mercredi 30 août 2017

Charlie Hebdo et l'ouragan Harvey: une couverture qui dérange


Une fois de plus Charlie Hebdo publie un numéro qui soulève la controverse et dont le goût est discutable. L'hebdomadaire fait son pain et son beurre de la confrontation et cette fois l'association entre le sud des États-Unis et les nazis survient où la ville de Houston peine à gérer les inondations. Rappelons que Houston est une des villes les plus diversifiées.

Chronique dans "Québec aujourd'hui" sur les ondes de BLVD 102,1: ouragan Harvey et gestion politique


Nos échanges dans la section "Réécouter" du 30 août:

  http://blvd.fm/emissions/3-quebec-aujourd-hui

Caricature Donald Trump et la stratégie afghane

Caricature de Patrick Chappatte, NZZ am Sonntag

Caricature Corée du Nord et guerre sans fin...

Caricature de Joe Heller, PoliticalCartoons.com

Caricature mur et budget

Caricature de Jeff Koterba, Omaha World Herald, NE

Caricature Texas: un monument qui fait l'unanimité

Caricature de David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star

Caricature KKK ou Antifa?

Caricature de Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons

mardi 29 août 2017

Les Républicains très divisés sur la conduite de Donald Trump (Pew Research Center)


Si les Républicains partagent toujours les opinions du Président dans plusieurs dossiers, ils sont nombreux à désapprouver sa conduite.

 "Setting issues aside, a majority (58%) say they do not like the way Trump conducts himself as president, while 25% have mixed feelings about his conduct. Just 16% say they like the way he conducts himself as president."

  http://www.people-press.org/2017/08/29/republicans-divided-in-views-of-trumps-conduct-democrats-are-broadly-critical/

Caricature coucou nord-coréen

Caricature de Randy Bish, PoliticalCartoons.com

Caricature le penseur de...

Caricature de R.J. Matson, Roll Call

Caricature le gouvernement ne fait rien...

Caricature de Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

Caricature la force de l'ouragan

Caricature de J.D. Crowe, Alabama Media Group

Caricature Houston we have a problem

Caricature de R.J. Matson, CagleCartoons.com

Collaboration dans "Radio-Canada cet après-midi": gestion de l'ouragan Harvey et nouvelle révélation dans le dossier de la Russie


Nos échanges débutent à 17h43 sur l'audio fil du 29 août:
  http://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/radio-canada-cet-apres-midi/segments/chronique/36135/trump-harveyyilerson-dossier-russe-laliberte

lundi 28 août 2017

Rex Tillerson sur la corde raide?


La tension est palpable entre les deux hommes et il on peut se demander si les jours du Secrétaire d'état ne sont pas comptés.

 "President Trump has been growing increasingly frustrated with his Secretary of State. One time recently, after Trump had returned from a meeting on Afghanistan, a source recalled Trump saying,

"Rex just doesn't get it, he's totally establishment in his thinking.""

https://www.axios.com/scoop-trump-frustration-with-tillerson-rising-fast-2478123564.html

Caricature livres de chevet de Donald Trump

Caricature d'Arcadio Esquivel, Costa Rica, Caglecartoons.com

dimanche 27 août 2017

Caricature Donald Trump et Twitter: une solution pour John Kelly?

Caricature d'Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

Ouragan Harvey et Houston: les rues deviennent des rivières


Une couverture complète sur le site du New York Times.

 “Unprecedented.”

 The effects associated with Tropical Storm Harvey are “unprecedented” and “unknown and beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet.

  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/us/harvey-texas-storm.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region&region=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region&_r=0

Donald Trump et la Russie: des négociations pour un hôtel à Moscou en pleine campagne électorale


Une nouvelle information et le supplice de la goutte se poursuit pour l'administration Trump.

 "While Donald Trump was running for president in late 2015 and early 2016, his company was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow, according to several people familiar with the proposal and new records reviewed by Trump Organization lawyers.

As part of the discussions, a Russian-born real estate developer urged Trump to come to Moscow to tout the proposal and suggested he could get President Vladimir Putin to say “great things” about Trump, according to several people who have been briefed on his correspondence.

The developer, Felix Sater, predicted in a November 2015 email that he and Trump Organization leaders would soon be celebrating — both one of the biggest residential projects in real estate history and Donald Trump’s election as president, according to two of the people with knowledge of the exchange."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-business-sought-deal-on-a-trump-tower-in-moscow-while-he-ran-for-president/2017/08/27/d6e95114-8b65-11e7-91d5-ab4e4bb76a3a_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_no-name%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar&tid=a_breakingnews&utm_term=.77c743f6a19d

Caricature Donald Trump et l'art du pardon présidentiel

Caricature de David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star

Destituer Trump au péril de sa vie?


Un politicien qui se risquerait à invoquer la procédure de destitution le ferait au péril de sa vie. Cette déclaration extrême est celle de Roger Stone, stratège politique et membre de l'équipe de Donald Trump pour la campagne 2016. Si cette déclaration semble exagérée, il ne faudrait surtout pas négliger le potentiel de division de cette procédure. C'est presque toujours le cas quand on évoque la destitution, mais la polarisation est telle que des dérapages importants ne peuvent être exclus. La base électorale indéfectible du Président ne baisserait pas aisément les bras.

 “Try to impeach him. Just try it,” Stone said. “You will have a spasm of violence, an insurrection in this country like you have never seen before. Both sides are heavily armed, my friend.”

Stone said members of Congress who are advocating for Trump’s impeachment need to “get over it.”

“The people who are calling for impeachment are the people who didn’t vote for him,” Stone said. “They lose. Their candidate had every advantage.”

“Sorry, we whipped their ass,” he continued. “It’s over. You lost.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/347839-roger-stone-politicians-voting-for-trumps-impeachment

Donald Trump et le "friday night news dump"


La pratique n'est pas nouvelle, mais le Président Trump a utilisé cette stratégie de communication comme peu l'ont fait avant lui. Il n'est pas rare de voir une administration "glisser" des annonces plus ou moins controversées un vendredi en fin de journée. Mais cette fois plusieurs nouvelles majeures sont larguées dans les médias au moment où l'administration gère les conséquences de l'ouragan Harvey. Pardon présidentiel controversé, transgenres dans l'armée et départ d'un membre de l'entourage présidentiel ne sont pas des nouvelles "secondaires".

"“It was very risky, because if the hurricane is as bad as the experts were predicting, then he’s opening himself up to a lot of potential criticism,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist and former aide to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “But very little that Trump does surprises me any longer. He’s proven to be very unpredictable and to not act within the norms of other politicians.”

Like most aspects of Trump’s presidency, the perceived news dump enraged his detractors and buoyed his most ardent supporters, while leaving open the question of how it will be received by voters who don’t fit neatly into either camp."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-gives-new-meaning-to-the-friday-night-news-dump-enraging-his-critics/2017/08/26/001f75d6-8a7b-11e7-9ce7-9e175d8953fa_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trumpfriday554pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.0cc235db4f88

Donald Trump avait déjà approché Jeff Sessions dans le dossier du shérif Arpaïo


Le Président songeait à ce pardon depuis longtemps. Un autre dossier qui pourrait embêter Jeff Sessions puisque cette fois le pardon est accordé à un homme qui contrevient au respect de droits constitutionnels. Une fois de plus Donald Trump nous plonge dans l'inconnu, les pardons ne concernant pas ce type de faute habituellement.

 "Trump’s Friday-evening decision to issue his first pardon for Arpaio was the culmination of a five-year political friendship with roots in the “birther” movement to undermine President Barack Obama. In an extraordinary exercise of presidential power, Trump bypassed the traditional review process to ensure that Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt of court, would face no time in prison.

 Trump’s pardon, issued without consulting the Justice Department, raised a storm of protest over the weekend, including from some fellow Republicans, and threatens to become a stain on the president’s legacy. His effort to see if the case could be dropped showed a troubling disregard for the traditional wall between the White House and the Justice Department, and taken together with similar actions could undermine respect for the rule of law, experts said."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-asked-sessions-about-closing-case-against-arpaio-an-ally-since-birtherism/2017/08/26/15e5d7b2-8a7f-11e7-a94f-3139abce39f5_story.html?utm_term=.6006f483c55a

Caricature Donald Trump et sa Kryptonite

Caricature de Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com

samedi 26 août 2017

Caricature Donald Trump "The Greatest Show on Earth"

Caricature de Jos Collignon, CagleCartoons.com

Pardon présidentiel, y-a-t-il une limite au pouvoir de Donald Trump?


Oui, le pardon présidentiel est légitime et Donald Trump peut y recourir, mais doit-il le faire lorsque l'individu concerné s'en prend carrément à des garanties protégées par la constitution? Un cas différent des autres qui laisse les spécialistes divisés. Le message envoyé par cette décision du Président Trump comporte une grande part de risques.

 "But if the president signals to government agents that there exists the likelihood of a pardon when they violate a judicial injunction that blocks his policies, he can all too easily circumvent the only effective means of enforcing constitutional restrictions on his behavior. Indeed, the president could even secretly promise a pardon to agents if they undertake illegal activity he desires.

In American constitutional democracy, democratic choices are limited by restraints imposed by the Constitution. The due process clause of the Fifth Amendment dictates that neither life nor liberty nor property may be deprived absent “due process,” which the Supreme Court construes to require adjudication by a neutral judge.

 In short, under the Constitution one cannot be deprived of liberty without a court ruling upon the legality of the detention. The power of courts to restrain government officers from depriving citizens of liberty absent judicial process is the only meaningful way courts have to enforce important constitutional protections. But if the president can employ the pardon power to circumvent constitutional protections of liberty, there is very little left of the constitutional checks on presidential power."

 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/opinion/trump-arpaio-pardon-arizona-sheriff.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region&_r=0

Le Gouverneur du Texas Greg Abbott remercie le Président Trump pour son aide


Si Donald Trump soulève bien des controverses, il a posé les bons gestes jusqu'à maintenant alors que l'ouragan Harvey frappe l'état du Texas.

 "We are leaving nothing to chance," President Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday morning.

Abbott praised the Trump administration's response to the storm during an interview late Friday night on Fox News.

“The White House is fully engaged, very helpful, very concerned about the people of Texas," he said. "The State of Texas has received everything we’ve asked for from the White House and we’re very grateful for it."

 http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/25/trump-declares-disaster-hurricane-harvey-texas-242058

Donald Trump accorde un pardon à Joe Arpaio


Arpaïo est controversé depuis le début de sa carrière et les Démocrates comme les Républicains se sont inquiétés du sort qu'il a réservé aux détenus et aux immigrants. Si Donald Trump n'est assurément pas le premier Président à utiliser son pouvoir pour éviter la prison à un personnage controversé, il est clair dans ce dossier qu'il s'agit d'u geste pour satisfaire une bonne partie de s base électorale.

 "The sheriff’s critics spent years trying to stop the police practices that Arpaio sanctioned and that they charge were discriminatory and abusive; in recent weeks, they had vociferously objected to the pardon that Trump repeatedly hinted was coming.

A deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union called the pardon “a presidential endorsement of racism.’’

“Trump has chosen lawlessness over justice, division over unity, hurt over healing,’’ said Cecillia Wang, the ACLU official. “Once again, the president has acted in support of illegal, failed immigration enforcement practices that target people of color and have been struck down by the courts.’

 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-pardons-former-arizona-sheriff-joe-arpaio/2017/08/25/afbff4b6-86b1-11e7-961d-2f373b3977ee_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-low_arpaio-830pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.136ac2f2680e

Caricature surdose de Donald Trump?

Caricature de Patrick Chappatte, The International New York Times

Caricature Texas et ouragans: rappel de l'héroïsme texan

Caricature de Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com

 Granlund rappelle la résistance héroïque des Texans lors de l'attaque dirigée par l'Armée mexicaine du Général Santa Anna au Fort Alamo en 1836. Si les occupants du fort sont massacrés après une résistance farouche, ils seront vengés par les hommes de Sam Houston un peu plus tard lors de la bataille de San Jacinto. Le Texas deviendra ainsi un pays indépendant et ne sera annexé aux États-Unis qu'une dizaine d'années plus tard. Le "Lone star state" a une histoire particulière...

Caricature Donald Trump prêche pour l'unité: sauf les transgenres

Caricature de Randy Bish, PoliticalCartoons.com

Caricature Trump peut-il s'unir?

Caricature de Jimmy Margulies, Politicalcartoons.com

Caricature l'été tire à sa fin

Caricature de Joe Heller, PoliticalCartoons.com

Caricature Trump veut son mur à tout prix

Caricature de Dario Castillejos, El Imparcial de México

vendredi 25 août 2017

Mike Pompeo, l'allié de Trump à la tête de la C.I.A.?


En nommant Mike Pompeo à la tête de la C.I.A., Donald Trump savait qu'il pouvait compter sur un allié, sur un fidèle partisan. Pompeo s'est intéressé de près à une unité qui travaille à l'enquête sur les liens entre la Russie et l'équipe de Donald Trump pendant l'élection. Cet article révèle que des responsables de la C.I.A. ont leur directeur à l'oeil pour cette raison... Pompeo protège-t-il la vérité ou le Président?

 "Officials at the center have, in turn, kept a watchful eye on Pompeo, who has repeatedly played down Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and demonstrated a willingness to engage in political skirmishes for President Trump.

Current and former officials said that the arrangement has been a source of apprehension among the CIA’s upper ranks and that they could not recall a time in the agency’s history when a director faced a comparable conflict.

“Pompeo is in a delicate situation unlike any other director has faced, certainly in my memory,” said Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a CIA official for 23 years who served in Russia and held high-level positions at headquarters, “because of his duty to protect and provide the truth to an independent investigation while maintaining his role with the president.”

 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/at-cia-a-watchful-eye-on-mike-pompeo-the-presidents-ardent-ally/2017/08/24/18c1d716-7ed0-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_pompeo-620pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.929648fc345f

Des excuses des "fake news" pour Donald Trump


Texte sarcastique de Rex Huppke dans le Chicago Tribune.

 "I could go on and apologize for the lies I implanted in the left frontal lobe of your brain, including, but not limited to: CNN's ratings are down (they're up); a historic increase in defense spending (your proposed increase is neither historic nor a done deal); and there weren't many protesters outside the rally (there were thousands).

 But what's the point? I have clearly failed you and, along with all media members, am responsible for your divisive rhetoric and mind-boggling unwillingness to step outside yourself for even one fraction of a moment and notice that you sound like an infantile madman.

I promise, from here on, to pamper you, to coddle your ego, to deflect all blame on others and to never accurately report on you, because that causes you to call me fake news."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-trump-rally-media-huppke-20170823-story.html

Caricature "America first"?

Caricature de Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung, Austria

Sondages à la baisse? Vive les rassemblements partisans!

Caricature de Monte Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons

Caricature Donald Trump, le mur et le financement

Caricature de Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons

John Kasich à la tête d'un ticket indépendant en 2020?


John Kasich s'exprime encore très souvent sur les enjeux nationaux et il lui arrive d'émettre des réserves sur les décisions de l'administration Trump quand ce n'est pas sur le Président lui-même. On lui prête l'intention de se présenter en 2020, mais ce qui peut étonner c'est qu'il pourrait le faire en compagnie du Gouverneur démocrate du Colorado John Hickenlooper. Les deux hommes feraient équipe hors des deux grands partis. Si les Républicains ne seraient probablement pas rassurés, les Démocrates ne peuvent ignorer ces rumeurs.

 "The mission for the Democratic nominee in 2020 is to win the states Hillary won and find another 38 electoral votes. For the sake of argument, assume the independent ticket headed by Kasich wins his home state of Ohio; this leaves Trump with 288 electoral votes, assuming he keeps all the rest of his 2016 states red. But Kasich winning Ohio would keep those 18 electoral votes out of the Democratic nominee’s pile, as well. If Hickenlooper helps the independent ticket carry Colorado, that’s 9 electoral votes that the Democrat will have to make up elsewhere."

  http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/450819/democrats-should-fear-independent-kasich-hickenlooper-ticket-2020

Retrait de statues et monuments: où tracer la ligne?


Quelques balises avancées par des historiens:

"Blight and other historians say the way to determine whether to remove these monuments, Confederate and otherwise, is through discussions that weigh many factors, among them: The history behind when and why the monument was built. Where it’s placed. The subject’s contribution to society weighed against the alleged wrongdoing. And the artistic value of the monument itself.

Some historians also say a statue in a public place can serve an important educational purpose that might be lost if the monument were junked or consigned to a museum."

https://apnews.com/c8875d316f5f4c4bab4d48812cb7d253/In-dispute-over-statues,-where-do-you-draw-the-line?&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosam&stream=top-stories

Caricature Donald Trump vu de l'Afghanistan

Caricature de Christopher Weyant, The Boston Globe

Destituer Trump: le remède pire que le mal?


En toute modestie, je ne partage pas la "chute" du texte de Jonathan Turley sur la question. L'auteur, qui enseigne le droit à George Washington University, croit que ce qu'on avance actuellement comme accusations pourrait nuire grandement à la présidence dans l'avenir. S'il est vrai qu'on avance actuellement des arguments qui présentent certaines failles (rien ne dit que les enquêtes en cours ne révéleront pas autre chose...), je crois pour ma part que Donald Trump affaiblit déjà sévèrement la fonction. Que pourra-t-on reprocher à un autre président si on tolère ses propos?

 "This can seem weirdly incongruous, given the other presidential impeachment in our history: Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath about something relatively trivial; many view Trump as opposing fundamental American values. But Clinton deserved impeachment because he lied under oath. I was one of the experts who testified before Congress during Clinton’s impeachment hearings and, despite voting for Clinton, I maintained that perjury clearly fell within the standard regardless of the subject. Presidents don’t get to lie under oath any more than Congress gets to choose impeachment standards depending on the president. While this may be frustrating and inconvenient, there is no proof Trump has committed any crime or otherwise impeachable offense.

Impeaching a president on the grounds of high contempt or misbehaviors would leave the presidency weakened. Trump won’t be our last president and we shouldn’t count on making the presidency great again if we add a no confidence option to impeachment."


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/08/24/whats-worse-than-leaving-trump-in-office-impeaching-him/?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-posteverything%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.9724c8b41ba4

Caricature Donald Trump le prochain à être déboulonné?

Caricature de Christopher Weyant, The Hill

jeudi 24 août 2017

John Kelly s'assure de contrôler l'information qui parvient à Donald Trump


Le chef de cabinet souhaite mettre fin aux luttes internes ou au moins les atténuer en s'assurant de contrôler l'information. Un façon d'éviter la confusion au sein du personnel et de "contrôler" un peu mieux le Président?

 "Confronted with a West Wing that treated policymaking as a free-for-all, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, is instituting a system used by previous administrations to limit internal competition — and to make himself the last word on the material that crosses the president’s desk.

It’s a quiet effort to make Trump conform to White House decision-making norms he’s flouted without making him feel shackled or out of the loop. In a conference call last week, Kelly initiated a new policymaking process in which just he and one other aide — White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a little-known but highly regarded Rhodes scholar who overlapped with Jared Kushner as an undergraduate at Harvard — will review all documents that cross the Resolute desk."

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/24/john-kelly-trump-control-241967

Caricature Donald Trump et Fox News

Caricature de Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Caricature Donald Trump et l'Afghanistan: perception différente

Caricature de Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch

Caricature Donald Trump et Theodore Roosevelt

Caricature de J.D. Crowe, Alabama Media Group/AL.com