Will Joe Arpaio now get to try on some of his pink underwear? Daily Bullshit, July 30-31, 2017

There is a new blog post, entitled “Totalizing Donald Trump.”


Updates

  1. July 31, 11:55 pm:

Joe Arpaio

The man who called himself the “toughest sheriff in America” is now likely looking for leniency.[4]

J. Weston Phippen, “Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Convicted Criminal,”
Atlantic, July 31, 2017, https://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2017/07/sheriff-joe-arpaio-convicted-criminal/535479/


Obamacare

Jacqueline Thomsen, “Mulvaney: It’s White House policy Senate keeps focus on healthcare,” Hill, July 30, 2017, http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/344513-mulvaney-its-white-house-policy-that-nothing-gets-a-vote-before


Republicans

George F. Will, “Trump is something the nation did not know it needed,” Washington Post, July 28, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-something-the-nation-did-not-know-it-needed/2017/07/28/8dc09ae0-7302-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html

Ken Buck, “The Republican Party is dead,” Denver Post, July 31, 2017, http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/31/the-republican-party-is-dead/

Jennifer Rubin, “Does the GOP deserve to survive?” Washington Post, July 31, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/07/31/does-the-gop-deserve-to-survive/


  1. [3]Ken Buck, “The Republican Party is dead,” Denver Post, July 31, 2017, http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/31/the-republican-party-is-dead/; Jennifer Rubin, “Does the GOP deserve to survive?” Washington Post, July 31, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/07/31/does-the-gop-deserve-to-survive/; George F. Will, “Trump is something the nation did not know it needed,” Washington Post, July 28, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-something-the-nation-did-not-know-it-needed/2017/07/28/8dc09ae0-7302-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html
  2. [4]J. Weston Phippen, “Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Convicted Criminal,”
    Atlantic, July 31, 2017, https://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2017/07/sheriff-joe-arpaio-convicted-criminal/535479/

The desperate quest to ‘repeal’ Obamacare: Daily Bullshit, July 26-28, 2017

Updates

  1. July 27, 9:04 am:
    • Mr. Fish captures much of my feeling about Donald Trump’s decision to exclude transgender folks from military service (figure 1).
      Mr. Fish, July 26, 2017, Truthdig, fair use.
      Fig. 1. Mr. Fish, July 26, 2017, Truthdig, fair use.

      Which is all to say, I couldn’t care less: Warmongerers, transgender or otherwise, can go fuck themselves.

    • I have seen mention of a supposed “Better Deal” that Democrats will be running on. I have not seen anything of substance. Until I do, I will assume that this alleged “Better Deal” is more hot air, symptomatic of a Democratic Party focus on an “economic message” rather than economic substance. “Messages” don’t pay rent. Democrats, too, can go fuck themselves and, no, I still don’t think they’re any better than Republicans, who should also go fuck themselves.
    • The Judge in Waymo’s intellectual property suit against Uber has warned that Waymo has yet to show that Uber has actually used Waymo’s technology in its self-driving cars.[1]
  2. July 27, 11:49 am:
    • The so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare will include defunding Planned Parenthood, which may violate the Senate rules that would allow the measure to bypass a Democratic Party filibuster.[2]
  3. July 28, 3:17 am:
    • Perhaps you recall Samuel Gross, a University of Michigan law professor, telling Vox’s Sean Illing, “The fact that we’re even talking about [the possibility of Donald Trump pardoning himself] is a measure of how far we’ve fallen.”[3] No, not quite. This is how low we’ve sunk: The Boy Scouts are apologizing for Trump’s behavior at a Jamboree.[4]
    • Until the mother-fuckers threw defunding Planned Parenthood into their so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare,[5] I thought maybe the “skinny repeal” had a chance. I don’t think Planned Parenthood did the effort in—this was more a matter that the very fact they would throw something like that in despite a significant possibility if wouldn’t comply with Senate rules signaled that Republicans were working on ideology rather than engaging in a pragmatic exercise. And, in the event, they failed.[6] Idiots.
    • So this part is weird: A Republican opposed to single-payer introduced a Medicare-for-All amendment. Bernie Sanders called it a sham. Democrats said they wanted to see a final bill. It didn’t get a single vote in favor.[7] I think Democrats were making excuses: Obamacare was a means of bailing out the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.[8] Single-payer isn’t, so I think Democrats will never actually pass it even if they come to power.

Austerity

Carol Graham, Sergio Pinto, and John Juneau, II, “The geography of desperation in America,” Brookings Institute, July 24, 2017, https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-geography-of-desperation-in-america/


Obamacare

Stephanie Armour, Kristina Peterson, and Michelle Hackman, “Senate Health Debate Rolls On After First Option Fails,” Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-votes-to-begin-debate-on-health-care-bill-1501009650

Joe Williams, “Senate Rejects First Obamacare Repeal Proposal,” Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, July 25, 2017, http://www.rollcall.com/news/senate-rejects-first-health-care-repeal-proposal/

Jordain Carney, “Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan,” Hill, July 26, 2017, http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/343887-senate-rejects-repeal-only-obamacare-amendment

Peter Sullivan and Nathaniel Weixel, “Bare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate,” Hill, July 26, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/344013-bare-bones-repeal-plan-gains-steam-in-senate

Peter Sullivan, “Senate Republicans plan to defund Planned Parenthood in ‘skinny’ repeal,” Hill, July 27, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/344133-senate-republicans-plan-to-defund-planned-parenthood-in-skinny-repeal

British Broadcasting Corporation, “US healthcare: Senate ‘skinny repeal’ bill fails,” July 28, 2017, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40750071


A new Cold War

“The American political elite has become unhinged,” [Russian senator Konstantin] Kosachyov went on. “It has chosen our country as a target or, more precisely, as a training wall.”[9]

Now Russians are calling it a Cold War.[10] This is not something I’d like to agree with them on. But it’s apparent that mainstream U.S. politicians in both major parties aren’t interested in being responsible and actually solving problems when they can just blame Russia instead. And it’s equally apparent they aren’t the least bit concerned about a renewal of the nuclear MADness that was a fixture during my childhood—maybe they’re confident that 1) they can all get in their bunkers in time and 2) they can outlast the ensuing devastation.

Lena Smirnova, “Moscow Hears Political Saber Rattling in Fresh U.S. Sanctions Vote,” Moscow Times, July 26, 2017, https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/russia-hears-political-saber-rattling-in-fresh-sanctions-vote-title-58509


Uber

Cyrus Farivar, “Judge: Waymo may be in “a world of trouble” if it can’t prove actual harm by Uber,” Ars Technica, July 26, 2017, https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/07/ubers-ex-ceo-may-defend-levandowski-against-waymos-theft-allegations/


Boy Scouts

Ella Nilsen, “The Boy Scouts just apologized for the president’s behavior,” Vox, July 27, 2017, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/27/16051646/boy-scouts-apology-trump


  1. [1]Cyrus Farivar, “Judge: Waymo may be in “a world of trouble” if it can’t prove actual harm by Uber,” Ars Technica, July 26, 2017, https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/07/ubers-ex-ceo-may-defend-levandowski-against-waymos-theft-allegations/
  2. [2]Peter Sullivan, “Senate Republicans plan to defund Planned Parenthood in ‘skinny’ repeal,” Hill, July 27, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/344133-senate-republicans-plan-to-defund-planned-parenthood-in-skinny-repeal
  3. [3]Samuel Gross, quoted in Jeff Stein, “The White House denies reports that Trump is looking into pardons,” Vox, July 23, 2017, https://www.vox.com/2017/7/23/16016704/white-house-trump-pardons
  4. [4]Ella Nilsen, “The Boy Scouts just apologized for the president’s behavior,” Vox, July 27, 2017, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/27/16051646/boy-scouts-apology-trump
  5. [5]Peter Sullivan, “Senate Republicans plan to defund Planned Parenthood in ‘skinny’ repeal,” Hill, July 27, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/344133-senate-republicans-plan-to-defund-planned-parenthood-in-skinny-repeal
  6. [6]British Broadcasting Corporation, “US healthcare: Senate ‘skinny repeal’ bill fails,” July 28, 2017, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40750071
  7. [7]Lydia Ramsey, “The Senate voted down a single-payer healthcare system — and there’s a specific reason Bernie Sanders opposed it,” Business Insider, July 27, 2017, http://www.businessinsider.com/senate-health-care-single-payer-vote-daines-amendment-2017-7
  8. [8]David Benfell, “Obamacare, the neoliberal consensus, and a kid fighting cancer,” Not Housebroken, May 11, 2016, https://disunitedstates.org/2016/05/11/obamacare-the-neoliberal-consensus-and-a-kid-fighting-cancer/; my argument is based on Neil Barofsky, Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street (New York: Free Press, 2012); Brad Jacobson, “Obama received $20 million from healthcare industry in 2008 campaign,” Raw Story, January 12, 2010, http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/01/12/obama-received-20-million-healthcare-industry-money-2008/; Gaius Publius [pseud.], “Obama Got $20 Million from Healthcare Industry in 2008. Was Killing Single-Payer Part of the Deal?” Naked Capitalism, February 5, 2014, http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/02/gaius-publius-obama-got-20-million-healthcare-industry-2008-killing-single-payer-part-deal.html
  9. [9]Lena Smirnova, “Moscow Hears Political Saber Rattling in Fresh U.S. Sanctions Vote,” Moscow Times, July 26, 2017, https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/russia-hears-political-saber-rattling-in-fresh-sanctions-vote-title-58509
  10. [10]Lena Smirnova, “Moscow Hears Political Saber Rattling in Fresh U.S. Sanctions Vote,” Moscow Times, July 26, 2017, https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/russia-hears-political-saber-rattling-in-fresh-sanctions-vote-title-58509

The (not really) conservative case for single-payer health care: Daily Bullshit, July 25, 2017

Updates

  1. July 25, 8:55 am:
    • The Senate effort to (not really) repeal and (only maybe) replace Obamacare remains shrouded in mystery, even as the body is expected to vote on a motion to proceed with debate today (July 25).[1]
  2. July 25, 3:22 pm:
    • Mitch McConnell managed, just barely, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote, to ram a motion to proceed through the Senate, but still, no one knows what sort of health are bill can attract enough of a consensus to pass.[2] (Obamacare)

Single-payer health care

I comment on Chase Madar’s article in a research journal entry, “The (not really) conservative case for single-payer health care.”

Chase Madar, “The Conservative Case for Universal Healthcare,” American Conservative, July 25, 2017, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-conservative-case-for-universal-healthcare/


Obamacare

Noam N. Levey and Lisa Mascaro, “With Pence breaking a tie, Senate votes to begin debate on Obamacare repeal bill,” Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2017,
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-obamacare-senate-vote-20170725-story.html

Dylan Scott, “Senate Republicans don’t know what’s in their health bill or what it would do. They’re voting anyway,” Vox, July 25, 2017, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/25/16022564/senate-health-care-bill-vote-really-coming


  1. [1]Dylan Scott, “Senate Republicans don’t know what’s in their health bill or what it would do. They’re voting anyway,” Vox, July 25, 2017, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/25/16022564/senate-health-care-bill-vote-really-coming
  2. [2]Noam N. Levey and Lisa Mascaro, “With Pence breaking a tie, Senate votes to begin debate on Obamacare repeal bill,” Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2017,
    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-obamacare-senate-vote-20170725-story.html

Not quite an ‘intellectual history of the Right’: Daily Bullshit, July 22-24, 2017

Updates

  1. July 22, 12:20 pm:
    • Jeff Sessions probably did discuss the Trump campaign with the Russian ambassador.[1]
  2. July 23, 11:29 am:
    • [Sigh.] I guess I don’t get to ignore that Donald Trump may or may not but probably is considering pardoning himself.[2] Some things just really are too far over the top for me.
  3. July 24, 2:04 pm:
    • Jared Kushner disclosed a meeting with the then-Russian ambassador at a Washington reception,[3] leading mainstream media outlets to send out news alerts as if this were something important—but this doesn’t look to me like an occasion where anything worth worrying about could have occurred, which leads me to suspect journalists of trying too hard to make a scandal out of this. (Golden Showers)
    • Nancy McLean responds to her critics and is “dishearten[ed by] how many people are willing to criticize the book without reading it.”[4] It’s worth reading this just to see a textbook example for how academics should respond to criticism. (Capitalist Libertarianism and Neoliberalism)

Capitalist Libertarianism and Neoliberalism

Nancy McLean’s effort documents, at most, a part of the story of how capitalist libertarianism developed into neoliberalism. And it probably shouldn’t be regarded as much of a departure from other scholarly work, including my own: That capitalist libertarians developed an academic infrastructure to promote what became neoliberalism[5] and that this infrastructure served to help establish neoliberalism as a new political orthodoxy when Keynesianism was perceived to have failed[6] is hardly new. And no one who has watched capitalist libertarianism will be surprised that this occurred in part at George Mason University. What’s different here is a sense that capitalist libertarians recognized democracy as antithetical to capitalist libertarianism, and again, if one understands the relationship between neoconservatism, neoliberalism, and capitalist libertarianism, this isn’t really that striking a revelation: Neoliberals and capitalist libertarians understand the market as a more compelling expression of ‘democracy’ than politics. But McLean apparently believes that capitalist libertarians acted toward the political system with malice—again, this is not that radical a revelation when one observes the absolute disdain that capitalist libertarians, especially so-called ‘anarchocapitalists,’ hold toward government—and for this, she’s come under vicious attack, especially but not exclusively from (surprise!) capitalist libertarians.[7] I suspect they protest too much.

One thing has really stood out for me. For all the thousands of words that they have written, my critics still fail to engage the central message of the book: Leading libertarian thinkers concluded they could never win over the majority to their agenda. Therefore, they decided to achieve their utopia by attempting to radically change the rules of governance in order to change society.[8]

She could have cited Alfred Jay Nock’s ‘Remnant’ here (she’d just about have to in her book), which is all about the unpopularity of capitalist libertarian ideals and what capitalist libertarians were and, to a dramatically lesser extent today, still are up against.[9] I’m not going to say here that she is right—I still haven’t read her book—but what I have read suggests that her work is, at the very least, plausible.

Marc Parry, “A New History of the Right Has Become an Intellectual Flashpoint,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 19, 2017, http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-New-History-of-the-Right-Has/240700

Marc Parry, “Nancy MacLean Responds to Her Critics,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 19, 2017, http://www.chronicle.com/article/Nancy-MacLean-Responds-to-Her/240699

George Monbiot, “Missing Link,” July 21, 2017, http://www.monbiot.com/2017/07/21/missing-link/


Golden Showers

If the Washington Post is right, Trump would be entertaining a breach of historical precedent that could set off a constitutional crisis because there’s a serious possibility that a self-pardon would not be upheld in court. “This is theater of the absurd,” Samuel Gross, a University of Michigan law professor, told Vox’s Sean Illing. “The fact that we’re even talking about it is a measure of how far we’ve fallen under Trump.”[10]

So, allegedly, Donald Trump is extremely frustrated with “unrelenting press coverage of this whole Russian thing, much of it based on leaks that are coming out of various departments.”[11] While he may or may not have the power to pardon himself,[12] he certainly has the power to damn himself.

Carol D. Leonnig, Ashley Parker, Rosalind S. Helderman, and Tom Hamburger, “Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation,” Washington Post, July 20, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-lawyers-seek-to-undercut-muellers-russia-investigation/2017/07/20/232ebf2c-6d71-11e7-b9e2-2056e768a7e5_story.html

Katie Bo Williams and Scott Wong, “Republicans rally around Sessions after Trump criticism,” Hill, July 20, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/house/342964-republicans-rally-around-sessions-after-trump-criticism

Katie Bo Williams, “Trump launches all-out assault on Mueller probe,” Hill, July 22, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/343164-trump-launches-all-out-assault-on-mueller-probe

Jeff Stein, “The White House denies reports that Trump is looking into pardons,” Vox, July 23, 2017, https://www.vox.com/2017/7/23/16016704/white-house-trump-pardons

Rebecca Ballhaus, “Jared Kushner Details Russia Meetings, Denies Collusion,” Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/jared-kushner-releases-details-on-previously-undisclosed-meeting-with-russian-ambassador-1500890433


Jeff Sessions

Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima, and Greg Miller, “Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show,” Washington Post, July 21, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-discussed-trump-campaign-related-matters-with-russian-ambassador-us-intelligence-intercepts-show/2017/07/21/3e704692-6e44-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html


  1. [1]Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima, and Greg Miller, “Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show,” Washington Post, July 21, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-discussed-trump-campaign-related-matters-with-russian-ambassador-us-intelligence-intercepts-show/2017/07/21/3e704692-6e44-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html
  2. [2]Carol D. Leonnig, Ashley Parker, Rosalind S. Helderman, and Tom Hamburger, “Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation,” Washington Post, July 20, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-lawyers-seek-to-undercut-muellers-russia-investigation/2017/07/20/232ebf2c-6d71-11e7-b9e2-2056e768a7e5_story.html; Jeff Stein, “The White House denies reports that Trump is looking into pardons,” Vox, July 23, 2017, https://www.vox.com/2017/7/23/16016704/white-house-trump-pardons
  3. [3]Rebecca Ballhaus, “Jared Kushner Details Russia Meetings, Denies Collusion,” Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/jared-kushner-releases-details-on-previously-undisclosed-meeting-with-russian-ambassador-1500890433
  4. [4]Marc Parry, “Nancy MacLean Responds to Her Critics,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 19, 2017, http://www.chronicle.com/article/Nancy-MacLean-Responds-to-Her/240699
  5. [5]George H. Nash, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, 30th anniversary ed. (Wilmington, DE: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2006).
  6. [6]Daniel Stedman Jones, Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, 2012).
  7. [7]Marc Parry, “A New History of the Right Has Become an Intellectual Flashpoint,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 19, 2017, http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-New-History-of-the-Right-Has/240700
  8. [8]Nancy McLean, quoted in Marc Parry, “Nancy MacLean Responds to Her Critics,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 19, 2017, http://www.chronicle.com/article/Nancy-MacLean-Responds-to-Her/240699
  9. [9]George H. Nash, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, 30th anniversary ed. (Wilmington, DE: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2006).
  10. [10]Jeff Stein, “The White House denies reports that Trump is looking into pardons,” Vox, July 23, 2017, https://www.vox.com/2017/7/23/16016704/white-house-trump-pardons
  11. [11]Chris Collins, quoted in Katie Bo Williams, “Trump launches all-out assault on Mueller probe,” Hill, July 22, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/343164-trump-launches-all-out-assault-on-mueller-probe
  12. [12]Carol D. Leonnig, Ashley Parker, Rosalind S. Helderman, and Tom Hamburger, “Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation,” Washington Post, July 20, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-lawyers-seek-to-undercut-muellers-russia-investigation/2017/07/20/232ebf2c-6d71-11e7-b9e2-2056e768a7e5_story.html

Obamacare lives: Daily Bullshit, July 19-21, 2017

Parts-Unknown.org is now live on the new server. While I’d managed to propagate the changes for myself, it could take a couple days for others to get the updates, which made my usual practice of blabbing about these entries on Twitter premature. So this entry was actually produced to go live on Friday, July 21—not before—even as I began composing it late in the evening on July 19.

Updates

  1. Unfortunately, my hopes for a seamless transfer have been dashed. Apache on the old server was misbehaving, so I’ve shut it down. You’re now getting the new site or you’re getting an error. Fortunately, the only other web services I’m running are a URL shortener at greybeard95a.com, which I think I can replace with a new instance at n4rky.me (this would actually be what I originally acquired the latter domain for although it’s been through some twists and turns since), and some stuff for the Human Science Institute, which is sufficiently low volume that it can move with only minimal disruption.
  2. Finally published, July 21, 2:59 am.
  3. Articles that should have been included in the original publication but weren’t, July 21, 12:54 pm:
    • The pay ratio between CEOs and ordinary workers still exceeds 300:1.[1] (Income inequality)
    • The Republicans still don’t have a consensus on health care and Donald Trump “ordering” them to reach one doesn’t make it so.[2] (Obamacare)

Obamacare

In our last installment, Mitch McConnell’s grand effort to pass a bill to (not really) “repeal and replace” Obamacare had crashed and burned. He then planned a vote on a “clean” repeal.[3] This, too, has now crashed and burned as three senators, all women who had had a lot to say about health care and who had nonetheless been excluded from the working group to draft the bill, announced their opposition.[4] But Obamacare’s supporters should temper their glee as Donald Trump appears inclined to withhold subsidy payments for insurance companies and could do so beginning as early as Thursday, July 20[5]:

[Donald] Trump declared that his plan was now to “let Obamacare fail,” saying Democrats would then seek out Republicans to work together on a bill to bury the Affordable Care Act. If he is determined to make good on that pledge, he has plenty of levers to pull, from declining to reimburse insurance companies for reducing low-income customers’ out-of-pocket costs to failing to enforce the mandate that most Americans have health coverage. . . .

Trump has considerable leverage to gum up the works of the Affordable Care Act. He could throw insurance markets into a tailspin at any time by cutting off the reimbursement payments to insurers, as he has threatened to do. He could further destabilize the markets by not enforcing the mandate that most Americans have health insurance.

And he could cancel advertising and other efforts to encourage enrollment under the Affordable Care Act when the annual sign-up period begins in November. A barrage of negative statements from the administration could project an official view that the health law is collapsing, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.[6]

And at least a few Republicans in the House seem to think a repeal effort can rise phoenix-like from the ashes yet again,[7] which may be so, but they still fail to explain how the conflicts that have so far plagued the effort can now be overcome.[8]

Rachael Bade and Kyle Cheney, “House Republicans in denial about Senate health care bill failure,” Politico, July 18, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/18/house-gop-obamacare-repeal-reaction-240671

Paul Demko and Josh Dawsey, “Trump threatens to gut Obamacare markets,” Politico, July 18, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/18/trump-obamacare-markets-subsidies-cut-240684

Tara Golshan, “3 GOP women were left out of the Senate’s Obamacare repeal effort. They just tanked it,” Vox, July 18, 2017, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/18/15991020/3-gop-women-tank-obamacare-repeal

Thomas Kaplan, “‘Let Obamacare fail,’ Trump says after Republicans’ health bill crumbles,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 18, 2017, http://www.startribune.com/latest-gop-health-plan-to-repeal-only-collapses/435208013/

Yasmeen Abutaleb and Richard Cowan, “Republicans meet late into night as Trump demands new U.S. healthcare plan,” Reuters, July 19, 2017, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1A40UX


Golden Showers

Normally, I’m bored shitless by personalities but this might bear watching. In the Wall Street Journal, “[a]ccording to a business person formerly based in Moscow who has had dealings with Crocus Group, [Irakly “Ike”] Kaveladze is ‘a total straight shooter. Very easy to deal with. Very low key, gets deals done for the family, no fuss, no ego.’”[9] But in the Politico article, he is “a business associate of a top Moscow oligarch and was once the focus of a congressional money-laundering probe”[10] and he is portrayed as possessing “thousands of fake accounts in Delaware”[11] and numerous shell corporations.[12]

Rebecca Ballhaus, Byron Tau, and Aruna Viswanatha, “Special Counsel Is Investigating Trump Tower Meeting With Russians,” Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/special-counsel-is-investigating-trump-tower-meeting-with-russians-1500400598

Kyle Cheney, Darren Samuelsohn, and Ryan Hutchins, “Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting was linked to money laundering,” Politico, July 18, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/18/irakly-kaveladze-trump-tower-russia-eighth-man-240679


Muslim Ban

The new ruling handed the Trump administration a partial victory in the sense that the Justice Department prevailed in part of what it was seeking from the high court. But the operative version of Trump’s travel ban policy is now a far cry from what he originally ordered in January. The once-broad order is now subject to a slew of limitations and exclusions imposed by courts or adopted by the administration in the face of legal challenges.[13]

Josh Gerstein, “Supreme Court won’t let Trump travel ban hit grandparents,” Politico, July 19, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/19/scotus-wont-let-trump-travel-ban-hit-grandparents-240719


Income inequality

Lawrence S. Wittner, “How Much Is a Boss Worth?” Truthout, July 20, 2017, http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41318-how-much-is-a-boss-worth

  1. [1]Lawrence S. Wittner, “How Much Is a Boss Worth?” Truthout, July 20, 2017, http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41318-how-much-is-a-boss-worth
  2. [2]Yasmeen Abutaleb and Richard Cowan, “Republicans meet late into night as Trump demands new U.S. healthcare plan,” Reuters, July 19, 2017, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1A40UX
  3. [3]Jordain Carney, “New GOP health bill lacks the votes to pass,” Hill, July 17, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/342447-two-more-gop-senators-defect-on-healthcare-bill
  4. [4]Tara Golshan, “3 GOP women were left out of the Senate’s Obamacare repeal effort. They just tanked it,” Vox, July 18, 2017, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/18/15991020/3-gop-women-tank-obamacare-repeal
  5. [5]Paul Demko and Josh Dawsey, “Trump threatens to gut Obamacare markets,” Politico, July 18, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/18/trump-obamacare-markets-subsidies-cut-240684
  6. [6]Thomas Kaplan, “‘Let Obamacare fail,’ Trump says after Republicans’ health bill crumbles,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 18, 2017, http://www.startribune.com/latest-gop-health-plan-to-repeal-only-collapses/435208013/
  7. [7]Rachael Bade and Kyle Cheney, “House Republicans in denial about Senate health care bill failure,” Politico, July 18, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/18/house-gop-obamacare-repeal-reaction-240671
  8. [8]David Benfell, “Conservatives and the effort to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare,” July 2, 2017, https://parts-unknown.org/drupal7/journal/2017/07/02/conservatives-and-effort-repeal-and-replace-obamacare
  9. [9]Rebecca Ballhaus, Byron Tau, and Aruna Viswanatha, “Special Counsel Is Investigating Trump Tower Meeting With Russians,” Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/special-counsel-is-investigating-trump-tower-meeting-with-russians-1500400598
  10. [10]Kyle Cheney, Darren Samuelsohn, and Ryan Hutchins, “Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting was linked to money laundering,” Politico, July 18, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/18/irakly-kaveladze-trump-tower-russia-eighth-man-240679
  11. [11]Mark Warner, quoted in Kyle Cheney, Darren Samuelsohn, and Ryan Hutchins, “Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting was linked to money laundering,” Politico, July 18, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/18/irakly-kaveladze-trump-tower-russia-eighth-man-240679
  12. [12]Kyle Cheney, Darren Samuelsohn, and Ryan Hutchins, “Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting was linked to money laundering,” Politico, July 18, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/18/irakly-kaveladze-trump-tower-russia-eighth-man-240679
  13. [13]Josh Gerstein, “Supreme Court won’t let Trump travel ban hit grandparents,” Politico, July 19, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/19/scotus-wont-let-trump-travel-ban-hit-grandparents-240719

A possibly pyrrhic victory as Mitch McConnell abandons effort to “repeal and replace” Obamacare: Daily Bullshit, July 17, 2017

Updates

  1. Originally posted, July 17, 11:10 am.
  2. July 17, 10:36 pm:
    • The hiatus has been delayed. I ran into a problem uploading my main database. Succeeding at this is crucial. And, in the meantime, news has crept in.
    • Two more Republican senators opposed the Republican effort to (not really) “repeal and replace” Obamacare, leading Mitch McConnell to scrap the vote and seek instead to separate the repeal from the replacement.[1]
    • I read it so you don’t have to: Some politicians think that Jared Kushner’s security clearance should be revoked.[2] (Golden Showers)
  3. July 19, 3:46 am:
    • The aforementioned hiatus is back on. The database that contains all my archives has now supposedly been successfully loaded (not by me). I’ve made copies of recent additions to the archive. I need to upload a fresh copy of the database for the Daily Bullshit. I will resume work on this tomorrow and hopefully everything will be settled by July 22.
  4. July 19, 10:59 pm:
    • Second-level technical support was able to overcome my issue uploading the database. The new site is live and if you are seeing this it is because the DNS changes have reached you. I expect to resume updates on Friday, July 21.

Obamacare

Jordain Carney, “New GOP health bill lacks the votes to pass,” Hill, July 17, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/342447-two-more-gop-senators-defect-on-healthcare-bill


Golden Showers

Katie Bo Williams and Jordan Fabian, “Questions grow over Kushner’s security clearances,” Hill, July 17, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342120-questions-grow-over-kushners-security-clearances


Hiatus announcement

Note: This project has been deferred.

So it’s been slow for a few days anyway, with little hitting my radar screen as worthy of note (although I have yet to look at my mail today) so today’s the day.

Owing to 1) the uncertainty of my living situation,[3] 2) the fact that as time has passed my dubious technical aptitude has seemed ever further out of date and 3) the fact that my intellectual development has proceeded on a different path from technology, I am in the process of stepping away from self-hosting my domains. My blog, Not Housebroken, at disunitedstates.org, has already moved. My email is now being handled through Google’s G Suites.

But today’s the big day. I have already begun the move of parts-unknown.org, which is the really big one. The site will remain accessible, but at some point today, I will change the IP address and DNS hosting to point to the new server (which I’m also hoping will offer better performance). If all goes well, for a period of 48 hours thereafter, you will be able to reach the site, but whether you see the old one or the new one will depend on whether the DNS updates have propagated to serve you. During this time, I need to keep the content in sync, but I am subject to the same vagaries as you and the best way to do this is simply not to update anything at all.

In truth, if all goes well, I can speed this up a little bit because I control the DNS for the old set-up and I believe I can update the old DNS to point to the new server. And in that case, updates may resume a bit earlier. But good practice says to say, “two days,” and I’m allowing that and a bit more.

  1. [1]Jordain Carney, “New GOP health bill lacks the votes to pass,” Hill, July 17, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/342447-two-more-gop-senators-defect-on-healthcare-bill
  2. [2]Katie Bo Williams and Jordan Fabian, “Questions grow over Kushner’s security clearances,” Hill, July 17, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342120-questions-grow-over-kushners-security-clearances
  3. [3]David Benfell, “To my friends,” Not Housebroken, April 7, 2017, https://disunitedstates.org/2017/04/01/to-my-friends/

Trump loses yet again on Muslim Ban: Daily Bullshit, July 14, 2017

Muslim Ban

Laura Jarrett, “Federal judge says grandparents and other close family excluded from travel ban,” CNN, July 14, 2017, http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/14/politics/hawaii-travel-ban-bona-fide-relationships/index.html


Brexit

Heather Stewart, Ewen MacAskill, and Peter Walker, “Brexit bill to cause constitutional clash with Scotland and Wales,” Guardian, July 14, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/13/scotland-wales-brexit-great-repeal-bill-naked-power-grab-nicola-sturgeon-carwyn-jones


You may now take your “Russian hacking” bullshit and shove it up your ass: Daily Bullshit, July 10-12, 2017

Updates

  1. Originally published July 10, 3:26 pm.
  2. July 10, 10:59 pm:
    • Saving you the clicks: Donald Trump, Jr., might be guilty of treason[1] or at least a crime.[2] (Golden Showers)
  3. July 11, 12:14 pm:
    • Republicans increasingly distrust colleges and universities.[3] (Conservatives and Academia)
    • Donald Trump, Jr., wanted compromising information on Hillary Clinton from the Russian attorney he met.[4] (Golden Showers)
  4. 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.[5]
  5. July 12, 3:23 am:
    • A puff piece on Ted Cruz in the context of the Obamacare fight from a few days ago[6] 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.[7]
    • 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.[8] (Golden Showers)
    • A journalist posed as an English teacher to observe a slice of life in North Korea and is interviewed for Vox.[9]
  6. July 12, 10:26 am:
    • That massive iceberg that was due to break off the Larsen C ice shelf now has.[10] (Antarctica)
  7. 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.”[11] 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.[12]
  8. 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.[13] (Unauthorized Migration)

Golden Showers

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.,[16] who may well be admitting to a crime.[17] 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.’”[18] 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


Conservatives and Academia

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


Globalization

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,


Obamacare

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


North Korea

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


Antarctica

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


Unauthorized Migration

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/


  1. [1]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
  2. [2]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
  3. [3]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
  4. [4]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/
  5. [5]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,
  6. [6]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/
  7. [7]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
  8. [8]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
  9. [9]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
  10. [10]Jonathan Amos, “Giant iceberg splits from Antarctic,” British Broadcasting Corporation, July 12, 2017, http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40321674
  11. [11]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
  12. [12]Arundhati Roy, “How Deep Shall We Dig,” in Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers (Chicago: Haymarket, 2009), 50-67. I would call particular attention to the following gem of a passage on page 58: “The ‘free market’ (which is actually far from free) needs the state, and needs it badly. As the disparity between the rich and poor grows in poor countries, states have their work cut out for them. Corporations on the prowl for ‘sweetheart deals’ that yield enormous profits cannot push through those deals and administer those projects in developing countries without the active connivance of state machinery. Today, corporate globalization needs an international confederation of loyal, corrupt, preferably authoritarian governments in poorer countries to push through unpopular reforms and quell the mutinies. It’s called ‘creating a good investment climate.’”
  13. [13]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/
  14. [14]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
  15. [15]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/
  16. [16]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/
  17. [17]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; 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
  18. [18]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/

The president as puppet: Daily Bullshit, July 7, 2017

Not much in the way of news today, yet, anyway. The sun rose. I haven’t died. But in the Los Angeles Times “Essential Politics” newsletter, David Lauter wrote,

Presidents typically acknowledge no ghostwriters. Even when the wordsmith was clearly visible, White House officials in previous administrations have insisted that the president wrote the initial draft or crafted the final version of his major speeches.

One of the many unique characteristics of the Trump White House is that it has largely dropped that fiction.

Instead, President Trump’s major speeches, like the one he delivered in Warsaw on Thursday, get treated more like those of a reigning monarch: The government writes them, he delivers them. They become policy because he’s spoken them, not necessarily because he has adopted the words as his own.[1]

I’m needing to just let that sit in my head for a while. I’m sure it’s only half the story—if even that. But wow, what an amazing thing to write.


  1. [1]David Lauter to Essential Politics list, “Politics: Trump’s European trip is no break,” Los Angeles Times, July 7, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/

9th Circuit: Unauthorized migrant children are entitled to bail hearings: Daily Bullshit, July 5, 2017

There is a new blog post, “Thoughts on the 5th of July,” up.


Unauthorized Migration

Admittedly, I have a very different baseline for what society should be.[1] I do not start from Sigmund Freud’s Hobbesian horde hell in which entire family units existed to serve a powerful father.[2]

So it seems to me beyond challenge that children should be entitled to maximum protection in the courts. But it appears that the Obama and Trump administrations disagreed.[3] Which strikes me as incredibly evil. Fortunately, the 9th Circuit ruled that children accused of being unauthorized migrants are entitled to bail hearings.[4] Which seems to me to be probably not even the barest minimum that we should be doing.

And I’m trying to fathom just what the Obama and Trump administrations had in mind for these kids. Really, now. And no bullshit about how they’re being extra careful to reunite families in Central American countries please. Because what that will surely really mean is kicking them off the planes at their supposed countries’ largest airports.

Josh Gerstein, “9th Circuit: Unaccompanied immigrant children entitled to bail hearings,” Politico, July 5, 2017, http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/07/05/immigrant-kids-bail-hearings-240249


  1. [1]David Benfell, “Thoughts on the 5th of July,” Not Housebroken, July 5, 2017, https://disunitedstates.org/2017/07/05/thoughts-on-the-5th-of-july/
  2. [2]Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism (New York: Vintage, 1967).
  3. [3]Josh Gerstein, “9th Circuit: Unaccompanied immigrant children entitled to bail hearings,” Politico, July 5, 2017, http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/07/05/immigrant-kids-bail-hearings-240249
  4. [4]Josh Gerstein, “9th Circuit: Unaccompanied immigrant children entitled to bail hearings,” Politico, July 5, 2017, http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/07/05/immigrant-kids-bail-hearings-240249