Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world’s bees? The Conversation
Strapped Pension Funds, and the Hefty Investment Fees They Pay Gretchen Morgenson, NYT
Silicon Valley: A Reality Check Slate Star Codex
CentCom Breaks “Safe Passage” Deal – Making Its Allies Bleed For It Moon of Alabama. Not a reliable negotiating partner.
The return of a Shia-order in the Middle East? Al Jazeera (Re Silc).
Syrian De-Escalation Memorandum a Significant Step New Eastern Outlook. Russian think-tank, but interesting nonetheless.
Saudis to boost US ties with $40bn investment: Report Middle East Eye
May gives all workers new rights to time off The Times. After years of Blairism, Labour’s clothes are so threadbare it’s easy for the Tories to steal them.
The Brexit Election Battleground: The North East Brexit Central
Merkel’s conservatives score windfall victory in key regional election Politico. North Rhine-Westphalia.
Germany’s Strategic Frivolousness Handelsblatt. Hmm…
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Sinking of HMS ‘Victoria’ Led the Royal Navy Astray War is Boring. It seems that navies have Minsky moments, too.
What Is America’s Goal in the World? Patrick Buchanan, The American Conservative
New Cold War
Political chaos in Washington is a return on investment for Moscow WaPo. Clarifying to see James “Not wittingly” Clapper become a liberal icon…
Trump must be impeached. Here’s why. Lawrence Tribe, WaPo. It’s never been clear to me why Democrats think invoking Watergate would be persuasive to Republicans. It would be like Theresa May invoking Waterloo to close a deal with Macron. Na ga happen.
Russian Election Meddling ‘Well Documented,’ Tillerson Says Bloomberg. “‘I don’t think there’s any question that the Russians were playing around in our electoral processes,’ Tillerson said in an interview on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press with Chuck Todd’ on Sunday. He added that the impact of that meddling was ‘nconclusive.'” From “hacking” to “interfering” to “meddling,” with the final term of the declension seeming appropriate for bots propagating RT clips on Facebook. On this topic, The Blob reminds me of an elephant trumpeting and stamping at the sight of a mouse. Not a good look, at least for the elite of a great (“indispensable”) power that wishes to appear confident and competent.
A Special Prosecutor Is Not the Answer David Frum, The Atlantic
How Senators reacted to Comey dismissal FT. A very useful tabulation.
U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to turn over any Comey tapes Reuters. Including Republican Senators Mike Lee and Lindsey Graham.
Analysis: Donald Trump has biggest credibility gap of any president since Nixon Susan Page, USA Today
What do we mean when we talk about sanctuary cities? Nevada Independent
GSA starts translating Trump’s priorities into acquisition policy Federal News Radio
Senate fails to kill Obama methane rule that had looked doomed Los Angeles Times
Is That a Democratic Tsunami Taking Shape for 2018? New York Magazine
The Kennedy Democrats don’t want Politico (DK).
Bernie, the Billionaires, and the School Board American Prospect
Ohio’s sale of prison farms comes despite $8.9 million in upgrades Columbus Dispatch (BC). BC writes: “Governor Kasich’s administration wants to no-bid the sale of State property used by the prison farm system. The concern is that, without an open bid, the land will be sold for a fraction of its value as political favors to Kasich donors. The sale is being rushed without debate as well, so many unintended consequences are coming up too. For example several charities have relied on donated excess food from the prison system to feed disabled or poor people that they serve. The rapid timeframe is also impacting local small businesses that provide services or equipment.” Just in time for the Sanders v. Kasich debate on May 16!
Six Months After The Election, What Does “The Resistance” Mean Now? Esquire. Then as now, it means that Neera Tanden can put “Resist.” in her Twitter profile photo, without irony.
Signing Away the Right to Get a New Job NYT. “The growth of noncompete agreements is part of a broad shift in which companies assert ownership over work experience as well as work.” Holy moley.
How real books have trumped ebooks Guardian
Maine’s richest source of maple sugar faces uncertain future Bangor Daily News
Antidote du jour:
Happy post-Mother’s Day….