Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent/WaPo:
How Trump lost his biggest battle – and no one noticed
We forget it now, but Trump tried to do it [Confederate-named military bases] In a major battle in the culture wars, there is an existential test of whether the nation will succumb to the dark forces of political correctness.
Yet in doing so, Trump urged the country to take a strong stand—against its position. As long as Braxton Bragg, Henry L. Banning, or John Bell Hood, almost nobody knew or cared, their names could be honored on military bases. A few names may be dropped here or there without prompting.
But after Trump forced the issue, it can no longer continue under the radar. And no conservative can make a moderately persuasive argument that US troops should train and live on bases named after enemies of the United States in support of one of the worst evils in human history. had fought
Removing those names is a long overdue correction of sheer obscenity. But Trump seemed like the last Republican determined to keep Confederate names on the base.
One of the odd things about this saga was how it combined Trump’s relentless race-baiting with his zeal to force the country into needless social and political conflict.
Biden approval rises sharply ahead of midterms: AP-NORC poll
Support for Biden rebounded from a low of 36% in July to 45%, driven in large part by a rebound in support for Democrats just two months earlier. November midterm elections. When during some hazy summer months Gasoline prices are at their peak And lawmakers appeared deadlocked, with Democrats facing the prospect of a loss against Republicans.
The US House panel received Secret Service chat messages from January 6
“It’s a combination of a lot of text messages, radio traffic, that kind of thing. Thousands of exhibits,” Representative Benny Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who chairs the committee, said Wednesday.
Good thread from Terry Moran:
Julia Ioffe/Puck News:
Fear and loathing in Moscow
The former queen mother of the Russian opposition, now living in exile, reflects on the terror that drove her countrymen from the capital, the hatred among those left behind, and the elite on the brink of rebellion.
What are things like in Moscow?
Moscow is unbearable. I couldn’t stay there. In the square where I live, I’ve seen the Price Waterhouse Coopers sign come down and Starbucks close and office towers empty. Even the faces have changed. They are completely different. You’ll suddenly see these fat men with beer bellies and t-shirts with Z’s on them. It is amazing the speed with which the masses have changed. Some people still recognize me on the streets and thank me, while others actually spit on me.
This is a complete generational divide. For example, there is a 35-year-old couple I met in Pskov. They are horrified by what is happening but their parents are for the war and think they are being paid by the US government to be against it. Meanwhile, their children are being taught in school that the way to distinguish real information from fake information is to go to the Ministry of Defense website and if the information is there, it is real. If it isn’t, it’s fake. I can understand why they want to protect their children from the Russian school system.
General Mark Hertling: Russia’s military is formidable. But it’s not over.
Our deep dive into the war in Ukraine
On the corruption of the Russian army
Charlie: So what happened? When we look at the success of this counterattack and the failure of the Russians, is it all about new Western weapons? Or is it a more complicated story? … I would like to get your opinion on why you think the Ukrainians were able to be so successful in such a short period of time, and the role of Western weapons and the tactics they used.
Lieutenant General Hertling: Well … whenever I look on the Internet or on television shows or listen to podcasts, when I hear people say that it’s all about Western technology, and we should give them more. We should give them everything they want.
Because, while that is certainly part of what makes Ukraine successful in defending its homeland, there are many other complexities involved, as you just said.
The first thing is that the Ukrainian military has changed over the last 15 years, and I’m proud to say that I was a small part of that when we were training with the Ukrainian military, when I was in the US forces in Europe. The commander was…
So, we started like that in about 2008, and honestly, it was for selfish reasons. This was because Ukraine volunteered to send troops to both Iraq and Afghanistan, which they did until the end of those two wars, and we wanted them to be able to be on the battlefield and fight side by side with us. was needed When we first started working with them, they were not the same army.
Therefore, in the last 15 years, they have changed internally. They have conducted Western-style training events and exercises, they have built a more professional leadership corps, not only at the senior officer level, but at the NCO or sergeant level, and they have actually Westernized security. Bought in access. So, this is another factor.
But, one factor that not many people are talking about is, in truth, the Russian military is bad.
Putin’s 2-decade-long military operation in Ukraine is largely destroyed, and Russia’s ‘strategic defeat’ could threaten his rule
- Experts say Russia’s military will have to be rebuilt as a result of the war in Ukraine.
- The war has “dramatically” changed perceptions of Russia’s military might, one expert told Insider.
- Putin’s regime may also be in danger now, as it has rare instances of dissent.
Along with proposed abortion restrictions, GOP looks at criminal charges for doctors
GOP candidates were asked to say the party “doesn’t want to put doctors … in jail.” And yet, Republican proposals keep saying the opposite.
As regular readers may Remember, the rhetorical suggestions were defensive, not celebratory. Party leaders seemed to realize that much of the country wanted Roe’s example upheld, so the National Republican Senatorial Committee advised incumbents and candidates to tell voters, among other things, that “Republican doctors don’t want to be thrown into … jail.”
Rhetorical strategy Insight: Many Americans will be led to prosecute physicians by the idea of Republican policies. The problem, of course, was that there were GOP measures Already watching Possible felony charges against doctors who helped terminate unwanted pregnancies.
The push has not gone away. Sen. Lindsey Graham inaugurated A national abortion ban Yesterday, and America today took note A key provision of the South Carolina Republican proposal.
His bill also includes criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortions, including up to five years in prison.