The Days’ Reading, 2/9–12/17

Conflicts

Sarah Halzack, The Washington Post, Trump lashes out at Nordstrom in a tweet for dropping his daughter’s apparel line

Ellison

Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, The Case for Keith

Warren

David Weigel, The Washington Post, Republicans don’t like Elizabeth Warren. So why do they keep handing her a megaphone?

Gorsuch

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.

RIP “Fake News”

Callum Borchers, The Washington Post, ‘Fake news’ has now lost all meaning

Tweets

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

Third-Person Boasting

John Wagner, The Washington Post, ‘You’re going to be so happy with Trump,’ Trump tells airline executives

Ukraine

Nataliya Vasilyeva | AP, The Washington Post, Separatist commander assassinated in eastern Ukraine

Russia

Vladimir Isachenkov | AP, The Washington Post, Russian hackers get burned in deal with Russia’s spy agency

Bullies

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?

Spicer

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

Sessions

David Weigel, The Washington Post, Rand Paul explains vote for Sessions: Democrats alienated him with ‘character’ attacks — this is dumb

DeVos

Aaron Blake, The Washington Post, This video of Betsy DeVos being blocked by protesters shows what a powder keg our politics are

Handshakes

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

Voting Fraud

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?

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

Amash

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

Appointments

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

Flynn

Kyle Cheney, Politico, Democrats ratchet up call to investigate Flynn

Leaks

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?

ICE Raids

Rebecca Morin, Politico, Hispanic Caucus leaders ask to meet with ICE director over raids

Under Armour

Marissa Payne, The Washington Post, The backlash against Under Armour CEO’s Trump comments has gone global

HHS

Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, Five Quick Ways HHS Secretary Tom Price Could Change The Course Of Health Policy

2018

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.

Miller

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

Workers

Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, This Day in Labor History: February 11, 1903

Cause or Effect?

Associated Press, The Washington Post, Apple’s Tim Cook: Fake news is ‘killing people’s minds

Germany

Kirsten Grieshaber | AP, The Washington Post, Germany picks Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be president

RIP

Associated Press, The Washington Post, Police: Former Syracuse, Celtics center Fab Melo dead at 26

Israel

Josef Federman | AP, The Washington Post, NFL player pulls out of Israel trip, feels ‘used’

Spellin’

Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, DeVos’s Education Department misspells name of NAACP co-founder in tweet — and the apology had a mistake

Japan

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.

Priebus

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.

Cars

Warren Brown, The Washington Post, The 2017 Fusion Sport: Smooth move, Ford. Very smooth.

TV

Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, ‘Legion’ is a mindbending superhero tale that may try your patience

Theater

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!

21st Century

David Ng, Los Angeles Times, SAG-AFTRA will phase out residual checks under new direct deposit system

Movies

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Keanu Reeves knows gun-fu in the thrillingly disciplined ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

Banking

James Rufus Koren, Los Angeles Times, Key board member resigns from embattled Banc of California, following chairman

Utah

Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times, He was Utah’s attorney general and a rising GOP star. Now he’s facing corruption charges

Books

Scott Bradfield, Los Angeles Times, America is disintegrating, reality is fracturing, all to a classic soundtrack in Steve Erickson’s ‘Shadowbahn’

Bees

Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times, As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack

Harriet Tubman

Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Hey, It’s Something Not Terrible!

Resistance

Corey Robin, Jacobin, Trump: 0. Democrats: 0. The People: 1

Basketball

Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Luke Walton pushes the Lakers in a competitive practice after another loss

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