Legendary Climate Scientist Likes a GOP Proposal on Global Warming Scientific American. James Hansen prefers “carbon fee and dividend” to regulation.
The IRS took millions from innocent people because of how they managed their bank accounts, inspector general finds WaPo (Furzy Mouse). Between Wells Fargo and the IRS, it looks like the only safe place for your money is a coffee can buried in the back yard. That should boost the economy!
Tiny, family-run newspaper wins Pulitzer Prize for taking on big business Poynter Institute. Well worth a read for Iowa’s complexity.
Corporations and Human Life The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation
Navy SEAL drug use “staggering,” investigation finds CBS. More deaths from despair…
New Cold War
Pompeo Likens Wikileaks’ Release of CIA’s Hacking Tools to Philip Agee emptywheel. Read to the end, which is more interesting than the headline.
Will Russiagate Become Obamagate? Philip Giraldi, The American Conservative
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Don’t Start a New Cold War Over Syria The American Conservative. The view from Cato.
U.S. May Launch Strike If North Korea Reaches For Nuclear Trigger NBC. Source: “[M]ultiple senior U.S. intelligence officials.” Nine?
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Xi swayed Trump on North Korea, but who has Chinese president’s ear on crisis? South China Morning Post
The Case for Engaging North Korea The Diplomat
It’s Time for America to Cut South Korea Loose Foreign Policy
McConnell: Trump ‘learning the job’ The Hill. With friends like these…
The astonishing reinvention of Donald Trump Edward Luce, FT. Everything is a trade…
The first 100 days don’t matter. For Trump, they matter even less. Matt Bai, Yahoo News
The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy The Atlantic
Trump’s base turns on him Politico
The Democratic party is undermining Bernie Sanders-style candidates Guardian. Film at 11. For those of you who like podcasts, “This is Hell!” has a fine interview with a suitably gobsmacked Thomas Frank, who concludes:
The Democratic Party represents a class. It is a class party, and they act on that class’s behalf and they act in that class’s interests and they serve that class. And they have adopted all the tastes and manners and ideology… It’s just that class is not the working class. It’s not the middle class. It’s the professional class – affluent, white-collar elites. They can’t see what they’re doing. This is invisible to them, because it’s who they are.
Trump’s threat prompts Democrats to play hardball over Obamacare payments WaPo. So the Democrats are “fighting” to make sure heatlh insurers get paid. But #MedicareForAll? “Never, ever.”
Looking To The Future Of The US Military Health System Health Affairs. Paper (PDF) Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Lots of red flags, including partial funding from the austerity mavens at the Peterson Foundation, and the committee personnel (Panetta, Shalala, Domenici), as well as policy nudges toward privatization.
White House finalizes ACA rule to strengthen individual market Modern Healthcare. Worse but not as bad as insurers would like it to be.
United Removal Fiasco
United offers to compensate passengers on Flight 3411 CNN. Original email to passengers offered a voucher in exchange for “releasing” United from lawsuits. United later walked this back.
United apologizes — again — after attorney describes dragged passenger’s injuries LA Times. A lawyer for passenger Dao, “[Tom] Demetrio had a hand in winning several large settlements over the years, including a $1-billion class action settlement of concussion litigation against the NFL and NHL.” More on the same press conference from the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Towards Democratic Regulation of the Airline Industry Matt Stoller, Medium
Boycotting United Will Never Work. Here’s Why Bloomberg. Stoller a source.
Quick thoughts about airline economics Interfluidity (IDontKnow). Must-read, after reading Stoller
This economist had the simple solution to United’s debacle — in 1968 MarketWatch. Breaking up the airline monopolies is simple, too. At least conceptually…
‘Thought Leaders’ and the Plutocrats Who Love Them The Nation (Furzy Mouse).
New Night Lights Maps Open Up Possible Real-Time Applications NASA (GF). Spectacular. Includes this video (sadly, captioned, but still lovely):
Careful with it, mkay?
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