The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises. What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of McConnell's wife, Elaine L. Chao, in Trump's cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. read more
Breitbart seems ready for one of Steve Bannon's famed "wars." Just minutes after President Donald Trump concluded his Afghanistan policy speech Monday night, the conservative site took an aggressive, critical approach to the address and Trump's new policy. A banner headline blasted the president's decision to extend the U.S. military commitment in Afghanistan as a "flip-flop" that "reverses course." Articles likened him to his predecessor, President Barack Obama -- a known sore spot for Trump.
A recent study by the Southern Poverty Law Center tallied at least 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy in public spaces, concentrated largely in states like Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. The reasons there are so many of these statues, and why they're so easily toppled, are one and the same: Many of them were mass-produced in northern foundries and shoddily installed across the American South. read more
It was an idea almost too good to be true: Bonnie Tyler singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" during the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years -- on a cruise ship. But somehow, Royal Caribbean International pulled it off, largely because they thought of it first. The Miami-based cruise line reached out to Tyler last September, just before calls started coming in to book the singer at other eclipse-themed functions. ... At about 2:45 p.m. Monday, as Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas sailed into the eclipse's path of totality east of the Bahamas, Tyler and pop band DNCE belted out the 1980s power ballad. read more
Finn Murphy ... has been a long-haul trucker for more than 30 years. "Every single driver I've ever talked to listens to NPR," said Murphy. ... Murphy writes that even if truckers "may not like the slant, if there is one," they still listen to public radio. A few years ago, he was sitting at a truck stop coffee counter with a driver who was a Ku Klux Klan member. Murphy asked the other driver if he listened to NPR. "He said, 'Oh god, yeah, 'US Jews and Girls Report.' I said, 'Well, what do you mean?' He said, 'Well, all the commentators are Jews ... and they're always talking about women's issues. It drives me crazy.'" read more