‘Hard’ Brexiteers are still ‘hard,’ and not in the good way

Updates

  1. Originally published, February 22, 10:02 pm.
  2. February 23, 11:57 am:
    • The U.S. is no longer a “nation of immigrants” in the immigration agency’s mission statement.[1] (Unauthorized migration)
  3. February 24, 1:15 am:
    • A U.S. consulate in Jerusalem will serve as a makeshift embassy beginning May 14, to coincide with the anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence, but not on the actual holiday itself, which is marked on the Jewish (lunar) calendar.[2]
    • As expected,[3] Rick Gates has accepted a plea bargain from Robert Mueller.[4] (James Comey)

Brexit

Sam Coates, “Brexiteers issue their demands in letter to May,” Times, February 21, 2018, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/brexiteers-issue-their-demands-in-letter-to-may-w5dhjw9cn


Donald Trump

This[5] is the kind of concern I’m expecting to intensify as November draws nearer.

Jonathan Easley, “Controversies pile up for White House, alarming GOP,” Hill, February 21, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/374780-controversies-pile-up-for-white-house-alarming-gop


James Comey

The Paul Manafort and Rick Gates piece of Robert Mueller’s investigation is, to my mind, something of a sideshow. So far, at least, it has more to do with Ukraine than with Russia and none of it seems to implicate Donald Trump.[6] “So far” are the operative words in that last sentence. We simply do not know where Mueller’s work will end up, a point that is important to remember as mainstream Democrats and other folks on the Left assume collusion.

Devlin Barrett, Rosalind S. Helderman, and Spencer S. Hsu, “Special counsel Mueller files new charges against Manafort, Gates,” Washington Post, February 22, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/special-counsel-mueller-files-new-charges-in-manafort-gates-case/2018/02/22/7db99c9c-1716-11e8-8b08-027a6ccb38eb_story.html

Andrew Prokop, “Robert Mueller just flipped his third former Trump aide,” Vox, February 23, 2018, https://www.vox.com/2018/2/23/17045226/robert-mueller-flip-rick-gates-russia


Unauthorized migration

Adam K. Raymond, “Immigration Agency Removes ‘Nation of Immigrants’ From Mission Statement,” New York, February 23, 2018, http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/immigration-agency-u-s-no-longer-a-nation-of-immigrants.html


Jerusalem

Times of Israel, “US Embassy in Jerusalem to open in May — in time for Israel’s 70th anniversary,” February 23, 2018, https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-to-move-embassy-to-jerusalem-on-may-14-day-of-independence-declaration/


Homelessness

If [tiny houses for the homeless] don’t have heating, plumbing and insulation, they’re a bad idea. I also don’t like the campground (model), the chain-link fence around a gravel lot, and 50 of them. I don’t think that’s sustainable. I wish we were putting more effort into the backyard-cottage stuff … (that) is integrating them into communities, because that’s how people will get up and out. The size of the house is not a big deal. To me, it’s more about segregating them. They look like internment camps.[7]

Jonathan Martin, “King County’s former homeless ‘czar’ on homelessness: ‘The causes … are far more complex than I even knew,’” Seattle Times, February 21, 2018, https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/king-countys-former-homeless-czar-on-homelessness-the-causes-are-far-more-complex-than-i-even-knew/


  1. [1]Adam K. Raymond, “Immigration Agency Removes ‘Nation of Immigrants’ From Mission Statement,” New York, February 23, 2018, http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/immigration-agency-u-s-no-longer-a-nation-of-immigrants.html
  2. [2]Times of Israel, “US Embassy in Jerusalem to open in May — in time for Israel’s 70th anniversary,” February 23, 2018, https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-to-move-embassy-to-jerusalem-on-may-14-day-of-independence-declaration/
  3. [3]David Willman, “Former Trump aide Richard Gates to plead guilty; agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say,” Los Angeles Times, February 18, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-rick-gates-plea-deal-20180218-story.html
  4. [4]Andrew Prokop, “Robert Mueller just flipped his third former Trump aide,” Vox, February 23, 2018, https://www.vox.com/2018/2/23/17045226/robert-mueller-flip-rick-gates-russia
  5. [5]Jonathan Easley, “Controversies pile up for White House, alarming GOP,” Hill, February 21, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/374780-controversies-pile-up-for-white-house-alarming-gop
  6. [6]Devlin Barrett, Rosalind S. Helderman, and Spencer S. Hsu, “Special counsel Mueller files new charges against Manafort, Gates,” Washington Post, February 22, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/special-counsel-mueller-files-new-charges-in-manafort-gates-case/2018/02/22/7db99c9c-1716-11e8-8b08-027a6ccb38eb_story.html
  7. [7]Mark Putnam, quoted in Jonathan Martin, “King County’s former homeless ‘czar’ on homelessness: ‘The causes … are far more complex than I even knew,’” Seattle Times, February 21, 2018, https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/king-countys-former-homeless-czar-on-homelessness-the-causes-are-far-more-complex-than-i-even-knew/

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