Shortly after Donald Trump won the White House in November 2016 and at the conclusion of a grueling campaign, Ivanka Trump didn't plan to be in Washington -- not to mention stay there. She told "60 Minutes" just days after her father was elected she wouldn't be joining the administration. While still a daughter, as a senior advisor to the president Ivanka Trump has aggressively pursued the latter and her indefinitely delayed departure is for the better.
Ivanka Trump, once the center of White House palace intrigue stories and Washington gossip, has been quietly and diligently working on significant projects. She is spearheading the White House Workforce Expansion Initiative, with a goal of working with companies and local communities to fill the current skills gap between available employment and individuals. read more
Antifascists, according to their own doctrine, fight fascism. Sounds simple enough. Granted, members of the loosely organized Antifa movement define "fascism" vaguely -- to include not just Nazis and neo-Nazis, but also white supremacists, white nationalists and the broader population of racists. As for the fighting, Antifa takes that part of the doctrine literally.
Claiming that even a small public gathering of fascists is a threat to freedom, the movement condones physical violence against them. Its anonymous, black-clad members routinely crash far-right demonstrations to brawl.
So -- you might expect that when Antifa can't find any fascists, it has nothing to fight.
The National Archives is doubling down on its refusal to respond to Democratic requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's White House tenure. Archivist David Ferriero wrote in a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, that it is the agency's policy to only respond to requests from a committee chair, all of whom are Republicans. "Accordingly, I am not in a position to change our understanding of the law or our practice in this particular instance," said Ferriero, who was appointed by former President Obama. read more
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's comments that his country would abide by US sanctions has taken Iranian media by surprise. "As a matter of principle we are against sanctions in the region," Abadi said at a press conference Aug. 8. "Blockade and sanctions destroy societies and weaken regimes." He added that they are a "strategic mistake" but that Iraq "will abide by them."
NYT Book review, 1972: The Best and the Brightest," Pulitzer Prize winner David Halberstam's latest, most important and impressive book, sets out to discover why America got involved in the worst and messiest war in our history. "What was it about the men, their attitudes, the country, its institutions and above all the era which had allowed this tragedy to take place?" They were, after all, "the best and the brightest," so why did it happen?
It happened, Halberstam concludes, because, "they had, for all their brilliance and hubris and sense of themselves, been unwilling to look and learn from the past." They ignored Hanoi history and misunderstood Munich history. "And they had been swept forward by their belief in the importance of anti-Communism (and the dangers of not paying sufficient homage to it)." The Age of the Pentagon Papers is, in reality, the Age of the Pumpkin Papers. read more