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Washington Post (December 17)

2018/ 12/ 19 by jd in Global News

It’s not clear “the country has fully comprehended the damage being done by a president who misbehaves so frequently…. Globally, the United States has lost its power, its aura of seriousness and decisiveness that once made autocrats hesitate before crossing us. Now we are a country that can’t seem to stand up to a ruler who orders the murder and dismemberment of a dissident who was a legal U.S. resident or call out Russia’s intrusion into America’s democratic process…. A child occupies the White House, and the world knows it.”


Chicago Tribune (November 26)

2018/ 11/ 28 by jd in Global News

“Global warming is a Midwest crisis in the making.” A just released federal climate change report predicts “sopping rains will damage crops, then heat waves will fry them. Humid conditions will spur the growth of pests and pathogens that will degrade the quality of stored corn or soybeans. Before mid-century… Midwest agricultural productivity will slip back to levels of the 1980s.”


South China Morning Post (November 25)

2018/ 11/ 27 by jd in Global News

The unfolding truth “appears to be rather different” than “the narrative spun by Nissan and apparently condoned by Japanese authorities.” When the full story about Ghosn is revealed, “it threatens to do at least as much damage to the reputation of the government and industry alliance known as Japan Inc as to the man at the centre of the affair” for it increasingly appears “Nissan’s old guard struck back against their ‘gaijin’ savior.”


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.”


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