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Pompeo, Mattis to make campus appearance this week

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will come to campus this week. The two members of Trump’s cabinet will host their Australian counterparts Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Defence Marise Payne for the annual Australia-U.S. Ministerial (AUSMIN) Consultations discussing bilateral security, cooperation and regional political issues.

Golub: On the anthem

Trump’s groundbreaking meeting with North Korea was canceled because “hostile” behavior on their part. Trump explained that this missed opportunity “is a tremendous setback for North Korea.” In related news, the NFL announced their new national anthem policy which, believe it or not, they claim to have thought about carefully. They have decided that players are not allowed to express themselves or their views in any way that does not include standing for the entire national anthem. (They do get the choice to wait in the tunnel off the field.) This new policy is a disgrace to the NFL for a number of reasons, some of which I’ll discuss here.

In second Tanner Lecture, Power addresses U.S. diplomacy during Trump administration

On Thursday evening, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power addressed international diplomacy during Donald Trump’s presidency in her second Tanner Lecture on Human Values. In the talk, Power said that America’s global standing has fallen dramatically under Trump. Power described a new model of diplomacy to tackle what she defined as unique 21st century challenges.