Wow! That was some week. Before taking on THE issue of the week that was, there are some other things that may have been lost in the roar that really shouldn’t be overlooked.
First: the Inspector General’s review of the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails from her tenure as Secretary of State. The verdict seems to have been far less than what the Republicans who initiated it were hoping for. As The Hill summarizes things:
Regardless, that brings us to the accusers. They face more consequences, in terms of hurt credibility. Republicans were crying foul that the FBI was helping Clinton, but Comey’s actions appear to have favored Trump. That’s what the IG report suggests. But Republicans are still whining. They want retribution for the FBI ultimately helping Trump. Huh?!
Read the whole piece here:
Second: the escalating trade war. Here’s a two-fer, one from The Hill (again and the title says it all) and the other from Marketplace, about trade policies (or lack thereof) and real impacts to Americans:
Third: Neal Conan (former host of Talk of the Nation) now has a series of broadcasts titled Truth, Politics, and Power. This episode looks at the purpose and art of presidential speech-making with two experienced practitioners of the craft (one from Reagan’s tenure and the other from Clinton’s) along with a look at Obama’s use of the “bully pulpit.” (Bonus — there’s an explanation of how TR meant that in a good way.) The last segment contrasts the methods of the former occupants with the habits of the current occupant of the Oval Office. Note what is said of the role of “conservative media” in recent developments and then consider the illustration in the second piece of how the failure of the echo chamber to buttress the current occupant’s rhetoric factored in the developments of the past week:
Fourth: The children of immigration. First, Scott Simon on why the cries of children should — and do! — move us. Then Leonard Pitts takes us beyond this moment to the larger picture of how much damage the current policies are doing throughout our country. Read and weep …
Fifth: The “system” (if it can truly be called that) is broken. To figure out real solutions, we have to understand what the actual problems are. Here’s a good start:
Sixth: Something to think about on the whole subject of immigration … and a call to most of us for a lot more humility: