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◆ Trump in South Korea: What’s on the agenda?
Comment: Mostly North Korea but also some trade issues. The goal is to get South Korea’s leftist president to side more closely with the US, less with China.
◆ Texas Church Massacre: what we know
From police reports, three basic facts are emerging:
- The shooter was angry, uncontrolled, and mentally unstable
- Several different bureaucracies knew about the problems–the US military, a mental institution from which he escaped, and local officials who knew about violence and cruelty
- The bureaucracies did not inform each other, so none had a full picture of the lethal danger he posed.
- Some of this information might have blocked gun purchases
Comment: As we learned after 9/11, you can’t connect the dots if bureaucracies don’t share information. In the 9/11 case, the failure was the predictable consequence of laws blocking such sharing between the FBI (focused on domestic crime prosecution) and the CIA/NSA (focused on foreign issues, not crime, and prohibited from domestic spying). Terrorists exploited those “stovepipes” by moving across borders.
In the Texas case, it was simply the military’s failure to enter info in shared databases. In the case of the shooter’s escape from a mental hospital, we don’t know why that information was not entered into shared databases, where it could have blocked gun purchases.
Even if the information is available, there is so much of it that local law enforcement may not be able to sort through it and use it effectively.
◆ Very tight governor’s race in today’s Virginia election:
UPDATE: Democrat Wins
The state has been trending Democratic for some years, fueled by population growth in the DC suburbs of Northern Virginia.
Hillary won the state by 5 points and Trump’s unpopularity in North Virginia is why he didn’t campaign for the Republican, the first Presidential no-show in half a century.
That’s why the Democrat tried to make it a “national” election while the Republican tried to make it “local.”
Beyond the usual impact on policy, the winner will influence Virginia’s redistricting after the 2020 Census.
◆ Harvey Weinstein: Two developments
- New York Post reports a felony indictment in Manhattan next week
- Reporter Ronan Farrow explains how NBC News killed his well-sourced story, which would have broken the scandal (and did when reported elsewhere) (Fox News)