Can He Come Back?The president, having suffered defeat in the midterm elections, has just been defeated again, in the following year, by partisan opposition in Congress. So now, looking ahead to the next presidential election, his opponents—within the president’s party, in the opposition party, and in possible new parties—are lining up. Indeed, the insider pundits mostly agree: The president is a failure, and he is likely a one-termer. The president I’m describing, of course, was Harry Truman. Oh, did you think I had someone else in mind? U.S. President Harry S. Truman holds up an Election Day edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune, which, based on early results, mistakenly announced “Dewey Defeats Truman” on November 4, 1948. The president told well-wishers at St. Louis’ Union Station, “That is one for the books!” (AP Photo/Byron Rollins) Today, we can all read the hostile headlines and commentary on Donald Trump, and so … [Read more...] about Pinkerton: Truman Can Teach Trump How to Beat the Dems in 2020
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Sonam Sheth, provided by Published 3:14 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Special counsel Robert Mueller's referral to the Manhattan US attorney's office of information related to President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, may pose a setback for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Manafort's defense strategy in the Russia probe consists, in part, of arguing that Mueller overstepped his mandate by charging him with crimes unrelated to Russian collusion. Experts said that in response, Mueller can point to the Cohen referral as proof that when he comes across information outside his purview, he hands it off to the Department of Justice instead of pursuing it himself. The FBI's raid on President Donald Trump's personal lawyer's home and office may yield some unintended consequences for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Recommended Video: Now Playing: President Donald Trump's ex-campaign aides Paul … [Read more...] about How the Michael Cohen raid could derail Paul Manafort’s defense strategy
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Philip Rucker Washington Post April 08, 2018 WASHINGTON — After White House chief of staff John Kelly pressured President Trump last fall to install his top deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, atop the Department of Homeland Security, the president lost his temper when conservative allies argued she wasn’t sufficiently hardline on immigration. ‘‘You didn’t tell me she was a [expletive] George W. Bush person,’’ Trump growled.After Kelly told Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier in a January interview that Trump’s immigration views had not been ‘‘fully informed’’ during the campaign and had since ‘‘evolved,’’ the president berated Kelly in the Oval Office, his shouts so loud they could be heard through the doors.And just 11 days ago, Kelly grew so … [Read more...] about John Kelly: Is White House chief of staff on the outside looking in?
Political analysts spend a lot of time talking about what divides American culture, but in 2018, one could argue there are four common ties that bind most Americans on a vast array of fronts: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. In a world where modern communications technology has become ubiquitous, those four companies have quickly grown to play an enormous role in every facet of American life from where we shop, to whom we keep in contact with, to where we get our information. Everything from shoes to news. How big is the pull of America’s four tech behemoths? Consider some numbers. SLIDE 1: MARKET CAPS In November, Amazon’s market value was $591 billion, greater than Walmart, Costco, Target, Macy’s and 11 other well-known retailers combined according to a recent piece in Esquire magazine. It’s now valued at more than $722 billion. For Facebook and Google, you could add the value of the world’s top five advertising agencies with the value of five major … [Read more...] about From News to Shoes: How big is big tech?
June 19, 2017, a news site in South Africa runs a story. It's no normal story. "National Treasury Sold to Johann Rupert," reads the headline. In a majority black country, Rupert, a white business magnate worth an estimated $7 billion, is the second richest man.There was no evidence to support the explosive headline, but the story wasn't retracted or corrected. It wasn't designed to inform, it was designed to mislead. It was fake news. The story was posted on WMC Leaks, one of many fake news sites making up an online network of misinformation. Behind the network: a trio of Indian businessmen known as the Guptas. The Guptas are infamous in South Africa.Ajay, Atul and Rajesh "Tony" Gupta aren't your regular family of businessmen. With close ties to former president Jacob Zuma and constant whispers of politicians in their control, the Guptas were increasingly at odds with a hostile public who saw them as the face of corruption in South Africa. In a move reminiscent of Russian … [Read more...] about This is the fake news campaign that tried to divide South Africa