3 Stories You Should Read 2/4/2019: Family Separation, Executive Time, Booker
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In the category of: An unfixable problem?
It referred to the process of reuniting separated families as a “burden.”
On Friday, officials from the Trump administration said it would require too much effort to reunite the thousands of families it separated before implementing its “zero-tolerance” policy in April, according to a declaration filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit between the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Last month, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services released a report stating that “thousands” more immigrant families had been separated than the government had previously disclosed. In the declaration submitted Friday, HHS officials said they don’t know the exact number of children who were taken from their parents before “zero tolerance” and that finding them would be too much of a “burden” since there was no formal tracking system in place.
In the category of: Wouldn’t we all like this much me/executive time?
The truth about “Executive Time” is somehow even worse than we imagined.
One of the most closely guarded and worst-kept secrets of Donald Trump’s presidency is his extraordinary laziness. Despite efforts to project a manly ardor, the current leader of the free world spends most of his free time tweeting, calling friends, and watching Fox News. Of his 745 days in office, Trump has spent 222 days unwinding at Trump-branded properties and 168 days golfing. According to the testimony of numerous West Wing staffers, he struggles to focus in meetings, largely ignores intelligence briefings, and tunes out policy minutiae. Once, according to former White House aide Cliff Sims, Trump literally got up and wandered away while Paul Ryan was in the Oval Office attempting to explain the Republican health-care bill. While Ryan was still talking, Trump walked down the hall to his private dining room and turned on the TV.
In the category of: Too good to be possible?
One premise of Booker’s campaign, at least at the start, appears to be that he can win the Presidency without saying a bad word about anybody. “I think that people are tired of the demeaning and are ready for some redeeming,” he said outside his house on Friday, shrugging off a question about the former Starbucks C.E.O. Howard Schultz’s potential Presidential run as an Independent. But what about Donald Trump? Was Booker prepared to say that the President is a racist? “I don’t know the heart of anybody. I’ll leave that to the Lord—I know there are a lot of people who profess the ideology of white supremacism that use his words,” he said. He added, “But I just want everybody to know I’m going to run a race about not who I’m against or what I’m against but who I’m for and what I’m for.”
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