|New Yorker cover dated the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington|
Two other new magazine covers are below.
Drip, drip, drip.
Saturday updates: Kennedy Center Honors reception at White House is cancelled, and the HH and spouse will not attend the awards at all. This event isn't until December. There have been protests and boycotts before, but is this the first time that the president hasn't presided? Is there a president?
The day's best headline is from Slate:Trump Describes Boston Protesters as “Anti-Police Agitators,” Misspells Heal Four Times
Friday afternoon updates: While media buzzes about the "firing" of Bannon, two observations: First, his "interview" with the American Prospect editor told me he knew he was leaving and he was using his last days in office as a way to feel out possibilities for his post-WH career (which immediately included taking back control of his old propaganda unit.) Second, he may be gone from the West Wing but he's very likely to still be advising Homemade Hitler, as other "fired" folk continue to do. I see the New York Times agrees with me. Still, the potential remains that the firing will be consequential, with the rabid right attacking each other. I'm somewhat doubtful that much will change. Bannon's balloon is set to deflate.
Politico: Wave of resignations hits Commerce Department’s board of ‘digital economy’ advisers.
President’s arts and humanities committee resigns over Trump’s Charlottesville response is another Politico headline. After one member resigned with his own letter, the remaining 15 members of the committee resigned en masse with a letter that said in part: “We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions,” members write in a joint letter to Trump obtained by POLITICO that ends by calling on the president to resign if he does not see a problem with what’s happened this week. The story notes that the first letter of each paragraph spells out the word RESIST. Later, the White House pretended they'd dissolved the committee on their own because it wasn't a good use of taxpayer's money. Brave words from an administration that wastes more taxpayer money and funnels it to HH and his family in an hour than this committee ever spent.
The Hill reports: The pastor of a New York megachurch [Rev. A.R. Benard of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn] said Friday that he has resigned from President Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board, citing "a deepening conflict in values" with the administration.
And another R Senator speaks out: "GOP senator: Trump needs to be clear, white supremacists were 'solely responsible.'" Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma is a very conservative senator elected in 2014 in a special election, and re-elected to a full term in 2016.
On Thursday, in an on-camera interview, Republican Senator Bob Corker said: "The President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful," and "has not demonstrated he understands the character of this nation."
Despite his goofy name, Corker is a silver-haired eminence who was reportedly considered for Secretary of State. Corker also defended Arizona Jeff Flake (where do they get these names? And we haven't even gotten to Senator Luther Strange) against attack by the White House, which included HH endorsing one of his primary opponents. Both Flake and Corker are up for re-election in 2018.
Corker joined Senator Lindsey Graham in name-checking the apprentice dictator. Corker raising the question of competence, and using the term "stability" were considered significant. His statement was considered highly unusual for a Senator to make about the WH incumbent of his own party.
The highest ranking Democrat so far announced his intention to introduce a resolution of impeachment in the House. He is Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Steve Cohen of Tennessee.
James Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of conservative media magnate Rupert Murdoch, ripped President Trump's response to violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, also pledging a $1 million donation to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The Hollywood Reporter reported Thursday that it had obtained the email memo Murdoch sent to friends. In the email, Murdoch says he was concerned with Trump's comments on the violence that broke out after a white supremacist rally last Saturday..."I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so."
James Murdoch's father, Rupert Murdoch controls Fox News.
While HH defended Confederate war statues, the Congressional Black Caucus, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Corey Booker called for such statues in the Capitol to be removed. Republican Rep.. Tom Rooney of Florida agreed: "Confederate monuments in the U.S. Capitol should either be removed from the building and relocated to a museum or battlefield, or be appropriately contextualized as a symbol of slavery, a Republican lawmaker said Thursday."
However, for the moment, the greed of corporate leaders looking for a tax relief windfall will probably keep them in touch with the WH aides, and will keep National Economic Council head Gary Cohn from resigning. The mere possibility he might quit sent the stock market sharply downward. Thursday's word was that no other WH staff will resign either. But hey, even worms can turn.
Think about the functions of the President. Think about not being able to attend a funeral of an American killed in an act of domestic terrorism. (David Axlerod says that President Obama absolutely would have given the eulogy.) Or to empanel a business advisory group on the critical needs of infrastructure. Or even the ceremonial participation in American life, from recognizing a championship basketball team to honoring achievers in the arts:
Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant says he won’t visit the White House to celebrate his team’s championship with President Trump if they are invited. "Nah, I won't do that," Durant said Thursday during an interview with ESPN. "I don't respect who's in office right now."Durant’s teammates, Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala, have each expressed reservations about going to the White House to celebrate their title with Trump."
Carmen de Lavallade, an acclaimed dancer and choreographer who will be recognized in the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in December, will boycott the awards ceremony reception taking place at the White House. De Lavallade, 86, was one of the first African Americans to dance for the Metropolitan Opera.
TV writer and producer Norman Lear, who previously called President Trump America's "middle finger," also said he will skip the reception.
America has no president. How long can that go on?