Trump threatens shutdown, suggests controversial pardon at Arizona rally

The following article by John Wagner, Jenna Johnson and Danielle Paquette was posted on the Washington Post website August 23, 2017:

President Trump gave a contentious speech at a campaign rally in Phoenix on Aug. 22, attacking the media, GOP senators and “obstructionist” Democrats. Here are the highlights. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

 President Trump on Tuesday threatened to shut down the government over border wall funding, said the North American Free Trade Agreement is likely to be terminated and signaled that he was prepared to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is anathema to the Latino community.

Trump’s freewheeling comments came at a boisterous campaign rally here during which he also went on an extended diatribe about the media, blaming reporters for the negative fallout he has received over his responses to the hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville. Read More

Trump vs. The Business Community

The following article by Steve Chapman was posted on the Creators website August 20, 2017:

Photo: Dominick, Reuter

Most business executives fumed and groused for the eight years Barack Obama was in the White House. He was a former community organizer who had never met a payroll, and those in the corporate boardrooms thought he was no friend of free enterprise.

In 2010, New York real estate and media tycoon Mortimer Zuckerman said Obama’s “demonization of business” was discouraging investment, sapping job growth and generally creating an “economic Katrina.” Gary Shapiro, head of the Consumer Technology Association, called Obama “the most anti-business president” in his lifetime. Former General Electric Chairman Jack Welch implored the president, “Stop it. You can’t go industry by industry … through intimidation, business by business by business.” Read More

Poll shows clear disapproval of how Trump responded to Charlottesville violence

The following article by Scott Clement and David Nakamura was posted on the Washington Post website August 21, 2017:

Twice as many Americans disapprove than approve of President Trump’s response to the deadly Charlottesville protests led by white supremacists that ignited widespread political backlash against the White House, although a majority of Republicans offer at least tepid support in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Trump’s handling of the racially charged clashes at the Unite the Right rally Aug. 12 erupted into a major flash point in his administration and earned him rebukes from members of Congress, military leaders and major business executives. The president equivocated in denouncing the hate groups and cast blame on “both sides” for the deadly violence, prompting criticism that he was fanning racial tensions. Read More

Here Are the Top Officials in the Trump White House Who Have Left

The following article by Larry Buchanan, Alicia Parlapiano and Karen Yourish was posted on the New York Times website August 18, 2017:

Below are the top White House officials who resigned, or were fired, dismissed or reassigned. Mr. Trump also fired James B. Comey as director of the F.B.I. and Sally Q. Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration who was serving as his acting attorney general. Read More

Attorney General Sessions’s absurd link between sanctuary policies and crimes in Chicago and Miami-Dade

The following article by Michelle Ye Hee Lee was posted on the Washington Post website August 21, 2017:

Credit: Cristobal Herrera/EPA

“So to all ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions across the country, I say this: Miami-Dade is doing it, and so can you. Work with us to enforce a lawful immigration system that keeps us safe and serves our national interest. … We have already seen that: The same Independence Day weekend when Chicago suffered more than 100 shootings and 15 homicides, Miami-Dade also had a historic number of shooting deaths — zero. I hope more jurisdictions follow Miami-Dade’s leadership by choosing to follow the law, because we all want to do the same thing: protect our families and defend our country.”
— Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speech in Miami, Aug. 15, 2017

In an effort to crack down on “sanctuary” jurisdictions, the Trump administration pulled federal grant funding from cities and counties that do not cooperate with federal immigration efforts. Read More

Which charities have canceled galas at Mar-a-Lago Club? How much money is at stake? Catch up on the story with our Q&A

The following article by David A. Fahrenthold and Drew Harwell was posted on the Washington Post website August 21, 2017:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump purchased this 128-room Palm Beach mansion in 1985 for a bargain price and turned it into a private club. But the mansion has brought Trump some controversy in the sunny Florida city. (Rosalind S. Helderman, Mary Jordan and Victoria M. Walker/The Washington Post)

In the past seven days — since President Trump said there were “fine people” among those marching in a violence-plagued “Unite the Right” demonstration in Charlottesville — the president’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida has been deserted by 16 charities that use its ballrooms for fundraisers. Read More

Labor groups step up pressure on Trump to deliver

The following article by David Weigel was posted on the Washington Post website August 20, 2017:

Credit:  AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Labor leaders, once courted by President Trump, are stepping up their campaign to turn workers against the White House if it does not deliver more on jobs and trade — and if it does not stop undoing Obama-era regulations.

The most visible effort, which starts in Indianapolis on Monday afternoon, is a two-week tour organized by the coalition Good Jobs Nation that ropes in labor-friendly politicians. The coalition, launched in 2013 to pressure Barack Obama’s White House on trade and wage issues, is organizing rallies throughout the Midwest through Labor Day.

“Trump ran as a working-class hero, so let’s look at the results,” said Joseph Geevarghese, Good Jobs Nation’s executive director. “We’re seven months into his administration, and wages are flat. People are still getting pink slips.” Read More

Enough is Enough

The following editorial by the Los Angeles Times’ Editorial Board was posted August 20, 2017:

These are not normal times.

The man in the White House is reckless and unmanageable, a danger to the Constitution, a threat to our democratic institutions.

Last week some of his worst qualities were on display: his moral vacuity and his disregard for the truth, as well as his stubborn resistance to sensible advice. As ever, he lashed out at imaginary enemies and scapegoated others for his own failings. Most important, his reluctance to offer a simple and decisive condemnation of racism and Nazism astounded and appalled observers around the world. Read More

U.S. Lawmakers Seek Kushner Company Records on Maryland Apartments

The following article by Alec MacGillis was posted on the ProPublica website August 18, 2017:

Democrats from the state’s congressional delegation say articles by ProPublica, The New York Times Magazine and The Baltimore Sun raise “very serious and troubling concerns” about whether Kushner’s businesses comply with federal housing standards.

Morningside Park, a Kushner Companies-owned housing complex, in Middle River, Maryland. Credit: Philip Montgomery, New York Times

Maryland’s two U.S. senators and four of its U.S. House representatives, all Democrats, sent a letter today to the large real-estate company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, demanding information about the company’s management of 17 apartment complexes it owns in the state.

The letter to Kushner Companies came in response to a May 23 article co-published by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine investigating management practices at the rental complexes, most of which are in the suburbs of Baltimore, as well as an article this week in The Baltimore Sun that revealed additional details. Read More

Yes, Donald Trump really did look into the sky during the solar eclipse

The following article by Chris Cillizza was posted on the CNN website August 21, 2017:

There’s literally only one rule with eclipses: Don’t look at the sun during them.

Which brings me to the President of the United States:

President Donald Trump looks up toward the Solar Eclipse while joined by his wife first lady Melania Trump on the Truman Balcony at the White House on August 21, 2017.

And, again:

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