#walkaway, SCOTUS, NATO: 3 Stories You Should Read Today – 7/9/2018
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In the category of: Things that seem obvious…
#WalkAway from this deceptive propaganda campaign
Most of the tweets were strikingly similar, and the vast majority pushed a very familiar narrative. Using the hashtag #WalkAway and claiming to be former Democrats, social media users shared their stories of leaving the Democratic party after being turned off by the “hate” and “division” of “the left.” Many of them cited the incidents involving Sanders and Waters as examples of the “intolerance” and “bullying” that supposedly drove them to support Trump after years—in some cases, decades—of voting for Democrats.
In the category of: Some damage can’t be undone with a different administration
The White House expects to immediately hit the ground running once Trump makes his 9 p.m. announcement on Monday.
The White House expects to immediately hit the ground running once Trump makes his 9 p.m. announcement on Monday, a time he selected for maximum TV exposure as anticipation grows around the pick. In the first 24 to 36 hours, they’ve mapped out what one aide described as a “meticulous approach” to promote and defend the nominee before opponents have time to define the person in a negative light, using their own words and rulings to rile up their ranks.
In the category of: Redefining world leadership.
Trump will arrive in Brussels on Tuesday night with an eye toward pushing allied members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to boost their defense budgets.
Despite Trump’s push, the heads-of-state confab risks being overshadowed by growing tensions between the U.S. president and European allies, Trump’s policies outside of NATO and his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which is scheduled to take place days later.
U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters last week that the theme of this year’s summit will be “strength and unity.” And while NATO’s secretary-general noted that the alliance has survived past disputes, he has acknowledged growing divisions among allies.