The Days’ Reading, 2/9–12/17
I kept forgetting to hit “publish” so this one’s a long one.
Sarah Halzack, The Washington Post, Trump lashes out at Nordstrom in a tweet for dropping his daughter’s apparel line
Jonathan O’Connell, The Washington Post, Feds, Trump attorneys wrangle over president’s D.C. hotel lease
Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, The Case for Keith
David Weigel, The Washington Post, Republicans don’t like Elizabeth Warren. So why do they keep handing her a megaphone?
John Wagner, The Washington Post, Trump questions credibility of senator who disclosed comments by Judge Gorsuch — literally the most predictable possible thing, even after Gorsuch’s spokesperson confirmed Blumenthal’s account.
Aaron Blake, The Washington Post, President Trump is in denial about his own Supreme Court nominee rebuking him
Emily Guskin, The Washington Post, There’s a very simple reason Democrats probably won’t filibuster Gorsuch: Polls — half the country thinks the Republicans should have given Garland a vote, but they didn’t care about that when they went to the polls three months ago. So fuck Gorsuch’s approval ratings.
RIP “Fake News”
Callum Borchers, The Washington Post, ‘Fake news’ has now lost all meaning
Erik Wemple, The Washington Post, White House goes authoritarian on CNN scoop about Russia dossier — I think it’s less authoritarian in this instance and more “emotional maturity of a 6-year-old”
Philip Bump, The Washington Post, What President Trump is supposed to be doing while he’s tweeting — I guess you report the results even when the study doesn’t turn up much interesting
Callum Borchers, The Washington Post, Why no one wants to be the Trump White House communications director — sure, Conway knows people who are interested in the job, but I’m interested in being the A’s second baseman this year, too. That’s not the only relevant metric.
Aaron Blake, The Washington Post, Oops: Trump calls court’s decision ‘disgraceful’ — by citing an article that says it was right
Erik Wemple, The Washington Post, President Trump showcases his media illiteracy
John Wagner, The Washington Post, ‘You’re going to be so happy with Trump,’ Trump tells airline executives
Nataliya Vasilyeva | AP, The Washington Post, Separatist commander assassinated in eastern Ukraine
Vladimir Isachenkov | AP, The Washington Post, Russian hackers get burned in deal with Russia’s spy agency
Andrew Roth, The Washington Post, Trump’s Russia strategy collides with foreign policy reality in leaked call with Putin
Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post, Republicans expected more bite on Iran after Trump’s barking — they never want to actually get in a fight, do they?
Simon Denyer & Philip Rucker, The Washington Post, Backing away from a fight, Trump to honor one-China policy — nice going, tough guy
Callum Borchers, The Washington Post, Sean Spicer falsely claims ‘there was no concern’ from the media when Obama criticized the Supreme Court — his own Hippocratic oath: first tell no truth
David Weigel, The Washington Post, Rand Paul explains vote for Sessions: Democrats alienated him with ‘character’ attacks — this is dumb
Aaron Blake, The Washington Post, This video of Betsy DeVos being blocked by protesters shows what a powder keg our politics are
Peter W. Stevenson, The Washington Post, Donald Trump and the art of the super-awkward handshake — don’t click this, it’s just some videos basically. There’s no exploration
Philip Bump, The Washington Post, Once again, Trump claims that just enough fraud cost him an electoral victory — right, the end is what’s terrifying; what if we beat him in 2020? Will he go quietly?
Philip Bump, The Washington Post, Stephen Miller did hit on one truth mixed into his falsehoods on voter fraud — this could easily get to crisis levels of voting restrictions. Let’s not let it.
The Grandest Of All the Old Parties
Aaron Blake, The Washington Post, Al Franken to Maher: GOP senators privately express ‘great concern’ about Trump’s temperament
David Weigel, The Washington Post, GOP official in viral town hall video is known for sharing misleading stories, bigoted jokes — this guy is lovely
Rachael Bade, Politico, How one GOP congressman tamed pro-Obamacare protesters — his policy positions are still bad for people, and you hate to give someone a cookie for doing the basic, most straightforward things, but in the context of the national GOP, someone standing in front of constituents who don’t support all his policy positions and answering their questions is nice to see
Burgess Everett, Politico, Breakthrough on Trump’s Cabinet after 2 a.m. vote — “breakthrough” is a bit much; we’re talking about Shulkin and McMahon getting quicker votes, not, say, Pruitt and Puzder
Anne Gearan, The Washington Post, Trump rejects veteran GOP foreign policy aide Elliott Abrams for State Dept. job — you can choose who you want to choose for the job, but imagine how hard it’s going to be to find people who’ve never said a bad word about you.
Kyle Cheney, Politico, Democrats ratchet up call to investigate Flynn
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post, Six stunning aspects of the Flynn scandal
Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post, Does the White House stand by Michael Flynn? ‘That’s a question for the president’
Ed O’Keefe & Adam Entous & Philip Rucker, The Washington Post, As Flynn falls under growing pressure over Russia contacts, Trump remains silent — Trump at the end throwing the verbal equivalent of the Mariah gif
Elana Schor, Politico, Hill GOP backs Trump on leaks investigation — blaming “Obama people” is great; why are you letting them in the room for these private phone calls if you don’t trust them?
Rebecca Morin, Politico, Hispanic Caucus leaders ask to meet with ICE director over raids
Abigail Hauslohner & Lisa Rein & Sandhya Somashekhar, The Washington Post, Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states
Marissa Payne, The Washington Post, The backlash against Under Armour CEO’s Trump comments has gone global
Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, Five Quick Ways HHS Secretary Tom Price Could Change The Course Of Health Policy
Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post, Trump’s two-year presidency — sure, let’s make it so, but this is entirely too hopeful, I think. The Senate in particular is going to be very tough sledding for Democrats in 2018.
Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post, Stephen Miller: A key engineer for Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda — I’d care more that he angrily disavows association with Richard Spencer and white nationalism if his policy positions weren’t in 92 percent agreement with them
Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, This Day in Labor History: February 11, 1903
Associated Press, The Washington Post, Chilean workers launch strike at world’s top copper mine
Cause or Effect?
Associated Press, The Washington Post, Apple’s Tim Cook: Fake news is ‘killing people’s minds
Kirsten Grieshaber | AP, The Washington Post, Germany picks Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be president
Associated Press, The Washington Post, Police: Former Syracuse, Celtics center Fab Melo dead at 26
Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, ‘Battlestar Galactica’ actor Richard Hatch dies at 71 — the original Apollo, and later Tom Zarek
Josef Federman | AP, The Washington Post, NFL player pulls out of Israel trip, feels ‘used’
Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, DeVos’s Education Department misspells name of NAACP co-founder in tweet â€” and the apology had a mistake
John Wagner, The Washington Post, A hastily called news conference caps a surreal day for Trump in South Florida — I’m not sure I follow what’s surreal about all this? Maybe the joint conference was weird.
Philip Rucker, The Washington Post, Trump friend says Priebus is ‘in way over his head’ — uh huh. The only person in the White House who’s actually run a complicated organization is the one who’s fucking it all up, not the Miller-Bannon cadre, who (a) don’t know shit and (b) have an interest in tearing everything apart.
Warren Brown, The Washington Post, The 2017 Fusion Sport: Smooth move, Ford. Very smooth.
Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, ‘Legion’ is a mindbending superhero tale that may try your patience
Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times, Jane Kaczmarek, ‘Long Day’s Journey’ and the dark role that’s a complete departure from ‘Malcolm’ — we’re seeing this the weekend after next!
David Ng, Los Angeles Times, SAG-AFTRA will phase out residual checks under new direct deposit system
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Keanu Reeves knows gun-fu in the thrillingly disciplined ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’
Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, Potential goes unfulfilled in romantic drama ‘1 Night,’ but Anna Camp is worth a watch
Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, The words of James Baldwin ring out in Harlem drama ‘Chapter & Verse’
Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, Chinese dramedy ‘Duckweed’ winningly goes back to the future
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is dimmer, in almost every way, than its predecessor
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, European drama ‘Sex Doll’ is a meandering take on a high-end call girl
Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, Teen auteur Jack Fessenden propels crime drama ‘Stray Bullets’
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike breathe life into the star-crossed lovers in the true story ‘A United Kingdom’
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Tim Sutton’s ‘Dark Night’ offers a hypnotic prelude to a tragedy
James Rufus Koren, Los Angeles Times, Key board member resigns from embattled Banc of California, following chairman
Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times, He was Utah’s attorney general and a rising GOP star. Now he’s facing corruption charges
Scott Bradfield, Los Angeles Times, America is disintegrating, reality is fracturing, all to a classic soundtrack in Steve Erickson’s ‘Shadowbahn’
David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, George Saunders’ novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ is remarkable
Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times, As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack
Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Hey, It’s Something Not Terrible!
Corey Robin, Jacobin, Trump: 0. Democrats: 0. The People: 1
Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Luke Walton pushes the Lakers in a competitive practice after another loss