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Some heard their children screaming for them in the next room

Jun 11th, 2018 10:30 am | By

The Post on Representative Pramila Jayapal’s visit to the detention center where women are being held apart from their children:

Although Seattle is some 1,500 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, the debate over family separations hit closer to home for the Evergreen State after dozens of undocumented immigrants were transferred last week to the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Nearly all of those migrants — 174 out of 206 — were women, said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who spent about three hours Saturday morning meeting with the recently moved detainees at the SeaTac facility.

Most of them were from Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, she said, but there were also people from as far

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Art history

Jun 10th, 2018 3:39 pm | By

That photo of Merkel facing down Defiant Toddler Trump? It is an art history lesson.

How so?

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Under the Presidential Records Act

Jun 10th, 2018 2:45 pm | By

Ugh this is so repulsive. It may seem comparatively minor but the attitude behind it is…hideous.

Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out in front of him.

Lartey, who earned an annual salary of $65,969 as a records management analyst, was a career government official with close to 30 years under his belt. But he had never seen anything like this in any previous administration he had worked for. He had never had to tape the president’s papers back together again.

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Guest post: Take Trump being elected as a warning

Jun 10th, 2018 11:23 am | By

Originally a comment by Bruce Gorton on A declaration of ignorance and policy insanity.

It is one of the things I keep saying: We in Africa need to take Trump being elected as a warning that we cannot rely upon the West.

We need to boost our funding for the sciences, boost our spending on developing our own economies, and cut all reliance on American goods and services, because America is fundamentally headed by a madman.

The American market is always talked up as if servicing American demand is this path to wealth, yet it is remarkably rare when an outside player can actually make any headway in it. The demand economy just isn’t there anymore, it is all … Read the rest


Jun 10th, 2018 11:09 am | By

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Digging the hole deeper

Jun 10th, 2018 9:35 am | By

Trump’s people are running around echoing his tweets bashing Trudeau, no doubt in hopes of making Trump look less deranged and backstabby.

President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of undermining the US and its allies with comments he made at the G7 summit.

“It was a betrayal,” Kudlow said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Kudlow was speaking following the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday. As Trump flew from the summit with US allies to a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, he lashed out at Trudeau for what he said were his “false statements” at a news conference and said the US

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Jun 10th, 2018 8:53 am | By

A press release from Seattle’s congressional representative Pramila Jayapal:

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after demanding and being given access to the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, Washington to look at conditions and speak with 174 immigrant women detained inside:

“What I heard from the women today being held at the detention center was heartbreaking. They are there only because of the Trump administration’s cruel new ‘zero tolerance’ policies of family separation. They spoke of fleeing threats of rape, gang violence and political persecution. They spoke of their children who have been killed by gangs and their fear of being raped. The mothers could not stop crying when they spoke about … Read the rest

A declaration of ignorance and policy insanity

Jun 9th, 2018 4:47 pm | By

Paul Krugman on the summit frolics.

[T]here has never been a disaster like the G7 meeting that just took place. It could herald the beginning of a trade war, maybe even the collapse of the Western alliance. At the very least it will damage America’s reputation as a reliable ally for decades to come; even if Trump eventually departs the scene in disgrace, the fact that someone like him could come to power in the first place will always be in the back of everyone’s mind.

That’s why I keep saying we’ll never live this down. He got selected, he got elected, and he trashed the joint. Not a sign of health.

He didn’t put America first; Russia first

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Angela and Emmanuel and Justin

Jun 9th, 2018 4:34 pm | By

Trump did a press conference before he hopped on the plane to Singapore to meet that nice Mister Kim.

Q As you were heading into these G7 talks, there was a sense that America’s closest allies were frustrated with you and angry with you, and that you were angry with them and that you were leaving here early to go meet for more friendlier talks with Kim Jong Un in Singapore. And I’m wondering if you —

THE PRESIDENT: It’s well put, I think.

Q — if you view it the same way. And do you view the U.S. alliance system shifting under your presidency, away —

THE PRESIDENT: Who are you with, out of curiosity?



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Like your brother, your rad uncle, your impossibly cool dad

Jun 9th, 2018 3:45 pm | By

Helen Rosner in the New Yorker yesterday:

Bourdain’s fame wasn’t the distant, lacquered type of an actor or a musician, bundled and sold with a life-style newsletter. Bourdain felt like your brother, your rad uncle, your impossibly cool dad—your realest, smartest friend, who wandered outside after beers at the local one night and ended up in front of some TV cameras and decided to stay there. As a writer himself, he was always looking out for other writers, always saying yes, always available for interviews and comments. You had to fight through a wall of skeptical P.R. to get to someone like Guy Fieri, but Bourdain was right there, for everyone, in equal measure. He remembered names. He took every

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Get ready for that boot

Jun 9th, 2018 12:34 pm | By

Tritler wants to lay waste to all the rules, throw out all the treaties and accords, tear up all the agreements, pull the US out of all the deals. He wants to break everything, so that he can make his mark, and also so that he can make America safe for crooks and thugs like him.

As he pursues his America First agenda, Mr. Trump has driven a wedge between the United States and its allies by imposing aggressive tariffs, abandoning the Paris climate change accord and pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal that the Western democracies negotiated along with President Barack Obama.

And with no warning on Friday, Mr. Trump deepened that rift by directly challenging the

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Really, really bad

Jun 9th, 2018 11:22 am | By

Tritler goes full crazy.

President Trump said on Saturday that he had brought up with America’s closest allies the dramatic prospect of completely eliminating tariffs on goods and services, even as he threatened to end all trade with his counterparts if they didn’t stop what he said were unfair trade practices.

Speaking to reporters at the end of a contentious weekend meeting of the Group of 7 nations in a resort town outside of Quebec City, Mr. Trump said that eliminating all trading barriers would be “the ultimate thing.” But he railed about what he called “ridiculous and unacceptable” tariffs on American goods and vowed to get rid of them.

“It’s going to stop. Or we’ll stop trading with

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I won’t I won’t I won’t!

Jun 9th, 2018 11:00 am | By

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No rules in a knife fight

Jun 9th, 2018 10:57 am | By

Well you see it’s like this: it turns out the US doesn’t like rules. Rules are for sissies and Democrats and women, and we all hate all three. We like violence and force and power.

President Trump aggressively confronted America’s closest allies on Friday as they convened their annual summit meeting, calling for Russia’s readmission to the Group of 7 nations and refusing to ease his assault on the global trading system.

The response from the leaders of Europe, Canada and Japan was swift and angry. Most rejected the return of Russia, which was ousted from the diplomatic forum after President Vladimir V. Putin violated international norms by seizing parts of Ukraine in 2014. And they assailed Mr. Trump’s

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It was just a woman talking

Jun 9th, 2018 10:07 am | By

Trump is, of course, making himself as obnoxious as he possibly can at the G7 meeting.

A tardy Donald Trump created a distraction Saturday when he showed up late for a G7 meeting on women’s empowerment.

The U.S. president arrived several minutes after the start of the breakfast meeting between G7 leaders and the gender equality advisory council that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created for this year’s summit in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.

Hey – the meeting was on women’s empowerment. What’s he going to do, show up on time? Sit down and shut up and listen politely? Don’t be silly! He has nothing but contempt for women, so obviously he’s going to disrupt that meeting by turning … Read the rest

Are we allowed to talk about the constructedness of gender?

Jun 8th, 2018 4:37 pm | By

Kathleen Stock posted some comments, with permission and without names attached, to her two articles on sex, gender, and philosophy. They hold no surprises for anyone who has been following how these discussions go. Disciplines are named.

I really don’t have a settled view on any of the many issues here, but the lack of conversation and the hounding and bullying of anyone who expresses a thought (not even opinion!) that isn’t popular . . . all that is depressing and distressing. Predictably enough, I won’t be saying any of that in a public post, because I’m a precariously employed person and a lot of folk who might make significant decisions about my future career prospects have very strong

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There is a strong strain of misogyny running through this discussion

Jun 8th, 2018 1:14 pm | By

From Kathleen Stock’s piece What I believe about sex and gender (and what I don’t):

I am also asked, more generally, what I think being a woman is. I’m fairly sure it isn’t a feeling in the head, or a set of ‘feminised’ preferences and behaviours. I don’t feel like a woman, particularly, and most of my preferences and behaviours are not remotely feminised. I am nonetheless a woman. For the rest, I am still thinking about it. I severely regret the list of restricted options available in the academic literature. Philosophers who in other contexts are highly creative in theorising about ontological matters tend in this area to state certain rather simplistic mantras dogmatically, no doubt partly out

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As far as you can, as much as you can

Jun 8th, 2018 11:58 am | By

I don’t usually join the mourning when a famous person dies because…I don’t know, I guess because non-famous people die too and there isn’t a big public fuss (naturally: that’s what “famous” means), so I at least keep mum unless it really gets to me. Oliver Sacks was one. Anthony Bourdain is another. I watched his show occasionally (I rarely have access to cable), and I learned stuff from it and I liked his way with the people he met. Just the other day there was one where he talked to guys in Nagorno-Karabakh ffs. Twitter is full of stories about what a mensch he was.

Frank Bruni remembers him:

Anthony Bourdain devoured the world. That’s not hyperbole. It’s

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Invite Russia to the party or else

Jun 8th, 2018 10:17 am | By

In case the summit wasn’t going to be acrimonious enough, Trump poured in a new ingredient:

President Trump on Friday said Russia should be readmitted to the Group of Seven leading economies, breaking with other world leaders who have insisted that Moscow remain ostracized after its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

“Now, I love our country. I have been Russia’s worst nightmare . . . . But with that being said, Russia should be in this meeting,” Trump said Friday as he left the White House. “Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run . . . . They should let Russia come back in.”

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What’s shaping up to be an acrimonious summit

Jun 8th, 2018 10:02 am | By

The CBC reports a slight disagreement between Trudeau and Macron on the one hand and Trump on the other.

Canada and France plan to take what their leaders describe as a polite, persuasive but firm approach to Donald Trump at the G7 summit, warning the U.S. president that his punishing trade tariffs will backfire and harm America’s economy and workforce.

But as he prepared to travel to Canada, Trump’s Twitter feed suggested Thursday night that the president is in a mood to push back.

“Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the U.S. and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things,” Trump tweeted.

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