Tuesday, October 30, 2018
No Weekend Roundup last week, and I didn't have any intention of doing
one this week either. But when I sat down at the computer today, I figured
I'd copy a few links (without comments) into the notebook for future
reference. Wound up with quite a few. I started with Matthew Yglesias,
then decided to stick to the format I used there: boldfacing the author,
linking the article. Normally I would group related articles, such as
on the shutdown/wall, or the Syria withdrawal, but only in a couple
instances did I do that -- mostly when an article by a unique writer
adds or counters one I already had pegged. I wound up with a couple
very brief comments, noted interviews, and added tag quotes or subheds
under long articles, where the title didn't explain enough.
Still awful sore, but this was probably the first day in ten where
I've been able to sit at the computer for more than an hour without
really paying for it. Managed to listen to some music along the way,
so Music Week tomorrow won't be a total wash.
Some scattered links this week:
Spencer Ackerman/Adam Rawnsley:
$800 million in taxpayer money went to private prisons where migrants work
Andrew J Bacevich:
Warren-Schakowsky Bill is a huge step toward bringing drug costs
Peter Baker/Maggie Haberman:
For Trump, 'a war every day,' waged increasingly alone: "At the midpoint
of his term, the president has grown more sure of his own judgment and more
isolated from anyone else's than at any point since he took office."
Why Trump is right to withdraw troops.
The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018's chaos: 1 and 2) Steven Levitsky
and Daniel Ziblatt on the big picture of the Trump presidency [authors of
How Democracies Die]; Kimberlé Crenshaw on the battle over "identity
politics" and "intersectionality" [author of On Intersectionality];
4) Kate Manne on the Brett Kavanaugh fight [author of Down Girl];
5 to 7) John Sides, Michael Tesler, and Lynn Vavreck on the midterm elections
[authors of Identity Crisis]; 8) Carol Anderson on the war on voting
rights [author of One Person, No Vote]; 9) Zeynap Tufekci on the
baleful influence of social media [author of Twitter and Tear Gas].
I haven't read any of these, and am rather skeptical of most of them.
What the Yemen vote reveals about the Democratic Party.
A new Trump rule could take food stamps away from 755,000 people.
Claire McCaskill's bitter farewell.
Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?
Susan B Glasser:
How Trump made war on Angela Merkel and Europe.
Immigrant deaths in private prisons explode under Trump.
Trump's approval rating drops to Charlottesville levels during
I worked in the Interior Department. Watching Zinke's tenure was
Ten ways 2018 brought us closer to climate apocalypse.
Patrick Radden Keefe:
How Mark Burnett resurrected Donald Trump as an icon of American
The Coming of Hyperwar.
What 2018 looked like fifty years ago.
Eric Levitz: Trump: Give me a wall or I'll engineer a recession.
Slats, fences, and wall, explained: what exactly the shutdown fight is
Roberts, leader of Supreme Court's conservative majority, fights perception
that it is partisan. On the other hand:
Nelson W Cunningham: A holiday mystery: Why did John Roberts intervene in
the Mueller probe?
Eric Lipton/Steve Eder/John Branch:
'This is our reality now.' On Trump and the environment: Dismissing
science; Easing a 'war on coal'; Sidestepping protections; Profiting, at
At last, divestment is hitting the fossil fuel industry where it
The Trouble With Patrick Shanahan.
Trump sounds 'more like a mob boss than president' with Cohen
The making of a trade warrior: on Robert Lighthizer. Related:
Annie Lowrey: The 'madman' behind Trump's trade theory: on Peter
Journalists faced 'unprecedented' hostility this year, report says.
United States added to list of most dangerous countries for journalists
for first time.
Trump scores, breaks generals' 50-year war record.
An unnatural disaster: "Yemen's hunger crisis is born of deliberate
policies, pursued primarily by a Saudi-led coalition backed by the United
GOP leaders won't tolerate Trump's chaos for much longer. Who's he
kidding? The only other person who still harbors such fantasies is:
Thomas L Friedman: Time for GOP to threaten to fire Trump.
Scott Shane/Sheera Frenkel:
Russian 2016 influence operation targeted African-Americans on social
Netanyahu government falls.
Ringing in a new year of war.
What the Republican tax bill did -- and didn't -- do, one year later:
"The GOP tax cuts didn't pay for themselves. They did, however, deliver
a lot of stock buybacks."
The establishment will never say no to a war.
The Trump Administration's war on wildlife should be a scandal.
The oil industry's covert campaign to rewrite American car emissions
Trump's secret trip to Iraq didn't quite go as planned.
Facebook workers are the only ones who can hold Facebook
John Kelly confirms he was lying all along: The White House is in
Sheldon Adelson was a giant loser in midterms -- and Trump is letting
him know it.
Trump as gotten 66 judges confirmed this year. In his second year, Obama
had gotten 49.
Two pieces on the late Amos Oz:
Haidar Eid: Amos Oz was no dove; and
Marc H Ellis: Amos Oz and the end of liberal Zionism.