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Voter purge, Collusion, G7 Calamity: 3 News Stories You Should Read Today- 6/11/2018
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In the category of: I wonder if the other nations are wishing it was G6.
In the space of less than 48 hours, the President of the United States attacked the leader of Canada as “very dishonest & weak” and praised the leader of North Korea for working toward a deal on the Korean peninsula.
Sit with that for a minute.
There’s no question that Trump ran on the idea that past presidents had mishandled dealings — especially regarding trade — with other countries. So at one level, this shouldn’t be surprising.
But, the extent to which — in a very short period of time — Trump has clashed with long-time allies (Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Australia and on and on and on) is remarkable. As is his willingness to publicly explode the usually staid and stage-managed international gatherings like the G7.
In the category of: The politics of repetition don’t necessarily add up to the truth.
The untenability of the “no collusion” talking point.
“In all of this, in any of this, there’s been no evidence that there’s been any collusion between the Trump campaign and President Trump and Russia,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday at his weekly press conference. “Let’s just make that really clear. There’s no evidence of collusion. This is about Russia and what they did and making sure they don’t do it again.”
From Ryan’s perspective, it would be convenient if it were true that Robert Mueller’s investigation had turned up no evidence of collusion, but it simply isn’t.
In the category of: For the sake of humanity, long live Ruth Gader Ginsburg
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Ohio’s “use it or lose it” practice of cleaning up its voter rolls.
In a 5-4 decision, the court’s majority said the practice, known as the “supplemental process,” does not violate the National Voter Registration Act, which bars states from removing the names of people from the voter rolls for failing to vote.
The court’s five conservative justices voted in the majority, with the court’s four liberals dissenting.
Under the supplemental process, voters who have not voted in two years are flagged and sent a confirmation notice. Voters who then fail to respond to the notice and fail to vote within the next two years are removed from the rolls.
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