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Friday, April 20, 2018

Local Activists Condemn the Detention of Up to Twenty-Five Undocumented Immigrants Across the Triangle

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 2:34 PM

On Friday morning, the activist group El Centro Hispano and officials from around North Carolina denounced a spate of ICE raids across the Triangle that have led to the detention of up to twenty-five local undocumented immigrants over the past several weeks. At a press conference, U.S. Representative David Price spoke about his work to protect undocumented families in North Carolina. Price said that he spoke with ICE officials last week and called on them to be honest and transparent about what initiated the raids. However, he said, they offered little new information about their policies and practices. Price said he believes...

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Monday, April 16, 2018

James Comey Came Out Swinging, But He’s No Hero of Mine

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 9:43 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. If James Comey’s media strategy is simply to say things that get under President Trump’s skin, thus prompting the president to rage-tweet, thus generating media attention, thus generating book sales, thus driving profits, well, it all seems to be working. Last night, ahead of the launch of the former FBI director’s book A Higher Loyalty tomorrow, ABC aired an hourlong interview with Comey. (I didn’t stay up to watch; here’s a transcript). This morning, USA Today published its own interview, in...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A GOP Operative Says Trump Is “Losing His Sh*t.” Is He About to Fire Mueller?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 9:31 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. This is the big parlor game in DC right now—will there be a constitutional crisis? On Monday, of course, the FBI raided President Trump’s lawyer’s office. The president freaked out, rage-tweeting about the WITCH HUNT! and how ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE IS DEAD! Let’s survey the playing field: CNN: The president is considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein so that a lackey could...

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

“Hysterical, Cowardly, Inhumane, Deranged”: Let’s Send Some Troops to the Border!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 9:20 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. His border wall temper tantrums not having produced the desired effect, President Trump is now moving to address what he claims, without any available evidence aside from the fever dreams of Ann Coulter, is a clear and present danger to the United States: he wants to militarize the southern border. Of course, he can’t actually do that with the military; that would...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

POTUS Is Under Criminal Investigation, and He Thinks That’s Good News

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 10:08 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. Last night, The Washington Post broke its latest scoop in the Trump-Russia saga, this one appearing on the surface to be good tidings for the president. Or, at least, he seems to believe so. Last month, the Post reports, Mueller told President Trump’s lawyers that the president was not currently a “target” of his investigation, but he was a “subject” of the...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency Has Zero Interest in Protecting the Environment

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 8:55 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. In any normal administration, the myriad scandals surrounding EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt—especially the cozy deal he struck with a fossil fuel lobbyist for a DC condo—would have led to his ouster. Indeed, the Trump administration has considered giving Pruitt the well-deserved boot, though more for being a headache than being an utterly corrupt scoundrel totally in the pocket of the fossil fuel...

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Raleigh's March for Our Lives Draws Ten Thousand Demanding Gun Reform

Posted By on Sat, Mar 24, 2018 at 6:56 PM

As hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of demonstrators called for gun reform at March for Our Lives events across the country and the world today, a huge crowd marched through downtown Raleigh to add their voices to the cause. According to Faisal Khan, one of the event's organizers, about ten thousand enthusiastic protesters marched along Fayetteville Street before gathering at Halifax Mall, near the state legislative building, where state representatives, teachers, veterans, and students rallied the crowd and spoke about their personal experiences with gun violence. The National Rifle Association's grip on American politics was a central theme....

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Donald Trump Is Going to Get Us All Killed

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 9:58 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. I found this tweet from Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, particularly incisive. He wrote: “.@realDonaldTrump is now set for war on 3 fronts: political vs Bob Mueller, economic vs China/others on trade, and actual vs. Iran and/or North Korea. This is the most perilous moment in modern American history—and it has been largely brought about by ourselves, not...

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Screwed Up, Promises to Do Better

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 9:31 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. In a statement and interviews with CNN and The New York Times yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence on the Cambridge Analytica scandal, kinda-sorta apologized, and promised to do better. From the NYT: “Although his statement addressing a chorus of criticism fell short of a full-throated apology, Mr. Zuckerberg said that Facebook would contact users whose data had been harvested...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

This Cambridge Analytica Thing That Thom Tillis Is Sorta Caught Up In Is Super Shady

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 9:09 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. Like everyone else, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this Cambridge Analytica mess, and whether I should delete my Facebook account (actually, I would if I didn’t need it for work), and whether right-wing moneybags managed to hack their way to Trump’s electoral victory two years ago. Here’s what we know: From WaPo: “Conservative strategist Stephen K. Bannon oversaw Cambridge...

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Donald Trump and the Banana Republicans

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 9:45 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. So much has happened since Friday that it’s been hard to keep up. I’ll take a quick pass through the highlights, and then we can dig into the meat of the thing. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe a day before he was set to retire and collect his pension, ostensibly because McCabe “lacked candor” in interviews...

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Reality-Show President Picks Cable News Talking Head to Be His Economic Adviser

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 9:18 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. It makes perfect sense, really. The president who spends much of his day watching cable news picked a guy he watches on cable news to be his top economic adviser, replacing the guy who left in a dispute over the president’s tariffs. From the NYT: “President Trump loves big personalities, live television, the stock market and loyalty. In choosing Larry Kudlow, a...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In Trump’s White House, Not Chaos, Only Great Energy! (Except for All the Chaos.)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 9:25 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. President Trump, a week ago. President Trump, yesterday: “President Trump ousted on Tuesday his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, the most dramatic in a cascade of personnel moves that suggest Mr. Trump is determined to surround himself with loyalists more willing to reflect his ‘America First’ views. Mr. Trump announced he would replace Mr. Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the...

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Trump and Kim Jong-Un: Is There Any Reason to Believe He Won’t Screw This Up?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 8:41 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. Things move so quickly and unexpectedly in the Trump White House that it’s often hard to wrap your head around what’s really going on. And that inclination toward chaos and impulse was on full display last night, as President Trump accepted North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un’s invitation to talks in May. From the NYT: “North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has invited President...

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

What’s Driving the Bipartisan Push to Deregulate the Financial Industry?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 9:40 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. Senate Republicans—joined by more than a dozen Senate Democrats—have passed a bill to loosen banking rules enacted after the financial collapse of 2008. From the NYT: “The Senate took a key step on Tuesday toward loosening rules imposed after the 2008 financial crisis as some Democrats joined with Republicans to vote to begin debate on legislation that would roll back restrictions on...

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Another Day, Another Big Player Exits the West Wing

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 8:46 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. This time it’s Gary Cohn, President Trump’s top economic adviser, who decided that the president’s absurd tariffs proposal was the hill he chose to die on. From WaPo: “Gary Cohn, the White House’s top economic adviser, announced Tuesday that he was leaving the administration amid a major internal clash over President Trump’s sharp and sudden pivot toward protectionist trade policies. The departure...

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Friday, March 2, 2018

If Trump Gets His Trade War, Will Anyone Win?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 9:23 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. Yesterday, President Trump announced that he would be enacting sweeping tariffs and aluminum and steel, which raises a prospect of a global trade war should China or another country retaliate against American goods. And Trump, the self-proclaimed very stable genius, thinks this would be just fine. Everyone else is not so sure: In an editorial, Bloomberg BusinessWeek calls it “Trump’s worst...

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Another Twenty-Four Crazy Hours in Trumplandia

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 9:27 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. You can’t help but get the sense that the Trump White House is coming apart at the seams. Yeah, it’s sorta been that way forever. And sure, it’s been exactly the chaos presidency Jeb Bush warned about during the GOP primary, with the cloud of the Russia scandal hanging over the president’s head and a staff of infighting, inexperienced ideologues being stymied...

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

It’s Damn Near Impossible to Keep Up With All This Trump-Russia News, So Here’s a Quick Breakdown

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 9:14 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. So much news has broken on the Trump-Russia front over the last twenty-four hours that it’s hard to keep it all straight. First, a rundown, then we’ll dive in deeper: The U.S. intelligence community had evidence that seven state websites or voter registration systems were compromised by Russian operatives ahead of the 2016 election but never told the states involved: Alaska, Arizona,...

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Is Donald Trump Really the Worst President Ever?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 9:01 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. According to an op-ed that appeared in The New York Times yesterday (i.e., Presidents’ Day), presidential scholars rank Donald Trump dead last in greatness, supplanting the godawful presidency of James Buchanan in the years before the Civil War. (This, of course, has absolutely no bearing on his legacy, which is atrocious, but as a historical footnote, Buchanan was almost certainly our first...

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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Very Stable Genius™ Just Had Another Twitter Meltdown

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 8:55 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. Here is what the self-proclaimed “very stable genius” president of the United States did this weekend: told by aides that it would be a bad look to go golfing a few miles from where seventeen people were massacred in a high school, he sat in his mansion watching the news—specifically, a barrage of reports about Robert Mueller’s indictment of thirteen Russians for...

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Politicians and the Gun Lobby Want You to Think Parkland Is About Something Other Than Guns. Don’t Let Them.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 9:26 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. The president, who couldn’t even bring himself to say the word “gun” in a six-minute speech on a mass shooting, wants us to talk about mental health instead, even though he repealed an Obama regulation that sought to prevent the sale of guns to some people with mental illness or whether Nikolas Cruz’s classmates and neighbors bore some responsibility because they...

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How the White House’s Handling of the Rob Porter Mess Became a Bona Fide Scandal

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 9:06 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. To be honest, I haven’t been following the Rob Porter scandal as closely as I should have. After all, what’s one more scandal in a White House teeming with them? President Trump’s lawyer paid a porn star to keep quiet about her affair with the president and it barely made a dent. Trump called African countries “shitholes” and his poll numbers didn’t...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Trump’s Proposed 2019 Budget Is a Shockingly (Even for Him) Immoral Document

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 9:01 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. There’s a saying that budgets are moral documents, in that they reveal moral priorities. Yesterday, Donald Trump released his second proposed budget. And while it’s unlikely to become law, it reveals plenty about his administration’s priorities. WaPo: “The White House on Monday offered a $4.4 trillion budget plan that brought into sharp focus the fiscal strains created by the Trump administration and...

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Monday, February 12, 2018

“All Leverage Is Gone”: Dems Face Shrinking Options in Immigration Fight

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 8:49 AM

This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here. To get all the day’s local and national headlines and insights delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here. With last week’s brief government shutdown in the rearview, it’s now time for Congress to refocus on immigration—and the parties seem no closer to a deal now than they were a month ago, even as the March deadline for fixing DACA quickly approaches. The biggest difference between then and now is that the Democrats have forfeited their best leverage to force Republicans...

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