Florida readers: I wouldn’t go so far as to use the phrase “chewing our hands,” but we’re a little concerned about attendance at the NC Fort Lauderdale Meetup this Thursday, February 7; we only got three comments for last week’s reminder post, and they were all from people who could not come. So, Floridians, please step up, and confirm your attendance in comments! Unless you’re comfortable with the picture of Yves sitting alone at a bar for a couple of hours, trying to type on her laptop… –lambert
Pay for Green New Deal now or spend even more later FT. How do you pay for not doing it?
U.S. Coup Attempt In Venezuela Lacks International Support Moon of Alabama
An option for China as it tries to help Huawei escape its mounting legal woes South China Morning Post
How to play a winning Brexit game Wolfgang Münchau, FT
New Cold War
Select Reactions to the INF Treaty Crisis Arms Control Association
US Missile Defense Strategy Valdai Discussion Club
China rips US plans for multilateral nuclear treaty Nikkei Asian Review
Canceling INF Treaty makes sense Asia Times
* * *Trump Once Wanted to Negotiate With Russia Over Nukes. Then Mueller Happened. Foreign Policy
Insidiocracy: Russiagate, Corporate Media & Losing My Religion – Part Three Nina Illingworth (parts one and two). This series is the most “so you don’t have to” series on RussiaRussiaRussia that I’ve ever seen.
Congratulations New Knowledge on Raising an $11M Series A Led by GGV Capital Going Long. “Jonathon [Morgan]’s co-founder, Ryan Fox, cut his teeth at the NSA…. The founders are really purpose-trained to build New Knowledge.” That’s nice.
Trump’s State of the Union pledge: Ending HIV transmissions by 2030 Politico. I’m generally loathe to write about stories of things the Administration might do, but…
Democrats in Disarray
Younger Than Yesterday– Bernie, Not Trump Down with Tyranny. “[Bernie] may not skateboard or do Ramones covers, but his ideas are way hipper–and more fearless–than Beto’s.”
Medicare for All Emerges as Early Policy Test for 2020 Democrats NYT. The reporter tweets: “Democrats face a debate about an issue that until now had been theoretical: Should they build incrementally on the Affordable Care Act or scrap the insurance sector and create a European-style public program?” Neatly erasing Canada, as does the article.
Some Democrats That Ran on Medicare for All Are Backing Away from It Now New York Magazine. I’m shocked.
Why Does Ralph Northam Deserve No Mercy? Zaid Jailani, Quillette
Police State Watch
TAKEN: How police departments make millions by seizing property Greenville News (MR).
The criminal justice system also has an ‘alternative facts’ problem WaPo. The “crisis in expert testimony.”
The Rams Really Made A Mess Of This FiveThirtyEight
The Real Problem: The Militarization of the NFL The American Conservative
Imperial Collapse Watch
MAGA Misses the Eurasia Train Pepe Escobar, Consortium News. The entire Blob, by design.
Bernie Against the Billionaires Jacobin
When the Suffrage Movement Sold Out to White Supremacy Brent Staples, NYT
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