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Will Democrats Accept Another Trump Victory?

Posted by hkarner - 12. Juli 2020

Date: 12‑07‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal By Barton Swaim

Every time they’ve lost since 1968, they’ve called it illegitimate—except for the 49‑state landslides.

Joe Biden, asked recently if he had considered the possibility that President Trump may refuse to concede defeat in the election, answered that he had. But he was “absolutely convinced,” the former vice president said reassuringly, that if such a thing happens, military personnel will “escort him from the White House with great dispatch.” What a relief!

The exchange brings to mind the 2016 campaign, when media personalities speculated that Mr. Trump would refuse to concede to Hillary Clinton. The hypothesis was never tested, Mr. Trump having had the bad manners to win, but it turned out to be they who refused to concede defeat—not by contesting the election results but by persuading themselves and half the country that Mr. Trump had won by illegal means and generally behaving like spoiled children for the next four years.

I suspect Mr. Trump would have conceded the night of the election (which Mrs. Clinton did not do), for the simple reason that he neither expected nor particularly wanted to win. In the event that Mr. Trump fails to win re‑election, he will depart willingly. Not graciously, perhaps, but willingly and at the appointed time. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Conservatives Versus Trump

Posted by hkarner - 9. Juli 2020

Date: 08‑07‑2020

Source: Project Syndicate by Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is the author of numerous books, including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Year Zero: A History of 1945, and, most recently,  A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir. 

US President Donald Trump’s most trenchant critics are not to be found on the political left. The most effective assaults are coming from the political right, where „Never Trumpers“ are openly supporting Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger in November’s election.

NEW YORK – For a while now, the most interesting critiques of US President Donald Trump and Trumpism have come from the right. By right, I don’t mean alt‑right, radical right, evangelical right, or racist right, but true conservatives who have voted or worked for Republican presidents in the past.

These Republican “Never Trumpers” include the journalist David Frum and Peter Wehner (like Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush), and the members of the Lincoln Project, whose trenchant videos have gotten under the president’s skin. Conservative columnists, such as Ross Douthat or Bret Stephens of the New York Times, or the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, should be included as well – and they have also been consistently more thought‑provoking on Trumpism than their more progressive colleagues. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump claims 99% of US Covid‑19 cases are ‚totally harmless‘ as infections surge

Posted by hkarner - 6. Juli 2020

Date: 05‑07‑2020

Source: The Guardian

President’s White House speech capping 4 July celebrations says US coronavirus strategy is ‘moving along well’

US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host 4 July celebrations at the White House, where he claimed the US had made ‘a lot of progress’ against coronavirus.

Donald Trump has celebrated independence day with a string of false and misleading claims attempting to play down the coronavirus pandemic and warning that China will be “held accountable”.

The US president staged a “Salute to America” jamboree on the south lawn of the White House with flyovers by military jets, parachute jumps and patriotic songs, but little effort among guests to physical distance or wear face masks. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Putin, Trump and Biden

Posted by hkarner - 2. Juli 2020

Date: 01‑07‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal By The Editorial Board

Would Joe really be tougher against Russia? He wasn’t in the past.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 30.

It is going to be something to behold, on Jan. 21, 2021, when President Biden takes revenge on Russia for paying the Taliban to kill Americans in Afghanistan. He’ll task the CIA with killing the Russian agents behind the bounties, send lethal aid to Ukraine to defend itself against Russian aggression, work with allies to oust Russia and Cuba from Venezuela, withdraw from the arms deals Russia is violating, and ratchet up sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany.

Of course Mr. Biden will do none of that, which ought to put into context the latest Washington uproar over the alleged Russian bounties and President Trump. The stories, leaked by anonymous sources, are another dive into the murky Washington nexus among intelligence, the media and politics. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Trump Referendum

Posted by hkarner - 27. Juni 2020

Date: 26‑06‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal By The Editorial Board

He still has no second term message beyond his own grievances.

President Trump may soon need a new nickname for “Sleepy Joe” Biden. How does President‑elect sound? On present trend that’s exactly what Mr. Biden will be on Nov. 4, as Mr. Trump heads for what could be an historic repudiation that would take the Republican Senate down with him.

Mr. Trump refuses to acknowledge what every poll now says is true: His approval rating has fallen to the 40% or below that is George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter territory. They’re the last two Presidents to be denied a second term. This isn’t 2017 when Mr. Trump reached similar depths after failing to repeal ObamaCare while blaming Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. He regained support with tax reform and a buoyant economy that really was lifting all incomes. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump Moves Have Damaged Trans‑Atlantic Ties, Says EU Foreign Policy Chief

Posted by hkarner - 20. Juni 2020

Date: 20‑06‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Josep Borrell says the U.S. stance means Europe is more determined than ever to forge its own path in confronting global challenges

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, said that the bloc wouldn’t follow the U.S.’s call to adopt a more confrontational approach to Beijing.

BRUSSELS—President Trump’s attacks on the European Union have materially damaged the trans‑Atlantic relationship and strengthened European determination to pursue an independent path on emerging challenges such as China’s growing assertiveness, Europe’s foreign policy chief has said.

Amid an expanding list of differences—over Iran, the Middle East peace process, trade, military spending and Washington’s exit from international institutions and treaties—Josep Borrell said Europe wouldn’t follow U.S. calls to adopt a more confrontational approach to Beijing. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Posted by hkarner - 15. Juni 2020

Date: 13‑06‑2020

Source: DER SPIEGEL Interview Conducted by Tim Bartz

Subject: Interview with Economist Nouriel Roubini

„The Stock Market Is Deluding Itself“

Prominent American economist Nouriel Roubini does not believe the global economy will recover quickly. He believes that the dire situation will produce a summer of protest in the U.S. and years of difficulties in Europe as well.

DER SPIEGEL: Mr. Roubini, the pandemic has brought the global economy to its knees, and millions of people have lost their jobs. Is the crisis as severe as the Great Depression of the 1930s?

Roubini: The crash is even greater than it was then. It took years from 1929 until the full extent of the crisis became visible. Compared to today, it was like a slow‑motion train wreck. Now the world economy has collapsed within weeks, and in the U.S. alone, more than 40 million people are unemployed. Many believe that the economy will pick up again just as quickly, but that is a fallacy.

DER SPIEGEL: You don’t believe in a V‑shaped recovery despite the huge economic stimulus packages? After all, 2.5 million new jobs were created again in the U.S. in May.

Roubini: Of course, we will see an upswing in the second half of the year. But it will not be a real one, but a delusion. The economy has fallen so steeply that it is practically inevitable that it will pick up again at some point. But that won’t compensate for the crash in any way. Even at the end of 2021, the U.S. economy will still be below the level of early 2020; too much has broken down. And the unemployment rate will level off at 16 or 17 percent ‑ during the financial crisis it was only 10 percent. The job creation in May was only 2.4 million after 42 million lost their jobs in the last few months. And the actual unemployment rate is much higher than officially measured. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Elites in Beijing see America in decline, hastened by Trump

Posted by hkarner - 14. Juni 2020

Date: 14‑06‑2020

Source: The Economist: Chaguan

But they are not sure whether it would suit China for Trump to be re‑elected

Whom would China prefer as America’s next president? That is a hard question, without an uplifting answer. In elite circles in Beijing, both President Donald Trump and his rival, Joe Biden, a former vice‑president, are spoken of with distrust and condescension. Rather unusually, both candidates are known quantities. Each man has spent many hours with President Xi Jinping. During the first term of the Obama administration, when Mr Xi was heir‑apparent to the leadership of China with the formal rank of vice‑president, Mr Biden, as his opposite number, was tasked with taking his measure. Visiting China in 2011, Mr Biden hailed their numerous meetings in various countries and their “mutual respect”. Mr Trump has gone further, calling Mr Xi his “very, very good friend”. Few in Beijing are fooled. Mr Trump and Mr Biden may share a capacity for talking (and talking) in pursuit of a deal. But Mr Xi’s grim, security‑first worldview leaves little room for foreign friendships, let alone with garrulous Americans.

Chinese disdain combines the political with the personal. In the unmarked villas, private dining rooms and scholarly retreats where—when it suits them—well‑connected Chinese sometimes offer opinions to foreigners, Mr Trump is called ignorant, erratic and tiresome, but not without his uses. He is praised for an apparent indifference to ideology. He is complimented for his reluctance to condemn Chinese repression in such places as Xinjiang. People familiar with the thinking of Chinese generals assert, approvingly, that Mr Trump dislikes military adventures abroad. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Posted by hkarner - 10. Juni 2020


Selten hat sich uns ein so gespaltenes Amerika-Bild geboten wie in diesen letzten Tagen. Die schier unbegrenzten Unmöglichkeiten eines irrlichternden Präsidenten, der in Krisen vor allem die Chance auf narzisstische Selbstinszenierung sieht, stehen in grellem Kontrast zu Blitzlichtern eines Landes der immer noch unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten.

Dass es etwa dem eigenwilligen Elon Musk gelingen konnte, eine bemannte Rakete zur Weltraumstation ISS zu entsenden, erscheint mindestens so erstaunlich wie die Tatsache, dass sein Elektroauto-Konzern Tesla trotz Verlusten zuletzt einen Börsenwert erreicht hat, der höher ist als jener der hoch profitablen Traditionsmarken VW, BMW und Daimler zusammen.

Zwar setzen die USA auf ein finanzkapitalistisch geprägtes Wirtschaftsmodell, das für uns Europäer in entscheidenden Bereichen nicht nachahmenswert ist. Wegen völlig unzureichender Abfederungen im Gesundheits-, Bildungs- und Pensionssystem stellt es in Kombination mit drastischer Ungleichheit jedenfalls kein Vorbild dar. Das uns vertraute Alternativmodell einer sozialen Marktwirtschaft ist ohne Zweifel ungleich attraktiver. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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More than 140 Zuckerberg‑funded scientists call on Facebook to rein in Trump

Posted by hkarner - 9. Juni 2020

Date: 07‑06‑2020

Source: Guardian staff and agencies

High‑profile researchers urge CEO not to let president spread ‘misinformation and incendiary statements’ amid protests over racial injustice

Scientists urged Mark Zuckerberg to ‘consider stricter policies on misinformation and incendiary language’.

More than 140 scientists funded by Mark Zuckerberg have said Facebook should not be letting Donald Trump use the social media platform to “spread both misinformation and incendiary statements”.

The researchers, who include more than 60 professors at leading US research institutions and one Nobel laureate, sent the Facebook CEO a letter on Saturday asking him to “consider stricter policies on misinformation and incendiary language that harms people”, especially during the current turmoil over racial injustice.

The letter calls the spread of “deliberate misinformation and divisive language” contrary to the researchers’ goals of using technology to prevent and eradicate disease, improve childhood education and reform the criminal justice system.

Their mission “is antithetical to some of the stances that Facebook has been taking, so we’re encouraging them to be more on the side of truth and on the right side of history, as we’ve said in the letter”, said Debora Marks of Harvard Medical School, one of three professors who organized it.

The others are Martin Kampmann of the University of California, San Francisco, and Jason Shepherd of the University of Utah. All have grants from a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative program working to prevent, cure and treat neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

They said the letter had more than 160 signatories. Shepherd said about 10% were employees of foundations run by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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