Sea Ice Extent in Antarctica Bottoming Out at Lowest on Record Weather Underground
Trends in Merger Investigations and Enforcement at U.S. Antitrust Agencies: 2006–2015 Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation
New Cold War
Eat Your Spinach LRB
2016 Post Mortem
DNC has No Plans to Publicly Post Officer Election ‘Roll Call’ Tally Progressive Army. From the DNC bylaws:
[A]ll meetings of the DNC, the Executive Committee, and all other official Party committees, commissions and bodies shall be open to the public, and votes shall not be taken by secret ballot.
During the election for DNC chair, the ballots were not disclosed. Asked to disclose the ballots, and not mere tally sheets, the DNC responded:
To review actual ballots, please see the process below:
1. DNC officer election ballots will be available for review beginning Monday, March 6th at 10:00am, at Democratic National Committee offices, 430 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003.
2. To schedule a viewing session, please contact Julie Greene, Director of the Secretary’s Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments may be booked in one hour increments, and multiple sessions may be reserved, based on availability.
At least one journalist is following up:
For those asking, I've set up an appointment to see the dozens of ballots votes of 442 DNC members. They are giving us one hour. No cameras.
— Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) March 5, 2017
For the record, I don’t think even Donna Brazile would be stupid or corrupt enough to alter the paper ballots. But you’d think that, after the primary, the DNC would be making every effort to live up to that “ic” suffix following the “D.” Even if it gives all the consultants who voted themselves fat contracts with Perez a smidge of agita. Apparently not.
Leashes Come Off Wall Street, Gun Sellers, Polluters and More NYT. Look! Over there! Trump is tweeting again!
Do You Feel Lucky? Econbrowser. On Trump’s trade policies.
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Trump’s ‘evidence’ for Obama wiretap claims relies on sketchy, anonymously sourced reports WaPo. Were there nine?
Former DNI James Clapper: ‘I Can Deny’ Wiretap of Trump Tower NBC News (Furzy Mouse). There are Five Eyes, though. The U.S. is only of of them.
How Trump’s Tantrum May Lead Trump Transition Official Devin Nunes to Delegitimize the Investigation emptywheel. I think I’ve entered “Can’t tell the players without a scorecard” territory. Nunes is chair of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Is “transition official” then irony? Anyhow, interesting wrap-up…
Axelrove’s tweets are the best tweets:
If there were the wiretap @realDonaldTrump loudly alleges, such an extraordinary warrant would only have been OKed by a court for a reason.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 4, 2017
The FISA Court is Caesar’s wife, apparently.
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The Russian election hack: bullshit Hatuey’s Ashes
The Dirty Secret Behind the Jeff Sessions Mess T. A. Frank, Vanity Fair. I’m re-upping this, and if you didn’t read it last time, read it. Not all Vanity Fair writers are has-beens phoning in brand fumes.
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The Wall Explore the US-Mexico border fence Reveal. Interactive map. Plenty of wall right now…
Schumer’s plan to stop the wall Axios. “Chuck Schumer has concluded that denying President Trump his wall is perhaps the surest major defeat Democrats can hand the President in his first year.”
After travel ban, interest in trips to U.S. declines Seattle Times
Around the World by Private Jet: Cultures in Transformation New York Times.
Fly around the world in a customized Boeing 757 jet for the ultimate in luxury travel. Spend 26 days visiting such places as Iran, Cuba, Colombia, Australia, Myanmar and Iceland. Four award-winning New York Times journalists will accompany you, each for several days as you visit areas where they have expertise.
Departures: Feb 8–Mar 5 2018
Cost: $135,000; Deposit of $7,500 per person; For full payment schedule, see terms and conditions.
Looks to me like the catchphrase “limousine liberal” might need an update? And did I miss the “Advertisement” label?
Do Consumers Rely More Heavily on Credit Cards While Unemployed? Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. (No.) From 2016, but interesting data.
The Decline in US Public Companies Conversable Economist. Note the last paragraph.
Texas is the Future Harpers
The Magic Lantern Show The Archdruid Report. Fun with Schopenhauer!
Antidote du jour. I think it’s time for a cute, or at least a skeptical, cat (more here):