Wendy’s plans self-ordering kiosks at 1,000 locations WHIO (martha r)
The Big Question for the U.S. Economy: How Much Room Is There to Grow? NYT (UserFriendly) Help Me.
Store closings are part of the business, but is this business as usual? Chain Store Age (martha r)
Twilight of the Technocrats? Jacobin (Joe H)
Warren Buffett endorses share buybacks FT (Marshall) “Buffett has become the worst kind of crony capitalist.”
Buffett and Gates: America Is Already Great, Thanks to Immigrants Atlantic (UserFriendly)
Yanks to the Rescue Time (Sid S)
Models wear pink protest hats at Milan Fashion Week show The Hill (UserFriendly) “Kill me. How many rural voters do you think this swayed? Which direction?”
Only China Can Save the Planet Foreign Policy (resilc)
Interesting week for Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump Vineyard of the Saker (Chuck L)
How years of IMF prescriptions have hurt West African health systems The Conversation
2016 Post Mortem
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
I Tracked Myself With $170 Smartphone Spyware that Anyone Can Buy Motherboard (furzy) A reminder of the perils of smartphones– and that Big Brother is only the tip of the iceberg.
Sanders revolution resists DNC loss Politico
How Perez edged Ellison for DNC chair The Hill (UserFriendly. ”You have got to be fucking kidding me.”
Perez Chosen As DNC Chair Ian Welsh (martha r)
Centrist populists are by no means risk-free FT (UserFriendly) “The populists are everywhere, check under your bed.”
THE LONG HISTORY OF DEPORTATION SCARE TACTICS AT THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER Intercept (martha r)
What culture do you think Bannon means? The buccaneering culture of the Wall Street traders? The corrupt culture of the real estate appraisers or the bond rating agencies? The get-rich-quick culture of the mortgage originators?
No, no and no. He means … the counterculture of the 1960s. Bell bottoms. Drum solos. Dope. That’s the thing to blame for the financial crisis and the bailouts. Not the deregulation of derivatives in 2000. It was those kids having fun at Woodstock in 1969.
Pelosi dismisses Trump’s first month, saying he’s ‘done nothing’ Politico (AC). “Nancy doesn’t get that the less-effective evil is just less effective.”
Poll: Majority thinks media too critical of Trump The Hill (martha r)
Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories WaPo (UserFriendly) “Breaking news! Trump tried to push his side of the story to the news outlets! That means he did it, right?”
The Art of Don’s Con New Republic (resilc)
Nominee for Navy secretary withdraws Politico
More than one in 10 staff at US banks work in Asia FT. Filed here because it discusses whether this trend will continue now that Trump’s called to return jobs to the US.
Chao Warns Governors: Paying for Big Transport Plans to Be Hard Bloomberg (martha r)
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