Trump administration quietly OKs elephant trophy imports — again USA Today. Lambert: On a case-by-case basis (ka-ching). There shouldn’t be any cases.
Banks Want a Bigger Piece of Your Student Loan Wall Street Journal
How Americans Took Down a Latvian Laundromat Re:Baltica (Richard Smith).
See the shout out in Parliamentary testimony to our Richard Smith: “the researcher and expert in this field, Richard Smith….”. Well done!
Suu Kyi award revoked, UN wants Rohingya war crimes probe Bangkok Post (furzy)
Nota bene: Holding Yale accountable Felix Salmon
North Korea: Setting the Stage Lens Culture
US tariffs? Chinese steelmakers say they have other things to worry about South China Morning Post
The Left-Handed Kid LRB. The history of the Chinese typewriter.
New Cold War
For NYT, a Trillion Dollars’ Worth of A-Bombs Is ‘Little’ Response to Russia FAIR (UserFriendly)
Trump donor in Ukraine criminal probe Al Jazeera (Reify99).
Presidential candidate Sobchak faces backlash after ‘asking Ukraine’s permission to visit Crimea’ RT. Kevin W: “Aaaand candidates like this are why Putin wins every election.”
Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel New York Times. MA: “I get that Russia is SO much sexier, but countries in the Middle East – notably Israel, the Gulf States – have been actively colluding with the Americans and perverting our democracy for years.”
Nunberg Says He Enjoyed Defiance But Will Comply With Mueller Bloomberg (furzy).
Sessions to California: ‘There is no secession’ The Hill. Re: “Sanctuary cities.” Sessions: “There is no nullification. There is no secession. Federal law is the supreme law of the land. I would invite any doubters to go to Gettysburg, to the tombstones of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln. This matter has been settled.”
Donald Trump is Toronto’s Rob Ford on Steroids Counterpunch
Trump’s tariff plan blows up party divisions in critical Pennsylvania special election CNBC. Lambert: Conor Lamb supports steel tariffs too. But a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…
Democrats in Disarray
The CIA Democrats WSWS (HopeLB). And part two. “There are so many that there is a subset of Democratic primary campaigns that, with a nod to Mad magazine, one might call ‘spy vs. spy.'” Lambert: See NC here. I guess the Ellison v. Perez fight, and the subsequent purge of Sanders supporters from the DNC, was even more important than we thought at the time.
Reboot the Democratic Party Ryan Grim, The Week
Senate Democrats Caving, May Roll Back Dodd-Frank Regulations emptywheel. Lambert: If you believe the Manafort/Gates indictments for bank fraud, rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations is absurd. A foolish consistency…
Illinois Democratic Party Chair Funds Mailers Attacking Progressive Candidates The Intercept (DG).
Keith Ellison takes over the Democrats’ universal health-care bill WaPo. Lambert: Note that the reporter, Dave Weigel, adopts the tendentious “universal heatlh care” framing that @USofCare (see NC here and here) and CAP’s “Medicare
Extrafor Some” bait-and-switch efforts adopt. Ellison has taken over HR676, a single payer, “Medicare for ” bill. Vox does better (Furzy Mouse).
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
UnitedHealthcare adds the Apple Watch to its fitness-tracking reward program The Verge (E. Mayer). E. Mayer: “All part of the preconditioning intended to pave the way to no-longer-optional-ness.”
EFF: Geek Squad has been working with the FBI for a decade Engadget. Furzy: “The Geeks stole our UBS card # when we used them in CA, charged tickets to Italy….”
Forget flu, it’s time for your fake-news jab Financial Times (furzy). Oh, so skepticism and critical thinking skills are to be applied only when dealing with non-MSM news sources on political topics….
War of the Sexes
Climate change ‘impacts women more than men’ BBC. No wonder no one is getting serious about fixing it.
Millennial women in finance still face harassment Financial Times
The Role of Luck in Life Success Is Far Greater Than We Realized Scientific American
Can America fix its prison crisis? FT. Lambert: Send more CEOs to jail, and I bet the situation will get cleaned up in a jiffy!
Fukushima ‘must do more’ to reduce radioactive water Bangkok Post (furzy)
Yes, Amazon’s Alexa Is Laughing At You Vanity Fair. And with good reason.
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