U.S.-Hungary: President Donald Trump praised Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, during the leader’s visit to the White House, calling Orbán “a respected man” who’s “done the right thing, according to many people, on immigration.”
How did Orbán go from a prominent anti-Soviet activist at Oxford on a George Soros–funded scholarship to a hyper-nationalist prime minister who systematically cracks down on academic freedom and stirs anti-immigrant sentiment? The philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy tried to answer the question, writing about his recent conversation with Orbán himself.
Anti-anti-anti-protestors: Pennsylvania state House Democrat Brian Sims faced criticism last week for posting a video of himself confronting an anti-abortion protestor outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic. Many health-care centers actually discourage such counter-protests, which “they see as counterproductive to patient safety,” reports Elaine Godfrey.
Another One?: Montana Governor Steve Bullock thinks there’s still room for him in the 2020 field. Most people haven’t of him, and he isn’t likely to meet the donation threshold for the first debate next month. But he’s hoping to lean into a distinction no one else can: Bullock would be the rare Democratic presidential candidate who’s won an election in a Trump state.
Barbara Res, a construction manager in the early 1980s, recalled:
“We met with the architect to go over the elevator-cab interiors at Trump Tower, and there were little dots next to the numbers. Trump asked what the dots were, and the architect said, “It’s braille.” Trump was upset by that. He said, “Get rid of it.” The architect said, “I’m sorry; it’s the law.” This was before the Americans With Disabilities Act, but New York City had a law. Trump’s exact words were: “No blind people are going to live in this building.”
“IAAF Firefighters for Biden” listen as former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop in Hampton, New Hampshire.
Ideas From The Atlantic
How to Really Honor the Troops(Andrew Exum)
“Portions of the public believe our men and women in uniform are unnecessarily held to unfair standards and laws, and so when a war crime is committed, it is not the fault of the officer or enlisted serviceman who committed the crime but rather the laws themselves. But here’s what happens when the public believes such things.” → Read on.
Trump Is Angry That the FBI Won’t Endorse His Theory of Victimhood(David Frum)
“So long as the FBI retains its integrity, Trump feels unsafe. He cannot close the case, because he keeps hearing scratching sounds from inside. He cannot move on, because he keeps looking back in fear. His next move? He’s already telegraphing it: another attack on the independence of law enforcement.” → Read on.
Our Towns: How to Teach Students to Think (Deborah Fallows)
“Many of the people we met at community colleges around the country, from California to Oregon to Mississippi, would talk to us about their students getting a second chance at their lives. In Mississippi, these young students were getting a first chance.” → Read on.