Shire pays $350 million to settle kickback allegations Modern Healthcare. “Diabetic ulcer treatment.” Yeah, patients got the treatment, alright.
UK rail network still a long way from fully automated trains FT (HH). And the rail network is a far more constrained environment than the open road.
From economic crisis to crisis in economics Andy Haldane, OECD Insights
Andy Haldane is wrong: there is no crisis in economics David Miles, FT
Tribal Warfare in Economics Is a Thing of the Past Noah Smith, Bloomberg and but Those Hostile to Negative Rates Are ‘Ignorant,’ Rogoff Says Bloomberg
San Diegans Vote for Change in Democratic Assembly District Elections as Labor Council Infighting Continues Ocean Beach Rag. Important: “Statewide, it appears that slates organized by Bernie Sanders supporters working with the National Nurses Union are on track to have won nearly 600 of the 1,100 seats up for grabs, along with 40-50 of the 80 total executive board seats.”
The New Cold War
The Coup Before the Inauguration Jack Shafer, Politico
The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer The Intercept. Even if the “Deep State formulation were coherent, which it is not, I would dislike it for two reasons: It implies that the state is a monolith, and it implies that the state and civil society are distinct from each other in any other way than as objects of study (see Janine Wedel on Flex Nets). Conceptually, factional conflict in the ruling class will do just fine for me, even if it doesn’t have the earworm-like virulence and pseudo-profundity of “deep state.”
The Deep State Versus Donald Trump – New Smears And The Ukrainian Connection Moon of Alabama. Good summary.
Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire Politico. Alexandra Chalupa…
The story of the Trump dossier: secret sources, an airport rendezvous, and John McCain Guardian. Another dodgy dossier, a MacGuffin in a John LeCarré novel…
Christopher Steele, Ex-British Intelligence Officer, Said to Have Prepared Dossier on Trump WSJ. Assuming that intelligence officers can be “ex.” Read the whole thing.
Spy chief trashes leaks, assures Trump of loyalty Politico. Protesting too much, methinks.
Donald Trump Addresses Dossier’s Pedestrian Claims The Observer
Stop publishing unverified information, you numbskulls. Donald Trump feeds on your rumors LA Times. CNN published the rumor. Buzzfeed published the dossier behind the rumor, enabling readers to sort the rumor.
At His First News Conference As President-elect, Trump Owns the Press New York Magazine
After an aggressive news conference, questions linger about Trump’s readiness WaPo. The URL: “despite-a-decent-news-conference-questions-linger…” Editor stepped in, sexed up the headline.
White House ethics experts respond to Donald Trump’s announcement Brookings Institute. Not even sure what an ethical oligarch might be.
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HHS Nominee Might Not Be Confirmed Until Mid-February, Says Senator Roll Call. If getting Price in place is the key to the “replace” part of “repeal and replace,” this gives an indication of timing.
Trump Just Stumbled Into a Canyon on Obamacare David Dayen, The Nation. I don’t see how Trump can deliver on his health care promises by turning ObamaCare — originally a neo-liberal, market-based, Republican plan designed to head off single payer — into ObamaCare Minus, which is what Price’s “Empowering Patients First” Act is. Besides being a neo-liberal, market-based, Republican plan designed to head off single payer.
Democrats should write their own “terrific” Obamacare replacement Matt Yglesias, Vox. Matty deploys the dreaded “public option,” which liberals always do when single payer threatens to gain traction.
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The Politics Trump Makes n+1. Trump compared to Carter as a “disjunctive” president at an inflection point between two regimes.
The Working Class, the Election, and Trump: An Interview with Sean Posey Hampton Institute
How Hopelessness Helped Elect Donald Trump In These Times
Why Are There So Many People in Jail in Scranton, PA? Vera Institute
The Specter of Democracy Jacobin
WID.world: new data series on inequality and the collapse of bottom incomes Le Blog de Thomas Piketty, Le Monde
The Japanese Art of Grieving a Miscarriage NYT (TK). TK: “Something at the NYT that can be read without gagging.”
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