House Medicaid amendments were less about Medicaid than about lassoing Republican “yes” votes on the budget rewrite, and, two, that the Ohio House Republican caucus is shifting. To the right.
Let’s not ascribe intent or malice in the place of deluded bumbling. As far as the White House thought, the meeting was supposed to be private, except that the Russians said they were bringing an official photographer so Trump team invited theirs. The fact that the Russian Foreign Ministry posts obsessively to a Flickr page, or Russia has been playing Trump all along, or there is no Russian division between media and state, or Russia would use the photos for something other than a thank you card seemed to escape the Trump communicators entirely. Given that cluelessness, you’ve got to love this administration quote (via WAPO): “We were not informed by the Russians that their official photographer was dual-hatted and would be releasing the photographs on the state news agency.”
Excuse me if the statement reminded me of the “Mad Hatted.” It’s the same ignorance that caused a political uproar after Trump’s meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister during the transition, given Ivanka Trump’s prominent presence. In that instance, Mr. Abe showed up with a photographer and a translator, and the photos were distributed the next day as official handouts of the Japanese Government Press Office.
Nothing like learning from your mistakes.
I would qualify these photos as war porn. I say that because too many publishers couldn’t bother with the larger context or even the basic facts when they had the news cycle to contend with and these macabre and sensational photos to display. Instead, these suddenly employable four-year-old photos and their hasty circulation serve as an indictment of spectacle — just like the news and the pictures of the near nuclear-scale “mother of all bombs” did a few weeks back — when the corrosive war in Afghanistan remains otherwise invisible.
The divisions over the library remain raw. Terry Bean, 54, a construction manager who was working on his daughter’s house on a recent morning in Roseburg, voted for the library tax, and said that “no” voters just saw another tax, not an institution at risk.There is conservative, said Mr. Bean, flicking a cigarette butt into the bed of his pickup truck, and then there is community. And people got them confused.The library, he said, was something a person could use — for computers, if not for books — even if that person didn’t have a dime, and he still respects that.