- Originally published July 10, 3:26 pm.
- July 10, 10:59 pm:
- Saving you the clicks: Donald Trump, Jr., might be guilty of treason or at least a crime. (Golden Showers)
- July 11, 12:14 pm:
- Republicans increasingly distrust colleges and universities. (Conservatives and Academia)
- Donald Trump, Jr., wanted compromising information on Hillary Clinton from the Russian attorney he met. (Golden Showers)
- July 11, 3:18 pm:
- Globalization policy has favored upward redistribution of income and politicians have done little to redress its impacts on the working class, regardless of race or geography.
- July 12, 3:23 am:
- A puff piece on Ted Cruz in the context of the Obamacare fight from a few days ago that I’m only now archiving.
- The reason I’m archiving that puff piece is because Ted Cruz’s Obamacare plan is gaining some traction.
- The idiot dad’s idiot “son and others at the meeting were ‘longing’ for information on the Democratic National Committee,” according to the Russian lawyer they apparently shouldn’t have met with. (Golden Showers)
- A journalist posed as an English teacher to observe a slice of life in North Korea and is interviewed for Vox.
- July 12, 10:26 am:
- That massive iceberg that was due to break off the Larsen C ice shelf now has. (Antarctica)
- July 12, 3:25 pm:
- The effort to “repeal and replace” Obamacare may now be mortally wounded as Rand Paul declares his opposition to “a giant insurance bailout superfund.” And yes, by the way, Paul’s stance is consistent with capitalist libertarianism and part of what distinguishes it from its neoliberal progeny: Neoliberals pervert the capitalist libertarian ideology that political power is bad while economic power is good into an ideology pretty much as Arundhati Roy described it, that political power exists to serve corporate interests.
- July 12, 5:41 pm:
- A federal judge just ain’t buying the Trump administration’s attempt to weasel out of his order halting enforcement of Donald Trump’s order cutting funding to sanctuary cities. (Unauthorized Migration)
Whatever it is you don’t like in the world, just blame it on the Russians. They’re to blame for everything, whether it be Hillary Clinton’s election defeat or, now, U.S. environmentalists. No need for any introspection or actual policy solutions here. And why worry about a new Cold War and mutually assured destruction when blaming the Russians is so extremely expedient?
All that said, the Associated Press story (here in the Seattle Times) seems to me to suggest that the Russians had an active ongoing effort to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which intermediaries sought to bring Donald Trump, Jr., in on. It’s not quite solid evidence but it is a hell of a lot closer than anything I’ve seen before.
There are some qualifications to this. First, while the Associated Press is notoriously reticent about publishing dubious information, the confirmation we have comes from Donald Trump, Jr., who may well be admitting to a crime. Second, “Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who sits on the intelligence committee, said the emails ‘certainly raise questions’ but added ‘we’re seeing only part of the picture.’” I think the senator’s caution is warranted and this story feels to me too much like a rush for confirmation of what many people, especially journalists and Democrats, already believe. Third, that the Russians appear to have been meddling says little about the effectiveness of their efforts.
Zack Beauchamp, “Donald Trump Jr. may well have committed a federal crime, experts say,” Vox, July 10, 2017, https://www.vox.com/world/2017/7/10/15950590/donald-trump-jr-new-york-times-illegal
James Freeman, “What Did Hillary Know about Russian Interference?” Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-did-hillary-know-about-russian-interference-1499723857
German Lopez, “‘Borders on treason’: George W. Bush’s former ethics lawyer blasts Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting,” Vox, July 10, 2017, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/10/15950612/trump-jr-russia-richard-painter
Chad Day and Eric Tucker, “Emails: Trump Jr. embraced help said to be from Kremlin,” Seattle Times, July 11, 2017, http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/trump-jr-admits-he-wanted-info-on-clinton-from-russian/
Louis Nelson, “Russian lawyer: Donald Trump Jr. wanted DNC info ‘so badly,’” Politico, July 11, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/11/russian-lawyer-natalia-veselnitskaya-interview-240393
Pew Research Center, “Sharp Partisan Divisions in Views of National Institutions,” July 10, 2017, http://www.people-press.org/2017/07/10/sharp-partisan-divisions-in-views-of-national-institutions/
Clara Turnage, “Most Republicans Think Colleges Are Bad for the Country. Why?” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2017, http://www.chronicle.com/article/Most-Republicans-Think/240587
Chicago note: Josh Bivens, “Adding insult to injury: How bad policy decisions have amplified globalization’s costs for American workers,” Economic Policy Institute, July 11, 2017,
Bridget Bowman, “Cruz Walks Health Care Tightrope, With Eye on 2018,” Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, July 6, 2017, http://www.rollcall.com/news/cruz-walks-health-care-tightrope-with-eye-on-2018/
Paul Demko, “Conservatives bet on risky plan that could tank Obamacare markets,” Politico, July 11, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/11/cruz-lee-obamacare-health-care-240380
Dylan Scott, “Rand Paul sounds ready to kill the Senate health care bill,” Vox, July 12, 2017, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/12/15958256/senate-health-care-bill-rand-paul-kill-it
Sean Illing, “Fear, loneliness, and duty — an American journalist on daily life in North Korea,” Vox, July 11, 2017, https://www.vox.com/world/2017/7/11/15934856/north-korea-kim-jong-un-suki-kim-interview
But of course, all of the above is more important.
Jonathan Amos, “Giant iceberg splits from Antarctic,” British Broadcasting Corporation, July 12, 2017, http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40321674
Sudin Thanawala, “Judge not inclined to reinstate Trump sanctuary cities order,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune< July 12, 2017, http://www.startribune.com/judge-not-inclined-to-reinstate-trump-sanctuary-cities-order/434148513/