[note: for those of you who follow this blog via email, this is a post that will show up best as a web page] I've been doing a lot of reading about Congressman John Lewis for the past year or so. He has become one of my personal moral heroes; you can find a brief … Continue reading The work isn’t done.
Some must-listen podcasts: Breaking News [Radiolab] Thinking and Friendship in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now [OnBeing] Meeting the Russians [NPR: Planet Money] - This week's most important news stories may have been: Bob Mueller Is Using a Grand Jury. Here’s What It Means. (Politico) Thursday’s news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is tapping a … Continue reading in which a lot keeps happening.
On the ongoing Trump-Russia scandal: The President vs. Federal Law Enforcement: Trump Attacks Everyone (Lawfare) As for the convoluted rationale he uses to get to this corruption, well, suffice it to say that Trump’s suggestion that the FBI voluntarily began reporting to the Justice Department around the Nixon era betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the wave … Continue reading In which all I can say is, “This interview is nuts.”
Y'all, there's so much happening. I want to talk about health care, and the procedural ruin that is happening in our Congress, and the broader failure of the underlying structure of representative democracy in this country, and Jared Kushner's SF-86, and how horribly terrifying the situation with North Korea seems, and the spate of recent … Continue reading Update: 7/14/17
[source: twitter] [source: twitter] [source: twitter] - The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers… [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the … Continue reading Happy Independence Day
The landscape has changed such that I agree with Charles Krauthammer for the first time in recent memory: "Presidents don't talk like this. They never have," Krauthammer said. "This is what it sounds like when you're living in a banana republic. This is how Hugo Chavez would talk about his opponents. This is how … Continue reading I am exhausted.
On James Comey's firing, and why I am alarmed: short version, see "Donald Trump has now fired three of the people investigating him" (The Independent); "Preet Bharara, Sally Yates, and James Comey: Fired While Investigating Donald Trump" (CNN). Long version, see below. ~ Can President Donald Trump Fire FBI Director James Comey? (Newsweek - published … Continue reading Cause for Alarm: James Comey
It's been a while since I updated. Here's what I'm working on: Until then, here's some worthwhile media to spend some time with. The Folly of Abolishing the N.E.A. (NYTimes) Sophie Scholl and the legacy of resistance (JSTOR) The Early Spy Manual That Turned Bad Middle Management Into An Espionage Tactic (Atlas Obscura) Housekeepers versus … Continue reading Link Dump #4
What Calling Congress Achieves (New Yorker) Well, call it a flood. Call it, like Noah, the flood. Never mind the end of the day; last month, Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, got three thousand calls in one night. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, got thirty-one thousand in three weeks. Last year, in a … Continue reading Link Dump #3