Quick Takes: Trump in Mexico

* Trying to figure out why Trump went to Mexico today after accusing their leaders of ripping us off and sending all of their criminals across the border is like trying to figure out what his actual immigration policy is, or whether he thinks women should be punished for having an abortion, or whether he thinks we should raise the minimum wage, or who should pay more/less in taxes. I decided a while ago that it is an exercise in futility because he changes his mind to suit the circumstances. So I’m just going to go with my two favorite tweets about the trip.

* Here’s one more reason why you can’t believe anything Donald Trump says. After all the hype about the fact that he was finally going to address an African American audience in Detroit, well…not so much.

When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump comes to Detroit this weekend to try to strengthen his standing in the African-American community, he will be attending a service at a church and doing a one-on-one interview with the congregation’s leader, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson.

That’s about it.

Trump won’t be speaking to the black congregation at Great Faith Ministries International during the 11 a.m. service. And his Saturday interview with Jackson on the church’s Impact Network — which will not be open to the public or the news media — won’t air for at least a week after the event.

* Above and beyond all the Trump headlines, this is the really big news today:

The Supreme Court denied a request Wednesday from North Carolina to allow provisions of its controversial voting rights law to go back into effect.

In a 4-4 split, justices left undisturbed a lower court opinion that struck down the law.

The Supreme Court’s order means provisions of the law — concerning a tightening in voter ID requirements, cutbacks on early voting and the preregistration of 16-year-olds — will remain off the books for November’s election.

* It is obvious that Julian Assange (founder and director of Wikileaks) is trying to insert himself into the 2016 U.S. presidential election. If he insists on doing so, he should brush up a bit on American history and politics because this is an inaccurate, ugly statement with racial overtones.

“The American liberal press, in falling over themselves to defend Hillary Clinton, are erecting a demon that is going to put nooses around everyone’s necks as soon as she wins the election, which is almost certainly what she’s going to do,” Mr. Assange said.

* Yesterday I wrote about how George Soros is investing in criminal justice reform from the ground up by supporting candidates in state/district attorney elections. I highlighted one in Flordia in which Aramis Ayala was running in a primary against the incumbent – Jeff Ashton. Here is the result:

In the greatest local primary upset, newcomer Aramis Ayala easily bested her former employer and incumbent Jeff Ashton in the Democratic race for Orange-Osceola State Attorney.

Ashton, elected to the position in 2012, lost to Ayala, a former prosecutor and public defender, by a margin of 43 percent to 57 percent, according to a vote tally by the state Division of Elections at 9 p.m. Ayala faces no Republican opponent but does face write-in candidate Bill Vose, though she is unlikely to face a real challenge from him.

* This is an important “first:”.

Today, for the first time in over 50 years, a scheduled flight arrived in Cuba from the United States. The historic flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Santa Clara, Cuba builds on the President’s promise to reengage with Cuba — arriving just one year after President Obama formally re-established relations between the United States and Cuba.

* Finally, in response to the ongoing chorus of naysayers, can we all join together in one big “Thanks, Obama?”

How Americans feel about the state of their lives have improved markedly in the eight years since Barack Obama was elected president, according to Gallup data released Tuesday.

In 2008, fewer than half of Americans said their life was good enough to be considered “thriving,” according to Gallup. But that’s changed: “The 55.4% who are thriving so far in 2016 is on pace to be the highest recorded in the nine years Gallup and Healthways have tracked it,” according to the report.

Not only that, members of each ethnic or racial group in Gallup’s study feel better about their lives.

…The percentage of blacks thriving has risen by about 6 points, as has the percentage of whites and Hispanics. Asian thriving has risen by about 10 points since 2008.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.