However, longstanding observers of the alliance accept it has been strained over the past four years -- and will worsen still if Donald Trump beats former vice president Joe Biden in this year's US election. "Trump considers the EU, especially Germany, an economic and trade rival, which means tensions can be expected in the case he gets a second term," says Velina Tchakarova, from the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy. … [Read more...] about Cracks in the Trump-Europe relationship are turning into a chasm
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Under pressure in June as major companies yanked advertising from its site, Facebook promised it would label Trump posts when they break rules around voting or hate speech. Video messaging platform Snapchat last month also said it would keep the president's account active and searchable but would stop showcasing his profile on the platform. And in a move to clamp down on hate and violent speech, the online comment forum Reddit decided to ban one of the president's most prolific fan forums, The_Donald. … [Read more...] about Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms
In the olden days, political conventions literally picked nominees—which meant incumbent presidents could not spend all spring attacking a nominee-in-waiting, since there might be numerous candidates who could emerge as the nominee. But for the last four decades, or so, national conventions have been purely ceremonial affairs, and challengers have paid the price. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response Cost Him Incumbent’s Edge
On Wednesday, Trump announced that he would be holding his first rally since the lockdown began in March—an event on Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, followed by ones in other states soon after. The rallies promise to be boisterous, celebratory affairs—already pitched by the campaign as the first chapter of a roaring Trump comeback. They also reflect the triumph of political interests over public health warnings—a development aided by state governors who’ve made similar calculations—and racial tensions that led to mass rallies. On Thursday, the Trump campaign’s official announcement of the Tulsa event came with a symbolic, chilling footnote: By attending the event, it read, those registering “agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.” and others liable for any potential COVID-19 infection. … [Read more...] about Trump Told Rallies May Give Fans COVID But He’s Still Demanding Jam-Packed Crowds
University of California President Janet Napolitano, who launched the DACA program when she was Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security, filed a lawsuit in 2017 against the Trump administration in federal court in San Francisco, along with California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, arguing that the administration hadn’t given a valid reason for ending DACA. … [Read more...] about The Supreme Court rejected Trump’s attempt to end DACA. Now what?