The End of Cash; The End of Freedom Ian Welsh (MR).
Google redesigns mobile search app with personalized ‘feed’ Reuters. Stupider and stupider.
U.S. flight security measures now include electronic device checks Montreal Gazette
London’s Home Price Growth Has Flatlined. What Happens Next? Bloomberg. Uh oh….
Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow WaPo. Because it’s been so successful… Do note the qualifier in the lead: “President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train Syrian rebels….”
Qatar Warms Up to Iran on Natural Gas Bloomberg
U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel The Intercept. Crazypants.
South Korea’s Moon sets goal of nuclear deal with North by 2020 Nikkei Asian Review
Top Destinations for Wealthy Chinese Looking to Move Abroad Revealed Jing Daily (Re Silc).
H.R. 1628, Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 CBO. This is the current version BCRA: “CBO and JCT estimate that enacting this legislation would reduce federal deficits by $473 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 32 million in 2026 relative to current law.”
Republicans meet late into night as Trump demands new healthcare plan Reuters. Good wrap-up of the week.
The Latest: Senators end meeting stalemated on health care ABC. Good tick-tock of the day.
John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer Roll Call
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Third time was not the charm for McConnell’s vow to end Obamacare Modern Healthcare
Medicaid shows its political clout Politico
The Post-Republican Obamacare Market Will Be “Stable” and Very Profitable for Health Insurers Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review
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New Cold War
Is Putin’s Russia the critical threat Americans believe it to be? The Conversation (JZ).
The good, the bad and the ugly of Trump’s economy Mohamed El-Erian, FT
Sanders and Jackson join hands to take on Trump’s Vote Thief-in-Chief Greg Palast (MR).
A spat between liberals and the left:
The Dirtbag Left and the Problem of Dominance Politics Jeet Heer, TNR. Worthy of comparison to the late David Broder’s “foul-mouthed, vituperative bloggers on the left” (2006). Clue stick: “Bend the knee” (in “sentences of ponder” above) is most definitely a Game of Throne’s reference; Heer spends a whole paragraph wondering whether it is or not.
Politics is a Contest of Domination Current Affairs. Response to Heer.
Liberalism and the politics of passive-aggression Carl Beijer. Response to Heer.
I Want to Believe The New Inquiry
What It Means to Be on the Left Jacobin
End of the Line? As Vermonters Cut the Cord, Rural Phone Customers Hear Static Seven Days (Re Silc).
‘Game of Thrones’ Bosses Reteam With HBO for War Drama ‘Confederate’ Hollywood Reporter
A despot in disguise: one man’s mission to rip up democracy George Monbiot, Guardian (Re Silc). James McGill Buchanan.
Why Canada Is Able to Do Things Better The Atlantic
Antidote du jour:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.