Unlocking the Secrets Behind the Hummingbird’s Frenzy National Geographic
Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf: new rift detected Deutche Welle
Private Equity’s Big Bets on Financial Tech DealB%k, NYT
Investment funds heat up global real estate market Nikkei Asian Review
Hard Questions for a Company at the Center of the Opioid Crisis Gretchen Morgenson, NYT
Hedge Fund Uses Algae to Reap 21% Return Bloomberg. Computational biology.
To save rural Iowa, we must oppose Monsanto-Bayer merger Des Moines Register (CR).
America Had Already Lost Its Covert War in Syria—Now It’s Official The Century Foundation
Bank of America picks Dublin for EU base following Brexit Charlotte Observer
How Kaczynski Is Driving Poland Away from Europe Der Spiegel
Putting together the pieces of the Chinese VPN jigsaw puzzle Privacy News Online
Gen. Paul Selva: New military operation in Philippines should be weighed Washington Examiner
New Cold War
How to Talk to Your Teen About Colluding With Russia McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show WaPo. Source: “current and former U.S. officials.” I’m so old I remember when exposing SIGINT was a big deal…
Who is new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci? Los Angeles Times. Read all the way to the end.
Why Trump’s New Hire Marks a Turning Point for the White House Time. We might remember that the go-to story for the Trump campaign was ZOMG!! Chaos!!!, and Trump kept firing people and firing people… ’til he won.
The media’s war on Trump is destined to fail. Why can’t it see that? Thomas Frank, Guardian. Certainly odd that Frank has to publish this on the other side of the Pond….
Parliamentarian rules against key provisions in Obamacare repeal bill Politico and Senate Parliamentarian Upends GOP Hopes For Health Bill KHN. Not necessarily lethal, since provisions can be rewritten. Topher Spiro of CAP: “Kudos to Sanders staff for punching BIG holes in this bill. Arguing before the Parliamentarian is intense and requires a lot of prep work.”
Collins slams current Senate bill to repeal and replace Affordable Care Act Portland Press-Herald
Medicaid Changes in Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) Go Beyond ACA Repeal and Replace KHN. The Medicaid “cap” is key, and win or lose, is now part of the “conversation,” since Democrats aren’t fighting it.
Doctors Will Help Change Our Broken Medical System Elisabeth Rosenthal, Medium. Rosenthal: ” A number of physicians have asked how they can better protect their patients from excessive charges.” Single payer?! Naah…
2016 Post Mortem
If Hillary Clinton Had Won FiveThirtyEight. An alternate universe. “Attorney General Joe Lieberman…”–my coffee!
Democrats in Disarray
The Triumph of Obama’s Long Game Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine (Re Silc). Re Silc: “Can someone drive down and kill me?” Not me. I don’t drive, and anyhow I’ll be busy throwing myself off a bridge into the river.
We have the opportunity for a realignment. We don’t have a party to do it. Yet. Corey Robin (MR). Nails it. IMNSHO.
Green Party Growing Pains; Our Own Crisis of Democracy Kevin Zeese, Counterpoint. Stein’s recount effort seemed sketchy at the time. As it turned out to be! I’m surprised, however, that Zeese didn’t link to this post from BAR.
Our Famously Free Press
By dismantling its copy desk, The New York Times is making a mistake that’s been made before Poynter. Re Executive Editor Dean Baquet’s column justifying gutting the copy desk: “‘Over and over in the reader comments below, I’m seeing the same thing: that readers DON’T USE THE New York TIMES FOR VIDEO! We want to read, and we want to read well-written, well-edited journalism. … Please reconsider your direction.'” Do it, Dean. Do it. Moar video. We’ll take those readers.
White House reporter live streams audio-only press briefing The Hill. Ksenija Pavlovic. Good for her.
Comparing Capitals New Left Review. A useful though lengthy riposte to Richard Florida.
Jane Austen Gives Your Weekend Safety Brief Duffel Blog
how did we spend $28 on hot dogs and diet coke?: an investigation Medium. Summer fun…
What We Finally Got Around to Learning at the Procrastination Research Conference NYT. Putting this last. Obviously.
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