3 Stories You Should Read 1/30/2019: Troop Deployment, Intelligence Chiefs, Anti-poverty
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In the category of: While you weren’t watching.
The new batch of troops could raise the total to more than 4,300.
The U.S. is set to deploy thousands of additional troops to the southern border, acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan announced on Tuesday.
In an off-camera press briefing, Shanahan told reporters that “several thousand” soldiers would be ordered to deploy in response to a Department of Homeland Security request. He did not specify an exact number.
“Most recently, DHS has asked us to support them in additional concertina wire, and then expanded surveillance capability,” Shanahan said, according to a transcript of the conference. “And we’ve responded with, you know, ‘Here’s how many people it would take, and this is the timing we’d be able ― timing and mix of the people to support that.’”
In the category of: It’s getting lonelier at the top.
Trump, in a remarkable rebuke that was reminiscent of his past criticisms of law enforcement officials, said the intel chiefs were “extremely passive and naive” on the matter.
“The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!” Trump tweeted. “When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond. Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but a source of potential danger and conflict. They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge. There economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”
In the category of: Talking Points on Poverty
Forget the horse race — here’s how 2020 Democrats want to fight poverty.
Presidential campaigns are not usually about poverty. It’s a neglected issue, not least because most voters, even in Democratic primaries, live above the poverty threshold, and so economic policy tends to be discussed in terms of helping the “middle class” or “American families,” not the poorest of the poor.
2020 is shaping up to be a little different. Several Democratic presidential candidates have coalesced on a distinctive approach to fighting poverty — transferring people money — and are including it as part of bigger proposals that help poor and middle-class people alike, ensuring that these ideas have a more prominent spot in the campaign than past anti-poverty plans have had.
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