The Melting Not

“Trump appeared with Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.) at the White House to unveil a modified version of a bill the senators first introduced in April to cut immigration by half from the current level.” From WaPo: Trump and a pair of GOP senators introduce bill to slash legal immigration levels.

+ And apparently it’s not just immigrants who pose a threat to the upward mobility of real Americans, it’s also all the unfair prejudice and oppression faced by … wait for it … white people! From The Atlantic: “The Trump Justice Department has decided to focus on investigating and suing universities with affirmative-action programs that the department deems to have discriminated against white students.” (Maybe there are fewer unqualified white guys in college because they’re all working in the White House…)

+ While both issues might play to a certain group of voters, neither is likely to get very far. But there is one area were Trump is winning big. From The New Yorker: Trump’s Real Personnel Victory: More Conservative Judges. “McConnell didn’t just protect a Supreme Court seat for the next President; he basically shut down the entire confirmation process for all of Obama’s federal-judgeship nominees for more than a year. It’s the vacancies that accumulated during this time — more than a hundred of them—that Trump’s team is now working efficiently to fill.”

+ “While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed.” From the LA Times: Trump quietly signs Russia sanctions bill.

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