Controversy over Confederate Statues Inspires Betsy DeVos to Google Civil War | The New Yorker


The raging controversy over Confederate statues has impelled Betsy DeVos to Google the Civil War, the Education Secretary confirmed on Thursday.

DeVos said that, prior to Googling the Civil War, she believed that parents should have a choice as to whether or not their children learned history in the nation’s schools, “but now I’m starting to rethink that.”

Source: Controversy over Confederate Statues Inspires Betsy DeVos to Google Civil War | The New Yorker

Bad News for Trump Keeps Coming as His Standing With His Base Erodes | US News


.. increasingly visible discomfort from Republican politicians is important because it helps set up a permission-structure, signaling to rank-and-file Republicans that criticizing the president is OK.

After all some portion of Trump-approvers are undoubtedly true believers but some nontrivial number may be privately uncomfortable with him while expressing outward support based on partisan instinct and tribal loyalty. As they see high-profile party members break with the president more and more will feel empowered to do likewise.

This also holds true for this week’s mass migration of business leaders from the Trump advisory orbit.

And it cuts both ways: As the president Trump-angulates himself away from the GOP he forces a choice for rank-and-file GOPers between himself and the party.

And while he enjoys high partisan popularity, it’s too soon to say what portion of that is classic party loyalty and what part is cult of Trump-manship.

Source: Bad News for Trump Keeps Coming as His Standing With His Base Erodes | The Report: Opinion | US News

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President Trump Revives the Culture Wars | US News


Historians trace the modern version of the culture wars to President Richard Nixon, who tried to divide the country on the basis of race, class and the acceptance of “family values” in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Trump appears to be following Nixon’s lead today as he attempts to appeal to white voters on wedge issues including race and crime.

Source: President Trump Revives the Culture Wars | The Report | US News

Charlottesville Violence Spurs Cities to Remove Statues | US News


“This was the city that promoted the view that the confederate cause was a noble thing – ‘It wasn’t about slavery, it was about people fighting to be free,'” Phil Wilayto said.

And he says the statues are likely to be a draw for the same white supremacists who came to Charlottesville for an armed defense of Lee’s statue, which the city had decided to remove from the center of town.

Like New Orleans, Memphis and Lexington, Kentucky, Richmond has engaged in the hard, bitter, painful debate over memorials to Lee and his rebel comrades, in the name of racial reconciliation and public safety.

Source: Charlottesville Violence Spurs Cities to Remove Statues | The Report | US News

Loss of top cyber officials spells challenge for Trump | TheHill


Specific authorities of CIOs range from agency to agency, though they are broadly tasked with overseeing policy and security decisions when it comes to their individual government body’s IT infrastructure. Some CIOs are political appointments, while others are not.

Several occupants of these positions are currently serving on an acting basis, including those at the departments of Commerce, Transportation and Veterans Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Source: Loss of top cyber officials spells challenge for Trump | TheHill

Trump drops plan to create infrastructure council: White House


Trump said he dissolved the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum “rather than putting pressure” on its members, although both groups were preparing to disband on their own when Trump made his announcement on Twitter.

The snubs from chief executives raised questions about Trump’s ability to marshal the business community behind his policy goals.

Source: Trump drops plan to create infrastructure council: White House

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Trump’s attacks could leave him friendless if impeachment comes


There is little serious talk being heard in Congress about removing Trump from office.

Two House Democrats have introduced an article of impeachment alleging obstruction of justice by the president in connection with an ongoing investigation of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Moscow.

But Republicans control the House, as well as the Senate, and the article of impeachment has gained little traction.

Source: Trump’s attacks could leave him friendless if impeachment comes

U.S. Navy, citing poor seamanship, removes commanders of warship in deadly crash


“The collision was avoidable and both ships demonstrated poor seamanship. Within Fitzgerald, flawed watch stander teamwork and inadequate leadership contributed to the collision,” the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a media release.

The commercial vessel had the right-of-way under maritime rules and the Fitzgerald, which was hit on the starboard side, was likely at fault.

Source: U.S. Navy, citing poor seamanship, removes commanders of warship in deadly crash

Museum or dumpster? U.S. cities wrestle with Confederate statues’ fate


Since Monday, officials in Baltimore and Gainesville, Florida, have taken down statues while another was torn from its plinth by protesters in Durham, North Carolina. Calls for more to be removed have grown louder.

This has created an additional headache for cities and spurred another debate: how to dispose of the statues once they are taken down.

Source: Museum or dumpster? U.S. cities wrestle with Confederate statues’ fate

The Republic of Amazon Can Borrow More Cheaply Than Many Countries | Nextgov.com


Amazon borrowed $16 billion in the bond market yesterday, the fourth-largest deal of its kind this year, according to CNBC. It’s using the money to finance its $14 billion takeover of Whole Foods (and then some).

A chunk of the debt has to be paid back in 10 years and yields about 3.2 percent, which is less than quite a few major countries are able to achieve, including China, Mexico, and Russia.

Source: The Republic of Amazon Can Borrow More Cheaply Than Many Countries – Nextgov.com