Obama got himself in trouble when he drew a red line to prevent Syria from using chemical weapons but then lacked the will to enforce it. Putin brokered a phony Syrian chemical weapons surrender for Obama.
Although it’s early to start thinking about the president’s chances at reelection, the variables are many. Chaos in the Democratic Party, challengers from inside the GOP and economic surprises could be ahead.
The first female speaker, who will turn 79 in March, is facing a growing chorus of demands for change from younger members, the very ones her prodigious fundraising and pugnacious politics helped elect.
The self-described non-politician wasted no motion or words reaching out to the unconvinced. Elections are about divisions, not unity. Trump’s strategy provides a template for his approach to re-election.
Now that the U.S. presidency no longer occupies any moral high ground, the hopes of foreign individuals for equality, democracy and independence don’t look to the American president for hope. They now look directly to the American people.
Instead of passively sticking to campaign fundraising, as many presidents do in such times when their name is on no ballot, Trump has gone all in to preserve even a slim GOP hold on both houses of Congress.
Some leaders claim that not just the new business model but news itself is broken. Fixed. Fake. And those who dispense it are enemies of the people. It’s up to all of us all to prove that truth matters.
While speaking in New Delhi on Sept. 6, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied writing an opinion piece published in the New York Times. An anonymous senior administration official claimed to be part of a “resistance” working inside the White House.