Juan Cole: The falsity of the [Hawaii missile] alert was quickly discovered but the same screw-ups who sent it out then sent the retraction to the wrong address so that it did not hit people's cell phones. They finally got the correct information after nearly an hour of panic. But here's the thing. The US military knew all along that there was no such threat. Nobody from the Pentagon tried to reassure the public. And, President Trump was on his West Palm Beach golf course and got the notice that it was a false alarm. He just went on playing golf. read more
A white Kansas state lawmaker arguing against the legalization of any use of marijuana suggested that it and other drugs were originally outlawed in part because blacks were "basically users" and "responded worst" to the drugs because of their "character makeup -- their genetics and that." State Rep. Steve Alford, a 75-year-old Republican from Ulysses, in the west of the state, made the comments Saturday during a public meeting at a hospital in Garden City. The Garden City Telegram first reported on the statement Monday and posted a video of it to YouTube. read more
Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president's son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic", according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian. ... speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: "They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV. ... Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad ---, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately."
For all that he's never stopped reliving the Watergate years, [John] Dean seems surprised at how relevant what he went through 45 years ago remains. Not that everything is the same -- for one, he thinks that in today's media and political environment, [President] Nixon might have finished his term. "There's social media, there's the internet, the news cycles are faster. I think Watergate would have occurred at a much more accelerated speed than the 928 days it took to go from the arrest at the Watergate to the conviction of Haldeman and Ehrlichman and Mitchell, et al.," Dean said. "There's more likelihood he might have survived if there'd been a Fox News."
Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Jew...We're all part of the American stew. read more