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Saturday
Aug192017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, racism, white nationalism?: Various commentaries, "The Other Inconvenient Truth" (Charles Blow); "Beware: Trump may use the alt-right to turn himself into the center" (Anne Applebaum); "On the president's shame of equivocation" (John Diaz); "Is Trump ignorant of America's darker past, or is he part of it?" (David Horsey) ....

***President Donald Trump, racism? white nationalism?

* New York Times (Op-Ed: Charles Blow):  "The Other Inconvenient Truth"

* Washington Post (Op-Ed: Anne Applebaum):  "Beware: Trump may use the alt-right to turn himself into the center"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Op-Ed: John Diaz):  "On the president's shame of equivocation"

*  Los Angeles Times (Top of the Ticket: David Horsey):  "Is Trump ignorant of America's darker past, or is he part of it?"

Saturday
Aug192017

POLITICS (National, Local/Los Angeles): 2020 presidential election, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti?: "Early-Primary States Love L.A.'s Mayor Eric Garcetti: But California? Historically, Not So Much" ....

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (2020 presidential election, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti?)....

* Forbes (Bill Whalen):  "Early-Primary States Love L.A.'s Mayor Garcetti: But California? Historically,  Not So Much" - From Forbes:

Two rising stocks have caught my eye – one being Apple, which reached a record high earlier this week before announcing that it’s going to war with Netflix on the video content front. The other uptick: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. He’s landed the 2028 Summer Olympic Games and will soon be sharing that news with the good people of New Hampshire.

Translation: for a guy who says he’s not running for president (wink, wink), Garcetti looks like an Olympian climbing the ladder to take the 10-meter presidential plunge. 

A funny thing about being the mayor of America’s second-largest city: the job doesn’t lack for chances to lay out a concerned vision about a better America.

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But for all the earnest talk about a better tomorrow, the job of running the mega-city has proven to be a political cul-de-sac. In the past half-century, three Los Angeles mayors made a run for governor of California. All crashed and burned ....................

Saturday
Aug192017

POLITICS (National, Local/New York): NYC, Mayor Bill de Blasio, income inequality? relationship with city business leaders?: "De Blasio Would Sooner Tax the Rich Than Befriend Them" .... 

***NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, income inequality? relationship with city business leaders?

* New York Times (J. David Goodman):  "De Blasio Would Sooner Tax the Rich Than Befriend Them" - From the NYT:

In 2014, one of New York City’s largest private employers, JPMorgan Chase, sought to make a deal with the newly minted administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio. The company wanted to move thousands of workers to a pair of new office towers in the Hudson Yards development, but it demanded a host of incentives from the city to make it happen. Mayor de Blasio scoffed at the idea, and the plan fell apart. The company has instead over the past two years added more than a thousand jobs to places like New Jersey, Delaware and Ohio.

The episode offered an early demonstration of how a new mayor, who ran on a platform of ending income inequality and seemed proud not to have ties to the city’s titans of finance, would deal with demands from major businesses.

Nearly three years later, Mr. de Blasio has not changed his core philosophy or his approach to Wall Street leaders; as he nears the end of his first term, the mayor has not fostered close relationships with the city’s business giants.

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Yet so far, at least, the mayor’s seeming indifference to business leaders has not hurt his chances at re-election, especially with calls to rein in Wall Street becoming a common refrain, and cities, including New York, rethinking the wisdom of offering tax incentives to companies as an inducement to stay. The mayor’s stance also has not hurt the economy of the nation’s largest city ..................

 

Saturday
Aug192017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Charlottesville comments, Republican crisis?: "Republicans admonish Trump in wake of Charlottesville comments"; "Trump's Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis"; "Trump's isolation grows in the wake of Charlottesville"; "Corker: Trump hasn't demonstrated the stability or competence to be successful" ....

***Sampling of coverage:  President Donald Trump, Charlottesville comments, Republican crisis?

* New York Times (Jeremy Peters, Jonathan Martin, Jack Healy):  "Trump's Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis"

* Washington Post (Abby Phillip):  "Trump's isolation grows in the wake of Charlottesville"

* POLITICO (Louis Nelson):  "Republicans admonish Trump in wake of Charlottesville comments" - "'There are no good neo-Nazis,' says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell."

* CNN:  "Corker: Trump hasn't demonstrated the stability or competence to be successful"

Saturday
Aug192017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, Steve Bannon, White House ouster, what next?: "Get ready for 'Bannon da Barbarian'"; "With Bannon's Ouster, Questions Remain Whether His Agenda Will Be Erased, Too"; "Bannon's next move: A return to Breitbart News, with more reach than ever"; "Steve Bannon to Weekly Standard: 'The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over'" .... 

***Sampling of coverage:  Donald Trump presidency, Steve Bannon, White House ouster, what next?....

* POLITICO (Alex Eisenstadt):  "Get ready for 'Bannon da Barbarian'" - "In the days before his departure, the Trump guru told associates he was itching for a return to guerilla warfare."

* New York Times (Mark Landler, Maggie Haberman):  "With Bannon's Ouster, Questions Remain Whether His Agenda Will Be Erased, Too"

* Washington Post (Matea Gold, Paul Farhi):  "Bannon's next move: A return to Breitbart News, with more reach than ever"

* CNN:  "Steve Bannon to Weekly Standard: 'The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over"