Post-Trump Election Tab Dump: What I’m Reading

“‘Deplorables’ Rise Up to Reshape America,” by The WSJ‘s Gerald F. Seib. (yesterday): In short, Mr. Trump and his followers have, in one dramatic stroke, transformed the GOP from a traditionally conservative party into an avowedly populist one. “The Voters Decide,” by Ben Thompson (March 2016). Politics “is just the latest industry to be transformed […]

In This Week’s Newley’s Notes: Apple’s Newest Gadgets; Frontline on the election; Super-Sophisticated Poker Cheating

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Norm Ornstein Explains the Rise of Donald Trump

Norm Ornstein, of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, explains the rise of Donald Trump: When you look at populism over the longer course of both American history and other countries that have suffered economic traumas as a result of financial collapse, you’re gonna get the emergence of some leaders who exploit nativism, protectionism, and isolationism. […]

Michael Barone: ‘Trump Can’t Break the Republican Party’

Michael Barone, in a WSJ op-ed Friday, puts the Trump phenomenon in historical context: Even if Donald Trump secures the Republican nomination and somehow overcomes current polls to be elected president, there will be few Trump clones among Republicans in Congress and in state and local office. If he is nominated and defeated by a […]

Around the Web: improving college rankings, Federer’s footwork, inventors killed by their own inventions, and more

Some links that have caught my eye of late: In Lawmaker’s Outburst, a Rare Breach of Protocol [NYTimes.com] — About S.C. Rep. Joe Wilson's "you lie" outburst. "What is aim of Thailand's 'red shirts' movement?" [Reuters] — Q&A-style analysis from Reuters. "List of inventors killed by their own inventions" [Wikipedia] — "This is a list […]

Thitinan on Abhisit, Thaksin, and Bangkok’s airports

Chulalongkorn University political science professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak has a column in today’s Bangkok Post on the current state of Thai politics: “Censure may serve to strengthen govt” Some snips: After three months in office, the Democrat party-led coalition government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has defied expectations by holding ground and beginning to consolidate its […]

ASEAN summit kicks off in Thailand

BBC: “Asean opens with economic agenda” The 10-member Association of South East Asian nations (Asean) has started a summit meeting in Thailand. They will discuss how to address the impact of declining global demand on their export-dependent economies. This is the first summit since Asean implemented a charter making it a legal entity more like […]

Wearing red and yellow in Thailand

Time: “How Not to Make a Political Fashion Statement in Bangkok” Last year, a swarm of yellow-clad demonstrators massed in Bangkok, taking over the international airport and virtually paralyzing the Thai capital for a week. Today, the color of protest is red. As bigwigs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) began gathering at […]

Thai academic flees to England to escape lese majeste charge

AP: “Thai academic accused of insulting monarchy flees“: A prominent academic facing 15 years in prison for allegedly insulting Thailand’s monarchy fled to England, saying Monday he does not believe he will receive a fair trial. Ji Ungpakorn, a political scientist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, was charged last month under the so-called lese majeste law […]

Notes from Thai PM Abhisit’s FCCT Speech

Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thailand’s recently-named Prime Minister, gave a speech at a Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand dinner last night. It was his first address given to the entire foreign press corps. In his 30-minute speech, the 44-year-old, British-born, Oxford-educated Abhisit said he would work to achieve reconciliation and social justice in a country that has […]