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Washington Post (June 24)

2019/ 06/ 26 by jd in Global News

“When we look back on June 2019, we’ll say that this was the time when a credible allegation of rape was made against the president of the United States, and he had already shown himself to be such a loathsome character that it was treated as a third-tier story, not worthy of much more than a passing mention here and there in the news.”

 

New York Times (April 23)

2019/ 04/ 24 by jd in Global News

“We can wait to reject this appalling worst-president-ever in the next election. Impeachment would drive the whole country even further apart. The Republicans in the Senate would never go for it anyway. And by the time we staggered to the inevitable stalemate, it’d be well into 2020. Let’s just vote the sucker out.”

 

Bloomberg (March 28)

2019/ 03/ 28 by jd in Global News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to create a “New Turkey,” but this is leaving “millions unmoored” as the “massive shift away from agrarian lifestyles” destabilizes “the country’s food supply and cost many their livelihoods.”

 

Washington Post (January 26)

2019/ 01/ 28 by jd in Global News

President Trump now occupies “an extremely weak position.” Ending the shut down “only confirms what lawmakers have long suspected…. Trump repeatedly backs down from his public positions…. That’s a problem for the president going forward. The players expect that, with enough pressure, the president will again back down.”

 

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.”

 

Washington Post (December 3)

2018/ 12/ 04 by jd in Global News

President George H.W. Bush’s remarkable legacy includes putting together “one of the finest, scandal-free Cabinets in U.S. history.” In contrast, the “current crew” is populated with “liars, braggarts and bullies” who posterity will judge harshly. “None of them will be heralded for leaving American democracy stronger than when they entered office. Neither in their personal dealings nor in their policy choices will they be seen as kind or considerate. They’ve torn up international agreements, frayed relationships (here and abroad) and deformed institutions.”

 

Time (November 12)

2018/ 11/ 14 by jd in Global News

“President Donald Trump took aim at Saudi Arabia’s plan to cut oil production on Monday, injecting new tension into an already fraught alliance that has been clouded by U.S. concerns over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ongoing conflict in Yemen.”

 

Washington Post (September 8)

2018/ 09/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Washington feels like the capital of an occupied country,” filled with “institutional and administrative chaos; our military chain of command is compromised; people around the elected president feel impelled to act above the law and remove papers from his desk. The mechanisms meant to protect the state from an incompetent or dictatorial president are not being used because people in power no longer believe in them, or are afraid to use them. Washington feels like the capital of a state where the legal order has collapsed.”

 

New York Times (April 10)

2018/ 04/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Mr. Trump wouldn’t be the first person to stumble into a one-night stand and find he has generated a decades-long relationship. But he may very well be the first president. As matters stand, there is the distinct possibility that the president’s legal clinch with Stormy Daniels will outlast his presidency.”

 

The Economist (March 3)

2018/ 03/ 05 by jd in Global News

“Last weekend China stepped from autocracy into dictatorship. That was when Xi Jinping, already the world’s most powerful man, let it be known that he will change China’s constitution so that he can rule as president for as long as he chooses—and conceivably for life.”0

 

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