👓 The White House Unified On Old Issues — And Then Started New Fights | Five Thirty Eight

Read The White House Unified On Old Issues — And Then Started New Fights by Perry Bacon Jr. (Five Thirty Eight)
The Trump administration has deep internal conflicts. That was true when President Trump was sworn into office, and it’s true now. But the nature of those conflicts has changed: The mostly ideological fights of 2017 seem to have somewhat subsided, while issues around Russia are creating new (and maybe even bigger) fissures.
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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Weighing the Risks of a Syria Strike | The New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: Weighing the Risks of a Syria Strike by Michael Barbaro from nytimes.com
President Trump has promised retaliation for a suspected chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrian civilians. What would that look like?

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: A Divisive Nominee | The New York Times

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President Trump has chosen John R. Bolton to be his new national security adviser. In 2005, a Republican-controlled Senate committee refused to confirm Mr. Bolton as President George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations. We look back at those confirmation hearings, which portrayed Mr. Bolton as a threat to national security.

On today’s episode:

• Elizabeth Williamson writes about Washington in the Trump era for The New York Times.

Background reading:

• Not since the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, have national security leaders so publicly raised the threat of armed confrontation if foreign adversaries do not meet America’s demands.

Most outlet’s I’d seen early on simply used shorthand to call Bolton a hawk, but without digging back into history to actually show the broader facts. I love how The Daily has done it here. The fact that he’s a hawk actually seems to be the least of his issues. Worse is that he comes off as a bully and doesn’t understand what facts are.

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