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Aug162017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, white supremacists: "Trump puts a fine point on it: He sides with the alt-right in Charlottesville"; "Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost"; "Why Trump Can't Say the Obvious"; also, "Obama tweeted a response to the Charlottesville violence. It's now the most 'liked' in Twitter history" .... 

***President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, white supremacists....

* Washington Post (Philip Bump):  "Trump puts a fine point on it: He sides with the alt-right in Charlottesville

* New York Times (Glenn Thrush, Maggie Haberman):  "Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost"

* POLITICO Magazine (Jeff Greenfield):  "Why Trump Can't Say the Obvious"- "The president won't condemn white supremacy because he has no appreciation for America's basic history."

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* Los Angeles Times (Jessica Roy):  "Obama tweeted a response to the Charlottesville violence. It's now the most 'liked' in Twitter history"

Wednesday
Aug162017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, "rhetorical ricochet"?: Commentary (Marc Fisher), "Trump's rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president" ....

***President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, "rhetorical ricochet"?

* Washington Post (Marc Fisher):  "Trump's rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president" - From the WP:

When President Trump’s supporters rail against efforts to rein in his unpredictable, provocative behavior, they often call on White House aides, news reporters and Republicans in Congress to “let Trump be Trump.” But from Capitol Hill to the American heartland Tuesday night, the question was posed over and over again, “Which Trump?”

Was it the Trump who responded to calls from senators and ordinary citizens to “call evil by its name,” as Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) put it? Or was it the Trump who believes that he got where he is today by sticking to his guns and saying what no one else in public life would dare say?

The president’s rhetorical ricochet — from declining on Saturday to name the bad guys in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville to his muted acknowledgment Monday that neo-Nazis and white supremacists “are criminals and thugs” and then Tuesday to a classic doubling down on his original remarks — seemed almost perfectly designed to highlight some basic truths about Donald Trump: He does not like to be told what to say. He will always find a way to pull the conversation back to himself. And he is preternaturally inclined to dance with the ones who brought him ...................

Wednesday
Aug162017

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles City Council, Planning & Land Use Management Committee, Councilman Jose Huizar, Boyle Heights, proposed homeless project: "Council panel deals setback to proposed homeless housing project in Boyle Heights" ....

***Los Angeles City Council, Planning & Land Use Management Committee, Councilman Jose Huizar, Boyle Heights, proposed homeless housing project....

* Los Angeles Times (Doug Smith):  "Council panel deals setback to proposed homeless housing project in Boyle Heights" - From the LAT:

A Los Angeles City Council committee has rebuffed the city’s blue-ribbon homeless housing advocates, siding with a Boyle Heights shopping center owner who opposed a project to build 49 units for mentally ill homeless people.

In a procedure that provoked cries of bewilderment from the project’s supporters, Councilman Jose Huizar — without calling a vote — declared Tuesday that the planning and land-use management committee had granted an appeal of the project’s environmental clearance. If backed by the full council, the appeal would require an environmental report that could further delay a project that has been in the works more than five years and increase the cost of its subsidized housing.

When shouts from the audience demanded a vote, Huizar, who chairs the committee, simply asked if there were any objections. The other committee members remained silent ..................

Wednesday
Aug162017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, business advisory councils: "After CEO exodus, Trump ends two advisory councils"; "Trump Ends C.E.O. Advisory Councils as Main Group Votes to Disband"; "Trump disbands CEO councils as business leaders desert"; "Trump's business advisory councils disband as chief executives repudiate president over Charlottesville views" ....

***President Donald Trump, Charlottesville, corporate CEO's, business advisory councils....

* Washington Post (Damian Paletta, Jena McGregor):  "Trump's business advisory councils disband as chief executives repudiate president over Charlottesville views"

* New York Times (David Gelles, Landon Thomas Jr., Kate Kelly):  "Trump Ends C.E.O. Advisory Councils as Main Group Votes to Disband"

* Los Angeles Times:  "After CEO exodus, Trump ends two advisory councils"

* POLITICO (Dan Diamond):  "Trump disbands CEO councils as business leaders desert." - "'I am ending both,' he tweets."

Wednesday
Aug162017

POLITICS (National): Charlottesville, "Unite the Right" rally, white nationalism, fascist symbolism, national spotlight?: Analysis (Matt Pearce), America's far right stole the spotlight. Now comes the backlash." ....

***Charlottesville, "Unite the Right" rally, white nationalism, fascist symbolism, national spotlight....

* Los Angeles Times (Matt Pearce):  "America's far right stole the spotlight. Now comes the backlash." - From the LAT:

By their nature, fringe movements usually don’t find the scalding-hot center of the national spotlight. Last weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia was an extreme — and informative — exception. Around the nation, TV screens and social media feeds overflowed with Confederate flags, fascist symbolism and bloody images of violence as far-right groups brawled with anti-racism protesters on the streets of Charlottesville. Their white-power message was suddenly hard to ignore.

What has happened since underscores a basic principle about the far right in the United States: Attention is a double-edged sword for white nationalists and neo-Nazis, a tool of further empowerment and an implement of their ruin.

Over the last two years, embracing the energy of Donald Trump’s presidency, far-right millennials have grown increasingly vocal on social media and at public events around the country. They’ve accumulated new followers, piled up donations and garnered profiles in mainstream media outlets. But their rising visibility also breeds contempt. Outside the far right, antipathy to neo-Nazis, white nationalists and other fascist figures has been building for months, sometimes giving rise to protests that boil into violent street fights.

Now, the blowback from last weekend’s high-profile chaos has spread further — into the business world, on the streets and even at home ...................