Happy Bastille Day!
NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (photos) NASA
Amazon is getting too big and the government is talking about it MarketWatch. Says hedgie Douglas Kass.
A dynamic model of financial balances for the United Kingdom Bank Undergound (UserFriendly). Though from 2016, UserFriendly: “Excellent stock flow model from BOE in super easy to read blog with working paper linked.”
5 Things to Know about the Trillion-Ton Iceberg Scientific American
Syria Summary – Will The Trump-Putin Agreement Hold? Moon of Alabama
Britain is incapable of managing Brexit and calamity will follow Martin Wolf, FT
Brussels supports end to Greek deficit procedure EU Business
Calibri in spotlight as ‘Fontgate’ could leave Pakistan sans Sharif The Express Tribune. Shades of Rathergate!
Liu Xiaobo – the quiet, determined teller of China’s inconvenient truths South China Morning Post
Yes, Trump Can Accept Gifts NYT. On emoluments.
New Cold War
High-Profile Team Sues Trump Campaign, Alleging Role in DNC Hack (PDF) National Journal. Page 18: “By March 2016, the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (“GRU”) gained unauthorized access to DNC networks, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (“DCCC”) networks, and the personal email accounts of Democratic party officials and political figures. By May 2016, the GRU had extracted large volumes of data from DNC networks, including email accounts of DNC staffers.”
Trump’s Russian Laundromat The New Republic. If this pans out, it looks like David Warsh got it right; Water Cooler, March 29: “Summarizing Warsh’s informed speculation, the Trump+Russia story is more likely to be a New York real estate story starting back in the 90s.”
Millions Of Policy Proposals Spill Into Sea As Brookings Institution Think Tanker Runs Aground Off Crimea Coast The Onion. That’s the third Crimean story that’s floated through the zeitgeist to land on my desk in the last three days, after many months of nothing.
Poland remembers victims of massacres by Ukrainians Radio Poland
Forecast of weak economic growth raises big questions about Trump’s populist agenda WaPo. CBO report on Trump budget.
Two Trump federal appeals court nominees survive judiciary committee votes Washington Examiner
Who wants to be #3?
Status of Motion to Proceed vote
Three GOPers saying ❌ stops health bill
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 13, 2017
Collins says she’ll vote against new GOP health plan Bangor Daily News
Rand Paul: Crony capitalism isn’t a right, so why does Senate healthcare bill give insurance companies the right to a bailout? Washington Examiner. I’ll take that as a No.
Capito Cites Medicaid Concerns in Review of New GOP Proposal US News. “Concerns” (unlike “issues”) isn’t exactly “Hell, no” but it’s nowhere near “Yes,” either.
Sandoval: Early take on health bill is that not much changed, it’s still cause for ‘great concern’ Nevada Independent. Hence, I assume, Dean Heller.
The massive Senate GOP shift on pre-existing conditions Axios. Important.
New US healthcare bill would drop tax cuts for rich FT. With the real tax bill yet to be written? Pull the other one. It’s got bells on!
Democrats in Disarray
Video shows Minneapolis police officer shooting two dogs in north Minneapolis yard Star-Tribune (Huey). Huey: “The video footage of this incident is unreal, and the police testilying is deplorable. Were police always this cowardly or is this a new trend we’re seeing?”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Congress Greases Flightpath for the F-35 Boondoggle The American Conservative
A whistleblower plays by the rules at CIA, and finds ‘nothing gets done’ McClatchy. Film at 11.
Only in America
A Maine nonprofit paid its disabled workers less than minimum wage, while its executives got six figures Bangor Daily News. And another neoliberal infestation, this time in Medicaid.
Home care workers have our lives in their hands. They’re paid only $10 an hour Guardian (emptyfull).
DOJ announces charges against 400 people for $1.3 billion in health-care fraud WaPo. “The investigation particularly focused on medical professionals who were involved in the unlawful distribution of opioids and other prescription narcotics, officials said.”
Antidote du jour:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.