Trump Watch

The Alabama-ness of Alabama Politics: Howell Raines; plus Adam Shatz on the President and the Bomb

The legendary journalist Howell Raines reports from Alabama on the continuing Republican support for Roy Moore, the Senate candidate accused of molesting a 14-year-old and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Meanwhile, his Democratic opponent, the heroic civil-rights attorney Doug Jones, is running “the most vigorous Democratic campaign that’s been waged in Alabama in at least 30 years.”
Also, the president and the bomb: We’re hoping the generals keep Trump from doing anything crazy, like starting a nuclear war with North Korea—but the system is set up to give the president control over nuclear weapons, rather than the military. Adam Shatz explains–he wrote about Trump and the bomb for the London Review of Books.
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The Resistance Year One: David Cole; plus Harold Meyerson on Al Franken and Steve Ross on ‘Hitler in LA’

Trump Year One: The Resistance and the ACLU.  David Cole reports–he’s the ACLU’s National Legal Director, and he discusses voting rights, the travel ban, and the essential role played by citizen activism.
Also: Our Washington Report with Harold Meyerson, executive editor of The American Prospect: the House passes the GOP tax bill, and Al Franken apologizes for unwanted sexual acts.
Plus: historian Steve Ross talks about his new book, ‘Hitler in L.A.: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots against Hollywood and America.’
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Harold Meyerson: the Virginia vote; Katha Pollitt: Anger Management; Mike Wallace: ‘Greater Gotham’

The Democratic triumph in Tuesday’s Virginia election and its implications for 2018–Harold Meyerson comments, also: what the Democrats should do on tax policy.
Plus: Katha Pollitt on anger management, one year after Trump was elected;
And: New York City–it’s Trump’s home, and it’s also the antithesis of Trump. Comment from Mike Wallace–he won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1999 for “Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898” and has authored a follow up, it’s called “Greater Gotham: A History of NYC 1898-1919”.
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E.J. Dionne: America After Trump—plus Why are Trump voters so angry? Historian Steve Hahn on TrumpWatch

America After Trump: E.J. Dionne argues that Trump has mobilized progressive political forces that can transform America—and he reminds us that Trump never had a majority of voters, and is the most unpopular presidents in our history. E.J. is co-author of “One Nation After Trump: A Guide to the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported.”

Also: Why are Trump voters so angry? Historian Steve Hahn examines explanations of white working class rage, starting with the monster bestseller “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance, which has spent more than a year on the best-seller list. Also: “White Rage” by Carol Anderson, and Justin Gest’s book “The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of immigration and Inequality.”
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Trump and the Triumph of Fear: Sasha Abramsky–plus John Nichols on Trump’s Generals: Trump Watch Podcast

Sasha Abramsky talks about Trump and the triumph of fear — his new book is “Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream.”
Also: Pundits say the three former generals on Trump’s staff are “the adults in the room” who will block him from doing his worst. John Nichols isn’t so sure about that — the generals are featured in his book “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse.”
And, for something completely different: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy. One of the darkest days at the end of what we call “the sixties” came on Sept. 9, 1971, after 1,300 prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York rebelled — to protest years of mistreatment. The true story of what happened at Attica was covered up by officials for decades. but now, 47 years later, we finally know the true story, thanks to Heather Ann Thompson.
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Hillary’s ‘What Happened’: Sarah Leonard, plus Bob Dreyfuss on Paul Manafort and Todd Gitlin on Ken Burns

Sarah Leonard of The Nation says Hillary’s campaign memoir “What Happened” has its enjoyable parts, but fails to recognize the populist forces that explain what happened.
plus Bob Dreyfuss on the Robert Mueller’s coming indictment of Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort —
and Todd Gitlin replies to critics of Ken Burns’s Vietnam series on PBS — it’s a powerful portrayal of the reasons the war was a disaster, he argues.
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Hillary’s ‘What Happened’: D.D. Guttenplan Reports; plus David Dayen on Betsy DeVos & Harold Meyerson on Repealing Obamacare

Hillary’s book about what happened in her loss to Donald Trump – called ‘What Happened” — doesn’t really explain what happened, says D.D. Guttenplan of The Nation, and is significant mostly for what it says about her role in setting the agenda for the future of the Democratic Party.
Plus: the horrible Betsy DeVos – billionaire opponent of public schools, and now Trump’s Secretary of Education: David Dayen comments on her work on behalf of the student loan “servicing” industry, and for-profit colleges.
Also: the Republicans’ last and final attempt to repeal Obamacare is underway; Harold Meyerson reports–along with news about the California legislature declaring the entire state a sanctuary for undocumented people.
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