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Trump’s Threat of Force

2020-07-21 10:43:28

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President Trump has been preoccupied with big-city crime for more than 30 years.

In 1989, he took out ads in New York newspapers asking, “What has happened to our City over the past ten years?” (The ads implied he favored the death penalty for five Black and Latino teenagers who turned out to be wrongly accused of a rape.)

In his 2016 presidential campaign, he made false claims about how dangerous Oakland, Philadelphia and other cities were.

And now he seems to have decided that sending — or threatening to send — federal troops to Chicago and other cities is his best hope for turning around a struggling re-election campaign.

Meeting with reporters in the Oval Office yesterday, Trump said that he planned to deploy federal law enforcement agents to Chicago, after already having done so in Portland, Ore., last week. He suggested he might also do so in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland. He was vague about the reasons, saying all of the cities were run by “radical left” Democrats.

Big polling leads in presidential campaigns disappear more often than not. Just ask Thomas Dewey, Michael Dukakis or Hillary Clinton. Even some winners — Jimmy Carter in 1976, and George W. Bush in 2000 — have watched huge summer leads shrivel.

All of which offers reason to assume that Biden’s current lead is vulnerable. But this year’s campaign does differ in a major way, as Nate Cohn explains in a new analysis. A single story — the coronavirus — has come to dominate daily life, he writes, “and voters have reached an overwhelmingly negative view of how the president has handled it.” Unless that changes, Trump may struggle to mount the comeback that underdogs often do.

From Opinion: Ross Douthat argues that the most likely scenarios for a Trump comeback involve a fading of the virus’s worst effects or a surge in crime and disorder.

More than half of Bali’s economy relies on tourism, and the coronavirus has hit it like no other disaster in recent memory. When hotels started laying off workers, many returned to their home villages and took up traditional ways of earning a living, including fishing and harvesting crops.

“I feel hollow,” said a former hotel steward who has been digging for clams. “There is no job. I can only survive by depending on the sea.”

It’s not just Bali: Other tourism-dependent locales are facing similar struggles. Reuters has reported on the struggle in Jamaica, and Politico has looked at Greece.

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  • Russia has weaponized information as part of a long-running effort to interfere in the British political system, and successive British governments ignored the attacks, according to a report by the British Parliament.

  • Polar bears may become nearly extinct by the end of the century as a result of shrinking sea ice in the Arctic if global warming continues unabated, scientists said.

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This carrot tart with ricotta and feta will instantly brighten up any dining table. It uses frozen puff pastry, so it’s easy to make, and you can swap the carrots for onions, parsnips or zucchini, depending on your preference.

For more than a decade, Nikki and Brie Bella regularly traveled 300 days a year, wrestling five nights a week for live audiences. The twin sisters were among the first women to star on the main stage of the WWE program “SmackDown,” and helped introduce a more female-focused era of pro wrestling.

But the sisters haven’t exactly slowed down since retiring as champions last year: They’re both pregnant and busy shooting the sixth season of their reality show. (Conveniently, they are also neighbors.) Here’s what they had to say about filming a TV show — and going through a pregnancy — while socially isolating.


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