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)




ZipDialog’s Roundup of News Beyond the Front Page . . Wednesday, November 30

Hand-picked and farm-fresh–
Linked articles in bold purple

◆ Trump’s initial Cabinet appointments tell me he intends to move swiftly to pass a far-reaching agenda and will work closely with a Republican House and Senate to do it.

Comment: Tom Price is an expert of health care and committed to dismantling Obamacare and replacing it with a market-oriented system. Betsy DeVos is an expert on charter schools and vouchers and will make big changes at the Department of Education. Elaine Chou has extensive experience in government and a background in infrastructure, which she will bring to the Department of Transportation.

The ties to Capitol Hill are strong, without the K-Street strings. Price has worked extremely closely with Paul Ryan, as has Chief of Staff, Reince Preibus. Chou, who was born in Taiwan and has helped manage her family’s transportation interests, was a long-serving Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush. She is married to Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. Vice-President-elect Pence served in both the House and Senate before becoming Governor of Indiana.

These appointments suggest the Trump Administration will work closely with Ryan and McConnell to move a big agenda. They have majorities in both houses (but not a super-majority in the Senate), and have already passed a lot of Republican proposals that died on Pres. Obama’s desk. So, they won’t have to start from scratch.

regulations-labeled-200px-no-marginsPaul Ryan lays out his top 4 priorities:

  1.  Economic growth, beginning with deregulation
  2.  Repealing and replacing Obamacare
  3.  Tax Reform
  4.  Security the border

He discussed those priorities in a Wisconsin radio interview and says he is in close touch daily with Pres.-elect Trump. (Talking Points Memo)

◆ UN Security Council to pass tighter sanctions on North Korea with China’s help. (Fox News)

Comment: China’s problem here is vexing. They do not want to break the vulnerable Kim regime, but they don’t want to see South Korea and Japan start arming themselves to cope with North Korea’s rising threat.

◆ Indonesia has always had a huge Muslim population but not a militant, extremist one. That’s changing, says Time Magazine, and the Chinese minority in the country are fearful.

◆ ISIS calls attacker at Ohio State a “soldier.” (New York Times) He appears to have been inspired online, rather than trained directly.

Comment: White House spokesman Josh Ernest was truly embarrassing as he tried to describe the attack without saying the word “Islam.” It was like the author who wrote an entire novel without using the letter “e.” Yes, you can do it. But why?


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