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Leftist narrative.

Trump "not welcome."


Trump IS welcome.

Flags are flown at half-staff.

Trump cherishes the Jewish community.

In the running for the Most Cleveland Thing ever.

ICYMI, two Cleveland coaches have been fired in the last 24 hours — Cavaliers coach Ty Lue and Browns coach Hue Jackson. It's been a rough year for Cleveland sports fans. (So what else is new?)

Most ridiculous "news analysis" of the week:

President Donald Trump had about three times as much free time planned for last Tuesday as work time, according to his private schedule. The president was slated for more than nine hours of “Executive Time,” a euphemism for the unstructured time Trump spends tweeting, phoning friends and watching television. Official meetings, policy briefings and public appearances — typically the daily work of being president — consumed barely more than three hours of his day.

The president was slated to spend 30 minutes on the phone with CEOs and make brief remarks at a state leadership conference. He was briefed by senior military leaders in the evening and joined them for dinner. Aside from an 11:30 a.m. meeting with White House chief of staff John Kelly — his first commitment of the day — the rest of his day was unstructured, some in blocks as long as 2 hours and 45 minutes.

As a freewheeling president in one of the world’s most regimented jobs, Trump appears to be redefining the nature of the role. Past presidents were disciplined in their scheduled time, squired from meeting to meeting, event to event, from the moment they arrived in the Oval Office until they headed up to the residence at night.

Trump, by contrast, enjoys huge blocks of unscheduled time in which he can do as he pleases. He is hardly the first president to have an erratic schedule. Clinton and Jimmy Carter were known to make middle-of-the-night phone calls, and every president has kept different hours: George W. Bush was an early bird, Barack Obama a night owl. But even Trump allies who say the president is always working concede that the Trump presidency is uniquely defined by his down time, when his short-term bugaboos become the drivers of his agenda, rather than any long-term vision.

“He might read something in the paper and immediately you’d get an impromptu meeting on trade,” said a person familiar with the president’s scheduling. “It’s just more impromptu than like a month in advance you have a policy time set that you’re going to work up to.”

Typical Leftist approach to the news: use the Democrat definition of what being "presidential" is all about, and precisely how the chief executive should apportion his time. They seem to think of the presidency as a kind of glorified staff job, scheduled down to the minute, rather than (as, for example, Reagan saw it) a conceptual position, charting broad policy goals -- e.g., defeating the Soviet Union, restoring the economy -- and leaving it to others to make it happen. What never seems to occur to them is that flashes of insight promptly acted upon might often be much more useful than month-long planning sessions involving white papers.


Why people increasingly do not trust the MSM:

"Jewish leaders" in Pittsburgh have sent a letter to President Trump telling him he's not welcome in their city, the NYT's Maggie Haberman shared on Twitter.

What Haberman forgot to mention is that "Bend the Arc" is a progressive political action committee founded by Alex Soros, the son of left-wing billionaire George Soros.

Bend the Arc is a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country. For years, we’ve worked to build a more just society. Now we’re rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation. Together we:

Characterizing a far-left group that calls itself "the Jewish Resistance" as merely "Jewish leaders" is a tad disingenuous.




The NYT must have decided Beto was a lost cause, otherwise this article would never have seen the light of day.