Bunny Mellon, who designed the White House Rose Garden for President Kennedy, on the crabapple trees First Lady Melania Trump removed:

"The force of the summer sun that bakes the city of Washington would be broken by the height and width of these trees."

"It was truly President Kennedy's garden," Bunny Mellon wrote. "His concern for the growth and wellbeing of this garden was never ending."
According to @KateBennett_DC the trees will be replanted, eventually, on the White House grounds:
"Crab apples belong to the rose family and would blend well with the roses, perennials, annuals, and herbs that would grow beneath and around them." Image

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19 Jan
Today, 77 days after President Trump created the 1776 Commission, the group released a report — 41 pages, with pictures: bit.ly/38U12Is.

The White House says the group is "comprised of some of America’s most distinguished scholars and historians."

Reader, it isn't.
Larry Arnn chaired the 1776 Commission. He is the president of Hillsdale College and one of The Heritage Foundation's trustees.


In 2015, he received the Bradley Prize. (Here is some background, from @WilliamCohan: bit.ly/3qvbgVO.)
His Hillsdale colleague, Matthew Spalding, was the Commission's executive director.


He is the author of "We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future."

Previously, Spalding was a fellow at The Heritage Foundation.
Read 17 tweets
16 Jan
Ahead of the federal execution of Dustin Higgs — what will become the thirteenth since July, Justice Sotomayor notes, in a dissent, "The Federal Government will have executed more than three times as many people in the last six months than it had in the previous six decades."
See pages five through fourteen: bit.ly/3bKtK0c
"Over the past six months, this Court has repeatedly sidestepped its usual deliberative processes, often at the Government's request, allowing it to push forward with an unprecedented, breakneck timetable of executions," Justice Sotomayor writes.
Read 4 tweets
22 Nov 20
President Trump did not participate in the side meeting on "Pandemic Preparedness and Response."

Who did? Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Moon Jae-in, among others.

It was at 7:00 p.m. AST, which was 11:00 a.m. ET. He was at Trump National Golf Club.

"They" didn't say (read: report) President Trump skipped the virtual #G20RiyadhSummit.

Journalists pointed out, accurately, that the president didn't participate in an important side meeting on the #COVID19 pandemic. Instead, he was at one of his private golf courses.
Here is a handful of headlines, from @CNBC, @CNN, @guardian, and @Slate:
Read 4 tweets
29 Oct 20
In an email to State Department officials, @SecPompeo's son refers to his father's tenure as "a family endeavor."

Susan Pompeo "gives instructions to State Department officials from her personal email address," to make reservations and fix the dryer.

In that email, a copy of which @JoshNBCNews obtained, @npompeo, the secretary's son, "also had an ask: Could he or the software company for which he was a sales executive be involved in a coming 'data hackathon' event the State Department was planning?"
Many of Susan Pompeo's emails are heavily redacted.

Including this one, with the subject line "5 Day Guest Schedule."
Read 7 tweets
28 Oct 20
Today, I am going to #vote early.

My polling place doesn't open until noon today, but the line already extends down the block.

I'm in it.
And yes, as a non-native New Yorker, I believe you wait in a line, not on it.
Eavesdropping from a remove of six feet, I think it is remarkable how many of my fellow would-be voters have been here before.

Several of them said they came here on a previous day, and waited 90 minutes or more before they decided to call it quits.
Read 21 tweets
21 Sep 20
"Whatever your views, the Supreme Court is at a very rare crossroads," @CassSunstein writes for the @BostonGlobe. "It's important to be clear about what's at stake."


So, what's at stake?
"Environmental regulations, above all involving climate change, would probably be struck down."

"Roe v. Wade, giving women a right to choose abortion, would probably be overruled."

"The Affordable Care Act would probably be struck down in its entirety."
"Affirmative action programs would probably be forbidden."

"The modern regulatory state would be in serious jeopardy."
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