Lambert here: Readers, we’re saving our strength for Philly, and so you got two cross-posts tonight, and no original posts. As a partial make-good, you get an extra ration of links.
Updated: Thousands of bees surround truck on Geary Street in San Francisco San Francisco Chronicle (MB).
Justice Department Charges Three in $1 Billion Medicare Fraud Scheme in Florida WSJ. Banksters next?
Feds shut down tech support scammers, freeze assets ComputerWorld
What You Need to Know About the World’s Water Wars National Geographic
UK financial firms to keep EU ‘passporting’, says Boris Johnson Telegraph. Let us know how that works out.
A bitter pill for pharma and chemicals? Private Eye
UK: lost, divided and alone Le Monde Dipomatique
That Brexit apocalypse? It just isn’t happening The Spectator
Jeremy Corbyn has more than double the support of Owen Smith, poll shows Guardian. Writes the Guardian with gritted teeth.
Germany and the Baltic Sea Maritime Security Review
America Keeps Lethal Nukes All Over Europe for No Good Reason The National Interest
Middle Ages in Greece: More than 120,000 employees get paid less than 100 euros per month! Unbalanced Evolution of Homo Sapiens
The South China Sea Is Really a Fishery Dispute The Diplomat
Post-Putsch Narratives and Turkey’s Curious Coup The Turkey Analyst (Re Silc).
Will Iraq’s next Government be . . . Iran-backed Shiite Militias? Informed Comment
Donald Trump’s Convention speech dissected FT. Well-worth a read. Conclusion: “The speech gives us – at least stylistically — a new Trump, and one that his opponents will have cause to fear.” I agree.
Trump’s Appetite for Destruction: How Disastrous Convention Doomed GOP Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Party of Rage NYRB. Well, part of Trump’s coalition is experiencing an AIDS-level die-off with no help, or even attention, from the political class. So there’s that.
I’ll just leave this here:
— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) July 23, 2016
Listen To Tim Kaine’s “I’m Conservative” Radio Ads From 2005 BuzzFeed. Every one of the links below (well, except one) shows why Kaine is a great choice if Clinton’s goal is to win Republican votes and kick the left (which also wins Republican votes, besides being fun and entertaining, which is a justification in itself).
Fiscal Heroes 2014 Fix the Debt. Tim Kaine (D-VA). Grand Bargain, here we come!
On Death Penalty Cases, Tim Kaine Revealed Inner Conflict NYT. And then he executed the guy, who “never learned to tie his shoes” (and who was, although the story, oddly, or not, does not use the word, black). So Kaine and Bill Clinton share a bond.
Tim Kaine Has a Troubling Record on Labor Issues The Nation. If you consider TPP a labor issue, instead of a national sovereignty issue.
Kaine’s crime-busting past may hurt Clinton’s outreach to blacks Reuters. “Kaine’s backing of Project Exile also makes him odd bedfellows with Trump, who has made law and order a central theme of his candidacy. Trump has called for the program’s revival and his campaign website said it was ‘tremendous.'” But black voters have no place to go; having served as a firewall, their usefulness to Clinton is at an end.
Tim Kaine for VP is the Ultimate Symbol of the End of White Male Politics J. Winthrop Whitington IV, Medium
Clinton’s VP Pick Scott Adams’ Blog (ewmayer).
DNC Staffers Mocked the Bernie Sanders Campaign, Leaked Emails Show The Intercept. The headline is milder than the behavior described, which includes assiduously propagating Jon Ralston’s fake story on chair-throwing in Nevada.
“Hillary should fire Debbie Wasserman Schultz.” Robert Reich, Facebook. The Kossacks work for the Czarina….
Clinton’s Long Shadow Jacobin. From May, but still a good read. There’s a reason the Clinton campaign never talks about Haiti.
Trump & Putin. Yes, It’s Really a Thing Talking Points Memo. It took awhile for it to dawn on me, but Marshall, Democrat apparatchik, is helping Clinton appeal to Republicans by adopting classic Republican messaging:
Joe McCarthy: “I have here in my hand a list of 205 that were made known….” The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! Look under your beds! worked great with Republicans in the 50s, and no doubt the Clinton campaign thinks it will work for them, as they appeal to the Republicans of today. Really, it’s just another form of virtue signaling and frankly, the most amazing pivot to the general I’ve ever seen. And of course, the Two Minutes Hate for Putin is a two-fer.
A Setback for Justice US News. Lynch renews asset forfeiture program.
How President Obama failed Black Lives Matter WaPo. Who could have seen that one coming?
Neoliberalism Is a Political Project Jacobin. Must read.
Student Debt: Lives On Hold Consumer Reports. Note prominent and immediate mention of private equity.
Taking out a reverse mortgage ruined my life NY Post (CC).
‘Meritocracy’ Is Just Another Way to Put You Down Bloomberg (Re Silc)
Yes, inequality matters Stumbling and Mumbling
Antidote du jour (AM):
AM writes: “Charlotte, a chocolate lab, helping to weed my mother-in-law’s garden in Rehoboth, MA.”