🇺🇸 Wishing you and yours a restful Memorial Day — with a solemn pause to thank those in the armed services who made it possible.
A tweet by the U.S. Army in the run-up to Memorial Day asked the simple question: "How has serving impacted you?"
The tweet drew more than 11,000 replies, some of which "paint a harrowing picture of the toll America's wars have taken on those who fought them," Agence France-Presse reports.
The N.Y. Times points out that the call-out "provided what some felt was a rare platform to spotlight the darker consequences of military service for soldiers and their families":
The Army said in follow-up tweets: "Your stories are real, they matter, and they may help others in similar situations."
P.S. The Army's Twitter page reminds us: "All Gave Some ... Some Gave All."
Election results from across Europe yesterday show that the world's old guard remains on the defensive in the Trump era, with both right and left abandoning mainstream parties for more emotionally exciting alternatives.
Why it matters: The democratic world is continuing to see pushback against insiders and traditional pols, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass told me: "My sense is this mood and movement has not crested."
Be smart: Trump advisers take this global mood as a bullish sign for his re-election in 2020. But American presidential campaigns command so much voter attention — and Trump is so Trump — that trends are relevant but not predictive.
Steven Rattner, "car czar" and counselor to the Treasury secretary in the Obama administration, cites three different modelers in his N.Y. Times commentary, "Trump’s Formidable 2020 Tailwind."
Trump wins all three:
A U.S. Marine perches in the back of a helicopter accompanying Marine One as President Trump flies over Tokyo.
Mount Everest, which has had an unusually high 10 climbing deaths this season, is "a crowded, unruly scene reminiscent of 'Lord of the Flies' — at 29,000 feet," the N.Y. Times reports:
Another problem: "Climbers ... pushing and shoving to take selfies."
Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr, who died yesterday at 85, won more NFL titles than any quarterback not named Tom Brady, the N.Y. Times' Ben Hoffman writes:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Starr's place in Packers lore is cemented by his role in [Vince] Lombardi’s 1960s Packers dynasty, ... the most successful seven-year stretch in NFL history."
Why he mattered in life, from a family statement: "[H]is true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met."
Why he mattered in football, from the N.Y. Times: "Starr, like Montana and Brady, was a star synonymous with winning in a way that went far beyond simple statistics."
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