The Days’ Reading, 1/14–15/17

Authoritarianism

Hannah Levintova, Mother Jones, Trump’s shouty press conference reminded Russians of…Putin

Healthcare

Robert Costa, The Washington Post, Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan — “How?” “You’ll see.”

John Lewis

Aaron Blake, The Washington Post, John Lewis says Donald Trump isn’t a legitimate president, and Trump hits back hard — among other things, I don’t think Trump knows that congresspersons are not members of the local city council, county board, or state legislature.

Workers

Jason McGahan, LA Weekly, Day Laborers Have Become an Easy Target for Anti-Immigrant Vigilantes — a good, and important, feature that isn’t limited to the vigilante issue, despite the headline, but generally delves into the various issues faced by day laborers, who are largely immigrants and largely undocumented, how those issues have changed over the last 20–30 years, and what they might be looking at from a Trump administration

Trump v. Intelligence

Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times, CIA Director John Brennan takes aim at Donald Trump for his criticism of the intelligence community

Ethics

Abby Phillip, The Washington Post, Trump aide Reince Priebus warns ethics chief to ‘be careful’ — a transparent attempt to influence him into not doing his job. You’re not slick, Reince.

Media

Callum Borchers, The Washington Post, He’s with her: Donald Trump revives Hillary Clinton’s idea about kicking media out of White House — the stakes of this idea aren’t clear to me. What’s the difference, in real terms, between reporters working in place X vs. place Y? (I mean the question literally, not as an expression of doubt about the existence of a difference — I just can’t identify it as obvious or self-evident and want it explained by someone who knows.)

Education

Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, Jeb Bush may have won something in the election after all: the U.S. Department of Education

USDA

Juliet Eilperin & Anne Gearan, The Washington Post, Vilsack departs a week early, leaving top USDA post vacant with no successor in sight

Dinesh D’Dumbshit

Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, D’Souza — I know, my section title is very mature

Lawsuits

Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, Directors Guild Denies Violating Obamacare

Pomona

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Car crashes into frontyard in Pomona; 2 found fatally shot inside

TV

Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Taboo’: TV Review

Movies

Chuck Wilson, LA Weekly, The Latest Underworld Reminds Us That the Series Was Once Capable of Great Moments

Music

Clayton Purdom, A.V. Club, On RTJ3, Run The Jewels is here to rip everyone’s throats out

Dutton’s

Mary Melton, Los Angeles Magazine, Remembering Dave Dutton, and Dutton’s Books

Basketball

Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Five takeaways from the Lakers’ 113–97 loss to the Clippers

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Jason Wojciechowski

Jason Wojciechowski

Union lawyer, A's ESPN SweetSpot blogger. Bow ties, bright pants, hella cats. I dissent.