ZipDialog Roundup for Friday, July 7

Articles chosen with care. Comments welcomed. Linked articles in bold purple

 Trump’s speech in Poland: The most important foreign-policy statement of his presidency  (The White House text of the speech is here)

It was actually quite eloquent, especially in its recitation of Poland’s uprising against the Nazis in August 1944 and the Soviet Army waiting across the river until the Nazis killed all of them. It offered a clear statement about the achievements of the West–achievements worth defending. And it promised strong US participation in NATO.

It offered a sharp criticism of Putin’s expansive foreign policy and the risks it posed in Europe and the Middle East

Comment: The Poles welcomed the speech, understandably so.

 McConnell indicates he may not have the votes for a Republican healthcare bill  (The Hill)

“If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to private health insurance markets must occur,” McConnell said at a Rotary Club meeting in Kentucky on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Comment: In other words, I’ll work with the Democrats to do something. In that case, the Republicans might defect. 

This is turning into one fine mess.

 Leftists, Anarchists clash with German police ahead of G20 summit in Hamburg (Deutsche Welle)

DW calls them “anti-capitalist protests”

 Muslim groups in Indonesia, Malaysia call for boycott of Starbucks because of its support for gay rights  (Chicago Tribune)

The groups were apparently reacting to comments made several years ago by former CEO Howard Schultz in support of gay rights that drew renewed attention amid an increasingly anti-LGBT climate in both of the predominantly Muslim countries. –Chicago Tribune

Comment: Gee, I hope this isn’t a setback for “intersectionality” among US progressives.

 CNN’s troubles show up in the ratings. It is now #13. Fox (#1), MSNBC (#2) both doing well. (Scribd)

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