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USA Today has obtained a memo from the Pentagon that orders the publisher of Stars and Stripes to present a plan to shutter the military newspaper by 15 September.
Kathy Kiely, an opinion contributor at USA Today, writes:
In a heretofore unpublicized recent memo, the Pentagon delivered an order to shutter Stars and Stripes, a newspaper that has been a lifeline and a voice for American troops since the Civil War. The memo orders the publisher of the news organization (which now publishes online as well as in print) to present a plan that “dissolves the Stars and Stripes” by Sept. 15 including “specific timeline for vacating government owned/leased space worldwide.
The last newspaper publication (in all forms) will be September 30, 2020,” writes Col. Paul Haverstick Jr., the memo’s author.
The newspaper began publication during the American civil war and remains the “local paper” of the military, delivered daily to troops stationed around the world, including those on the frontlines.
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A new ABC News/Ipsos poll release on Friday found that a majority of Americans believe Trump’s response to the protests has made the unrest worse, not better.
Fifty-five percent of Americans in the new poll say they think Trump is aggravating the situation, while 13% say they think he is making it better.
Fewer than one-third, 29%, believe what Trump has said on the topic has had no effect on the protests over racial injustice,” ABC reports.
Among his base, 30% of Republicans say the president is improving the situation, compared to 26% who say he’s having an adverse impact. Only 18% of white, non-college educated Americans, another core constituency for the president, believe he is having a positive effect on the protests, while 41% view his comments on the demonstrations amid the debate over racial equality as having a negative influence.”
The findings call into question the effectiveness of Trump’s attempt to reframe the race against Biden around his “law and order” messaging
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the president’s support of members of the military in an interview on Friday morning.
Speaking to radio host Hugh Hewitt, Pompeo said he had not read the Atlantic article but insisted the description does not comport with what he knows about Trump.
“I’ve never heard that. Indeed, just the opposite,” Pompeo told the radio host. “I’ve been around him in lots of settings where there were both active duty military, Guardsmen, reservists, veterans. This is a man who had the deepest respect for their service, and he always, he always interacted with them in that way. He enjoys those times. He values those people.”
Yet the comments echo those that Trump made publicly about Senator John McCain as a presidential candidate, when he said he preferred people who “weren’t captured.”
“He lost and let us down,” Trump continued in 2015, referring to McCain’s capture and subsequent torture in Vietnam. “I’ve never liked him as much after that.”
The Atlantic article, citing anonymous sources, says that Trump used similar language to privately describe members of the military who were captured or killed in combat.
Trump received deferments from Vietnam because of alleged bone spurs in his feet and has claimed avoiding sexually transmitted diseases was his “personal Vietnam.”
US economy adds 1.4 million jobs
The US economy added 1.4 million jobs in August, the Labor Department said on Friday, as unemployment fell below 10% for the first time since the coronavirus forced the nation to halt economic activity.
The Trump campaign seized on the toplines, claiming that Trump has positioned the US to “reopen faster than doomsayers like Biden predicted.”
But the Guardian’s Dominic Rushe reports that there are troubling signs in the numbers.
“August’s figure was also boosted by the temporary hiring of 238,000 people to conduct the 2020 Census,” he writes.
“The racial disparities in unemployment remained. The unemployment rate for Black Americans (13%) was almost double the rate for whites (7.3%). The rate for Latinx Americans was 10.5% and for Asians, 10.7%.”
Trump reportedly disparaged members of the US military
Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s coverage of US political news.
Today we’re watching the fallout from a stunning report in the Atlantic – and later confirmed by the Associated Press and the Washington Post – detailing multiple occasions in which Donald Trump disparaged members of the US military who have been captured or killed as “suckers” and “losers”. The White House vehemently denied the story, calling it “reprehensible lies” while Trump falsely claimed that he “never called” Senator John McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam who died in 2018, a “loser.”
The story broke hours before North Carolina, which has one of the largest military populations in the US, began sending out absentee ballots to voters on Friday.
At a rally in the state on Wednesday, Trump suggested voters in North Carolina vote by mail and in person in November’s election, prompting a sharp response from the state’s election chief.
“It is illegal to vote twice in an election,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the North Carolina state board of elections, said in a statement.
Trump today will greet the president of Serbia and the prime minister of Kosovo for a signing ceremony and a trilateral meeting.
Biden is due to give remarks on “the economic crisis that has been worsened by Trump’s failure to get the virus under control” from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, later this afternoon.