Theresa May still can’t get her Brexit deal through Parliament.

Updates

  1. Originally published, March 12, 1:43 pm.
  2. March 13, 12:36 am:
    • Katy Collin explains why a second Brexit referendum might not actually solve the problem.[1]
  3. March 13, 1:48 pm:
    • Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has likely escaped criminal charges in the Sonoma County wildfires a couple years ago.[2] This is a different outcome from the Camp Fire of late last year, in which PG&E has admitted probable blame.[3]
    • It should not be taken as a given that the European Union will agree to an Article 50 extension because European leaders will want to know how Britain intends to make any more progress on agreeing what it wants with Brexit with an extension than it has absent an extension.[4] Put more bluntly, they want to know, and they’re far from alone, if British politicians are even capable of recognizing reality (no sign of this yet).
  4. March 13, 10:03 pm:
    • Parliament voted to oppose a hard Brexit. Apparently, this is a surprise: The government has been banking on the prospect of no deal for leverage in negotiations, both with Brexiteers and the European Union.[5]
  5. March 14, 1:44 am:
  6. March 14, 12:45 pm:
    • “Brussels has said a vote by UK MPs to block a no-deal Brexit in any circumstances is a meaningless move, with one senior EU negotiator describing it as ‘the Titanic voting for the iceberg to get out of the way.'” And the European Union’s top negotiator, Michael Barnier, sees no point to an Article 50 extension.[6] (Brexit)
  7. March 15, 2:43 am:
    • Parliament voted to ask the European Union for a Brexit delay. It also—for now—voted against a second referendum.[7] It remains to be seen if the E.U. will, in fact, grant that extension.[8]
    • Round Four goes to Nancy Pelosi. The House Resolution opposing Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency to fund his border wall has passed the Senate. Trump, of course, is expected to veto it.[9] Pelosi previously won rounds one and two. Round three was a draw. (Unauthorized migration)

Brexit

William Booth and Karla Adam, “Brexit vote: British Parliament overwhelmingly rejects Theresa May’s plan, diminishing chance of withdrawal on March 29,” Washington Post, March 12, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/british-parliament-to-vote-tuesday-on-theresa-mays-new-brexit-plan-but-the-tweaked-deal-faces-strong-opposition/2019/03/12/850e2c52-4405-11e9-94ab-d2dda3c0df52_story.html

Katy Collin, “Could there be a second Brexit referendum?” Washington Post, March 12, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/03/12/could-there-be-second-brexit-referendum/

Daniel Boffey and Jennifer Rankin, “EU on no-deal Brexit motion: ‘like Titanic voting for iceberg to move,’” Guardian, March 13, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/13/eu-extend-brexit-talks-complete-barnier-brussels-assurance

William Booth, Karla Adam, and Michael Birnbaum, “Brexit: Parliament rejects a no-deal departure,” Washington Post, March 13, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/no-deal-brexit-vote/2019/03/13/b79d2c86-4405-11e9-94ab-d2dda3c0df52_story.html< Peter Foster, "Brexit delay: How the EU is hardening its battle lines against Article 50 extension," Telegraph, March 13, 2019, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/13/article-50-extension-eu-doesnt-want-delay-brexit/

William Booth, Karla Adam, and Michael Birnbaum, “British Parliament votes to delay Brexit, rejects a second referendum for now,” Washington Post,
March 14, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/brexit-vote-delay-and-second-referendum/2019/03/14/d97ffdd8-4405-11e9-94ab-d2dda3c0df52_story.html

British Broadcasting Corporation, “Brexit: MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit,” March 14, 2019, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47562995


California marijuana

Andrew Sheeler, “California’s marijuana industry needs an intervention to avoid an ‘extinction event’,” Sacramento Bee, March 11, 2019, https://www.sacbee.com/article227324114.html


Michael Jackson

Steve Knopper, “Five myths about Michael Jackson,” Washington Post, March 8, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-myths/five-myths-about-michael-jackson/2019/03/07/255266fe-4101-11e9-922c-64d6b7840b82_story.html


Sonoma County wildfires

Julie Johnson, “Sonoma County DA: No criminal charges for PG&E in 2017 wildfires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 12, 2019, https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9382417-181/sonoma-county-da-no-criminal

J. D. Morris, “Sonoma, Napa counties won’t criminally prosecute PG&E over 2017 fires,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 12, 2019, https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Sonoma-Napa-counties-won-t-criminally-13683526.php


Unauthorized migration

Jordain Carney, “Senate rejects border declaration in major rebuke of Trump,” Hill, March 14, 2019, https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/434086-senate-rejects-border-declaration-teeing-up-trumps-first-veto


  1. [1]Katy Collin, “Could there be a second Brexit referendum?” Washington Post, March 12, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/03/12/could-there-be-second-brexit-referendum/
  2. [2]Julie Johnson, “Sonoma County DA: No criminal charges for PG&E in 2017 wildfires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 12, 2019, https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9382417-181/sonoma-county-da-no-criminal; J. D. Morris, “Sonoma, Napa counties won’t criminally prosecute PG&E over 2017 fires,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 12, 2019, https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Sonoma-Napa-counties-won-t-criminally-13683526.php
  3. [3]Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak, “PG&E admits equipment ‘probably’ caused Camp Fire, says its future is in doubt,” Sacramento Bee, February 28, 2019, https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article226921019.html
  4. [4]Peter Foster, “Brexit delay: How the EU is hardening its battle lines against Article 50 extension,” Telegraph, March 13, 2019, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/13/article-50-extension-eu-doesnt-want-delay-brexit/
  5. [5]William Booth, Karla Adam, and Michael Birnbaum, “Brexit: Parliament rejects a no-deal departure,” Washington Post, March 13, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/no-deal-brexit-vote/2019/03/13/b79d2c86-4405-11e9-94ab-d2dda3c0df52_story.html; British Broadcasting Corporation, “Brexit: MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit,” March 14, 2019, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47562995
  6. [6]Daniel Boffey and Jennifer Rankin, “EU on no-deal Brexit motion: ‘like Titanic voting for iceberg to move,’” Guardian, March 13, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/13/eu-extend-brexit-talks-complete-barnier-brussels-assurance
  7. [7]William Booth, Karla Adam, and Michael Birnbaum, “British Parliament votes to delay Brexit, rejects a second referendum for now,” Washington Post,
    March 14, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/brexit-vote-delay-and-second-referendum/2019/03/14/d97ffdd8-4405-11e9-94ab-d2dda3c0df52_story.html
  8. [8]Peter Foster, “Brexit delay: How the EU is hardening its battle lines against Article 50 extension,” Telegraph, March 13, 2019, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/13/article-50-extension-eu-doesnt-want-delay-brexit/
  9. [9]Jordain Carney, “Senate rejects border declaration in major rebuke of Trump,” Hill, March 14, 2019, https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/434086-senate-rejects-border-declaration-teeing-up-trumps-first-veto

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