Why Sweden Killed the Carried Interest Tax Break: QuickTake Q&A Bloomberg (RS).
To catch a prince Reuters
House Passes AHCA: How It Happened, What It Would Do, And Its Uncertain Senate Future Health Affairs. Today’s must-read.
House Republicans pass bill to replace and repeal Obamacare CNN. A collection of quotes; Medicaid devolution is the biggest story.
Get Ready for the Senate’s Obamacare Repeal Slog Roll Call. McConnell to wait for the CBO.
Senate GOP rejects House Obamacare bill Politico. The Senate Republicans will write their own bill. That is, they will try to make the Republican law that is ObamaCare worse, but with badness that is different from the House bill’s, or Obama’s. So the bottom line for now is that the Freedom Caucus members get to be heroes in their own districts, and the Republican Party can claim “We’re able to govern!” For now, anyhow. But I would like very much to know the fear level that Republican moderate Senators have over the AHCA: For example, Susan Collins. Maine, due to the collapse of the paper industry and deindustrialization generally, shares many Rust Belt problems, including an opioid crisis, with Medicaid expansion-supporter Kasich’s Ohio. Maybe a destroyer or three for Bath Iron Works would do the trick for Collins, but maybe not. Like so much that was not known in 2016, it depends on how angry the dull normals are. Governor LePage turned down Medicaid expansion, and how’s that working out?
Did Republicans just score a win on health care — or lose? Jennifer Rubin, WaPo. The conservative nomemklatura is not happy.
Going Over the Top One More Time The American Conservative. Not at all happy.
President Trump Praised Australia’s Universal Health Care Right After The House Repealed Obamacare Buzzfeed. Sanders breaks out laughing.
Obama endorses Macron in France’s presidential runoff AP. No interference there!
EU Seeks to Ward Off New Refugee Crisis Der Spiegel
Kim Jong Un Is a Survivor, Not a Madman Foreign Policy
Why China can deflate the world’s largest credit bubble in an orderly fashion South China Morning Post
Around 7,600 Hongkongers emigrated to foreign countries in 2016, a 3-year high Hong Kong Free Press
The deep, entrenched fallacy of the ‘Asian pivot’ Asia Times. Hmm…
Gold glitters in India in Q1 The Hindu
2016 Post Mortem
Howard Stern explains why Hillary Clinton Lost (05-03-2017) YouTube (Bob). Bill Clinton super-fan Stern invited Hillary Clinton to go on his show, but he couldn’t even get a straight answer from the campaign about whether she would. Stern argues that for other celebrities, his male demographic reacts this way: “I ended up liking the person. … Jeez, I’m a big fan now,” and it seems reasonable to think that the same dynamic would have worked in Clinton’s case, to her advantage. So very, very many people tried to help Clinton, but unfortunately a higher power — Vladimir Putin — prevented her from taking Stern up on his offer. Video is time consuming, so I won’t say “must listen,” but this really is very good.
Hillary Clinton to launch political group as soon as next week Politico. I don’t want to give this too much weight, but do note that I had my dream about Hillary in 2020 before this story came out…
Imperial Collapse Watch
Will the COINdinistas Rise Again? The National Interest (Re Silc).
Trump and Trade Foreign Policy in Focus (Re Silc).
Tillerson tells State Dept. workers to embrace agency reorg Federal News Radio
Ferrari profits boosted by sales of V12 supercars CNN. Lovely cars. But…
Students Face Physical Resistance from Public Safety During Protest for Contingent Faculty Rights The Paper (Fordham University). In other words, labor issues are issues that university administrators really care about, as opposed to micro-aggression, BDS, etc.
I Am Cancer National Review. Here is the URL, showing the title as published was produced by an editor: “underclass-character-eviction-court-native-born-americans-entrepreneurial-immigrants.”
The Google Phishing Attack, Explained LinkedIn. “There is zero excuse for Google to let an app called ‘Google Docs’ that isn’t from them ask for permission to connect to your account.”
Antidote du jour (via):
This is what ducks look like when they’ve been lined up.