? @arthurbrooks wants better public debate, yet dismisses terms like "civility" and "tolerance" as "garbage standards." On @MorningEdition, he offers a prescription for less garbage. @npr
“President Trump likes Chairman Kim, and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary.
Steve InskeepHis spokesman says the president canceled his own government’s sanctions on North Korea because “President Trump likes Chairman Kim, and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.”
They rely on murderous insincerity and the unwillingness of liberal societies to see them for what they are.
Steve Inskeep“Apparently it matters little to his followers what he says... Their chief concern is how he says it. What he says may not be true... but to those who like it it is not without its logic.” The New York Times on Hitler, 1930.
President Trump used his veto pen for the first time Friday. GOP senators who bucked the president in Thursday's vote said they did so to preserve congressional control over government spending.
Steve InskeepIf you doubt that Americans say "invaders" or "invasion," do a Google search, or note remarks by the president today. He both used the word and defended its frequent use: "People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is,"