FROM Ben Schreckinger
Can Trump calm criticism that he's too cozy with white supremacists? Bowing to days of pressure, President Trump directly condemned white supremacy and the hate groups that incited Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Vice President Pence, Attorney General Sessions, and the president’s daughter, Ivanka all spoke out forcefully after Saturday’s events. But Trump only lamented the violence from “many sides.”
Comey memo prompts calls for independent probe, even impeachment The latest piece of bad news for President Trump is the reported existence of a memo that fired FBI Director James Comey wrote. The memo describes President Trump asking Comey to drop the FBI investigation into former NSA advisor Mike Flynn.
The Trump campaign and democracy's future Reporters are being heckled at Trump rallies by supporters who say Trump will win in a landslide and openly talk about violence and “revolution” if he doesn’t. Yesterday, Mike Pence insisted the campaign will accept the results if it loses, but high-level Trump surrogates echo his claim that the election is being “rigged.” Polls show that Trump might lose in a landslide, with heavy damage to his own Republican Party—and the confidence of millions in the democratic process.
Trump and the Media Donald Trump has publicly trashed journalists, feuded with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and banned publications like the New York Times from events. His antagonistic relationship with the press is one of the ways his campaign is unconventional. Yet, for all the animosity, Trump and the press are locked in a co-dependent dance.
Will Donald Trump Inspire Other Rebel Billionaires? For decades, politicians have said that government should be "run like a business," but business leaders don't often run for office. Now, here comes Donald Trump, who has captured the nation's attention with comments like "How stupid are our leaders…how stupid are these politicians." Trump's astonishing success -- the billionaire businessman is leading in all the polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination -- may have other billionaire CEO's giving a second thought to public service. That's according to Ben Schreckinger of Politico , who's in Dallas for today's Trump rally. Is Mark Cuban considering a run for the presidency? Photo: JD Lasica
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."