The Day’s Reading, August 8–9, 2017


Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Get Shorty’: TV Review (August 8, 2017) — Goodman likes the show more than Saraiya, below


Daniela Serrano, The Millions, The Soft Colonization of Small Territories (August 7, 2017)


Lauren Theisen, Deadspin, Do The Astros Need Justin Verlander? (August 7, 2017)


Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer, Adam Silver Can’t Fix the Biggest Thing Holding Back the NBA (August 8, 2017)


Dawn Chan, The New Yorker, A Summer School for Mathematicians Fed Up with Gerrymandering (August 8, 2017)


Justin Miller, The American Prospect, Nissan Union Loss Underscores Labor’s Big Dilemma (August 8, 2017)


Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, Has James O’Keefe Accidentally Stung Himself Again? (August 9, 2017)

Debt Ceiling

Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, The debt ceiling fight: This time it’s different — and much more dangerous (August 8, 2017)


Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post, Mueller, several team members gave up million-dollar jobs to work on special counsel investigation (August 8, 2017) — these dudes were making so much money at WilmerHale. Also, one of the senior folks, Zainab Ahmad, is only a year older than me. Also, I didn’t know Michael Dreeben was on the team — I saw him argue for the government in the District Court against Arizona’s SB 1070 and I was beyond impressed. I couldn’t tell you what it is about him or his presentation specifically at this point, but I came away from that one argument convinced he’s incredible. One hundred Supreme Court arguments will also go some way to helping me think that. (That doesn’t mean he’s worth a damn as an investigator, of course — you can be the best in the world at one aspect of lawyering and just have no clue what you’re doing at others. Who knows.)


Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post, A secret, supervised place where users can inject drugs has been operating in the U.S. for three years (August 8, 2017) — more of this, although without needing to be secret. Although one suspects it’s “officially secret” — could they really operate for three years without the cops finding out? I think we’ve got a Hamsterdam situation going on here. Also: we walked right past the Vancouver, B.C. one while we were visiting. We did not die. It was fine. Don’t worry so much about homeless people who do not give a shit about you and are just trying to get through their day.


Karen DeYoung & John Wagner, The Washington Post, Trump threatens ‘fire and fury’ in response to North Korean threats (August 8, 2017)


Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post, What Trump’s freakout over his VP’s ambition tells us (August 8, 2017)


Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker, What to Make of the Mike Pence 2020 Rumors (August 8, 2017)

Kamala Harris

David Dayen, The New Republic, The Left’s Misguided Debate Over Kamala Harris (August 8, 2017) — this is a better point than I thought it was going to be: all the electeds have failed, even our best ones, to properly highlight, much less do anything about, foreclosures, but it’s not too late, and we can demand better now and support those who are willing to speak out


Robert Faturechi, Mother Jones, Surprise, Surprise: Trump’s Deregulation Teams Are Full of Potential Conflicts of Interest (August 8, 2017)

Foreign Policy

Vincent Bevins, The Baffler, Malign Intervention (August 8, 2017) — examining how American superiority is simply taken for granted as the only way to be, the best way to be, in establishment argument, Donald Trump not excepted


Kate Wheeling, Pacific Standard, Federal Court Rules Against an Obama-Era Regulation Supported by Trump Administration (August 8, 2017) — not that Congress or the EPA will get around to figuring out a fix…

Old Farts

Bryan Curtis, The Ringer, Sportswriting’s Old-Timers Game (August 8, 2017) — on old ballplayers shitting on young ones


Sean Fennessey, The Ringer, Welcome to a New and Improved Ringer (August 8, 2017) — everybody’s getting out of the Medium business. NOT ME.


Dennis Harvey, Variety, Film Review: ‘Tilt’ (August 8, 2017)



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Jason Wojciechowski

Jason Wojciechowski


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