Multimillion-dollar award against PwC is window into typically secret auditor settlements Francine McKenna, MarketWatch
The Case of the Khrapunovs The Diplomat
St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online. Most have no idea. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michel Barnier’s pointed questions point to no deal The Spectator
Teslas in the palace signal brewing battle in Beijing Asia Nikkei Review. Like Kremlinology!
What to know about China’s ties with Africa, from aid to infrastructure South China Morning Post
Nicaragua protesters defy Ortega crackdown Agence France Presse
New Cold War
Patient readers, finding links on any other topic than this one is like looking for loose change under the couch cushions. But we’re trying! –lambert
What to Make of the Carter Page FISA Applications Lawfare. “Now we can see that the footnote disclosing Steele’s possible bias takes up more than a full page in the applications, so there is literally no way the FISA Court could have missed it. The FBI gave the court enough information to evaluate Steele’s credibility.” Well, it’s not like the seamless integration of opposition researchers, political parties, the intelligence community, our famously free press, and the FISA “Court” could ever cause problems, right? I mean, it’s right there in the footnote!
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The Kremlin Is Celebrating Helsinki. For Now. Foreign Policy
Meanwhile, About Those Other Issues at the Summit Consortium News
Here’s the real reason the US must talk to Russia Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
‘As a former KGB spy, he knows how to manipulate’: Hillary Clinton hints that Putin played Trump during the Helsinki summit and questions why the president has not ‘spoken up for our country’ Daily Mail. That “our” locution liberal Democrats constantly use really gets to me, because it’s question-begging; it presume they get to speak for the country, which isn’t a given.
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The Russia obsession LBO News
Did Putin share stolen election data with Trump? WaPo. Betteridge’s Law…
John Brennan, Melting Down and Covering Up The American Conservative
No, your Trump-is-gay-for-Putin jokes aren’t funny WaPo. So I’m not the only one. Although this is WaPo rebuking The Times….
The brainwashing myth The Conversation
Democrats in Disarray
Is a Democratic ‘Blue Wave’ Really Coming? The National Interest. Worth a read as a sane take on the national security class’s concerns about 2018 and 2020. “I have been studying the impact of the ‘narrative collapse’ among U.S. voters about the role and efficacy of U.S. foreign policy.” #RussiaRussiaRussia might be viewed as
a hystericalan intensely felt effort to regain control of the national security narrative. And a lot of rice bowls are at stake.
Where Do ‘Centrist’ Democrats Turn in 2020? New York Magazine. Suddenly a lot of stories about centrists. Somebody must have gotten funding.
Centrist Dems begin arguing against far-left agenda as 2020 play McClatchy. “Begin”? “ left”?
There Is a Revolution on the Left. Democrats Are Bracing NYT (UserFriendly).
Did YOUR Congressmember Join The New Medicare For All Caucus? Down With Tyranny
Mark Janus quits state job for conservative think tank gig after landmark ruling Chicago Sun-Times. Ka-ching.
How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisine Smithsonian
Colleges ask for a share of future salary in lieu of loans AP. How about I just work the University President’s land?
Why Is Google Translate Spitting Out Sinister Religious Prophecies? Motherboard (DK).
A path to clean water Science
The Lesson of the Château de Calberte NYT. Dammit, why can’t the Times just be bad all the time?
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.