- Editor’s note: I have been in the European Union in the last 8 days, including the impeding BREXIT country, the UK, and can attest President Trump has brought a stain on Americans traveling abroad! These stories just from the last week highlight what I experienced. Oh, and while most were not looking, Gold surged [as the bears headed to a safe haven], and yet another Republican Congressional Representative leaped to the exits [What IS with so many Republican’s leaving Congress, eh?]. And be sure to scroll down to the bottom for former Defense Sec. Jim Mattis’s book excerpt, his book due out this week!
“Escalating trade war with China creates worries for Washington state economy”
“Though an ocean away, the Port of Seattle said the Washington economy is closely tied to China,” by Michael Crowe, KING-5 TV News, Seattle.
“Lawsuit filed over rollback of child immigrant protections”
“Nineteen states [including Washingtonian] and the District of Columbia sued on Monday [Aug. 26] over the Trump administration’s effort to alter a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention,” by Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press.
“The next recession will destroy millennials”
“Millennials got bodied in the downturn, have struggled in the recovery, and are now left more vulnerable than other, older age cohorts. As they pitch toward middle age, they are failing to make it to the middle class, and are likely to be the first generation in modern economic history to end up worse off than their parents. The next downturn might make sure of it, stalling their careers and sucking away their wages right as the millennials enter their prime earning years,” by Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic.
“Farmers rips Trump trade: We’ve lost everything since he took over”
“Bob Kuylen, vice president of the North Dakota Farmer’s Union, speaks out admist growing pressure from farmers on Trump’s trade policy. Kuylen argues farmers have ‘pretty much lost all of our markets since Trump took over,’ adding though farmers may want to ‘stay loyal’ to Trump, the economy may force them to ‘lose their loyalty really fast,’” by MSNBC.
Click here for the video.
“With Amazon in Flames, Trump Moves to Open 16.7 Million-Acre Alaskan Rainforest to Corporate Exploitation”
“If the planet could talk, it would be screaming in agony or weeping in despair. Maybe both,” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams.
“Trump administration revives public charge clause that kept Nazi-era refugees from the US”
“During the Nazi era, roughly 300,000 additional Jewish refugees could have gained entry to the U.S. without exceeding the nation’s existing quotas.
“The primary mechanism that kept them out: the immigration law’s “likely to become a public charge” clause. Consular officials with the authority to issue visas denied them to everyone they deemed incapable of supporting themselves in the U.S.,” by The Conversation.
“Major Climate Change Rules the Trump Administration Is Reversing”
“The move to rescind environmental rules governing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, brings to 84 the total number of environmental rules that the Trump administration has worked to repeal. Officials at the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies have called the regulations burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses.
“Half of those environmental rollback attempts, like the new methane reversal, will undercut efforts by previous administrations to reduce emissions and fight climate change,” By John Schwartz, The New York Times.
“Ron Reagan on Trump’s behavior: ‘It’s only going to get worse’”
“Rattled by the US economy, and his prospects for reelection, an unhinged President Trump is stumbling through a week of self-induced chaos,” interviewed by Chris Matthews, ‘Hardball’ on MSNBC.
“Jim Mattis: Duty, Democracy and the Threat of Tribalism”
“Unlike in the past, where we were unified and drew in allies, currently our own commons seems to be breaking apart. What concerns me most as a military man is not our external adversaries; it is our internal divisiveness. We are dividing into hostile tribes cheering against each other, fueled by emotion and a mutual disdain that jeopardizes our future, instead of rediscovering our common ground and finding solutions.”
“On each of our coins is inscribed America’s de facto motto, “E Pluribus Unum”—from many, one. For our experiment in democracy to survive, we must live that motto,” by Gen. Jim Mattis. who served as secretary of defense during the Trump administration and in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than four decades. This essay is adapted from his forthcoming book “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,” co-authored with Bing West, which will be published Sept. 3 by Random House, as published in The Wall Street Journal.