opinion Ingrid Jacques The Detroit News Published 5:43 PM EDT Aug 6, 2019 Kudos to President Donald Trump for his quick response to the horrific shootings that rocked the country over the weekend. Thirty-one innocent people were murdered in the senseless attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Trump strongly condemned the ideology that seemed to motivate the shooter in El Paso, who had posted a “manifesto” against Hispanic immigrants and climate change prior to heading to the Walmart in that border city. "In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy," Trump said Monday. That needed to be said. It’s a vast improvement over Trump’s handling of the Charlottesville aftermath a year ago that left a woman dead and many others injured when a man ran his car into a group protesting the white nationalist rally taking place. It took Trump two days to call out the KKK and neo-Nazis who had created mayhem that … [Read more...] about Jacques: Words really do matter, Mr. President
I have no say over where you go on vacation, or what you do for R and R. You can head to Mar-a-Lago every weekend if you choose. I’ll even help pay for your relaxing rounds of golf since I’m one of the taxpayers who generously chips in for Air Force One flights, Secret Service golf cart rentals, and I’m not quite sure what else because I’m still waiting for that call from Tiger Woods we discussed. So we’re in agreement then, yes? I’ll continue to hear about your vacations and recreational activities, and I’ll also respect your right to choose what’s best for you. Grand! Now, about my vacation. You’ve recently tightened restrictions on travel to Cuba. For 50 years, an embargo stood against the country. I understand why: Politics, communism, Bay of Pigs, Castro, etc. But your predecessor (I won’t mention his name lest it ruffle your feathers, John McCain-style) decided that those old policies weren’t helping matters. In … [Read more...] about Don’t tell me where I can vacation, OK, Mr. President?
President Donald Trump is due in Calexico on Friday for a photo opportunity by a section of newly installed 30-foot-tall border fencing. This detail makes it close to certain that Trump will stick to his usual talking points about unauthorized immigrants and drug smugglers from south of the border being existential threats to the United States of America. But if he wants a safer, stronger border, he needs to accept reality, not keep making things up as he goes. Here are three examples:The asylum-seeker influx is a real problem, reflecting a dramatic change in those entering America from mostly men seeking to find jobs to mostly families claiming they are fleeing violence and threats in their home nations. The Department of Homeland Security says the 100,000-plus people arrested or encountered at the border in March — the most in 13 years — included record numbers of parents and children.This has overwhelmed border authorities and forced the reassignment of agents to deal … [Read more...] about Editorial: Welcome to California, Mr. President. Here’s the reality on the border.
Nasser Karimi, Associated Press Updated 11:23 pm PST, Saturday, February 23, 2019 In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves to media as he is surrounded by a group of lawmakers while he leaves the parliament after defending his proposed health minister, in Tehran, Iran. Lashed by criticism over his collapsing nuclear deal, Iran’s President Rouhani faces an uncertain future amid a renewed hard-line effort to drive him from office years before his elected term ends. Iranian presidents typically see their popularity erode during their second four-year terms. But analysts say Rouhani is particularly vulnerable because of the economic crisis assailing the country’s rial currency, which has hurt ordinary Iranians and emboldened critics to call for his ouster. less In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves to media as he is surrounded by a group of lawmakers while he leaves the parliament after … [Read more...] about Iran’s president faces calls to resign over economic crisis
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Michael Andor Brodeur Globe Correspondent February 21, 2019 I didn’t want to seem like I was overreacting when this feeling came over me last year, and I don’t want to seem like I’m doing so now. And normally, I would just mind my business and stay in my little Internetty lane over here and leave the grand political proclamations to other pages of the paper more concerned with real life. But it’s to the point where I’d feel irresponsible not standing up and saying something.I think we need to remove Alec Baldwin from office as fake president. I’d ask that you hear me out before reacting. And if not, you should know that my place has a wall as well as a bunch of really spiky plants around it. Advertisement Since Baldwin’s breakthrough 2016 debut as then-candidate Donald Trump in the first … [Read more...] about It’s time to remove Alec Baldwin from office as fake president