Koch network opens its doors to Democrats as it expands political engagement

Brian Schwartz of CNBC –

  • The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity is opening its doors to backing Democrats running for office in 2019 and 2020.
  • Historically the political network has only backed Republicans.
  • The move to open its doors to Democrats comes after recent disagreements with lawmakers and Trump on how they’ve handled the immigration status of Dreamers. The two sides have also disagreed on trade policy.

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Posted in Controversial

Trump, Mueller and obstruction of justice

Salvador Rizzo in the Washington Post –

“I’ll make a few remarks about the results of our work. But beyond these few remarks, it is important that the office’s written work speak for itself. … We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself. The report is my testimony.”

— Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, in a statement at the Department of Justice, May 29, 2019

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Posted in Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, Washington Post

Overthrow the Prince of Facebook

Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal –

I’ll start with a personal experience and then try to expand into Republicans and big tech.

In the spring of 2016, Facebook came under pressure, stemming from leaks by its workers, over charges of systemic political bias. I was not especially interested: a Silicon Valley company that employs thousands of young people to make decisions that are often ideological will tilt left, and conservatives must factor that in, as they’re used to doing.

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Posted in Facebook, Journalism, Millennials, Republicans, Thought-Provoking Analysis

China finds new ways to pressure Trump amid trade impasse

Donna Borak of CNN –

The Chinese government is ramping up efforts to apply pressure on the United States beyond imposing punitive economic measures as trade negotiations between the two countries remain deadlocked.

Beijing has advised its citizens in recent days not to visit or study in the United States, potentially hitting universities and tourist destinations, and it admonished remarks this week by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

The blows to diplomatic relations between the two countries follow the collapse of trade talks last month. Trade negotiations have been indefinitely suspended since President Donald Trump escalated tariffs on all Chinese imports over Beijing’s failure to keep previously held commitments as part of a trade deal. China has responded with its own set of penalties on US goods, which went into effect last week.

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Posted in China, Donald Trump, trade, United States

What’s behind the spike in immigrants at the border?

Catherine E. Shoichet and Geneva Sands, CNN –

Apprehensions of migrants on the southern border have reached levels not seen in more than a decade. The sharp uptick has spurred a mix of finger pointing in Washington.

Trump administration officials say the skyrocketing numbers are more proof for the case they’ve been making for months: Loopholes in the US immigration system, they say, are incentivizing a growing number of migrants to come and sparking a dramatic change in who’s making the journey. Democrats argue the administration itself is to blame and that its policies have exacerbated the crisis.

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Posted in Immigrants, Mexico