The Day’s Reading, 1/19/17
The weekend draws nearer. For the first time in history, that’s not a good thing.
Ashley Parker, The Washington Post, Will Trump follow through on all his Day One promises? Doesn’t look like it.
Greg Miller, The Washington Post, CIA documents expose internal agency feud over psychologists leading interrogation program
Greg Miller, The Washington Post, CIA reveals new rules for handling information on Americans — it’s something, at least
Carolyn Y. Johnson & Dan Lamothe & Michael Kranish, The Washington Post, Pentagon nominee’s ties to private firms embody revolving-door culture of Washington
Shashank Bengali, Sultan Faizy, Los Angeles Times, How Trump will deal with America’s longest war is anyone’s guess
Peter Orsi | AP, The Washington Post, Goldman Prize-winning activist slain in northern Mexico
John Wagner, The Washington Post, Trump spokesman: Democrats are hurting ‘continuity of government’ by slow-walking Cabinet confirmations — oh
Anne Gearan, The Washington Post, Trump picks Jets owner Woody Johnson as U.S. ambassador to Britain — at least it’s not Jim Dolan?
Steven Mufson & Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post, Trump transition team reverses course on warnings to oust inspectors general
Juliet Eilperin & Amy Goldstein, The Washington Post, HHS nominee Price pressed hard on health policy positions, financial dealings
Sydney Lupkin, Kaiser Health News, Six U.S. Senators Confronting Trump’s HHS Cabinet Pick Own Health Care Stocks, Too — there’s a range within that six, though, from an active trader to an independent trustee, though even in the last case, if the senator knows what stock is in his or her investments, even if they’re not the ones managing it, that could lead to conflict. This is why the “blind” in “blind trust” is so important.
Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, Here’s one way Rep. Linda Sanchez thinks Democrats should fight Obamacare repeal
Aaron Blake, The Washington Post, 2 painful paragraphs that show how Rick Perry will never fully escape his ‘oops’ moment — D in Meats.
Callum Borchers, The Washington Post, The New York Times’s Rick Perry story is a litmus test for media credibility — to be less charitable, it’s also a litmus test for your political beliefs. I think Rick Perry is a doofus who shouldn’t be anywhere near a single lever of power, much less the fucking nuclear arsenal, so of course I’m willing to believe the Times got it right
Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Trump is said to pick former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead Agriculture Department
John Wagner & Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, Trump picks Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretary
Nick Anderson, The Washington Post, Under DeVos, Education Department likely to make significant shift on sexual assault
Brady Dennis & David Weigel, The Washington Post, EPA nominee Scott Pruitt won’t say if he would recuse himself from his own lawsuits against the agency
James Rufus Koren, Los Angeles Times, Steven Mnuchin’s OneWest favored private equity firms, did little small-business lending
Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times, Sen. Wyden hammers Mnuchin, saying it’s ‘a real stretch’ he’d work for all Americans as Treasury secretary
Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post, Michael Cohen will stay Trump’s personal attorney — even in the White House — I guess Mr. “which polls?” gets the last laugh
John Wagner, The Washington Post, ‘I outworked anybody who ever ran for office,’ Trump tells donors at inaugural dinner — that might explain why he’s taking the weekend off
Peter Orsi | AP, The Washington Post, Timing of Mexico drug lord’s extradition seen as political
Juliet Eilperin & David Nakamura, The Washington Post, Obama says he’ll speak up post-White House if he sees ‘core values’ at risk
Callum Borchers, The Washington Post, Tucker Carlson’s surprising, much-needed takedown of a ‘paid protester’ hoax — so he’s got 10 percent of a spine, I guess. Once he gets up to 70 or 80 percent maybe I’ll give him his name back.
Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post, David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump’s science adviser
David Ng, Los Angeles Times, Jay Roth retiring as Directors Guild of America national executive director after 22 years
David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, Developer Rick Caruso agrees to shave height of apartment tower — it’s probably more complex than this, but I start from the position that we need density. We can’t just keep growing outward.
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, Local unions plan rallies against Trump, L.A. schools announce Unity Day 2017
Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times, Man who smoked meth for ‘several days’ killed in shootout with deputies at Motel 6 in Twentynine Palms
Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times, Candidates in race for Rep. Xavier Becerra’s seat will join women’s marches in L.A. and Washington
David Weigel, The Washington Post, At DNC debate, Ellison says he’ll ask Sanders to share his donor list — among a variety of other things, of course
The Mafia Doesn’t Exist
Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Nicodemo ‘Little Nicky’ Scarfo, the undersized mob boss with a lethal temper, dies in prison at 87
Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times, Business manager admits to embezzling $4.8 million from singer Alanis Morissette, document shows — dang
Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, Man is fatally shot in overturned car by gunman from SUV that smashed into his vehicle
Sarah Larimer, The Washington Post, That time the CIA was convinced a self-proclaimed psychic had paranormal abilities
Michael Schaub, Los Angeles Times, The name of this library book returned 100 years late couldn’t get any better — okay, so his grandma died and couldn’t return the book, that’s fine … but he figured it out in 1996! And then held onto it for another 20 years!
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, James McAvoy gets a dazzling actor’s showcase in M. Night Shyamalan’s return-to-form thriller ‘Split’
Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, Rom-com ‘Bakery in Brooklyn’ produces neither love nor laughs
Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, You may need to imbibe to find the funny in stoner comedy ‘Doobious Sources’
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson lock horns in the scrappy crime caper ‘Trespass Against Us’
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Wartime resistance drama ‘Alone in Berlin’ never gets a grip on its historical moment
Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, Ultra-violent Southern noir ‘My Father Die’ is all style, no substance
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Romantic drama ‘Worlds Apart’ spins three satisfying love stories set in Greece
Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, Vin Diesel is back in action for ‘XXX: The Return of Xander Cage,’ but Donnie Yen steals the show — for Donnie Yen and Ruby Rose, I kinda want to see this
Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Novak Djokovic upset by Denis Istomin in second round of Australian Open — Radwanska is also out.
Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, Thunder star Russell Westbrook vows revenge on Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia after flagrant foul