That quip is the explanation senior White Home adviser Jared Kushner advisable “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” to creator Bob Woodward as one of many essential texts for understanding his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. However keep in mind that when Alice says, “I do not need to go amongst mad individuals,” the Cat replies, “Oh, you may’t assist that. We’re all mad right here.” Or, within the phrases of the Jefferson Airplane track “White Rabbit” — “logic and proportion have fallen sloppy useless.”People may very well be forgiven for questioning what sort of rabbit gap they’ve fallen into, after taped interviews for Woodward’s new e-book confirmed that the President knew final February how contagious and harmful Covid-19 was, regardless that he publicly downplayed the risk for weeks — at a time when concerted motion may have saved untold numbers of American lives. Trump advised Woodward in March: “I needed to at all times play it down. I nonetheless like taking part in it down, as a result of I do not need to create a panic.” SE Cupp wrote, “It is laborious, if not not possible, to wrap your thoughts round this callous and self-serving calculation, whereby the President admits to a journalist — one with deep credentials, and who has already written a best-selling, behind-the-scenes take a look at Trump’s White Home — that he is actively mendacity to the American individuals a couple of lethal pandemic that may ultimately kill, as of this writing, greater than 190,000 People and counting.” Within the language of Watergate, the scandal Woodward helped uncover almost 50 years in the past, it is a “What did the President know and when did he understand it” second, and as Cupp wrote, “The damning phrases are recorded, not secondhand, and you’ll hear them coming from Trump’s personal mouth.” Reviewing Woodward’s e-book, Peter Bergen wrote, “The same old White Home playbook to disclaim and denounce unflattering Trump tales cannot be used towards ‘Rage,’ as a result of Trump himself, in his personal voice, is the e-book’s predominant supply.”Why did the President give 18 interviews to Woodward for the e-book? A Trump biographer, Timothy L. O’Brien, wrote for Bloomberg Opinion: “Trump is a media junkie who has a fixation on the exact same reporters he likes to castigate, and he has a limitless perception in his personal powers of persuasion. He has spent many years jousting with the media, efficiently and unsuccessfully, to form his public picture whereas snaring his final prize alongside the best way: the highlight.” Within the wake of the Woodward tapes, Trump met with reporters Wednesday to rebut the cost that he misled the American individuals. Michael D’Antonio, additionally a Trump biographer, wrote that the President “handled the nation to a spin round his fantasyland, the place he is a superb chief besieged by meanies, and the unnecessary demise and struggling as a result of his failed response to the coronavirus pandemic will not be worth acknowledging.” In The Washington Publish, Marc Thiessen pushed again towards the accusation that Trump “knew how harmful the virus was, however deliberately misled People and did not take motion.” Citing statements that Dr. Anthony Fauci made by way of early March suggesting that People confronted a low danger, Thiessen argued, “till mid-March, nobody knew we have been going through a once-in-a-generation pathogen.” He added, “Fauci and all the authorities’s smartest medical minds … anticipated this outbreak to be … a severe public well being disaster, however one they may deal with … After they lastly realized they have been improper, and suggested the president to implement mitigation measures, he did so — shutting down a booming financial system to guard public well being.” Joe Lockhart did not purchase Trump’s protection, writing, “The President has repeatedly lied to the American individuals in regards to the coronavirus and the federal government’s dealing with of the pandemic. He’s now mendacity about mendacity.” And Lockhart, who was White Home press secretary for a part of President Invoice Clinton’s second time period, put particular blame on the present press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany. When requested, “McEnany had the gall to say, ‘The President has by no means lied to the American public on Covid.’ That’s patently false … McEnany reneged on the promise she made to reporters on her first day as press secretary when she stated she would by no means mislead them.” The opposite controversyIn every other White Home, the Woodward e-book controversy could be the most important problem of the month — or presumably, yr. However the administration was in reality making an attempt to quash two massively damaging tales previously week — the opposite ensuing from Jeffrey Goldberg’s Atlantic article describing derisive feedback Trump allegedly made in personal about members of the US navy who died or have been wounded on obligation. The President denied making such statements. However they rang true for a lot of observers who’ve seen Trump’s interactions with high navy leaders and veterans such because the late Sen. John McCain, who was badly injured and endured greater than 5 years as a prisoner of battle — and but was mocked by Trump for having been captured. “Whereas President Trump thrills to the ceremonial points of his position as commander in chief,” wrote Peter Bergen, “he finds it very laborious to empathize with or comprehend the ethic of self-sacrifice that’s on the core of navy service.” Frida Ghitis wrote, “He may like the large, highly effective machines, and the navy parades (however reportedly with out amputees, since ‘No person desires to see that.’) However in terms of defending, respecting, and understanding the individuals who make the selection to serve the nation, Trump is AWOL.” For extra on politics: Dean Obeidallah: Nikki Haley’s dangerous transfer defending Trump Andrea Portes: Pricey White ladies, let’s not fall for Trump’s racist guess on usJulian Zelizer: It is laborious to jot down a tell-all e-book when Trump is continually telling on himselfJonathan Reiner: The American individuals need to learn about Trump’s Walter Reed visitCatherine Powell and Camille Gear Wealthy: Two anniversaries Trump is dishonoring Make haste slowlyPresident Trump stated Monday that an “unbelievable vaccine” towards the virus that causes Covid-19 goes to be prepared quickly — and presumably by the tip of October. Medical specialists have cautioned that it’ll virtually actually take longer. And this week AstraZeneca briefly paused its scientific trials of the Oxford vaccine whereas it regarded into the sickness of a volunteer participant. “The rationale for all this warning isn’t political,” wrote infectious illness specialist Dr. Kent Sepkowitz. “It isn’t as a result of scientists are a bunch of feeble worrywarts. Quite, it’s as a result of the historical past of vaccines is stuffed with alarming missteps.” Citing a lot of severe points with vaccine rollouts previously, he added, “If rushed, the likeliest results of October vaccinations of no matter product is used will probably be November fevers and sore arms and complications — and maybe even lawsuits and precise hurt. Any politically motivated seize for a fast repair as soon as once more will probably be stymied by actuality.” In Canada, the variety of confirmed Covid-19 circumstances per capita is lower than a fifth of the extent within the US, and Michael Bociurkiw wrote that one idea to clarify the distinction is that Canadians, who “entered confederation with the motto ‘peace, order and good authorities’ are way more compliant than our southern neighbors with their attachment to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ — even when it means doubtlessly killing others by refusing to put on masks within the title of freedom.”The solar by no means rose”Daybreak was murky, and by eight a.m., it appeared to get darker,” wrote Tess Taylor, on Wednesday from the Bay Space. “It was as if the solar by no means rose.” Residing by way of her fourth consecutive “fireplace and smoke season” in California, Taylor and her household are like tens of millions of others navigating a worrisome actuality. “In case you are questioning, the choice tree when the sky resembles Mordor throughout a hearth and smoke storm that additionally occurs to be throughout a pandemic seems like this,” she reported. “Test the air, ship the children to fastidiously chosen pods the place rotating masked dad and mom commerce off watching masked children be taught outdoor. Go house. Attempt to get some work finished. If the air high quality will get too unhealthy, get the children. Juggle once more. Really feel fortunate even to have these choices. Be grateful that everybody remains to be protected sufficient.”One other author from Northern California, Matthew Albracht, is mourning what’s been misplaced within the fires. “This yr, at the very least for me, the stark actuality is lastly settling in: this is not going away. A lot of what I like about this magnificent space, each bodily and emotionally, is already gone or severely broken … So many magnificent creatures gone. The pristine land itself scorched and scarred, tens of millions of acres with numerous timber, together with redwoods greater than a thousand years outdated.” 9/11 and unityThe 19th anniversary of the phobia assaults of September 11, 2001 arrived as People coped with the widespread sickness and lack of life ensuing from the Covid-19 pandemic. “Although the current scenario is completely different in some ways, the battle on terror presents a helpful model for the years forward,” wrote Jonah Bader. “Conscious of the various pitfalls of that effort, we should always nonetheless be taught from its instance and gird ourselves for an additional long-term battle, fortifying our authorities businesses and bringing the worldwide neighborhood collectively in a concerted marketing campaign towards this shared international risk.” Farah Pandith and Jacob Ware, who examine extremism, wrote that “the risk towards America as we speak is not any much less severe than it was in 2001. A gentle drumbeat of violence continues — simply sufficient to make sure that our society by no means fairly feels fully protected. Now, it has metastasized to incorporate an alarming quantity of evil actors inside.” The US wants “a complete technique to battle hate, with the hassle specializing in countering Us vs. Them ideologies” and “marginalizing those that have interaction in hate speech, with higher intervention efforts to guard younger web customers and other people with psychological problems.” Mansoor T. Shams was an lively obligation US Marine when hijackers crashed planes into New York’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside. “I, like every other American, sat horrified, confused and annoyed.” It was “coronary heart wrenching” to be taught that the terrorists wrongly claimed to be performing within the title of his Muslim religion. Within the months following the assaults, Shams stated he noticed indicators of bigotry and suspicion directed towards him by some fellow Marines. “Let’s honor these harmless lives misplaced, collectively, hand in hand, in solidarity as People. However no matter you do, please do not convey our Muslim religion into it. As a result of for those who do, you aren’t solely disrespecting my honorable service to this nation however each Muslim American residing or useless who has given their all (whether or not in uniform or with out) to this America.”For extra on nationwide unity:John R. Hibbing: The rationale America’s two sides cannot agreeJustin Gest and Wendy Feliz: Our nation is tearing itself aside. Here is one option to convey individuals togetherDangerous truthMiles Taylor served within the Trump administration as chief of workers of the Division of Homeland Safety. Now he’s revealing what went on behind the scenes. When the division’s high intelligence official advised Congress that “Moscow had sought to sow discord in the USA in 2016 and had proven a desire for Trump,” phrase reached the President and he demanded the official’s firing, Taylor wrote. “We have been astounded. All the person had finished was inform the reality. However seemingly consumed with worry in regards to the ‘collusion’ narrative and the Russia investigation, the President was useless set on burying the reality by making an attempt to purge those that embraced it. After a late-night scramble of cellphone calls — and with the assistance of senior aides on the White Home — we stored the President from tweet-firing the top of DHS intelligence.”In 2020, US intelligence officers have stated, Russia is mounting an anti-Biden disinformation operation. However in doing so, is the Vladimir Putin regime making a smart transfer, requested Peter B. Zwack, a retired Brigadier Normal who was the US protection attache to Russia from 2012-2014. Sure, Russia has derived advantages from Trump’s presidency, but when Biden wins, it may face way more decided opposition from the US. “Putin may stay in energy by way of 2036, however tenuously so,” famous Zwack. “May he start to see benefits to bettering its relationship with the West? Might Russia’s more and more restive and demographically challenged inhabitants, shaky financial system and huge, hard-to-defend borders inspire the Kremlin to go for higher relations and a much less disturbing dynamic each internationally and domestically?”Do not missAllison Hope: Gender reveal events are harmful from high to backside Jill Filipovic: Baby-free staff aren’t egocentric. They’re being exploited Kara Alaimo: Work colleagues ought to respect, not resent, versatile work guidelines for fogeys Peniel Joseph: The NFL’s racial justice efforts fall far quick. Sara Stewart: How calling out ‘The Pocket book’ confirmed me a deeper truthElie Honig: Barr has introduced DOJ to a darkish new lowEd Morales: The lasting legacy of a baseball iconAND…RIP Diana RiggViewers who solely knew Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell in “Sport of Thrones” have a variety of binge watching to do. As David Bianculli identified, the actress who died this week at 82 turned well-known in 1966 as Mrs. Emma Peel in “The Avengers,” “a tongue in cheek Sixties spy spoof.” “Rigg performed her as a really liberated fashionable girl, decked out in wildly coloured catsuits and preventing villains handily, along with her personal palms, as a martial arts skilled at a time when only a few feminine protagonists on TV did something however cower when the preventing began.” She went on to star on stage in Shakespeare, on display in James Bond and in meaty roles in tv miniseries. In 1989, when she turned the host of the PBS “Thriller!” sequence, Bianculli met Rigg on the TV critics’ press tour and has a rare story to inform about what occurred subsequent. Learn his appreciation of Rigg to seek out out.