The attorney general has become Trump’s political enforcer.
The Intercept“That’s how Trump sees the office of attorney general: as his own Roy Cohn, his own personal lawyer and fixer. But here’s what’s worse: that’s apparently how Bill Barr sees himself too,” says @mehdirhasan.
No understanding of international or domestic politics is possible without a factual grasp of the CIA’s purpose.
The Intercept“You and I are both from the wealthiest country on earth and we live very comfortably compared to all the world’s people. It’s not nice to think, ‘Well is that because my government killed people? Is that part of the reason?’” says @Vinncent.
HuffPost senior reporter Zach Carter and journalist Ted Genoways are this week’s guests.
The Intercept“[The HEROES Act] is yet another onslaught of means-tested crumbs distribution. It is a corporate and lobbyist benefits package. It is a neoliberal economic policy and austerity showcase,” says @jeremyscahill.
While some people welcomed the Georgia Bureau of Investigations’s entry into Arbery’s case, others familiar with its checkered past are more skeptical.
The InterceptGeorgia’s need to grapple with Ahmaud Arbery’s killing comes against the backdrop of a long and dark history of violence against black people in Georgia — including decades-old lynchings that remain unsolved.
The Intercept“If people come to associate Covid-19 with nonwhite death, if it comes to be associated with black people’s deaths, any will that the U.S. had to competently and humanely manage the pandemic will just be lost.”
After Donald Trump suggested Joe Biden was out of it for mixing up the name of a virus, he wrongly said the 1918 pandemic happened in 1917 for the 40th time.
The InterceptDonald Trump said that the 1918 flu pandemic happened in 1917, which was at least the 40th time he has made the mistake in the past two months, according to White House transcripts, writes @RobertMackey.
Alameda County has caved to the tech billionaire’s demand to let him reopen his factory, potentially putting his workers at risk.
The Intercept“From the very beginning, [Elon] Musk has used his Twitter platform, where he has 34 million followers, to join with the right-wing pro-Trump folks in minimizing the threat from the coronavirus. And he’s been utterly wrong,” says @mehdirhasan.