Wolf spotted in Nevada is first in nearly a century The Oregonian
Three puzzles of the financial markets’ tug of war FT. “[I]s there actually fundamental economic growth underpinning the US economy, or is what the equity markets see as a pick-up in economic activity really just positive sentiment that could peter out? In effect, either we will see a convergence between sentiment and survey data and real economic activity data — or we won’t.”
Richard Bowen Is Skeptical of Citigroup’s Culture Makeover: Here’s Why Wall Street on Parade
Uber is reportedly ending its services in Denmark Reuters. Something rotten?
How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles Scientific American. Just as soon as they figure out how to game the algo…
North Dakota pipeline spill larger than previously thought Christian Science Monitor (GF). GF writes: “The ruptured Belle Fourche Pipeline pipeline in ND was 6″ in diameter and carried 1,000 barrels of oil a day and leaked over an estimated 12,600 barrels of oil (see article link below). The Dakota Access pipeline is 30″ and will carry over 500,000 barrels per day. The keystone XL pipeline is 36″ in diameter and will carry around 650,000 barrels of oil a day. If either the Keystone XL or the Dakota Access pipeline leaked for the same amount of time (12 days) as the Belle Fourche pipeline did, the results would be catastrophic.”
Your Favorite California Beach May Disappear Too Soon HuffPo (DL). Full text for study (PDF).
With Help from France’s Elite, Le Pen Tries to Steer Far-Right Party Into Mainstream WSJ. Hmm. Do we have any French readers who can give insight here? Does this make LePen more likely to win?
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
U.S. To Escalate Its Two Years War On Starving Yemen Moon of Alabama
New Cold War
Cheney: Russian meddling possibly ‘an act of war’ Politico. So will Cheney become a liberal icon now, like Bush?
Meet Alexei Navalny — the Russian opposition leader challenging Vladimir Putin Business Insider. Curious timing, if timing it be.
Russia’s Protests Explained: Why Rubber Ducks, Sneakers Are at Demonstrations NBC. Good branding.
White House asks Russia to release anti-government protesters Chicago Tribune
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Russiagate’s Unasked Questions Philip Giraldi, The American Conservative. Well worth a read.
Sen. Grassley’s letter to Fusion GPS regarding Christopher Steele’s Trump Dossier (PDF; Howard Beale). So Steele was paid by Republicans, Democrats, and the FBI. Nice work if you can get it.
Visit to WH grounds by intel chairman clouds investigation AP. Is there a reason I should be as excited about this as the Twitter would like me to be?
Trump to pick Christie to chair drug commission, sources say Newark Star-Ledger. A part-time, volunteer position under the aegis of Kushner’s Innovation Office. Sad.
Trump signs four bills to roll back Obama-era regulations USA Today. Via the Congressional Review Act.
Report: Trump wants to move tax reform, infrastructure together The Hill. The only player not splattered with the AHCA debacle is wily Mitch McConnell (whose wife, Elaine Chao, is head of DOT (highway money (ka-ching))).
The looming split between Trump and Ryan WaPo. “After a decade, 99.6 percent of the tax relief Ryan proposed would have accrued to the wealthiest 1 percent of the country. In Trump’s plan, 50.8 percent of the relief would have gone to that group, according to analyses by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.” Hmm. Maybe Ryan going down in flames on heatlh care wasn’t such a bad thing…
For Trump Administration, ‘Extreme Vetting’ Has Wide Scope WSJ. This is such a bad idea, because other countries will follow our lead, creating “walled gardens” (the most dystopian outcome in Philip Bobbitt’s The Shield of Achilles).
The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency The New Yorker
Five Lessons From The AHCA’s Demise Health Affairs. “3. The ACA Stole Most Of The Good Conservative Ideas.” For some defintion of “good.” Nice to see this become conventional wisdom.
Byron York: 14 lessons from the GOP Obamacare debacle Washington Examiner
Back home, Freedom Caucus’ Meadows hailed as anti-Obamacare hero Politico (Furzy Mouse).
How to Build on Obamacare Paul Krugman, NYT. Never, ever….
2016 Post Mortem
KING: Democrats should oppose Trump and Republican Party — but also present better ideas New York Daily News. But the Democrats are doing that: The Russian war scare is that better idea!
James Murdoch buys remote 450-acre retreat on fjord north of Vancouver Australian Financial Review (Hana M).
‘They Think We Are Slaves’ Politico. “They” being au pair hosts, about whom the story gives little detail.
Break Up the Liberal City Ross Douthat, NYT
A sign of the times: Merrimack River deluged with syringes Boston Globe (BC). America is already great.
From HIV to climate change: how to spot denialists in action New Scientist (KS).
Antidote du jour (Furzy Mouse):
Furzy: “Graham’s monitor.” I wonder what resolution it is…