Photo: Steve Bannon, the new CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
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A month ago, the Supreme Court of Virginia threw out Governor Terry McAuliffe's restoration of civil rights for 200,000 felons who'd completed their sentences. Today, McAuliffe restored individual voting rights to 13,000, asserting that "These individuals are gainfully employed. They send their children and their grandchildren to our schools. They shop in our grocery stores and they pay taxes. And I am not content to condemn them for eternity as inferior, second class citizens."
Laura Vozzella, who covers Virginia politics for the Washington Post, explains how this restoration differs from McAuliffe's blanket clemency order.
Donald Trump's been sounding mellower lately, reading prepared speeches off a tele-prompter, but traditional GOP leaders are braced for what might come next. The campaign's latest CEO is Steve Bannon, who transformed the conservative website Breitbart by catering to the so-called "alt-right." That's the domain of white nationalism, misogynism, and anti-Semitism — anathema to mainstream Republicans. Breitbart has also published rumors about Hillary Clinton's health, adding false reports to the very real issues about e-mails, the Clinton Foundation — and trust.
Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Law Center (@Hatewatch)
Jonathan Allen, Sidewire / Roll Call (@jonallendc)
Bennett Shapiro, Daily Wire (@benshapiro)
Rick Wilson, Republican strategist and media consultant (@TheRickWilson)
Ken Stern, Palisades Media Ventures (@kenpstern)
Roger Hickey, Campaign for America's Future (@RogerHickey)
Shapiro on Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon
Southern Poverty Law Center on Trump campaign hiring Bannon, cozying up to alt-right
Stern on Bannon and his master plan
Campaign for America's Future on Trump taking the "alt" out of alt-right
Allen calls on Clinton to come clean about her relationships with donors
Rosa Brooks is the child of anti-war parents who protested against the Gulf War before she became a lawyer, married a soldier and served for two years as one of the highest-ranking civilian officials in the Pentagon. She visited war zones, was threatened by anti-American rebels, watched flight operations from the bridge of an aircraft carrier during a hurricane. And — law professor that she is -- she sat in on discussions that shook her faith in this country's adherence to international order, including the Geneva Conventions. Those are just a few of the experiences she's written about in How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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