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‘Impeccable integrity’: Clapper intervened to lavish McCabe with praise in bid to save him at FBI

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James Clapper, formerly the Director of National Intelligence, penned a glowing testimonial to FBI Director Christopher Wray in 2018 in an strenuous effort to save Andrew McCabe’s job, calling the fired FBI deputy director a man of “self-effacing humility” and “impeccable integrity.”

The lengthy and apparently heartfelt handwritten letter by Clapper appeared amid hundreds of pages of newly released FBI documents made public through Freedom of Information Act litigation carried out by the left-leaning watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The note from Clapper to Wray, dated Feb. 25, 2018, came the same month that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz completed his investigation concluding that McCabe improperly disclosed investigative information on the Clinton Foundation to the media and misled investigators about it. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe on March 16, 2018, just before his retirement was to begin, citing Horowitz’s conclusions.

Clapper, now a strident Trump critic and who served as DNI from 2010 through 2017, was effusive in its praise of McCabe, calling him “steady, straightforward, candid, forthright, and honest” and claiming that the “biased scrutiny” and the “firestorm of criticism” against the embattled bureau deputy “completely unjustified and profoundly unfair.”

“I would hope you will consider my observations, which I know are shared uniformly by virtually everyone who knows Andy, and will use your influential voice to ensure he is able to complete his career and retire after his 21 years of distinguished service to the bureau and this nation,” Clapper wrote to Wray.

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Big Tech Faces A New Set Of Foes: Nearly All 50 States

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Big tech companies have long rebuffed attempts by the U.S. federal government to scrutinize or scale back their market power. Now they face a scrappy new coalition as well: prosecutors from nearly all 50 states.

In a rare show of bipartisan force, attorneys general from 48 states along with Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are investigating whether Google’s huge online search and advertising business is engaging in monopolistic behavior. The Texas-led antitrust investigation of Google, announced Monday, follows a separate multistate investigation of Facebook’s market dominance that was revealed Friday.

The state moves follow similar sweeping antitrust tech investigations launched by the Federal Trade Commission and the Trump administration’s Department of Justice; the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee is conducting a similar probe. But should federal officials tire of their work, the state-led efforts could keep them on their toes.

States have worked closely together on other matters, such as the fight to curb opioid abuse. But the sheer number participating in this kind of antitrust effort is unprecedented and gives it more weight, said Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, a Republican.

“It’s just an accumulation of public frustration, whether it’s from consumers, other players in the market, regulators, lawmakers,” Reyes said in an interview Monday.

Fiona Scott Morton, a Yale economics professor and former antitrust official at the Justice Department under the Obama administration, said it’s important that states are taking the lead because the Trump administration is “not really enforcing antitrust law except against companies the president is upset with.”

She noted the Trump administration’s unsuccessful push to use antitrust law to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, which owns CNN, a frequent target of Trump’s criticism; and Friday’s announcement that federal antitrust enforcers would investigate automakers that worked with California on tougher emissions limits.

“That’s not what consumers want,” she said. “Consumers want to be protected from anticompetitive conduct.”

States haven’t seriously taken up antitrust enforcement — using laws originally crafted to combat railroad and oil barons in the 19th century — since a major antitrust case against Microsoft about two decades ago. Then, state leadership helped propel federal action.

Back in 2016, Reyes and a Democratic counterpart, Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, tried unsuccessfully to get the Federal Trade Commission to reopen an earlier investigation into Google for allegedly favoring its own products in search results.

The FTC declined, leaving European regulators to take the lead in similar probes overseas, Reyes said.

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has a market value of more than $820 billion and controls so many facets of the internet that it’s almost impossible to surf the web for long without running into at least one of its services. Google’s dominance in online search and advertising enables it to target millions of consumers for their personal data.

The company — and peers such as Amazon, Facebook and Apple — have long argued that although their businesses are large, they are useful and beneficial to consumers. Influenced by the popularity of the companies’ ubiquitous tech products and their significant lobbying power, most American political leaders didn’t challenge that view.

But the public debate over the tech industry has changed dramatically since Reyes and Racine sent their letter to the FTC at the end of the Obama administration three years ago. Culprits in that shift include Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, in which a political data mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign improperly accessed the personal data of as many as 87 million users.

On Monday, Reyes and Racine joined forces again — this time flanked by nearly a dozen mostly Republican state attorneys general on the steps of the Supreme Court and dozens more from both parties who signed onto the formal investigation.

“Ignoring 50 AGs is a lot more difficult than ignoring two AGs,” Reyes said. “DC and Utah had raised these issues but didn’t feel we had enough firepower or resources on our own.”

Scott Morton, the Yale professor, said most states have laws that mimic federal antitrust laws, but it can be harder for state attorneys general to enforce those laws because they don’t usually have in-house antitrust experts. They can get around that, she added, by working together with other states and hiring shared experts.

Reyes emphasized that the state-led effort is not “anti-tech,” and argued it is “actually for the benefit of the tech ecosystem to help level the playing field.”

He said there’s nothing wrong with Google being the dominant search player if it’s done fairly, but the investigation will look into whether Google crosses the line “between aggressive business practices and illegal ones.”

A tech trade association that has supported some antitrust measures expressed wariness about how states are proceeding.

“We hope the investigations will be law and evidence-based and will restrain from overly politicizing these inquiries, and that both companies and authorities will work together in good faith,” said Ed Black, president and CEO of the Communications Computer and Communications Industry Association.

Associated Press writers Rachel Lerman in San Francisco and Marcy Gordon in Washington contributed to this report.

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CBS News poll: Warren overtakes Biden

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It’s not a single poll though. Go ahead and look at the trends over the past six months. You’ll find that, while Biden commanded a significant lead right out of the gate, his polling numbers trend downwards, at a pretty significant rate too.

Warren started out with very little support, but since she announced has been steadily rising in the polls at a pretty consistent pace.

Now, I think it would be more accurate to say that Biden, Bernie, and Warren are tied for first, rather than declare that Warren is winning, but given the way the polls are trending, I fully expect Warren to take a significant lead come Iowa.

But, we’ll see, things may change between then and now. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Biden’s numbers after the next debate. It seems like whenever he speaks on a national stage he loses supporters. No doubt he has noticed this, and will seek to rectify that problem, it’ll be interesting to see what his solution is and if it works.

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Big Tech Faces A New Set Of Foes: Nearly All 50 States

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Big tech companies have long rebuffed attempts by the U.S. federal government to scrutinize or scale back their market power. Now they face a scrappy new coalition as well: prosecutors from nearly all 50 states.

In a rare show of bipartisan force, attorneys general from 48 states along with Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are investigating whether Google’s huge online search and advertising business is engaging in monopolistic behavior. The Texas-led antitrust investigation of Google, announced Monday, follows a separate multistate investigation of Facebook’s market dominance that was revealed Friday.

The state moves follow similar sweeping antitrust tech investigations launched by the Federal Trade Commission and the Trump administration’s Department of Justice; the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee is conducting a similar probe. But should federal officials tire of their work, the state-led efforts could keep them on their toes.

States have worked closely together on other matters, such as the fight to curb opioid abuse. But the sheer number participating in this kind of antitrust effort is unprecedented and gives it more weight, said Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, a Republican.

“It’s just an accumulation of public frustration, whether it’s from consumers, other players in the market, regulators, lawmakers,” Reyes said in an interview Monday.

Fiona Scott Morton, a Yale economics professor and former antitrust official at the Justice Department under the Obama administration, said it’s important that states are taking the lead because the Trump administration is “not really enforcing antitrust law except against companies the president is upset with.”

She noted the Trump administration’s unsuccessful push to use antitrust law to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, which owns CNN, a frequent target of Trump’s criticism; and Friday’s announcement that federal antitrust enforcers would investigate automakers that worked with California on tougher emissions limits.

“That’s not what consumers want,” she said. “Consumers want to be protected from anticompetitive conduct.”

States haven’t seriously taken up antitrust enforcement — using laws originally crafted to combat railroad and oil barons in the 19th century — since a major antitrust case against Microsoft about two decades ago. Then, state leadership helped propel federal action.

Back in 2016, Reyes and a Democratic counterpart, Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, tried unsuccessfully to get the Federal Trade Commission to reopen an earlier investigation into Google for allegedly favoring its own products in search results.

The FTC declined, leaving European regulators to take the lead in similar probes overseas, Reyes said.

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has a market value of more than $820 billion and controls so many facets of the internet that it’s almost impossible to surf the web for long without running into at least one of its services. Google’s dominance in online search and advertising enables it to target millions of consumers for their personal data.

The company — and peers such as Amazon, Facebook and Apple — have long argued that although their businesses are large, they are useful and beneficial to consumers. Influenced by the popularity of the companies’ ubiquitous tech products and their significant lobbying power, most American political leaders didn’t challenge that view.

But the public debate over the tech industry has changed dramatically since Reyes and Racine sent their letter to the FTC at the end of the Obama administration three years ago. Culprits in that shift include Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, in which a political data mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign improperly accessed the personal data of as many as 87 million users.

On Monday, Reyes and Racine joined forces again — this time flanked by nearly a dozen mostly Republican state attorneys general on the steps of the Supreme Court and dozens more from both parties who signed onto the formal investigation.

“Ignoring 50 AGs is a lot more difficult than ignoring two AGs,” Reyes said. “DC and Utah had raised these issues but didn’t feel we had enough firepower or resources on our own.”

Scott Morton, the Yale professor, said most states have laws that mimic federal antitrust laws, but it can be harder for state attorneys general to enforce those laws because they don’t usually have in-house antitrust experts. They can get around that, she added, by working together with other states and hiring shared experts.

Reyes emphasized that the state-led effort is not “anti-tech,” and argued it is “actually for the benefit of the tech ecosystem to help level the playing field.”

He said there’s nothing wrong with Google being the dominant search player if it’s done fairly, but the investigation will look into whether Google crosses the line “between aggressive business practices and illegal ones.”

A tech trade association that has supported some antitrust measures expressed wariness about how states are proceeding.

“We hope the investigations will be law and evidence-based and will restrain from overly politicizing these inquiries, and that both companies and authorities will work together in good faith,” said Ed Black, president and CEO of the Communications Computer and Communications Industry Association.

Associated Press writers Rachel Lerman in San Francisco and Marcy Gordon in Washington contributed to this report.

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Discussion Thread: North Carolina Special Congressional Elections (Tuesday, September 10, 2019)

Introduction

​ Today, voters in two Congressional Districts in North Carolina head to the polls in special elections to fill seats in North Carolina’s 3rd and 9th districts. The 3rd district was left vacant following the death of the late Congressman Walter Jones in February of this year, while the North Carolina State Board of Elections had unanimously refused to certify the results of last year’s election in the 9th district and ordered a new election, following an investigation suggesting that then-winner Mark Harris had employed an independent contractor to commit election fraud to alter the outcome of the election. ​ If you’re a North Carolinian in that neck of the woods and haven’t yet done so, please take the time to vote! North Carolina also has same day voter registration if you aren’t yet registered. Polls are open from 6:30AM to 7:30PM. ​

Elections

North Carolina 3rd District: ​ NC-03 has a Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) of R+12. President Trump carried this district by a 61-37 margin over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

North Carolina 9th District: ​ NC-09 has a PVI of R+8. President Trump carried this district by a 54-43 margin over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Results

​* North Carolina State Bureau of Elections

Note from the Moderators

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Presidential Power Must Be Curbed After Trump, 2020 Candidates Say

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidates broadly agree that President Trump has shaken the presidency loose from its constitutional limits and say that the White House needs major new legal curbs, foreshadowing a potential era of reform akin to the post-Watergate period if any of them wins next year’s election.

In responses to a New York Times survey about executive power, the Democrats — along with two Republicans mounting primary challenges to Mr. Trump — envisioned a rebuke of his term by enshrining into law previous norms of presidential self-restraint.

Many called for new laws that would require presidents to disclose their tax returns and to divest from significant assets; bar them from appointing close relatives to White House positions; and constrain their abilities to award security clearances and to fire special prosecutors investigating their administration, among other potential reforms.

The survey is the first and most detailed collection of the candidates’ views on a set of issues that they are rarely asked about, yet often prove crucial to the outcome of political fights: the scope and limits of a president’s power to act unilaterally or even in defiance of statutes.

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Executive Power Survey

The Times sent a survey to the presidential candidates about their understanding of the scope and limits of the presidential authority they would wield if elected.

The survey — which elicited answers from 15 Democrats, including all in the top polling tier and eight of the 10 in Thursday’s debate — also focused on recurring constitutional disputes that have arisen under recent presidents of both parties on matters including secrecy and war.

“The American people should fully know how candidates will use the power of the presidency,” Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote, echoing other candidates who agreed that voters should know their views before deciding whom to entrust with the power of the White House.

Presidents have “a responsibility to make sure excess power is not used to start endless wars, attack the privacy of Americans, or undermine the democratic values of our country,” she added.

But though the candidates “seem committed to reforming the presidency,” they might have second thoughts from the vantage point of the Oval Office, said Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard law professor and former senior Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration who reviewed their responses.

“The next Democratic president will happily accept new rules on tax releases, but will have a harder time accepting constraints on security clearances and emergency or war powers,” he said. “Institutional prerogative often defeats prior reformist pledges.”

Indeed, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. expressed a more expansive view of presidential war powers after eight years in the Obama White House than he did in 2007 during an earlier run for president.



The 2020 candidates agreed on some issues, including that Mr. Bush was wrong to claim after the Sept. 11 attacks that he could override surveillance and anti-torture laws because he was the commander in chief.

But they diverged about others, like whether President Barack Obama’s invocation of the same power was legitimate. Mr. Obama used similar reasoning to disregard a requirement that he give Congress 30 days’ notice before transferring Guantánamo Bay detainees as part of the 2014 Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.

Senator Kamala Harris, for example, wrote that while a president can lawfully override or bypass statutes that are clearly unconstitutional, she thought the detainee transfer law — along with the surveillance and anti-torture laws — was a constitutional limit that presidents must obey.

“The executive branch is not above the law,” she wrote, adding, “As president, I would respect these laws.”

By contrast, Mr. Biden defended the decision by Mr. Obama — then his boss — to immediately carry out the exchange after the deal was struck instead of waiting 30 days. Obama administration officials argued that a delay would have endangered the captive soldier’s life.

“The transfer of detainees from Guantánamo was an exchange of prisoners in a conflict, and therefore a valid exercise of the commander-in-chief power,” Mr. Biden wrote.

He participated in an earlier iteration of the survey as a senator seeking the 2008 presidential nomination, and his new answers reflected the understanding of executive authority that he gained from watching close up as Mr. Obama wielded it.

In late 2007, for example, Mr. Biden offered a restrictive view of when presidents may unilaterally direct the military to attack other countries, writing: “The Constitution is clear: Except in response to an attack or the imminent threat of attack, only Congress may authorize war and the use of force.”

But in the new survey, Mr. Biden called it “well established” that presidents may launch limited strikes “without prior congressional approval when those operations serve important U.S. interests.”

That legal rationale for ordering limited attacks without congressional approval echoed the Obama administration’s stance during the NATO intervention in Libya in 2011. But the bombing campaign violated a limit on executive war-making powers that both Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden had said they would respect in the 2007 candidate survey.

Importantly, however, Mr. Biden said both then and now that any bombing of Iranian nuclear sites — a prospect in which the scope of unilateral presidential war-making authority has repeatedly come up — would require prior authorization from Congress because it would carry too much risk of escalation into a major war.

Still, several of Mr. Biden’s rivals took a more constrained view, suggesting that a rationale of serving American “interests” is not enough to justify even limited strikes without Congress.

“In situations where the use of force is necessary, absent an imminent threat to our national security, I will take that case to Congress and the American people to seek authorization,” former Representative Beto O’Rourke wrote.

Most candidates left the door open to using presidential signing statements, when approving bills, to claim a right to bypass provisions they see as unconstitutionally infringing on executive powers. But the answers submitted by the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders — which were written in third person — pledged he would never use them.

“Signing statements circumvent the will of Congress and have no constitutional or legal legitimacy,” the response said. “As president, Bernie would not issue signing statements.”

The survey revealed broader disagreements about the wisdom of several other potential reforms raised by Mr. Trump’s record. Significant numbers of candidates stood on both sides of ideas like curtailing future presidents’ latitude to invoke emergency powers and to choose acting agency heads when temporarily filling vacancies.

But the candidates were largely united in rejecting the view of Mr. Trump’s legal team, including Attorney General William P. Barr, that obstruction of justice laws do not apply to presidents who abuse their official powers to interfere with investigations for corrupt reasons.

Many also expressed skepticism of the Justice Department’s view that sitting presidents are immune from indictment, which bound the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, as he weighed Mr. Trump’s attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation. Most said they would sign a law pausing the statute of limitations for offenses by presidents, ensuring that they can still be prosecuted after leaving office.

But they split over what else to do about it. Several said they would direct the department’s Office of Legal Counsel to rescind its opinion, while others sidestepped that question. Mayor Pete Buttigieg argued that it would interfere with Justice Department independence for a president to simply direct the office, commonly called O.L.C., to change its legal interpretation.

“Because the integrity of the Justice Department is critical to the rule of law, I do not think it would be appropriate for any president to dictate the legal conclusions that O.L.C. may issue or retract,” Mr. Buttigieg wrote.

After The Times began the survey, Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan group of former officials seeking to prevent a decline “into a more authoritarian form of government,” lobbied the candidates to participate. Justin Florence, a former Obama White House lawyer and the group’s co-founder, praised those who answered the questions.

“With democracy in retreat and autocratic politics on the rise here and around the world, this survey provides critical insights into how each candidate understands the limits on the immense powers they’re seeking,” Mr. Florence said.

Several prominent Democratic candidates have not answered the questions. They include Mayor Bill de Blasio; Julian Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary; former Representative John Delaney; and the businessmen Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang.

Opinion | Charlie Savage
Presidential Candidates, Silent on Presidential Power

Jan. 22, 2016

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In G.O.P. Field, Broad View of Presidential Power Prevails

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The Candidates on Executive Power

Dec. 29, 2011

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Ronnie Dunn admits he ‘blew off’ music exec at first for this reason

Ronnie Dunn is bringing his iconic style to some of his favorite country and rock music hits in a new solo album.

“RE-DUNN,” the crooner’s third solo album, is a the 24-song project that will feature covers that have significant meaning to Dunn and have been instrumental in shaping his life and career along the way.

The second half of the legendary Brooks & Dunn country duo spoke with Fox News and provided insight into the album’s culmination, which Dunn said carried a heavy emphasis on streaming.

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“Finally, I think the music business is trying to realize that they, maybe, milked all they can out of the profit ratio side of CDs and are moving toward one or a couple of centralized mechanisms that they can control so to speak. We’ll see. That would be under the streaming umbrella,” Dunn said of the idea to create a different type of album.

“A label executive came to me a few months ago and I blew him off at first,” Dunn added. “He said, ‘What do you think about doing like, three, maybe four songs of classic rock songs or songs out of the Brooks and Dunn-era that your fans would have listened to when they weren’t listening to country?’”

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Every four weeks, two new singles from “RE-DUNN” (one country and one rock) will be released leading up to the album’s launch in January 2020. (Ronnie Dunn)

Dunn said he immediately knew which tracks he wanted to include in the mix as he already had a playlist on his computer filled to the gills with the era-appropriate cuts he enjoyed the most.

“I just opened it up and cherry-picked 12 or 13, I guess you could categorize them as classic rock songs, and I picked three songs to experiment with and doing it with the guys in the studio,” he said. “A lot of the guys right here have played on some of those records or with some of those bands and it snowballed and suddenly the label guy disappears because I think he’s realized he’s lost control of the session and it went from three to 24 [songs] in just a matter of days.”

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He continued: “The next thing I know, I’m meeting with the label going, ‘You know what, I think I’m not going to ask you to pay for this. In fact, why don’t you just let me have it and I will just go until I run out of money or whatever. We’re dedicated to any project, and the next thing I know we’re getting ready to do the contracts and set up with all the streaming entities and my attorneys call and said, ‘Look, you’re crazy to not try and at least put a few of these out.”

The 28-time Academy of Country Music Award winner said his process of selecting which records to play is simple. “You know, it’s just gut feel,” he said. “I mean, I just let my unbridled artist do its deal and see what happens. Nine times out of 10, it’s a train wreck – every now and then it hits and this one felt like it hit.”

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Country legend Ronnie Dunn’s newest solo album “RE-DUNN” will feature covers of country and rock songs that all have deep meaning to Dunn and have shaped his life and career along the way. (Steven Martine)

Dunn explained that he expects criticism from detractors who balk at the idea of a country singer covering rock ‘n’ roll records, but said the songs he is recording are already massively successful, so he is not concerned about unwritten rules.

“I love every song on here. That has nothing to do with me being a part of it. It’s just that I love these songs,” said Dunn. “They’re already massive hits – that’s good and bad at the same time because I’m sure I’ll be crushed by some critics for trying to take these songs on, and especially on the rock side. But I just kind of don’t care, you know. I had too much fun doing it. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had on a project. I’m sure everybody says that after they come out of the studio with a record, but this really is.”

RECENTLY REUNITED BROOKS & DUNN REVEAL WHY THEY SPLIT

Each of the 24 songs Dunn is reprising was hand-picked by the 15-time Country Music Association Award-winning artist and each carry with it a special moment that Dunn said makes the song a personal standout.

“There is always that dynamic of where were you when you first heard this song or what was going on in your life when this song played, and we could play that game all day long with every song on here,” said Dunn. “So that had a lot to do with it.

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Ronnie Dunn, left, and Kix Brooks attend the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

“‘Wonderful Tonight,’ I had buddies in Tulsa who were in Eric’s [Clapton] band back in the day and they were involved with recording that,” Dunn recalled. “I remember him talking about it and that’s the reason I picked it.”

Dunn said recording this album was the “most fun” he’s ever had on a project and touted the unconventional process of having a studio room full of contributors each with creative input or simply there for the ambiance, as a different dynamic that he found refreshing.

BROOKS & DUNN DOMINATE AT CMA AWARDS

“The players that I worked with, I think it’s really a lot of fun if and when you can get these guys both motivated and fired up about a project and doing stuff,” said Dunn. “There is a room full of producers when that happens – they all have input. They’ll step up and go, ‘Well, this is just not another session. We’re not just playing songs for some producer doing records.”

The two-time Grammy Award winner said he was just excited about being around a group of folks who loved to produce and make great music and said many of the recording sessions felt like old-school jam sessions.

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“They wouldn’t leave once we started. Usually, they’ll cut a song or two and they’ll all go out to the lounge or something and hang out and they’ll come back, a few more minutes and you call ’em back to cut another one or whatever, but everybody flooded into the control room and it was like it was chaos in there,” Dunn recollected.

“One guy is telling stories about how his uncle was in on the mixing of the 10cc song, ‘I’m Not In Love,’ so all that stuff is going on at the same time and it’s really a blast. It’s like, if there is any way that you can create that environment every day to cut a record, I would say that’s the perfect way to do it.”

A recent inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Dunn can now add one more accolade to his jacket. He and his crooning partner Kix Brooks will be inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame in October, an honor Dunn said he still can’t wrap his head around.

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“Kix [Brooks] and I were in a meeting in my barn, but it was storming like mad and two women came up, then they came in and I didn’t recognize them – Kix knew them from, I guess the Hall of Fame and our manager was there,” Dunn explained of the moment he and Brooks received news their country music legacy would be cemented forever. “And, I’m thinking well, how odd, you didn’t say anything about anyone coming over and Clarence, my manager stopped and he said, ‘Hey, why don’t y’all tell the guys what you’re here for,’ And I’m still going, ‘I don’t know who or where they’re from,” he joked.

“It was storming like mad – so first of all, I’m thinking they probably had to swim back here,” quipped Dunn. “And they said, ‘Well, we’re just here to let you know that you’re being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October,’ and I was numb.”

He continued: “Then there was a long pause – a moment of silence and I think they were obviously waiting to see what the reaction was going to be, you know. And both Kix and I just looked at one another, then looked away and kind of went, ‘Oh, wow – cool.’ We didn’t know what to say. I still don’t know what to say. You know, this was a month or two ago and now that the official induction is in October, I don’t know what I’m going to say.”

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Dunn joked that while he has an innate ability to write and record hit songs, he “can’t put a sentence together when I’m talking.”

“I’ll be out walking around or something somewhere and I’ll keep it low when I’m writing stuff down, but I don’t know,” said Dunn. “Kix is like – I call him the Churchill of country music, he’s a great orator. It’s gonna be politically correct and right down the pike, he’s gonna hit all the bullet points, it’s gonna be perfect and I’m going to stumble through it and I don’t know what I’ll do.”

Dunn released his new cover of George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning” on Friday. The singer and photographer will release two new singles every four weeks (one country and one rock) leading up to the album’s launch in January 2020.

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Why We Should All Watch American Factory

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The Planet Money movie reviews desk is normally a pretty sleepy place. There aren’t a lot of blockbusters about economics. But we sure woke up when we recently watched American Factory, now streaming on Netflix. It’s directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar. It’s backers include Participant Media and the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions, which is a partner of Netflix.

American Factory doesn’t sound like a barn burner. Disney probably doesn’t have an Avengers: American Factory in the works. And, yes, American Factory really is a documentary about a plant in Dayton, Ohio, that makes windshields.

But it’s a challenging, strange, eye-opening film. Here at Planet Money, we’ve all been watching it. As our colleague Alex Goldmark said after he finished it, “My wife and I sat there and looked at each other, and we just didn’t know how to feel.”

It would be easy to know how to feel about it if it were just the thing it looks like it set out to be, the usual sympathetic story about the American blue-collar worker, with the expected problems and questions: Factories are shutting down, the unions are in retreat, the bosses stay powerful and rich. These are important stories, but they quickly fall into a kind of pattern of hard work and hopelessness. We mostly know how to feel.

It looks like it’s going to be the same at the glass plant in Dayton. But then a Chinese company, Fuyao Glass America, shows up to reopen it. Chinese companies buy American companies all the time. At this point, that shouldn’t be that interesting, either.

But Fuyao let the filmmakers film everything.

And so American Factory is only nominally a film about America. The part that is astonishing about American Factory is seeing everything about the United States through the eyes of Chinese factory workers and managers arriving to reopen and restaff a plant in the rust belt. American Factory is the view we never get. Americans know how they feel about competing with China. But we don’t know how China feels about working with America.

Just minutes in, two workers from China, a couple, stand on a ledge overlooking Dayton. They marvel at the houses, which seem like antique wonders to them. They think it’s beautiful. And on second watching, I took a moment to look at the view, too, and, yeah, Dayton may be an opportunity zone, but it’s underrated.

We eavesdrop as a manager tries to explain America to a cafeteria filled with Chinese workers at long white tables, eating food out of Styrofoam boxes and wearing neon yellow vests. He wants to help them acclimate. “America is a place to let your personality run free,” he says. “As long as you’re not doing anything illegal, you’re free to follow your heart. You can even joke about the President. Nobody will do anything to you.” He also notes that Americans are “very obvious,” and that “everything is practical and realistic.”

Any jealously over freedom of expression quickly gives way to a general disappointment in the Americans as workers. The chairman comes to visit, and a manager explains what the Americans are like as workers. “They’re pretty slow,” he explains. “They have fat fingers. We keep training them over and over.” Americans also like to take off weekends.

The chairman, Cho Tak Wong, is a forbidding presence, alternating between lofty language about character and serious complaints about unions. “The motherland is like a mother,” he says in one address to the Chinese staff. “This is eternal,” and noting that they aren’t there for the money but to represent their country, “it’s down to every one of you here,” he tells them. In the next scene, he’s on a plane, trying to figure out how to deal with labor. “I can’t manage them,” he complains. “When we try to manage them, they threaten to get help from the union.”

There is so much more to this movie. There’s a visit to headquarters in China, which starts with the executive staff singing the company anthem — “Noble sentiments are transparent/For the sake of transparency” — and it gets more unfamiliar from there. The directors take their loving time with process, too. This is a movie for activists but also for people who think it’s interesting to see how glass goes from hot sand to polished windows, and it spends a few moments on the challenges and pleasures of fork-lift driving. It’s not exactly an uplifting film, but it’s one of the most interesting ones to come along in a while.

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Oakland Raiders’ Gareon Conley suffers scary neck injury, taken off field on stretcher

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Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley was carted off the field on a stretcher Monday night in a game against the Denver Broncos after suffering an apparent neck injury.

Conley was attempting to make a tackle on Broncos running back Royce Freeman in the third quarter. Conley was holding onto Freeman’s shirt when his teammate Johnathan Abraham helped out with the tackle and accidentally fell on his neck.

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Conley immediately started to grab his neck.

Trainers were working on Conley for several moments before putting him on a stretcher and carrying him out of the stadium. Both Raiders and Broncos players looked on in shock.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden addressed Conley’s status after the game.

“I got good word on him that he’s going to be OK. I don’t know his status for the next game, but most importantly the kid is all right,” he said, according to the Mercury News. “That was a scary hit that he took, but all the reports that I have are very, very positive.”

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Conley is in his third season with the Raiders. He played 15 games last season and recorded 37 total tackles, three interceptions, and one touchdown.

The Raiders won the game, 24-16.

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Why We Should All Watch American Factory

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money‘s newsletter. You can sign up here.

The Planet Money movie reviews desk is normally a pretty sleepy place. There aren’t a lot of blockbusters about economics. But we sure woke up when we recently watched American Factory, now streaming on Netflix. It’s directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar. It’s backers include Participant Media and the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions, which is a partner of Netflix.

American Factory doesn’t sound like a barn burner. Disney probably doesn’t have an Avengers: American Factory in the works. And, yes, American Factory really is a documentary about a plant in Dayton, Ohio, that makes windshields.

But it’s a challenging, strange, eye-opening film. Here at Planet Money, we’ve all been watching it. As our colleague Alex Goldmark said after he finished it, “My wife and I sat there and looked at each other, and we just didn’t know how to feel.”

It would be easy to know how to feel about it if it were just the thing it looks like it set out to be, the usual sympathetic story about the American blue-collar worker, with the expected problems and questions: Factories are shutting down, the unions are in retreat, the bosses stay powerful and rich. These are important stories, but they quickly fall into a kind of pattern of hard work and hopelessness. We mostly know how to feel.

It looks like it’s going to be the same at the glass plant in Dayton. But then a Chinese company, Fuyao Glass America, shows up to reopen it. Chinese companies buy American companies all the time. At this point, that shouldn’t be that interesting, either.

But Fuyao let the filmmakers film everything.

And so American Factory is only nominally a film about America. The part that is astonishing about American Factory is seeing everything about the United States through the eyes of Chinese factory workers and managers arriving to reopen and restaff a plant in the rust belt. American Factory is the view we never get. Americans know how they feel about competing with China. But we don’t know how China feels about working with America.

Just minutes in, two workers from China, a couple, stand on a ledge overlooking Dayton. They marvel at the houses, which seem like antique wonders to them. They think it’s beautiful. And on second watching, I took a moment to look at the view, too, and, yeah, Dayton may be an opportunity zone, but it’s underrated.

We eavesdrop as a manager tries to explain America to a cafeteria filled with Chinese workers at long white tables, eating food out of Styrofoam boxes and wearing neon yellow vests. He wants to help them acclimate. “America is a place to let your personality run free,” he says. “As long as you’re not doing anything illegal, you’re free to follow your heart. You can even joke about the President. Nobody will do anything to you.” He also notes that Americans are “very obvious,” and that “everything is practical and realistic.”

Any jealously over freedom of expression quickly gives way to a general disappointment in the Americans as workers. The chairman comes to visit, and a manager explains what the Americans are like as workers. “They’re pretty slow,” he explains. “They have fat fingers. We keep training them over and over.” Americans also like to take off weekends.

The chairman, Cho Tak Wong, is a forbidding presence, alternating between lofty language about character and serious complaints about unions. “The motherland is like a mother,” he says in one address to the Chinese staff. “This is eternal,” and noting that they aren’t there for the money but to represent their country, “it’s down to every one of you here,” he tells them. In the next scene, he’s on a plane, trying to figure out how to deal with labor. “I can’t manage them,” he complains. “When we try to manage them, they threaten to get help from the union.”

There is so much more to this movie. There’s a visit to headquarters in China, which starts with the executive staff singing the company anthem — “Noble sentiments are transparent/For the sake of transparency” — and it gets more unfamiliar from there. The directors take their loving time with process, too. This is a movie for activists but also for people who think it’s interesting to see how glass goes from hot sand to polished windows, and it spends a few moments on the challenges and pleasures of fork-lift driving. It’s not exactly an uplifting film, but it’s one of the most interesting ones to come along in a while.

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