When Aretha Franklin Rocked the National Anthem

Five decades ago this month — before “Chicago 1968” became a shorthand for mayhem and riots, days ahead of Sen. Abe Ribicoff’s convention-stage denunciation of the police department’s “Gestapo tactics,” and minutes ahead of Mayor Richard J. Daley’s “welcome” speech threatening “law and order in Chicago” — Aretha Franklin opened the Democratic National Convention with a rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” that birthed days of outrage by older, white traditionalists upset that the 26-year-old black Detroiter hadn’t stuck to what they thought the script of a National Anthem performance should be.

“When the Democratic party selected Aretha Franklin to sing … it apparently was not aware that a ‘soul’ version of the anthem is considered bad taste,” wrote the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Paul Jones. “The appearance of Miss Franklin stirred more controversy than even the seating of the [segregated] Georgia delegations.” “Musically, the generation gap was never so wide,” Continue reading “When Aretha Franklin Rocked the National Anthem”

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This story is being published for POLITICO as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post. It originally appeared on SCMP on July 26, 2018.

The ruling Communist Party’s tightened control over think tanks and a crackdown on extravagance could be having an impact on how the leadership handles foreign affairs — and weakening Beijing’s understanding of U.S. politics under President Donald Trump.

Sources and analysts say Beijing appears to have been caught off guard by Trump’s protectionist trade blitz, and that it underestimated rising anti-China sentiment among the U.S. elite.

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This story is being published for POLITICO as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post. It originally appeared on SCMP on July 26, 2018.

The ruling Communist Party’s tightened control over think tanks and a crackdown on extravagance could be having an impact on how the leadership handles foreign affairs — and weakening Beijing’s understanding of U.S. politics under President Donald Trump.

Sources and analysts say Beijing appears to have been caught off guard by Trump’s protectionist trade blitz, and that it underestimated rising anti-China sentiment among the U.S. elite.

Even last month when U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross visited Beijing, some in the capital were still hoping Washington could be persuaded not to go ahead with its threat to slap punitive tariffs on goods from China.

But the U.S. was not convinced, imposing 25 percent duties on U.S. $34 billion Continue reading “Did China think Donald Trump was bluffing on trade? How Beijing got it wrong”

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