Earth’s Tectonic Activity May Be Crucial for Life–and Rare in Our Galaxy Scientific American
Balanced budget ‘like shooting the economy in the head’ — experts Medium. The expert being Bill Black.
Saudi Arabia – Bin Salman’s Coup Is A Model For His Own Ouster Moon of Alabama. We don’t hear much about the Qatar crisis these days…
A Syrian Cordon Sanitaire: Is Israel huffing & puffing, or is it serious? Sic Semper Tyrannis
Why German Turks are Numerous, Divided and Bitter Handelsblatt
Countering ‘hybrid’ security threats a priority, says EU EU Business (MT).
Senate Republicans complain of chaos in healthcare effort Reuters. “‘It really is starting to feel like a bazaar, $50 billion here, $100 billion there, and I feel like it’s losing coherency,’ Senator Bob Corker said.”
Collins vows public will play major role in creation of new Senate health care plan Bangor Daily News. That’s not going to happen by next week.
Ron Johnson Accuses McConnell of ‘Significant Breach of Trust’ Weekly Standard (Furzy Mouse). A bit stale, but evidence that group dynamics in the Republican caucus have gone a little pear-shaped.
New Cold War
The Northern Sea Route, Russia’s Coronary Artery World Policy (Re Silc).
Presidents v. Generals Andrew Bacevich, LRB
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Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation WaPo. Reading the body of the article, “Russia investigation” seems a bit of a misnomer.
Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators NYT. Reading the body of the article, big shake-up on Trump’s legal team.
Something to look forward to:
If Trump fires Mueller, we are going to have to have massive street demonstrations. Who is with me in taking to the streets?
— Neera Tanden?? (@neeratanden) July 21, 2017
Trump’s Self-Pardon? Seriously? The American Conservative
Deutsche Bank ‘expects to face Trump-Russia probe’ Deutsche Welle
Trump Turns on Jeff Sessions The National Interest
Louise Mensch’s Destructive Fantasies Charles Cook, The National Review
Trump’s Modest Proposal for a Nafta Revamp Bloomberg. “Surprisingly tame.”
Are Donald Trump’s Tweets Self-Authenticating? Above the Law
How Donald Trump is monetising his presidency The Economist
How Trump Is Transforming Rural America The New Yorker. Much more interesting than the headline. Last sentence: “The more they hate him, the more I want him to succeed. Because what they hate about him is what they hate about me.” And this tweet, in response:
That's exactly how a lot of black people felt about President Obama. Everything has been flipped on its head.
— Jenét Morrow (@JenetAllDay) July 20, 2017
Democrats in Disarray
Democratic Group Angers Progressives — Bets On Conservative Wing, Wall Street Money, To Win Back House International Business Times. Don’t get mad. Get even.
White Liberal Guilt, Black Opportunism and the Green Party Black Agenda Report. Must-read, not merely for the GP but for the issues of party-building.
2016 Post Mortem
Hacking the Vote: Who Helped Whom? NYRB. This seems to be the Democrat theory of the case.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Exclusive: Bannon & Kushner Want to Outsource Afghanistan to Mercenaries The American Conservative. What could go wrong?
Is the Military Losing Its Ability to Fight Capable Foes? The American Conservative
Another blow for heartland workers: Slashed pensions CBS (Re Silc)
The millennial left’s war against liberalism WaPo. More on Chapo Trap House.
Du Bois and the “Wages of Whiteness” Adolph Reed, Nonsite.org (DB). Anything by Reed is worth reading.
Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of Evil TruthDig (GF).
A New Class Politics Counterpunch (Re Silc). The woes of the European left.
Electronic monitoring isn’t kid-friendly Sacramento Bee
A few more thoughts on the Opportunity Corridor and Cleveland Clinic. Eat Righteous (CR). A response to this Politico story.
Aging in place contributes to historically low housing inventory Baltimore Sun. Translation: Why won’t those old black folks go die in nursing homes so we can gentrify their neighborhoods?
Antidote du jour:
Martial law was declared in three regions of Dagestan, Russia because of locust invasion. pic.twitter.com/BADNdgYMLx
— English Russia (@EnglishRussia1) July 20, 2017
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.