The feud with Twitter serves as a convenient distraction for Trump from major challenges he currently faces, such as controlling the coronavirus pandemic and managing an economy hard-hit by COVID-19 restrictions. Unlike in those arenas, where researched hard numbers can mute the president's points, in the me-vs.-them battle of Trump and Twitter, his ability to make his point can be based largely on volume and bluster. … [Read more...] about Twitter and Trump: a feud years in the making finally erupts
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But it also heightens the dangers of polarization. “When you can’t agree on the state of the world, you open up opportunities for people to question the motives of others," Pasek said. He says that makes existing conflicts worse and de-legitimizes people with diverging views. “You make it easier to see those people who differ from you as less American." … [Read more...] about Twitter and Trump: A feud years in the making finally erupts
6:46 a.m. Trump waits 16 hours to tweet about 100,000 dead U.S. citizens: President Trump on Thursday morning offered his “heartfelt sympathy & love” to the families of more than 100,000 coronavirus victims in the United States, almost 16 hours after the nation reached the milestone. “We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000,” Trump said in a tweet. “To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!” Prior to the message, Trump spent much of Wednesday night and Thursday morning tweeting conspiracy theories. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: San Francisco financial scenarios ‘keep getting worse every week’
It is obviously true that, as president of the United States, Obama is not free to discuss race in unabashed left-wing terms, so even if he agreed with his party’s left, he would have to conceal his beliefs. But does Obama believe this? The evidence suggests otherwise. Long before his political career, Obama became famous as a moderate at the Harvard Law Review bitterly divided over racial politics. Obama bridged the divide between conservatives and leftists on staff, and eventually emerged as a consensus candidate for Law Review president because he subscribed fully to neither view but could empathize with elements of both — just as he does with police and protesters. That was not a pose. That was Obama displaying his authentic moderate liberal beliefs. … [Read more...] about Does President Obama Believe What He Says About Race?
“We’ve done a number of social distancing caterings where we cook on site. We cook it there, box it and put it in these XL containers. Then we put them on a table away from where we make it and let them pick it up.” … [Read more...] about Pasadena catfish restaurant owner: ‘Can’t say if we’ll make it’