Photo: Office of the President of Taiwan
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Another Trump cabinet selection goes to another General. This time it's John F. Kelly, a four-star veteran of 40 years in the Marine Corps with a history of command in combat — and whose own son was killed in Afghanistan. He's slated to be the Secretary of Homeland Security. Damian Paletta covers the White House for the Wall Street Journal.
Last week, Donald Trump broke 40 years of protocol when he spoke directly to the President of Taiwan. China, which considers Taiwan a renegade province, was officially disturbed. Today, he named his Ambassador to China: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and China is said to be reacting "warmly." When Trump zigged, some called it a rookie mistake — until it turned out that Bob Dole helped set up the call with Taiwan. Will the zag mend fences with China? We get the latest on a President-elect unrestricted by diplomatic conventions.
Michael Crowley, Politico (@MichaelCrowley)
Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (@RNicholasBurns)
Stephen Moore, Heritage Foundation (@StephenMoore)
Orville Schell, Asia Society (@orvilleschell)
This is the 75th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, which brought the US into World War II. Later this month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first leader of his country to visit there. Just this past May, Barack Obama was the first US President to visit Hiroshima, the city destroyed by an American nuclear weapon.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama shake hands
at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, 2016
Official White House Photo
We hear more about the significance of this visit from Jennifer Lind, Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, and Nicholas Szechenyi, Deputy Director on Japan at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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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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