Good Sunday morning, and happy Eclipse Eve. President Trump's inauguration was 7 months ago today; 41 more months in this term.
There's lots of punditry about why people like Gary Cohn, Rex Tillerson, Dina Powell, Steve Mnuchin and many others don't quit the Trump White House in protest over Charlottesville.
So why do the others stay? We talked to a half dozen senior administration officials, who range from dismayed but certain to stay, to disgusted and likely soon to leave. They all work closely with Trump and his senior team so, of course, wouldn't talk on the record. Instead, they agreed to let us distill their thinking/rationale:
One White House aide had a memorable response after I asked the question: "It puts Trump's tortured staff in a bigger jam: How do they look their African American friends in the eye, and rationalize their support of Trump?"
I have absolutely no difficulty looking anyone in the eye. Here's why:
Be careful: This White House and key federal agencies are starving for well-intentioned talent. The possibility of a catastrophic crisis, abroad or at home, is real. Rookies or boot-lickers are not what we need in those moments.
The cover story of the N.Y. Times Business section quotes Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation and a board member at PepsiCo., as calling the forthright engagement of executives in the debate ignited by Charlottesville "a seminal moment in the history of business in America."
A related piece runs atop the WashPost Business front, "Trump pulls off a rare feat: Inspiring C-suite moral courage," by Steve Mufson: "In earlier generations, businesses have been slow to join in defending rights, from segregated lunch counters in the United States in the 1950s to multinationals ... that kept doing business in apartheid South Africa through the mid- to late 1980s."
@SenJohnMcCain tweets: "Having a great weekend in Cornville #Arizona with @JoeLieberman @MeghanMcCain & @LindseyGrahamSC."
Meghan, his daughter and a panelist on Fox News' "Outnumbered," tweeted Friday: "My father completed first round radiation/chemo. His resilience & strength is incredible. Fight goes on, here's to small wins."
"A city with a fraught racial past turned out tens of thousands of protesters Saturday for an overwhelming denunciation of racism, anti-Semitism, and religious bigotry, in a demonstration that was largely peaceful though punctuated with scuffles and some edgy nose-to-nose encounters among demonstrators," the Boston Globe's Mark Arsenault writes in the paper's lead story:
Trump tweets: "Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you. ... Great job by all law enforcement officers and Boston Mayor @Marty_Walsh."
An hour later, he added: "Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before! .... I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!"
Carl Icahn's resignation Friday from an unpaid post as Trump's adviser on deregulation was because he knew The New Yorker was about to drop a deep piece of reporting about him, according to AP:
Here's the juicy New Yorker piece, "Trump's Favorite Tycoon ... Carl Icahn's Failed Raid on Washington," by staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe:
"GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open," by AP's Julie Pace and Bill Barrow: "In interviews with Associated Press reporters across nine states, 25 Republican politicians, party officials, advisers and donors expressed worries about whether Trump has the self-discipline and capability to govern successfully."
Dems ... "Trump remarks could sidetrack Democrats from other issues," by AP's Bill Barrow in Atlanta: "The party has been looking to answer Trump's populism by crafting its own middle-class brand, yet Democratic leaders across multiple states now are pushing to take down Old South monuments, ... and three rank-and-file House Democrats want to pursue a congressional censure of the president."
Tomorrow's viewing options for the first total solar eclipse visible from the U.S. mainland since 1979 (38 years ago), via AP:
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