Fiddling while the world burns: Daily Bullshit, December 4-8, 2017

So I’m finally catching up on the last few days, which have been extraordinarily busy for me. But it’s all nuts and the world seems like it is falling apart.

James Comey

The emerging difference of view between authoritarian populists and just about everyone else on Robert Mueller’s investigation is one example that makes it harder—much harder—to understand how the divisions in the U.S. can possibly be healed.

Sari Horwitz and Philip Rucker, “A bold new legal defense for Trump: Presidents cannot obstruct justice,” Washington Post, December 4, 2017,

Kara Scannell, “WH lawyer told Trump that Flynn misled FBI and Pence,” CNN, December 4, 2017,

Stephen Collinson and Maegan Vazquez, “White House turns to above-the-law political defense,” CNN, December 5, 2017,

Stephanie Kirchgaessner, “Trump’s personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller,” Guardian, December 5, 2017,

Peter Nicholas, Aruna Viswanatha, and Erica Orden, “Trump’s Allies Urge Harder Line as Mueller Probe Heats Up,” Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2017,

Muslim ban

Ariane de Vogue, “Supreme Court lets full Trump travel ban take effect,” CNN, December 4, 2017,

Lydia Wheeler, “Supreme Court allows full Trump travel ban to take effect,” Hill, December 4, 2017,


Oliver Wright et al., “May fights to save Brexit deal after DUP veto,” Times, December 5, 2017,

Laurence Norman, “U.K., EU Reach Deal on Brexit Divorce Terms,” Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2017,


Ruth Ray Karpen, “Anti-Ageism: The Next Big Social Movement,” review of Ending Ageism or How Not to Shoot Old People, by Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Tikkun, December 7, 2017,


Michael Lerner, “Trump’s Arrogant Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel,” Tikkun, December 6, 2017,

Felicia Schwartz, Dion Nissenbaum, and Rory Jones, “Trump Tells Arab Leaders U.S. Will Move Embassy to Jerusalem,” Wall Street Journal, December 5, 2017,

Times of Israel, “Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, starts embassy move,” December 6, 2017,

Jewish Telegraph Agency, “Palestinians burn US and Israeli flags in riots over Jerusalem,” December 7, 2017,


Even in defeat, these assholes can’t stay out of trouble.

John Solomon and Alison Spann, “Clintons understated support from firm hired by Russian nuclear company,” Hill, November 28, 2017,

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