By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
New Democrat coalition chair Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.) show “solidarity” with Obama on TPP [The Hill].
Jared Bernstein: ” All that said, if the TPP is really a good deal for the US, and since I haven’t read it I can’t say, then based on the first bullet above, I understand, conditional on greater effort than I believe has been expended thus far, that a currency chapter could kill the deal” [HuffPo]. Lotta words there….
Malaysia: Malaysia is not for sale, forward by former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad [Forbes].
Sir Michael Bloomberg: “Hillary and Jeb are the only two who know how to make the trains run” [New York Times]. On time, presumably.
The S.S. Clinton
Pre-Brooklin office campaign team working out of a supply closet in mid-town Manhattan [Los Angeles Times].
Quinnipiac Swing state poll: CO: Paul 44, Clinton 41; IA: Paul 43, Clinton 42; VA: Clinton 47, Paul 43 [Quinnipiac]. “[D]ifficult to see Secretary Clinton’s slippage as anything other than a further toll on her image from the furor over her e-mail.” (Nate Silver says Quinnipiac is good).
Jebbie calls for privatizing veterans’ care [Wall Street Journal].
Rubio sets up a SuperPAC. Unlimited cash is always nice! [AP].
Paul on Walter Scott shooting: “I want to be careful we don’t paint with a broad brush that somehow all our police are bad” [Bloomberg]. Sounds like a dog-whistle, to me.
Cruz to set up multiple SuperPACs, each “controlled by a different donor family, and will likely develop different specialities, such as data mining, television advertising and polling” according to a “strategist” [Bloomberg]. The PACs are named “Keep the Promise I,” “Keep the Promise II,” and so forth. Makes the quid pro quo rather obvious, no?
Groups backing Ted Cruz raise $31 million in a single week [WaPo].
Walker to pack Wisconsin Supreme Court with referendum in light voting election [HuffPo]. Handy in case of indictment.
Donald Trump visits Iowa, speaks mostly of himself [Bloomberg].
Indictments may be near in Governor Christie’s George Washington Bridge scandal [New York Times].
“A Deep Dive Into Party Affiliation” [Pew Research]. “[W]here the parties stand among various groups in the population.”
Democrats don’t vote [The Atlantic]. I bet they’d vote for real Democrats instead of fake Republicans.
Another Secret Service scandal, this one involving “potential criminal activity” [Los Angeles Times]. WTF?
Herd on the Street
Driverless cars, by their very design, will contribute to three of the big factors that cause motion sickness [WaPo]. But the techno-triumphalism on driverless cars is so strong….
Headline: “Why Fed Officials Think the Job Market Can Run Even Hotter” [Bloomberg]. “Even hotter.” Bloomberg’s relentless pom-pom waving gets tedious.
Jobless Claims, week of April 4, 2015: Claims rise, but four-week moving average down [Bloomberg]. Easter week is tough to measure.
“California’s Deepening Drought: Ten Things to Know” [Weather Underground]. Excellent background.
More than a quarter of a million California households and businesses have no meters [Reuters].
Nestlé has made billions on bottling groundwater, and they’re exporting it from California during the drought [David Dayen, Salon]. Next up: Bottled air!
China’s construction of dams and the proposed diversion of the Brahmaputra could become another contentious issue undermining Sino-Indian relations [The Diplomat].
Rahm, asked whether he would serve in the Clinton cabinet: “I have no interest in another job. Zero, zilch” [NBC].
” JPMorgan Algorithm Knows You’re a Rogue Employee Before You Do” [Bloomberg]. So how about the executives?
“The full-stack employee” [Medium]. No introverts need apply.
Workplace context for the Germanwings controlled flight into terrain [Jacobin]. Seems like a system based on trust is gradually eroding, because markets.
“The [IRS] is so short on funds that some employees purchase their own office supplies, even though the IRS says they shouldn’t” [Bloomberg].
Black Injustice Tipping Point
How Feidin Santana, who took the video of Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott, came forward [WaPo].
How the NYPD message board reacted to the Scott shooting [Business Insider].
How the Scott shooting was reported before the video came out. Headline: “Attorney: North Charleston police officer felt threatened before fatal shooting” [Post and Courier].
North Charleson anxious to avoid “another Ferguson” [WaPo].
” After everything that has happened in Ferguson during the last nine months, 70 percent of people still couldn’t be bothered to make their voices heard in the most basic yet most consequential way” [Baltimore Sun].
“The only time you don’t arrest is if the person is somehow connected to the police…There is a professional courtesy that gets extended to anyone with a badge…” [Keegan NYC]. Report on recent Gilbert Drogheo demonstration.
“[R]esearch strongly suggests that more sophisticated training could lead to more accurate threat identifications, correcting for racial bias that officers may not even be aware of” [The Atlantic].
“Why the Confederacy lives” [Politico].
“Can Police Who Kill be held Accountable?” [Juan Cole].
The Baltimore Police Department has used the Stingray cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years while following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges [Baltimore Sun].
The poor you shall always have with you, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t make them suffer [WaPo].
“Economic disappointment is an increasingly global affair.” With handy chart [The Economist].
“In the absence of an ethical framework that says poverty and its associated suffering is wrong, a rational ruling elite should pursue a policy of using a combination of redistribution and guard labor to attain social stability” [Cory Doctorow, Locus].
News of the Wired
- “How I achieved peace by crippling my phone” [Medium].
- The Apple watch enables “digital touch” — e.g., for flirting [Daring Fireball].
- “[W]hat the researchers called ‘tracking,’ Facebook argued should be called receiving ‘standard web impressions'” [Wall Street Journal]. While George Orwell please pick up the courtesy phone?
- How Many Operating Systems Run in Your House? [Gizmodo].
- Listening in on the Acela for fun and profit [Mr. Media Training].
- How a small group of deranged trolls can ruin any event [Alternet].
- Scientists seek source of giant methane mass over the Southwest [AP].
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