Clippings: “Watch What They Do” (Sept. 14, 2018)

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“This is not normal. These are extraordinary times, and they are dangerous times.
But here is the good news: In two months we have the chance — not the certainty,
but the chance — to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics.”

– Barack Obama

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Watch What They Do, Not What They Say. While the Trump Show
grabs our attention, the right wing consolidates it power: “Congressional G.O.P.
Agenda Quietly Falls Into Place Even as Trump Steals the Spotlight” at:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/us/politics/trump-republicans.html

(Thanks to Pat LeBrun for sharing this story)

See also “Forget the Trump circus. Focus instead on his ruinous policies”
(Article attached) at:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/forget-the-trump-circus-focus-instead-on-his-ruinous-policies/2018/09/11/d8dcfed2-b51a-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html?utm_term=.2982146e5f47

Most important, follow the money: “The Urgent Question of Trump
and Money Laundering” at:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/09/opinion/trump-money-laundering-russia-mueller.html

The Koch Brother are a big source of “dark money” working behind the
scenes. Read “Trump and the Koch Brothers Are Working in Concert” at:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/opinion/trump-koch-brothers-alliance.html

The solution depends on what you and I and millions of other voters
do on November 6. Let’s hope we keep our attention where it belongs.

What the Polls Say. “The anti-Trump backlash is gathering force.
These new polls confirm it” (Article attached) at:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/09/12/the-anti-trump-backlash-is-gathering-force-these-new-polls-confirm-it/?utm_term=.91f83740a8bd&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

Limits of Good Intentions. It feels morally satisfying to defend athletes in
support of “Black Lives Matter.” But will it win elections? A question to ponder.
Read “The Anthem Is a Trap for Democrats” which argues that Democrats may be
walking into a trap, to the glee of Republicans. See:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/opinion/columnists/kaepernick-nfl-protests-democrats-midterms.html

Whatever liberals may believe, the Russians have already figured that the
anthem controversy is a great way to stir up divisions in America: “Russian trolls are
still using the anthem controversy to sow division on social media” at:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/11/russian-trolls-are-still-using-anthem-controversy-sow-division-social-media/?utm_term=.6a09a74506ff