FROM Emily Badger
Ben Carson nominated for housing secretary The incoming administration announced another cabinet choice today: Doctor Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He's a retired neurosurgeon and former candidate for President until he gave his support to Donald Trump. Here's an excerpt from Carson on Fox News late last month. Emily Badger, who covers urban policy for "The Upshot" at the New York Times , says the choice was a surprise to many – and for many a cause for concern.
Airbnb rolls out new anti-discrimination policy Discrimination, especially regarding race, is a problem in America’s growing sharing economy. Unwelcome or rejected customers of Airbnb have complained about discrimination based on gender, age and disabilities. Today, in response to complaints, Airbnb has announced new rules , but it won’t abandon the requirement that prospective renters submit profile photos. Emily Badger, who reports for the Washington Post , says the new rules send an important message.
Does Your ZIP Code Determine Your Future? The federal Fair Housing Act was enacted by a bipartisan Congress in 1968 and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. It banned outright discrimination, such as racial restrictions in zoning and deeds. It also required the government to actively dismantle segregation and foster integration in its place. Since then federal subsidies for affordable housing have focused on poor neighborhoods — with the effect of expanding racial and ethnic ghettos. The Obama Administration now wants cities to build affordable housing in more desirable neighborhoods . The goal is desegregation, but opponents denounce it as "forced integration" and predict resistance to what they call "social engineering."
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
Trump's intelligence disclosures cause chaos On the eve of departure for his first trip overseas, President Trump is embroiled in another controversy. It's about reports that he shared highly classified information with two high-ranking Russians.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?