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Wildfires are common in America's arid West, but not in the humid Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Now 14,000 people have been evacuated from the resort town of Gatlinburg. Matt Shafer Powell is Director of News Content at WUOT, public radio for Knoxville, 35 miles away.
Last week, Donald Trump tweeted progress on a campaign promise: Carrier Air Conditioning might not move 2000 jobs to Mexico after all. Does that mean American manufacturing is making a comeback? Probably not — although Trump will get headlines if Carrier stays in Indiana. Meantime, what's it like to work at a company that might or might not be there tomorrow? Is that what drove former Obama supporters to vote for Trump? In any case, they're faced with stark circumstances. Would infrastructure rebuilding help? Should it be privatized or financed with federal taxes?
Nelson Schwartz, New York Times (@NelsonSchwartz)
TJ Bray, United Steelworkers Local 1999
Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, Indiana University (@MaurerLawGLS)
Josh Bivens, Economic Policy Institute (@joshbivens_DC)
Schwartz on Trump leaning on Carrier to keep US jobs from moving to Mexico
Schwartz on Carrier employees counting on Trump to save their jobs
Bivens on Trump's infrastructure plan, which won't lead to much new investment
Republicans have promised to repeal Obamacare. Democrats have scornfully challenged them to find a way to replace it. Now, Donald Trump has chosen arch-conservative Congressman Tom Price of Georgia as the first doctor in many years to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. His first job would be to replace Obamacare, and he has a plan to do it. Jonathan Cohn, who reports for the Huffington Post, looks at what Price might do as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
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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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