A state lawmaker in Indiana has drafted a measure to require licenses for journalists akin to those that pertain to handgun owners, a proposal legal experts says directly violates the First Amendment.
The measure would require journalists — defined as anyone writing or broadcasting news for a newspaper, magazine, website or television or radio station — to be registered and fingerprinted by the police and vetted for their “character and reputation.”
Harvey Weinstein (Yann Caatsaliou/AFP/Getty Images); Roger Ailes (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)[/caption]
Allegations of sexual predation by Harvey Weinstein could deliver a fatal blow to his Hollywood production company. Yet a similar scandal involving Roger Ailes last year never seriously threatened to kill Fox News.
The battle for the Senate in 2018 is caught between two opposing forces: math and President Trump.
The math looks terrible for Democrats. Republicans are defending nine seats next November compared to 25 for Democrats. Ten Senate Democrats are attempting to win reelection in states Trump won. Five of those states he won by double digits.
Update: And now President Trump has talked about another U.S. territory struck by hurricanes as if it's a foreign country. He said in a speech at the Values Voters Summit on Friday morning that he met with the "president" of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Virgin Islands don't have a president; they have a governor, Kenneth Mapp, with whom Trump met 10 days ago. In fact, their president is none other than Trump himself, since they are Americans.
After seven years of "talking" Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding ObamaCare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
It's been up for debate whether Obamacare is failing, as President Trump and Republicans frequently claim. But a failing Obamacare could soon become an undisputed reality thanks to two major actions Trump took this week to undermine the law.
President Trump has gone after many norms and institutions in American politics, often seeming to want to undermine them in the name of strengthening himself with his base.
Now he's setting up Congress to fail. And if it does, you can bet he'll gladly saddle it with the blame for everything bad that happens.
From Da Coach, Mike Ditka, to Da President, Donald Trump, fired-up critics of kneeling and fist-raising during the national anthem have suggested that protesting NFL players are un-American.
“That's a total disrespect of our heritage,” Trump told a crowd in Alabama last month.
“If you don't respect our country, you shouldn't be in this country playing football,” Ditka said in a radio interview Monday.
White House chief of staff John F. Kelly is the steady hand currently attempting to guide President Trump. And he was a pretty steady hand Thursday during his guest turn leading the White House press briefing.
But his explanation of Trump's tweets just doesn't hold up.
Kelly was made to try to explain Trump's apparent threat Thursday to cut off funding to Puerto Rico's hurricane recovery effort. And Kelly explained that the tweets were strictly accurate.
The thing with culture wars is that they never end.
There's the temptation to claim victory prematurely while not realizing that another battle awaits.
President Trump's high value of traditional American norms perhaps understandably gives him a sweet spot for the Boy Scouts of America. He said as much when he spoke to the Scouts this summer about the “patriotic American values” the organization taught to many of his right-hand men, including Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Tom Price, who was Trump's health and human services secretary before ethics concerns about a possible misuse of government money led to his resignation.
President Trump returned to the friendly set of Sean Hannity's Fox News program Wednesday, only this time the environment was extra friendly because Hannity took his show on the road to Middletown, Pa., where Trump delivered a speech about tax policy, and conducted the interview in front of a cheering crowd.