With Gordon Sondland prepared to testify this week, Republicans backed away from complaints about secondhand information and instead offered a blunter defense: The president did nothing wrong.
Craig CalhounAre the Republicans who defend Trump actually more base than he is? Or are they just dumb? It will be interesting to watch him turn on those he deems insufficiently supportive or just ineffective.
nytimes.com/2019/11/17/us/… via @NYTimes
Republican voters made Trump the white-supremacist-in-chief. That’s why a resignation from Miller wouldn’t change much
Craig CalhounMore complex, but this is too true for comfort. Miller is among the worst people ever appointed to any White House job. He should go, but getting rid of him won’t produce a commitment of the Republicans to justice and a better future for all Americans
A federal tax break intended to draw investment to lower-income areas has become one more way for the rich to avoid paying taxes.
Craig CalhounShould not surprise anyone. Trying to steer investment with subsidies gave too much say to politicians, creating too much temptation to corruption. One more tax cut for rich, no help for poor - like many such gimmicks before.
nytimes.com/2019/11/16/opi… via @NYTOpinion
North Carolina Republicans introduced a new congressional map giving Democrats more potential clout. It’s still not enough, Democrats say, vowing to go back to court.
Craig CalhounNorth Carolina's Republican Party is interested mainly in its own power. It even subordinates its far-right agenda to naked self-interest. It certainly doesn't care about the actual future of the state or the country.
The moves signaled that as commander in chief, Mr. Trump intends to use his power as the ultimate arbiter of military justice.
Craig CalhounTrump to military: It's ok to ignore the officers above you. It's ok to let the colleagues who fight with you down. It's ok ignore the discipline you were taught. Unfortunately, a military without discipline is dangerous to itself as well as others.
As the country’s first Indigenous president has tumbled from power, Indigenous Bolivians fear the loss of their hard-won political gains, and say a racially tinged backlash has begun.
Craig CalhounNo doubt Right vs Left, competence, and corruption all matter. But everyone should be clear that Bolivian opposition to Morales was based largely on the determination of wealthy and middle class whites not to share with indigenous Bolivians.
In Trump’s America, African-Americans and Latinos have a new kind of solidarity.
Craig CalhounPerhaps the Trump administration will lead to greater solidarity between Latinos and African-Americans. Then it will have done one good thing. And with luck, that solidarity will help end Trump's reign.
Brown Is the New Black
Craig CalhounPretty much on target. The main problem is an economic system that produces so many billionaires. Some are good people and try to do good things with their wealth. But their wealth encourages a distorted view of the world (and themselves).
It’s not that top aides sought to undermine President Trump, it’s that they thought they had to.
Craig CalhounOne of the oddest things in the Nikki Haley story is that Tillerson and Kelly thought she might care more about the future of the country than her own career ambitions. Nothing about her record supports this.
City officials are looking to Norway, whose correctional system is a radical departure from cold, harsh American prisons.
Craig CalhounReform of New York’s Jails is so long overdue and so deeply needed. They are failing. Norway's approach is lightyears better. Not only more humane and better for social justice. More efficient and better for society.