Photo: Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies about potential Russian interference in the presidential election before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, May 8, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
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Supporters in Seoul today chanted the name of the newly elected President of South Korea, a human rights lawyer who supports dialogue with North Korea. Moon Jae-in, the South's first liberal leader in ten years, could clash with policies of the Trump Administration. James Person, who specializes in Korean history at the Wilson Center in Washington, is an advocate for negotiations with Pyongyang.
James Person, Wilson Center
Yesterday's Senate testimony by former Obama Administration officials was as much a warning about elections to come as it was about last year's campaign. But the focus was on how former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates told the Trump White House that its National Security Advisor had been compromised. She thought action was needed, but General Michael Flynn was not fired for almost three weeks — after he'd attended high-security meetings. Democrats want an independent investigation, but President Trump still calls it "fake news." How real is Russia's threat to democracy?
Greg Miller, Washington Post (@gregpmiller)
Nicholas Schmidle, New Yorker magazine (@nickschmidle)
Julia Ioffe, The Atlantic (@juliaioffe)
Scott Horton, Columbia Law School / Harper's (@ColumbiaLaw)
Miller on Flynn being warned by Trump transition officials about contacts with Russian ambassador
Schmidle's profile of 'Michael Flynn, General Chaos'
Ioffe on why Putin wants a face-to-face meeting with Trump
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Faced with threats of violence, workers in New Orleans wore flak jackets in the wee hours last month, as they removed a memorial to the Crescent City White League, installed back in 1891. Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the Associated Press, "If there was ever a statue that needed to be taken down, it's that one." Will statues of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis be next? We get some perspective from Michael Tisserand, a writer based in New Orleans and the author of Krazy: George Herriman: a Life in Black and White.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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