Brian Kilmeade suggests that raising the minimum wage is OK if "that's what the people demand, the market reflects." But this doesn't apply to the federal minimum wage because "people should fall in love with the free market again." pic.twitter.com/yadMXlspxm— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 9, 2021
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President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan is splintering the GOP, according to a new report by The New York Times.
The newspaper noted how Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) condemned the move at a press conference on Thursday.
"Other leading Republicans, some of whom condemned Mr. Trump's pledge to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by May 1, also pressed the traditional Republican viewpoint of using American might to protect the nation's interests," the newspaper noted. "Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, warned that pulling out the troops would be a 'grave mistake.'"
"But that view was far from uniform," the newspaper noted. "Senator Ted Cruz told CNN that he was 'glad the troops are coming home.' And Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, who has ambitions of developing a new policy framework for the party, praised the decision."
It’s great when we can find places to agree. I’m grateful President Biden is keeping President Trump’s plan to leav… https://t.co/kVtCNcE9gy— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul)1618426062.0
"For Republicans, the shift inward comes as their long dominance over issues of national security and international affairs is waning. Mr. Trump rejected Republican foreign policy orthodoxy but largely struggled to articulate a cohesive countervailing view beyond a vague notion of putting America first. He embraced strongmen, cast longtime allies as free riders and favored a transactional approach, rejecting any notion of the kind of values-driven foreign policy that had defined the party for decades," the newspaper reported. "The party's foreign policy establishment found itself exiled from Mr. Trump's government and fighting for relevance against an insurgent isolationist party base."
"Foreign policy, particularly withdrawing from Afghanistan, was one of the few areas where Republican elected officials were willing to publicly criticize Mr. Trump. Now that he has left office, foreign policy experts who condemned Mr. Trump throughout his administration, and endorsed Mr. Biden by the dozens, are hopeful that party consensus will revert to the traditional Republican values of free trade, more open immigration and a re-embrace of international alliances," the newspaper explained. "Yet chances that Republicans will achieve a complete restoration of the traditional party platform seem low, particularly if Mr. Trump continues to flex his political power among his base. The former president captured the hearts and minds of his followers, shifting opinions on issues of globalism. During his administration, polling showed Republican voters adopted a more positive view of Russia and became more skeptical of trade agreements and international alliances."
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When Daunte Wright called his mother shortly before he was shot by former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter, he told her he was being pulled over for an air freshner.
It turns out, he was pulled over for expired tabs even though there were delays of multiple months to obtain tabs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Reporter Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs of The New York Times reported police had added two rows of fencing, on which protesters were hanging air freshners.
Some new additions in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, tonight:
• Two rows of fences in front of the police department
• Roads blocked off by police in all three directions
• Protesters have hung air fresheners to the fence pic.twitter.com/Kw6V0yrxJn
— Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs (@NickAtNews) April 16, 2021
Fox 9 anchor Karen Scullin posted video showing a large number of air freshners hanging from the outer fence.
Demonstration smaller - vocal - 2 layers of fencing https://t.co/QpUHhql2xd— Karen Scullin FOX9 (@Karen Scullin FOX9)1618535982.0
On Thursday, writing for Slate, Aymann Ismail blasted Capitol Police leadership following the new watchdog report that revealed how, ahead of and during the Capitol insurrection, higher-ups ordered officers to stand down from their most effective riot control methods even as they pleaded for backup.
"I expected police in military gear and a response as aggressive as I've come to anticipate covering and observing protests over the past year, where a single water bottle thrown at a cop line can bring a volley of tear gas and percussion grenades in retaliation," wrote Ismail. But instead, "I'd never seen law enforcement show this level of restraint at any protest, much less a riot."
As Ismail noted, inspector general Michael Bolton "found that Capitol Police leadership dismissed threat assessments and forbid rank-and-file officers from appropriately responding to the threat" even though the agency's own intelligence noted that "Congress itself is the target on the 6th" and "Stop the Steal's propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike." The officers were told not to use stun grenades and were given faulty equipment, including shields that shattered on impact with rioters' weapons.
All of this, wrote Ismail, spoke to how the pro-Trump rioters were subject to a completely different standard of law enforcement than that brought to bear against Black Lives Matter protesters.
"I have no idea what was in the heart of the former police chief or his leadership, but his and others' actions seem to fit a pattern that any hyphenated American is very familiar with, the chasing of perceived threats and the abandoning of evidence-based policing based on stereotypes, or just plain racism," wrote Ismail. "Not only does that drive a dagger through a community's trust in law enforcement, but it's also proven to be an obstacle in hindering actual police work. As much as this new report reveals, it leaves a fuller institutional reckoning with what happened on Jan. 6 for another day."
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