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Wall Street Journal (August 2)

2018/ 08/ 03 by jd in Global News

“No one knows if Donald Trump is serious or trolling when he tweets,” but the “damage from firing Mr. Mueller is so predictable that’s it hard to believe even Mr. Trump would tempt such a fate.”


New York Times (June 10)

2018/ 06/ 12 by jd in Global News

“There has never been a disaster like the G7 meeting that just took place. It could herald the beginning of a trade war, maybe even the collapse of the Western alliance. At the very least it will damage America’s reputation as a reliable ally for decades to come; even if Trump eventually departs the scene in disgrace, the fact that someone like him could come to power in the first place will always be in the back of everyone’s mind.”


Popular Mechanics (May 16)

2018/ 05/ 18 by jd in Global News

“Scientists have confirmed that plastic bags litter the very depths of the Earth’s oceans inside the Mariana Trench. The findings highlight a polluted region of the ocean often ignored: the very bottom.” While disturbing, the knowledge could prove a source of hope.  “The better understanding of the damage being down there, the better chance there is of correcting the damage.”


New York Times (December 15)

2017/ 12/ 16 by jd in Global News

“There’s been a lot of backpedaling U.S. since Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “With the president having made a typically grandiose and poorly thought-through political gesture…wiser heads in the administration are trying to mollify Palestinians and other Arabs antagonized by his posturing.” Their efforts aren’t having much effect. “Mr. Trump could lessen the damage by specifying that the embassy, when moved, would be in West Jerusalem, and by indicating that the United States wants to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital as part of a peace agreement.”


LA Times (December 6)

2017/ 12/ 08 by jd in Global News

“What should make Southern California fearful is that climate change could mean a future of more frequent and more intense wildfires. Today’s fires will end, and what we do afterward—assessing how to better prepare, and how and whether to rebuild—will influence the damage from the fires next time.”


Reuters (May 16)

2017/ 05/ 19 by jd in Global News

“President Trump is now the leaker in chief.” His “conduct over the past week strikes at the heart of the United States intelligence community. He does not seem to grasp how it works…. The damage Trump has done to his own intelligence services, their foreign counterparts, and their relationships with the White House in four short months might take four long years to repair. If it can be repaired, that is.”


Los Angeles Times (April 2)

2017/ 04/ 04 by jd in Global News

“It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters…. Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck.” With this, the Republican-leaning LA Times began a four part series on “Our Dishonest President.” The newspaper’s urgent tone stems from the dire precariousness after less than three months under Trump. “It is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation.”


BBC (September 29)

2016/ 10/ 01 by jd in Global News

All of South Australia blacked out when a vicious storm struck, toppling approximately 20 transmission towers and leveling nearly 80,000 lightning strikes, some of these damaged power plants and facilities. The unprecedented weather “has very quickly turned into an Australian political storm, with the state’s dependency on renewable energy now being debated with the full force and bluster of a tornado.”


Chicago Tribune (September 19)

2016/ 09/ 20 by jd in Global News

Oliver Stone’s new movie on Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) leaker, opened amid renewed calls that he be granted amnesty. But in light of the damage his leak caused and is continuing to cause, Snowden “doesn’t sound like a whistleblower who should be celebrated.” He “sounds like someone who should be in a U.S. prison.”


New York Times (June 12)

2016/ 06/ 13 by jd in Global News

“The stain of Trump will last long after his campaign. His insults, cruelty and bigotry will sear themselves into the memory of Americans for a long time to come, especially those who are the targets of his invective.” He will do long-term damage to his party. “Mr. Trump is what he is — a malicious, malignant figure on the American political landscape…. There will be a fearsome price for Republicans to pay for their embrace of Donald Trump.”


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