87th Annual Report (PDF) Bank for International Settlements. Reader comments on a post regarding this report were pleasingly caustic; here’s the whole thing.
Federal student loan interest rates to rise Saturday CNBC. “Rates were set based on the Treasury Department’s May 10 auction of 10-year notes.” Now there’s a system that makes it easy for families to plan.
California to List Glyphosate as Cancer-Causing; Monsanto Vows Fight US News. The real cancer is privatizing the world’s germplasm…
Hersh’s Big Scoop: Bad Intel Behind Trump’s Syria Attack Counterpunch. Oddly, or not, Hersh’s story hasn’t been picked up by any mainstream media.
The Qatar Crisis Jacobin
Will Macron’s Marchers take power? Le blog de Thomas Piketty, Le Monde (in English).
Sylvie Goulard a été rémunérée à hauteur de 10.000 euros par mois par un think tank américain Le JDD (via). Google translation. I checked with the Académie française, and yes, “think tank” is French for think tank.
Sino-Russian venture poised to chase Airbus, Boeing Nikkei Asian Review
SPENDING’S UP AND DUP Theresa May faces fury as deal with the DUP to stay in power could cost British taxpayers £24BILLION The Sun. When you’ve lost The Sun…
Senate Obamacare repeal bill would leave 22 million more without health insurance McClatchy. The CBO report drops. The simplest metric of all makes the bill even harder to sell.
Here’s where Republican senators stand on the health care bill CNN. Opposes in current form but open to negotiations: 6. Still reviewing but has concerns: 3. Still reviewing but had specific demands: 4.
Collins, King won’t support Senate bill to replace Obamacare Bangor Daily News
Senate Obamacare repeal on brink of defeat Politico. “The party will meet in a full caucus lunch on Tuesday for a gut check and some senators will dine with Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday evening.”
American Medical Association: Healthcare bill violates the ‘do no harm’ standard Business Insider. So, 540,000 deaths over the next decade (BCRA) violates “do no harm,” but 320,000 deaths (ACA) does not?
A White House-backed group is going after a Republican senator who refuses to support the GOP healthcare bill Business Insider. Dean Heller.
The Senate’s Secretly Bipartisan Health Bill Avik Roy, NYT. Well, neoliberalism is bipartisan.
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Democrats Help Corporate Donors Block California Health Care Measure, And Progressives Lose Again David Sirota, Business Insider. A good wrap-up, well worth a read, and includes a discussion of Proposition 98.
Planned Parenthood Supports Shelving Single-Payer (Again) Progressive Army
Could Travis County Have The Best Bet Against Election Hacking? Texas Monthly. Betteridge’s Law….
New Cold War
The Compartments in WaPo’s Russian Hack Magnum Opus emptywheel. (My own views here and here.) “Whatever else this article is designed to do, I think, it is designed to be a threat to Putin, from long gone Obama officials”
Open Thread 2017-25 (first item) Moon of Alabama
Trump CIA Director Mike Pompeo says leaking on rise thanks to ‘worship’ of Edward Snowden Independent (Re Silc).
A ‘dangerously erratic’ Donald Trump doesn’t solve crises, he creates them Sidney Morning Herald
Addressing Trump’s Errant Foreign Policy The American Conservative (Re Silc). “But on a broader basis, the president has allowed his non-interventionist stance to be subverted by the Republican establishment. He has backed away from seeking an alliance with Russia. He has accepted continued deep American involvement in the Middle East. He has given the Pentagon more money, which, without military reform, just buys more expensive defeats. He has pursued strategically irrelevant quarrels with Iran and, dangerously, North Korea. This is not what ‘America First’ looks like.”
Trumping the Constitution Jack Balkin. Seems to think “domestic propaganda machines” operate on behalf of only one party, but an interesting framework.
Kushner Adds Prominent Lawyer Abbe Lowell to Defense Team NYT. With Jamie Gorelick, quite a team.
US court grants Elsevier millions in damages from Sci-Hub Nature. A bit stale, still worth a read.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Syrian dogfight reveals F-35 stealth fighter may be toothless tiger news.com.au. Read all the way to the end.
The Fall of the USSR Ian Welsh
Three journalists leaving CNN after retracted article CNN. It took the Times a lot longer to get rid of Judy Miller!
Understanding Income Risk: New Insights from Big Data Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Useful for the precariat?
Poor teeth Aeon
Socialism’s Future May Be Its Past Bhaskar Sunkara, NYT
U.S. Mayors Back 100% Renewable Energy, Vow to Fill Climate Leadership Void Inside Climate News
Fathers & Daughters NYRB. On Louis CK.
The Mere Presence of Your Smartphone Reduces Brain Power, Study Shows The University of Texas at Austin (CL). That’s not a bug…
Video imaging of single molecule DNA replication Science Daily. Video:
Antidote du jour (via):
Apparently, cheetahs are really nervous animals, so some zoos give them “support dogs” to relax.