Foreign Policy Tweet War WIthin the GOP

Liz Cheney on her hopes for the 116th Congress

The Story:

Rep. Liz Cheney (Wy) and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky), two very prominent Republicans with decided opinions about foreign policy, have been using their twitter accounts to air in public their differences on America’s place in the broader world.

The Difference  Between Them:

Senator Paul’s tweets aimed at Cheney, and at her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, have included this: “Hi @Liz_Cheney,  President @realDonald Trump hears all your NeverTrump warmongering…I’m just grateful for a President who, unlike you, supports stopping these endless wars.”

Some within the Trump coalition believe that the Trump slogan “America First” suggests an America that withdraws from entangling alliances and from military commitments overseas.  Rand speaks for that sentiment. Others, though, plainly believe that “America First” refers to an America that is involved with and leads allies in the fight against terrorism and against the nation-states that offer safe havens to terrorists. Cheney speaks for them.

The Thing to Know: 

Some of Rep. Cheney’s responses to Paul’s jibes have referenced the fact that Paul ran for the Republican nomination for President in 2016 and had to drop out early. Cheney tweets, “I know the 2016 race was painful for you….No surprise since your motto seems to be ‘Terrorists First, America Second.'”

Trump: I’ve destroyed bills, gotten bills passed with Twitter

Trump: I've destroyed bills, gotten bills passed with Twitter

Trump opens up on his use of social media and approach to the presidency.

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Senator Warren: “She’s Got a Plan for That”

The Story:

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for President may be gaining some momentum. In recent days variations of her frequent use of the expression “I’ve got a plan for that” have taken hold and become a catch phrase, even an unofficial slogan, declared so not by the campaign itself but from the ground up.

Two Tweets:

On April 11, a writer on the blog Vox said, “Many profitable companies pay nothing in profitable income tax. Elizabeth Warren has a plan to stop that.”

Warren linked to the Vox article on her twitter feed and added: “You bet I do!”

An admirer of Warren’s, Keely Murphy, soon replied to that tweet: “I would certainly buy a shirt that said, ‘Elizabeth Warren: She’s Got a Plan for That.'”

As Politico puts it, that exchange made the expression “a thing.”

The Thing to Know:

All campaigns for POTUS put out thick position papers, often with numbers, charts, graphs, etc. Sometimes one gets the impression that a staffer in a back office puts these together just so that they will be available should anyone ask, but the candidate’s heart is not in it. In the case of the Warren campaign, the  candidate’s heart is very much in the wonky position-paper side of campaigning.

Why Are So Many People Willing To Tie Themselves To This White House? | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Why Are So Many People Willing To Tie Themselves To This White House? | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

High turnover rates are a problem in the Trump administration and the president is famous for hiring and firing employees on Twitter. Chris Jansing asks the question: Why are so many people willing to tie themselves to this White House? Weighing in: Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Benjamin Wittes, Republican strategist Rick Tyler, Washington Post National Political Reporer and Moderator of PBS’ “Washington Week” Robert Costa, and Political Correspondent for The Hill Amie Parnes.
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Is There a Political Reason Twitter Won’t Do More to Combat White Supremacy?

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Since President Trump took office, Republicans have accused social media platforms of bias against conservative users. But according to a new report from Motherboard, Twitter has avoided censoring white supremacists out of fear that it could impact the accounts of Republican politicians.

The report cites a March 22nd meeting at Twitter during which it was explained to attendees that accounts like those of Arabic language broadcasters may inadvertently be flagged in the course of the platform ridding itself of ISIS propaganda. Twitter hasn’t made the same commitment to rid itself of white supremacist content, the speaker later said in another conversation confirmed by Motherboard, because it could have a similar effect on the accounts of Republican politicians.

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Twitter responded by noting to Motherboard that the report “is not [an] accurate characterization of our policies or enforcement — on any level.” The company later disputed the report in a statement. “The information cited from the ‘sources’ in this story has absolutely no basis in fact,” it read. “The characterization of the exchange at the meeting of March 22nd is also completely factually inaccurate. There are no simple algorithms that find all abusive content on the Internet and we certainly wouldn’t avoid turning them on for political reasons.”

As the report explains, Twitter took a broad, mostly algorithmic approach to eradicating ISIS-related content. To do so for white supremacist content would inevitably impact Republican accounts because of the extent to which white supremacist and white nationalist rhetoric has bled into American political discourse. “Cracking down on white nationalists will therefore involve removing a lot of people who identify to a greater or lesser extent as Trump supporters, and some people in Trump circles and pro-Trump media will certainly seize on this to complain they are being persecuted,” extremism expert and author JM Berger told Motherboard. “There’s going to be controversy here that we didn’t see with ISIS, because there are more white nationalists than there are ISIS supporters, and white nationalists are closer to the levers of political power in the U.S. and…

Donald Trump Complains On Twitter That He Never Gets any Credit For Anything | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Donald Trump Complains On Twitter That He Never Gets any Credit For Anything | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

The president is again lashing out at Democrats investigating him on the Hill and bemoaning on Twitter that he never gets any credit for anything. Jon Meacham and Eugene Robinson join to discuss.
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Trump declares Mueller-probe win, tweeting out NY Post front page

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President Trump, reiterating his firm belief that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation had been a political and unsuccessful witch hunt, tweeted out the New York Post’s front page and its bold, declarative headline: “TRUMP CLEAN.”

The page showed Trump smiling alongside the phrases, “No crimes committed,” and “Dem hoax destroyed.”

The tweet was something of a victory lap for Trump, after Mueller’s report said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him with either conspiracy or obstruction of justice.

Despite what Trump’s tweets may have implied, the battle was far from over, however, as congressional Democrats continued to push their own follow-up investigation. House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., subpoenaed the unredacted Mueller report and requested that Mueller testify before…

This Bollywood Baddie Takes Aim at India’s Biggest Political Stars

This Bollywood Baddie Takes Aim at India's Biggest Political Stars

The three bullets that killed his friend shocked actor Prakash Raj. What followed stunned him even more. Within hours of the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in September 2017, Twitter trolls — many of them followed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — began posting celebratory messages. When Raj questioned Modi’s silence on the posts, the trolls hit back with bigotry, referring to his Catholic mother and Hindu wife.

A year and a half later, Raj, 54, is ready for battle again — the biggest one of his life. For 30 years, the multilingual winner of five national film awards has challenged the norm in the movie industry, acting in five languages — Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and Telugu — in a country where few have made that transition easily. This time, he’s taking on India’s entrenched political establishment in the 2019 general elections, history’s largest ever democratic exercise.

Tall and with a big build, Raj doesn’t have the chiseled face or body of a typical film star. Instead, it’s his rugged looks, warm but naughty smile and twinkling eyes that will greet voters from campaign posters as Raj contests as an independent candidate from Bangalore Central constituency, India’s hub of tech innovation and the capital of the state of Karnataka. The government in power — led by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — is the target of much of his criticism. But he’s also unsparing of the Congress, India’s grand old party now in opposition. He’s adamant about not joining any party.

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Raj mostly plays the antihero on the screen.

“Political parties are a trap,” Raj tells me, sitting in his office, with a window overlooking the city’s busy traffic. “Ultimately, a member of parliament from a party has to do what the party wants — not what the people want.”

It’s hard to put Raj in a box, let alone a trap. He may be one of India’s best-known current actors, but Raj says he hates watching movies. “I would rather read in my free time.” Or listen to Frank Sinatra. His drink of choice changes with the seasons — cognac in the winter, beer in the summer. Raj mostly plays the antihero on the screen — his “Aata majhi satakli,” which loosely translates to, “Beware, I’ve lost all control over my temper,” from the 2011 Bollywood super hit Singham, is one of the most iconic lines in recent Hindi cinema, often heard on the streets of Mumbai. In the film, he plays a corrupt politician involved in smuggling, extortion and abduction. In real life, though, he hopes to wear the white hat.

Bus to tell Brexiteers that we’ve now left the EU, nation hopes they fall for it again

A message on the side of a bus will inform Brexiteers that Britain has now left the EU while the rest of the country hopes they fall for it again.

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw reacts to Ilhan Omar’s comments about 9/11

Rep. Dan Crenshaw reacts to Ilhan Omar's comments about 9/11

Dan Crenshaw responds to the criticism and support Rep. Ilhan Omar has received since her controversial comments made about 9/11.

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