Here, in the indispensable New York Times.  We should so, so, so, so not screw up the Iran deal.  If only we had been so successful in North Korea.

We only have one president at a time, but how we miss the last one.  Did you see Caroline Randall Williams’ op-ed? Also in the indispensable New York Times.  

Speaking of whom, his Foundation sent this helpful email Monday:

Hello Andrew —

All weekend, people in Houston, across the Gulf Coast, and around the country have been pitching in to aid those affected by the devastating flooding in southeastern Texas.

We’ve been inspired by the acts of citizens aiding their neighbors, the first responders at work on the ground, and the people around the country who have come together to support those in need.

Help is still needed, and there are many ways for you to contribute from anywhere. Here are some of the organizations providing urgent relief and essential services to the people affected by Hurricane Harvey:

Red Cross
The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is assisting in the care of thousands of displaced Texans, and working to restore homes. Learn more about how to support their efforts here.

Save the Children
Save the Children is delivering family-friendly relief supplies, setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters, providing specially trained staff to help children, and planning for long-term recovery needs. Support their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts here.

Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank is providing immediate food distribution to families most in need. Donate now or learn more about how to volunteer at

If you’re able, please do what you can to help out. As President Obama said, that’s what we do as Americans.

Thank you,

The Obama Foundation

Finally, an after-thought to Jim Burt’s excellent solution to the statue situation.  (That we leave the statues, but append accurate thumbnails.  E.g., “Nathaniel Bedford Forrest: a slave trader and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, his racial hatred helped to inspire thousands of murders and church bombings.”)  Jim adds, for the equestrian statues: “It occurs to me that one other thing that could be done is to turn them 180 degrees so that the public would see a horse’s ass every time they drive by.  They do already, but then it would be obvious.”



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